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Bracketology: Zion’s impact for Duke

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Duke’s Zion Williamson (1) reacts following a basket against Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Zion Williamson returned to Duke’s lineup Thursday night and put on quite a show with the Selection Committee watching in New York. If the Blue Devils beat North Carolina in the ACC semifinals, they will likely be a No. 1 seed on Sunday night.

Other teams in play for the top line? That would be your aforementioned Tar Heels, who could all but wrap up a No. 1 seed themselves by ousting the Blue Devils a third time. We also have Kentucky, Tennessee and LSU from the SEC and Michigan State from the Big 10.

Hefty debates continue along the cutline. There are a couple of major conference bid thieves still alive (West Virginia, Nebraska). Xavier is surging in the Big East. And favorites in the Mid American, Mountain West, and Atlantic 10 continue play today.

Let’s see how the next 24 hours play out.

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

UPDATED: March 15, 2019 | 7:00 a.m. ET

FIRST FOUR - DAYTON
SOUTH REGIONFlorida vs. Belmont
EAST REGIONTCU vs. Alabama
EAST REGIONIONA vs. FAIR-DICKINSON
WEST REGIONNO DAKOTA ST vs. Norfolk State


EAST - Washington, DCWEST - Anaheim
ColumbiaSalt Lake City
1) Virginia1) Gonzaga
16) IONA / FDU16) NO DAKOTA ST / Norfolk St
8) Seton Hall8) Iowa
9) Washington9) Baylor
San JoseSan Jose
5) Mississippi State5) Nevada
12) MURRAY STATE12) New Mexico St
4) Kansas State4) Florida State
13) NORTHEASTERN13) UC-Irvine
Des MoinesTulsa
6) Cincinnati6) Auburn
11) TCU / Alabama11) Temple
3) Michigan3) Texas Tech
14) Old Dominion14) NORTHERN KENTUCKY
JacksonvilleDes Moines
7) Louisville7) WOFFORD
10) Minnesota10) Utah State
2) LSU2) Michigan State
15) COLGATE15) BRADLEY
MIDWEST - Kansas CitySOUTH - Louisville
ColumbusColumbia
1) Kentucky1) North Carolina
16) Prairie View AM16) Sam Houston State
8) UCF8) VCU
9) Syracuse9) Ole Miss
HartfordHartford
5) Virginia Tech5) Marquette
12) SAINT MARY’S12) Florida / Belmont
4) Wisconsin4) Kansas
13) LIBERTY13) Vermont
Salt Lake CityTulsa
6) Maryland6) Villanova
11) St. John’s11) Arizona State
3) Houston3) Purdue
14) Montana14) Georgia State
JacksonvilleColumbus
7) Iowa State7) Buffalo
10) Ohio State10) Oklahoma
2) Duke2) Tennessee
15) Harvard15) GARDNER-WEBB


BUBBLE NOTES
Last 4 ByesLast 4 IN First 4 OUTNext 4 OUT
Ohio StateTCUNC StateXavier
TempleAlabamaIndianaCreighton
Arizona StateFloridaNC GreensboroGeorgetown
St. John’sBelmontFurmanClemson

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

Breakdown by Conference ...

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

SEC (8): LSU, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida

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

BIG 12 (7): KANSAS STATE, Texas Tech, Kansas, 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): NEVADA, Utah State

West Coast (2): SAINT MARY’S, Gonzaga

Southern (1): WOFFORD

Atlantic 10 (1): VCU

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), Sam Houston State (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.