See FULL BRACKET here:
Teams on the 1 and 2 seeds lines listed according to S-curve, so Michigan State would be the fourth-ranked #1 seed, and Oregon the fourth #2.
Wednesday was a very good day for the Pac-12. USC and Oregon State are now locks in my bracket after each won its first-round match-up. Colorado, which also won its first-round match-up, against lowly Washington State, is all but a lock at this point. Beating Arizona would seal it for sure. Otherwise, the Buffs are OK as long as a bunch of lower-seeded teams from the power conferences (i.e. Virginia Tech, Marquette and LSU) don’t make lengthy runs in their conference tournaments.
Texas Tech, however, is now in a bit of trouble. After losing to a 20-loss TCU team in the Big 12 Opening Round, the Red Raiders fell from an 8 to a 10 seed in my bracket. Still in, but even more susceptible to the potential of a few teams sneaking in with big runs this weekend.
With two more teams now locks, the field is starting to take real shape. All teams on the top 8 seed lines are locked up, along with 13 automatic bids, meaning 45 teams are now assured of being in the tourney.
At-Large locks and Automatic bids earned below in bold
(Teams projecting as Automatic bids are listed with conference in parentheses)
1 Kansas Villanova Xavier Michigan State
2 Oregon North Carolina Virginia Oklahoma
3 Miami FL Indiana West Virginia Utah
4 Texas A&M Iowa State Maryland Duke
5 Purdue Arizona Texas Dayton
6 Iowa Baylor California Kentucky
7 St Joseph’s Seton Hall Wisconsin Notre Dame
8 Providence USC Oregon State Butler
9 Gonzaga (WCC) Cincinnati Connecticut Colorado
10 Texas Tech St Mary’s San Diego State (MWC) St Bonaventure
11 Tulsa / Monmouth VCU (A-10) South Carolina / Wichita State Temple (AAC)
12 Hawaii (Big West) UNC-Wilmington (CAA) Chattanooga (SoCon) Northern Iowa (MVC)
13 Yale (Ivy) Arkansas-Little Rock (Sun Belt) Akron (MAC) Stony Brook (America East)
14 Stephen F Austin (Southland) Iona (MAAC) UAB (C-USA) South Dakota State (SUM)
15 New Mexico State (WAC) Green Bay (HOR) UNC-Asheville (Big South) Weber State (Big Sky)
16 Austin Peay (OVC) / Holy Cross (NEC) FGCU (A-Sun) / Fairleigh Dickinson (NEC) Hampton (MEAC) Texas Southern (SWAC)
Last Four BYES: Colorado, St Mary’s, St Bonaventure, Texas Tech
Last Four IN: Tulsa, Monmouth, Wichita State, South Carolina
First 4 OUT: Hofstra, Syracuse, Michigan, Houston
Next 8 OUT: Pittsburgh, George Washington, Virginia Tech, Marquette, Washington, Georgia Tech, LSU, Vanderbilt