College Basketball

Bracketology: 3/12

Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports

This is it. We are just hours away from the release of the bracket. This is Christmas morning for college basketball fans all over the country and the tournament bracket is the #1 gift on our Christmas list. The field is more or less set except for one huge game today that could potentially kick a team out of the field. Rhode Island will face VCU in the A-10 championship game. A win would automatically put Rhode Island in the field, although some people believe they’re in anyways, and may kick out a Vanderbilt or Syracuse. Bubble teams around the country will be pulling for VCU who is clearly in the field. The matchups will be set later today so make sure you come back to see my final bracket release right after the final championship games finish up and right before the bracket is released.

Update 2:50 PM ET– Rhode Island wins the A-10 conference tournament. That will knock Syracuse out of the field and send Wake Forest to Dayton.

Update 5:09 PM ET– With Michigan winning the Big Ten tournament and SMU winning the AAC tournament, the season is over. Here is the final bracketology prediction before the brackets are released.

Automatic Qualifiers (32)
(Teams in Bold have already won their conference tournament)
America East- Vermont
American- SMU
A-10- Rhode Island
ACC- Duke
Atlantic Sun- Florida Gulf Coast
Big 12- Iowa State
Big East- Villanova
Big Sky- North Dakota
Big 10- Michigan
Big South- Winthrop
Big West- UC Davis
Colonial- UNC Wilmington
Conference USA- Middle Tennessee
Horizon- Northern Kentucky
Ivy- Princeton
MAAC- Iona
MAC- Kent State
MEAC- North Carolina Central
Missouri Valley- Wichita State
Mountain West- Nevada
Northeast- Mount St. Mary’s
Ohio Valley- Jacksonville State
Pac-12- Arizona
Patriot- Bucknell
Southern- East Tennessee State
Southland- New Orleans
SWAC- Texas Southern
Summit- South Dakota St.
Sun Belt- Troy
West Coast- Gonzaga
WAC- New Mexico State

At Large Bids (36)
American (1) – Cincinatti
ACC (8) – North Carolina, Virginia, Notre Dame, Florida State, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest
A-10 (2) – Dayton, VCU
Big Ten (6) –Purdue, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota,
Big 12 (5) – Kansas, West Virginia, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas State
Big East (6) – Xavier, Creighton, Butler, Marquette, Seton Hall, Providence
Pac-12 (3) – Oregon, UCLA, USC
SEC (4)– South Carolina, Florida, Arkansas, Vanderbilt
WCC (1) – St. Mary’s

Last 4 in- Wake Forest, USC, Kansas State, Vanderbilt

Seed Lines
• 1 Villanova, 1 Kansas, 1 Gonzaga, 1 North Carolina
• 2 Arizona, 2 Duke, 2 Oregon 2 Kentucky
• 3 UCLA, 3 Baylor, 3 Louisville, 3 West Virginia
• 4 Florida State, 4 SMU, 4 Florida, 4 Iowa State
• 5 Cincinnati, 5 Purdue, 5 Butler, 5 Virginia
• 6 Creighton, 6 Notre Dame, 6 Wisconsin, 6 Michigan
• 7 St. Mary’s, 7 Oklahoma State, 7 Maryland, 7 Minnesota
• 8 Wichita State 8 Virginia Tech, 8 Northwestern, 8 Miami
• 9 VCU, 9 Michigan State, 9 South Carolina, 9 Arkansas
• 10 Seton Hall, 10 Dayton, 10 Marquette, 10 Xavier
• 11 Rhode Island, 11 UNC Wilmington, 11 Middle Tennessee, 11 Providence
• 12 Nevada, 12 Wake Forest/USC, 12 Kansas State/Vanderbilt, 12 East Tennessee State
• 13 Princeton, 13 Vermont, 13 Florida Gulf Coast, 13 Bucknell
• 14 Winthrop, 14 Iona, 14 Kent State, 14 New Mexico State
• 15 North Dakota, 15 Northern Kentucky, 15 Texas Southern, 15 Troy
• 16 Jacksonville State, 16 UC Davis, 16 North Carolina Central/Mount St. Mary’s, 16 South Dakota St/New Orleans

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