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Projection #9 - Week 18



Seed List
  1. Virginia, Xavier, Villanova, Kansas
  2. Duke, Auburn, Cincinnati, Michigan St.
  3. North Carolina, Tennessee, Purdue, Clemson
  4. Arizona, Michigan, Texas Tech, Wichita St.
  5. Gonzaga, West Virginia, Ohio St., Kentucky
  6. TCU, Houston, Florida, Nevada
  7. Creighton, Arkansas, Florida St. Rhode Island
  8. Texas A&M, Miami, Oklahoma, Seton Hall
  9. Missouri, Butler, St. Mary's, NC State
  10. Arizona St., Virginia Tech, Providence, St. Bonaventure
  11. Syracuse, Alabama, Louisville, Marquette, USC, Texas
  12. Middle Tennessee, New Mexico St., Loyola-Chicago, Buffalo
  13. South Dakota St., Murray St., Vermont, UL-Lafayette
  14. Wright St., UNC Greensboro, Montana, Bucknell
  15. Coll. Charleston, Penn, Iona, Lipscomb
  16. UC Irvine, Radford, Wagner, Nicholls St., Ark. Pine-Bluff, Bethune-Cookman

NOTES:
  • Teams in bold are automatic qualifiers.
  • First Four teams are not listed by "True Seed."  Regional assignment is reflective in the bracket.
OPINION:
  • If there's a line to draw and separate the field, it's clearly between seeds 5 and 6.
  • I believe the committee will favor a conference champion over head-to-head on some seed lines.  This currently projects to the 1 line with Xavier/Villanova.
  • Head-to-head will probably be considered close to the bubble (10/11).