A lot of the discussion is centering around the bubble teams as we move closer and closer to Selection Sunday, but another story is developing that could have a big impact on the way the tournament plays out. There have been so many upsets in smaller-conference tournaments that the bottom of the bracket looks very weak. In fact, all six of the 16-seeds could be teams with RPIs outside the top 150. That influx of weak teams is pushing other teams up in the seed list, meaning teams that would have been a 16 in other years will be 15s or maybe even a 14 in this season's edition. So for all the people expecting to see fireworks in the Round of 64, you may have to look below the 1 and 2 seeds for the big upsets. Here's the latest projection of the field of 68:
|2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket|
*Designated auto-bid winners from each conference. Auto bids are determined by team with the best RPI of those with the fewest league losses.
Last four in: Saint Mary's, La Salle, Tennessee, Kentucky
Last four out: Virginia, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Baylor
New at-large teams in: None
Old at-large teams out: None Bids by conference: Big East (8); Big Ten (7); Pac-12, Mountain West, Big 12 and Atlantic 10 (5); ACC, SEC (4); Missouri Valley and West Coast (2)