This week's top five as I see them (4-1 last week, 80-50 overall):
#5 Purdue at Maryland, Tue – Maryland 72, Purdue 70
#4 LSU at Kentucky, Tue – Kentucky 77, LSU 72
#3 Michigan State at Wisconsin, Tue –Wisconsin 70, Michigan State 69
#2 Duke at Louisville, Tue – Duke 75, Louisville 73
#1 Virginia at North Carolina, Mon – North Carolina 72, Virginia 71
My updated bracket can be found below. This bracket (as well as my previous brackets) are a projection of where I think the teams will be as of Selection Sunday. In other words, it includes their future schedule, for better or for worse.
One automatic bids being swapped out in this update, which is a reversal of the last update.
Patriot- Lehigh (Colgate)
I’m switching out three at-large bids in this update. Toledo, Clemson, and Furman are in. Georgetown, Nebraska, and Seton Hall are out.
My latest bracket has a lone bid going to a first timer, with Sacred Heart earning a spot. Wichita State (7), Arizona (6), Xavier (5), Providence (5), West Virginia (4), Butler (4), Seton Hall (3), Miami FL (3) and Iona (3) would see multiple year streaks of tournament appearances snapped if this bracket would hold. Rider and Texas State would be ending droughts of at least 20 years with an automatic bid. Furman and Toledo would both be earning their first bid since 1980 via an at large bid.