Even after the disappointment of the American Athletic Conference title game, the Cincinnati Bearcats still have games to play. The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee unveiled the 68-team bracket for this year’s Big Dance and the Bearcats were included. Obviously that wasn’t a big surprise. Even after Sunday’s loss to SMU, the Bearcats posted a 29-5 record to this point and were a lock for most bracketologists throughout the season.
Now we know for sure what they’re seed will be, as they were revealed as the No. 6 seed in the South Region. However, we’ll have to wait a couple days to find out who they will play, as their opponent will be decided in the First Four between Kansas State and Wake Forest.
KSU, out of the Big 12, went 20-13 this season and is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2014. The Demon Deacons (19-14), out of the ACC, are in their third season under head coach Danny Manning and making their first trip to March Madness since 2010.
Below is the full breakdown of the bracket, which features North Carolina as the No. 1 seed.
We’ll have more on the matchup, the bracket and Cincinnati’s postseason journey in the days to come but for now its good to see the Bearcats name on one of those bracket lines.