Going into the Southeastern Conference Tournament, 12 teams, including Ohio Valley Conference Tournament victor Murray State, have secured automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament, which begins next week at various sites across the county.
The Big Ten has already wrapped up its early tournament, with seventh-ranked MI playing its way into similar position as previous year when the Wolverines got hot late, won the league tournament and went on to the NCAA Sweet 16. Since the Tigers and Bulldogs play each other first, one of those teams will immediately get sent to the NIT with a loss while the victor will have to probably make a finals run to even have a chance of getting in.
Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State, and Michigan will all make the NCAA tournament, but what about the bubble teams?
With the college basketball regular season having concluded and the conference tournaments going on this week, bubble talk will continue to dominate discussion the next few days, with Alabama being one of the teams in the bubble discussion. Anything can happen in these games, and without a secured position, it is uncertain who will be included and with what rank.
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With the exception of the Big Ten, the rest of the major conferences begin their tournaments this week. Heck, you can throw a dart across the room and choose the team it lands closest to if you really wanted. "It's March and Coach Izzo is great in March". The winners of these two games will determine the final bracket before the First Round begins.
Opening the Pac-12 Tournament against No. 8 seed Colorado, the Sun Devils should be confident they'll make the NCAA Tournament thanks to a 12-0 nonconference schedule with signature wins over Kansas and Xavier.
Oklahoma (11 seed)- Oklahoma is in trouble, as a game with Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament could eliminate them from the tournament field. Listed below are the 12 schools that have clinched their spots in the NCAA Tournament.
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And the Tar Heels would need to get past those two in order to reach their third ACC final in four years. The "First Four" games will be held in Dayton on March 13 and 14. Rhode Island will make the NCAA tourney regardless of if it wins the A-10 title, but the Rams want the best seed possible and will play with that objective in mind. Stanford has been better lately, but ASU already has two bad losses and a loss to Stanford would make it three.
No. 15 Arizona enters the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas as the top seed. Therefore, the SEC bubble teams will be rooting for the Hokies in that contest. Even the Ivy League stopped holding out previous year.
Jacobson pointed out that while the model is highly accurate, there are typically exceptions.
Statistics courtesy of Sports-Reference.com and are through games of Sunday, March 4. First, we all get to see little schools that no one has heard of are brought to the center stage.