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Sideline Intel Bracketology 2018-19: Preseason Edition

It’s so close, we can almost taste it.

As of the publishing of this edition of Sideline Intel Bracketology, there are only 25 days until the return of college basketball. And for the latter 21 of those days, hoops fans can pass the time with the exciting return of the NBA.

Selection Sunday’s a little further down the road. Try 156 days.

But if there’s anything we know about this beautiful sport, it’s that those days are going to fly. So, strap in. It’s going to be a wild ride.

If you want to look into a crystal ball, though, here’s a good look at what the field might look like on March 17, 2019, if nothing outside of the expected happens. That’s how college basketball works, right?

For now, dig in. College hoops is right around the corner.

Over the course of the weeks leading up to the November 6 tip-off of the 2018-19 college basketball season, keep coming back to this page and following @sidelineintel on twitter for links to extensive preview content. 

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MIDWEST REGIONAL | Kansas City, MO

(Des Moines, Iowa)
No. 1 KANSAS / Big 12
No. 16 RADFORD / Big South vs. No. 16 UC DAVIS / Big West

No. 8
Louisville
No. 9 Xavier

(Seattle, Wash.)
No. 5 Ohio State
No. 12 PENNSYLVANIA / Ivy

No. 4 Virginia Tech
No. 13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE / Summit

(Jacksonville, Fla.)
No. 6 Butler
No. 11 LOYOLA-CHICAGO / Missouri Valley

No. 3 Tennessee
No. 14 GEORGIA STATE / Sun Belt

(Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 7 Nebraska
No. 10 Xavier

No. 2 NEVADA / Mountain West
No. 15 UNC GREENSBORO / Southern


EAST REGIONAL | Washington, D.C.

(Columbia, S.C.)
No. 1 DUKE / ACC
No. 16 GRAMBLING STATE / SWAC

Duke and its freshmen are primed to sit atop a miles-deep ACC

No. 8
 Arizona State
No. 9 Indiana

(Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 5 Florida
No. 12 OLD DOMINION / Conference USA

No. 4 Kansas State
No. 13 MONTANA / Big Sky

(Des Moines, Iowa)
No. 6 OREGON / Pac-12
No. 11 BUFFALO / MAC

No. 3 MICHIGAN STATE / Big Ten
No. 14 NORTHEASTERN / Colonial

(Hartford, Conn.)
No. 7 Florida State
No. 10 Maryland

No. 2 VILLANOVA / Big East
No. 15 BELMONT / Ohio Valley


SOUTH REGIONAL | Louisville, Ky.

(Columbus, Ohio)
No. 1 KENTUCKY / SEC
No. 16 HAMPTON / MEAC vs. No. 16 NORTHERN KENTUCKY / Horizon

No. 8 Houston
No. 9 Xavier

(Tulsa, Okla.)
No. 5 Clemson
No. 12 DAVIDSON / Atlantic 10

No. 4 West Virginia
No. 13 BUCKNELL / Patriot

(Tulsa, Okla.)
No. 6 Purdue
No. 11 USC vs. No. 11 Notre Dame

No. 3 Auburn
No. 14 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN / Southland

(Jacksonville, Fla.)
No. 7 Texas Tech
No. 10 Arizona

No. 2 Virginia
No. 15 FLORIDA GULF COAST / Atlantic Sun


WEST REGIONAL | Anaheim, Calif.

(Seattle, Wash.)
No. 1 GONZAGA / West Coast
No. 16 WAGNER / Northeast

No. 8 
CINCINNATI / American
No. 9 LSU

(Hartford, Conn.)
No. 5 TCU
No. 12 Washington vs. No. 12 Wisconsin

No. 4 Syracuse
No. 13 ALBANY / America East

(Columbus, Ohio)
No. 6 Mississippi State
No. 11 Marquette

No. 3 Michigan
No. 14 IONA / Metro Atlantic

(Seattle, Wash.)
No. 7 UCLA
No. 10 Seton Hall

No. 2 North Carolina
No. 15 NEW MEXICO STATE / WAC


CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

ACC | 11 | 1 on the bubble | Average Seed: 5.6
Big Ten | 8 | 1 on the bubble | Average Seed: 6.9
SEC | 6 | 3 on the bubble | Average Seed: 4.5
Pac-12
| 6 | 0 on the bubble | Average Seed: 9.0
Big 12 | 5 | 3 on the bubble | Average Seed: 4.2
Big East
| 5 | 1 on the bubble | Average Seed: 7.6 
American | 2 | 1 on the bubble | Average Seed: 8.0


THE BUBBLE

Last Four Byes
Arizona
Xavier
Maryland
Marquette

Last Four In
USC
Notre Dame
Washington
Wisconsin

First Four Out
Vanderbilt
Providence
Oklahoma State
Texas A&M

Next Four Out
Texas
Penn State
Central Florida
Wichita State

Four More
Rhode Island
Baylor
Alabama
Boston College

Outside Shots (Alphabetical):  Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa State, Saint Bonaventure, Saint Mary’s, Saint Joseph’s, Saint John’s, Temple, Tulsa, Wake Forest

Out of 353 Division I college basketball teams, 92 are mentioned on this page. 49 are from Power 5 leagues, with another . Wondering why you can’t find yours? Think yours should be higher, or your rival should be lower? Feel free to start the discussion on twitter @sidelineintel or @Jeff_Griffith21.

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