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Bracket Watch: Duke Cements Its Case as the No. 1 Overall Seed

The NCAA tournament Selection Committee released its top-16 seeds as of Saturday morning, giving us a window into what they’re thinking with five weeks until Selection Sunday. Those seeds may have changed since then after some of this weekend’s most important results—Duke over Virginia, Marquette over Villanova, Michigan over Wisconsin, and Iowa State’s home loss to TCU, just to name four—but no result was so weighty, at least to the eye of the Bracket Watch committee, to make any changes to the top 16.

Last week, we explained why the mid-February seed reveal does matter, even with so much basketball left to play before the field of 68 is set.