Bracket – 2/25: North Carolina Surges Into No. 1 Seed Line

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by Eli Boettger – February 25, 2018

SOUTH – ATLANTA, GA   EAST – BOSTON, MA
1 Virginia Charlotte, NC Pittsburgh, PA 1 Villanova
16 Prairie View A&M/Savannah State 16 Harvard/Nicholls State
8 Oklahoma 8 Florida
9 Creighton 9 Miami FL
5 Rhode Island Boise, ID San Diego, CA 5 West Virginia
12 Middle Tennessee 12 Buffalo
4 Wichita State 4 Kentucky
13 Louisiana Lafayette 13 Murray State
6 Texas A&M Dallas, TX Wichita, KS 6 Houston
11 Providence/Syracuse 11 UCLA/Baylor
3 Texas Tech 3 Michigan State
14 UNC Greensboro 14 Northeastern
7 Alabama Detroit, MI Pittsburgh, PA 7 Seton Hall
10 NC State 10 St. Bonaventure
2 Purdue 2 Duke
15 Northern Kentucky 15 Lipscomb
WEST – LOS ANGELES, CA   MIDWEST – OMAHA, NE
1 North Carolina Charlotte, NC Wichita, KS 1 Kansas
16 Wagner 16 UNC Asheville
8 Butler 8 Florida State
9 Arkansas 9 Missouri
5 Arizona Boise, ID San Diego, CA 5 Gonzaga
12 New Mexico State 12 Loyola Chicago
4 Ohio State 4 Clemson
13 Vermont 13 South Dakota State
6 TCU Nashville, TN Dallas, TX 6 Michigan
11 USC 11 Kansas State
3 Cincinnati 3 Tennessee
14 Bucknell 14 Rider
7 Nevada Nashville, TN Detroit, MI 7 Arizona State
10 Texas 10 Virginia Tech
2 Auburn 2 Xavier
15 UC Santa Barbara 15 Montana

Last four in: Providence, Syracuse, UCLA, Baylor

First four out: Louisville, Marquette, Washington, Saint Mary’s

Next four out: Utah, Boise State, LSU, Mississippi State

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:

  • Atlantic 10 (2 bids): *Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure
  • American (3 bids): *Cincinnati, Wichita State, Houston
  • ACC (9 bids): *Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Miami FL, NC State, Syracuse
  • Big Ten (4 bids): *Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan
  • Big XII (8 bids):  *Kansas, Texas Tech, West Virginia, TCU, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State, Baylor
  • Big East (6 bids): Villanova, *Xavier, Seton Hall, Butler, Creighton, Providence
  • Pac-12 (4 bids): *Arizona, Arizona State, USC, UCLA
  • SEC (8 bids): *Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, Florida

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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