NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket to be announced Sunday

NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket to be announced Sunday”

A new tweak is all 68 teams will be announced in the first 10 minutes of the show. For bubble teams, it's more nerve-wracking, but for those lucky teams that get in, it turns into an incredible experience. Gafford has more dunks this season than some SEC teams do and he's also a rim protector that few in the SEC can match.

With the exception of the Big Ten, the rest of the major conferences begin their tournaments this week. Meanwhile, like Alabama, teams like Mizzou, Texas A&M and Arkansas would be wise to avoid an embarrassing early loss in St. Louis.

Rather than telling you a certain team will make it to a particular round, our Stage Odds page allows you to see the exact probability a team has to reach a certain round. The ACC opened play Tuesday with Boston College's win against Georgia Tech. However, Notre Dame still has some work to do if it wants to keep its season alive beyond the ACC tourney.

March Madness is almost upon us. Therefore, the SEC bubble teams will be rooting for the Hokies in that contest. The potential quarterfinal matchup with Kentucky would have an awesome atmosphere for a conference tournament. The Jayhawks and AP Big 12 player of the year Devonte' Graham face the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State victor in Thursday's quarterfinals.

Gonzaga is ranked No. 6 in the country, but despite that ESPN predicts the Bulldogs to be placed as a No. 4 seed in the tournament.

The Big Ten has already wrapped up its early tournament, with No. 7 MI playing its way into similar position as it did a year ago when the Wolverines got hot late, won the league tournament and went on to the NCAA Sweet 16.

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The Longhorns are 18-13 and have two wins against Oklahoma on their resume, but beating the Sooners isn't as impressive as it looked at the time.

Fans can RSVP for Sunday night's watch party here. Auburn and Tennessee shared the conference's regular-season title, with Auburn taking home the No. 1 seed and Tennessee owning the tournament's No. 2 seed, thanks to the Tigers' January 2nd win over the Volunteers.

Arizona (24-7) won the Pac-12 by two games but was far from dominant in the league, its average margin of victory just 7.1 points. In Lunardi's projections, only four teams are in the mix for a tourney berth.

UCLA (Last 4 In)- UCLA needed a win over USC to close the season, and they got it. The Wildcats will face the Arizona State-Colorado victor in Thursday's quarterfinals as the only AP Top 25 team in the field.

Both look like candidates to be at least a No. 3 seed depending on how things go in Orlando when the tournament begins Thursday. Preseason favorite Kentucky (21-10) is the No. 4 seed, its eight league losses its most since 2008-09, the past year of the short-lived Billy Gillispie era. However, since then, it's been a free fall, as ASU finished the year as the No. 9 seed in the Pac-12 and sports a mediocre 20-10 record. If the Gators are missing shots, they could be ousted in the first game. Only the cream of the crop in college basketball were able to earn a spot in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Anything less than a third meeting will make for a disappointing final, though fourth-seeded Creighton could crash the party if it gets hot from three-point range.

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