True Seed List
1: Kansas, Villanova, Gonzaga, North Carolina
2: Baylor, Oregon, Louisville, Arizona
3: UCLA, Florida, Kentucky, Butler
4: Florida St., Duke, West Virginia, Purdue
5: Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, SMU
6: Minnesota, Iowa St., Saint Mary's, Maryland
7: Virginia, Dayton, Creighton, Virginia Tech
8: Oklahoma St., VCU, Northwestern, Miami FL
9: South Carolina, USC, Michigan, Arkansas
10: Xavier, Michigan St., Marquette, Syracuse
11: Providence, Wichita St., California, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, Illinois St.
12: UNC Wilmington, Vermont, Middle Tennessee, Nevada
13: Akron, UT Arlington, Monmouth, Valparaiso
14: Princeton, Belmont, UNC Asheville, Bucknell
15: Florida Gulf Coast, Cal St. Bakersfield, East Tennessee St., North Dakota St.
16: North Dakota, North Carolina Central, New Orleans, Texas Southern, Mt. St. Mary's, UC Irvine
In this bracket: Syracuse, East Tennessee State
Out this bracket: Kansas State, Furman
The Bubble: To me, this was one of the clearest cut-offs for a bubble in quite a while. Obviously that will change. In the end, I took Syracuse, Providence, Cal, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech and Illinois St over TCU, Kansas St. and Wake Forest.
Kansas took over the #1-overall seed after Villanova's loss to Butler. The Wildcats only slid to the #2-overall seed with the loss, still staying a spot above Gonzaga. Meanwhile, Butler is up to a 3-seed with the sweep of 'Nova and could be playing for a 2-seed.
North Carolina is pretty solidly the fourth 1-seed now after their win over Louisville on Wednesday. That slot was much of of a toss up on Monday than it was today.
Syracuse jumps from OUT to the last 10-seed by beating Duke, giving them another top-flight ACC win.
Minnesota has moved a lot as of late as well, all the way up to a 6-seed. They aren't too far from their ceiling, though.
Next bracket: Monday, February 27.