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Bracket update: Pair of Saints march into First Four

dave1Here’s a polite way of summarizing the current NCAA Tournament bubble picture: if you don’t like today’s First Four match-ups, wait for the next bracket on Friday. Today’s update finds a couple of Saints marching into Dayton: Saint Joseph’s and St. John’s. They are joined by BYU – fresh off a victory at Saint Mary’s – and Georgetown – which lost to St. John’s on Sunday night. It would have been interesting had three Big East teams ended up among the last four at-large teams; Providence was one spot away, a single slot ahead of St. John’s on the s-curve.

Bracket Projection

S-curve

On a final bubble note, the Oklahoma State situation bears watching. How will the Selection Committee handle the Marcus Smart suspension? Each member may look at it differently, and it may depend on how the Cowboys play when he returns.

With its victory at Kentucky on Saturday, Florida passed Arizona for the No. 2 spot on the overall seed list. It’s worth noting, but doesn’t really impact the bracketing process. The Gators and Wildcats are not vying for the same natural Region (as we had with Louisville and Indiana last year). Syracuse continues to be the top overall seed with Wichita State as the fourth No. 1 seed.

Seeding for the two-line is ramping up fast and furious. Besides Kansas, five teams were in contention for three spots: Michigan State, San Diego State, Creighton, Villanova, and Duke. There’s not a right or wrong way to rank them. For now, MSU, SDSU, and Creighton grabbed those slots, with Villanova and Duke as the top two three-seeds. That should play its way out in the next three weeks.

Enjoy your hoops. March is right around the corner.

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