Where does your college basketball team stand as Selection Sunday draws closer? We’ll break down the winners and losers from all the conference tournament action, with an eye on how the results will affect the NCAA tournament bracket. Check back for updates.
It’s less than 48 hours before the NCAA tournament selection show. Do you know where your potential bid snatchers are?
Oh, they lurk in unassuming places, exploiting chaos in a conference tournament bracket or pulling a surprise or two to make an unexpected run. All the sudden, a team is a game away from not only snipping the nets while celebrating a league title, but spoiling the season of a team like Baylor or Florida State or Louisville or Syracuse.
So who’s left in play as a bid thief? Let this be your guide for the rest of the night, Saturday and perhaps even part of Sunday.
ACC, Big 12 and Big East: These were all bid snatcher-free by the time Thursday came to an end.
Pac-12: Sixth-seeded Oregon ruined Utah’s at-large hopes. If it can knock off Southern California in Friday’s late semifinal, the Pac-12 title game will have a lot of anxious viewers paying close attention Saturday night.
Mountain West: If anyone other than Nevada wins this league, it will become multi-bid territory. A lot of teams will be fans of the Wolf Pack over the next couple of nights.
SEC: With Georgia and Mississippi State swept off the board, there’s nothing but tournament teams left in the SEC draw. That includes Alabama, which has played its way in with consecutive defeats of Texas A&M and Auburn.
Atlantic 10: Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure are the league’s top two teams — and only at-large hopes — and both made it to the semifinals. It helps to have them on opposite sides of the tournament, at least from the perspective of teams that don’t want to sweat any more than necessary on Sunday.
The remaining bid-snatchers? Fourth-seeded Saint Joseph’s, which will meet Rhode Island in the semifinals; and the Davidson-Saint Louis winner, which will draw St. Bonaventure next.
American: This problem could be solved before Saturday afternoon. The American has three solid NCAA tournament teams, so it was going to feature one spoiler in the semifinals. That would be Memphis (21-12), which has to navigate top-seeded Cincinnati to reach the title game. The only other bid snatcher left is Central Florida, which faced Houston in the last quarterfinal Friday night.