Where could FAU be seeded in the NCAA Tournament? Here's the latest bracketology predictions
The NCAA men's basketball regular season is here, which means March Madness is just a couple weeks away.
In mid-February, the NCAA's Selection Committee revealed the current top 16 seeds in the men's bracket if the tournament were to start that day. But with nothing officially set in stone until Selection Sunday on March 12, there's still time for teams to move up and down on the seed lines, and for others to sneak in.
Under fifth-year head coach Dusty May, the Florida Atlantic Owls have had a great season so far, at one point coasting on a 20-game winning streak, the longest in Division I men's basketball this year, and breaking into the Top 25 rankings for the first time ever. So far they've posted a 30-3 record overall and a league-leading 18-2 record in Conference USA. They're also played their way into the C-USA Tournament final on Saturday night, when they'll face UAB in the title game.
Even if they lose Saturday and miss out on the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, will FAU's record be good enough to earn a spot in the Big Dance? And if so, where would they be seeded and in which region? Here's what the leading bracketologists are predicting right now.
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USA Today - 9th seed in the West
The team at USA Today Sports has FAU as the automatic qualifier out of Conference USA, earning the 9-seed in the West region. Under their March 10 projections, the Owls would face Iowa in Sacramento, CA in the first round.
Joe Lunardi, ESPN - 8th seed in the Midwest
The top bracketologist at the Worldwide Leader also has FAU winning Conference USA's automatic bid into the tournament. As of March 10, Lunardi has the Owls as the 8-seed in the Midwest region playing their first round game against USC in Des Moines.
Jerry Palm, CBS Sports - 10th seed in the East
Palm has the Owls lower than his counterparts at USA Today and ESPN, listing them as the 10th seed in the East in his latest projection. The CBS bracketologist has the Owls flying to Des Moines to face Tom Izzo's Michigan State team.
Andy Katz, NCAA.com - 10th seed in the Midwest
FAU will earn the 10-seed in the Midwest, according to Andy Katz's latest bracket prediction, earning a first round game against the TCU Horned Frogs. Katz' picks did not include projected locations for games.
Chris Dobbertean, SBNation's Blogging the Bracket - 8th seed in the South
After placing them as a 10-seed at the end of February, Dobbertean has bumped the Owls up to No. 8 in the South region. He has FAU facing Maryland in Birmingham, AL in the first round.
Tim Krueger, Stadium - 9th seed in the East
Krueger has also moved FAU up since the end of February, this time from an 11-seed to No. 9 in the East. His most recent projection has the Owls playing Bruce Pearl and Auburn in Columbus, OH in the first round.