The 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket was revealed this evening on CBS. The Cincinnati Bearcats out of the American Athletic earned the No. 8 seed in the Midwest region, where they will face the ninth-seeded Purdue Boilermakers out of the Big Ten. The Bearcats (22-10) were knocked out in the quarterfinals of the AAC tournament, while the Boilermakers (21-12) made it to the semifinals of the Big Ten tourney. The winner of this matchup is rewarded with a meeting against overall No. 1 seed Kentucky, presuming the Wildcats don't lose to a No. 16 seed.
Be sure to check out our printable 2015 NCAA Tournament bracket here.
Date: Thursday, March 19
Time: 7:10 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: CBS
Location: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.
Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce
Opening Betting Line: Purdue -1
Prediction: Eight-nine games are typically hard-fought contests, and this one figures to be just that. Both teams are underclassman-dominated and neither score much. Cincinnati boasts an especially rugged defense, surrendering just 55.3 points per game.
When it comes down to it, we'll take the Boilermakers to win. Purdue played a tougher regular season slate and will score just enough to edge out Cincinnati and advance.