Fans can watch the 2016 NCAA Selection Sunday show live online and see streaming video of when the NCAA Tournament bracket is revealed.
Sunday represents the final day of conference championships, but even before the final games wrap up and the last nets are cut down, the selection committee has been hard at work filling out the 2016 NCAA Tournament bracket.
There is plenty of drama surrounding who will grab the No. 1 seeds, who will make the cut, and who will be sent to Dayton for the play-in games. Fans will be able to find it all out Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET on CBS, with the show also available live online (links to streaming video can be found below).
The most drama will be surrounding the bubble teams, with a handful of teams fighting for the final three or four spots in the tournament.
As CBS bracketology expert Jerry Palm noted, there are some difficult decisions at the bottom, including some bubble teams with very weak resumes.
• Michigan: A paltry four top 100 wins in 15 tries and the possibility of one victory more coming Saturday.
• Monmouth: Three bad losses and a more than half of their schedule filled with 200+ RPI teams.
• St. Mary’s: Has more than half of its schedule filled with 200+ RPI teams.
One of the most interesting storylines for fans who watch the 2016 Selection Sunday live online will be Syracuse, which has 13 losses and an RPI of 70, but may receive credit for missing legendary coach Jim Beoheim for a nine-game stretch. The Orange went 4-5 during this stretch, and there is some speculation that the committee may not hold this period against Syracuse and still find a place for them in the bracket.
Jim Boeheim hopes the selection committee will consider the suspension when weighing Syracuse's tournament bid. pic.twitter.com/w0fn9kaFr6— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 9, 2016
Fans who watch the 2016 Selection Sunday live online may also see a bit of drama regarding the No. 1 seeds. While there are likely three teams locked into the top spots — the No. 1 overall Kansas, Virginia, and Michigan State — the final spot now seems up for grabs. Villanova, who many had penciled in as the final top team, lost on Saturday to Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament title game.
After the game, Villanova coach Jay Wright had great things to say about Seton Hall’s performance.
“Great college basketball game. Just awesome to be a part of it. The Garden was rocking,” Wright said (via ESPN). “We just got beat by a team that played better than us tonight. They played a great first half. We played a great second half, and then down the stretch, they made the plays and we didn’t. Some of the reasons we didn’t is because they made some great defensive plays.”
But despite Wright’s positive outlook, the loss likely cost his team a top seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Bracketologist Joe Lunardi of ESPN moved Villanova out of the No. 1 spot, replacing them with North Carolina.
Others think Villanova is still deserving of a top spot. CBS Bracketology expert Jerry Palm said their resume was still strong enough to beat out North Carolina, who he has as a No. 2.
“At least for the moment, Villanova will remain on the top line of the bracket as the fourth No. 1 seed despite a 68-67 loss to Seton Hall in the championship game of the Big East Tournament.
“The Wildcats’ position is vulnerable though, especially to results from the ACC and Pac-12 tournaments played later Saturday night.”
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