On the eve of Selection Sunday, there is still lots of uncertainty as teams that did not win their conference tournament fight for one of the 36 at-large bids in March Madness.
CBS Sports’ bracketologist Jerry Palm has Kansas State, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Rhode Island as the last four teams to make the tournament.
Vanderbilt was helped by their overtime victory over Florida in the SEC Tournament. The Commodores appear to be just inside the tournament bubble. Palm’s first four teams outside of March Madness are Cal, Illinois State, Georgia and Iowa.
Here is a look at the additional bubble teams Palm currently has in the tournament along with their projected seed: Nevada (12), Xavier (11), Marquette (11), Middle Tennessee (11) and Providence (10).
Assembly Call’s Andy Bottoms has Wake Forest, USC, Kansas State and Rhode Island as his last four teams to make the tournament. Bottoms has Syracuse, Illinois State, Iowa, Illinois and Cal as the first five teams sitting outside the bracket.
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi currently has these bubble teams making the tournament: Dayton (9), Xavier (11), Vanderbilt (10), USC (12), Syracuse (12), Seton Hall (10), Middle Tennessee (11), Michigan State (10), Providence (10), Wake Forest (11) and Kansas State (11).
USA Today has Providence, USC, Illinois and Kansas State as the last four teams to make the tournament. They have Rhode Island, Georgia, Syracuse and Illinois State on the outside looking in as the top teams not in the tournament.
A few seeds of note. Lunardi knocked Florida down to a five seed after their loss to Vanderbilt. Arizona moved up to a two seed after defeating UCLA while the Bruins are a three seed in Lunardi’s latest projections.
The consensus among bracketologist is the top seeds remain Villanova, North Carolina, Gonzaga and Kansas. North Carolina and Kansas both lost in their conference tournaments leaving the possibility open they could lose their spot on the top line. It will be interesting to see if a team like Duke can move into the conversation for a top seed if they were to win the ACC Tournament.
Duke and Notre Dame will battle for the ACC title on Saturday night. Arizona takes on Oregon for the Pac-12 title as well. West Virginia and Iowa State square off in the Big 12 title game. While none of the teams are in danger of missing the tournament, three more teams will officially punch their ticket to the Big Dance tonight.
Heading into Saturday, 14 teams have already sealed auto-bids by winning their conference tournaments.
These teams include Gonzaga, Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State and Iona. Click here to see a full list of the teams with automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.