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Welcome to March: NCAA Tournament Preview

Welcome to March: NCAA Tournament Preview

Easily my favorite month in the entire calendar year is March. To me, March Madness is a holiday and I believe that the NCAA Tournament is the most entertaining tournament in all of sports. Today is March 1st, so every team in contention for receiving a bid to the big dance will be on edge for the next 17 days until Selection Sunday. For some, the end of the regular season is this Saturday, and for others, it is Saturday the 9th. For mid-majors, unless you are in a special circumstance, your goal is winning your conference tournament to receive an automatic bid. For high-majors, if you cannot win your conference tournament, your goal is to be good enough to receive an at-large bid.

In terms of the article, I am doing a special all-around March Madness document to celebrate it being March 1st. Included is my updated seed list and full bubble breakdown with mid-major teams that have a chance at stealing at-large bids from the bubble teams. 

Kentucky Basketball
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College Basketball Seed List 

1 seeds 

 Gonzaga, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina 

2 seeds 

Duke, Houston, Michigan State, Michigan  

3 seeds 

LSU, Tennessee, Nevada, Texas Tech 

4 seeds

Purdue, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Marquette

5 seeds  

Florida State, Villanova, Kansas State, Wisconsin 

6 seeds 

Maryland, Cincy, Washington, Iowa State    

7 seeds 

Wofford, Buffalo, Miss State, NC State  

8 seeds 

Iowa, Louisville, Syracuse, Baylor 

9 seeds 

St Johns, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Auburn  

10 seeds 

UCF, Texas, VCU, TCU

11 seeds 

Clemson, Oklahoma, Minnesota/Florida, Seton Hall/Alabama 

12 seeds 

Belmont, Utah State, New Mex State, Lipscomb 

13 seeds 

Murray State, Hofstra, Yale, UC Irvine  

14 seeds 

Old Dominion, Montana, South Dak State, Vermont 

15 seeds 

Texas State, Radford, Lehigh, Wright State 

16 seeds 

Loyola Chicago, Quinnipiac, St Francis (PA)/Sam Houston, Norfolk State/Prairie View

Oklahoma Basketball
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Bubble Breakdown 

*also listed is each team’s regular season games remaining 

Last 4 Byes

Texas – (Iowa State, @Texas Tech, TCU)

TCU – (Texas Tech, Kansas State, @Texas) 

Clemson – (UNC, @ND, Syracuse) 

Oklahoma – (West Virginia, Kansas, @Kansas State) 


Last 4 In 

Minnesota – (Purdue, @Maryland)

Florida – (Georgia, LSU, @Kentucky)

Seton Hall – (@Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova) 

Alabama – (LSU, Auburn, @Arkansas) 


First 4 Out

Arizona State – (@Oregon State, @Arizona)

Memphis – (@Cincy, Tulsa)

UNC Greensboro – (Mid Major)

Temple – (Tulane, @UConn, UCF)


Next 4 Out 

Georgetown – (Seton Hall, @Depaul, @Marquette)

Oregon State – (Arizona State, @Washington, @Wash State)

Xavier – (@St Johns, @Butler, St Johns) 

Indiana – (Michigan State, @Illinois, Rutgers)


Others with a Slim Chance 

Creighton – (@Marquette, Providence, Depaul) 

Providence – (@Creighton, Butler) 

Nebraska – (@Michigan State, Iowa) 

Butler – @Villanova, Xavier, @Providence) 

Boston College – (@Gtech, UNC, NC State) 

Dayton – (URI, La Salle, @Duquesne)

Davidson – (Fordham, St Bon, @Richmond)

USF – (@UConn, @Tulane, SMU) 

Tulsa – (Tulane, ECU, @Memphis)



Teams that are in first place in their conference are not listed in terms of the bubble, since they are projected to receive automatic bids

Gonzaga, Nevada, Wofford, and Buffalo are all locks for at-large bids 

Utah State – Ranked higher than the bubble as of now 

Murray State- Ranked higher than the bubble as of now 

UNC Greensboro – On the bubble 

Liberty – Ranked below the bubble as of now

Furman – Ranked below the bubble as of now

San Fran – Ranked below the bubble as of now



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