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Aidan Joly’s bracketology

Another week in the season down, so that calls for another bracketology. Here is this week’s edition.

Biggest winner: Baylor jumps up to a three seed. They are coming off impressive wins over Michigan State and Louisville this week after a win over Oregon. They are now 6-0 to start the season and are now ranked ninth in the nation, but have a tough test coming up against seventh-ranked Xavier on Saturday.

Biggest loser: Indiana, who did stay at a two seed, lost unexpectedly to Fort Wayne last week, and have fallen to 13th because of that loss. They are 4-1 so far this season, but that loss will not help them come tournament time. They have a huge game coming up against North Carolina on Wednesday night.

Please note: A (*) represents a new team on the bracket.

South Region:

1: Kentucky vs 16: UNC Central/Lamar*
8: San Diego State vs 9: Ohio State
5: Iowa State vs 12: Virginia Tech/SMU*
4: Louisville vs 13: Monmouth
6: Rhode Island vs 11: Arkansas State
3: Gonzaga vs 14: Vermont
7: Notre Dame vs 10: Texas A&M
2: Indiana vs 15: Winthrop

East Region:

1: Villanova vs 16: Texas Southern
8: Michigan vs 9: Temple
5: Oregon vs 12: Oklahoma
4: St. Mary’s vs 13: Middle Tennessee
6: Florida vs 11: Ohio
3: Baylor vs 14: Fort Wayne
7: West Virginia vs 10: Florida State
2: Virginia vs 15: UNC Wilmington

Midwest Region:

1: North Carolina vs 16: New Mexico State/LIU Brooklyn
8: Houston vs 9: Michigan State
5: Butler vs 12: Arkansas
4: Purdue vs 13: Princeton
6: Syracuse vs 11: Minnesota/Colorado
3: UCLA vs 14: Bucknell
7: Maryland vs 10: Texas
2: Xavier vs 15: Eastern Washington

West Region:

1: Kansas vs 16: FGCU
8: USC* vs 9: Wichita State
5: Wisconsin vs 12: VCU
4: Arizona vs 13: Hawaii
6: South Carolina* vs 11: Tennessee State
3: Creighton vs 14: Valparaiso
7: Cincinnati vs 10: California
2: Duke vs 15: Chattanooga

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Aidan Joly

Aidan Joly joined Upstate Courier Sports in February 2016 and became managing editor of the sports department in August 2017. He covers Section II athletics, the Siena men's basketball team and the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. He is a senior at Saratoga Springs High School where he is the editor of the school newspaper, The Lightning Rod. Aidan can be contacted through social media (Twitter is @ByAidanJoly) or by email through either or

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