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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).

Watch a George Mason walk-on receive a full scholarship

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Watch a George Mason walk-on receive a full scholarship

There are not many videos better in this world than walk-on college athletes receiving a full-ride scholarship and their ensuing reaction. 

George Mason's men's basketball team gave everyone one of those emotional moments. Jack Tempchin, who's in his third year as a preferred walk-on for the Patriots, received the scholarship after Thursday's practice. 

His teammates reacted appropriately. 

On Twitter, the redshirt junior thanked his teammates, coaches and family who helped get him to this point. 

As a walk-on, Tempchin has only played in 16 games throughout his three years. Most of his minutes have been in garbage time of blowouts or to come in the game to pick-up a quick foul. Throughout those appearances, he's put up six points, four of them coming from the charity stripe. 

Gotta love when a player gets properly rewarded for their hard work and dedication. 

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Virginia comes back from historic upset against UMBC to win the NCAA tournament

Virginia comes back from historic upset against UMBC to win the NCAA tournament

Shock and disbelief were carved onto the faces of the Virginia Cavaliers as they walked off the court from their lone NCAA Tournament game in March 2018.

The top-seeded Cavaliers had just lost, as is the case for 67 of the 68 teams that enter the big dance. But their loss was different. Their loss was unprecedented. 

They had just entered the record books for all the wrong reasons. The 2018 Cavaliers became the first-ever No. 1 seed to be upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to a No. 16 seed. 

The greatest upset in college basketball history belongs to the UMBC Retrievers for their manhandling of Virginia that day. However, that unlikely victory – as incredible and monumental the feat was – is not what is highlighted today. 

That UMBC victory sparked what would become a great comeback year for Virginia. A year later, the Cavaliers would squash their demons and take home the national championship.

Both years were exceptionally dominant for Virginia. The former being the No. 1 overall seed of the tournament. Combined their records were 60-5 excluding their NCAA Tournament games. To produce such an incredible mark, they rode on the back of their intimidating defense to get there. In 2018 they were fifth in adjusted defense according to KenPom. That rose to first the year that they won it. 

With such a good defense, it left some holes on their offense. Sure, they held opponents to only 53 points but they did not muster much better on the other end of the court. Their offense was a problem and it cost them by scoring only 54 to UMBC. 

Nothing changed for Virginia the following season. Their identity – a slower pace, defense-first mindset that many regarded as the sole reason for their loss to UMBC – did not waiver. Head coach Tony Bennett just had them improve in every aspect of their game. 

Most importantly, though, they got all their key figures to return. DeAndre Hunter, Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome were all there to avenge the loss.

It made the celebration for the Cavaliers so much more triumphant. It was easy to feel the relief that Hunter exhaled as he chucked the basketball to the rafters as the final seconds in the national championship game ticked away. A story tale ending was complete. One that was filled with chills and narratives that the best storytellers in Hollywood could not script.