BracketBot: January 27, 2019

Seed List:

1: Duke, Virginia, Michigan State, Michigan
2: Gonzaga, Tennessee, Kansas, Kentucky
3: North Carolina, Nevada, Houston, Virginia Tech
4: Louisville, Marquette, Purdue, Oklahoma
5: Texas Tech, Iowa State, LSU, TCU
6: Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Villanova, Maryland
7: Buffalo, Mississippi State, Kansas State, Auburn
8: Iowa, Florida State, UCF, Syracuse
9: Nebraska, Ohio State, Washington, St John’s
10: Texas, Ole Miss, Baylor, Arizona State
11: NC State, Minnesota, Alabama, Seton Hall, Temple, Indiana
12: VCU, Wofford, New Mexico State, Lipscomb
13: Hofstra, Murray State, Drake, Vermont
14: Old Dominion, Yale, N Kentucky, UC Irvine
15: Texas State, South Dakota State, Montana, Radford
16: Bucknell, Abilene Christian, Rider, Texas Southern, Sacred Heart, NC A&T

Two new teams in this bracket, both on the at-large side, and both teams who didn’t even play yesterday! Both Seton Hall and Temple are beneficiaries of teams falling out by losing, as the threshold for bubble success goes down. Those teams falling out are San Francisco and Butler, both who lost on the road yesterday but in different ways. Butler fell to Creighton, who led by as many as ten in the first half. Although Butler got as close as 4 early in the second half, Creighton maintained control and won by 11. San Francisco, though, led by 14 points early in the second half of their game at San Diego, and looked like they would cruise. But over an eight-minute span in the second half, the Toreros of San Diego went on a 27-7 run to turn a 10-point deficit into a 10-point lead, and later a 6-point win. San Diego is an alright team, but this is still pretty bad news for a two-bid WCC.

Last Four Byes: Baylor, Arizona State, NC State, Minnesota
Last Four In: Alabama, Seton Hall, Temple, Indiana
First Four Out: San Francisco, Florida, Creighton, Butler
Next Four Out: Toledo, Arizona, Utah State, Davidson

Bids by conference:
Big Ten 10, Big XII/ACC 8, SEC 7, Big East/AAC 4, Pac-12 2

Full bracket: couple seed line adjustments had to be made to make this work. Maryland and Mississippi State swapped lines (making MSU a 6 and Maryland a 7), as did Ohio State and Texas (making Texas a 9 and OSU a 10).

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