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Thanks : NET rankings and records are accurate as of Friday, March 11, 2022. Both reflect games against Division I teams only. Selection sheet information is sourced from WarrenNolan.com. Team logos are from SportsLogos.net by Chris Creamer.
teams with a gold background got automatic bids.
✴️ = new slice entrants
⬆️ and ⬇️ = seed movement of tranche returnees compared to Thursday tranche
(#) = Overall ranking of the top 16 teams (four seeds in each region)
- Gonzaga can rest easy, as the Bulldogs are likely to be No. 1 overall no matter what happens this weekend.
- Arizona, which may be without point guard Kerr Kriisa with an ankle injury, is now in contention to be No. 2 overall after Baylor’s Thursday loss to Oklahoma. That’s subject to change depending on the outcome of the Wildcats’ Pac-12 Semifinals against Colorado (9 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).
- Kansas, victorious over West Virginia in the Big 12 quarterfinals, passed Baylor for third place overall. Bears are likely to fall on line 2 if Auburn or Kentucky wins the SEC Tournament.
As the Mountain West and Big East tournaments turn to chalk, keep an eye out for those potential surprise winners in conference tournaments from other multi-candidate leagues.
- Big Ten: 11th-seeded Penn State (and 4th-seeded Rutgers for that matter, since the Scarlet Knights aren’t a lock)
- SECOND: No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 10 Mississippi State and No. 11 Vanderbilt are all alive. The latter two must win the automatic auction to qualify.
- Atlantic 10: No. 4 St. Bonaventure, No. 5 Saint Louis, No. 6 Richmond, No. 8 Fordham and No. 10 UMass (Davidson will block an offer by beating Fordham. Likely only one from Dayton and VCU could join the Wildcats.)
- American: Only Houston and Memphis are locks, so the remaining six quarterfinals could all complicate Cut Line’s picture.
- VAC: Virginia Tech
- Big 12: Oklahoma, because TCU is now a lock
- Pac-12: Colorado
Your complete Friday viewing guide.
On Friday’s episode of College Basketball Coast to Coast TJ Rives and I covered a lot of bubbles in an eight-minute segment.
Big Ten quarter-finals: (9) Indiana (19-12, 9-11) vs. (1) Illinois (22-8, 15-5), 11:30 a.m. (BTN)
The Hoosiers would be well advised to add a victory over the Fighting Illini to their Thursday triumph over Michigan.
SEC Quarterfinals: (8) Texas A&M (20-12, 9-9) vs. (1) Auburn (27-4, 15-3), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
A loss to Aggie will burst their bubble. The Tigers need a win, however, for their 1-seeded hopes.
Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals: (8) Fordham (16-15, 8-10) vs. (1) Davidson (25-5, 15-3), 12 p.m. (USA)
The Wildcats will have a nervous weekend if they lose to the Rams.
USA Conference Semi-Finals: (3V) Louisiana Tech (23-9, 12-6) vs. (1V) North Texas (24-5, 16-2), 12:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
While the Mean Greens will be on the general draw with a loss, they will have a better (albeit still slim) chance of reaching tomorrow’s final.
US Athletic Quarterfinals: (8) Cincinnati (18-14, 7-11) vs. (1) Houston (26-5, 15-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
It’s not a bubble game per se, but the Bearcats can cause heartburn around the cut line by beating the Cougars.
Big Ten quarter-finals: (5) Iowa (23-9, 12-8) vs. (4) Rutgers (18-12, 12-8), approx. 2 p.m. (BTN)
The Scarlet Knights should be fine with winning or losing, but they might not want to tempt fate against a Hawkeye side that looked exceptionally dangerous last night.
Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals: (5) St. Louis (22-10, 12-6) vs. (4) Saint Bonaventure (20-8, 12-5), approx. 2:30 p.m. (US)
A knockout match featuring teams that once had higher hopes.
USA Conference Semi-Finals: (2W) UAB (25-7, 14-4) vs. (1E) Middle Tennessee (23-9, 13-5), approx. 3 p.m. (RCSSS)
The Blazers will also have a look with a loss, although their chances are even slimmer than those of North Texas.
SEC Quarterfinals: (10) Mississippi State (18-14, 8-10) vs. (2) Tennessee (23-7, 14-4), 6 p.m. (SEC Network)
A must win for the Bulldogs, who need the SEC Tournament title to qualify.
Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals: (10) UMass (15-16, 7-11) vs (2) Dayton (22-9, 14-4), 6 p.m. (US)
A loss to the Minutemen will surely burst the Flyers bubble.
US Athletic Quarterfinals: (10) Tulsa (11-19, 4-14) vs. (2) SMU (22-7, 13-4), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
The Mustangs’ overall odds would have been better served by a matchup with Wichita State, now a bad late loss opportunity lurks.
Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals: (6) Richmond (20-12, 10-8) vs. (3) VCU (21-8, 14-4), approx. 8:30 p.m. (US)
It’s a similar story for the Rams, who are meeting their crosstown rivals for the third time. VCU won the previous two meetings.
Pac-12 Semi-Finals: (4) Colorado (21-10, 12-8) vs. (1) Arizona (29-3, 19-2), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
The Buffaloes must win today and tonight to qualify. Their last game with the Wildcats was a win, but at Boulder.
ACC Quarterfinals: (7) Virginia Tech (21-12, 11-9) vs. (3) North Carolina (24-8, 15-5), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Hokies really need this one, but the Tar Heels are playing their best basketball of 2021-22 at the right time.
Big 12 quarter-finals: (7) Oklahoma (18-14, 7-11) vs. (3) Texas Tech (24-8, 12-6), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Last night the Sooners picked up the biggest win of the week. Can they win their rubber match with the Red Raiders to move up the seeding list?
US Athletic Quarterfinals: (6) UCF (18-11, 9-9) vs. (3) Memphis (19-9, 13-5), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Tigers look like a lock, but going 1-2 against the Knights might cause the Committee to reconsider.
Mountain West Semi-Finals: (4) Wyoming (25-7, 13-5) vs. (1) Boise State (25-7, 15-3), 9:30 p.m.
By beating UNLV yesterday, the Cowboys should be in the game. Defeating the Broncos and reaching Saturday’s final would seal it though.