Bracketology 12/3/18

Conference play kicked off this past week in the Big Ten and SoCon, and combined with the Big Ten/ACC challenge it produced a lot of shuffling up and down the bracket. At the top, I strongly considered putting Michigan on the 1-line after their dominating wins over North Carolina and Purdue. Virginia has a similarly impressive win against Wisconsin, so I decided to keep the Cavs in the last 1 seed.

Oregon has fallen from a 4 seed in my preseason bracket all the way down to the First Four now. The Ducks took an absolutely brutal loss at home to Texas Southern and then followed it up by a road loss at Houston. The Cougars look quite good, and are the class of the American, but it's a win Dana Altman's team could've used.

There's no headliner this week like there was last week with the Big Ten/ACC challenge, but there's a lot of fun OOC rivalry games like Iowa State/Iowa, Creighton/Nebraska and Wisconsin/Marquette.

1: Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke, Virginia
2: Michigan, Nevada, Kentucky, Florida State
3: Tennessee, Auburn, Wisconsin, Michigan State
4: North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Texas Tech
5: Houston, Nebraska, Kansas State, St. John's
6: Indiana, Villanova, Mississippi State, Iowa
7: UCLA, Buffalo, Ohio State, Iowa State
8: Marquette, Purdue, TCU, Clemson
9: Texas, Washington, Louisville, Arkansas
10: LSU, West Virginia, Arizona State, UCF
11: Arizona, Furman, Florida, (Cincinnati/Oregon)
12: (NC State/Creighton), Saint Louis, Lipscomb, South Dakota State
13: Loyola Chicago, Northeastern, Yale, Belmont
14: Old Dominion, Montana, Rider, UC Irvine
15: Georgia State, New Mexico State, Northern Kentucky, Radford
16: Lehigh, Stephen F. Austin, (Stony Brook/St. Francis PA), (Texas Southern/Norfolk State)

First Four Out: Maryland, Utah State, San Diego State, Oklahoma
Next Four Out: Butler, Minnesota, Providence, Saint Louis
Also Considered: Notre Dame, Oregon State, Northwestern, Lipscomb, San Francisco, Connecticut, Penn State, USC

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