Jerry Palm of CBS Sports updated the new projected NCAA tournament bracket on Tuesday. We have a lot of familiar teams at the top, but the most interesting seeds have come from the teams vying for the final at-large bids.
At most, some teams have two games left in the regular season. However, many of the teams in contention for an At-Large spot, have one chance left to make an impression before all of the conference tournaments get underway.
No.1 Seeds: (Florida, Wichita State, Arizona, and Syracuse) still remain on the top line, but there could be some changes by the middle of the week. For Wichita State, their regular season is done, so they are awaiting their moment in the MVC tournament to continue their undefeated season. Florida ran away with the SEC, but they aren’t finished inflicting damage on the rest of the conference. Arizona is also two wins away in the regular season, or a conference tournament title from clinching a number one seed. Currently, Syracuse is the fourth No.1, but there are plenty of teams vying for that position as well.
Teams vying for At-Large bids:
Xavier has had an up and down couple of weeks. After beating Creighton at home over the weekend, the Musketeers lost to Seton Hall. They dropped one seed line to No. 11.
It’s hard to fathom Pittsburgh missing the tournament, but the Panthers have been reeling down the stretch. As a projected No. 10 seed, Pittsburgh dropped two spots according to Jerry Palm. They’ve lost four out their last six games, including three in a row at home.
Kansas State missed out on an opportunity to beat Oklahoma State, and they dropped one seed line to No. 10.
Oklahoma State has risen all the way up to a No. 9 seed. They’ve followed their seven game losing skid with a four game winning streak. The Cowboys have one game left against Iowa State. Their biggest key is to not lose two games in a row.
Due to other teams losing, Stanford moved up one seed line to No. 8. However, with a (9-7) conference record, the Cardinal can’t afford to lose their final two games.
St. Joseph’s out of the Atlantic 10 is also in a good position for an At-Large bid. Even though they are projected as a No. 9 seed, with six straight wins, St. Joseph’s is close to being a lock in the tournament.
North Carolina has a 12 game winning streak and Jerry Palm has the Tarheels at a No.5 seed. By the time the real bracket is released, North Carolina could be as high as a No. 2 seed.
Kansas had a chance to take one of the No. 1 Seeds, but they lost to Oklahoma State on Saturday. Now that Joel Embiid is out for the regular season, Kansas will be vulnerable to another loss. Currently, the Jayhawks sit at No. 2.
Harvard is the No. 12 seed in the current projections. That’s close to the cut line for an At-Large bid. However, they are one win away from winning the IVY League title. Could Harvard actually make the tournament without winning the conference? Not likely. There’s never been two Ivy League teams selected for the NCAA tournament.
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