2024 NCAA Tournament Watch: North Carolina will be the No. 4 seed

(Editor's note: This is part of the Bracket Central series, an inside look at the lead-up to the men's and women's NCAA tournaments, along with analysis and picks during the tournaments.)

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

With Tennessee and Arizona losing on Saturday and North Carolina advancing to the ACC Tournament, the Tar Heels will join Purdue, Houston and UConn at the top. The only minor intrigue remaining is whether Houston will pass Purdue for the No. 1 overall seed.

Tennessee and Arizona will be on the No. 2 line, along with Marquette State and Iowa. The Cyclones beat Baylor to reach the Big 12 title game and more than made up for a lackluster non-conference roster, while Marquette reached the Big East final without All-America point guard Tyler Kolek. And given the Golden Eagles' impressive resume and their insistence on Kulik returning next week, the No. 2 seed is a good fit.

Clarity comes in at the top, and the bubble stays in focus as well. Mississippi State and Texas A&M locked up the spots with wins over Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively. New Mexico beat Colorado State in the Mountain West semifinals and should be safe. Colorado finally got over the hump in our bracket by defeating Washington State in the Pac-12 semifinals — the Buffaloes' first win over a team in the field away from home — and they are now the winner of the league's projected auto bid. They can end all doubts by beating Oregon in the Pac-12 title game on Saturday. However, if the Ducks win, they will steal the show. Maybe… Colorado Show. Madness!

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Someone had to come off the field to make room for the Buffs, and we think it was Seton Hall. With others rising after big wins, it puts the Pirates' shaky resume into stark 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 The last four in The last four farewells

Indiana State

Kansas State

New Mexico

Michigan State

Seton Hall

Villanova

Colorado

Oklahoma

Care of god

Ohio State

Saint John

Mississippi State

house

Wake Forest

Virginia

Texas A&M

Multi-bid conferences

League Bids

Big 12

9

second

8

The Big Ten

6

Western Mountain

6

Administrative Coordination Committee

4

The Great East

4

Pac 12

3

A10

2

AAC

2

World Council of Churches

2

Seed list

1

Bordeaux

Aq

2

Houston

Aq

3

Yukon

Aq

4

North Carolina

Aq

5

Tennessee

6

Arizona

7

Iowa

8

Marquette

9

Baylor

10

Creighton

11

duke

12

Kansas

13

illinois

14

Kentucky

15

B.U

16

Reddish brown

Aq

17

South Carolina

18

Alabama

19

Washington state

20

San Diego State

Aq

21

Clemson

22

St. Mary's

Aq

23

Texas Tech

24

Florida

25

Utah

26

Gonzaga

27

Boise State

28

Nevada

29

Texas

30

wisconsin

31

Northwest

32

Dayton

33

nebraska

34

Colorado State

35

Florida Atlantic

36

TCU

37

Michigan State

38

Oklahoma

39

Mississippi State

40

Drake

Aq

41

Colorado

42

Texas A&M

43

New Mexico

Aq

44

Saint John

45

Virginia

46

James Madison

Aq

47

South Florida

Aq

48

Grand Canyon

Aq

49

Macneese sat

Aq

50

VCU

Aq

51

Samford

Aq

52

Princeton

Aq

53

Akron

Aq

54

Charleston

Aq

55

Vermont

Aq

56

Auckland

Aq

57

Morehead State

Aq

58

Colgate

Aq

59

South Dakota

Aq

60

Western Kentucky

Aq

61

University of California at Davis

Aq

62

Longwood

Aq

63

Fairfield

Aq

64

Montana State

Aq

65

Stetson

Aq

66

Howard

Aq

67

Gambling

Aq

68

Wagner

Aq

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