Busting Brackets Podcast: Bracketology of the Pac-12, SEC and mid-majors

The bubble is the main topic of the latest Busting Brackets Podcast, with the Pac-12, SEC and mid-major basketball of focus.

Welcome back to the latest episode of the Busting Brackets Podcast. Our hosts Connor Hope and Brian Rauf are joined by contributors Matthew Travis and Arden Cravalho to talk about a pair of conferences with a lot going on in the middle of the standings.

The Pac-12 is brought up first, with the top projected teams in the preseason holding serve overall. There are many matchups this week with title and bracketology implications, including Oregon taking on both Arizona schools. While the Ducks are firmly in the NCAA Tournament field, teams such as Arizona State and Stanford are not. The guys talk about them, along with Arden’s take on a potentially dangerous USC squad.

While the bubble on the Pac-12 side is intriguing, no conference has as many currently as the SEC. With six teams that could go one way or another, the number of projected bids could easily fluctuate in the next couple of weeks.

Led by Matthew, teams such as Florida, Arkansas, Alabama get a look at, including what has been an overall disappointing season for the Gators. All of the guys give their predictions of how many teams eventually make the field from the SEC.

The power conferences aren’t the only ones who have to deal with at-large conversations. Stephen F. Austin was a major topic of discussion on social media, with a gaudy overall record and a massive victory over Duke on the road. But with a bad strength of schedule and another Quad 4 loss on the way (if they don’t win the Southland tournament title), can the Lumberjacks make a case for an at-large bid? The guys give their own thoughts.

As far as the other mid-majors on the bubble, there are several (Saint Mary’s, Utah State, Northern Iowa, and East Tennessee State) right on the cut-line. Which of them has the best chance to get an at-large bid and who needs to win their respected conference tournaments to get in?

The gentlemen wrap up the podcast with some predictions as to who could make deep runs, including some love for a WCC team not named Gonzaga. Thanks to tuning in and check out next week’s showing, as the 2020 NCAA Tournament gets closer and closer.