USA TODAY Sports activities’ Scott Gleeson breaks down the most recent Ferris Mowers Males’s Basketball Coaches Ballot.


The Duke Blue Devils have used the previous two video games to play themselves into the projected box of 68 after their postseason  used to be in jeopardy only a week in the past.

Saturday’s Quadrant 1 victory over then No. Eight-ranked Virginia vaulted Duke again onto the bubble to resuscitate the blue-blood program’s NCAA Match aspirations. Then on Monday, the Blue Devils cruised to a 85-71 win over fellow ACC bubble group Syracuse. 

Uniquely, it is Syracuse’s position within the forecasted box that Duke is taking because the “final group in.” 

It is been a whirlwind season for this Duke group that used to be the preseason No. Eight group within the Ferris Mowers Coaches Ballot. Trainer Mike Krzyzewski introduced the departure of five-star freshman Jalen Johnson final week and whilst that may’ve gave the impression of the nail within the coffin, as a substitute the Blue Devils have surged  and located their identification simply on the proper time as March nears. 

The Blue Devils (11-Eight, Nine-6 ACC, 47 NET) have received 4 in a row, however they face a assassin’s row of video games to near out the common season — web hosting Louisville on Saturday after which drawing Georgia Tech and North Carolina at the highway. The ones are all alternatives to enhance their possibilities of listening to their title known as on Variety Sunday.

Variety Sunday is March 14. The NCAA Match pointers off March 18.

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BRACKETOLOGY:  Large 10 groups combating for ultimate No. 1 seed

Duke’s Matthew Harm (21) fist bumps head trainer Mike Krzyzewski all the way through the second one part of an NCAA school basketball sport in opposition to North Carolina State at PNC Area in Raleigh, N.C. (Picture: Ethan Hyman, AP)

No. 1 seeds

Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan, Ohio State. 

Final 4 in

Seton Corridor, Maryland, Minnesota, Duke. 

First 4 out

Indiana, Syracuse, Connecticut, Georgia Tech. 

Subsequent 4 out

St. John’s, Stanford, Ole Leave out, Utah State. 



Others thought to be for at-large bids (no specific order): Memphis, Southern Methodist, Richmond, Saint Louis, Pittsburgh, Alabama-Birmingham, Georgia.

On lifestyles toughen: Texas Christian, Marquette, Windfall, Marshall, Utah, Arizona State, Oregon State, Mississippi State, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas A&M, St. Mary’s, San Francisco, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Dayton, Davidson, Nevada, Penn State.

Multi-bid meetings: Large Ten (Nine), Large 12 (7), ACC (6), SEC (6), Percent-12 (four), Large East (four), Mountain West (three), Atlantic 10 (2), Missouri Valley (2), West Coast (2).

Leaders or very best NET from projected one-bid meetings – (20 general): The united states East – UMBC, Atlantic Solar – Liberty, Large Sky – Japanese Washington, Large South – Winthrop, Large West – UCSB, CAA – Northeastern, C-USA – UAB, Horizon – Wright State, MAAC – Siena, MAC – Toledo, MEAC – Norfolk State, Northeast – Bryant, OVC – Belmont, Patriot – Army, Southern – UNCG, Southland – Sam Houston, SWAC – Prairie View A&M, Summit – South Dakota, Solar Belt – Texas State, WAC – Grand Canyon.

  • Banned from collaborating: Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Delaware State, Auburn, Arizona 
  • Transition colleges, ineligible for the event: Cal Baptist, North Alabama, Merrimack, Dixie State, Tarleton State, Bellarmine, UC San Diego   
  • COVID-19: Ivy League, Bethune-Cookman, Maryland-Japanese Shore, Howard, Maine

NCAA Match language explainer:

  • NET stands for the NCAA Analysis Software, which is the barometer for the choice committee. It comprises sport effects, power of agenda, sport location, scoring margin (capping at 10 issues according to sport), and web offensive and defensive potency.
  • Quadrant 1 wins: House video games vs. 1-30 NET groups; Impartial-site video games vs. 1-50 NET; Away video games vs. 1-75 NET
  • Quadrant 2 wins: House video games vs. 31-75 NET; Impartial-site video games vs. 51-100 NET; Away video games vs. 76-135 NET
  • Quadrant three wins: House video games vs. 76-160 NET; Impartial-site video games vs. 101-200 NET; Away video games vs. 136-240 NET
  • Quadrant four wins: House video games vs. 161-plus NET; Impartial-site video games vs. 201-plus NET; Away video games vs. 241-plus NET

Word: Maximum statistical information is used from The NET rankings (NCAA Evaluation Tool) also are a reference point. 

About our bracketologist: Shelby Mast has been projecting the field since 2005 on his website, Bracket W.A.G. He joined USA TODAY in 2014. In his eighth season as our national bracketologist, Mast has finished as one of the top three bracketologists in the past seven March Madnesses. He’s also predicted for The Indianapolis Star, and is an inaugural member of the Super 10 Selection Committee. Follow him on Twitter @BracketWag.

Observe school basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson


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