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Bracketology 2019: Michigan, Virginia fight to stay as country’s only undefeated teams

The nation’s two remaining unbeatens, Michigan and Virginia, now hold the top two spots in this projection. Both will be challenged to keep those places in the coming days.

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Bracketology Seed List For Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

There are new No. 1 and 2 overall seeds in today’s projection.

Bracketology 2019: Taking stock of non-conference results

With league play ramping up, it’s a time to look back at which conferences did the November and December work necessary to rack up high bid totals and who might be left in the lurch come Selection Sunday.

Bracketology 2019: College basketball has variety in the championship chase

Even though Duke tops the first bracket of the new year, a trio of teams without the Blue Devils’ stock of NCAA crowns — Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia — join them on the top seed line. And they’re not the only fresh faces in contention for a national title.

2019-20 College Basketball Early Season Tournaments, Events, And Neutral-Site Games

A regularly updated list of the 2019-20 men’s college basketball season’s early season tournaments and neutral-site games, which will eventually include schedule and TV information. If you have any additions, email them to bloggingthebracket at gmail dot com or tweet them to me @ChrisDobbertean.

2018-19 College Basketball Early Season Tournaments, Events, And Neutral-Site Games

A regularly updated list of the 2018-19 men's college basketball season's early season tournaments and neutral-site games, which will eventually include schedule and TV information. If you have any additions, email them to bloggingthebracket at gmail dot com or tweet them to me @ChrisDobbertean.

2018-19 Non-Conference Scheduling Hub

You’ll be able to find each conference’s post in this series here.

Ranking the ACC’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

The ACC offers up one great example of non-conference scheduling this year and several more that need a significant amount of work.

Ranking the American Athletic’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

Once again, the bottom of the league scheduled like it has no interest in pushing the league toward more consistent recognition as a power conference.

Ranking the Big 12’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

Nine of the conference’s 10 teams have non-league slates that rank among the top 150 in the country—an impressive total for a power conference.

Ranking the Big East’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

When looking at this season’s non-league slates, the Big East’s powers largely did what they needed to do, but the conference’s bottom-feeders could be left in the lurch come March if they improve as much as expected.

Ranking the Big Ten’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

Stop the presses! The Big Ten didn’t do a horrible job of scheduling for November and December this season.

Ranking the Pac-12’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

After exiting last March’s festivities, the conference is largely setting itself up for more disappointment this spring based on some of these schedules.

Ranking the SEC’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

The majority of the league’s coaches aren’t taking kindly to the "football league" epithet being thrown their way and are showing their displeasure by beefing up their non-conference scheduling.

Ranking the America East’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

While UMBC made history in last March’s NCAA Tournament, it’s perennial league power Vermont that built the best non-league slate for this season—and it wasn’t particularly close.

Ranking the Atlantic 10’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

As usual, defending A 10 Tournament champ Davidson will challenge itself during November and December, as will VCU and Saint Joe’s. But while preseason favorite Saint Louis built a decent slate, George Mason didn’t really prepare itself for a title (or at-large) challenge.

Ranking the ASUN’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

2018 champ Lipscomb managed to put together top 10 non-league slate despite not participating in an exempt tournament this season.

Ranking the Big Sky’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

With the conference going to 20 league games, non-conference scheduling has suffered a bit. But defending champ Montana will still test itself during November and December.

Ranking the Big South’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

Radford, the league’s 2018 NCAA Tournament representative, has its best non-conference schedule by a considerable margin.

Ranking the Big West’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

In an upset, t’s defending champ Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis, not Long Beach State, who leads the Big West in non-league scheduling this season.

Ranking the CAA’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

While the defending champs from College of Charleston will challenge Northeastern for the 2019 crown, the Huskies enter the new season with a superior non-conference schedule.

Ranking Conference USA’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

Even with a new head coach, Middle Tennessee once again leads the way when it comes to C-USA scheduling, but both 2018 NCAA rep Marshall and Western Kentucky, an NIT semifinalist a season ago, built slates that could help push them into the at-large picture in 2019.

Ranking the Horizon League’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

The two teams favored to challenge for the conference title this season didn’t do themselves many favors in the non-league schedule department.

Ranking the Ivy League’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

While 2018 champ Penn should challenge for the title again, the Quakers’ two expected primary rivals, Harvard and Yale, built better non-conference slates.

Ranking the MAAC’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

While Iona, which has represented the conference in the last three NCAA Tournaments, has a strong schedule, two league rivals have slates that outshine the Gaels’.

Ranking the MAC’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

Buffalo won a game in the NCAAs last March and are expected to build on that this season. But do the Bulls have the best non-league schedule in the MAC?

Ranking the MEAC’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

As usual, the MEAC’s (now) 12 members will be hitting the road frequently during November and December, but they won’t be playing quite as many Power 7 opponents as they did just a season ago.

Ranking the MVC’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

Naturally, Loyola struggled to put together a strong non-conference schedule following their run to the 2018 Final Four. And that means the Ramblers might just have to win Arch Madness again to reach 2019’s field of 68.

Ranking the Mountain West’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

Fresh off March’s Sweet Sixteen run, big things are expected of Nevada in 2019. But how did the Wolf Pack do when building this season’s non-conference schedule? And what about the rest of the Mountain West?

Ranking the NEC’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

One of the nation’s weaker conferences generally has a collection of non-league schedules to match. There’s one notable exception, however.

Ranking the OVC’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

While Murray State represented the league in the NCAAs last March, it’s another familiar name, Belmont, that tops these rankings.

Ranking the Patriot League’s Non-Conference Schedules for 2018-19

Perennial Patriot champ Bucknell and Lehigh, the team most likely to topple them in 2019, have the league’s best non-conference slates. And it’s not particularly close.