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Bracketology 2021: Full Bracket and TV Preview for Friday, February 26, 2021

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For more analysis, check out today’s bubble post.

NCAA Basketball: Georgia Tech at Miami-Florida
While it’s not the 11-team total Josh Pastner wants, Georgia Tech is one of eight ACC teams suddenly in this projected NCAA field.
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The Bracket

Stars (✴️) indicate new entrants, while arrows (⬆️ ⬇️) indicate movement up and down the seed list since Tuesday.

Rundown

IN (5): Abilene Christian (Southland), UConn, Furman (SoCon), Georgia Tech, Michigan State
OUT: Drake, Indiana, Sam Houston State (Southland), Stanford, UNCG (SoCon)

Last Four Byes: Seton Hall, VCU, North Carolina, Duke
Last Four IN: Michigan State, Louisville, Xavier, Georgia Tech
First Four OUT: Drake, Richmond, Stanford, Colorado State
Next Four OUT: Indiana, Minnesota, Utah State, Ole Miss

Bids by Conference

*: auto bid holder

One-bid conferences: 21

Big Ten (9): 1. Michigan*, 1. Ohio State, 2. Illinois, 2. Iowa, 5. Purdue, 5. Wisconsin, 8. Rutgers, 9. Maryland, 11. Michigan State (First Four)
ACC (8): 3. Florida State*, 4. Virginia, 6. Clemson, 7. Virginia Tech, 11. North Carolina, 11. Duke, 11. Louisville (First Four, switched to a 12), 12. Georgia Tech (First Four, switched to an 11)
Big 12 (7): 1. Baylor*, 3. West Virginia, 4. Kansas, 4. Oklahoma, 5. Texas, 6. Texas Tech, 6. Oklahoma State
SEC (6): 2. Alabama*, 4. Arkansas, 6. Tennessee, 7. Missouri, 7. Florida, 8. LSU
Big East (5): 2. Villanova*, 3. Creighton, 10. UConn, 10. Seton Hall, 11. Xavier (First Four, switched to a 12)
Pac-12 (4): 5. USC, 7. Colorado, 8. UCLA*, 9. Oregon
American (2): 3. Houston, 12. Wichita State*
Atlantic 10 (2): 10. St. Bonaventure*, 11. VCU
Mountain West (2): 9. San Diego State*, 10. Boise State
West Coast (2): 1. Gonzaga*, 8. BYU

Friday TV Preview

Reminders of the different NET groupings are in the table below.

NET Quadrants

A game falls under this quadrant For the home team when the visiting team ranks between For the visiting team when the home team ranks between
A game falls under this quadrant For the home team when the visiting team ranks between For the visiting team when the home team ranks between
1 1–30 1–75
2 31–75 76–135
3 76–160 136–240
4 161–353 241–353

All NET rankings are from the NCAA’s website and reflect games played against D1 opposition only through Thursday, February 25, 2021. Records reflect all games played through the same date.

All times are Eastern. All times and broadcast information is CoVID-dependent. For a more complete schedule, including games without tournament/at-large impact, visit MattSarzSports.com’s daily schedule.

Quad 1 For Both Teams (1/1: 1 Game)

Top 30 at Top 75

26. Purdue (15-8, 10-6 Big Ten) at 41. Penn State (8-12, 5-11), 7 p.m. (FS1)

Once again, Penn State’s uncanny ability to play close Big Ten games might help out an opponent in the Quad 1 win department.

Quad 2 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (2/1: 1 Game)

31–75 at Top 75

52. Richmond (13-5, 6-3 A 10) at 50. Saint Louis (11-5, 4-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Consecutive losses to Dayton and VCU have pushed the Billikens out of the field. They’ll try to do the same to the Spiders, who have won two in a row to get right back to the cusp of the field.

Quad 3 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (3/1: 1 Game)

76–160 at Top 75

104. Nevada (14-7, 9-5 MW) at 55. Utah State (14-7, 11-4), 9 p.m. (FS1)

While the Aggies still have a chance at finishing in a top-three seed, these two squads might very well meet in the Mountain West Tournament’s 4 vs. 5 quarterfinal.

Quad 2 For Host/Quad 3 For Visitor (2/3: 1 Game)

31–75 at 136–240

34. Drake (23-2, 14-2 MVC) at 171. Bradley (11-14, 5-11), 8 p.m. (FS Midwest/NBCS Chicago Plus/ESPN+ ($))

Drake cannot avoid a slip-up against the two-time defending Arch Madness champions lest the Bulldogs slip further down the bubble pecking order.

Quad 4 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (4/1: 2 Games)

161–353 at Top 75

228. George Washington (4-10, 3-4 A 10) at 35. St. Bonaventure (12-3, 10-3), 6 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
235. Southern Illinois (11-11, 5-11 MVC) at 10. Loyola Chicago (19-4, 14-2), 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

While both the Bonnies and Ramblers are safely in for the moment, that will change with home Quad 4 losses tonight.