Friday, February 16, 2018

Bracketology: Auburn moves to top line

The surprising season for the Auburn Tigers has now brought them to yet another lofty height. Bruce Pearl's team is now sitting as our final No. 1 seed in the latest bracket update.

Auburn has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2003, where they advanced to the Sweet 16. That drought will obviously end this season. Now they have a chance to do something the school has achieved just one other time in their basketball history. Auburn earned a No. 1 seed in 1999, a run that also ended in the Sweet 16. Thanks to Purdue's loss to Wisconsin, adding to their recent slump, the Tigers now move into the last spot on the top line, headlining the West Regional.

Auburn is 6-3 against quadrant one and is 11-3 against quadrants one and two. It also helps that they've won seven true road games, plus another three on a neutral court. The Tigers are on their way to their just their second SEC regular season title, and first since 1999, as they have a two-game lead on Tennessee, with the tiebreaker, and have two games against South Carolina among their final five games.

The double-dip, regular season and tournament titles, should secure a top spot come Selection Sunday.

The Big 12 is getting some more love on the other side of the bracket, as Baylor has made a nice comeback and is now among the last four in, along with Kansas State. The Big 12 has been a competitive conference all season and the committee may very well take that into consideration when talking about the final few spots. This now gives the Big 12 eight teams in the field, tied with the ACC and SEC.

Here is your full bracket update.

Last Four Byes: North Carolina State, Arkansas, Houston, Washington
Last Four In: UCLA, Baylor, Temple, Kansas State
First Four Out: USC, Louisville, Syracuse, Georgia
Next Four Out: Marquette, Notre Dame, St. Bonaventure, Utah

Conference Breakdown

ACC - 8
Big 12 - 8
SEC - 8
Big East - 6
American - 4
Big Ten - 4
Pac-12 - 4
West Coast - 2
One-bid leagues - 24

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