Bracketology (March 16, 2019)

Operation ACC Three No. 1 Seeds is almost complete.

Duke's thrilling 74-73 win over North Carolina in Friday's ACC Tournament semifinals jumps the Blue Devils back up to the No. 1 line. Then, coupled with a Virginia's loss, there are arguments to be made that Duke could be the No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday. Duke's not there... yet. A win over Florida State in Saturday's ACC final would be huge and, with a fully-healthy Zion, would give the committee plenty to dissect in regards to the seed list.

Currently, I still have Virginia as the No. 1 overall seed, followed by UNC, Duke and Gonzaga. Kentucky and Michigan State still might have a claim for that fourth No. 1 spot, but it'll be interesting to see what happens with UNC. The Tar Heels were a unanimous No. 1 seed before a crazy one-point loss. Does that drop them to a No. 2? It shouldn't, but we're not in the room.

LAST FOUR BYES: TCU, Minnesota, Washington, Arizona State
LAST FOUR IN: Ohio State, Temple, St. John's, Belmont
FIRST FOUR OUT: Oregon, NC State, Alabama, Xavier
NEXT FOUR OUT: Texas, UNC-Greensboro, Indiana, Clemson


There will be a bid stealer in the A-10 after VCU's loss in the quarterfinals to Rhode Island. Davidson (the No. 2 seed in the tournament), currently holds that spot. The MAC and the Pac-12 also have bid stealer possibilities. 

Oregon's resume is one that will get a big look over the next few days. The Ducks are playing incredibly well down the stretch and have decent wins. Will it be enough? Oregon is one of those teams that could really catch fire from the 11/12 line and make the Sweet 16... or could enjoy a stay in the NIT. Honestly, I'm 50/50 whether Washington actually makes the tournament. As an 11 seed, I think that's pretty clear. The Huskies could be anywhere from a No. 8 seed to the NIT. 

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