Monday, March 5, 2018

Bracket Projection: 3/5

Happy Monday! Bracket week has arrived, and this year it comes with the sweet satisfaction of Michigan having already sealed an automatic bid and a huge resume boost from beating Michigan State and Purdue. As mentioned a few weeks ago, the extreme best-case scenario of Michigan winning their last two games and then four straight in the conference tournament has rocketed them up to a 3 seed, which is fun. What's less fun is the 1 and the 2 in this exact scenario, but of course, the regions are just for fun. Here is the rest of the bracket as it stands today. Like last year, green highlight means the team has won their conference tournament and secured an auto-bid:

1 Virginia Villanova Xavier Kansas
2 Purdue Cincinnati North Carolina Duke
3 Auburn Tennessee Michigan St. Michigan
4 Arizona Clemson Texas Tech Wichita St.
5 Kentucky Ohio St. Gonzaga West Virginia
6 Houston Nevada Arkansas TCU
7 Seton Hall Rhode Island Texas A&M Creighton
8 Oklahoma Florida Miami FL Butler
9 Saint Mary's Virginia Tech Missouri Florida St.
10 North Carolina St. Alabama Arizona St. USC
11 Middle Tennessee St. Bonaventure Providence Louisville
11 Texas Kansas St.
12 New Mexico St. Baylor Louisiana Lafayette Loyola Chicago
13 Buffalo Vermont Murray St. South Dakota
14 Montana Bucknell College of Charleston UNC Greensboro
15 UC Santa Barbara Wright St. Wagner Penn
16 Radford Iona Lipscomb Stephen F. Austin
16 Hampton Texas Southern

Iona and UNC Greensboro attempt to punch their tickets today, with Fairfield and East Tennessee State as their respective challengers. Enjoy the madness this week!

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