Bracket Update: Final sprint for No. 1 Seeds
It’s Friday before Selection Sunday. Let’s talk about something positive: the final sprint for No. 1 seeds.
Kansas should be the No. 1 overall seed. The next three slots? We still have questions with two days to go. Unless the Selection Committee has already made its decisions – which is doubtful at this time on Friday – closing results in the ACC, Big 10, and Big East could very well decide how those positions unfold. And if Oregon wins the Pac-12, it’s possible the Committee could reward the Ducks with a No. 1 seed in the West Region, especially if Oklahoma, Michigan State, North Carolina, Villanova, and Xavier miss on conference championships. However it ends up, those eight teams are the leading contenders for No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. If Indiana wins the Big 10, the Hoosiers could also reach the two-line.
Today is the day we’ll know more from the Atlantic 10 and American groupings. As for the bubble, Thursday was a less-than-ideal day for Vanderbilt. After losing to Tennessee, the Commodores must now grab a spot on the waiting list, hoping there’s a Dance ticket left on Sunday night.
If there’s a potential bid thief left – other than a team like Illinois or Nebraska (highly unlikely) – it could be San Diego State. Should the Aztecs lose in the Mountain West championship, they’ll join the at-large discussion and see how their resume stacks up against the others.