Bracketology: Villanova holds on No. 1 spot

Dave Ommen
NBC Sports

The Villanova Wildcats remain the No. 1 overall seed in today’s bracket.  They also have a favorable upcoming schedule, playing five of their next eight games at home.  Then again, college hoops has been anything but predictable, so who knows.  Purdue continues to build its resume.  The Boilermakers won their road game at Minnesota by 34 points on Saturday.  That’s impressive no matter how you slice it.

Here’s the latest bracket.

UPDATED: January 15, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • NC State vs. Texas AM | East Region

  • Washington vs. Alabama Midwest Region

  • ROBERT MORRIS vs. JACKSON STATE | South Region

  • FLORIDA GULF COAST vs. NC A&T | East Region

BRACKET PROJECTION

EAST Boston                          

SOUTH – Atlanta     

Pittsburgh

Detroit

1) VILLANOVA

1) PURDUE

16) NC A&T / FL GULF COAST

16) ROB MORRIS / JACKSON ST

8) Florida State

8) Arkansas

9) Houston

9) Texas

Nashville

Boise

5) Michigan State

5) Tennessee

12) BUFFALO

12) MIDDLE TENNESSEE

4) AUBURN

4) Clemson

13) LOUISIANA

13) E. TENNESSEE ST

Wichita

Detroit

6) Cincinnati

6) Ohio State

11) NC State / Texas AM

11) SAINT MARY’S

3) Kansas

3) Xavier

14) VERMONT

14) WRIGHT STATE

Charlotte

Dallas

7) Michigan

7) Florida

10) Providence

10) Notre Dame

2) Duke

2) Texas Tech

15) IONA

15) RADFORD

WEST – Los Angeles

MIDWEST – Omaha

Pittsburgh

Wichita

1) WEST VIRGINIA

1) OKLAHOMA

16) PENN

16) BUCKNELL

8) Louisville

8) Butler

9) Marquette

9) Miami-FL

Boise

San Diego

5) Gonzaga

5) Kentucky

12) SOUTH DAKOTA ST

12) NEW MEXICO ST

4) Seton Hall

4) ARIZONA

13) S.F. AUSTIN

13) BELMONT

San Diego

Nashville

6) TCU

6) RHODE ISLAND

11) Georgia

11) Washington / Alabama

3) Arizona State

3) North Carolina

14) MONTANA

14) WILLIAM & MARY

Charlotte

Dallas

7) Creighton

7) NEVADA

10) UCLA

10) LSU

2) VIRGINIA

2) WICHITA STATE

15) CS-FULLERTON

15) DRAKE

NOTES on the BRACKET: Villanova is the No. 1 overall seed – followed by Purdue, Oklahoma, and West Virginia

Last Four Byes (at large): Notre Dame, LSU, UCLA, Georgia

Last Four IN (at large): Washington, Alabama, NC State, Texas AM

First Four OUT (at large): Baylor, Missouri, St. Bonaventure, Maryland

Next four teams OUT (at large): Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky, Boise State, Syracuse

Breakdown by Conference …

ACC (9): VIRGINIA, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Louisville, Florida State, Miami-FL, Notre Dame, NC State

SEC (8): AUBURN, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, LSU, Georgia, Texas AM

Big East (7): VILLANOVA, Xavier, Seton Hall, Creighton, Butler, Marquette, Providence

BIG 12 (6): OKLAHOMA, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Kansas, TCU, Texas

Big 10 (4): PURDUE, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan

Pac 12 (4): ARIZONA, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington

American (3): WICHITA STATE, Cincinnati, Houston

West Coast (2): SAINT MARY’S, Gonzaga

Atlantic 10 (1): RHODE ISLAND

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Drake (MVC), Iona (MAAC), Middle Tennessee (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Penn (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Wright State (HORIZON), S.F. Austin (SLND), East Tennessee State (STHN), UC-Fullerton (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), William & Mary (CAA), Radford (BSO), North Carolina A&T (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Robert Morris (NEC), Jackson State (SWAC)

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