Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Bracketology: Xavier joins Big East rival Villanova among projected No. 1 seeds
Xavier joined Villanova, Virginia and Purdue among the projected No. 1 seeds in Joe Lunardi’s latest Mock NCAA Tournament Bracket released Monday.
That would give the Big East two No. 1 seeds. Villanova was ranked No. 1 in Monday’s AP Poll, with Xavier at No. 5.
Per Lunardi, Michigan State, Auburn, Kansas and Duke are the 2 seeds.
The 3 seeds feature Texas Tech, Cincinnati, Clemson and Arizona.
The 4s are North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
The ACC has nine projected teams in the Big Dance, the SEC has eight and the Big 12 seven. The Big East is down to six from seven. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have four apiece.
From the tri-state area, Seton Hall, Wagner and Rider are in.
The last four in are Kansas State, N.C. State, Boise State and Virginia Tech. The first four out are Syracuse, Marquette, UCLA and Nebraska.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.