Jerry Palm thought it would be fun to see what the NCAA Tournament bracket would look like if each of a few better-known computer ranking systems had the final say.
The 32-team NIT bracket was announced Sunday night, with SMU, Minnesota, Florida State and St. John's claiming the four No. 1 seeds.
Providence sealed the deal with the Big East title, but Tennessee, NC State and everyone else will wait.
There are already 13 teams automatically in the field. Another 14 go in today.
A four-way tie for first in the league standings suggests C-USA's automatic bid is very much up for grabs -- especially considering UTEP will have a homecourt advantage.
Jon Rothstein takes a look at Michigan State secret weapon Denzel Valentine, the up-for-grabs nature of Conference USA, and previews an intriguing weekend in Friday's observations.
There were only a couple minor changes to the bracket on Thursday night. Harvard locks up the first tourney bid Friday night
Xavier could have locked up a bid with a win over Villanova on Thursday; instead, the Musketeers lost and now have work to do.
Jon Rothstein takes a look at an Arizona team on the upswing, discusses some seniors who could cap off storied careers in the NCAA Tournament, and offers some food tips for the upcoming A-10 and Big East tourneys.
Who's on the cusp of getting to the Big Dance -- but normally isn't on the radar? Plenty of teams.

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