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Bracketology March 9

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The drama continues to unfold here during champ week. Mid-major favorite Middle Tennessee State bows out of its conference tournament and is likely heading to the NIT. Collin Sexton saves Alabama’s season with a buzzer beater layup to stay alive in the SEC tournament. Kansas State took down TCU in overtime and Providence held off Creighton, both likely securing spots in the field because of their wins. As it stands, it looks like we could be down to four teams fighting for three spots in Texas, Marquette, Louisville, and Alabama. Fighting is a strong word for the situation as Alabama is the only team who will play at least one more game before Sunday; they take on Auburn at 1 pm today. Now the committee could see things differently as so many of these teams have such similar resumes but it seems there are very few teams left to decipher between for the final few spots in the field. Outside of the bubble, we have some great semi-final matchups tonight. In the ACC, Virginia will take on Clemson and Duke will face North Carolina in a season grudge match in that classic rivalry. In the Big 12, Kansas will face TCU while West Virginia will take on Texas Tech. And in the Big East, Villanova will take on Butler while Providence will look to continue to bolster its tournament resume versus Xavier. These semi-final matchups could set up some great championship games on Saturday.

Automatic Bids (Conference Tournament Champions in Bold)
America East- Vermont
American- Cincinnati
A-10- Rhode Island
ACC- Virginia
Atlantic Sun- Lipscomb
Big 12- Kansas
Big East- Xavier
Big Sky- Montana
Big 10- Michigan
Big South- Radford
Big West- UC Santa Barbara
Colonial- Charleston
Conference USA- Old Dominion
Horizon- Wright State
IVY- Penn
MAAC- Iona
MAC- Buffalo
MEAC- Hampton
Missouri Valley- Loyola Chicago
Mountain West- Nevada
Northeast- LIU Brooklyn
Ohio Valley- Murray State
Pac-12- Arizona
Patriot- Bucknell
Southern- UNC Greensboro
Southland- Nicholls
SWAC- Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Summit- South Dakota St.
Sun Belt- Louisiana
West Coast- Gonzaga
WAC- New Mexico St

At-Large Bids
American: Wichita State, Houston
A-10: St. Bonaventure
ACC: Clemson, Duke, UNC, Miami, Va Tech, NC State, Florida State, Louisville
Big 12: Texas Tech, WVU, Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor, Texas, Kansas State
Big East: Villanova, Creighton, Providence, Butler, Seton Hall, Marquette
Big Ten: OSU, Purdue, Michigan State
Pac-12: UCLA, USC
SEC: Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas AM, Arkansas
WCC: St. Mary’s

Last 4 in: Baylor, Marquette, Texas, Louisville
First 4 out: Alabama, Arizona State, Syracuse, Oklahoma State

1-Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Duke
2-Kansas, Purdue, Michigan State, Cincinnati
3-Texas Tech, Auburn, North Carolina, Wichita State
4-Arizona, Tennessee, Michigan, Gonzaga
5-Florida, West Virginia, Clemson, Ohio State
6- Kentucky, Nevada, TCU, Miami
7-Houston, Rhode Island, Butler, Creighton
8-Virginia Tech, St. Mary’s, Seton Hall, Texas A&M
9-Oklahoma, Florida State, Arkansas, Missouri
10-NC State, Providence, USC, UCLA
11-St. Bonaventure, Louisville/Baylor, Kansas State, Marquette/Texas
12-Buffalo, New Mexico State, Loyola Chicago, South Dakota State
13-Murray State, Louisiana, Charleston, Old Dominion
14- Vermont, UC Santa Barbara, UNC Greensboro, Bucknell
15- Montana, Lipscomb, Wright State, Iona
16- Radford, Penn, LIU Brooklyn/Nicholls, Arkansas Pine-Bluff/Hampton

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