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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).

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.