Thursday, February 1, 2018

Finally, a bracket update!

Apologies for this being so late. I think this is the latest I've ever posted the first in-season bracket update, but a lot has gone on and posting here ended up on the back burner a bit. But fear no more, I bring to you, finally, the first update of this season. And what a crazy season it has been so far.

As of now, I feel pretty good that Villanova, Virginia and Purdue are sitting atop the bracket, with Big 12 leader Kansas joining them on the top line for the moment. And how about the seasons Clemson and Auburn are having? Auburn currently sits on the No. 2 line, while Clemson is a three right now.

And once again, the bubble debate is interesting. As of now, the last four in include a few familiar teams. In fact, a rematch from last year's First Four was set up in this bracket between USC and Providence, while Washington and SMU are also currently slated for Dayton. Virginia Tech, LSU, UCLA and South Carolina are currently the first four out. We'll get deeper into the bubble at a later time. For now, here is your first 2018 bracket update.

Last Four Byes: North Carolina State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Providence
Last Four In: Providence, Washington, USC, SMU
First Four Out: Virginia Tech, LSU, UCLA, South Carolina
Next Four Out: Houston, Kansas State, Syracuse, St. Bonaventure

Conference Breakdown

ACC - 9
SEC - 9
Big East - 7
Big 12 - 6
Big Ten - 4
Pac-12 - 4
AAC - 3
West Coast - 2
One-bid leagues - 24

Remember, check out Bracket Matrix to see how I stack up against the other bracketologists, as I enter my seventh year in the matrix. How will I finish? Stay tuned and find out.

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