Tournaments give top 25 AP teams last shot to impact NCAA seed


With Sunday’s draft just days away, Top 25 AP teams from major conferences are in their final days to make an impact on their landing spots in the NCAA Tournament.

Changes could come after title runs or early exits in conference tournaments this week. Here’s a preview of what’s to come:

VAC
The Atlantic Coast Conference opens its tournament on Tuesday, though its two ranked teams — No. 7 Duke and No. 25 North Carolina — won’t play until Thursday’s quarterfinals.

The Blue Devils (26-5) won the ACC regular season all-time title for the first time since 2006 and hold the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2010. This team won the ACC Tournament and the fourth of five NCAA championships in Hall of Fame retiree Mike Krzyzewski’s unmatched career.

The Tar Heels (23-8) re-entered Monday’s ballot for the first time since November and hold the third seed after beating Duke in Krzyzewski’s last home game. It was a huge boost for an NCAA resume that looked shaky until February, with UNC now looking to head towards a No. 9 seed from Monday night’s BracketMatrix average of 127 fields. planned tournaments.

BIG 12
It’s one of two leagues that have multiple candidates for the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament along with No. 3 Baylor and No. 6 Kansas.

The tournament opens Wednesday in Kansas City, Missouri, with the defending national champion Bears and Jayhawks joined by No. 14 Texas Tech and No. 22 Texas. Those teams don’t play until Thursday’s quarter-finals and the tournament ends on Saturday.

The Jayhawks (25-6) own the No. 1 seed and held an NCAA 1 seed in last month’s preview of the Selection Committee’s top 16 seeds. They have 10 Quadrant 1 wins in the tournament, just behind the Bears (26-5) with 11.

GREAT EAST
Providence, ranked 11, won the regular-season title for the first time in program history and now heads a field that includes No. 8 Villanova and No. 24 Connecticut at Madison Square Garden. from New York.

That tournament opens Wednesday with the Friars (24-4) holding the top seed, followed by the Wildcats (23-7) and Huskies (22-8). Providence is chasing its first tournament title since 2014 and only its third overall, with the championship game scheduled for Saturday night.

BIG TEN
The tournament seed is the conference’s third top-25 team in the AP at No. 16 Illinois (22-8), which has a bye to Friday’s quarterfinals in Indianapolis. .

The No. 12 Wisconsin (24-6) is the 2nd seed after winning a share of the regular season title, while the No. 9 Purdue (25-6) is the 3rd seed. The field also includes No. 24 Iowa (22-9) as the 5 seed.

The championship game is the last game to end on Sunday afternoon, making it one of five leagues – the American Athletic, Atlantic 10, Ivy League and SEC are the others – taking place until the selection on Sunday.

CIP-12
Second-ranked Arizona looks set to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament as it enters Las Vegas. The Wildcats (28-3) topped the Pac-12 in their first season under Tommy Lloyd with just two of their 18 league wins by single-digit margins.

The field includes No. 13 from UCLA, which had a memorable Final Four last year, and No. 21 from Southern California. The league’s three seeded teams open play in Thursday’s quarter-finals, with the championship set for Saturday.

SECOND
It’s the other league with a pair of teams vying for No. 1 seeds in the NCAA with No. 4 Auburn and No. 5 Kentucky.

The Tigers (27-4) hold the tournament seed in Tampa, Fla., after a regular season that included three weeks at No. 1 in the program’s first-ever stint atop the AP Top 25 poll. Tennessee No. 9 (23-7) holds the No. 2 seed over the Wildcats (25-6), followed by No. 15 Arkansas (24-7) as the No. 4 seed.

Auburn held a No. 1 seed in the NCAA on Monday night’s BracketMatrix projection, while Kentucky was a No. 2 seed and the Volunteers were a No. 3. Those three teams have eight wins in Quadrant 1.


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