By the end of the day, the top teams of the later conference tournaments will have all played games. That means we’re starting to get the last few data points for the 2019 NCAA Tournament seedings.
Last night marked the return of Zion Williamson, who, in his first game back from his knee injury, posted a casual 13-for-13 from the floor for 29 points. He also grabbed 14 rebounds and five steals.
Some bubble teams had bad, bad days. Texas fell to Kansas, while Indiana dropped one to Ohio State in what may have been a de facto NCAA play-in game.
Earlier today, Joe Lunardi updated his ESPN Bracketology to reflect the most recent results.
These projections came ahead of this afternoon’s early games in the Big Ten and SEC Tournaments. There is still plenty of basketball to be played.
Here is what the top four seed lines look like, from ESPN:
East Region (Washington, D.C.):
Midwest Region (Kansas City):
- North Carolina
- Michigan State
- Texas Tech
South Region (Louisville):
- Kansas State
West Region (Anaheim):
- Florida State
One of these top seeds may find themselves falling soon, though. LSU, the top seed in the SEC Tournament, got upset earlier today by eighth-seeded Florida.
That game may also help the Gators punch their ticket. Entering the day, Lunardi had Florida as one of the “last four in,” and set to face NC State in an 11-seed play-in game in the West.
Other notable seeds include: Virginia Tech (South 5), Auburn (West 5), Louisville (East 7), Iowa (South 8), Ole Miss (East 9), Syracuse (South 9), Oklahoma (East 10), and Ohio State (Midwest 11).
Among the first teams out are Alabama, Clemson, Indiana, and Texas. The Crimson Tide are the only one of those that has a chance to play their way back into the field. They face Kentucky in the SEC Tournament tonight.