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It started off as a boring, sluggish Tuesday night, then ramped up a bit. Baylor got a HUGE win at Iowa State, moving both teams, Purdue snuck out of Bloomington with a close win. Nebraska has just about sealed their fate (NIT at best). Maryland stopped Iowa from another buzzer beating win, Kentucky kept Kentuckying, and Alabama dropped out with the loss to TAMU. MADNESS - nuff said!

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Seeds

Seed East - Washington DC Midwest - Kansas City South - Louisville West - Anaheim
1 Duke 23-2   Tennessee 24-2   Virginia 23-2   Gonzaga 24-2  
2 Michigan 23-3   North Carolina 20-5   Kentucky 22-4   Michigan State 20-5  
3 Marquette 21-4   Kansas 20-6   Houston 25-1   LSU 21-4  
4 Texas Tech 21-5 Wisconsin 18-8   Purdue 19-7   Nevada 24-1  
5 Villanova 20-6   Iowa State 19-7 Kansas State 20-6   Louisville 18-8  
6 Virginia Tech 20-6   Iowa 20-6   Maryland 20-7   Florida State 21-5  
7 Syracuse 17-8   Mississippi State 18-7   Cincinnati 21-4   Buffalo 23-3  
8 Baylor 17-9 Wofford 23-4   Saint John's 19-7   Washington 20-5  
9 Ohio State 16-9   VCU 20-6   Auburn 17-8   Ole Miss 18-8
10 Oklahoma 16-10   TCU 17-9   Lipscomb 21-5   Texas 15-11  
11 Minnesota 17-9   Temple 19-7   Arizona State 17-8   Seton Hall 16-9  
12 Murray State 21-4   Florida 14-11/NC State 18-8 Belmont 21-4   Butler 15-11/UCF 19-5  
13 Vermont 21-5   New Mexico State 23-4   Hofstra 22-5   UC Irvine 22-5  
14 Yale 17-4   Texas State 21-5   Radford 18-8   ODU 21-6  
15 South Dakota State 21-7   Montana 19-6   Northern Kentucky 20-7   Loyola-Chicago 16-11  
16 Saint Francis-PA 14-11/Norfolk State 16-11   Bucknell 17-10   SHSU 17-9   Canisius 12-14/PVAM 13-12  
Last 4 in - UCF, Butler, NC State, Florida  
First 4 out - Alabama, Furman, Georgetown, Indiana  
Moving In - Florida  
Moving out - Alabama  
Others considered for at-large bids (no particular order) - Nebraska, UNCG, Clemson, Saint Mary's, Utah State, Arkansas       
On Life Support - Oregon State, Colorado, Texas A&M, Miami-FLA, UCLA, UConn, DePaul, Missouri, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Fresno State, Notre Dame, Boston College, Georgia, Liberty, Xavier, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Memphis, USC, South Carolina, Georgia State, ETSU, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Northwestern, Arizona, Oregon, Providence, Creighton, Davidson      
No longer considered for at-large bid - Wichita State, Jacksonville State, Penn State, Tulsa, Rutgers, Vanderbilt      
Multi bid conferences - ACC (8), Big 10 (8), Big 12 (8), SEC (7), Big East (5), AAC (4), OVC (2), Pac 12 (2)      
Leaders or highest NET from projected 1-bid conferences - (24 total): A10 - VCU, America East - Vermont, Atlantic Sun - Lipscomb, Big Sky - Montana, Big South - Radford, Big West - UC Irvine, CAA - Hofstra, C-USA - ODU, Horizon - Northern Kentucky, Ivy - Yale, MAAC - Canisius, MAC - Buffalo, MEAC - Norfolk State, MVC - Loyola-Chicago, MWC - Nevada, Northeast - Saint Francis-PA, Patriot - Bucknell, Southern - Wofford, Southland - Sam Houston State, SWAC - Prairie View A&M, Summit - South Dakota State, Sun Belt - Texas State, 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 NET chosen for now)   
Teams in Red have work left to do  

Bracket

East - Washington, DC     West - Anaheim  
Columbia   Salt Lake City
1 Duke 23-2     1 Gonzaga 24-2  
16 Saint Francis-PA 14-11/Norfolk State 16-11     16 Canisius 12-14/PVAM 13-12  
8 Baylor 17-9   8 Washington 20-5  
9 Ohio State 16-9     9 Ole Miss 18-8
San Jose   San Jose
5 Villanova 20-6     5 Louisville 18-8  
12 Murray State 21-4     12 Butler 15-11/UCF 19-5  
13 Vermont 21-5     13 UC Irvine 22-5  
4 Texas Tech 21-5   4 Nevada 24-1  
Hartford   Jacksonville
3 Marquette 21-4     3 LSU 21-4  
14 Yale 17-4     14 ODU 21-6  
6 Virginia Tech 20-6     6 Florida State 21-5  
11 Minnesota 17-9     11 Seton Hall 16-9  
Des Moines   Des Moines
10 Oklahoma 16-10     10 Texas 15-11  
7 Syracuse 17-8     7 Buffalo 23-3  
15 South Dakota State 21-7     15 Loyola-Chicago 16-11  
2 Michigan 23-3     2 Michigan State 20-5  
             
South - Louisville     Midwest - Kansas City  
Columbus   Columbia
1 Virginia 23-2     1 Tennessee 24-2  
16 SHSU 17-9     16 Bucknell 17-10  
8 Saint John's 19-7     8 Wofford 23-4  
9 Auburn 17-8     9 VCU 20-6  
Hartford   Salt Lake City
5 Kansas State 20-6     5 Iowa State 19-7
12 Belmont 21-4     12 Florida 14-11/NC State 18-8
13 Hofstra 22-5     13 New Mexico State 23-4  
4 Purdue 19-7     4 Wisconsin 18-8  
Tulsa   Tulsa
3 Houston 25-1     3 Kansas 20-6  
14 Radford 18-8     14 Texas State 21-5  
6 Maryland 20-7     6 Iowa 20-6  
11 Arizona State 17-8     11 Temple 19-7  
Columbus   Jacksonville
10 Lipscomb 21-5     10 TCU 17-9  
7 Cincinnati 21-4     7 Mississippi State 18-7  
15 Northern Kentucky 20-7     15 Montana 19-6  
2 Kentucky 22-4     2 North Carolina 20-5  

Match-ups
Seed East - Washington DC Midwest - Kansas City South - Louisville West - Anaheim
1 Duke 23-2   Tennessee 24-2   Virginia 23-2   Gonzaga 24-2  
16 Saint Francis-PA 14-11/Norfolk State 16-11   Bucknell 17-10   SHSU 17-9   Canisius 12-14/PVAM 13-12  
8 Baylor 17-9 Wofford 23-4   Saint John's 19-7   Washington 20-5  
9 Ohio State 16-9   VCU 20-6   Auburn 17-8   Ole Miss 18-8
12 Murray State 21-4   Florida 14-11/NC State 18-8 Belmont 21-4   Butler 15-11/UCF 19-5  
5 Villanova 20-6   Iowa State 19-7 Kansas State 20-6   Louisville 18-8  
13 Vermont 21-5   New Mexico State 23-4   Hofstra 22-5   UC Irvine 22-5  
4 Texas Tech 21-5 Wisconsin 18-8   Purdue 19-7   Nevada 24-1  
3 Marquette 21-4   Kansas 20-6   Houston 25-1   LSU 21-4  
14 Yale 17-4   Texas State 21-5   Radford 18-8   ODU 21-6  
6 Virginia Tech 20-6   Iowa 20-6   Maryland 20-7   Florida State 21-5  
11 Minnesota 17-9   Temple 19-7   Arizona State 17-8   Seton Hall 16-9  
10 Oklahoma 16-10   TCU 17-9   Lipscomb 21-5   Texas 15-11  
7 Syracuse 17-8   Mississippi State 18-7   Cincinnati 21-4   Buffalo 23-3  
15 South Dakota State 21-7   Montana 19-6   Northern Kentucky 20-7   Loyola-Chicago 16-11  
2 Michigan 23-3   North Carolina 20-5   Kentucky 22-4   Michigan State 20-5  

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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