NCAA Basketball: Buy or sell Auburn, Butler, Michigan State, Oregon

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March Madness

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JANUARY 23: Cassius Winston #5 of the Michigan State Spartans (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Which of the teams that earned #4 seeds in the March Madness early bracket reveal are legitimate contenders? Playing buy or sell with those NCAA Basketball four teams.

The NCAA Basketball Tournament Selection Committee conducted its 4th annual Bracket Preview over the weekend, providing the current top 16 seeds if March Madness started then.

The four No. 1 seeds were all expected – including in the order they appeared in – and have all proven themselves this season. The same can be said for the No. 2 seeds, and we largely know what to expect from the No. 3 seeds by now as well, though there were some legitimate questions (should Maryland be a No. 2 seed over West Virginia? Is Villanova really a No. 3 seed?).

But the most intrigue and mystery surrounded the four teams that got the No. 4 seeds. A number of quality squads were in the mix for one of those spots but were left out (hi, Penn State!) as the committee settled on Auburn, Oregon, Butler, and Michigan State, in that order.

The intrigue surrounding this particular group is that no one knows exactly what to make about any of them.

Auburn has only faced two ranked teams all season, Oregon and Butler have faded after strong starts, and Michigan State has been inconsistent after being the top-ranked team in the preseason.

So, with just over a month to go until March Madness, who is a legitimate Final Four contender in this group? Who is more likely to fall victim to an opening-weekend upset?

Let’s play “Buy or Sell” with these four teams:

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