Today's bracket is exactly the same as Tuesday's edition, with just last night's auto bid winners confirmed. Check out yesterday's post for a recap of the unchanged Last Four In and First Four Out.
|(1) EAST |
|Philadelphia (Fri/Sun)||Dayton (Fri/Sun)|
|1||Duke||1||Indiana (Big Ten)|
|16||Norfolk State (MEAC)||16||LIBERTY or Southern|
|8||Missouri||8||San Diego State|
|San Jose (Thu/Sat)||San Jose (Thu/Sat)|
|55 5||Oklahoma State||5||Pittsburgh|
|4||Saint Louis (A-10)||4||Kansas State|
|13||SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (Summit)||13||VALPARAISO (Horizon)|
|Dayton (Fri/Sun)||Auburn Hills (Thu/Sat)|
|11||St. Mary's or Tennessee||11||Iowa State or Kentucky|
|14||DAVIDSON (Southern)||14||HARVARD (Ivy)|
|Salt Lake City (Thu/Sat)||Lexington (Thu/Sat)|
|7||UCLA (Pac-12)||7||Colorado State|
|2||New Mexico (MWC)||2||Miami (ACC)|
|15||Montana (Big Sky)||15||IONA (MAAC)|
|(4) SOUTH |
Los Angeles (Thu/Sat)
|Lexington (Thu/Sat)||Salt Lake City (Thu/Sat)|
|16||JAMES MADISON or LONG ISLAND U||16||WESTERN KENTUCKY (Sun Belt)|
|Kansas City (Fri/Sun)||Austin (Fri/Sun)|
|13||Bucknell (Patriot)||13||Louisiana Tech (WAC)|
|Austin (Fri/Sun)||Auburn Hills (Thu/Sat)|
|11||Wichita State||11||Boise State|
|14||FLORIDA GULF COAST (A-Sun)||14||Stephen F. Austin (Southland)|
|Kansas City (Fri/Sun)||Philadelphia (Fri/Sun)|
|2||Kansas (Big 12)||2||Georgetown (Big East)|
|15||Long Beach State (Big West)||15||Vermont (AmEast)|
|FIRST FOUR (Dayton)|
|Tuesday: To Lexington||Tuesday: To Auburn Hills|
|16||JAMES MADISON (CAA)||11||Iowa State|
|16||LONG ISLAND U (NEC)||11||Kentucky|
|Wednesday: To Dayton||Wednesday: To Dayton
|16||LIBERTY (Big South)||11||St. Mary's|
|BIDS BY CONFERENCE||LAST FOUR BYES||ARRIVALS||DEPARTURES|
|Big East: 8||California||None||None|
|Big Ten: 7||Oklahoma|
|A-10: 5||Boise State|
|Big 12: 5||La Salle|
||LAST FOUR IN|
|ACC: 4||St. Mary's|
|SEC: 4||Iowa State|
|WCC: 2||FIRST FOUR OUT||Illinois||9 down to 10|
|1-Bid Conferences: 21||Virginia||Belmont||10 up to 9|
|Middle Tennessee||Wichita State||10 down to 11|
|Mississippi||California||11 up to 10|
|Baylor||Cincinnati||11 down to 12|
|NEXT FOUR OUT||Iowa State, Kentucky||12 up to 11|
|Alabama||Oklahoma||11 down to 12|
|Southern Mississippi||St. Mary's, Tennessee||12 up to 11|
Also considered (in order): Maryland, Providence, Arkansas, UMass
Wednesday's schedule features just one conference championship game, the final one until a whopping 14 take place on Saturday. In tonight's lone finale, Patriot League regular season champion Bucknell hosts No. 2 seed Lafayette (7 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network). Mike Muscala and the Bison are a threat to win a game, especially if they can sneak up to a 12 seed.
While there may not be any automatic bids handed out over the next few days, teams -- particularly those from the power conferences -- will be jockeying for seeding and the final few at-larges. Here's a quick look at today's major conference tournament games of bracket impact. The Big 12 and SEC tourneys also get underway today, but none of the first round games in those events will have any impact on the field of 68.
TV info is courtesy Matt's College Sports on TV Website.
Big East Second Round
All Games on ESPN
Providence vs. Cincinnati, 12 p.m. ET
The Bearcats could find themselves in danger with a loss, while the Friars need a late rally to sneak into the field after Saturday's loss to Connecticut.
Seton Hall vs. Syracuse, approx. 2:30 p.m. ET
A loss to the Pirates could send the Orange, currently projected in the five to six range, plummeting a bit further; however, a win would set up a showdown with Pittsburgh, a team just ahead of Syracuse on the seed list.
Mountain West Quarterfinals
All Games on CBS Sports Network
Air Force vs. UNLV, 3 p.m. ET
The Falcons, who need the auto bid to qualify and are dangerous enough to achieve the feat, lost by five when the two first met at the Thomas & Mack Center and won in Colorado Springs.
Wyoming vs. New Mexico, 9:30 p.m. ET
The Lobos should earn a two seed (a three at worst, a one at best) if they claim the Mountain West double. The first step toward reaching that goal will be dispatching a Cowboys team that was an at-large threat earlier this season.
Boise State vs. San Diego State, approx. 12 a.m. ET
The game of the day really. The Aztecs should be OK with a loss, but the Broncos might be headed for the NIT if they fail to top SDSU for the second time in a week.
Pac-12 First Round
Oregon State vs. Colorado, approx. 5:30 p.m. ET
The Buffaloes struggled with the Beavers this season, losing in Boulder and barely winning in Corvallis. They can't get caught looking ahead to a potential third meeting with Arizona on Thursday.
Thursday morning should see some bracket updates, but they'll start flying furiously thanks to two of the busiest and most action-packed days of the season, Selection Week Thursday and Friday.