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NCAA Tournament Bracketology

January 26, 2015 10:12 am
by Jerry Palm | Bracketology Expert
It's been a rough start to ACC for Duke. The Blue Devils sit 4-3 with a trip to undefeated Virginia looming after a loss at Notre Dame on Wednesay. That loss to the Irish has dropped Duke from the top line of the bracket.

Kansas takes that spot for now. The Jayhawks have played the top-rated schedule and lead the Big 12, which is the best league. The only black mark on their resume is a loss at Temple.

There are several other teams that still have a shot to get to the top line, including the Irish, Villanova, Wisconsin and Arizona.

The Pac-12 leaders are being hurt by the lack of quality in that league. Utah and Stanford seem to be the only other contenders to make the bracket, although a hot streak by UCLA or Oregon State could add to that. Utah fell two seeds after losing at UCLA on Thursday.

Washington was a likely contender for a tournament spot until the Huskies kicked Robert Upshaw off the team. They did not look good in their first game without him against Stanford.

The league being down makes it hard for the Wildcats to pick up the higher quality wins that it takes to move up the bracket.

Arizona is also hurt by the fact that neither of its losses have come to likely tournament teams.

There is still a lot of basketball to play -- just over six weeks -- so a lot of shuffling at the top could still occur.

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Bracket updated on: Fri Jan 30 05:23:30 2015
 
First Round
Midwest
16
-
Midwest
12
-
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South
11
-
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East
 
Last four in: Texas A&M, Colorado State, Davidson, Mississippi
First four out: Washington, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Temple
 
Second Round
Midwest
1
-
16
Louisville
9
+1
5
-2
12
Seattle
4
+1
13
-
11
-
Omaha
3
+1
14
-
7
-
10
-
Louisville
South
1
-
Omaha
8
-
9
-
Jacksonville
6
-
11
Columbus
3
-
14
-
Charlotte
2
-
East
1
-
16
Charlotte
8
-
12
-
Portland
6
-
11
-
Pittsburgh
3
-
14
-
10
-1
Pittsburgh
2
-
15
-
West
1
-
16
-
Seattle
8
-
5
-
Jacksonville
6
-
Portland
3
-
14
-
7
-
10
-
Columbus
2
-
15
-
 
2015 dates, sites
First Round
Dayton (March 17-18)
Second and Third Round
Jacksonville, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Portland (March 19, 21)
Charlotte, Columbus, Omaha, Seattle (March 20, 22)
Regionals
Cleveland, Los Angeles (March 26, 28)
Houston, Syracuse (March 27, 29)
Final Four
Indianapolis (April 4, 6)
 
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