Just like the games they play, there are winners and losers when the NCAA builds the bracket.
No one lost more than Duke, which not only didn’t get a No. 1 seed but was thrown into a region with Louisville, Saint Louis and Oklahoma State, not to mention a potential second-weekend matchup with Michigan State. The Midwest Region is absolutely loaded.
No one is a bigger winner than Middle Tennessee State, which was very much on the bubble after failing to win the Sun Belt and played a difficult nonconference schedule, albeit without winning many of those games. But 28-5 is 28-5. The Blue Raiders have to play St. Mary’s in the First Four, but that’s better than being left out entirely.
As for the rest of the bracket
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