NCAA Tournament bracketology: Final March Madness projection on Selection Sunday

Following one of the most unpredictable seasons in college basketball history due to COVID-19, Selection Sunday is finally here.

The 68 NCAA Tournament teams will be unveiled Sunday (6 p.m. ET, CBS) — more than a year after the cancellation of March Madness due to the global pandemic.

Which teams are in? Which teams are out? The bubble was as hectic as ever this year. Georgetown and Oregon State nabbed two bids by stunningly winning their power conference tournaments, and other borderline teams fought to improve their résumés until the last minute of championship week.   

Under COVID-19 protocols, the "last four out" teams will act as stand-by replacement teams in the tournament. They'd have up until Tuesday to become an alternate if one of the 68 teams cannot meet NCAA requirements in Indianapolis. After that, the bracket is locked.

Big Ten teams, such as Rutgers, Maryland and Michigan State, are the safest among bubble teams thanks to victories in the conference tournament — or in the Spartans' case, two marquee wins over Illinois and Michigan in the final stretch of the regular season. The Big Ten led the nation in NET rankings and it paid off near the top and bottom of the bracket. 


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