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
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.