Bracketology Update: Upsets abound at the bottom of the bracket


The major conference tournaments have been done for some time now, so there hasn’t been much change on the bubble. The main intrigue has come in the smaller conferences, where upsets have rocked the 14-16 seed lines and changed some first-round matchups for the Final Four contenders.

The exception is in the MAC, where Central Michigan won the conference title and beat two RPI Top 100 teams along the way. The Chippewas moved all the way up to the 7 line on the true seed list, but were bumped down to an 8 as a procedural bump in order to keep ACC and SEC teams from facing each other in the second round.

Here’s a full breakdown and what’s on the line today:

Championship games today:
(all times Eastern)

Patriot League: American 58, Navy 49 FINAL
Southland: Nicholls vs. Stephen F. Austin, RIGHT NOW, CBS Sports
Big South: UNC Asheville vs. Liberty, 2 p.m., ESPN3
NEC: Robert Morris vs. St. Francis PA, 2 p.m., ESPNU
Missouri Valley: Northern Iowa vs. Drake, 3 p.m., ESPN3
ASUN: Jacksonville vs. Florida Gulf Coast, 3 p.m., ESPN3
Ivy League: Penn vs. Princeton, 4 p.m., ESPNU
Sun Belt: Texas State vs. Little Rock, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Conference breakdown:

ACC: 8
Big Ten: 7
SEC: 7
Pac-12: 6
Big 12: 4
Big East: 3
American: 2
Atlantic 10: 2
MAC: 2

Procedural bumps:

Central Michigan: 7 to 8
LSU: 8 to 7
Syracuse: 9 to 10
Nebraska: 10 to 9

Last Four In:

West Virginia

First Four Out:

Ball State