North Carolina leaps into a No. 1 spot in our latest NCAA bracket

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Kennedy Meeks (center) and the North Carolina Tar Heels are on a 10-game winning streak and have lost just two games this season.

Raleigh News & Observer

You can tell it’s going to be a wild ride between now and Selection Sunday. In contrast to last season, when Kentucky was entrenched as the No. 1 overall seed all year and much of the top two lines on my bracket never changed, this season has seen mass carnage at the top. Just this week.

On Monday, Oklahoma fell to Iowa State. By Friday, the Sooners had ascended all the way to my No. 1 overall seed thanks to losses by Xavier (at home to Georgetown), which falls from a No. 1 to a No. 2 in this edition, and Kansas (at Oklahoma State), which barely remains a No. 1. North Carolina joined the top seeds in this edition, while Iowa garnered serious consideration.

Check back next week for another inevitable shakeup. 

NOTES: The current first-place team in each conference is designated as the automatic berth (*). In the event of ties, I use the highest-ranked RPI team.

The Midwest winner will play the East winner in the Final Four and the West will face the South.

Midwest Region (Chicago)
Seed
Team
Location
1
North Carolina* ↑
at Raleigh
16
Hampton*/Houston Baptist*
8
Utah
9
Wichita State* ↑
4
Michigan State ↓
at St. Louis
13
Princeton* ↑
5
USC
12
San Diego St.* ↑
6
Dayton ↓
at Raleigh
11
Syracuse ↑/Florida St.
3
West Virginia
14
UAB*
7
Indiana
at St Louis
10
Florida ↑
2
Xavier ↓
15
NIU* ↑
East Region (Philadelphia)
Seed
Team
Location
1
Villanova*
at Brooklyn
16
Navy*
8
Cal ↑
9
Texas Tech
4
Purdue
at Denver
13
William and Mary*
5
Louisville ↑
12
Stony Brook*
6
South Carolina
at Brooklyn
11
Seton Hall/UCLA ↑
3
Virginia
14
North Florida*
7
Colorado
at Denver
10
Connecticut
2
Iowa State
15
UCF* ↑
West Region (Anaheim)
Seed
Team
Location
1
Kansas
at Des Moines
16
St. Peter’s* ↑
8
Butler ↓
9
Saint Mary’s* ↑
4
Oregon
at Spokane
13
Belmont* ↑
5
Providence
12
UC Irvine*
6
Pittsburgh
at Providence
11
VCU* ↑
3
Maryland
14
Weber State* ↑
7
Texas ↑
at Oklahoma City
10
Gonzaga ↓
2
Texas A&M*
15
IPFW* ↑
South Region (Louisville)
Seed
Team
Location
1
Oklahoma
at Oklahoma City
16
Texas So.*/Mt. St. Mary’s*
8
Notre Dame
9
Michigan
4
Kentucky
at Spokane
13
Chattanooga*
5
Arizona ↑
12
Arkansas-Little Rock*
6
Baylor*
at Providence
11
Valparaiso*
3
Miami ↑
14
CS Bakersfield*
7
Duke
at Des Moines
10
Washington* ↑
2
Iowa*
15
NC-Asheville*

LAST FOUR IN: Seton Hall, Florida State, Syracuse, UCLA

FIRST FOUR OUT: Monmouth, George Washington, Vanderbilt, Clemson

NEXT FOUR OUT: Cincinnati, Stanford, Alabama, St. Joe’s

MULTIPLE BID CONFERENCES: ACC (9), Big 12 (7), Pac-12 (8), Big Ten (6), Big East (5), SEC (4), Atlantic 10 (2), American (2), WCC (2)

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