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Bracketology 2024: North Carolina earns a No. 1 seed in latest field of 68 projection

Jan 13, 2024; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA;  North Carolina Tar Heels bench including forward
Jan 13, 2024; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels bench including forward / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Last four in

Both First Four matchups take place on the 11-seed line. The first one will pit Providence against Cincinnati with the winner getting the chance to take on Florida Atlantic in the East region. The other game sees Miami battling New Mexico in the Midwest region, with the winner of that game taking on No. 6 seed Villanova.

We have reached the point in the season where wins and losses every night have critical consequences when you’re this close to the bubble that a winning or losing streak at this point could make a big difference.

First four out

Of the four teams that have just missed the field, two of them come from the Pac-12, Oregon, and Colorado, they are joined by Butler and Boise State. Butler has stumbled lately losing five of their last six but have a chance to get things right against DePaul and Georgetown in their next two.

Boise State on the other hand has won nine of their last 11, with a big home tilt against San Diego State on Saturday. In their last game, Oregon got handled by Colorado 86-70, which knocked the Ducks out of the field for the time being and moved Colorado closer to the bubble.

Next four out

The Next four teams out stretch from coast to coast. First comes from the Pacific Northwest and is the long-standing WCC king Gonzaga and on the other coast we see Kevin Keatts’ North Carolina State Wolfpack who sits a game behind North Carolina and has won six of their last seven.

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The last two teams in this foursome are the Kansas State Wildcats and the Indiana State Sycamores who are looking to make the Missouri Valley a multi-bid league.