BracketBot: February 22, 2019

Seed List:

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

NC State returns to the bracket, and Utah State makes their first appearance of 2019 as the last team in. Clemson and Butler have been bounced out. Neither of them had a bad loss – since the last update, they each lost to a team that BracketBot rates as a 4 seed – but they both lost, so that’s an opportunity gone at the very least.

On the autobid side, St Francis (PA) is making their first appearance of the season, replacing Sacred Heart as the representatives from the Northeast Conference. The NEC is a wide-open conference, with the top 4 teams all rated between #257 and #273 on the BracketBot predictive rankings (not the overall ratings, but the ones that are used to predict automatic bid winners).

Last Four Byes: Florida, UCF, Minnesota, Seton Hall
Last Four In: Nebraska, NC State, Alabama, Utah State
First Four Out: Clemson, St Mary’s, Butler, Indiana
Next Four Out: Temple, Creighton, San Francisco, Georgetown

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

Full bracket: Too many SEC teams on the 2/7/10 lines, so UCF was elevated to a 10 seed to fit in this bracket, while Florida became the top 11 seed.

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