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Bracketology: Duke, Michigan State lead trek to Selection Sunday

Florida State v Duke

DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 30: Marvin Bagley III #35 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after dunking against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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As the new year dawns, Duke and Michigan State lead our trek toward Selection Sunday. Neither of those should come as a surprise. Arizona State and Oklahoma, on the other hand? That’s a different story. The Sun Devils and Sooners have put together impressive runs. ASU and OU anchor the West Region as its top two seeds.

The new year also means more frequent updates. Given what we’ve seen so far? It should be fun. On a quick housekeeping note, projected conference champions (for the bracket) reflect the current standings. Ties are broken by the RPI leader based on the loss column.

UPDATED: January 2, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS - Dayton (First Round)


  • Washington vs. Auburn | East Region
  • Boston College vs. Missouri | West Region
  • ROBER MORRIS vs. NC A&T | South Region
  • TX-SOUTHERN vs. SE LOUISIANA | Midwest Region

BRACKET PROJECTION

SOUTH - AtlantaMIDWEST - Omaha
CharlotteDetroit
1) Duke1) MICHIGAN STATE
16) ROBERT MORRIS / NC A&T16) SE-LOUISIANA / TX-SOUTHERN
8) Florida8) Texas
9) Butler9) Syracuse
NashvilleBoise
5) ARKANSAS5) Kentucky
12) WESTERN KENTUCKY12) MISSOURI STATE
4) Seton Hall4) TCU
13) FURMAN13) LIPSCOMB
WichitaSan Diego
6) Cincinnati6) Tennessee
11) Louisville11) Baylor
3) Kansas3) ARIZONA
14) BELMONT14) UC-SANTA BARBARA
DetroitCharlotte
7) Florida State7) NEVADA
10) Alabama10) Michigan
2) XAVIER2) NORTH CAROLINA
15) NORTHERN KENTUCKY15) RADFORD
EAST - BostonWEST - Los Angeles
PittsburghSan Diego
1) Villanova1) Arizona State
16) PRINCETON16) BUCKNELL
8) St. Bonaventure8) Notre Dame
9) SMU9) Minnesota
DallasBoise
5) Virginia5) Texas Tech
12) LOUISIANA12) NEW MEXICO ST
4) Texas AM4) GONZAGA
13) BUFFALO13) SOUTH DAKOTA ST
NashvilleDallas
6) Miami-FL6) Creighton
11) Washington / Auburn11) Boston College / Missouri
3) Purdue3) WICHITA STATE
14) VERMONT14) WILLIAM & MARY
PittsburghWichita
7) RHODE ISLAND7) Clemson
10) Maryland10) UCLA
2) WEST VIRGINIA2) Oklahoma
15) CANISIUS15) NORTHERN COLORADO

NOTES on the BRACKET: Duke is the No. 1 overall seed - followed by Michigan State, Arizona State, and Villanova.

Last Four Byes (at large): UCLA, Alabama, Louisville, Baylor

Last Four IN (at large): Auburn, Missouri, Boston College, Washington

First Four OUT (at large): Virginia Tech, Houston, Boise State, Oklahoma State

Next four teams OUT (at large): Ohio State, Georgia, Providence, Marquette

Breakdown by Conference ...

ACC (10): NORTH CAROLINA, Duke, Virginia, Miami-FL, Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Louisville, Boston College

SEC (8): ARKANSAS, Texas AM, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Missouri

BIG 12 (7): WEST VIRGINIA, Oklahoma, Kansas, TCU, Texas Tech, Texas, Baylor

Big East (5): XAVIER, Villanova, Seton Hall, Creighton, Butler

Big 10 (5): MICHIGAN STATE, Purdue, Minnesota, Michigan, Maryland

Pac 12 (4): ARIZONA STATE, Arizona, UCLA, Washington

American (3): WICHITA STATE, Cincinnati, SMU

Atlantic 10 (2): RHODE ISLAND, St. Bonaventure

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Missouri State (MVC) Canisius (MAAC), Western Ketucky (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Princeton (IVY), Northern Colorado (BSKY), Northern Kentucky (HORIZON), SE Louisiana (SLND), Furman (STHN), UC-Santa Barbara (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Lipscomb (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), William & Mary (CAA), Radford (BSO), North Carolina A&T (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Robert Morris (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)