One year after the most unusual NCAA tournament in history, March Madness is back and college fans across the country are ready for upsets, buzzer beaters, and triumphs.
By: Christian DiBuono
The beginning of March is here and all basketball fans know what that means, it’s March Madness Season.
All season long the top men’s college basketball teams in the country have battled it out trying to earn the best possible seeds for this upcoming NCAA Tournament for a very good reason. Since 1985, a No. 1 seed has won the national championship 23 out of 36 times. In recent years, a No. 1 seed has won the championship 11 out of the last 14 tournaments.
Therefore, seeding is very important and significant for teams who have a chance to make a championship, or even Cinderella, run for the title.
Meanwhile, here are the current seeding predictions, teams that are in the bubble, and teams that have the best odds to be the last team standing.
NCAA Tournament Seeding Predictions
West (San Francisco)
1 Gonzaga vs. 16 Nicholls/ Alcorn St.
8 TCU vs. 9 San Diego
5 UConn vs. 12 North Texas
4 Arkansas vs. 13 Vermont
6 LSU vs. 11 Michigan
4 Texas Tech vs. 14 Seattle
6 Colorado St. vs. 10 Wake Forest
2 Wisconsin vs. 15 Long Beach St.
1 Kansas vs. 16 Delaware
8 Seton Hall vs. 9 Murray State
5 Houston vs. 12 Xavier/Wyoming
4 Illinois vs. 13 Toledo
6 Ohio State vs. 11 Memphis
3 Villanova vs. 14 Longwood
7 USC vs. 10 Notre Dame
2 Kentucky vs. 15 Georgia St.
1 Arizona vs. 16 Wright St./Bryant
8 North Carolina vs. 9 Iowa State
5 Texas vs. 12 Rutgers/SMU
4 Providence vs. 13 Chattanooga
6 Saint Mary’s vs. 11 Loyola Chicago
3 Purdue vs. 14 Montana State
7 Marquette vs. 10 Miami
2 Auburn vs. 15 Colgate
South (San Antonio)
1 Baylor vs. 16 Norfolk St.
8 Michigan St. vs. 9 San Francisco
5 Alabama vs. 12 South Dakota St.
4 UCLA vs. 13 Iona
6 Iowa vs. 11 Davidson
3 Tennessee vs. 13 Princeton
7 Boise St. vs. 10 Creighton
2 Duke vs. 15 Jacksonville St.
Teams on the Bubble
Last Four Byes: Wake Forest, Creighton, Memphis, Michigan
Last Four In: Xavier, Wyoming, Rutgers, SMU
First Four Out: Indiana, BYU, Dayton, Virginia Tech
Next Four Out: Virginia, VCU, Florida, Texas A&M
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