Before the day ends, we’ll know what 68 teams have made the field for the NCAA Tournament. There are a lot of teams that are awfully nervous heading into the announcement, sitting squarely on the tournament bubble. Bracketologists have prognosticated who they think is in and who is out. What do we think? Here are the four teams we think will be deemed the “Last Four In.”
#25 Boise State
With an AP ranking of 25 and an impressive road win resume Boise St. is hoping to hear its name called later today, after losing in the Mountain West conference tournament. Boise has been streaky at times this year but finished tied atop the conference standings with San Diego State … but SDSU lost to Wyoming in the championship game Saturday night. If selected, the Broncos are projected to draw an 11 seed.
The overtime loss to Auburn in the SEC tournament won’t help its seeding, but LSU should have its ticket punched to the tournament. The Tigers sit at #3 in the SEC rankings and have impressive regular season wins against West Virginia and Arkansas. It also came within one possession of beating No. 1 Kentucky back in February.
It took overtime for No. 1 Kentucky to beat Ole Miss in January. The Rebels split the regular season with No. 24 Arkansas and also had an impressive early season win against ranked Creighton. Rebel nation has its fingers crossed right now hoping a team like Miami doesn’t take its spot.
The Owls of Temple faced a tough regular season schedule losing to Villanova, Duke, and two meetings with conference opponent SMU. A tough schedule will work in Temples favor when it comes down to tournament selection but victories against UConn and a monster early season upset against Kansas might be just enough to squeak in.