Villanova-Xavier showdown could shake up latest mock bracket

Villanova has key senior experience, especially from Ryan Arcidiacono (No. 15) and Daniel Ochefu (No. 23).

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Circle Wednesday night on your calendar, folks. That’s when Villanova heads to Xavier in a matchup of two Big East teams currently sitting on my one-seed line. That’s the type of game with giant NCAA tournament implications.

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But one other game with big-time tournament implications came on Monday night, when Virginia lost at Miami.

My newest bracket has both of those ACC teams as two-seeds, and you better believe those two teams plus a couple more ACC teams — UNC and perhaps even Duke if it runs the table — could all be in play for one-seeds come Selection Sunday, depending on what kind of wins they can get.

But Miami beating Virginia Monday had an interesting side note: In knocking Virginia off the one-seed line, Miami also managed to bring Oklahoma back up there.

Two Big East teams that are one-seeds. Two Big 12 teams that are one-seeds. And a whole ton of things that will change between now and Selection Sunday.

(Teams with an asterisk are expected to be automatic qualifiers as they currently lead their conferences)

Midwest Region (Chicago)
Seed
Team
Location
1
Kansas*
at Des Moines
16
Bucknell*/Hampton*
8
Florida
9
Seton Hall
4
Duke
at Oklahoma City
13
UNC-Wilmington*
5
Baylor
12
Stony Brook*
6
Notre Dame
at Spokane
11
Tulsa/Wisconsin
3
Oregon
14
Akron*
7
Cal
at St. Louis
10
Pittsburgh
2
Michigan State
15
Weber State*