Bracket Watch: No. 1 Seed Hopefuls Make Their Case Before Selection Sunday

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There are just two days remaining until Selection Sunday, and the field of 68 is coming into sharp focus. We’ll be updating the Bracket Watch every day, and with every automatic bid that is clinched, right up until the Selection Committee releases the real thing. Stick with us here on SI.com all week to get our latest take on the bracket. And for an in-depth look at the teams at the back end of the field, and those just barely on the outside, be sure to check out our Bubble Watch.

Last Four Byes

Florida
Utah State
TCU
Ohio State

Last Four In

NC State
Temple
St. John’s
Belmont

First Four Out

Arizona State
Indiana
Clemson
Alabama

Next Four Out

UNC-Greensboro
Creighton
Xavier
Furman

Automatic bid recipients in bold below.

East Region

(1) Virginia vs. (16) Fairleigh Dickinson/Norfolk State
(8) Seton Hall vs. (9) Baylor
(5) Mississippi State vs. (12) Murray State
(4) Wisconsin vs. (13) Yale
(6) Wofford vs. (11) Ohio State
(3) Houston vs. (14) Old Dominion
(7) Iowa State vs. (10) Utah State
(2) Tennessee vs. (15) Abilene Christian

South Region

(1) North Carolina vs. (16) North Dakota State/Prairie View A&M
(8) UCF vs. (9) Ole Miss
(5) Villanova vs. (12) Dayton
(4) Kansas vs. (13) Northeastern
(6) Buffalo vs. (11) Saint Mary’s
(3) LSU vs. (14) Georgia Southern
(7) Cincinnati vs. (10) VCU
(2) Michigan vs. (15) Colgate

Midwest Region

(1) Kentucky vs. (16) Iona
(8) Iowa vs. (9) Oklahoma
(5) Virginia Tech vs. (12) St. John’s/Belmont
(4) Kansas State vs. (13) Liberty
(6) Auburn vs. (11) TCU
(3) Purdue vs. (14) UC-Irvine
(7) Nevada vs. (10) Florida
(2) Duke vs. (15) Montana

West Region

(1) Michigan State vs. (16) Gardner-Webb
(8) Washington vs. (9) Syracuse
(5) Marquette vs. (12) New Mexico State
(4) Florida State vs. (13) Vermont
(6) Maryland vs. (11) NC State/Temple
(3) Texas Tech vs. (14) Northern Kentucky
(7) Louisville vs. (10) Minnesota
(2) Gonzaga vs. (15) Bradley

Full SI.com NCAA Tournament Bracket Watch (as of March 15)

2019 NCAA tournament bracket: March Madness projection

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