Bracketology: Virginia Now Leads the Way

Here’s my latest NCAA tournament projection.  Possibly the biggest change since Wednesday is that we have a new overall number 1, which is Virginia.  This comes after Villanova shockingly lost at home to St. John’s on Wednesday.

Then again, as crazy as this season has been, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for St. John’s – currently 1-11 in the Big East and 12-13 overall – to somehow get in on Selection Sunday.  They would have to win out in regular season play to start, but can you really write it off when you look at some of the unbelievable results to this point?

With all that said, here’s how I see it as of today.  Moves up or down since last time are in parentheses after the team’s name.

In since last time: UNC-Asheville, Marquette

Out since last time: Radford, Washington

1s – Virginia, Villanova, Purdue, Xavier

2s – Kansas, Clemson, Texas Tech, Duke

3s – Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina (+1), West Virginia

4s – Michigan State (-1), Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Ohio State (+1)

5s – Arizona (-1), Wichita State, Florida (+1), Kentucky

6s – Rhode Island, Gonzaga (-1), Miami, Saint Mary’s (+1)

7s – Seton Hall (-1), Arizona State (+1), Florida State, Texas

8s – Creighton, Butler, Nevada (-1), Texas A & M (+1)

9s – TCU (-1), Michigan, Alabama, Arkansas

10s – Providence, Louisville, Missouri, North Carolina State

11s – UCLA, Houston, Syracuse, Kansas State, USC, Marquette (new)

12s – Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, Buffalo, Loyola-Chicago

13s – South Dakota State, Vermont (+1), East Tennessee State, Louisiana

14s – Belmont (-1), Wright State, Charleston, Montana

15s – UC Santa Barbara, Bucknell (-1), Rider, Stephen F. Austin

16s – UNC-Asheville (new), Florida Gulf Coast, Penn, Wagner, North Carolina A & T, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

LAST FOUR IN – Syracuse, Kansas State, USC, Marquette

FIRST FOUR OUT – Virginia Tech, Washington, Western Kentucky, Boise State

NEXT FOUR OUT – Mississippi State, Notre Dame, LSU, Temple (+1)

THIRD FOUR OUT – SMU (-1), Utah (+1), Oklahoma State (+1), Nebraska

As always, if you want to rip me because I have your team too low or want to discuss anything else related to bracketology, feel free to do so in the comments.  Look for my next update early next week, and check out the Bracket Matrix in the meantime. 

About Mike B.

Avid sports fan, particularly of the Detroit Lions, Pistons, and Tigers, and University of Michigan.
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