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ESPN's Joe Lunardi Releases Update For His 2020 Bracketology

Coach K celebrating after a Duke victory.

DURHAM, NC - MARCH 08: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 93-81 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

ESPN bracketology expert Joe Lunardi has updated his latest projection. This weird college basketball season is very well reflected in his choices.

In total, he has 12(!) teams from the Big Ten in his field. The ACC, typically among the strongest teams, has five teams in, and one of those is among his last four byes.

This year, New York (East), Indianapolis (Midwest), Houston (South), and Los Angeles (West) are the regional host cities for the 2020 NCAA Tournament. The Final Four will be played in Atlanta.

Here are the top four seed lines in Lunardi's latest bracketology release:

East Region:

  1. Duke
  2. West Virginia
  3. Dayton
  4. Seton Hall

Midwest Region:

  1. Kansas
  2. Butler
  3. Auburn
  4. Louisville

South Region:

  1. Baylor
  2. Michigan State
  3. Florida State
  4. Villanova

West Region:

  1. Gonzaga
  2. San Diego State
  3. Oregon
  4. Maryland

Other notable teams include Michigan (5, East), Ohio State (5, Midwest), Iowa (6, East), Wisconsin (6, Midwest), Kentucky (6, West), Arkansas (6, South), Arizona (7, Midwest), LSU (8, East), Penn State (8, West), Indiana (9, East), Florida (10, South), and Oklahoma (11, South).

With three mid-major programs in the top four seed lines (1 Gonzaga, 2 San Diego State, 3 Dayton), this does feel like the type of season in which one of those programs might actually break through. Duke and Kansas seem like the most talented and consistent teams in the country, but neither feels like an overwhelming favorite. The Blue Devils just lost to the Clemson Tigers.

Selection Sunday comes on March 15.