7:05 p.m.: Rough night for Boston teams on Selection Sunday.
Boston College, which looked like it would be on the outside looking in, had that confirmed when they were left out.
They'll have to settle for the NIT, where they'll likely be joined by the Harvard Crimson.
Both the Eagles and Crimson probably have a pretty good gripe when a team like VCU or UAB gets in as an at-large bid; you've got to think BC and Harvard would be favored against either.
Boston University, on the other hand, is in the tournament. Their reward for winning the America East Conference? Likely getting drubbed by 30 at the hands of a Kansas team that many think will win the national championship.
6:50 p.m.: As the committee defends itself on CBS's selection show, here are the tournament's top 16 seeds by region:
1. Ohio State
2. North Carolina
2. San Diego State
2. Notre Dame
If you're looking for teams who are feeling snubbed, look toward Virginia Tech, St. Mary's and Colorado. They will not be happy.
6:45 p.m.: Not surprisingly, the Big East leads the way with 11 tournament teams.
6:40 p.m.: The tournament field is now complete, and it's a good one.
Pitt, as Charles Barkley pointed out, may indeed have the easiest path to the Final Four. There are a few teams in the Southeast region who could challenge them (BYU, Florida), but other than that, there are a few games that could go either way.
More importantly, the top half of the region is favorable for the Panthers. Meanwhile, down on the bottom, Florida, BYU and a potentially dangerous St. John's team may end up beating up on each other. The Gators are a bit of a surprise as the 2-seed in the Southeast.
The Southeast region's top four seeds:
6:35 p.m.: Boston University is in, and they've got Bill Self's Kansas Jayhawks waiting for them in a 1-16 matchup.
The Southwest region was just announced, and it's an interesting one for sure.
Notre Dame, a potential 1-seed is the No. 2 in the Southwest in a bottom half of that bracket that likely has them on a collision course with 3-seeded Purdue.
For those looking for a 5-12 upset, you may have it in the Southwest region. Richmond, who knocked off Dayton on Sunday in the Atlantic-10 finals, draws Vanderbilt.
Here are the top four seeds in the Southwest.
2. Notre Dame
6:30 p.m.: The West regional is an interesting one, but if we're comparing regions, this one falls short of the East.
Duke is the 1-seed as we learned earlier, and it's San Diego State who grabs the second seed.
Really, though, it's a wide-open region, thanks to some of the middle-seeds.
UConn, arguably the hottest team in the country, will be a trendy pick in this region. They have the 3-seed, drawing Bucknell in a bottom half of the bracket that is certainly winnable for the Huskies.
Here are the top four seeds in the West.
2. San Diego State
6:20 p.m.: The East bracket is the first revealed, and it's a tough one. Ohio State, the tournament's No. 1 overall seed leads the way, awaiting the first of four "The First Four" play-in games.
North Carolina, despite losing to Duke on Sunday afternoon, grabs the region's 2-seed. Then, things get interesting.
Villanova, despite collapsing down the stretch gets in as a 9-seed where they'll meet up with George Mason.
Princeton is in the East, as well, as they draw the Kentucky Wildcats with the SEC champion grabbing the 4-seed.
Below are the top four seeds in the East.
1. Ohio State
2. North Carolina
In short, it's a loaded region.
6:10 p.m.: Really no surprises when it comes to the 1-seeds. You could have made the case for Notre Dame or San Diego State in one of the four spots, but Duke's ACC title win probably made the difference.
The Blue Devils made a pretty resounding statement by the way they stomped North Carolina on Sunday afternoon in Greesnboro.
In terms of the bracket, the East regional winner will meet the West champion, while the winners of the Southeast and Southwest regions will meet in the Final Four.
6:05 p.m.: Here are your No. 1 seeds for the tournament.
East: Ohio State
6 p.m.: Ohio State is the No. 1 overall seed for this year's tournament. No surprise there, as you could make a strong case that the Buckeyes were the nation's best team all season.
5:35 p.m.: With under 30 minutes until the seeds are officially announced, let's take one more look at "ESPN's resident bracketologist" Joe Lunardi's projections.
Surprisingly, Lunardi has Duke, who won the ACC earlier Sunday afternoon, as a 2-seed. When it comes to the 1-seeds, that's the biggest surprise, as is the corresponding projection of Notre Dame as a 1-seed.
Duke, of course, could very well end up with one of the No. 1 seeds, and it probably wouldn't surprise anyone.
Perhaps the biggest jump, according to Lunardi, belongs to UConn. The Huskies won five games in five days to win the ubertough Big East tournament, and Lunardi thinks that's good enough to bump a Huskies team that entered the conference tourney as the No. 18 team in the country to a 2-seed.
5:20 p.m.: Ohio State just wrapped up its Big 10 tournament championship with a win over Penn State.
They're a lock for one of the No. 1 seeds, and they're likely looking at the tournament's overall top seed.
Earning the tourney's top seed — despite what you might hear — is a pretty meaningless accomplishment outside of a feather in Thad Motta and the Buckeyes' cap.
3 p.m.: With Dayton losing in the A-10 title game, bubble teams can breathe a final sigh of relief.
Richmond will likely now be looking at a middle seed.
Kentucky's victory over Florida will likely keep both on the three line, while allowing UNC to stay on the two line.
Duke will now possibly be a top seed, but the question is whether or not they will be third or fourth overall. If they are fourth, Coach K and company would be sent out west.
2 p.m.: The new 68-team format includes four "opening-round games" as opposed to the usual play-in game. Two of those games are between the minnows, 16 seeds in the East and Southwest. The other two will be between the 12 seeds in the West and Southeast regionals.
As of now, those 12-seed matchups would be USC-Clemson and St. Mary's-Va. Tech, per Bracketology.
1:30 p.m.: While nothing is certain, Kansas and Ohio State are just about locks for top seeds. The other two, on the other hand, will likely be split between Pitt, Notre Dame and the ACC Champion — either Duke or UNC. Statistically, Duke would likely have a better case for a top seed if they win than Carolina would. Though Pitt lost earlier in the Big East tourney, Notre Dame is likely the more vulnerable team.
10: 30 a.m.: Out of the eight teams still to play in their respective conference championship games, only one, the Dayton Flyers, would likely miss out on the tournament if they were to lose.
That means that bubble teams will be rooting for Richmond in the A-10 final. USC, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Boston College are the schools most likely to be affected.
A Penn State loss, though it would be at the hands of No. 1 Ohio State, could be just enough to push them off the bubble, which could be huge for a team like Alabama, Georgia, BC or UAB.
As of now, both Harvard and BC are on the outside of the bubble looking in, according to Joe Lunardi's most recent S-Curve.
8 a.m.: If the NCAA tournament is anything like many of this week's conference tournaments, college basketball fans will be in look for the next few weeks.
The brackets are just about ready to be filled out, but there is some work to be done beforehand. On Sunday, the last of the automatic bids will be decided, with just a few games left.
While we may not have a better idea of the fate of some bubble teams following Sunday's slate of games, we will start to get a better idea of who the No. 1 seeds will.
There's a good chance one will be decided down in Greensboro, N.C., when North Carolina slugs it out with Duke for the ACC title. In Indiana, Ohio State looks to continue its dream season when they take on Penn State.
The SEC and A-10 titles are also up for grabs on Sunday.
And then, once those tickets have been punched, it's time for bubble teams to sit on pins on needles waiting to see whether or not their bubble will be busted.
Stick with NESN.com throughout the day for updates, all the way up to and through the unveiling of this year's 68-team bracket.
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