3/8 Men's Basketball Bracketology Breakdown

Alabama Men's College Basketball Trevor Lacey

Last Eight In: La Salle, Mississippi, Boise State, Kentucky, Temple, Virginia, Cincinnati, California

First Eight Out: Villanova, Tennessee, Alabama, Southern Miss, Maryland, Iowa, Baylor, Arizona State

Conference tournaments are always fun, but next week in Nashville will be extremely interesting. Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama are all squarely on the bubble. And all four of those teams are heading into the last weekend of the season with a shot at earning a bye to the quarterfinals in the conference tournament. That extra day off is nice, and winning this weekend is more important, but sometimes playing that extra game is not a bad thing. This is a tight bubble, as usual, and one more “W” on the resume never hurts. Two of the SEC bubble teams will end up as the #5 and #6 seeds and could move on to play the other bubble teams in the quarterfinals. However, the fifth and sixth seeds must play their first game against a squad that played the previous day. That has proven to be tricky over the years. Teams like Vanderbilt or South Carolina, likely opponents against the #5 and #6 seed in the second round, are dangerous teams…especially with a game at the Bridgestone Arena under their belt.


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ACC: Duke, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia

Big East: Georgetown, Louisville, Syracuse, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Cincinnati

Big 12: Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State

Big Ten: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois

Pac-12: Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, Colorado, California

SEC: Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi

A-10: Saint Louis, Butler, VCU, Temple, La Salle

CAA: Northeastern

C-USA: Memphis

Horizon: Valparaiso

MAC: Ohio

MVC: Wichita State, Creighton

MWC: New Mexico, Colorado State, UNLV, San Diego State, Boise State

WAC: Louisiana Tech

WCC: Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s

America East: Albany

A-Sun: Mercer

Big Sky: Montana

Big South: Charleston Southern

Big West: Long Beach State

Ivy League: Harvard

MAAC: Loyola (MD)

MEAC: Norfolk State

NEC: Robert Morris

OVC: Belmont

Patriot: Bucknell

Southern: Davidson

Southland: Stephen F. Austin

Summit: South Dakota State

Sun Belt: Middle Tennessee

SWAC: Southern


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