Daily Update: March 4

Only changes coming in the bottom quarter of the bracket, thanks to Belmont’s letdown in the OVC Semifinal.

UT Arlington (Sun Belt), Cal St Bakersfield (WAC) and Eastern Washington (Big Sky) each moved up one seed line with Belmont knocked out.  Despite a respectable RPI (63), the Bruins have zero chance at an at-large bid (no wins vs the RPI Top 150).

The first bid will be handed out tonight in the OVC Championship, with the winner likely to be a 16 seed.  That could change if FGCU, for example, were to lose in tomorrow’s Atlantic Sun Championship.

Many bubble eyes will turn toward MVC and WCC conference tournament action today, rooting for the likes of Gonzaga, St Mary’s, Wichita State, and perhaps Illinois State.

1 Kansas (Big 12) Villanova (BigEast) Gonzaga (WCC) UCLA
2 Butler North Carolina (ACC) Oregon (Pac 12) Baylor
3 Arizona Kentucky Louisville Duke
4 Virginia Florida State West Virginia Florida
5 Minnesota Creighton Notre Dame Purdue (B1G)
6 Iowa State SMU Maryland Cincinnati
7 South Carolina Wisconsin St Mary’s Virginia Tech
8 Miami FL Dayton (A-10) Northwestern Oklahoma State
9 USC Michigan Arkansas Marquette
10 Michigan State Seton Hall Wake Forest Illinois
11 Middle Tenn (C-USA) UNC-Wilmington (CAA) Wichita St / Xavier VCU / Vanderbilt
12 Vermont (A-East) Houston (AAC) Illinois State (MVC) Nevada (MWC)
13 E Tenn St (SoCon) Monmouth (MAAC) UT-Arlington (SUN) Princeton (IVY)
14 Cal St Bakersfield (WAC) Winthrop (BigSouth) Oakland (HOR) Bucknell (PAT)
15 Ohio (MAC) FGCU (A-Sun) EWU (Big Sky) North Dakota St (SUM)
16 NC Central (MEAC) / UC Irvine (BigWest) Mt St Mary’s (NEC) / TX Southern (SWAC) New Orleans (SLAND) UT Martin (OVC)

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