(Editor’s Note: This is part of the Bracket Central Series, a look at the lead-up to the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments, along with analysis and picks during the tournaments.)

It only took until the day before Selection Sunday, but we can finally say with certainty who the top eight seeds will be in the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

With Tennessee and Arizona losing on Saturday and North Carolina advancing to the ACC Tournament, the Tar Heels will join Purdue, Houston and UConn in the top tier. The only minor intrigue left is whether Houston passes Purdue for the No. 1 overall spot.

Tennessee and Arizona will be on the No. 2 line, along with Marquette and Iowa State. The Cyclones defeated Baylor to reach the Big 12 title game and have more than made up for a mediocre non-conference slate, while Marquette reached the Big East finals without All-America point guard Tyler Kolek. Given the Golden Eagles’ impressive resume and the push for Kolek to return next week, a No. 2 seed is appropriate.

Clarity comes first, and the bubble continues to come into focus as well. Mississippi State and Texas A&M gained spots by beating Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively. New Mexico defeated Colorado State in the Mountain West semifinals and should be safely in. Colorado finally gets over the hump on our bracket by beating Washington State in the Pac-12 semifinals – the Buffaloes’ first victory over a team in the field away from home – and are now the projected winner of the automatic bid in their competition. They can put an end to all doubt by beating Oregon in the Pac-12 title game on Saturday. However, if the Ducks win, they’ll steal a bid. Maybe…Colorado’s bid. Insanity!

Someone had to leave the field to make room for the Buffs, and we think it’s Seton Hall. With others rising after big wins, the Pirates’ shaky resume is a big relief. We don’t think Virginia should feel 100 percent confident, either, and even St. John’s, at 3-10 in Quad 1, has reason to be nervous — and to cheer against Oregon and NC State in Saturday’s title games.

First four out Next four out Last four in Last four byes

The state of Indiana

State of Kansas

New Mexico

State of Michigan

Seton Hall

Villanova

Colorado

Oklahoma

Providence

State of Ohio

St. John’s

The state of Mississippi

Pitt

Wake up forest

Virginia

Texas A&M

Multi-bid conferences

Competition Bids

Big 12

9

SEC

8

Big Ten

6

Mountain West

6

ACC

4

Big East

4

Pac 12

3

A10

2

AAC

2

WCC

2

Seed list

1

Purdue

AQ

2

Houston

AQ

3

UConn

AQ

4

North Carolina

AQ

5

Tennessee

6

Arizona

7

The state of Iowa

8

Marquette

9

Baylor

10

Creighton

11

Duke

12

Kansas

13

Illinois

14

Kentucky

15

BYU

16

Chestnut brown

AQ

17

South Carolina

18

Alabama

19

Washington state

20

San Diego State

AQ

21

Clemson

22

St. Mary’s

AQ

23

Texas technology

24

Florida

25

State of Utah

26

Gonzaga

27

Boise State

28

Nevada

29

Texas

30

Wisconsin

31

Northwest

32

Dayton

33

Nebraska

34

Colorado state

35

Florida Atlantic Ocean

36

TCU

37

State of Michigan

38

Oklahoma

39

The state of Mississippi

40

Drake

AQ

41

Colorado

42

Texas A&M

43

New Mexico

AQ

44

St. John’s

45

Virginia

46

James Madison

AQ

47

South Florida

AQ

48

Grand Canyon

AQ

49

McNeese Sat

AQ

50

VCU

AQ

51

Samford

AQ

52

Princeton

AQ

53

Akron

AQ

54

Charleston

AQ

55

Vermont

AQ

56

Oakland

AQ

57

Morehead State

AQ

58

Colgate

AQ

59

State of South Dakota

AQ

60

Western Kentucky

AQ

61

UC Davis

AQ

62

Longwood

AQ

63

Fairfield

AQ

64

State of Montana

AQ

65

Stetson

AQ

66

Howard

AQ

67

Grammar

AQ

68

Wagner

AQ

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