• Thursday is one of the busiest days of Championship Week, with top teams making their case for No. 1 seeds and bubble teams sweating out Selection Sunday.
By Michael Beller
March 14, 2019

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There are just three 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

Ohio State
St. John’s

Last Four In

NC State
Arizona State

First Four Out


Next Four Out


Automatic bid recipients in bold below.

East Region

(1) Virginia vs. (16) Fairleigh Dickinson/Norfolk State
(8) Washington vs. (9) Seton Hall
(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) Sam Houston State

South Region

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

Midwest Region

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

West Region

(1) Michigan State vs. (16) Gardner-Webb
(8) UCF vs. (9) Syracuse
(5) Marquette vs. (12) New Mexico State
(4) Florida State vs. (13) Vermont
(6) Maryland vs. (11) 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 14)

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