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Bracketology Seed List For Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Guess who’s back at the top after Friday’s brief drop into the No. 2 spot...

NCAA Basketball: Duke at Notre Dame
Yawn...it’s just another week of Duke topping the seed list.
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This week’s full bracket post

Notes: Auto bid holders in this section are noted by the conference names in parentheses. Arrows indicate movement up or down the seed list (down to the spot on the seed list). New entrants are marked with an asterisk.

No. 1 Seeds

(1) Duke Blue Devils (ACC) - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Columbia 1
(↑2) Virginia Cavaliers - LOUISVILLE - Columbia 2
(↑3) Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten) - KANSAS CITY - Columbus 1
(↓4) Tennessee Volunteers (SEC) - ANAHEIM - Jacksonville 1

Bracketologist’s note: Like last week, one of the No. 1 seeds had to be sent to a Thursday/Saturday site to face the Tuesday First Four winner, even though all four are closer to Friday/Sunday sites. Sending the fourth No. 1, Tennessee, to Jacksonville was the most appropriate move here.

No. 2 Seeds

(5) Michigan Wolverines - LOUISVILLE - Columbus 2
(6) Gonzaga Bulldogs (WCC) - ANAHEIM - Salt Lake City 1
(↑7) Kentucky Wildcats - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Des Moines 1
(↓8) Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12) - KANSAS CITY - Des Moines 2

No. 3 Seeds

(↑9) North Carolina Tar Heels - KANSAS CITY - Jacksonville 2
(↓10) Marquette Golden Eagles - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tulsa 1
(11) Texas Tech Red Raiders - LOUISVILLE - Tulsa 1
(12) Maryland Terrapins - ANAHEIM - Hartford 2

Bracketologist’s note: With five ACC teams and four Big Ten ones on the top four lines, keeping the top four teams from each conference apart and balancing the regions out was quite a task for seed lines 3 and 4, particularly with Louisville hosting the South region. As a result, I had to shuffle these teams quite a bit to get things right.

No. 4 Seeds

(↑13) Houston Cougars (American) - KANSAS CITY - Salt Lake City 2
(↑14) Louisville Cardinals - ANAHEIM - Hartford 2
(↑15) Purdue Boilermakers - WASHINGTON, D.C. - San José 1
(↓16) Virginia Tech Hokies - LOUISVILLE - San José 2

No. 5 Seeds

(↑17) Wisconsin Badgers
(↓18) Iowa State Cyclones
(19) Kansas State Wildcats
(↑20) Villanova Wildcats (Big East)

No. 6 Seeds

(↓21) Buffalo Bulls (MAC)
(↓22) Nevada Wolf Pack (MW)
(↑23) LSU Tigers
(↓24) Oklahoma Sooners

No. 7 Seeds

(25) Iowa Hawkeyes
(↑26) Mississippi State Bulldogs
(↑27) Florida State Seminoles
(↑28) Cincinnati Bearcats

No. 8 Seeds

(↓29) Mississippi Rebels
(↑30) Syracuse Orange
(↓31) N.C. State Wolfpack
(↑32) TCU Horned Frogs

No. 9 Seeds

(↑33) Ohio State Buckeyes
(↓34) Auburn Tigers
(↑35) Minnesota Golden Gophers
(↑36) St. John’s Red Storm

No. 10 Seeds

(↓37) Indiana Hoosiers
(↓38) Nebraska Cornhuskers
(↑39) Washington Huskies (Pac-12)
(*40) Baylor Bears

No. 11 Seeds

(↓41) Seton Hall Pirates
(↓42) Butler Bulldogs
(*43 - First Four) Arizona State Sun Devils
(↓44 - First Four) Texas Longhorns
(*45 - First Four) Alabama Crimson Tide
(↓46 - First Four) VCU Rams

No. 12 Seeds

(↑47) Hofstra Pride (CAA)
(48) Murray State Racers (OVC)
(49) Wofford Terriers (SoCon)
(↑50) Liberty Flames (ASUN)

No. 13 Seeds

(↑51) Vermont Catamounts (America East)
(*52) Yale Bulldogs (Ivy)
(53) Radford Highlanders (Big South)
(↑54) Northern Kentucky Norse (Horizon)

No. 14 Seeds

(*55) Texas State Bobcats (Sun Belt)
(56) South Dakota State Jackrabbits (Summit)
(*57) George Mason Patriots (A 10)
(↓58) Loyola Chicago Ramblers (MVC)

No. 15 Seeds

(*59) UC Irvine Anteaters (Big West)
(↑60) Bucknell Bison (Patriot)
(*61) UAB Blazers (C-USA)
(↑62) Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (WAC)

No. 16 Seeds

(63) Rider Broncs (MAAC)
(*64) Northern Colorado Bears (Big Sky)
(↑65 - First Four) Sam Houston State Bearkats (Southland)
(↑66 - First Four) Robert Morris Colonials (NEC)
(↓67 - First Four) Prairie View A&M Panthers (SWAC)
(↓68 - First Four) Norfolk State Spartans (MEAC)

First Four Out (NIT No. 1 Seeds)

(↓69) Temple Owls
(↓70) UCF Knights
(↑71) San Francisco Dons
(↓72) Arizona Wildcats

Next Four Out

(↑73) Creighton Bluejays
(↓74) Florida Gators
(↓75) Saint Louis Billikens
(↓76) Pittsburgh Panthers

Conference Ranking With Seeds

Note: Auto bid holders are denoted by asterisks.

Big Ten (10): 1. Michigan State*, 2. Michigan, 3. Maryland, 4. Purdue, 6. Wisconsin, 7. Iowa, 9. Ohio State, 9.Minnesota, 10. Indiana, 10. Nebraska
ACC (8): 1. Duke*, 1. Virginia, 3. North Carolina, 4. Louisville, 4. Virginia Tech, 7. Florida State, 8. Syracuse, 8. N.C. State
Big 12 (8): 2. Kansas*, 3. Texas Tech, 5. Iowa State, 5. Kansas State, 5. Oklahoma, 8. TCU, 10. Baylor, 11. Texas (First Four)
SEC (7): 1. Tennessee*, 2. Kentucky, 6. LSU, 7. Mississippi State, 8. Mississippi, 9. Auburn, 11. Alabama (First Four)
Big East (5): 3. Marquette, 5. Villanova*, 9. St. John’s, 11. Seton Hall, 11. Butler
American Athletic (2): 3. Houston*, 7. Cincinnati
Atlantic 10 (2): 11. VCU (First Four), 14. George Mason*
Pac-12 (2): 10. Washington*, 11. Arizona State (First Four)

Auto Bid Selection Procedures

Until we get to the latter stages of the season, when conference races are a bit clearer and tournament No. 1 seeds are established, the following rules apply to auto bid selections.

First, account for conference record. The team with the best conference winning percentage will hold the auto bid.

If two or more teams are tied, their records in head-to-head competition is the first tiebreaker. Otherwise, the total number of conference wins applies.

If teams are still tied, overall winning percentage against all Division I opposition, then the higher number of D1 wins apply.

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