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NCB Bracketology 3.4.14

Countdown to Selection Sunday: 12 days.

We are in the home stretch, Conference Tournaments have begun and tickets to the Big Dance will soon be punched.

If this, then that…

If Harvard beats Yale on Friday, then they will become the first team into the tournament due to the fact that the Ivy League does not have a conference tournament and Harvard would clinch the league.

If Florida, Arizona, Syracuse, Kansas and Wichita State win the rest of their games, then the Selection Committee will have a tough decision to make. Florida, Arizona and Wichita State would most likely be the locks for the number 1 seeds, but then do you take Kansas or Syracuse?

If Oklahoma State continues to win, then they will probably be on the 8/9 seed line on March 16th. Scariest 8/9 seed ever? Possibly.

If a handful of teams (Tennessee, Missouri, Oregon, California, Xavier, Minnesota, Nebraska, Florida State, Providence, and more) finish the regular season poorly and have a bad conference tournament, then they’ll be sweating on Selection Sunday (if they aren’t already).

If Florida Gulf Coast wins the Atlantic Sun Tournament, then they will probably be a 16 seed. Last year’s Cinderella in the NCAA tournament a 16 seed? And a 16 has never beat a 1…? Hmm…

Bubble Teams (in order of chances to make NCAA Tournament)…

BYU, Tennessee, St. John’s, Arkansas, Baylor, California, Oregon, Xavier, Nebraska, Minnesota, Providence, Missouri, Florida State, Southern Miss, Dayton, Richmond

The Bracket…

3.4.14 updated3

 

Intriguing potential match-ups…

1 Wichita State v. 8 Oklahoma State in the “third-round”…sounds fun.

4 Louisville v. 13 Stephen F. Austin in the “second-round”…last year’s National Champion against a team that hasn’t lost since November.

4 Michigan State v. 5 North Carolina in the “third-round”…I’ll always watch a match-up between Roy Williams and Tom Izzo.

12 Oregon v. 12 Baylor in the First Four…bring your sunglasses.

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