Bracketology 12/10/18

After Tennessee's win over Gonzaga, Kansas moves up to the #1 overall seed. The Jayhawks struggled with New Mexico State, but have a trifecta of fantastic wins against Michigan State, Marquette and Tennessee. No other team has two wins over protected seeds. Elsewhere on the top line, I've moved Michigan up from the two line as their wins are simply just more impressive than Tennessee's or Virginia's, even if they've mostly been at home.

Oklahoma, Houston, and St. John's have all jumped out to fast starts and have gone from not considered in my preseason bracket to bordering on the protected seeds. I'll be watching the Cougars particularly closely- with Wichita State having a down year they're really looking like the team to beat in the American now. If they can turn on the jets in February like they did last year they're a second weekend team in March.

At the bubble, San Francisco is in my bracket for the first time in my 9 years of doing bracketology. The Dons lead a second tier of teams in the WCC that will probably produce at least 1 at-large bid.

1: Kansas, Duke, Michigan, Gonzaga
2: Tennessee, Virginia, Nevada, Florida State
3: Michigan State, Auburn, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech
4: North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Mississippi State
5: Houston, Villanova, Oklahoma, Syracuse
6: Indiana, Marquette, St. John's, Buffalo
7: Kentucky, Iowa, Cincinnati, Arizona State
8: TCU, Nebraska, Purdue, Kansas State
9: Minnesota, Iowa State, Maryland, Butler
10: Louisville, North Carolina State, Texas, Florida
11: Arizona, UCLA, Furman, Davidson
12: (Creighton/TCU), (San Francisco/LSU), Lipscomb, Belmont
13: Southern Illinois, New Mexico State, Texas State, North Texas
14: Radford, Yale, UC Irvine, South Dakota State
15: Charleston, Montana, Vermont, Colgate
16: Northern Kentucky, Abilene Christian, (Rider/Texas Southern), (Howard/St. Francis PA)

First Four Out: Clemson, Seton Hall, Utah State, UCF
Next Four Out: West Virginia, Oregon, Arkansas, Temple
Also Considered: Colorado, Northwestern, VCU, St. Louis, Washington, Notre Dame, Penn State, UNC Greensboro

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