Just one regular season game left for every team in the league, so this will be the last bracket update before the official one comes out.
The bracket is actually exactly the same as the one posted last weekend, but there are several possibilities for change depending on what happens this weekend.
|Wed., Mar. 7||Thurs., Mar 8||Fri., Mar 9||Sat.,Mar 10|
|Semifinals, 7pm||Finals, 8pm|
12) St. John's
4) Notre Dame
7) West Virginia
|Out: Seton Hall, South Florida, Rutgers, Cincinnati|
--Louisville can earn the second seed with a win over Seton Hall on Sunday combined with a Pittsburgh loss to Marquette on Saturday. The Cardinals will drop to the fourth seed if they lose to the Pirates and Notre Dame beats Rutgers.
--Notre Dame is the only team currently with a bye that hasn't secured a spot in the top four. If the Irish fall to Rutgers and Syracuse beats Villanova, then the Orange would take the fourth bye.
If Notre Dame and Syracuse both lost and Marquette won, the Irish would still earn the bye by virtue of their wins over both the Orange and the Golden Eagles. SU would get the fifth seed because of their win over Marquette. Basically, Marquette can't earn a seed higher than six.
--West Virginia, Depaul, Villanova and Providence all have equal 8-7 records, and their seeds are in the order they are because of the Big East's "mini-conference" tie-breaker rule.
Three of the four teams have very winnable games with West Virginia playing Cincinnati, Depaul taking on South Florida and Providence getting St. John's. This makes Villanova's game against Syracuse that much more important because a loss would likely mean a slip to the tenth seed and a first-round matchup with West Virginia which would probably serve as an NCAA Tournament elimination game, much like the Cincinnati/Syracuse game we saw a year ago.
--Uconn owns the tiebreaker for the 11 seed with St. John's, and will only slip if the Johnnies beat Providence and they fall to Georgetown. The 11 seed will almost certainly get Marquette while the 12 seed will just as certainly get Syracuse.
--Complete list of games this weekend:
South Florida at Depaul (Saturday)
Uconn at Georgetown (Saturday)
Pitt at Marquette (Saturday)
Notre Dame at Rutgers (Saturday)
Syracuse at Villanova (Saturday)
Cincinnati at West Virginia (Saturday)
Seton Hall at Louisville (Sunday)
Providence at St. John's (Sunday)