Daily Update: 6 More Days…

The Monday morning bracket update welcomes two Big East teams to lock territory:  Seton Hall and Marquette.  The Pirates’ massive win at Butler Saturday propelled them in with certainty.  Marquette continued its strong finish with a win at home against Creighton, which gives the Eagles five Top 50 wins and an above-500 record against that group (5-4).  That fits the criteria of a sure tournament team.

Seton Hall and Marquette face each other in the Big East Tourney Quarterfinals, ensuring that neither team can take much of a hit between now and Selection Sunday.

1 Kansas (Big 12) Villanova (Big East) Gonzaga (WCC) UCLA
2 Kentucky (SEC) North Carolina (ACC) Oregon (Pac 12) Baylor
3 Butler Arizona Louisville Duke
4 Virginia Purdue (B1G) West Virginia Florida State
5 Cincinnati Florida Notre Dame Maryland
6 Wisconsin SMU Minnesota Creighton
7 Virginia Tech Iowa State St Mary’s South Carolina
8 Seton Hall Oklahoma State Northwestern Marquette
9 Michigan Miami FL Arkansas Dayton
10 Wichita State (MVC) Wake Forest Vanderbilt USC
11 Middle Tenn (CUSA)   Xavier / Mich St UNC-Wilmington (CAA) VCU / Kansas St
12 Vermont (A-East) Houston (AAC) Nevada (MWC) Rhode Island (A10)
13 E Tenn St (SoCon) Winthrop (BigSouth) UT-Arlington (SUN) Princeton (IVY)
14 Akron (MAC) Cal St Bakersfield (WAC) Bucknell (PAT) FGCU (A-Sun)
15 Iona (MAAC) Northern Kentucky (HOR) EWU (Big Sky) South Dakota (SUM)
16 Mt St Mary’s (NEC) / TX Southern (SWAC) NC Central (MEAC) / Jacksonville State (OVC) UC Irvine (BigWest) New Orleans (SLAND)

Three more teams earned automatic bids Sunday:  Wichita State, Winthrop and Florida Gulf Coast.  Each moved up one seed from their placements 24 hours ago.  In the case of Winthrop and FGCU, it was thanks to Monmouth’s surprising loss in the MAAC Semifinals.


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