2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament predictions have been updated. Some interesting NCAA Basketball Tournament predictions show up within Joe Lunardi's recent Bracketology report from ESPN on Saturday (March 16). With just two days left for schools to move up or play themselves out of the NCAA tournament field, wins are more important than ever.
It's very noteworthy that the Gonzaga Bulldogs are actually benefiting from not playing since Monday (March 11) when the team won yet another WCC tournament title. With upsets to the Indiana Hoosiers in the Big Ten tournament and Michigan one round earlier in that same tournament, it may have also pushed Gonzaga into that No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA field.
Heading into the end of Saturday, Gonzaga, Duke, Indiana, and Louisville were projected as the No. 1 seeds. That could shift, though, especially with three of the schools not even making it to the finals of their respective conference tournaments. The No. 2 seeds are predicted to be Georgetown, Ohio State, Miami, and Kansas. If Miami and Ohio State find a way to win their conference tournaments, it's entirely possible they could supplant Indiana and Duke on the top line.
A few of the very notable shifts due to tournament success are Syracuse up to a No. 3 seed, Wisconsin up to a No. 4 seed, and UCLA up to a No. 5 seed. Heading in the other direction, Michigan has been dropped to a No. 4 seed, Arizona to a No. 5 seed, and Pittsburgh to a No. 6 seed. Squarely placed on the bubble are Kentucky, Virginia, and Maryland, but Maryland may have improved its resume quite a bit by knocking off Duke in the ACC tournament.
The newest 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament predictions have eight Big East teams making the field and seven teams from the Big Ten joining the "dance." Five teams each are also projected from the Mountain West, Pac-12, Big 12, and Atlantic 10. Four teams that have been predicted to join the party now due to resumes or conference tournaments are Boise State, middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, and La Salle.
Expect even more changes to the brackets from Joe Lunardi as the selection committee gets ready to announce everything on Sunday (March 17).