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Bracketology Round-up: North Carolina back to a No. 2 seed, Virginia Tech climbing

Bracketology Round-up: North Carolina back to a No. 2 seed, Virginia Tech climbing

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Questioning if the North Carolina Tar Heels were going to make it to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament seems so long ago. This week the Tar Heels knocked off two bubble ACC teams in Louisville and Syracuse on the road to ascend back to one of the top eight teams in the country.

Luke Maye and Joel Berry II are playing like All-Americans, especially over the six-game win streak they are on.

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At the same token Virginia Tech has seen other teams fall, allowing them who are struggling through conference play to get into the tournament. It is now time to question where the Hokies will play rather than if they will make it in.

One of their victims was Clemson, who is now in a tailspin. Once a No. 2 seed, they dropped three straight and are sitting on a No. 4 seed line, barely.

Wichita State is climbing toward the end of the year with other teams falling. The Shockers are up to a No. 3 seed.

The unanimous bubble teams include Syracuse, Louisville, Texas, and USC. Moving ahead of the bubble include St. Bonaventure, Butler, and Florida.

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These projections are based on their latest bracket as of Feb. 26.

Joe Lunardi (ESPN):

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

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

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 Michigan State
No. 3 North Carolina
No. 4 Arizona

Last Four in: St. Bonaventure, Syracuse, Louisville, and USC
First Four out: UCLA, Texas, Washington, and Penn State

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Nicholls St./ Savannah State
No. 10: Virginia Tech (South, at-large) vs. No. 7 Nevada

Dave Ommen (NBC Sports/ Yahoo/ Bracketville):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 Clemson

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 North Carolina
No. 3 Tennessee
No. 4 Texas Tech

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

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

Last Four in: Providence, Kansas State, Saint Mary’s, and St. Bonaventure
First Four out: Texas, USC, Washington, and Louisville

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Beathune Cookman/ Arkansas Pine Bluff
No. 8: Virginia Tech (Midwest, at-large) vs. No. 9 Texas A&M

Shelby Mast (USA-Today):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 Kentucky

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

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

West Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 Arizona
No. 4 Clemson

Last Four in: USC, Providence, Washington, and Louisville
First Four out: Baylor, Syracuse, Marquette, and Mississippi State

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Wagner
No. 10: Virginia Tech (South, at-large) vs. No. 7 Seton Hall

Chris Dobbertean (SB Nation) – Updated on 2/23:

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

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

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

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

Last Four in: St. Bonaventure, Baylor, Texas, and Syracuse
First Four out: Utah, USC, UCLA, and Louisville

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ)
No. 8: Virginia Tech (at-large)
Maryland (also considered)

Jerry Palm (CBS Sports) – Updated on 2/25:

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Tennessee
No. 4 Ohio State

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

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

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 North Carolina
No. 3 Purdue
No. 4 Rhode Island

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

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Bethune Cookman/ Arkansas Pine-Bluff
No. 10: Virginia Tech (South, at-large) vs. No. 7 Arkansas

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

No. 1 seeds: Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, and Kansas
No. 2 seeds: Duke, North Carolina, Auburn, and Purdue
No. 3 seeds: Michigan State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, and Texas Tech
No. 4 seeds: West Virginia, Wichita State, Kentucky, and Clemson

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 overall: Virginia (ACC Champ)
No. 7: Virginia Tech (at-large)

Local Rundown:

A home win over No. 15 Clemson partnered with a home loss to Louisville just slightly bumped up the Hokies. A week ago, Virginia Tech was hovering between the No. 9/ 10 lines and in some instances was one of the last at-large teams to receive a bye. Now they are between the No.8/9 line and in one bracket is up to a No. 7 seed.

Still they have plenty of work ahead of them with a home contest against No. 5 Duke and a trip to Miami closing their season. Movement for Tech might not be over just yet.

Virginia is in the clear and is now the unanimous No. 1 overall seed across these projections. As long as they win one game in the ACC Tournament, that is not going to change. It would be fair to assume too that even if the Cavaliers loose out, they are sitting as a No. 1 seed.

The rest of the Mid-Atlantic Region (Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) is going to have to rely on upsets in conference tournaments to get more teams in. The list of teams that could provide a surprise team or two continues to dwindle: Old Dominion (22-6, 13-3 C-USA), VCU (16-13, 8-8 A-10), William & Mary (18-11, 11-7 CAA), Radford (19-12, 12-6 Big South), Mount St. Mary’s (18-13, 12-6 NEC), Navy (20-11, 11-7 Patriot), and UMBC (20-10, 11-4 A-East).

Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

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Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.

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West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll

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West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll

After four of the top eight teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll had a new look behind No. 1 Alabama, with Ohio State reaching No. 2, LSU jumping back to No. 5 and Michigan moving into the top 10 for the first time this season.

The Crimson Tide received all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel Sunday, with Ohio State receiving the other. No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Notre Dame also moved up a spot. LSU jumped eight after handing Georgia its first loss of the season. The Bulldogs slipped from No. 2 to No. 8.

No. 6 Michigan has its best ranking of the season after blowing out Wisconsin and Texas is up two spots to No. 7.

No. 9 Oklahoma moved back into the top 10 while it was idle and Central Florida remained No. 10.

COMPLETE AP TOP 25 POLL

1. Alabama 7-0 (60 first-place votes, no change from last week)

2. Ohio State 7-0 (1 first-place vote, No. 3 last week)

3. Clemson 6-0 (No. 4 last week)

4. Notre Dame 7-0 (No. 5 last week)

5. LSU 6-1 (No. 13 last week)

6. Michigan 6-1 (No. 12 last week)

7. Texas 6-1 (No. 9 last week)

8. Georgia 6-1 (No. 2 last week)

9. Oklahoma 5-1 (No. 11 last week)

10. UCF 6-0 (No change from last week)

11. Florida 6-1 (No. 14 last week)

12. Oregon 5-1 (No. 17 last week)

13. West Virginia 5-1 (No. 6 last week)

14. Kentucky 5-1 (No. 18 last week)

15. Washington 5-2 (No. 7 last week)

16. NC State 5-0 (No. 20 last week)

17. Texas A&M 5-2 (No. 22 last week)

18. Penn State 4-2 (No. 8 last week)

19. Iowa 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

20. Cincinnati 6-0 (No. 25 last week)

21. South Florida 6-0 (No. 23 last week)

22. Mississippi State 4-2 (No. 24 last week)

23. Wisconsin 4-2 (No. 15 last week)

24. Michigan State 4-2 (Not ranked last week)

25. Washington State 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

Virginia and Maryland are among those that received votes, with each team getting two apiece.

POLL POINTS

Eight ranked teams overall lost Saturday, including three previously unbeaten teams. Joining Georgia among the previously undefeated on Saturday were West Virginia and Colorado.

UP

All the losses up and down the rankings meant plenty of movement. Joining LSU and Michigan as teams that gained at least four spots were:

-- No. 12 Oregon jumped five after beating Washington in overtime. The Ducks have their best ranking since September 2015.

-- No. 17 Texas A&M moved up five after edging South Carolina on the road.

-- It was a good week to be idle and watch teams plummet. No. 14 Kentucky and No. 16 North Carolina State each gained four spots in an idle week, and No. 20 Cincinnati moved up five.

DOWN

-- No. 13 West Virginia lost at Iowa State and fell seven spots after reaching a season high last week.

-- No. 15 Washington dropped eight spots after losing at Oregon.

-- No. 18 Penn State's second straight close home loss, this time to Michigan State, dropped the Nittany Lions 10 spots.

-- No. 23 Wisconsin, which started the season ranked fourth, dropped eight spots after its second loss.

OUT

-- Colorado reached No. 19, racking up wins against a weak schedule, but USC manhandled the Buffaloes in Los Angeles and now they are unranked.

-- Miami, which started the season at No. 8, is out altogether after losing at Virginia.

-- Auburn, which started the season ninth, is out and no longer receiving votes after getting beat at home by Tennessee and falling to 4-3.

IN

-- Iowa surged into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 19.

-- No. 24 Michigan State is back in after a week out.

-- No. 25 Washington State moved in just in time to host ESPN's "College GameDay" for the first time ever with Oregon coming to town. Getting to Pullman, Washington, is notable for the show because for years it has been followed around by Wazzu fans waving the `Ol Crimson school flag.

CONFERENCE CALL

A week after the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the poll, the SEC lost one and the Big Ten gained two. The ACC has only two ranked team for the first time since Oct. 4, 2015, when Clemson was No. 6 and Florida State was No. 12. The Tigers played for in the national championship game that season.

SEC -- 7 teams (1, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 23).

Big Ten -- 6 (2, 6, 18, 19, 22, 24).

American -- 3 (10, 20, 21).

Big 12 -- 3 (7, 9, 13).

Pac-12 -- 3 (12, 15, 25).

ACC -- 2 (3, 16).

Independent -- 1 (4).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 16 North Carolina State at No. 3 Clemson. The ACC's only ranked and unbeaten teams meet in a game that will likely go a long way toward settling the Atlantic Division.

No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU. This will be the fourth ranked team the Tigers have faced -- though two (Miami and Auburn) are no longer.

No. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State. Another chance for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines to flipped the narrative.

No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State. The Ducks look to make it an Evergreen State sweep.

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