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Bracketology: Kansas returns to top line

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MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 02: Devonte’ Graham #4 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts during a game against the Syracuse Orange during the HoopHall Miami Invitational at American Airlines Arena on December 2, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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The roller-coaster ride along the No. 1 seed line continues. This morning, we welcome back Kansas. The Jayhawks’ rally against West Virginia, combined with Auburn’s loss at South Carolina, inched KU back to the top line. With three weeks to go, Virginia and Villanova look like good bets to hold their top-seed positions. The next two spots - occupied today by Xavier and Kansas - are a little more in question.

Various seed line groupings are closely bunched, meaning fluidity remains in the middle and lower ends of the bracket. A lot of bubble teams won over the weekend, picking up notable wins along the way. The proverbial stretch run is upon us.

Here’s the latest ..

UPDATED: February 19, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS - Dayton (First Round)


  • Washington vs. St. Bonaventure | East Region
  • Syracuse vs. Baylor | Midwest Region
  • SOUTHERN vs. SAVANNAH ST | South Region
  • FL GULF COAST vs. NICHOLLS | East Region

BRACKET PROJECTION

SOUTH - AtlantaEAST - Boston
CharlottePittsburgh
1) VIRGINIA1) VILLANOVA
16) SOUTHERN / SAVANNAH ST16) FL GULF CST / NICHOLLS
8) Providence8) Florida State
9) Florida9) NEVADA
BoiseSan Diego
5) Ohio State5) West Virginia
12) LOUISIANA12) St. Bonaventure / Washington
4) Tennessee4) GONZAGA
13) E. TENNESSEE ST13) BUFFALO
DallasWichita
6) Alabama6) Kentucky
11) MID TENNESSEE11) Kansas State
3) Texas Tech3) CINCINNATI
14) CHARLESTON14) VERMONT
DetroitNashville
7) Texas AM7) Creighton
10) NC State10) TCU
2) MICHIGAN STATE2) North Carolina
15) WRIGHT STATE15) WAGNER
WEST - Los AngelesMIDWEST - Omaha
WichitaDetroit
1) KANSAS1) Xavier
16) PENNSYLVANIA16) UNC-ASHEVILLE
8) Miami-FL8) Oklahoma
9) Seton Hall9) Virginia Tech
San DiegoBoise
5) Michigan5) RHODE ISLAND
12) NEW MEXICO ST12) LOYOLA (CHI)
4) ARIZONA4) Wichita State
13) SOUTH DAKOTA ST13) BELMONT
DallasPittsburgh
6) Houston6) Missouri
11) Texas11) Baylor / Syracuse
3) Clemson3) Purdue
14) BUCKNELL14) RIDER
NashvilleCharlotte
7) Arizona State7) Arkansas
10) Saint Mary’s10) Butler
2) AUBURN2) Duke
15) UC-SANTA BARBARA15) MONTANA

NOTES on the BRACKET: Virginia is the No. 1 overall seed - followed by Villanova, Xavier, and Kansas

Last Four Byes (at large): Butler, Saint Mary’s, Kansas State, Texas

Last Four IN (at large): Washington, Baylor, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse

First Four OUT (at large): UCLA, LSU, Louisville, Marquette

Next four teams OUT (at large): USC, Utah, Georgia, Notre Dame

Breakdown by Conference ...

ACC (9): VIRGINIA, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Miami-FL, Virginia Tech, NC State, Syracuse

SEC (8): AUBURN, Tennessee, Missouri, Alabama, Kentucky, Texas AM, Arkansas, Florida

BIG 12 (8): TEXAS TECH, Kansas, West Virginia, Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State, Texas, Baylor

Big East (6): VILLANOVA, Xavier, Creighton, Providence, Seton Hall, Butler

Big 10 (4): MICHIGAN STATE, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan

Pac 12 (3): ARIZONA, Arizona State, Washington

American (3): CINCINNATI, Wichita State, Houston

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

West Coast (2): GONZAGA, Saint Mary’s

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Rider (MAAC), Middle Tennessee (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Pennsylvania (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Wright State (HORIZON), Nicholls (SLND), East Tennessee State (STHN), UC-Santa Barbara (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), Charleston (CAA), UNC-Asheville (BSO), Savannah State (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Wagner (NEC), Southern (SWAC)

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