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Bracketology: West Virginia and wild weekend

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MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 15: Jevon Carter #2 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts during action against the American University Eagles at the WVU Coliseum on November 15, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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Talk about your wild weekends. In the wake of upsets, uprisings, and some general chaos, here’s a question worth asking ... Which teams, if any, will emerge as clear-cut No. 1 seeds? In most years, we can cite at least one or two of those teams in early January. This year? Not so much. As it stands right now, even the best teams have flaws, which means the there’s a legitimate race ahead for those coveted top four spots on the seed list.

West Virginia held serve Saturday against Oklahoma and, for now, sits atop the South Region. The Mountaineer are joined by Villanova (East), Oklahoma (Midwest), and Xavier (West) on the one-line. When a group of bunched teams lose, sometimes a good loss (or an acceptable one) allows for status quo. Either way, think about the seed list this morning the same as you do the weather. Don’t like it much? Give it a day or two; it’s likely to change.

UPDATED: January 8, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS - Dayton (First Round)


  • Providence vs. Louisville | East Region
  • Minnesota vs. Houston | West Region
  • SE LOUISIANA vs. NC A&T | East Region
  • TX-SOUTHERN vs. PENN | West Region

BRACKET PROJECTION

EAST - BostonSOUTH - Atlanta
PittsburghPittsburgh
1) Villanova1) WEST VIRGINIA
16) NC A&T / SE LOUISIANA16) BUCKNELL
8) Michigan8) Ohio State
9) Miami-FL9) Washington
BoiseSan Diego
5) Cincinnati5) AUBURN
12) BUFFALO12) LOUISIANA
4) TCU4) Clemson
13) VERMONT13) FURMAN
DetroitNashville
6) Florida6) Kentucky
11) Providence / Louisville11) SMU
3) Michigan State3) SETON HALL
14) WILLIAM & MARY14) MURRAY STATE
CharlotteCharlotte
7) Tennessee7) RHODE ISLAND
10) Maryland10) Baylor
2) VIRGINIA2) Duke
15) RIDER15) RADFORD
WEST - Los AngelesMIDWEST - Omaha
DetroitWichita
1) XAVIER1) Oklahoma
16) TX-SOUTHERN / PENN16) ROBERT MORRIS
8) Arkansas8) Butler
9) UCLA9) Notre Dame
BoiseWichita
5) GONZAGA5) ARIZONA
12) NEW MEXICO ST12) WESTERN KENTUCKY
4) Kansas4) North Carolina
13) SOUTH DAKOTA ST13) LIPSCOMB
DallasDallas
6) Creighton6) Florida State
11) Minnesota / Houston11) Marquette
3) Texas Tech3) WICHITA STATE
14) UC-DAVIS14) DRAKE
San DiegoNashville
7) NEVADA7) Texas AM
10) Georgia10) Texas
2) Arizona State2) PURDUE
15) MONTANA STATE15) WRIGHT STATE

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

Last Four Byes (at large): Maryland, Georgia, Marquette, SMU

Last Four IN (at large): Providence, Louisville, Minnesota, Houston

First Four OUT (at large): St. Bonaventure, Missouri, Syracuse, Alabama

Next four teams OUT (at large): Saint Mary’s, Boston College, LSU, UCF

Breakdown by Conference ...

ACC (8): VIRGINIA, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Miami-FL, Notre Dame, Louisville

SEC (7): AUBURN, Kentucky, Texas AM, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia

BIG 12 (7): OKLAHOMA, West Virginia, TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas, Texas, Baylor

Big 10 (6): PURDUE, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota

Big East (6): SETON HALL, Xavier, Villanova, Creighton, Butler, Providence

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

American (4): WICHITA STATE, Cincinnati, SMU, Houston

Atlantic 10 (1): RHODE ISLAND

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Missouri State (MVC) Rider (MAAC), Western Ketucky (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Penn (IVY), Montana State (BSKY), Wright State (HORIZON), SE Louisiana (SLND), Furman (STHN), UC-Davis (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)