I’m going to try to keep this post short and sweet for you guys. IT’S SELECTION SUNDAY! Enough said.
I’ve put together one final bracket prediction, and you can see it by following the link below, and then it will be followed by a few notes.
*Teams in red are conference champions or projected conference champions*
Last Four Byes: Texas, Florida State, St. Bonaventure, USC
Last Four In: Arizona State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Louisville
First Four Out: Oklahoma State, Saint Mary’s, Middle Tennessee, Notre Dame
Next Four Out: UCLA, Marquette, Syracuse, Oregon
My bracket today includes who I believe will win today’s five conference title games, not necessarily who is favored to win. In fact, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Houston and UT Arlington are all the lower seeded team in their games today, but I expect all of them to come out victorious.
If Harvard beats Penn, they would be a lower seed in the NCAA Tournament (likely a 15-seed). Georgia State would slot right in where UT Arlington is as a 14-seed if they win the Sun Belt.
I do expect Rhode Island to defeat Davidson in the Atlantic 10 title game today, but this is the game today that could have the biggest impact on the bracket. The Selection Committee’s chairman Bruce Rasmussen said in an interview with NCAA.com’s Andy Katz that Davidson will not be an at-large team with a loss. If Davidson pulls off the upset, I believe they would be an 11-seed, pushing Louisville out of the field for me, and moving USC into the First Four.
You can watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show tonight at 6:00 pm on TBS, and be sure to stay tuned as I will have extensive, region-by-region Tournament previews early this coming week.