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Saturday / January 19.
  • Bracketology: Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Purdue are projected top four seeds

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    One day after the NCAA announced its midseason projected seeds, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi is following suit.

    Virginia, Villanova, Xavier and Purdue are the projected No. 1 seeds in Joe Lunardi’s latest Mock NCAA Tournament Bracket released Monday.

    That would give the Big East two of the four No. 1 seeds.

    Virginia is a projected 1 seed despite losing at home to Virginia Tech, while Villanova is a projected 1 despite losing to St. John’s before rebounding to beat Butler.

    Per Lunardi, Cincinnati, Duke, Auburn and Kansas are the 2 seeds.

    The 3 seeds feature Texas Tech, Michigan State, North Carolina and Clemson.

    The 4s are Tennessee, Florida, Ohio State and Arizona.

    Also of note, Rhode Island, winners of 15 straight, is up to a 5 seed, while Kentucky, losers of three straight, are down to an 8. Seton Hall, which has lost 5-of-7, is now a 9 seed.

    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. The Pac-12 has five teams and the Big Ten four.

    From the tri-state area, Seton Hall, Wagner and Rider are in.

    The last four in are UCLA, Kansas State, N.C. State and USC. The first four out are Boise State, Nebraska, St. Bonaventure and Syracuse.


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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.