2.19 Bracket Watch

Steve Taylor finds these bracket predictions to be delicious. - USA TODAY Sports

I'm sensing a theme amongst the selections for Marquette's first round opponent.

Before we get to this week's predictions, I want to offer up SI.com's Andy Glockner's idea for a new way to go about Selection Sunday:

The top 32 teams would get to pick whatever slot on the bracket that they want, so you could end up with everyone from 2-25 refusing to go into the region with a dominant overall #1 seed. Questions, comments, and exclamations of praise can go in the comments section below.

On to the predictions!

SB NATION:
Marquette:
Rising to a 4 seed against 13 seed South Dakota State.
Big East: Eight teams - Syracuse (2), Louisville (3), Georgetown (4), Marquette (4), Pittsburgh (5), Cincinnati (6), Notre Dame (7), Villanova (11)
The Seven: Marquette, Georgetown, and Villanova
Rumored Partners: Gonzaga (2), Butler (5), VCU (8), Creighton (9), Saint Louis (9)

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED:
Marquette:
4 seed against 13 seed Louisiana Tech
Big East: Nine teams - Syracuse (2), Louisville (3), Marquette (4), Georgetown (5), Pittsburgh (6), Notre Dame (7), Cincinnati (9), Villanova (11), St. John's (12)
The Seven: Marquette, Georgetown, St. John's, and Villanova
Rumored Partners: Gonzaga (3), Butler (4), Creighton (8), VCU (9), Saint Louis (10)
Marquette Bubble Watch Blurb: None, because Marquette has moved to lock status.

ESPN:
Marquette:
4 seed against 13 seed Louisiana Tech
Big East: Eight teams - Syracuse (2), Louisville (3), Georgetown (4), Marquette (4), Notre Dame (6), Pittsburgh (6), Cincinnati (8), Villanova (12)
The Seven: Marquette, Georgetown, and Villanova
Rumored Partners: Gonzaga (2), Butler (5), VCU (7), Creighton (8), Saint Louis (9)

CBS SPORTS:
Marquette:
Rising to a 4 seed against 13 seed Louisiana Tech
Big East: Eight teams - Louisville (3), Syracuse (3), Georgetown (4), Marquette (4), Notre Dame (5), Pittsburgh (6), Cincinnati (7), Villanova (12)
The Seven: Marquette, Georgetown, and Villanova
Rumored Partners: Gonzaga (1), Butler (3), VCU (8), Saint Louis (9), Creighton (10)

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