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Bracket Update: Saturday final

March, 16, 2014
Mar 16
1:49
AM ET


After a wild Saturday of action, there is more debate in the world of Bracketology over who should earn the top seeds and several upsets in conference championships have bubble teams even more nervous.

No. 1 SEEDS
  • Florida/South
  • Arizona/West
  • Wichita State/Midwest
  • Michigan/East
No. 2 SEEDS
  • Villanova/East
  • Duke/South
  • Kansas/West
  • Wisconsin/Midwest
LAST BYES
  • Saint Joseph's
  • Arizona State
  • SMU
  • Tennessee
LAST IN
  • Xavier
  • Dayton
  • Nebraska
  • Brigham Young
FIRST OUT
  • Southern Miss
  • Minnesota
  • Florida State
  • California
NEXT OUT
  • Arkansas
  • Missouri
  • NC State
  • Louisiana Tech






A full bracket update will be coming in the 6 p.m. ET range.

Here's an update to where Bracketology stands at 4:15 p.m. ET following Florida's win over Tennessee in the SEC tournament semifinals, Michigan's win over Ohio State and other action from the conference championships.

No. 1 SEEDS
  • Florida/South
  • Arizona/West
  • Wichita State/Midwest
  • Michigan/East
No. 2 SEEDS
  • Villanova/East
  • Wisconsin/Midwest
  • Duke/South
  • Kansas/West
LAST BYES
  • Arizona State
  • SMU
  • Tennessee
  • Xavier
LAST IN
  • Dayton
  • Nebraska
  • Providence
  • BYU
FIRST OUT
  • Southern Miss
  • Minnesota
  • Florida State
  • Arkansas
NEXT OUT
Here's an update to where Bracketology stands at 12:30 a.m. ET Saturday after Friday’s tournament action.


TOP SEEDS
  • Florida/South
  • Arizona/West
  • Wichita State/Midwest
  • Villanova/East
TWO SEEDS
  • Michigan/Midwest
  • Wisconsin/South
  • Duke/East
  • Kansas/West
LAST BYES
  • SMU
  • Saint Joseph's
  • Tennessee
  • Xavier
LAST IN
  • Dayton
  • Nebraska
  • Providence
  • BYU
FIRST OUT
  • Southern Miss
  • Minnesota
  • Florida State
  • Arkansas
NEXT OUT
  • California
  • Missouri
  • NC State
  • St. John's




Here's an update to where Bracketology stands at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday after Kansas lost to Iowa State in the Big 12 tournament semis, Tennessee beat South Carolina in the SEC tournament, Wisconsin made a statement in the Big Ten tournament as well as action from other conference tournament games.

No. 1 SEEDS
  • Florida/South
  • Arizona/West
  • Wichita State/Midwest
  • Villanova/East
No. 2 SEEDS
  • Michigan/Midwest
  • Wisconsin/South
  • Duke/East
  • Kansas/West
LAST BYES
  • SMU
  • Tennessee
  • Xavier
  • Saint Joseph's
LAST IN
  • Nebraska
  • Dayton
  • Providence
  • BYU
FIRST OUT
  • Southern Miss
  • Minnesota
  • Florida State
  • Arkansas
NEXT OUT
  • California
  • Missouri
  • NC State
  • St. John's




Here's an update on where Bracketology stands as of 5:45 p.m. ET Friday after Nebraska's loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament, Florida State's loss to Virginia in the ACC tournament and other conference tournament games.

No. 1 SEEDS
• Florida/South
• Arizona/West
• Wichita State/Midwest
• Villanova/East

No. 2 SEEDS
• Kansas/Midwest
• Michigan/East
• Duke/South
• Wisconsin/West

LAST BYES
• SMU
• Xavier
• Saint Joseph's
• Tennessee

LAST IN
• Nebraska
• Dayton
• Brigham Young
• Providence

FIRST OUT
• Minnesota
• Southern Miss
• Florida State
• Arkansas

NEXT OUT
• California
• Missouri
• St. John's
• Green Bay

Bracket update: Friday morning

March, 14, 2014
Mar 14
11:00
AM ET
Here's an update on where Bracketology stands as of 11 a.m. ET Friday, ahead of today's conference tournament action.

No. 1 SEEDS
• Florida/South
• Arizona/West (defeated Utah)
• Wichita State/Midwest
• Villanova/East (lost to Seton Hall)

No. 2 SEEDS
• Michigan/East
• Kansas/Midwest(defeated Oklahoma State)
• Duke/South
• Wisconsin/West

LAST BYES
• Stanford (defeated Arizona State)
• Xavier (defeated Marquette)
• Nebraska
• Tennessee

LAST IN
• Saint Joseph's
• Dayton (defeated Fordham)
• Brigham Young
• Providence (defeated St John's)

FIRST OUT
• Minnesota (defeated Penn State)
• Florida State (defeated Maryland)
• Southern Miss (defeated UTEP)
• Arkansas (lost to South Carolina)

NEXT OUT
• California (lost to Colorado)
• Missouri (defeated Texas A&M)
• St. John's (lost to Providence)
• Green Bay

Bracket update: Thursday final

March, 14, 2014
Mar 14
1:38
AM ET


Another day of conference tournaments saw its share of wild games, buzzer-beaters and upsets. So what does it mean in the world of Bracketology? Joe Lunardi offers his take after Thursday's action.

No. 1 SEEDS
• Florida/South
• Arizona/West (defeated Utah)
• Wichita State/Midwest
• Villanova/East

No. 2 SEEDS
• Michigan/Midwest
• Kansas/South (defeated Oklahoma State)
• Duke/East
• Wisconsin/West

LAST BYES
• Stanford (defeated Arizona State)
• Xavier (defeated Marquette)
• Nebraska
• Tennessee

LAST IN
• Saint Joseph's
• Dayton (defeated Fordham)
• Brigham Young
• Providence (defeated St John's)

FIRST OUT
• Minnesota (defeated Penn State)
• Florida State (defeated Maryland)
• Southern Miss (defeated UTEP)
• California (lost to Colorado)

NEXT OUT
• Arkansas (lost to South Carolina)
• Missouri (defeated Texas A&M)
• St. John's (lost to Providence)
• Green Bay


Here's a quick update on where Bracketology stands as of 8 p.m. ET Thursday, following Kansas' overtime win over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament, Arizona's blowout win over Utah in the Pac-12 tournament and more:

1-SEEDS
Florida/SOUTH
Arizona/WEST (defeated Utah)
Wichita State/MIDWEST
Villanova/EAST (even with loss but could be passed before Sunday)

2-SEEDS
Michigan/MIDWEST
Kansas/SOUTH (defeated Oklahoma State)
Duke/EAST
Wisconsin/WEST

LAST FOUR BYES
Stanford
Nebraska
Tennessee
Xavier

LAST FOUR IN
Saint Joseph's
Dayton (defeated Fordham)
BYU
Providence (defeated St. John's)

FIRST FOUR OUT
Minnesota
Florida State (defeated Maryland)
Arkansas (lost to South Carolina)
California (lost to Colorado)


NEXT FOUR OUT
Southern Miss
Missouri (defeated Texas A&M)
St. John's (defeated by Providence)
Green Bay

Here's a quick update on where Bracketology stands as of 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday, following Villanova's loss to Seton Hall in the Big East tournament:

1-SEEDS
Florida/SOUTH
Arizona/WEST
Wichita State/MIDWEST
Villanova/EAST (even with loss but could be passed before Sunday)

2-SEEDS
Michigan/MIDWEST
Kansas/SOUTH
Duke/EAST
Wisconsin/WEST

LAST FOUR BYES
Stanford
Nebraska
Tennessee
Xavier

LAST FOUR IN
Saint Joseph’s
Dayton
BYU
Arkansas

FIRST FOUR OUT
California
Minnesota
Florida State (moves up from "next four out" after beating Maryland)
St. John’s

NEXT FOUR OUT
Providence (moves down from "first four out")
Southern Miss
Missouri
Utah

A quick look at where Bracketology stands heading into Thursday's games:

1-SEEDS
Florida/SOUTH
Arizona/WEST
Villanova/EAST
Wichita State/MIDWEST

2-SEEDS
Kansas/SOUTH
Wisconsin/WEST
Duke/EAST
Michigan/MIDWEST

LAST FOUR BYES
Stanford
Nebraska
Tennessee
Xavier

LAST FOUR IN
Saint Joseph’s
Dayton
BYU
Arkansas

FIRST FOUR OUT
California
Minnesota
St. John’s
Providence

NEXT FOUR OUT
Southern Miss
Florida State
Missouri
Utah

Video: Latest Bracketology update

March, 6, 2014
Mar 6
3:00
PM ET

ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi breaks down his latest field of 68, with a focus on teams in competition for the No. 1 seeds and those on the bubble.

Video: Latest Bracketology update

February, 27, 2014
Feb 27
2:00
PM ET

ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi discusses his latest field of 68 and takes a hard look at some teams on the bubble.

The obvious question of the day -- "Why is Syracuse still the No. 1 overall seed?" in the latest Bracketology update -- has a bunch of little answers instead of one simple explanation. So let's break it down:
  • Somebody has to be at the very top of the bracket, and my take is the committee would not view the loss to Boston College as anything more than a one-game blip.
  • The timing of the loss is really irrelevant. Had this game come in November and the Orange then rolled off 25 or so consecutive wins, we wouldn't be having the conversation. Syracuse would be the top-ranked team in the country and No. 1 overall in every bracket.
  • There is no clear-cut successor at this point. Fellow one seeds Florida and Arizona each have two losses (albeit to better competition), and neither is markedly better than the Orange in terms of their overall body of work.
  • I have Wichita State at No. 4 overall, again based on overall body of work, so the Shockers are not (yet!) in position to make a claim for the very top spot in the field. As an aside, I would give the Shockers the same benefit of the doubt as a top-line resident if they were to lose a game and have no obvious successor in line behind them.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. (Until the next major upset, of course!)

Looking at the latest edition of Bracketology

December, 16, 2013
12/16/13
12:15
PM ET


North Carolina keeps knocking off elite teams, but is that enough to land the Tar Heels a high seed in the latest edition of Bracketology? Joe Lunardi breaks down the entire tournament field, highlighted by Arizona, Ohio State, Louisville and Syracuse holding the No. 1 seeds.

2013-14 Bracketology projections

November, 7, 2013
11/07/13
10:30
AM ET
It's back. With the 2013-14 season set to tip off on Friday, Bracketology returns with Joe Lunardi's initial 2013-14 projections for the entire 68-team field -- from No. 1 seeds all the way to the last teams in and out of the tournament. Lunardi projects Kentucky, Michigan State, Duke and Louisville as the four No. 1 seeds, but check out the complete Bracketology breakdown here.

While you're at it, here are some other links from today to get you set for the season:

ESPN predicts the 2013-14 season

Daily Word: Potential trouble for contenders

Insider Final Four and national champion picks Insider

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