When the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders were sitting at 8-5 on Jan. 5, they probably didn't see the NCAA tournament in their future. They had just lost to UAB, the favorites in Conference USA. But they responded with a six-game winning streak and finished the regular season at 21-9. The Blue Raiders won the Conference USA tournament in Birmingham, UAB's hometown, and earned the league's automatic bid to the Big Dance. Do they end their season on that high note or add an exclamation point with some more March magic?
ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket.