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Good evening college hoops fans. Below is my most up-to-date bracket. At this point in the season, I have a good amount of results to base this on, plus, I'm still using projections for teams. For example - Furman. They would probably be seeded higher if the selection was done now, but I think after conference play begins, it will be awful difficult to get a single digit seed. By mid-January, projections are out the window and it's all results based. I currently feel there are 8 teams worthy of the 1-line. Not sure if the 4 I picked will still be there, but I feel fairly confident in the ones I have there now. Feel free to laugh amongst yourselves! And for those of you who question Virginia's pod in Columbus also including NC State, teams from the same conference CAN be in the same pod if they've only played once during the year. Currently - UVA and NC St are scheduled to play only once, but if they do play in the ACC tourney, this pod cannot happen.

PLEASE NOTE - My projections are based on at-large chances, so only conference leaders from 1-bid conferences are not placed in a First Four game.  Until a team wins the conference tournament, they are not officially a lock and can be placed in a First Four game or even out for multi-bid conferences.

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The part above that is in bold - this is what I do. If you choose to use my picks to try and win your office pool, then it's your own fault for doing so. I stink when it comes to doing that and make no secret about it. Madness is Madness, it rules, and no one gets them all right.

Last updated 12/10/2018 06:18 PM Central Time 

Seeds

Seed East - Washington DC Midwest - Kansas City South - Louisville West - Anaheim
1 Duke 9-1   Kansas 8-0   Michigan 10-0   Nevada 10-0  
2 Tennessee 7-1   Auburn 8-1   Virginia 9-0   Gonzaga 9-1  
3 Michigan State 8-2   Florida State 8-1   Texas Tech 8-0   Virginia Tech 8-1  
4 Oklahoma 8-1   Wisconsin 8-2   North Carolina 7-2   Ohio State 8-1  
5 Nebraska 8-2   Buffalo 9-0   Iowa 7-2   Arizona State 7-1  
6 Kansas State 6-2   Kentucky 7-2   Houston 8-0   Villanova 8-2  
7 Minnesota 8-2   Indiana 8-2   Creighton 6-3   Mississippi State 8-1  
8 Maryland 8-2   Saint John's 9-0   Marquette 8-2   Cincinnati 9-1  
9 Arizona 7-3   Purdue 6-4   Iowa State 8-2   Syracuse 7-2  
10 Louisville 6-3   Clemson 6-3   NC State 8-1   UCLA 7-2  
11 Butler 7-2/Washington 7-3   Texas 6-3   Furman 10-0   LSU 7-2  
12 Belmont 7-1   UCF 7-2/TCU 7-1   Lipscomb 7-2   Davidson 8-1  
13 New Mexico State 7-2   Radford 6-3   North Texas 10-1   Georgia Southern 6-2  
14 Northern Colorado 5-1   Charleston 8-2   Drake 6-1   Penn 8-2  
15 Northern Kentucky 8-3   South Dakota State 8-3   Holy Cross 6-4   UC Irvine 9-2  
16 Howard 6-3/Texas Southern 4-6   Stony Brook 8-2   Rider 2-3/LIU-Brooklyn 5-4   Abilene Christian 9-1  
Last 4 in - TCU, Butler, Washington, UCF  
First 4 out - Arkansas, Colorado, VCU, Ole Miss  
Moving In - coming January 2019  
Moving out - coming January 2019  
Others considered for at-large bids (no particular order) - Temple, Memphis, Wichita State, Notre Dame, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Toledo, Indiana St, Saint Louis, Duquesne, Dayton, West Virginia, Utah State, Fresno State, Georgetown, DePaul, Loyola Marymount, Providence, San Francisco, Seton Hall, Missouri, Xavier, Oregon State, Florida, Northwestern, Rutgers, Penn State, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Georgia State, San Diego, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Southern Illinois, Oregon, Miami, UConn  
On Life Support -       
No longer considered for at-large bid - coming January 2019      
Multi bid conferences - Big 10 (10), ACC (9), Big 12 (7), Big East (5), SEC (5), Pac 12 (4), AAC (3)  
Leaders or highest RPI from projected 1-bid conferences - (25 total): A10 - Davidson, America East - Stony Brook, Atlantic Sun - Lipscomb, Big Sky - Northern Colorado, Big South - Radford, Big West - UC Irvine, CAA - Charleston, C-USA - North Texas, Horizon - Northern Kentucky, Ivy - Penn, MAAC - Rider, MAC - Buffalo, MEAC - Howard, MVC - Drake, MWC - Nevada, Northeast - LIU-Brooklyn, Ohio Valley - Belmont, Patriot - Holy Cross, Southern - Furman, Southland - Abilene Christian, SWAC - Texas Southern, Summit - South Dakota State, Sun Belt - Georgia Southern, WAC - New Mexico State, WCC - Gonzaga  
Banned from participating - none….yet  
Transition Schools, ineligible for the tourney - Cal Baptist, North Alabama      
                 
Teams in Blue are officially IN the tournament.  
Teams in Black are LOCKS for the tournament as of today (Bold faced for 1-bid leagues - league leader or highest RPI chosen for now)   
Teams in Red have work left to do  

Bracket

East - Washington, DC     South - Louisville  
Columbia   Des Moines
1 Duke 9-1     1 Michigan 10-0  
16 Howard 6-3/Texas Southern 4-6     16 Rider 2-3/LIU-Brooklyn 5-4  
8 Maryland 8-2     8 Marquette 8-2  
9 Arizona 7-3     9 Iowa State 8-2  
Salt Lake City   Seattle
5 Nebraska 8-2     5 Iowa 7-2  
12 Belmont 7-1     12 Lipscomb 7-2  
13 New Mexico State 7-2     13 North Texas 10-1  
4 Oklahoma 8-1     4 North Carolina 7-2  
Des Moines   Tulsa
3 Michigan State 8-2     3 Texas Tech 8-0  
14 Northern Colorado 5-1     14 Drake 6-1  
6 Kansas State 6-2     6 Houston 8-0  
11 Butler 7-2/Washington 7-3     11 Furman 10-0  
Columbia   Columbus
10 Louisville 6-3     10 NC State 8-1  
7 Minnesota 8-2     7 Creighton 6-3  
15 Northern Kentucky 8-3     15 Holy Cross 6-4  
2 Tennessee 7-1     2 Virginia 9-0  
             
West - Anaheim     Midwest - Kansas City  
Salt Lake City   Tulsa
1 Nevada 10-0     1 Kansas 8-0  
16 Abilene Christian 9-1     16 Stony Brook 8-2  
8 Cincinnati 9-1     8 Saint John's 9-0  
9 Syracuse 7-2     9 Purdue 6-4  
Hartford   Columbus
5 Arizona State 7-1     5 Buffalo 9-0  
12 Davidson 8-1     12 UCF 7-2/TCU 7-1  
13 Georgia Southern 6-2     13 Radford 6-3  
4 Ohio State 8-1     4 Wisconsin 8-2  
Hartford   Jacksonville
3 Virginia Tech 8-1     3 Florida State 8-1  
14 Penn 8-2     14 Charleston 8-2  
6 Villanova 8-2     6 Kentucky 7-2  
11 LSU 7-2     11 Texas 6-3  
Seattle   Jacksonville
10 UCLA 7-2     10 Clemson 6-3  
7 Mississippi State 8-1     7 Indiana 8-2  
15 UC Irvine 9-2     15 South Dakota State 8-3  
2 Gonzaga 9-1     2 Auburn 8-1  

Match-ups
Seed East - Washington DC Midwest - Kansas City South - Louisville West - Anaheim
1 Duke 9-1   Kansas 8-0   Michigan 10-0   Nevada 10-0  
16 Howard 6-3/Texas Southern 4-6   Stony Brook 8-2   Rider 2-3/LIU-Brooklyn 5-4   Abilene Christian 9-1  
8 Maryland 8-2   Saint John's 9-0   Marquette 8-2   Cincinnati 9-1  
9 Arizona 7-3   Purdue 6-4   Iowa State 8-2   Syracuse 7-2  
12 Belmont 7-1   UCF 7-2/TCU 7-1   Lipscomb 7-2   Davidson 8-1  
5 Nebraska 8-2   Buffalo 9-0   Iowa 7-2   Arizona State 7-1  
13 New Mexico State 7-2   Radford 6-3   North Texas 10-1   Georgia Southern 6-2  
4 Oklahoma 8-1   Wisconsin 8-2   North Carolina 7-2   Ohio State 8-1  
3 Michigan State 8-2   Florida State 8-1   Texas Tech 8-0   Virginia Tech 8-1  
14 Northern Colorado 5-1   Charleston 8-2   Drake 6-1   Penn 8-2  
6 Kansas State 6-2   Kentucky 7-2   Houston 8-0   Villanova 8-2  
11 Butler 7-2/Washington 7-3   Texas 6-3   Furman 10-0   LSU 7-2  
10 Louisville 6-3   Clemson 6-3   NC State 8-1   UCLA 7-2  
7 Minnesota 8-2   Indiana 8-2   Creighton 6-3   Mississippi State 8-1  
15 Northern Kentucky 8-3   South Dakota State 8-3   Holy Cross 6-4   UC Irvine 9-2  
2 Tennessee 7-1   Auburn 8-1   Virginia 9-0   Gonzaga 9-1  

These projections are based on how I think the committee will make their selections, not how I would want to make them, if the season ended TODAY.  If you have any questions or comments about these predictions, if you find any errors, or if you just want to talk hoops feel free to email me.  Please note this is for entertainment purposes only. Yes, W.A.G. stands for Wild Ass Guess.  Thanks and enjoy.



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