Bracketology: Villanova claims final No. 1 seed

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

With Michigan's loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten final, the Wildcats swap places with the Wolverines in Chris Dobbertean's final projection of 2014.

Before I get to the final projection, here's a quick recap of how Sunday's results affected the bracket.

  • Michigan's stay on the top line was short, as the Wolverines fell to Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament final in Indianapolis. Villanova swaps places with John Beilein's team in this projection. Meanwhile, the Spartans and American Tournament champion Louisville also flip spots because of the result, with MSU -- a team with plenty of injuries during the regular season -- passing the Cardinals for a place on the three line.
  • Florida held off Kentucky in the SEC Tournament final. The Gators remain first overall, while the Wildcats are seeded sixth.
  • VCU joins the Wildcats on that line, following its loss to St. Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship. The Hawks move up to a nine as a result of the win.
  • Virginia, unofficial ACC regular season champions and official ACC Tournament champions, jumps Duke for a spot among the second seeds.

Finally, after reviewing everyone's profiles one last time, I replaced SMU in the bracket with Green Bay. I explained this more in the final edition of Bracketology Bubble Watch, but it all comes down to non-conference scheduling. It's something the Selection Committee preaches and the Phoenix were somewhat successful at, while the Mustangs' early-season slate left much to be desired. Plus, the Committee seems to have gotten into the habit of rewarding deserving mid-majors with First Four berths since the event's inception.

With all of that said, here's one final look at my projected field of 68.

(1) SOUTH
Memphis (Thu/Sat)
(2) WEST
Anaheim (Thu/Sat)
Orlando (Thu/Sat) San Diego (Fri/Sun)
1 FLORIDA (SEC) 1 Arizona
16 CAL POLY/TEXAS STHN. 16 WEBER STATE (Big Sky)
8 Oregon 8 88 UMass
9 Memphis 9 GONZAGA (WCC)
Spokane (Thu/Sat) Spokane (Thu/Sat)
5 Oklahoma 5 North Carolina
12 NORTH DAKOTA STATE (Summit) 122 BYU/Tennessee
4 San Diego State 4 LOUISVILLE (AAC)
13 TULSA (C-USA) 13 NEW MEXICO STATE (WAC)
San Antonio (Fri/Sun) Orlando (Thu/Sat)
6 VCU 666 Baylor
11 Iowa 11 Xavier
3 Creighton 3 MICHIGAN STATE (Big Ten)
14 MERCER (A-Sun) 14 WESTERN MICHIGAN (MAC)
Raleigh (Fri/Sun) St. Louis (Fri/Sun)
7 Oklahoma State 7 NEW MEXICO (MW)
10 Arizona State 10 Stanford
2 VIRGINIA (ACC) 2 IOWA STATE (Big 12)
15 MILWAUKEE (Horizon) 15 EASTERN KENTUCKY (OVC)
(4) EAST
New York (Fri/Sun)
(3) MIDWEST
Indianapolis (Fri/Sun)
Buffalo (Thu/Sat) St. Louis (Fri/Sun)
1 Villanova 1 WICHITA STATE (MVC)
16 ALBANY (AmEast) 16 COASTAL CAROLINA/MT. ST. MARY'S
8 George Washington 8 Colorado
9 Pittsburgh 9 ST. JOSEPH'S (A 10)
San Diego (Fri/Sun) Buffalo (Thu/Sat)
5 UCLA (Pac-12) 5 Connecticut
12 HARVARD (Ivy) 12 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (Southland)
4 Cincinnati 4 Syracuse
13 DELAWARE (CAA) 13 MANHATTAN (MAAC)
Raleigh (Fri/Sun) San Antonio (Fri/Sun)
6 Kentucky 6 Ohio State
11 Green Bay/Nebraska 11 Dayton
3 Duke 3 Kansas
14 N.C. CENTRAL (MEAC) *14 UL LAFAYETTE (Sun Belt)
Milwaukee (Thu/Sat) Milwaukee (Thu/Sat)
7 Saint Louis 7 Texas
10 Kansas State 10 PROVIDENCE (Big East)
2 Michigan 2 Wisconsin
15 AMERICAN (Patriot) 15 WOFFORD (SoCon)
FIRST FOUR (Dayton)
Tuesday: To Orlando Tuesday: To Spokane
16 CAL POLY (Big West) 12 BYU
16 TEXAS SOUTHERN (SWAC) 12 Tennessee
Wednesday: To St. Louis Wednesday: To Raleigh
16 COASTAL CAROLINA (Big South) *11 Green Bay
16 MOUNT ST. MARY'S (NEC) 11 Nebraska

BIDS BY CONFERENCE AVOIDING DAYTON ARRIVALS DEPARTURES
Big 12: 7 Arizona State Green Bay Georgia State
A 10: 6 Iowa UL Lafayette SMU
Big Ten: 6 Dayton

Pac-12: 6 Xavier

ACC: 5 LAST FOUR IN

AAC: 4
Tennessee

Big East: 4 BYU

SEC: 3 Nebraska

Horizon: 2 Green Bay

MW: 2 FIRST FOUR OUT

WCC: 2 SMU

1-Bid Conferences: 21 Minnesota


Florida State


California


NEXT FOUR OUT


Arkansas


Louisiana Tech


St. John's


Southern Mississippi

Also considered: Missouri, Belmont, Toledo, Iona, N.C. State, Georgia, Clemson, Georgetown

I'll have a bracketology reaction post at some point after the Selection Show, and I will share my thoughts as the seedings are revealed on Twitter @ChrisDobbertean.

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