With the UCF men’s and women’s basketball teams near the top of the American Athletic Conference standings, both are currently predicted to participate in their respective NCAA Division I tournaments next month.
According to ESPN and CBS Sports, both sets of Knights are sitting inside the “bubble” of 68 teams that make the highest-rated postseason tournament for collegiate basketball. “Bracketology,” a playful term for the calculated predictions of the postseason brackets, is continuously updated throughout the duration of the season.
For the men’s basketball team, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi currently has UCF as a No. 11 seed, facing off against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first round in Hartford, Conn. The bid would be the first for the Knights since 2005.
CBS analyst Jerry Palm has a slightly less favorable prediction for the Knights, placing them in the “First Four” round in Dayton, Ohio. Should the men’s team be placed among the first four, they would have to win a play-in game to advance to the first round of the 64-team bracket.
After a 79-72 victory over the Memphis Tigers on Saturday night, the Knights currently sit at 19-5 (9-3 AAC) on the season. They have six games remaining before the conference tournament, which kicks off March 14.
In the women’s tournament, UCF is currently sitting more comfortably inside the bracket as the No. 9 seed according to ESPN’s Charlie Creme. The Knights would face the No. 8-seeded DePaul Blue Demons in the first round at the Louisville, Ky. tournament site.
The UCF women’s basketball team has not appeared in the NCAA tournament since 2011.
Despite a recent 61-59 loss against Tulane on Feb. 13, the women’s basketball team still stands at 20-4 (9-2 AAC) on the year and is set to host No. 4 UConn on Sunday at CFE Arena.
The team only has five games left before the conference tournament begins on March 8.