Bracket – 1/26: Conference USA Posts Multiple Bids

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by Eli Boettger – January 26, 2018

EAST – BOSTON, MA   SOUTH – ATLANTA, GA
1 Villanova Pittsburgh, PA Charlotte, NC 1 Virginia
16 Texas Southern/Savannah State 16 Radford/Wagner
8 Florida State 8 Arkansas
9 Michigan 9 Texas
5 TCU San Diego, CA San Diego, CA 5 Florida
12 Buffalo 12 Louisiana Lafayette
4 Ohio State 4 Texas Tech
13 Vermont 13 South Dakota State
6 Kentucky Dallas, TX Dallas, TX 6 Creighton
11 Middle Tennessee 11 Houston/Syracuse
3 West Virginia 3 Tennessee
14 Northeastern 14 East Tennessee State
7 Nevada Pittsburgh, PA Detroit, MI 7 Miami FL
10 Kansas State 10 Texas A&M
2 North Carolina 2 Xavier
15 Rider 15 Bucknell
WEST – LOS ANGELES, CA   MIDWEST – OMAHA, NE
1 Duke Charlotte, NC Detroit, MI 1 Purdue
16 Lipscomb 16 Princeton
8 Gonzaga 8 Butler
9 Alabama 9 Saint Mary’s
5 Arizona Boise, ID Boise, ID 5 Seton Hall
12 SMU/Western Kentucky 12 New Mexico State
4 Michigan State 4 Cincinnati
13 Belmont 13 Loyola Chicago
6 Rhode Island Nashville, TN Nashville, TN 6 Wichita State
11 USC 11 Missouri
3 Auburn 3 Clemson
14 Montana 14 Wright State
7 Arizona State Wichita, KS Wichita, KS 7 Louisville
10 Marquette 10 Providence
2 Oklahoma 2 Kansas
15 UC Davis 15 Stephen F. Austin

Last four in: Houston, SMU, Syracuse, Western Kentucky

First four out: Notre Dame, South Carolina, St. Bonaventure, Virginia Tech

Next four out: UCLA, Georgia, LSU, Maryland

Breakdown for multi-bid conferences (auto bids are awarded to conference RPI leaders, denoted by asterisks). Teams are listed in order of 1-68 seed list:

  • American (4 bids): *Cincinnati, Wichita State, Houston, SMU
  • ACC (8 bids): Virginia, *Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Miami FL, Louisville, Florida State, Syracuse
  • Big Ten (4 bids): *Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan
  • Big XII (7 bids): *Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU, Texas, Kansas State
  • Big East (7 bids): *Villanova, Xavier, Seton Hall, Creighton, Butler, Providence, Marquette
  • Conference USA (2 bids): *Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky
  • Pac-12 (3 bids): *Arizona, Arizona State, USC
  • SEC (8 bids): *Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas A&M, Missouri
  • WCC (2 bids): Gonzaga, *Saint Mary’s

Eli Boettger is a men’s college basketball writer and bracketologist, covering the sport since 2015. Currently with USA Today Sports, Boettger is the lead basketball writer for Mountain West Wire. In 2017, Boettger was ranked 36th among 171 contestants in the BracketMatrix.com bracketing competition. Over the past two years, Boettger has correctly selected 132 of 136 teams in the NCAA Tournament, including 128 within one seed line of their actual placement. Boettger is a current USBWA member.

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