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Bracketology: Committee pens Duke, Tennessee as 1-2 punch

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Duke’s Zion Williamson (1) reacts following a basket against Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Few of us were surprised on Saturday when the Selection Committee announced that Duke and Tennessee were Nos. 1 and 1A on their Seed List. After an action-filled weekend, neither position has changed, although one could argue that Duke’s win at Virginia, giving the Blue Devils a regular-season sweep, might create a more distinct line of separation between those two.

The only top-line move this morning was lifting Gonzaga to No. 3 on the Seed List and dropping Virginia to No. 4. Gonzaga still reigns over the West Region and Virginia the Midwest. Elsewhere, team positions on the first four lines mirror what the Committee gave us on Saturday. One could argue whether or not Iowa State would stay after a home loss to TCU, or about how losses by Louisville and Wisconsin might also impact those lines. For today, we’ll let the Committee’s voice be heard.

Unfortunately, the Committee didn’t provide us any sort of insight into what has become a very mediocre bubble picture. Then again, why take on that headache right now? Hopefully, some cleaner lines of separation will develop over the next three weeks.

UPDATED: February 11, 2019

FIRST FOUR - DAYTON
SOUTH REGIONButler vs. UCF
WEST REGIONOklahoma / Temple
EAST REGIONNorfolk State vs. Canisius
MIDWEST REGIONRobert Morris vs. Prairie View


EAST - Washington, DCSOUTH - Louisville
ColumbiaColumbia
1) DUKE1) TENNESSEE
16) NORFOLK ST / CANISIUS16) BUCKNELL
8) BUFFALO8) Syracuse
9) Alabama9) Baylor
San JoseSan Jose
5) LSU5) Texas Tech
12) BELMONT12) Butler / UCF
4) Iowa State4) NEVADA
13) HOFSTRA13) VERMONT
Des MoinesHartford
6) Virginia Tech6) Florida State
11) VCU11) Seton Hall
3) Marquette3) Purdue
14) NORTHERN KENTUCKY14) YALE
ColumbusJacksonville
7) Cincinnati7) Mississippi State
10) Texas10) Minnesota
2) MICHIGAN2) North Carolina
15) LOYOLA-CHICAGO15) RADFORD
MIDWEST - Kansas CityWEST - Anaheim
HartfordSalt Lake City
1) Virginia1) GONZAGA
16) PR VIEW / ROB MORRIS16) SAM HOUSTON
8) St. John’s8) Auburn
9) Ole Miss9) TCU
Salt Lake CityColumbus
5) KANSAS STATE5) VILLANOVA
12) LIPSCOMB12) Oklahoma / Temple
4) Wisconsin4) Louisville
13) NEW MEXICO ST13) OLD DOMINION
TulsaTulsa
6) Maryland6) Iowa
11) Arizona State11) Clemson
3) HOUSTON3) Kansas
14) SOUTH DAKOTA ST14) UC-IRVINE
JacksonvilleDes Moines
7) Ohio State7) WASHINGTON
10) NC State10) WOFFORD
2) Kentucky2) Michigan State
15) MONTANA15) MONTANA


BUBBLE NOTES
Last 4 ByesLast 4 IN First 4 OUTNext 4 OUT
MinnesotaButlerGeorgetownProvidence
Arizona StateUCFNC-GreensboroUtah State
Seton HallOklahomaArkansasFlorida
ClemsonTempleIndianaCreighton

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

Breakdown by Conference ...

ACC (9): DUKE, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisville, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, NC State, Clemson

Big 10 (8): MICHIGAN, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Maryland, Ohio State, Minnesota

BIG 12 (8): KANSAS STATE, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Texas, Oklahoma

SEC (7): TENNESSEE, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama

Big East (5): VILLANOVA, Marquette, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Butler

American (4): HOUSTON, Cincinnati, UCF, Temple

Pac 12 (2): WASHINGTON, Arizona State

Atlantic 10 (1): VCU

Mid American (1): BUFFALO

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Canisius (MAAC), Old Dominion (C-USA), Texas State (SBELT), Princeton (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Northern Kentucky (HORIZON), Sam Houston (SLND), Wofford (STHN), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Lipscomb (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), Hofstra (CAA), Radford (BSO), Norfolk State (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Robert Morris (NEC), Prairie View (SWAC)