NCAA tournament brackets for 2015 will soon be revealed. Selection Sunday (March 15) has arrived, and college basketball fans are just a few conference tournament title games away from learning how the 2015 NCAA Tournament brackets are going to shake out. ABC News reported on some of the teams that already secured automatic bids, and they include the Arizona Wildcats, the Eastern Washington Eagles, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Iowa State will represent the Big 12 and Villanova won the spot from the Big East, which means that it might be a lot clearer which schools should secure No. 1 seeds in the 2015 NCAA Tournament brackets. Joe Lunardi of ESPN has updated his Bracketology predictions, and he has Kentucky (Midwest), Wisconsin (West), Duke (South), and Villanova (East) as the schools taking over that top line. No. 1 ranked Kentucky plays No. 21 Arkansas in the SEC Tournament championship Sunday, and No. 6 Wisconsin plays Michigan State to decide the Big Ten tournament title.
This seems to predict that Virginia has lost its spot on that top line after two recent losses. In his updated 2015 NCAA Tournament brackets, Lunardi has them as a No. 2 seed in the East. His other second-seeded teams are currently Kansas (Midwest), Gonzaga (South), and Arizona (West). The hope that Gonzaga Bulldogs fans of seeing their team in the West Region may have been dashed by a late-season loss to Brigham Young. The small consolation is that the first round of the South Region has the No. 2 seed in Seattle to start.
Currently, the team to beat is still the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. After sweeping through the SEC regular season and beating Florida and Auburn easily in the postseason, the team just needs to get past Arkansas to secure the No. 1 overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament brackets. It would give the school a chance to play its first two games at Louisville in the Big Dance and give the team a decided advantage to make another Final Four appearance. Even a loss in the SEC title game likely won’t keep the NCAA Selection Committee from giving them that top slot.
As previously reported on the Inquisitr, Harvard is a team to watch when the tournament begins. The Harvard Crimson won the automatic berth from the Ivy League, and the school makes its fifth tournament appearance. This team made the field in 2014 as well and looks to have a more successful run this time around.
There are a still a lot of questions in addition to where teams like the Pac-12 champion Arizona Wildcats will be seeded, and Joe Lunardi has some predictions for those bubble teams. His current “last four in” includes Temple, LSU, Boise State, and Ole Miss. He also has the Big 12 with seven teams, the Big Ten with six teams, and the ACC with six teams in his final rundown of the 2015 NCAA Tournament brackets.
One school with a lot on the line Sunday is the Michigan State Spartans. The school is at 23-10 so far, and Joe Lunardi has them missing the field. If the Spartans can find a way to upset Wisconsin in the Big Ten Conference title game, though, the team is going to bust into the final field. Likewise, if Arkansas finds a way to upset the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC tournament title game, the Razorbacks could jump up to a fourth seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament brackets. When the dust all settles, the NCAA Selection Committee will reveal its decisions at 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET Sunday.
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