It took us 30 minutes of Ernie Johnson literally reading off the names of auto-bids, but we finally got here. The official 2018 NCAA Tournament bracket is here. The most obvious snubs from a mid-major standpoint are Middle Tennessee and Saint Mary’s. Both of these teams have been in the top five in our mid-major power rankings virtually all season.
Mid-on-mid crime may have ultimately been what did MTSU and SMU in. Davidson’s upset win over Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 championship game earlier today meant that someone would be pushed off the bubble.
There are a number of intriguing first-round matchups involving mid-majors. The ones that jump off the page for me are three of those classic 12-5 matchups: Davidson vs. Kentucky, New Mexico State vs. Clemson, and South Dakota State vs. Ohio State.
Think you know how all of this madness will shake out? You’ll have a chance to prove it against our staff this week. Stay tuned for our official bracket challenge group announcement.