FINAL Bracket: Davidson, San Diego State Cause Bubble Chaos

by Eli Boettger – March 11, 2018

SOUTH – ATLANTA, GA EAST – BOSTON, MA
1 Virginia Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, PA 1 Villanova
16 LIU Brooklyn/NC Central 16 Radford/UMBC
8 Alabama 8 Virginia Tech
9 Providence 9 Rhode Island
5 Kentucky San Diego, CA Boise, ID 5 West Virginia
12 South Dakota State 12 Buffalo
4 Texas Tech 4 Wichita State
13 Murray State 13 UNC Greensboro
6 Houston Nashville, TN Dallas, TX 6 Florida
11 New Mexico State 11 Davidson
3 Tennessee 3 Michigan State
14 Wright State 14 Marshall
7 TCU Nashville, TN Charlotte, NC 7 Missouri
10 Florida State 10 Creighton
2 Purdue 2 North Carolina
15 Penn 15 Iona
WEST – LOS ANGELES, CA MIDWEST – OMAHA, NE
1 Xavier Detroit, MI Wichita, KS 1 Kansas
16 CSU Fullerton 16 Texas Southern
8 Oklahoma 8 Butler
9 Nevada 9 NC State
5 Ohio State Boise, ID San Diego, CA 5 Gonzaga
12 San Diego State 12 Loyola Chicago
4 Clemson 4 Arizona
13 Montana 13 Charleston
6 Miami FL Dallas, TX Wichita, KS 6 Texas A&M
11 USC/Kansas State 11 Texas/Arizona State
3 Auburn 3 Michigan
14 Stephen F. Austin 14 Bucknell
7 Seton Hall Detroit, MI Charlotte, NC 7 Arkansas
10 St. Bonaventure 10 UCLA
2 Cincinnati 2 Duke
15 Georgia State 15 Lipscomb

Last four in: USC, Kansas State, Texas, Arizona State

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

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 (3 bids): Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, *Davidson
  • American (3 bids): Cincinnati, Wichita State, Houston
  • ACC (9 bids): *Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Miami FL, Virginia Tech, NC State, Florida State
  • Big Ten (4 bids): Purdue, *Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State
  • Big XII (7 bids):  *Kansas, Texas Tech, West Virginia, TCU, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas
  • Big East (6 bids): *Villanova, Xavier, Seton Hall, Butler, Creighton, Providence
  • Mountain West (2 bids): Nevada, *San Diego State
  • Pac-12 (4 bids): *Arizona, USC, UCLA, Arizona State
  • 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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