March Madness 2018: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Bubble Teams

March Madness 2018: Bracket Predictions for Bubble Teams

Written by on March 7, 2018

The 2018 NCAA March Madness Selection Show will be televised on TBS on Sunday, March 11, at 6 PM ET. TBS will also televise this year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, March 31, along with the National Championship on Monday, April 2.

For the eighth consecutive year, CBS Sports and Turner Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – and via NCAA March Madness Live.

CBS will broadcast the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals, National Championship and Selection Show in 2019, with the events alternating between Turner and CBS each year throughout the partnership.

Prior to the selection show, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will present NCAA March Madness Bracket Preview on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 12:30 PM ET on CBS, with the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Selection Committee offering an in-season look at the NCAA Tournament brackets. NCAA Men’s Committee Chair and Creighton Athletic Director Bruce D. Rasmussen will be in-studio for the reveal of the top 16 seeds, including the four teams in each region, as they stand as of Feb. 11.

Here is a look at the dates and sites for each round of March Madness, followed by some bracket predictions on a handful of bubble teams. Be sure to check out our latest March Madness betting odds right after Selection Sunday.

March Madness 2018: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Bubble Teams

Round

Site

Date(s)

Selection Sunday N/A

March 11

First Four

Dayton

March 13-14

First/Second

Pittsburgh

March 15 & 17

First/Second

Wichita

March 15 & 17

First/Second

Dallas

March 15 & 17

First/Second

Boise

March 15 & 17

First/Second

Charlotte

March 16 & 18

First/Second

Detroit

March 16 & 18

First/Second

Nashville

March 16 & 18

First/Second

San Diego

March 16 & 18

Midwest Regional

Omaha

March 23 & 25

West Regional

Los Angeles

March 22 & 24

South Regional

Atlanta

March 22 & 24

East Regional

Boston

March 23 & 25

Final Four

San Antonio

March 31, April 2

They’re On The Bubble

In Like Flynn

Florida State

The Seminoles (20-10) lost two of three to close out the regular season, but split with nationally-ranked Clemson and split with Louisville, not to mention they beat North Carolina and Virginia Tech. The Noles are in as a No. 9 seed in the Midwest for me.

Syracuse

Longtime head coach Jim Boeheim believe his team should be in the field – and I agree, but just barely. The Orange (19-12) closed out the regular season with a win over Clemson, plus they beat Miami Louisville – and the one that gets them in – Virginia Tech. I’m thinking a First Four appearance could be in the works for the Orange.

Baylor

Baylor (18-13) won five in a row in February and they were a sure-fire lock to get in the NCAA Tournament. Then, the wheels kind of fell off and the Bears lost three of four to close out the regular season. Still, I like Baylor to get in as a No 13 seed in the South Region, seeing as how they beat Kansas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this season.

Oklahoma

So what the Sooners (18-12) lost seven of their final nine games to close out the regular season. The also beat Texas Tech, TCU, Oregon, Wichita State and Kansas. Plus, they’ve got the electrifying Trae Young (27.5 ppg, 8.9 apg) – and really, who doesn’t want to see him play? For me, the Sooners are in the field as a No. 11 seed out west.

Penn State

The Nittany Lions played Purdue tough twice this season – and they beat nationally-ranked Ohio State twice. For me, that alone says the Nittany Lions are in like Flynn and a No. 14 seed in the West Region.

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Marquette

The Golden eagles get into the field as a No. 14 seed in the Midwest region based on their pair of wins over Creighton, their split with a St. John’s team that beat Duke and Villanova, their five-point loss against the Wildcats and their four-point loss against Xavier.

No Way Jose

Louisville

Louisville (19-12) beat Virginia Tech and Florida State this season, but the Cardinals also closed out the regular season by losing three of four and seven of 10. I say they’re out of the field and in the NIT, although I gotta’ give David Padgett some serious love for the mostly tremendous job he did after taking over for Rick Pitino amidst some serious – and potentially jail-including drama.

Alabama

Damn, talk about a tale of two halves! Just over a month ago, Alabama (17-14) was sitting pretty at 14-7. Now…the Crimson Tide have dropped five straight heading into the SEC tournament. Alabama got blown out of the water against Auburn and Florida and are in 10th place in the SEC. Sorry, but 10 SEC teams is probably at least three too many!