Thursday Bracket

UPDATES:

-TCU beat a Josh Jackson-less Kansas in the Big XII quarters.  Kansas has already locked the Midwest one seed, so this only affects their chances at the overall one.  TCU, though,  has a chance of making the tournament if they can beat Iowa State and advance to the Big XII final.

-Michigan walloped Illinois. Michigan has likely secured a single-digit seed, while Illinois is smack dab on the bubble cut line.

-Duke beat Louisville to advance to an ACC semi against UNC.  Duke has secured at least a three seed, while UNC is in great shape for a one.

-Georgia and Middle Tennessee won to stay right in the thick of the bubble race, while Seton Hall is now a lock after beating Marquette.

-Oregon remains in contention for a one after beating Arizona State.

We have three days until Selection Sunday, which means we actually have four days of basketball before the brackets are released. Some thoughts on yesterday’s action and today’s games:

-USC held on to beat Washington.  The Trojans get rival UCLA in the quarters. A win would lock USC into the field, while a loss would leave them at the mercy of the committee. Even with a loss, they’ll have a good chance to get selected.

-Xavier stopped the skid with another win over DePaul.  Another win today would seal a bid.  Like USC, a loss probably isn’t fatal, but there is no way you can lock this team in.

-Syracuse missed a three that could’ve sent their game with Miami into overtime. The Orange fall out of my bracket, and I don’t expect them to return. Their replacement? Iowa.

-Wake couldn’t lock a bid up, falling to Virginia Tech. That said, it’s tough to imagine Wake Forest missing out on the tournament entirely. They’re in enough danger to be nervous until Selection Sunday, but in good enough shape to expect their name to be called.

-One reason for that is Ohio State lost to Rutgers in DC! That’s the craziest upset D.C. has seen in a long time… or not. Either way, the Buckeyes won’t be playing in the NCAAs. Their bubble has popped.

-Clemson can no longer make the NCAAs after losing to Duke. Whatever bubble they had (which wasn’t much) has popped. At least they have the football natty to fall back on.

-See the post two below this one for an in-depth look at the bubble.

MIDWEST

1 KANSAS
16 MT ST MARY’S / NEW ORLEANS

8 ARKANSAS
9 PROVIDENCE

5 MINNESOTA
12 UNC-WILMINGTON

4 VIRGINIA
13 BUCKNELL

6 IOWA STATE
11 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

3 UCLA
14 FGCU

7 DAYTON
10 MARQUETTE

2 LOUISVILLE
15 NORTH DAKOTA

WEST

1 OREGON
16 UC IRVINE / NC CENTRAL

8 VIRGINIA TECH
9 MICHIGAN STATE

5 NOTRE DAME
12 TEXAS-ARLINGTON

4 WEST VIRGINIA
13 WINTHROP

6 SMU
11 XAVIER

3 FLORIDA
14 IONA

7 SOUTH CAROLINA
10 WAKE FOREST

2 GONZAGA
15 SOUTH DAKOTA ST

EAST

1 VILLANOVA
16 JACKSONVILLE STATE

8 OKLAHOMA ST
9 SAINT MARY’S

5 CINCINNATI
12 ILLINOIS / USC

4 DUKE
13 PRINCETON

6 MARYLAND
11 WICHITA STATE

3 ARIZONA
14 AKRON

7 WISCONSIN
10 VCU

2 KENTUCKY
15 NORTHERN KENTUCKY

SOUTH

1 UNC
16 TEXAS SOUTHERN

8 MICHIGAN
9 SETON HALL

5 PURDUE
12 NEVADA

4 BUTLER
13 VERMONT

6 CREIGHTON
11 VANDERBILT / IOWA

3 FLORIDA STATE
14 ETSU

7 MIAMI
10 NORTHWESTERN

2 BAYLOR
15 CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD

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