The time for talk is over. The seeds are made, the matchups are set and now it’s time for us to start filling out our brackets. What better place to do so than with us here at The UConn Blog? Join our bracket group and compete with us for some great prizes!
It was no surprise UConn did not make the field of 68. The Huskies needed to win the American Conference Tournament to sneak in but fell yesterday to Cincinnati, crushing any last hopes of another March miracle. Jalen Adams did make the All-Tournament Team, at least.
The Bearcats moved on to the final to face off against the SMU Mustangs. The game was merely for semantics as both teams were viewed as locks for the tournament and the Selection Committee rarely takes Sunday championship games into account. Regardless, the Mustangs defeated Cincinnati, 71-56 to win both the AAC Regular Season and Tournament titles.
Despite finishing with a 30-4 record, SMU was given a 6-seed in the East Region by the committee which most feel is too low. They will play the winner of the 11-seed First Four matchup between Providence and USC.
The Bearcats also received a 6-seed and will also face the winner of a First Four matchup between Kansas State and Wake Forest in the South Region.
Other teams that UConn played this season include Oregon, a 3-seed in the Midwest Region. They will meet former Husky Sam Cassell Jr. and the 14-seed Iona Gaels. Oklahoma State also made the Midwest Region as a 10-seed. Notable rival Syracuse, who UConn beat at Madison Square Garden, was on the bubble and did not make the cut. The Orange were listed as one of the first four teams out.
So how will you make your picks? Do you let fate decided by flipping a coin? Go with your gut? Or do you have a secret method? However you choose, come join our bracket group and see if you can snuff out Cinderella better than us.
Check out the full bracket here.