NCAA tournament bracketology with March Madness, Selection Sunday near

Shelby Mast and Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports

Published 8:24 a.m. ET March 15, 2019 | Updated 1:21 p.m. ET March 15, 2019


SportsPulse: Sunday Choices and just days away. USA TODAY's Scott Gleeson t

NCAA tournament projections through games played on March 14.

Lost in Zion Williams 's electrifying return on Thursday in Duke' s win over Syracuse. T

Williamson's greatest reel 1 seed beat and dominant Virginia team in its own right twice. BUT committee Selecting Members are not necessarily top-seeded teams based on net-cutting April So Much Potential for not * are examining the full body of work.

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Duke teammates Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett are the national team. (Photo: Streeter Lecka, Getty Images)

Beat the North Carolina in the ACC tournament semifinals or you're a No. 2 seed. Granted, this Duke team in Williamson and R.J. Barrett might be the best No. Profile's – Williams, Tennessee's or Tennessee's – t assuming one of those last two current number. 2 seeds the SEC tournament.

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Should Duke lose to the Tar Heels, (top-30 home, top-75 road) wins, over the North Carolina. Yes, Duke clobbered the Wildcats in the season-opener t

Duke is surely in a precarious spot. 1 seed. But UNC is or easy out. The Blue Devils' Selection Sunday fate likely will be determined here on Friday.

No. 1 seeds: Virginia, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Duke

Last four in: Temple, Alabama, Belmont, Florida

First Four out: UNC-Greensboro, Xavier, Georgetown, Indiana


• Others considered for a large-bid (in or particular order): Creighton, North Carolina State, Clemson, Lipscomb, Texas, Furman

• On life support: South Carolina, Memphis, Dayton, Davidson


Multi-bid conferences: Big Ten (8), SEC (8), ACC (7), Big 12 (7), Big East (4), American (4), Mountain West (2), Ohio Valley (2), Pac-12 (2) t ) West Coast (2).

Leaders or highest RPI from target one-bid conferences – (22 total): t VCU (Atlantic 10), Vermont (America East), Liberty (Atlantic Sun), Montana (Big Sky), Gardner-Webb (Big South) UC Irvine (Big West), Northeastern (CAA), Old Dominion (Conference USA), Northern Kentucky (Horizon), Yale (Ivy), Iona (MAAC), Buffalo (MAC), Norfolk State (MEAC), Bradley (MVC), Fairleigh Dickinson (Northeast), Colgate (Patriot), Wofford (Southern), Sam Houston State (Southland), Prairie View A&M (SWAC), Wofford (Southern), North Dakota State (Summit), Georgia State (Sun Belt), New Mexico State (WAC).

  • Transition schools ineligible to participate: Cal Baptist, North Alabama.


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Note: Mostly all data is used from The NCAA's new NET rankings are also considered; that was rolled out at the beginning of 2018-19.

About our bracketologist: Shelby Mast has been on its website, Bracket W.A.G. He joined USA TODAY in 2014. t Selection of members of the Super 10 Selection Committee. Follow him on Twitter @BracketWag.

Follow college basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson.

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