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Bracketology: You’re up Auburn!

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Head coach Bruce Pearl of the Auburn Tigers reacts against the Boston College Eagles in the second half of the Under Armour Reunion at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Auburn, it’s your turn. Welcome to the No. 1 seed line.

With Purdue’s loss at Wisconsin, the Boilermakers slip a notch, opening a door for the Tigers, who enter as the fourth overall seed and No. 1 seed in the West Region. Kansas is now next in line.

Virginia continues to lead the Field of 68, followed by Xavier, Villanova, and those aforementioned Tigers. Just for fun, Xavier and Villanova meet on Saturday at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati. Villanova won the first meeting in Philadelphia.

The bubble isn’t overly deep, but it is tightly contested. There’s little separation among about 15 or so teams. The result: there’s a lot left to decide between now and Selection Sunday.

Here’s were we stand today ...

UPDATED: February 16, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS - Dayton (First Round)


  • Washington vs. Texas | East Region
  • UCLA vs. Baylor | Midwest Region
  • NICHOLLS ST vs. SAVANNAH ST | Midwest Region
  • PENN vs. ARKANSAS-PB | South Region

BRACKET PROJECTION

SOUTH - AtlantaMIDWEST - Omaha
CharlotteNashville
1) VIRGINIA1) XAVIER
16) PENN / ARK-PB16) NICHOLLS ST / SAV ST
8) Providence8) Kentucky
9) Arkansas9) Saint Mary’s
BoiseBoise
5) Oklahoma5) RHODE ISLAND
12) LOUISIANA12) LOYOLA (CHI)
4) Tennessee4) West Virginia
13) E. TENNESSEE ST13) BELMONT
DetroitDallas
6) Alabama6) Missouri
11) NC State11) UCLA / Baylor
3) MICHIGAN STATE3) Clemson
14) BUFFALO14) CHARLESTON
PittsburghDetroit
7) Florida State7) Miami-FL
10) Kansas State10) TCU
2) CINCINNATI2) Purdue
15) NO KENTUCKY15) FL GULF COAST
WEST - Los AngelesEAST - Boston
NashvillePittsburgh
1) AUBURN1) Villanova
16) UNC-ASHEVILLE16) WAGNER
8) Houston8) Michigan
9) Seton Hall9) Virginia Tech
San DiegoSan Diego
5) GONZAGA5) Texas AM
12) NEW MEXICO ST12) Washington / Texas
4) ARIZONA4) Ohio State
13) SOUTH DAKOTA ST13) VERMONT
WichitaDallas
6) Creighton6) Florida
11) MIDDLE TENNESSEE11) Louisville
3) North Carolina3) TEXAS TECH
14) UC-SANTA BARBARA14) RIDER
WichitaCharlotte
7) Arizona State7) Wichita State
10) NEVADA10) Butler
2) Kansas2) Duke
15) MONTANA15) BUCKNELL

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

Last Four Byes (at large): Butler, Kansas State, NC State, Louisville

Last Four IN (at large): Washington, Texas, UCLA, Baylor

First Four OUT (at large): USC, Utah, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse

Next four teams OUT (at large): Nebraska, Temple, LSU, Marquette

Breakdown by Conference ...

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

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

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): OHIO STATE, Purdue, Michigan State, Michigan

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

American (3): CINCINNATI, Wichita State, Houston

West Coast (2): GONZAGA, Saint Mary’s

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

Atlantic 10 (1): RHODE ISLAND

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Rider (MAAC), Middle Tennessee (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Pennsylvania (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Northern Kentucky (HORIZON), Nicholls State (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), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC)

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