The 2018 NCAA Tournament has arrived. The bracket was unveiled last night.
There was one big surprise with this year’s field. At least, there was if you followed the bracket projections of Joe Lunardi.
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi ended up getting most of the teams and seed lines correct (or close), but he was way off about one of the final teams to make it into the 68-team field.
That team? Syracuse.
Lunardi did not expect the selection committee to put the Orange in. In fact, he didn’t even have Syracuse as one of the “First Four Out.”
In his final bracket projection on Sunday, Lunardi had Syracuse as the 7th team out of the field. You can view his final bracket here.
Syracuse ended up making it into the field as one of the final at-large teams. The Orange are set to play in a play-in game on Wednesday night.
.@jppalmCBS just has Syracuse and its NCAA fate down. Correct the last three tricky bubble seasons. Joe Lunardi is 0/3 in that stretch, had SU as 7th team out today
— Niko Tamurian (@NikoTamurian) March 11, 2018
Syracuse, a No. 11 seed, and No. 11 Arizona State are set to tip off at 9:10 p.m. E.T. on Wednesday. The game will be televised on truTV.
The play-in games begin on Tuesday night.