The showcase event of Selection Sunday is the actual NCAA tournament selection show on March 16. But before Selection Sunday lives up to its name at 6 p.m. est on CBS, there is one last round of college basketball to play. With five conference title games left to cap off championship week, the NCAA tournament bracket still has room to get shaken up, especially on the top seed line.
There are five conference championship games being held on Selection Sunday, with the Sun Belt title to be decided between Georgia State and Louisiana-Lafayette. Yet the bigger conferences have all the buzz on this day, as the ACC, Big Ten, SEC and A-10 play their final games of the season.
The NCAA tournament bracket will be affected the most by the ACC and Big Ten title games, since they have three teams fighting for the last available No. 1 seed. The Duke Blue Devils, Virginia Cavaliers and Michigan Wolverines all stayed alive in that race with tight wins on March 15, although the Michigan State Spartans knocked the Wisconsin Badgers out of the running in the other Big Ten semifinal.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi currently projects the Wolverines as the last top seed, since they are the regular season champions of the tough Big Ten and can now add a conference tournament crown as well. But if either the Blue Devils or Cavaliers make a big case against each other in the ACC championship game, the winner could sneak into a No. 1 if the Spartans pull an upset.
The bubble watch is virtually settled, since every team playing in the ACC, Big Ten, SEC and A-10 finales is guaranteed a tournament bid. There are no Cinderellas left to steal a bid on Selection Sunday, so now there is nothing left for the bubble programs but to wait in agony.
As such, this last day of action before the NCAA tournament is all about the power programs, looking to do more than just get in. A national champion can easily be crowned from this group, or at the least, multiple teams in this lineup could clinch Final Four berths two weekends from now.
The accompanying slideshow lists the teams playing for major conference crowns on Selection Sunday -- as well as what else they still have to play for before their names are called by the selection committee.