Bracket – 2/2: Kansas Moves Into No. 1 Seed Line

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Source: Missy Minear/Kansan

by Eli Boettger – February 2, 2018

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

Last four in: Houston, Georgia, SMU, Virginia Tech

First four out: Syracuse, Western Kentucky, Washington, South Carolina

Next four out: Marquette, UCLA, Boise State, Notre Dame

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 (9 bids): *Virginia, Duke, Clemson, North Carolina, Miami FL, Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Virginia Tech
  • Big Ten (4 bids): *Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan
  • Big XII (7 bids): *Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, West Virginia, TCU, Texas, Kansas State
  • Big East (6 bids): *Villanova, Xavier, Seton Hall, Creighton, Butler, Providence
  • Pac-12 (3 bids): *Arizona, Arizona State, USC
  • SEC (9 bids): *Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Missouri, Georgia
  • 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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