BracketBot: January 8, 2019

Seed List:

1: Duke, Kansas, Virginia, Michigan
2: Michigan State, Tennessee, Nevada, Gonzaga
3: Houston, TCU, Oklahoma, Mississippi State
4: Auburn, Virginia Tech, Florida State, North Carolina
5: Texas Tech, St John’s, Iowa State, Ohio State
6: Buffalo, Texas, UCF, Villanova
7: Minnesota, Maryland, Kentucky, Marquette
8: Indiana, LSU, Alabama, Wisconsin
9: Purdue, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Iowa
10: Louisville, Kansas State, Syracuse, Arizona State
11: NC State, Arizona, Nebraska, Butler, Temple, Creighton
12: VCU, Old Dominion, Murray State, New Mexico State
13: Vermont, UC Irvine, Hofstra, Wofford
14: Yale, N Kentucky, Loyola IL, Montana
15: Liberty, Texas State, South Dakota State, Radford
16: Abilene Christian, Bucknell, Rider, Texas Southern, Wagner, NC A&T

A few changes to the membership of this bracket:

There are two new at-large berths in this edition, with Butler and Temple both sliding in to the First Four. Clemson, off their loss to Duke, sits not far on the other side of the cut line. Toledo was an at-large team in the last update, and there’s a chance that possibility has been dashed after a decisive home loss to Ball State on Friday night. They still appear on the very fringes of this post, but they certainly can’t afford another one of those, and definitely need to beat Buffalo at least once to get in at this point.

One new AQ also in this update, with Liberty now the favorites to win the Atlantic Sun Conference over Lipscomb. The other 65 teams remain from Friday, though the order has changed.

Fully arranged bracket:

As was true the other day, minor tweaks have to be made to translate the seed list into a viable bracket. And, same as the other day, the problem was too many 8 and 9 seeds from the Big Ten. With two on each line, there’s no way to make them all avoid each other and also avoid Michigan, so the fix is to elevate Louisville to a #9 and bump Iowa to a #10.

Last Four Byes: Kansas State, Syracuse, Arizona State, NC State
Last Four In: Nebraska, Butler, Temple, Creighton
First Four Out: Washington, Arkansas, Clemson, Ole Miss
Next Four Out: San Francisco, North Texas, Toledo, Missouri

Bids by Conference:
Big Ten 10, ACC 8, Big XII 7, SEC/Big East 6, American 4, Pac-12 2

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