Breitbart Middle 20 Fight for Final Eight NCAA Bids

The following are the 38 teams that still have a shot at an NCAA bid, while you can click here for the 52 already in the tournament. The Breitbart Sports Middle 20 ranks the schools we believe are most deserving of the final eight at-large tournament bids. The 18 teams listed after that are teams that will not receive an at-large bid, but are still alive in their conference tournament. Vanderbilt and UMass are the two "spoilers" on that list that could take spots away from Middle 20 teams if they win the SEC and Atlantic 10.

The Middle 20 has been lucky, as Western Kentucky is the only spoiler so far - that being a team that takes an extra tournament spot. However Vanderbilt (pictured) hammered Kentucky and UMass upset Temple to make the semifinals. If they both won, then only six of the Middle 20 would make the tournament. While we would take 1st through 6th on that basis, we will not know until Sunday at 6 pm ET when the brackets are announced.

Current Wed. Team Conf Notes on Thursday/Friday Action
1 lock Middle Tennessee SB We believe LOCK, but others are not sure
2 lock California P12 Stunning 79-69 loss to 10-seed Utah casts a little doubt
3 4 Villanova BE  
4 5 St. Mary's WCC  
5 3 Temple A10 DOWN-upset by Mass 74-79
6 7 Boise St. MWC  
7 8 Baylor B12 Steady - Thur 74-72 loss to Oklahoma State
8 11 Mississippi SEC UP beat Missouri 64-62, now faces Vandy
9 9 Iowa St. B12 blown out 88-73 Kansas after big win over Oklahoma
10 6 Tennessee SEC DOWN 48-58 loss Bama in quarter, after a meaningless win over Miss St.
11 10 Louisiana Tech WAC Thursday quarterfinal loss to 9-seed Texas San Antonio
12 13 Southern Mississippi CUSA UP - blow out of UAB in quarters then UTEP in semis, now Memphis
13 15 Providence BE  
14 12 Kentucky SEC DOWN 48-64 loss Vandy
15 17 Alabama SEC alive 58-48 TN, now Fl
16 20 Maryland ACC alive 83-74 Duke
17 14 Virginia ACC DOWN, blown out 75-56 NCState
18 16 Iowa B10 just fell short to MSU 56-59
19 18 Arizona St. P12  
20 19 Detroit Horz  
A10 tourn Massachusetts A10 79-74 upset of Temple puts them in semis vs. VCU
AE tourn Vermont AE  
AE tourn Albany AE  
BSky tourn Montana BSky  
BSky tourn Weber St. BSky  
BW tourn UC Irvine BW stunned 1-seed Long Beach State 67-60 in semifinals
BW tourn Pacific BW  
MAC tourn Akron MAC  
MAC tourn Western Michigan MAC  
MEAC tourn Morgan St. MEAC  
MEAC tourn North Carolina A&T MEAC  
SEC tourn Vanderbilt SEC 64-48 blowout of Kentucky has them in SEC semifinals at 16-16
Slnd tourn Stephen F. Austin Slnd  
Slnd tourn Northwestern St. Slnd  
SWAC tourn Southern SWAC  
SWAC tourn Prairie View A&M SWAC  
WAC tourn New Mexico St. WAC  
WAC tourn Texas Arlington WAC

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