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Bracketology: All Hail the Wolverines

North Carolina v Michigan

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Jon Teske #15 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a three point shot made in the first half of the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Crisler Center on November 28, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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With Duke’s home loss to Syracuse, and with the status of Blue Devils’ point guard Tre Jones uncertain following a shoulder injury, Michigan climbs the final rung on the latest Seed List ladder.

The Wolverines hold the No. 1 overall position in today’s bracket, followed closely by Virginia and Tennessee.

The real debate involved the fourth No. 1 seed position.

One could make a compelling case for Duke, Kansas, or Michigan State.

The Blue Devils were without two of their primary players for much of the loss to Syracuse.

In the end, however, the Jayhawks’ eight Group 1 wins, plus victories over both Tennessee and Michigan State, proved to be the difference.

UPDATED: January 17, 2019

FIRST FOUR - DAYTON
EAST REGIONVCU vs. Pittsburgh
WEST REGIONTexas vs. Arizona State
SOUTH REGIONNorfolk State vs. Prairie View
EAST REGIONSam Houston vs. UMKC


SOUTH - LouisvilleEAST - Washington, DC
ColumbusColumbia
1) MICHIGAN1) VIRGINIA
16) PR VIEW / NORFOLK ST 16) SAM HOUSTON / UMKC
8) NC State8) Kansas State
9) Mississippi State9) Minnesota
Salt Lake CityDes Moines
5) Florida State5) VILLANOVA
12) LIPSCOMB12) VCU / Pittsburgh
4) Marquette4) Maryland
13) GEORGIA STATE13) YALE
Des MoinesJacksonville
6) Nebraska6) Indiana
11) SAINT LOUIS11) Arizona
3) HOUSTON3) Kentucky
14) LOYOLA-CHICAGO14) VERMONT
JacksonvilleTulsa
7) LSU7) Auburn
10) TCU10) Syracuse
2) Duke2) Texas Tech
15) RIDER15) UTSA
WEST - AnaheimMIDWEST - Kansas City
TulsaColumbia
1) KANSAS1) TENNESSEE
16) WEBER STATE16) WAGNER
8) Purdue8) Ohio State
9) St. John’s9) Seton Hall
HartfordSan Jose
5) Iowa5) Louisville
12) Texas / Arizona State12) MURRAY STATE
4) North Carolina4) Oklahoma
13) HOFSTRA13) UC-IRVINE
San JoseHartford
6) Iowa State6) BUFFALO
11) WOFFORD11) Temple
3) NEVADA3) Virginia Tech
14) NORTHERN KENTUCKY14) SOUTH DAKOTA ST
Salt Lake CityColumbus
7) Wisconsin7) Ole Miss
10) Cincinnati10) WASHINGTON
2) GONZAGA2) Michigan State
15) RIDER15) LEHIGH


BUBBLE NOTES
Last 4 ByesLast 4 IN First 4 OUTNext 4 OUT
TCUTexasButlerClemson
CincinnatiArizona StateUCFSan Francisco
TempleVCUFloridaFresno State
ArizonaPittsburghAlabamaDayton

TOP SEED LINE: Michigan is the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Virginia, Tennessee, and Kansas

Breakdown by Conference ...

Big 10 (10): MICHIGAN, Michigan State, Maryland, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin, Purdue, Ohio State, Minnesota

ACC (9): VIRGINIA, Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Syracuse, Pittsburgh

SEC (6): TENNESSEE, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State

BIG 12 (6): KANSAS, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Iowa State, TCU, Texas

Big East (4): VILLANOVA, Marquette, Seton Hall, St. John’s

American (3): HOUSTON, Cincinnati, Temple

Pac 12 (3): WASHINGTON, Arizona, Arizona State

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

Atlantic 10 (2): SAINT LOUIS, VCU

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Rider (MAAC), UTSA (C-USA), Georgia State (SBELT), Yale (IVY), Weber State (BSKY), Northern Kentucky (HORIZON), Sam Houston (SLND), Wofford (STHN), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Lipscomb (ASUN), Murray State (OVC), Hofstra (CAA), Radford (BSO), Norfolk State (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), UMKC (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Lehigh (PAT), Wagner (NEC), Prairie View (SWAC)