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96-Team Bracketology: Would BC Make an Expanded Tournament Field?

Much of the talk surrounding this year's NCAA Tournament revolves around the idea of tournament expansion from 65 to 96 teams. We all know that BC isn't making this year's tournament as an at-large, and their only hope of Dancing is by earning the ACC Tournament Championship automatic berth. 

While BC won't receive an at-large bid in a field of 65, would they make a field of 96?

The short answer is yes. No wonder Al Skinner has come down in favor of tournament expansion ...

Using the latest version of SB Nation's bracketology as a starting point, we constructed a 96-team bracket .... and BC is in the field of 96. BC would receive a 16 seed and play in the #16 vs. #17 matchup against St. John's. This, of course, is a realistic scenario as the Tournament selection committee loves to goad BC by pairing the Eagles with old Big East conference foes.

The winner of the #16 vs. #17 game then get their ass handed to them by #1 Kentucky.

Here's a closer look at what a 96-team tournament field would look like. (Caution: if you were previously in favor of an expanded, 96-team tournament field, read on at your own peril).

 

MIDWEST REGION

(16) Murray State vs. (17) Virginia Commonwealth
(1) Kansas vs. (16/17) Winner

(9) Louisville vs. (24) Jackson State
(8) California vs. (9/24) Winner

(12) Mississippi vs. (21) Louisiana Tech
(5) Butler vs. (12/21) Winner

(13) Arizona State vs. (20) Portland
(4) Michigan State vs. (13/20) Winner

(11) Notre Dame vs. (22) Weber State
(5) Texas A&M vs. (11/22) Winner

(14) Siena vs. (19) Northwestern
(3) West Virginia vs. (14/19) Winner

(10) UTEP vs. (23) Morgan State
(7) Clemson vs. (10/23) Winner

(15) Minnesota vs. (18) Marshall
(2) New Mexico vs. (15/18) Winner

 

SOUTH REGION

(16) BOSTON COLLEGE vs. (17) St. John's
(1) Kentucky vs. (16/17) Winner

(9) Georgia Tech vs. (24) Quinnipiac
(8) Oklahoma State vs. (9/24) Winner

(12) Dayton vs. (21) Nevada
(5) Wisconsin vs. (12/21) Winner

(13) Seton Hall vs. (20) Southern California
(4) Gonzaga vs. (13/20) Winner

(11) Old Dominion vs. (22) Sam Houston State
(6) Baylor vs. (11/22) Winner

(14) Cornell vs. (19) Alabama
(3) Pittsburgh vs. (14/19) Winner

(10) Wake Forest vs. (23) Winthrop
(7) Richmond vs. (10/23) Winner

(15) UAB vs. (18) Kent State
(2) Ohio State vs. (15/18) Winner

 

EAST REGION

(16) North Carolina vs. (17) Tulsa
(1) Syracuse vs. (16/17) Winner

(9) Northern Iowa vs. (24) Lehigh
(8) Florida State vs. (9/24) Winner

(12) Connecticut vs. (21) Wofford
(5) Maryland vs. (12/21) Winner

(13) Mississippi State vs. (20) Arizona
(4) Temple vs. (13/20) Winner

(11) St. Mary's vs. (22) Oakland
(6) Texas vs. (11/22) Winner

(14) Memphis vs. (19) Charlotte
(3) Vanderbilt vs. (14/19) Winner

(10) Utah State vs. (23) ETSU
(7) Missouri vs. (10/23) Winner

(15) Illinois vs. (18) Texas Tech
(2) Purdue vs. (15/18) Winner

 

WEST REGION

(16) Wichita State vs. (17) South Florida
(1) Duke vs. (16/17) Winner

(9) UNLV vs. (24) Stony Brook
(8) Marquette vs. (9/24) Winner

(12) San Diego State vs. (21) Virginia
(5) Tennessee vs. (12/21) Winner

(13) Washington vs. (20) Northeastern
(4) Villanova vs. (13/20) Winner

(11) Florida vs. (22) Winthrop
(6) Xavier vs. (11/22) Winner

(14) Rhode Island vs. (19) N.C. State
(3) Brigham Young vs. (14/19) Winner

(10) Virginia Tech vs. (23) UC Santa Barbara
(7) Georgetown vs. (10/23) Winner

(15) Cincinnati vs. (18) Miami Fla.
(2) Kansas State vs. (15/18) Winner

 

Last four in:  Arizona, Virginia, Louisiana Tech, Nevada
Last four out:
Wright State, William & Mary, Saint Louis, Missouri State 
Next four out: Harvard, Iona, Akron, IUPUI

By Conference: Big East (13), Atlantic Coast (12), Big 12 (8), Big Ten (7), SEC (7), Atlantic 10 (6), Conference USA (5), Pac 10 (5), Mountain West (4), Colonial (3), WAC (3), West Coast (3), Missouri Valley (2), America East (1), Atlantic Sun (1), Big Sky (1), Big South (1), Big West (1), Horizon (1), Ivy (1), MAC (1), Metro Atlantic (1), Mid-Eastern (1), Northeast (1), Ohio Valley (1), Patriot (1), Southern (1), Southland (1), Southwestern (1), Summit (1), Sun Belt (1)

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