Despite 28 points from Dion Waiters, the Orange fell to Cincinnati in the Big East semifinals. But they remain locked in as the second overall seed behind Kentucky.
The Cardinals responded to Pat Knight’s postgame tirade two weeks ago by winning six straight, including a 21-point win over McNeese State in the Southland Conference Championship.
The Bulldogs’ regular-season run of supremacy in the West Coast Conference came to an end this season, and they came up short against Saint Mary’s in overtime in the WCC championship game on Monday night.
The Boilers allowed Ohio State to shoot more than 60 percent from the field in Friday’s Big Ten tournament loss, but Robbie Hummel and Purdue are safe.
The Commodores picked up the biggest win of the Kevin Stallings era by knocking off top-ranked Kentucky in the SEC Championship.
Long Beach State
Casper Ware went off for 33 points to lead the 49ers to the Big West Championship on Saturday night.
Behind 18 points from Michael Snaer and 13 assists from Luke Loucks, the Seminoles finished off North Carolina to win the ACC Championship.
Drexel / Iona
The Dragons are firmly on the bubble after losing to VCU in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game on Monday night, while the Gaels have benefitted from the losses suffered by other bubble teams.
The Bearcats came up short against Louisville in the Big East title game, but no team improved its seed more than Cincinnati this week.
The Cavaliers boast All-ACC forward Mike Scott, but they haven’t beaten a team safely in the field since late November.
Led by 19 points from Kim English, the Tigers beat Baylor for the third time this season to claim the Big 12 title.
The Greyhounds earned the school’s second NCAA tournament bid with a win over Fairfield on Monday night.
ST. LOUIS REGION
Those saying the Wildcats "needed" a loss before the tournament got their wish on Sunday, but Kentucky remains the top overall seed.
UNC-Asheville was the first team to punch its ticket after winning the Big South.
The Wildcats lost to Baylor on Thursday despite 22 points and 14 rebounds from Jordan Henriquez, giving them some rest before Selection Sunday.
Even though the Huskies couldn’t hang on to beat Syracuse on Thursday, they still have nine top-100 victories, which should be enough to keep them in the field.
The Shockers won 16 of their last 17 regular season games, but slipped up in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament semifinals against Illinois State. They’re still arguably the best mid-major this year.
California / Seton Hall
The Golden Bears have no top-50 wins, but nine victories versus the top 100 allowed them to sneak in, while the Pirates made the field largely based on their seven top-100 wins.
The Badgers were unable to dig themselves out of an early hole against Michigan State in the Big Ten semifinals.
Guard D.J. Cooper’s 23 points and six assists propelled the Bobcats to a one-point win over Akron in the MAC Championship on Saturday night.
The Gators played some of their best basketball against Kentucky but still came up short in the SEC semifinals.
The Crimson are going dancing for the first time since 1946 after rival Princeton knocked off Penn in the Ivy League finale on Tuesday, which clinched the outright title and the automatic bid for Tommy Amaker’s squad.
The Jayhawks are still hoping for a No. 1 seed, but a semifinal loss in the Big 12 tournament, coupled with the play of Michigan State and Ohio State, will likely prevent that.
Five players scored in double figures to lead the Blackbirds to a 17-point victory in the Northeast Conference championship on Wednesday night.
The Tar Heels will likely get a pass for Sunday’s loss to Florida State since they played without the injured John Henson.
Western Kentucky / Norfolk State
Despite finishing the season with a losing record, the Hilltoppers reeled off four wins in as many days to grab the automatic bid from the Sun Belt, while Norfolk State earned its first tournament bid by beating Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.
The Irish struggled from 3-point range in a semifinal loss to Louisville, and finished the regular season with losses in three of their final five games.
The Billikens fell to Xavier in the Atlantic 10 semifinals, but Rick Majerus’ club will be tough to play against in the Big Dance.