League tournaments will have a big impact on NCAA seeding

NBA commissioner Adam Silver

ESPN predicts Gonzaga to enter as a No. 12 seed in the tournament as WWC champs. Winners of conference championship tournaments get an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament bracket. The Gators went 11-7 in conference play, but pulled off two big victories over Kentucky and one against Auburn over the last six weeks of the season. Because of that match-up, this is must-win game for Alabama, or else they will have about a 50/50 shot to make the tournament.

Kansas lost five conference games this year, including three to potential quarterfinal opponents Oklahoma and Oklahoma State (twice). Of the previous 13 Big 12 tournaments, Kansas has won it just seven times and only once in the past four years. With a loss, I would put Oklahoma in, but I am not sure if the committee would do the same, so it would be a waiting game for the Sooners. 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. The 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament will be revealed in the first 10 minutes of the selection show Sunday, and then the brackets and pairings will be unveiled one region at a time. "We try to look at what they've done over the entire year and make a decision based upon that". If they end up beating Colorado, I believe even with a loss to Arizona they will be in. That's no guarantee to happen, though, since in the semifinals they would likely meet a Davidson team that they needed three overtimes to beat at home on February 27.

The Friars are among Lunardi's last four byes, but they are in a precarious position as the Big East's No. 5 seed entering the tournament. He can score with the best of them, and a win or two in the conference tournament should safely secure St. Bonaventure's spot in the Big Dance - where Adams could legitimately lead the team to an upset or two.

BYU. The Cougars were 2-3 against Quadrant 1 teams coming into Tuesday, and they couldn't build on their biggest win of the season after defeating Saint Mary's in the WCC semis. However, a loss in the quarterfinal of the PAC 12 Tournament to either Stanford or Cal would leave them outside of the tournament field because of the bad quality of both the teams. This won't be an easy feat, as Texas Tech enters the game ranked No. 14 in the country.

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USC (Out)- USC is a two seed in the PAC 12 Tournament, which gives them many opportunities to win the game or two they need to increase their chances to make the NCAA Tournament. If the Mountaineers do come out victorious, they will take on the victor of Texas vs. Texas Tech, both of whom West Virginia has faced within the last 10 days. Also, check to see if you're on the right channel. Utah will need AT LEAST two wins to be considered on Sunday.

Nebraska. The Cornhuskers (22-10) won eight of their last nine in the regular season to finish fourth in the Big Ten.



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