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2018 Bracketology Round-Up: Just show us the bracket

2018 Bracketology Round-Up: Just show us the bracket

It is the most important time of the year for bracketologists. Each day there is the risk of brackets getting reshuffled, or worse, a single-bid/ mid-major conference having a major upset.

You’re not here for the semantics or the story into how we got to this point from a week ago. You either know, or you don’t really care until the bracket comes out.

Without further pomp and circumstance, here is what the bracketologists picked:

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These projections are based on their latest bracket as of March 6.

Joe Lunardi (ESPN):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Michigan
No. 4 West Virginia

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 North Carolina
No. 3 Michigan State
No. 4 Arizona

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Cincinnati
No. 3 Auburn
No. 4 Texas Tech

West Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 Tennessee
No. 4 Wichita State

Last Four in: Texas, UCLA, USC and Alabama
First Four out: Louisville, Marquette, Oklahoma State and Notre Dame

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Arkansas-Pine Bluff/ Lipscomb
No. 8: Virginia Tech (Midwest, at-large) vs. No. 9 Oklahoma
First Four: No. 16 Radford (East, Big South Champ) vs. Hampton (MEAC Champ)

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Dave Ommen (NBC Sports/ Yahoo/ Bracketville):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 3 North Carolina
No. 4 Texas Tech

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 Tennessee
No. 4 Wichita State

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Auburn
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 West Virginia

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Michigan
No. 4 Gonzaga

Last Four in: UCLA, Marquette, Syracuse, and Alabama
First Four out: Baylor, Washington, USC, and Oklahoma State

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Arkansas-Pine Bluff/ Hampton (MEAC Champ)
No. 7: Virginia Tech (Midwest, at-large) vs. No. 10 Saint Mary’s
No. 16 Radford (Big South Champ) vs. No. 1 Kansas

Shelby Mast (USA-Today):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Michigan State
No. 4 Florida

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 North Carolina
No. 3 Wichita State
No. 4 Michigan

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Cincinnati
No. 3 Auburn
No. 4 Texas Tech

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 Tennessee
No. 4 Arizona

Last Four in: Marquette, USC, Butler, and Providence
First Four out: Baylor, Syracuse, Utah, and Oklahoma State

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 SE Louisiana/ Radford (Big South Champ)
No. 8: Virginia Tech (East, at-large) vs. No. 9 Rhode Island
First Four: No. 16 Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Hampton (MEAC Champ)

Chris Dobbertean (SB Nation):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 3 North Carolina
No. 4 Gonzaga

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Kansas
No. 3 Auburn
No. 4 Wichita State

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Cincinnati
No. 3 Michigan
No. 4 Texas Tech

West Region:
No. 1 Duke
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 Tennessee
No. 4 Arizona

Last Four in: Marquette, Saint Mary’s, Arizona State, and Alabama
First Four out: Syracuse, Louisville, Utah, and Baylor

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 SE Louisiana/ Arkansas-Pine Bluff
No. 7: Virginia Tech (West, at-large) vs. No. 10 Providence
First Four: No. 16 Radford (East, Big South Champ)/ Hampton (MEAC Champ)

Jerry Palm (CBS Sports):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Tennessee
No. 4 West Virginia

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 Texas Tech
No. 4 Wichita State

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Cincinnati
No. 3 Auburn
No. 4 Michigan

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 3 North Carolina
No. 4 Arizona

Last Four in: Texas, Syracuse, USC, and Marquette
First Four out: Louisville, Utah, Washington, and Boise State

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 SE Louisiana/ Hampton (MEAC Champ)
No. 8: Virginia Tech (West, at-large) vs. No. 9 Arizona State
First Four: No. 16 Radford (South, Big South Champ) vs. No. 16 Arkansas-Pine Bluff     

Delphi Bracketology (Most accurate bracket projection of past two years):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Tennessee
No. 4 Texas Tech

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 Clemson

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Auburn
No. 3 Michigan State
No. 4 Wichita State

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 North Carolina
No. 3 Michigan
No. 4 Arizona

Last Four in: USC, Mississippi State, Saint Mary’s (CA), and Louisville
First Four out: Washington, UCLA, Syracuse, and Baylor

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Bethune-Cookman/ Arkansas-Pine Bluff
No. 7: Virginia Tech (South, at-large) vs. No. 10 Kansas State
First Four: No. 16 Radford (East, Big South Champ) vs. No. 16 SE Louisiana

Local Rundown:

No movement for Virginia as they continue to be the top team in all of college basketball. They will remain in the South as long as Villanova is a No. 1 seed as well.  Each week Virginia Tech gets more and more comfortable ahead of the bubble. Right now they are hovering between the No. 7/8 lines and the ACC Tournament will determine where they fall. All they need is one win in the ACC Tournament and the Hokies will be solidly in the dance.

Big South champion, Radford had a crazy buzzer beater just to get here, but have the automatic bid into the tournament. The only way they avoid the play-in round is if there are a lot of upsets in single-bid conferences.

Hampton currently has the MEAC’s bid to the NCAA Tournament, but they still have their whole tournament in front of them. If they make it in, they will be in the First Four no matter how other conference championships pan out.

Here are the remaining teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region (Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) that still can win their conference’s automatic bid.  They are a contender and have not started, or is yet to be eliminated in their respective conference championships: Old Dominion (24-6, 15-3 C-USA), VCU (17-14, 9-9 A-10), and UMBC (22-10, 12-4 A-East).

Miami vs. Virginia Tech time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Miami vs. Virginia Tech time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Virginia Tech welcomes Miami to Cassell Coliseum on Wednesday night, looking to avenge a 71-61 January loss to the Hurricanes. Meanwhile, Miami is chasing a three-game winning streak to improve its seed for the ACC tournament.

Despite both teams having good victories on their respective ledgers, the Hokies and Hurricans have both largely struggled this season and find themselves among a crowded middle of the ACC standings. 

There are currently nine ACC teams — including Virginia Tech (6-8) and Miami (5-10) that have a conference record between 5-10 and 7-7, meaning that just 2.5 games separate the fifth spot and 13th position. The Hokies and Huricanes have five games left in the regular season to improve its spot in the ACC tournament, and that starts with Wednesday night's matchup.

Forward Landers Nolley II leads Virginia Tech into this game with 17.2 points per game, and Miami guard Chris Lykes (15.2 points per game) gets his first chance against the Hokies this season after missing the January matchup.

Here's everything you need to know to catch Wednesday night's ACC action.

Miami vs. Virginia Tech: How to Watch

Who: Miami Hurricanes (13-12, 5-10 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (15-10, 6-8 ACC)
What: ACC basketball on NBC Sports Washington
When: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 9 p.m. ET. 
Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
TV Channel: You can watch Miami vs. Virginia Tech on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

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VCU's upset bid falls short as No. 5 Dayton earns 15th straight win

VCU's upset bid falls short as No. 5 Dayton earns 15th straight win

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Jalen Crutcher scored 18 points and No. 5 Dayton held off a late challenge and beat VCU 66-61 on Tuesday night, the Flyers' 15th consecutive victory.

Odi Toppin added 12 points and Trey Landers 11 for the Flyers (24-2, 13-0 Atlantic 10). They were the highest-ranked team ever to play on VCU's home floor.

VCU (17-9, 7-6) closed to within one possession several times in the last seven minutes, the last on Vince Williams' putback with 27 seconds left, but Dwayne Cohill made a pair of free throws with 22.4 seconds left and the Flyers held on.

Nah'Shon Hyland led VCU with 18 points and Marcus Santos-Silva had 12 points and 17 rebounds, but VCU lost for the fourth time in its last five games.

The Rams used an 8-1 run to get within 52-50 with 6:18 left, but Dayton converted six of eight free throws to rebuild the lead to 58-51. Malik Crowfield's 3-pointer and a free throw by De'Riante Jenkins pulled the Rams within 58-55, but Toppin scored inside and added a free throw.

BIG PICTURE

Dayton: The Flyers were shooting well about 50% for most of the game before a dry spell in the second half that included a pair of ill-advised 3-point tries by Crutcher and Landers. They finished 19 for 42, 45.2%.

VCU: The Rams played without point guard Marcus Evans, their top passer and No. 3 scorer. Evans aggravated a left knee injury in VCU's loss to Richmond last Saturday.

UP NEXT

The Flyers are at home against Duquesne on Saturday.

VCU is on the road at Saint Louis on Friday.

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