Here it is.
At 18:00 EST at CBS, we will begin to figure out who will be made up of 68 teams for the NCAA 2019 tournament.
As we are still a few hours away, we have some unanswered questions before the bracket is revealed.
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How did the Saturday's games work?
The teams hoping for big bids were probably not happy to see the Oregon Ducks win the Pac-12 tournament title last night.
The Ducks looked out and looked towards Saturday. In his March 12 bracket forecast, Andy Katz had no Oregon in the field of 68. But the Ducks bombed their way into the field, bothering Washington to win the Pac-1
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It seems Washington could apply for a big bid. Katz had planned the Huskies in his prediction as # 9, and they're 45th in NET and 51st in KenPom. If Washington receives much of it, that would raise another hope. Some of Katz's top five teams are Alabama, Georgetown, Creighton, Clemson and Belmont.
Is Duke number 1 in the overall standings?
It seems possible, but we have to wait for the committee to have the last word. obviously.
With the return of Zion Williamson, the newcomer, Duke won three consecutive ACC tournament games to claim the crown of the league. On Saturday he was the winner with a 73-63 victory over Florida State.
– Digital ACC Network (@theACCDN) March 16, 2019
At the Blue Devils run, Katz had already planned them as # 1 seed in the Midwest and teamed with Virginia, Gonzaga and Kentucky as the other planned # 1 seed. But since that prediction, all the other teams have lost. The Zags fell in the WCC title game against Saint Mary's, the Cavaliers were upset in the semi-finals of the ACC of Florida State and the Wildcats fell to Tennessee yesterday.
Of these four, only Duke survived the cuffs of a conference tournament.
How do the games from Sunday affect things?
Several automatic bids are decided to complete the tournament field. Yale and Harvard will fight for the Ivy League crown, Saint Louis and St. Bonaventure compete for the A-10 title, Tennessee in the SEC championship against Auburn, UT Arlington meets in the Sun Belt on Georgia State, against Houston Cincinnati for the American title and Michigan will meet Michigan for all the marbles in the big ten.
The losers of the Ivy League, Sun Belt and A-10 tournament final tournaments are likely to be disfellowshipped on election Sunday, but at the larger conferences, both finalists are in decent shape to enter the AP Top 25 Poll. Nevertheless, No. 22 Auburn, No. 24 Cincinnati and No. 10 Michigan can improve their position with excitement wins today.
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What happens to the hopeful bids?
VCU, Belmont, UNCG, Furman and Lipscomb will be watching CBS on Sunday night. Apart from VCU, these teams come from the league, which is usually awarded only one bid per year. Although these schools fall in their conference tournaments, there are impressive resumes.
Each squad is listed in the Top 81 of KenPom and in the top 60 of NET. Each team has victories in Quad One.
Belmont has a record 5: 3 against the Q1 and Q2 teams and also has 12 road victories. Furman was ranked in the AP Top 25 polls earlier this year for victories against the Villanova 2018 Final Four teams (Villanova and Loyola Chicago). Lipscomb scored 3: 3 in road games against Q1 and Q2 teams, and the bisons won their wins over TCU, SMU and Vermont. UNCG won two wins in Q1, beating teams 24-0 in Q2, Q3 and Q4. VCU had a 12-win winning streak in A-10, and in the non-conference series the Rams beat Texas, Wichita State, Temple and Hofstra.
How the committee thinks these teams are one Many things to keep an eye on.
Mitchell Northam is a graduate of Salisbury University. His work has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Orlando Sentinel, SB Nation, FanSided, USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times. He grew up in Maryland's Eastern Shore and today lives in Durham, North Carolina.