Bracket – 3/3: Louisville Grabs Final At-Large Despite Collapse Against Virginia

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by Eli Boettger – March 3, 2018

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

Last four in: Providence, UCLA, Kansas State, Louisville

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

Next four out: Utah, Temple, Mississippi State, Penn 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, Miami FL, Virginia Tech, NC State, Florida State, Louisville
  • Big Ten (4 bids): *Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan
  • Big XII (8 bids):  *Kansas, Texas Tech, West Virginia, TCU, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Kansas State
  • Big East (6 bids): *Villanova, Xavier, Seton Hall, Creighton, Butler, Providence
  • Pac-12 (4 bids): *Arizona, Arizona State, USC, UCLA
  • SEC (8 bids): Tennessee, *Auburn, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Florida, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama

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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