2.26 Bracket Watch

No, Jamil, you may not have a touchdown. - Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Hope everybody likes the Zips...

Three out of the four predictions that we're featuring here have Cincinnati cleanly in, while Andy Glockner at SI.com has the Bearcats as a 12. A quick check of the Bracket Matrix shows them as a nine when all 87 brackets are averaged together. To be fair, the Matrix hasn't been updated since last night, and there's a lot of projections on there from before UC's most recent loss, too. How long are they going to stay in? Can they stay in?

On to the predictions!

SB NATION:
Marquette: 4 seed against 13 seed Akron
Big East: Eight teams - Georgetown (3), Louisville (3), Marquette (4), Syracuse (4), Pittsburgh (6), Notre Dame (8), Cincinnati (9), Villanova (12)
The Seven: Marquette, Georgetown, and Villanova
Rumored Partners: Gonzaga (1), Butler (5), Saint Louis (7), VCU (8), Creighton (9)

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED:
Marquette:
4 seed against 13 seed Akron
Big East: Eight teams - Georgetown (3), Louisville (3), Marquette (4), Syracuse (4), Notre Dame (7), Pittsburgh (8), Villanova (11), Cincinnati (12)
The Seven: Marquette, Georgetown, and Villanova
Rumored Partners: Gonzaga (2), Butler (5), Saint Louis (6), Creighton (9), VCU (9)

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

CBS SPORTS (note: posted on Sunday):
Marquette:
Moving down to a 5 seed vs 12 seed Akron
Big East: Eight teams - Georgetown (2), Syracuse (3), Louisville (4), Marquette (5), Notre Dame (6), Pittsburgh (7), Cincinnati (9), Villanova (11)
The Seven: Marquette, Georgetown, and Villanova
Rumored Partners: Gonzaga (1), Butler (4), Saint Louis (4), VCU (8), Creighton (11)

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