Not a whole lot of change to this bracket, other than putting a few teams in bold font to represent sealed automatic bids, and one more lock.

Oklahoma State is the latest lock, which could have been done yesterday I suppose.  OSU was held up a bit here as it doesn’t quite have the same number of quality wins that most of the other locked teams do.  However, with a match-up against Iowa State in the Big 12 Quarterfinals, the opportunity of a questionable loss heading into Selection Sunday is no longer there.

 

Seed MIDWEST (KC) EAST (NYC) WEST (SJOSE) SOUTH (MEM)
1 Kansas (Big 12) Villanova (BigEast) 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)

UNC-Wilmington, East Tennessee State and Iona all sealed up bids last night by winning their respective conference tournaments.  There was no change in any of the three teams’ seeds since yesterday.

Had it lost, UNCW would have been a very interesting at-large candidate. Having lost to Charleston, with an RPI around 60, in what was essentially a road game would not have hurt the Seahawks’ profile too much.   With a 5-4 mark vs the RPI Top 100, and no really bad losses (unlike VCU, Rhode Island or Providence), UNCW could very well have become a dreaded bid-stealer for the power-conference bubble hopefuls.

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