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Editor's Note: This story has been updated with the latest projections from the NCAA Tournament through March 14th Games.
Zion Williamson lost electrifying return on Thursday in Dukes Victory over Syracuse is the NCAA tournament The selection committee will have to rate the Blue Devils (27-5) on Selection Sunday.
Williamson's highlight roles and the perfect 13-by-13 ground-level shooting reminded us that Duke was once the top-1 overall winner, beating a dominant team from Virginia twice. However, committee members do not necessarily select top seed teams on the basis of net savings potential in April, but examine all the work.
So much was involved in the fact that the committee actually incurs injuries when selecting teams, and that Duke's seeding line is based on the team he looks at at Selection Sunday. And the Blue Devils are undoubtedly a national title contender with Williamson. But Duke has no number one, which is definitely locked, thanks to a 3: 3 record with Williamson Out-Outcomes, which is treated with leniency, but still considered as damaging the profile. Otherwise, Williamson could have missed half the season, could Duke have lost any game without him, and then they would still get a top seed? No chance.
Duke teammates Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett are both internationals of the year in the same team. (Photo: Streeter Lecka, Getty Images)
Duke's Seeding Prospectus is pretty straightforward at this point: defeat North Carolina in the semi-finals of the ACC tournament or you'll be seed # 2. Granted, this duke Team with two national players of the year running for Williamson and RJ Although Barrett is the # 2 starting point in the history of the tournament, the fact is that three defeats to North Carolina – even if two of them were without Williamson – would be unfavorable to the Blue Devils stacking their credentials at UNC, Gonzagas, Kentucky's or Tennessee's – provided one of the latter two seed # 2 seeds wins the SEC tournament.
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Should Duke lose to the Tar Heels, UK would have had the same number of losses and more Quadrant 1 (top 30). Home, top 75 street) wins, including a neutral victory over North Carolina. Yes, Duke beat the Wildcats at the season opener, but the other considerations on the profile would come into play here.
Duke is certainly in a precarious position, considering that it has just gotten back its best player and plays the role of seed # 1. But UNC is not easy. The fate of the Blue Devils' Selection Sunday is likely set on Friday.
► No. 1 Seed : Virginia, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Duke
► Last four in: Temple, Alabama, Belmont, Florida
► First Four of : UNC -Greensboro, Xavier, Georgetown, Indiana
• Others Considered Great Bid (in no particular order): Creighton, North Carolina, Clemson, Lipscomb, Texas, Furman
• On Life : South Carolina, Memphis, Dayton, Davidson
Conferences with multiple commandments: [19459041BigTen(8)SEC(8)ACC(7)Big12(7)GreaterEast(4)American(4)MountainWest(2)OhioValley(2)Pac-12(2)WestCoast(2) Leader or highest RPI of projected one-bid conferences – (22 total): VCU (Atlantic 10), Vermont (East America), Liberty (Atlantic Sun), Montana (Big Sky), Gardner Webb (Great South) UC Irvine (Great West), Northeast (CAA), Old Dominion (United States Conference), N Kentucky (Horizon), Yale (Ivy), Iona (MAAC), Buffalo (MAC), Norfolk State (MEAC) , Bradley (MVC), Fairleigh Dickinson (Northeast), Colgate (Patriot), Wofford (South), Sam Houston State (Southland), Prairie View A & M (SWAC), Wofford (South), North Dakota State (Summit), State of Georgia (Sun Belt), State of New Mexico (WAC).
- Non-Participating Transitional Schools: Cal Baptist, North Alabama.
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Note: Mostly, all statistical data from WarrenNolan.com is used. The new NET rankings of the NCAA are also taken into account. that was rolled out in early 2018-19.
About our clinician : Shelby Mast has been planning the field since 2005 on his website Bracket W.A.G. He came to USA TODAY in 2014. In his sixth season as a national brackologist, Mast was honored as one of the top three Brackologists in the last five months of March. He has also been predicted for The Indianapolis Star, collegeinsider.com, and is a founding member of the Super 10 Selection Committee. Follow him on Twitter @BracketWag .
Follow college basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ ScottMGleeson.