NCAA Bracket 2014: Final Bracketology Predictions Before Selection Sunday Show

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 16, 2014

Virginia's Joe Harris (12) celebrates after defeating Duke in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, March 16, 2014. Virginia won 72-63. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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Selection Sunday is upon us. Before the field of 68 is finally revealed at 6 p.m. ET on CBS, there are still questions regarding bubble teams and No. 1 seeds that remain unanswered.

This is where last-minute predictions come in. Joe Lunardi of ESPN continues to update his Bracketology rankings. Upon looking at the current predictions, it becomes apparent that the field for the 2014 NCAA tournament is nowhere near settled.

Let's predict a couple of up-in-the-air scenarios before the final bracket comes to fruition.


Michigan Loses No. 1 Seed to Virginia

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The Big 10 championship game is underway, and the battle between in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State should be intense.

Virginia is closely chasing Michigan for the right to the top seed after the Cavaliers successfully defeated the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday to win the ACC championship.

Should Michigan lose to the Spartans on Sunday afternoon, there is a possibility that Virginia could overtake them for the top spot.

That is exactly what will happen.

The Spartans have been playing some inspired basketball of late, proving once more that they are a top-notch team after defeating Wisconsin on Saturday by a score of 83-75.

Expect Michigan State's offense to continue to put up big numbers against the Wolverines as they cruise into the NCAA tournament without suffering a loss.

This scenario will give the surging Cavaliers the top seed in the East.


California Misses Out on NCAA Tournament

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 13:  Dustin Thomas #13 of the Colorado Buffaloes shoots between Jabari Bird #23 and Richard Solomon #35 of the California Golden Bears during a quarterfinal game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Ma
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The California Golden Bears are one of those teams holding their breath while waiting for the results of Selection Sunday. However, the Bears will not get the news they are hoping for.

Despite finishing third in the Pac-12 conference and beating No. 1 Arizona in early February, the Bears haven't done enough this season to earn a trip to the NCAA tournament.

Bad losses to Arizona State and Utah toward the end of the season, as well as dropping the quarterfinal match to Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament, will be enough to send this team to the NIT.


SMU Squeezes into NCAA Tournament

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 13: Ben Moore #34 and Yanick Moreira #35 of the SMU Mustangs look on dejected from bench moments before their loss to the Houston Cougars during the quarterfinal round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at FedExForum on Mar
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The Mustangs had a scary conclusion to their season. After winning seven of their eight games late in the season, they faltered and lost their final two regular season contests.

Southern Methodist was also defeated by underdog Houston in the quarterfinals of the AAC tournament, putting the team's NCAA tournament bid in jeopardy.

However, quality wins earlier in the season will be enough to get the Mustangs through.

After defeating No. 17 Connecticut (twice), No. 22 Memphis and No. 7 Cincinnati during the regular season, the Mustangs will be looked upon favorably. Their ability to compete with—and beat—ranked teams will propel them into the NCAA tournament.

Once the final field of 68 is revealed, the entire SMU team will be able to breathe a huge sign of relief.