Bubble shrinks on NCAA Tournament selection Sunday


Louisville struggled against the ACC elite, as it lost to Virginia twice as well as North Carolina, Duke and Clemson. The rest of the field will be determined by season records, strength of schedule and the alchemy that goes into choosing which bubble teams will make it in. "Who has the better resume?" and "Who deserves a #2 seed to play close to home in Detroit?" are the questions being asked.

Not every program in men's basketball experiences the joy of making the field of 68 for the NCAA men's basketball tournament on Selection Sunday.

The NCAA Tournament Selection Show starts at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Conference tournament action, including the Tennessee-Kentucky outcome, may lead to a few seed or region changes.

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The USC Trojans should feel good about getting an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament; however, a win over OR on Friday night would likely lock them into March Madness. As for the Trojans, they will take on OR on Friday night for the right to advance to the Pac-12 title game. Experts are 50/50 on Middle Tennessee so it will be interesting to see if they get in.

The SEC is now projected to get eight teams into the NCAA tournament, second only to the ACC with nine. The Irish have to sit and wait until Sunday to find out their fate, but to me they are the best team outside of the field.

However, the Cowboys will end up in the same boat as Louisville and Notre Dame due to the bid thieves from the mid-major conference tournaments.