Early Peek at the Possible NCAA Tournament


One thing about these final three weeks of College Basketball action before we get to Selection Sunday on March 17th:
There's gonna be a whole lot of slam-bang hoops straight ahead where a batch of high-profile teams are going to get beat and where a fair share of middling teams likely will find ways to win their mini-tournies and thus earn higher NCAA Tournament seeds.

Okay, so let's roll on with we think the NCAA Tournament might look like next month and note that our "First Four" would feature a 12th seed battle between VCU versus South Dakota State and a 16th seed showdown between Radford versus Robert Morris on Tuesday, March 19 followed by a 12th seed tilt between New Mexico State versus Seton Hall and a 16th seed affair between Northern Kentucky versus Siena on Wednesday, 20:

1 Duke vs 16 Northern Kentucky/Siena
2 Michigan vs 15 Bucknell
3 LSU vs 14 Hofstra
4 Wisconsin vs 13 Lipscomb
5 Florida State vs 12 Georgia State
6 Louisville vs 11 Oregon State
7 Buffalo vs 10 Baylor
8 Ohio State vs 9 N.C. State

Lookin' Ahead ... An LSU vs. Louisville matchup in the Round of 32 would be uber-juicy and ditto for a possible Michigan vs. Buffalo battle and how about a Sweet 16 showdown between ACC rivals Duke against Florida State? Yummy stuff.

1 Tennessee vs 16 Norfolk State
2 Michigan State vs 15 Prairie View
3 Houston vs 14 Old Dominion
4 Villanova vs 13 Belmont
5 Marquette vs 12 Davidson
6 Maryland vs 11 Temple
7 Cincinnati vs 10 Wofford
8 Iowa vs 9 Colorado

Lookin' Ahead ... We'd sign for a Tennessee vs. Michigan State bash in the Midwest Regional final / Elite 8 but let's think of some potential Sweet 16 matchups such as Tennessee vs. Villanova or maybe Michigan State vs. Houston?

1 Virginia vs 16 Radford/Robert Morris
2 North Carolina vs 15 UMBC
3 Purdue vs 14 Yale
4 Kansas vs 13 Murray State
5 Virginia Tech vs 12 New Mexico State/Seton Hall
6 Auburn vs 11 Utah State
7 Ole Miss vs 10 St. John's
8 Kansas State vs 9 South Carolina

Lookin' Ahead ... We are firm believers that there is always a bracket-buster game in the Round of 32 and let's daydream that maybe we'll see a Murray State vs. New Mexico State bash that would be highly entertaining, right? Check out the matchups and maybe we'd get an Elite 8 " blue-blood" game between North Carolina versus Kansas. Hey, does the ACC have something to worry about facing UMBC again?

1 Kentucky vs 16 Sam Houston
2 Gonzaga vs 15 UCSB
3 Texas Tech vs 14 Montana
4 Iowa State vs 13 San Francisco
5 Miss State vs 12 VCU/South Dakota State
6 Nevada vs 11 Loyola-Chicago
7 Syracuse vs 10 Southern Miss
8 Washington vs 9 UCF

Lookin' Ahead ... A Gonzaga vs. Nevada tilt in the Sweet 16 round would be a blast and ditto for a Round of 32 game between Kentucky vs. Washington. If we got matchups/brackets like this, we'd love to see a Round of 32 game between Iowa State against exciting South Dakota State.