Bracketology: Committee pens Duke, Tennessee as 1-2 punch

Dave Ommen
NBC Sports

Few of us were surprised on Saturday when the Selection Committee announced that Duke and Tennessee were Nos. 1 and 1A on their Seed List.  After an action-filled weekend, neither position has changed, although one could argue that Duke’s win at Virginia, giving the Blue Devils a regular-season sweep, might create a more distinct line of separation between those two.

The only top-line move this morning was lifting Gonzaga to No. 3 on the Seed List and dropping Virginia to No. 4.  Gonzaga still reigns over the West Region and Virginia the Midwest.  Elsewhere, team positions on the first four lines mirror what the Committee gave us on Saturday.  One could argue whether or not Iowa State would stay after a home loss to TCU, or about how losses by Louisville and Wisconsin might also impact those lines.  For today, we’ll let the Committee’s voice be heard.

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Unfortunately, the Committee didn’t provide us any sort of insight into what has become a very mediocre bubble picture.  Then again, why take on that headache right now? Hopefully, some cleaner lines of separation will develop over the next three weeks.

UPDATED: February 11, 2019

FIRST FOUR – DAYTON

SOUTH REGION

Butler vs. UCF

WEST REGION

Oklahoma / Temple

EAST REGION

Norfolk State vs. Canisius

MIDWEST REGION

Robert Morris vs. Prairie View

EAST Washington, DC     

SOUTH – Louisville                       

Columbia

Columbia

1) DUKE

1) TENNESSEE

16) NORFOLK ST / CANISIUS

16) BUCKNELL

8) BUFFALO

8) Syracuse

9) Alabama

9) Baylor

San Jose

San Jose

5) LSU

5) Texas Tech

12) BELMONT

12) Butler / UCF

4) Iowa State

4) NEVADA

13) HOFSTRA

13) VERMONT

Des Moines

Hartford

6) Virginia Tech

6) Florida State

11) VCU

11) Seton Hall

3) Marquette

3) Purdue

14) NORTHERN KENTUCKY

14) YALE

Columbus

Jacksonville

7) Cincinnati

7) Mississippi State

10) Texas

10) Minnesota

2) MICHIGAN

2) North Carolina

15) LOYOLA-CHICAGO

15) RADFORD

MIDWEST – Kansas City

WEST – Anaheim

Hartford

Salt Lake City

1) Virginia

1) GONZAGA

16) PR VIEW / ROB MORRIS

16) SAM HOUSTON

8) St. John’s

8) Auburn

9) Ole Miss

9) TCU

Salt Lake City

Columbus

5) KANSAS STATE

5) VILLANOVA

12) LIPSCOMB

12) Oklahoma / Temple

4) Wisconsin

4) Louisville

13) NEW MEXICO ST

13) OLD DOMINION

Tulsa

Tulsa

6) Maryland

6) Iowa

11) Arizona State

11) Clemson

3) HOUSTON

3) Kansas

14) SOUTH DAKOTA ST

14) UC-IRVINE

Jacksonville

Des Moines

7) Ohio State

7) WASHINGTON

10) NC State

10) WOFFORD

2) Kentucky

2) Michigan State

15) MONTANA

15) MONTANA

BUBBLE NOTES

Last 4 Byes

Last 4 IN     

First 4 OUT

Next 4 OUT

Minnesota

Butler

Georgetown

Providence

Arizona State

UCF

NC-Greensboro

Utah State

Seton Hall

Oklahoma

Arkansas

Florida

Clemson

Temple

Indiana

Creighton

TOP SEED LINE: Duke is the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Tennessee, Virginia, and Gonzaga

Breakdown by Conference …

ACC (9): DUKE, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisville, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, NC State, Clemson

Big 10 (8): MICHIGAN, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Maryland, Ohio State, Minnesota

BIG 12 (8): KANSAS STATE, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Texas, Oklahoma

SEC (7): TENNESSEE, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama

Big East (5): VILLANOVA, Marquette, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Butler

American (4): HOUSTON, Cincinnati, UCF, Temple

Pac 12 (2): WASHINGTON, Arizona State

Atlantic 10 (1): VCU

Mid American (1): BUFFALO

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Canisius (MAAC), Old Dominion (C-USA), Texas State (SBELT), Princeton (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Northern Kentucky (HORIZON), Sam Houston (SLND), Wofford (STHN), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Lipscomb (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), Hofstra (CAA), Radford (BSO), Norfolk State (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Robert Morris (NEC), Prairie View (SWAC)

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