Bracketology 2017: February 9

Seed List

1: Gonzaga, Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina
2: Baylor, Wisconsin, Arizona, Oregon
3: Louisville, Florida St., UCLA, Virginia
4: West Virginia, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Florida
5: Purdue, Butler, Duke, Xavier
6: Creighton, SMU, Notre Dame, Saint Mary's
7: Maryland, South Carolina, USC, Dayton
8: VCU, Northwestern, Kansas St., Miami Fl
9: Iowa St., TCU, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma St.
10: Minnesota, Indiana, California, Wichita St.
11: Syracuse, Michigan St., Marquette, Seton Hall, Arkansas, Illinois St.
12: UNC Wilmington, Middle Tennessee, Akron, Belmont
13: Vermont, New Mexico St., Monmouth, Valparaiso
14: Nevada, Florida Gulf Coast, Arkansas St., Winthrop
15: Princeton, Bucknell, Furman, Texas Southern
16: North Dakota St., Sam Houston St., North Carolina Central, Weber St., UC Davis, Mount St. Mary's

Out This Bracket: Wake Forest, East Tennessee State, UNC Asheville, New Orleans
In This Bracket: Illinois State, Winthrop, Furman, Sam Houston State

The Bubble: Not a lot of in-and-out movement, but a fair amount of seed shifting around the bubble.  I took Indiana, Cal, Syracuse, Michigan St., Marquette, Seton Hall, Arkansas and Illinois St. over Tennessee, Michigan, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Rhode Island.

Gonzaga still remains the clear-cut #1 overall seed heading into Saturday's showdown at Saint Mary's, where ESPN College GameDay will be.  

I still kept North Carolina on the one seed line as I suspect the committee will reward the ACC Champs.  That's over Baylor, but the margin there is razor thin.

Arkansas is a sinking ship, barely making the cut after losing to Vanderbilt and Mizzou recently.

Those in charge of running the Orlando pod should be very happy, as it looks very likely that both Florida and Florida State will play opening weekend there.  Florida Gulf Coast would have a good chance at joining as well.

Northwestern's loss to Illinois slides the Cats back to a 8 seed, but they're still fairly comfortably in right now, eyeing their first bid in school history.

Nine ACC schools made the field this bracket, followed by the Big Ten and Big 12 with seven each, then the Big East with six.

The Selection Committee will preview their Top 16 teams on Saturday at 12:30 ET on CBS.  I'll release an updated Top 16 at 10 ET followed by the next bracket on Monday, February 13.