Bracketology: Virginia climbs to top line

Dave Ommen
NBC Sports

Yes, Virginia, another No. 1 seed is yours for the taking.  Thanks to the unbeaten Cavaliers’ dominant win over Florida State and Kansas’ loss at Iowa State, UVA climbs to the top line in this week’s bracket update.  With its No. 1 NET rating (as of early this morning), Virginia also edges out Tennessee for No. 3 on the seed list, effectively bumping the Volunteers to the West Region.

A quick housekeeping note … now that conference play is underway, current league leaders receive the automatic bid for the bracket.  Tie breakers in the loss column are settled by NET rating at the time of publication.  As an example, Fresno State receives the Mountain West’s auto bid today after Nevada’s loss at New Mexico.

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We still have a variety of hit-or-miss resumes on the board.  Conference play will help separate teams over the next month.  Enjoy your college hoops!

BRACKET UPDATE: January 10, 2019

FIRST FOUR – DAYTON

EAST REGION

Arizona vs. Temple

MIDWEST REGION

Purdue vs. Alabama

EAST REGION

NC A&T vs. Sacred Heart

SOUTH REGION

Purdue-FW vs. Sam Houston

EAST Washington, DC                

SOUTH – Louisville

Columbia, SC

Columbus

1) DUKE

1) MICHIGAN

16) NC A&T / SACRED HEART 

16) P-FT. WAYNE / SAM HOUSTON

8) Mississippi State

8) LSU

9) TCU

9) Arizona State

Hartford

San Jose

5) BUFFALO

5) VILLANOVA

12) WOFFORD

12) MURRAY STATE

4) Indiana

4) Kentucky

13) YALE

13) GEORGIA STATE

San Jose

Jacksonville

6) Maryland

6) Ohio State

11) Arizona / Temple

11) VCU

3) Nevada

3) North Carolina

14) UC-IRVINE

14) RADFORD

Tulsa

Salt Lake City

7) Seton Hall

7) Iowa State

10) Syracuse

10) Ole Miss

2) TEXAS TECH

2) GONZAGA

15) LEHIGH

15) GREEN BAY

WEST – Anaheim

MIDWEST – Kansas City

Jacksonville

Columbia, SC

1) TENNESSEE

1) Virginia

16) NORTHERN COLORADO

16) RIDER

8) Minnesota

8) Nebraska

9) Louisville

9) Cincinnati

Salt Lake City

Des Moines

5) Wisconsin

5) Marquette

12) FRESNO STATE

12) LIPSCOMB

4) Florida State

4) Houston

13) HOFSTRA

13) NORTH TEXAS

Hartford

Des Moines

6) Iowa

6) NC State

11) Texas

11) Purdue / Alabama

3) Virginia Tech

3) Oklahoma

14) VERMONT

14) GRAND CANYON

Tulsa

Columbus

7) St. John’s

7) Auburn

10) WASHINGTON

10) UCF

2) Kansas

2) Michigan State

15) TEXAS SOUTHERN

15) VALPARAISO

BUBBLE NOTES

Last 4 Byes

Last 4 IN     

First 4 OUT

Next 4 OUT

Cincinnati

Purdue

Kansas State

Florida

Ole Miss

Temple

Butler

Clemson

Syracuse

Arizona

Creighton

San Francisco

Texas

Alabama

Saint Louis

Missouri

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

Breakdown by Conference …

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

ACC (8): DUKE, Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Florida State, NC State, Louisville, Syracuse

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

BIG 12 (6): TEXAS TECH, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa State, TCU, Texas

Big East (4): VILLANOVA, Marquette, Seton Hall, St. John’s

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

Pac 12 (3): WASHINGTON, Arizona State, Arizona

Mountain West (2): FRESNO STATE, Nevada

Atlantic 10 (1): VCU

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Valparaiso (MVC), Rider (MAAC), North Texas (C-USA), Georgia State (SBELT), Yale (IVY), Northern Colorado (BSKY), Green Bay (HORIZON), Sam Houston (SLND), WOFFORD (STHN), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Lipscomb (ASUN), Murray State (OVC), Hofstra (CAA), Radford (BSO), NC A&T (MEAC), Purdue-Fort Wayne (SUM), Grand Canyon (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Lehigh (PAT), Sacred Heart (NEC), Texas Southern (SWAC)

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