BracketBot: February 1, 2019

Seed List:

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

Florida and Seton Hall are new teams to this bracket. Florida is one of those teams this year that’s probably a lot better than their 12-8 record shows. Only one bad loss, to South Carolina, and six of the eight losses are by single digits. They picked up a big win over Ole Miss on Wednesday, and are now on the same seed line as them. Seton Hall has had a tough go of Big East conference play, but they beat Providence the other night to right the ship to some extent.

Out is Indiana, who shockingly only won once in January (against, uh, Illinois), and continues to free-fall. I’m now having a hard time remembering the team that beat Marquette and Louisville earlier this season. At the start of January, I had them as a #6 seed, but now I don’t think they’d get a 1 seed in the NIT. Also out is Creighton, who celebrated my moving them into Tuesday’s bracket by getting whacked by St. John’s at home.

Last Four Byes: Arizona State, St. John’s, Ole Miss, Alabama
Last Four In: NC State, Florida, San Francisco, Seton Hall
First Four Out: Temple, Toledo, Creighton, Utah State
Next Four Out: Indiana, Oregon, Clemson, Butler

Bids by conference:
Big Ten 9, Big XII/ACC/SEC 8, Big East 4, AAC 3, Pac-12/WCC 2

Full bracket:

I’ll have another update on Sunday, with another Season Sim that day too!

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