Bracketology College: UNC jumps to top line after sweeping Duke


Let's start today's update with the four seeds # 1. The North Carolina Tar Heels traded their positions against the last-seeded Duke Blue Devils in Tuesday's game and updated the bubble Friday, having swept the series of the season with a 79-70 victory at Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels are fourth behind the Virginia Riders (victories over the Louisville Cardinals), the Bulldogs Gonzaga (who will then speak Monday night in the WCC semi-final) and the Kentucky Wildcats (relatively comfortable winners). against the Florida Gators).

While Duke fell on the starting line No. 2, the Blue Devils are not out of the race yet. After last night's game, head coach Mike Krzyzewski said Zion Williamson is expected to return for next week's ACC tournament. And guess what, the third-seeded Blue Devils could meet the second seed Tar Heels again in the semifinal of Friday night. But now, Williamson is not the only concern of injury for Duke, while the Blue Devils lost their main position, Marques Bolden, following a sprained MCL during the second half of the evening. Krzyzewski said the timing of his return was less clear.

The Michigan State Spartans, who defeated the Michigan Wolverines for the second time this season, 75-63, are now in second place in second place, followed by SEC co-champions Tennessee Volunteers (despite a defeat at home). Auburn Tigers) and LSU Tigers. The latter has recovered despite Friday's news that the school would indefinitely suspend head coach Will Wade following his appearance on an FBI wiretap and Saturday's decision to hold Javonte Smart, the player referred in this recording, out of action. The Tigers eventually defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores, who had finished with a score of 0 to 18 in games at the SEC, 80-59, at a surreal evening at the Maravich Center.

Michigan fell to the line after losing to East Lansing, and the Houston Cougars, Kansas Jayhawks and Purdue Boilermakers – co-champions of Big Ten alongside Michigan State – follow the Wolverines. The co-champions of the Big 12, the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Kansas State Wildcats, are on the starting line number 4, alongside two ACC teams, the Florida State Seminoles and the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Now is the time to look at the terrain as a whole, starting from the left side of the traditional support (East and Midwest), then from the right (West and South). I eliminated the team nicknames from the screening, mainly to help speed things up during the last week of the season. As my tradition dictates, the names of the automatic auction winners appear in capital letters. (For the moment, you will have to ignore the teams represented by acronyms, LSU and VCU.)

Note: Automatic auction holders in this section are denoted by conference names in parentheses. The arrows indicate the upward or downward movement of the starting list compared to the Tuesday range. New entrants are marked with an asterisk.

1. East (Washington, DC)

Columbia, South Carolina (Friday / Sunday)

1. Virginia (ACC) vs. 16. St. Francis (Pa.) (NEC) / State of Norfolk (MEAC)
↑ 8. UCF against ↓ 9. Ole Miss

San Jose, California (Friday / Sunday)

↑ 5. Maryland vs. 12. Lipscomb (ASUN)
4. Kansas State (Big 12) vs 13. Vermont (Am. East)

Hartford, Connecticut (Thu / Sat)

Mar 6. Marquette vs. ↑ 11. TCU
3. Purdue vs. ↓ 14. Old Dominion (C-USA)

Jacksonville, Florida (Thu / Sat)

↓ 7. Wofford (SoCon) vs. ↓ 10. Syracuse
2. Tennessee vs. 15. Colgate (Patriot)

4. Midwest (Kansas City, Missouri)

Columbia (Friday / Sunday)

1. North Carolina vs 16. Sam Houston State (Southland)
↑ 8. Oklahoma vs. ↑ 9. State of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah (Thu / Sat)

5. State of Mississippi against * 12. STATE OF MURRAY (OVC)
4. Texas Tech vs. ↑ 13. UC Irvine (Big West)

Tulsa, Oklahoma (Friday / Sunday)

↑ 6. State of Iowa vs. ↓ 11. state of Ohio
3. Houston (United States) vs. 14. State of Georgia (sunshine belt)

Columbus, Ohio (Friday / Sunday)

7. Buffalo (MAC) vs ↑ 10. Seton Hall
2. State of Michigan (Big Ten) vs. * 15. Omaha (Summit)

2. West (Anaheim, California)

Salt Lake City (Thurs / Sat)

1. Gonzaga (COE) vs 16. Iona (MAAC) / Prairie View (SWAC)
8. Louisville vs.. ↓ 9. Washington (Pac-12)

Hartford (Thu / Sat)

5. Wisconsin vs. 12. Temple / Texas
↑ 4. Florida State vs. 13. Hofstra (CAA)

Des Moines, Iowa (Thu / Sat)

↓ 6. Villanova (Big East) vs 11. Florida
3. Kansas vs. 14. Radford (Great South)

Tulsa (Friday / Sunday)

7. VCU (A 10) vs. 10. State of Arizona
↑ 2. LSU (SEC) vs. 15. Montana (Big Sky)

3. South (Louisville, Kentucky)

Columbus (Friday / Sunday)

1. Kentucky vs. * 16. Bradley (MVC)
↓ 8. Iowa vs. ↓ 9. Baylor

San Jose (Friday / Sunday)

5. Nevada (MW) vs * 12. Indiana / Clemson
4. Virginia Tech vs. 13. State of New Mexico (WAC)

Des Moines (Thurs / Sat)

6. Cincinnati vs. ↑ 11. St. John's
↓ 3. Michigan vs. 14. Harvard (Ivy)

Jacksonville (Thu / Sat)

↑ 7. Auburn vs. ↑ 10. Minnesota
Duc 2. Duke vs. 15. Wright State (Horizon)


The last four farewells: St. John's, TCU, State of Ohio, Florida
Last four in: Temple, Texas, Indiana, Clemson
Four first on: Belmont, Creighton, NC State, Oregon
Next Four OUT: Furman, Alabama, Liberty, Memphis

New today: Bradley, Murray State, Omaha, Radford
To leave today: Belmont, Campbell, Loyola Chicago, State of South Dakota

Auctions by conference: 9 Big Ten, 8 ACC, 8 Big 12, 7 SEC, 4 Americans, 4 Big East, 2 Mountain West, 2 Pac-12, 24 Conferences at one offer

The image of the bubble continues to be as clear as mud. And you can see why after taking a look at Saturday's key results.

  • The 19-12 TCU Horned Frogs dominated the Texas Longhorns in Austin, with a final score of 69-56 that honestly flatters the Shaka Smart team. As the Horned Frogs left the "Last Four" group with the win, the Longhorns, now 16 to 15 years old, replaced them. And Texas would be well advised to win at least a match at the Big 12 tournament. For starters, the next 'Horns' defeat will be their 16th and the Selection Committee has never won a team with so many defeats. In addition, a single performance in Kansas City would leave Texas at 16-16, which would guarantee almost a NIT offer.
  • The Owls Temple and Clemson Tigers have earned a little more money with their respective home wins against the UCF Knights and Syracuse Orange, but both have yet to complete work next week.
  • With regard to the NC State Wolfpack, their 73-47 Boston College Eagles defeat did little to move the needle. Usually, teams can rely on a tight conference schedule to reinforce a coffee table outside of the conference. But Wolfpack, owner of the worst program in the country outside the conference, has not received much favor from the ACC in this department and, therefore, its program is only 217th. In other words, Kevin Keatts' team has their work cut out in Charlotte, starting with a possible match for the elimination of the bubbles against Clemson on Wednesday.
  • The Creighton Bluejays appear to be the Big East team with the best shot to break through a strong performance at Madison Square Garden, thanks to a home win against the DePaul Blue Demons. Meanwhile, the Georgetown Hoyas (against the Marquette Golden Eagles) and Xavier Musketeers (winner of St John's Red Storm for the second time in 10 days) could cause headaches in New York.
  • The red storm, as well as Syracuse and Florida were among the biggest losers of yesterday's bubble. Alabama Crimson Tide joined this group with a 82-70 loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks, their third consecutive loss. The Washington Huskies, the Pac-12 regular season champions who seem determined to make # Pac1Bid happen. Mike Hopkins' team scored just 18 points in the first half in a bumper defeat of the Oregon Ducks, now the fourth team to come out. At least the Arizona Sun Devils were able to sweep for the first time the Arizona Wildcats in Bobby Hurley's tenure at Tempe. This victory gave ASU a slightly bigger margin of error in Las Vegas next week.

If you want to witness the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and almost all the other emotions that separate them, the big conference tournaments are on the verge of allowing you to experience the ABC's Wide World of Sports program, here in 2019.

Three potential March headers sunk into the NLS in 26 hours on Friday and Saturday. First, the Campbell Fighting Camels, with scorer 3,000 points Chris Clemons, lost their semifinal of the Big South tournament at home by becoming the seeded No. 1 Bulldogs Gardner-Webb. Saturday afternoon, the Bradley Braves eliminated the Loyola Chicago Ramblers from the surprise at last season's Final Four semi-final Arch Madness in St. Louis. A few hours later, one of the biggest shocks you will ever see at a conference tournament was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In the first quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament, the eighth seeded Western Illinois Leathernecks won a virtual road match to eliminate the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, with another scorer of 3,000 points, Mike Daum . . The Jackrabbits were aiming for their fourth consecutive NCAA run and had beaten the Leathernecks by 42 and 20 in their two regular season clashes, the second of which was exactly one week earlier.

Murray State Racers' Ja Morant, who scored 36 goals in his 77-65 OVC tournament title game, earned a victory over compatriot Murray State Racers. Belmont Bruins last night. It was the Racers' second consecutive victory against the team that became their most important rival.

But again, the Racers' joy has been accompanied by the bitterness that the Bruins are now feeling, as well as the anxious expectation they will experience over the coming week. Rick Byrd's team is my first team starting this morning. While Belmont is 2-2 in Quad 1 and 3-1 in Quad 2, the team's profile lacks the marquee and its win. The Committee recently wanted the Bubbles teams to be owners. And although the Bruins have 12-3 in real road games, they also have 17 wins against teams ranked 200th or worse in the NET.

But considering how bizarre this season is and how bad Belmont's bubble competition is, you can not rule them out. There are too many twists and potholes on the 2019 version of the road leading to Selection Sunday.

I will have a new update on Monday taking into account the last games of the regular season and the three major games of the conference championship on Sunday.

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