Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Yes, I realize many will refer to Selection Sunday as Christmas but, for me, Christmas day is this coming Thursday when the NCAA Tournament really gets going. It is the most fantastic day of the year, without a doubt. That said, Selection Sunday is here and Gonzaga is once again a lock to make the field after an impressive West Coast Conference tournament landed the auto-bid. There are a few more conference tournament championships to be played today but, for all intents and purposes, the field is likely 98% set as we wake up on Sunday morning.
Remaining Conference Title Games (All Times Pacific):
10 am - Sun Belt Finals, Louisiana Lafayette vs. Georgia State, ESPN2
10 am - Atlantic 10 Finals, Saint Joseph's vs. VCU, CBS
10 am - ACC Finals, Virginia vs. Duke, ESPN
12 pm, SEC Finals, Kentucky vs. Florida, ESPN
12:30 pm, Big Ten Finals, Michigan State vs. Michigan, CBS
Selection Show What, When, Where: CBS will once again broadcast the reveal of the brackets at 3pm pacific. It will likely include Greg Gumbel, Seth Davis, Clark Kellogg and that ever-awkward interview with the head of the selection committee by Jim Nantz and Greg Anthony. After that, you can flip over to ESPN to see Jay Bilas chastise the committee and, more broadly, the NCAA for being an atrocious organization.
Gonzaga's Seeding Outlook
Seeding: 7-seed is likely the peak for Gonzaga (ESPN's Joe Lunardi has the Zags as a 7), but they could slip as low as a 10-seed. CBS' Jerry Palm has the Bulldogs as an 11 seed but I'd have a hard time seeing the committee but GU that low. SB Nation pegs the Zags as an 8-seed.
Likely Opponents: Most of the teams in the 7-10 range are power conference at-large bids and they range from very terrifying to teams that barely got in the field. Some likely opponents are Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pitt, Stanford, St. Joes, and UMass. Now that I laid out all those teams, I'm sure the Zags will draw someone else.
Printable Bracket: Unlike the seed and the opponent, I am 100% sure of what bracket you should fill out at 3pm pacific. SB Nation's printable bracket can be found here and oooooooh, it's pretty!
Open Thread: You're here! Chat with other Zag fans below!