Waiting For Selection Sunday

Here we are on Selection Sunday Eve. It will be hard for many players and coaches to sleep Saturday night, wondering whether they are in the NCAA Tournament or not - or just worrying about seeds and pod locations.

There's not much anyone can do at this point. There will be a few more automatic bids determined Sunday - including the ACC, SEC an Big Ten – but most of the work now is in the hands of the NCAA men's basketball committee.

Connecticut fans have nothing to worry about. The Huskies, the defending national champions (sorry Coach Calhoun, but that is what you are), will be in the field. Despite a 20-13 overall record and an 8-10 record in the Big East, UConn has to be considered one of the top 35 teams in nation.

Look for UConn to be seeded somewhere in the 8 to 10 range. That is unusual for UConn, of course. Since Jim Calhoun started taking UConn teams to the tournament in 1990, only twice have the Huskies been seeded lower than No. 5. In 1991, UConn was a No. 11 seed and advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to Duke. In 1992, UConn was the No. 9 seed in the Southeast Region and lost to Ohio State in the second round.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said he would "shocked" if UConn doesn't win two games in the tournament this year. That may will require a major upset. If the Huskies are the No. 8 or No. 9 seed and survive their first game, they would likely play a No. 1 seed next.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi's latest bracket projection puts UConn in the Midwest Region as the No. 9 seed, opening against No. 8 Memphis in Louisville. The survivor would likely need to beat No. 1 Kentucky in Louisville to reach the regionals in St. Louis.

Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com places UConn in the Columbus, Ohio pod as the No. 10 seed, playing No. 7 Vanderbilt. A victory would lift the Huskies into the next round against the winner of No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Detroit.

Bleacher Report places UConn in the East bracket (Boston) as the No. 10 seed vs. No. 7 New Mexico.

My prediction: No. 10 seed in the East, opening in Greensboro, against New Mexico. The winner gets No. 2 Duke – in Greensboro. Sound familiar? Think 1998.

Take your pick. But none of us will know for sure until the Selection Show at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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