BracketBot: February 5, 2019

Seed List:

1: Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Tennessee
2: Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky, North Carolina
3: Kansas, Nevada, Purdue, Houston
4: Marquette, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Villanova
5: Louisville, Wisconsin, Texas Tech, LSU
6: Cincinnati, Auburn, Mississippi State, Kansas State
7: Syracuse, Maryland, Florida State, Iowa
8: Baylor, Buffalo, Washington, Texas
9: TCU, UCF, Oklahoma, Arizona State
10: Ohio State, St John’s, Minnesota, Alabama
11: Indiana, Nebraska, VCU, Ole Miss, Clemson
12: Creighton, Florida, Wofford, Lipscomb, New Mexico State
13: Old Dominion, Vermont, Hofstra, UC Irvine
14: Drake, Murray State, South Dakota State, Yale
15: N Kentucky, Montana, Texas State, Bucknell
16: Radford, Abilene Christian, Rider, Texas Southern, Sacred Heart, Norfolk State

Two changes to the at-large portion of the bracket – none on the AQ side. Clemson and Creighton are now both part of the field after dominating inferior competition on Sunday (Wake Forest and Xavier, respectively). Butler and Seton Hall, who played each other on Saturday, have been idle, so this is just a case of the water mark for tournament inclusion rising slightly.

Last Four Byes: Minnesota, Alabama, Indiana, Nebraska
Last Four In: Ole Miss, Clemson, Creighton, Florida
First Four Out: Butler, Seton Hall, Toledo, Temple
Next Four Out: NC State, Arkansas, St Mary’s, Arizona

Bids by conference: Big Ten 10, Big XII/SEC/ACC 8, Big East 4, AAC 3, Pac-12 2

Full bracket: two Big Ten teams each on the 2, 7 and 10 lines, so a bit of manipulation to get that to work. Iowa was moved down and replaced with Baylor (7-8), while Ohio State was swapped with Arizona State (9-10). Coincidentally, Baylor and ASU end up playing each other in this bracket, as a 7-10 matchup that should have been an 8-9, so not much altered in competitive balance terms.

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