Joe Lunardi updated his latest projected NCAA tournament bracket on Monday night. There were some new editions to the field of 68 as more conference tournaments have come to a close.
Manhattan earned their first bid since 2004 with a three point win over Iona. The MAAC champion will be a dark horse to win a game in the big dance. Jerry Palm has them projected as No. 13 seed.
Delaware also won the Colonial Athletic with a one point win over William & Mary. The Blue Hens are projected to be a No. 13 seed when the pairings are announced.
Wofford was the third team to earn an automatic bid on Monday. According to Joe Lunardi, the Terriers are projected to be in the first round games in Dayton. They’ve won 9 out of their last 11 games to end the season.
No. 1 Seeds (Florida, Wichita State, Arizona, Villanova)
Wichita State already won the Missouri Valley and they are a lock to be a No.1 seed. The Florida Gators will be a lock as well, once the pairings are released on Sunday. Arizona should be a No.1 seed, but they can’t afford a loss in their first PAC-12 tournament game. Villanova also has a strong chance to be on the top line come Sunday.
No. 2 Seeds (Michigan, Wisconsin, Duke, Kansas)
Lunardi has the two Big 10 teams as a No.2 seed. At least one of those teams will get a loss during the conference tournament. Duke is getting the benefit of the doubt with seven losses. Now that Kansas may be without Joel Embiid for a couple of weeks, their seed could drop. They already lost to West Virginia to end the season.
No.3 Seeds (Syracuse, Virginia, Iowa State, Creighton)
This looks like a strong group of projected seeds, but at least one of the teams will have a loss entering Selection Sunday. Syracuse and Virginia represent the ACC. The Cavaliers won the regular season. Iowa State and Creighton are high scoring teams that can shoot it from deep.
No. 4 Seeds (Louisville, Cincinnati, North Carolina, San Diego State)
Three of the teams won their conference regular season. Louisville tied in the AAC, but Cincinnati won the coin flip tie-breaker. Louisville is also a top five team in the AP poll. North Carolina just ended a 12 game winning streak. San Diego State won the Mountain West with a phenomenal comeback. The Aztecs are also a top 10 team.
Teams to Clinch
Harvard won the Ivy League on Friday. Joe Lunardi has them projected as a No. 11 seed.
Coastal Carolina won the Big South on Sunday. They could be headed for a first round game.
Mercer won the Atlantic Sun and they are projected to be a No. 14 seed.
Eastern Kentucky earned the Ohio Valley championship over Belmont. They are projected to be a 15 seed.
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