Selection Sunday 2013: Start Time, Date, TV Schedule and More
You would be hard-pressed to find an event more exciting than the NCAA tournament, and you would be just as hard-pressed to find a selection process rife with more anticipation and tension than Selection Sunday.
Which teams will earn the coveted one-seeds? Which bubble teams will be dancing, and which bubbles will be burst? Will your team gain a solid seed, or will the path to the Final Four be laden with potential pitfalls?
It's bracket season, folks. Let's take a closer look at Selection Sunday.
When: Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m. ET
Announcers: Greg Anthony, Greg Gumbel and Seth Davis
The Zags have won 13 straight and are 30-2 on the year. They were the top-ranked team in the nation last week and should retain that spot again this week. Assuming they earn a win in the WCC tournament championship game against Saint Mary's on Monday night, a one-seed should be a lock for Gonzaga.
The Blue Devils head into the ACC tournament with a 29-4 record. They handled their business late in the season, knocking off Miami and North Carolina. So long as Duke reaches the ACC tournament championship game, I believe it will earn a top seed.
The Hoosiers have been one of the top teams in the country all season long and head into the Big Ten tournament as the top seed. Again, barring an abysmal showing, Indiana should earn a top seed in the NCAA tournament.
You could also make a pretty strong case that the fourth one-seed will end up going to Kansas, Louisville, Miami or possibly even Michigan, but for now I'm going to stick with the Hoyas. Georgetown has won 12 of 13 and won't have to play either Louisville or Marquette until the championship game (if they get that far). For now, I like the Hoyas to earn the final top seed.
Bubble Teams to Watch
A few bubble teams likely punched their ticket this weekend. Villanova got its third win of the year against a top-five team by defeating Georgetown, while Temple knocked off VCU and probably only needs to win a game or two in the Atlantic-10 tournament to earn a tourney berth. Staying in Philadelphia, La Salle likely needs a win in the A-10 tournament, which could be difficult if it has to play Butler.
Kentucky did well to beat Florida, and is likely a win or two in the SEC tournament away from earning a berth. Boise State's win over San Diego State rounded out a very impressive resume. Tennessee can't afford to go one-and-done in the SEC tournament, but it's in a good spot to go dancing.
Saint Mary's can earn an automatic tourney bid by defeating Gonzaga in the WCC tournament championship game, but will it get in with a third loss to the Zags?
Which team will earn the fourth one-seed?
Several teams will need to make runs in tournament play to go dancing. Cincinnati at the very least needs to defeat Providence. Iowa State is an underrated team, but a loss to Oklahoma in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament could be costly.
After blowing out Kansas, Baylor likely saved its tournament hopes. But the Bears must defeat Oklahoma State in the Big 12 quarters and likely win in the semifinals as well to be considered for an at-large bid.
Finally, teams like Ole Miss, UMass, Alabama, Iowa and Arkansas all will need to make deep conference tournament runs to make the dance.
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