March Madness 2017 Bracket Predictions For Bubble Teams

Posted by Eric Williams on Monday,March 6, 2017 2:37, EST in

With college basketball conference championship play getting underway this week and several teams still looking to punch their tickets to the 2017 NCAA National Championship Basketball Tournament, now is the perfect time for some March Madness insight.

This look at the schedule and expert bracket March Madness predictions for a handful of bubble teams could help you cash in early and often over the course of the hugely popular national championship tournament.

March Madness 2017 Bracket Predictions For Bubble Teams

 

 

Selection Sunday

March 12

First Four

March 14 and 15
UD Arena (Dayton, Ohio)

First/Second Round

March 16 and 18
KeyBank Center (Buffalo, New York)
BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee)
Amway Center (Orlando, Florida)
Vivint Smart Home Arena (Salt Lake City)

March 17 and 19

Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Greenville, South Carolina)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis)
BOK Center (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Golden 1 Center (Sacramento, California)

Midwest Regional

March 23 and 25
Sprint Center (Kansas City, Missouri)

West Regional

March 23 and 25
SAP Center (San Jose, California)

South Regional

March 24 and 26
FedExForum (Memphis, Tennessee)

East Regional

March 24 and 26
Madison Square Garden (New York)

Final Four

April 1 and 3
University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)

Bubble Teams

Rhode Island (21-9 SU, 15-14 ATS)

Rhode Island may be in third place in the A-10, but the Rams have won five straight games, including a 69-59 win over a second place VCU squad that has already punched its March Madness ticket. Rhode Island has limited three of its last five opponents to 59 points or less. The Rams could use couple of wins in the A-10 tournament, but I believe they’ll end up as a 12 seed in the west region.

Houston (21-9 SU, 12-14 ATS)

The Cougars are in third place in the AAC behind tournament-bound SMU and Cincinnati, but they’ve won eight of their last 10 games as they furiously try to reach the NCAA tournament. Houston will likely need a quality win or two in the AAC conference tournament to reach the NCAA tournament. If the Cougars get in, it will be as a 15 or 16 seed, likely in the east region.

Syracuse (18-13 SU, 13-13 ATS)

Syracuse has lost four of its last six games, but likely did enough recently to become one of a possible 10 ACC teams to reach March Madness. Over their last 10 games, the Orange have beaten nationally-ranked Florida State, Virginia and Duke. Unfortunately, Syracuse’s 71-65 loss to unranked Georgia Tech on Feb. 19 and 88-66 loss to Louisville on Feb. 26, have the Orange on the proverbial bubble. If Syracuse does get into the field for the 2017 NCAA tournament, it will likely be as a 12 seed in the west region.

Kansas State (19-12 SU, 13-12-2 ATS)

Kansas State may be an uninspiring 3-5 over their last eight games and an even more discouraging 4-7 over their last 11 games, but the Wildcats, but they’ve also beaten nationally-ranked Baylor and West Virginia, not to mention beating a very good Oklahoma State team and playing Kansas to a virtual standstill in their 90-88 loss to the nation’s top-ranked team on Jan.3. The Wildcats are currently sixth in the Big 12 rankings and that tells me they will likely need a conference win or two to solidify their March Madness section, but I think the Cats could get in as a 14 seed in the East region.

Seton Hall (20-10 SU, 2-16-1 ATS)

Seton Hall may be in fourth place in the Big East behind Villanova, Butler and Creighton, but the Pirates have won four straight and five of their last six games while beating both, Creighton and Butler along the way. Right now, I have the Pirates getting in as a 13 seed in the South region.