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Bracketology: Duke once again a No. 1 seed

ACC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 14: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts against the Syracuse Orange during their game in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Men’s ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 14, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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With a host of changes coming today as conference champions are crowned, we’ll keep this brief.

Duke likely solidified a No. 1 seed by beating North Carolina; the Blue Devils will be evaluated with their full team intact. Now it’s a race for the final two spots on the top line - Kentucky, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Michigan State and Tennessee are all in play. I stuck with Gonzaga this morning, but the Committee could easily put three ACC teams in that position if Kentucky or Michigan State fall short of conference tourney titles. Let’s see how the day plays out.

By my count, we have five potential bid thieves in play today - so the cutline could change by two or three spots come tomorrow morning.

Championship Week: Teams in all CAPS reflect automatic bid (exceptions made to traditional teams with acronyms (VCU, UCF, etc.)

UPDATED: March 16, 2019

FIRST FOUR - DAYTON
SOUTH REGIONSt. John’s vs. Arizona State
WEST REGIONTemple vs. Belmont
SOUTH REGIONIONA vs. FAIR-DICKINSON
EAST REGIONNO DAKOTA ST vs. Norfolk State


EAST - Washington, DCSOUTH - Louisville
ColumbiaColumbia
1) Virginia1) Duke
16) ND STATE / Norfolk State16) Abilene Christian
8) Iowa8) Ole Miss
9) UCF9) Washington
San JoseHartford
5) Villanova5) Marquette
12) SAINT MARY’S12) MURRAY STATE
4) Kansas State4) Purdue
13) Vermont13) NORTHEASTERN
TulsaTulsa
6) Cincinnati6) Iowa State
11) TCU11) Florida
3) LSU3) Houston
14) Georgia State14) Old Dominion
Des MoinesColumbus
7) Louisville7) WOFFORD
10) Utah State10) VCU
2) Michigan2) Tennessee
15) GARDNER-WEBB15) COLGATE
WEST - AnaheimMIDWEST - Kansas City
Salt Lake CityColumbus
1) Gonzaga1) Kentucky
16) Prairie View AM16) IONA / FDU
8) Minnesota8) Seton Hall
9) Syracuse9) Baylor
San JoseHartford
5) Mississippi State5) Virginia Tech
12) New Mexico State12) Davidson
4) Texas Tech4) Wisconsin
13) UC-IRVINE13) LIBERTY
JacksonvilleSalt Lake City
6) Auburn6) Maryland
11) Temple / Belmont11) St. John’s / Arizona State
3) Florida State3) Kansas
14) Harvard14) NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Des MoinesJacksonville
7) Nevada7) Buffalo
10) Oklahoma10) Ohio State
2) Michigan State2) North Carolina
15) Montana15) BRADLEY


BUBBLE NOTES
Last 4 ByesLast 4 IN First 4 OUTNext 4 OUT
VCUTempleNC StateFurman
Ohio StateSt. John’sIndianaXavier
FloridaArizona StateAlabamaOregon
TCUBelmontNC GreensboroTexas

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

Breakdown by Conference ...

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

SEC (7): KENTUCKY, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida

ACC (7): DUKE, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Syracuse

BIG 12 (7): KANSAS, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Iowa State, Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU

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

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

Pac 12 (2): WASHINGTON, Arizona State

Mountain West (2): UTAH STATE, Nevada

West Coast (2): SAINT MARY’S, Gonzaga

Atlantic 10 (2): DAVIDSON, VCU

Southern (1): WOFFORD

Mid American (1): BUFFALO

ONE BID LEAGUES: BRADLEY (MVC), IONA (MAAC), Old Dominion (C-USA), Georgia State (SBELT), Harvard (IVY), Montana (BSKY), NORTHERN KENTUCKY (HORIZON), Abilene Christian (SLND), UC-Irvine (BWEST), LIBERTY (ASUN), MURRAY STATE (OVC), NORTHEASTERN (CAA), GARDNER-WEBB (BSO), Norfolk State (MEAC), NORTH DAKOTA STATE (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), COLGATE (PAT), FAIRLEIGH-DICKINSON (NEC), Prairie View (SWAC)

Bracketing principles: read them for yourself at www.ncaa.com.