Sixty-eight teams await their fate Sunday evening. Before the 2018 NCAA March Madness Selection Show kicks off, five more teams vie for an automatic bid.Here’s what’s at stake Sunday:
Penn vs. Harvard, 12 p.m., ESPN2, Ivy League playoff, The Palestra, Philadelphia: Penn is at home and has had the better overall season. Harvard took until the Ivy play began to figure itself out. Both teams are playing well enough now that they could win a first-round game.
Davidson vs. Rhode Island, 1 p.m., CBS, A-10 tournament, Washington D.C.: Davidson is actually playing the best basketball in the A-10 right now. The Wildcats have split with St. Bonaventure in the past two weeks and knocked off Rhode Island. If the Wildcats win, they steal a bid. And they can win a game or two next week. Rhode Island’s seed may be sealed, but a loss could potentially drop the Rams down a line.
What a Saturday afternoon it was as @DavidsonMBB hit 16 threes to earn a spot in their first ever #A10MBB Championship finale. They'll face top-seeded @rhodymbb at 1pm on @CBSSports for the A-10 crown! #A10inDC pic.twitter.com/bhqBIM8Blt— Atlantic 10 MBB (@A10MBB) March 10, 2018
Kentucky vs. Tennessee, 1 p.m., ESPN, SEC tournament, St. Louis: Both teams are comfortably in the field and are playing for seeding. But if the Vols were to win, it would give them three wins over the Wildcats this season. That alone is an accomplishment. Winning a share of the SEC and then the conference tournament title would be quite a statement on the rebuild Rick Barnes has now completed.
UT Arlington vs. Georgia State, 2 p.m., ESPN2, Sun Belt tournament, New Orleans: I was high on the Mavericks at the beginning of the season, but then the rough schedule and a tougher than expected league handed them eight losses in conference. Well, they just knocked off the top seed Louisiana. If the Mavericks beat Georgia State, then the tournament will get a chance to see Kevin Hervey and Erick Neal, one of the top scoring tandems. But the Panthers are no slouches. They finished second in the Sun Belt and can hold their own, as well, next week.
Houston vs. Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m., CBS, American tournament, Orlando: Houston was the team I had my eye on from the moment I saw them in November at the Paradise Jam. This team has grit, a gutsy scorer in Rob Gray and interchangeable wings. If they can board, then the Cougars could be a second-weekend team. Cincinnati is going for the double champion of regular season and tournament. This could be Mick Cronin’s best chance for a Final Four.