CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Bearcats probably like CBS Sports' prediction more than ESPN's, but they might be happy either way when they host an NCAA Tournament Selection Show party Sunday.
Jerry Palm, CBS Sports bracketologist, predicts 13th-ranked UC will get a No. 3 seed despite their semifinal loss to UConn in the American Athletic Conference tournament Friday.
See PALM's bracket.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi has UC falling to a No. 5 seed.
See LUNARDI's bracket.
Either way, 3 or 5, it would be the Bearcats' highest seed since Mick Cronin became coach.
Palm has UC playing 14th-seeded Mercer (26-8) in the East Region in Buffalo, with the winner playing the Kentucky (6)-Dayton (11) winner.
Mercer won the Atlantic Sun Conference tourney over Florida Gulf Coast, the Cinderella of last year's NCAA Tournament. The Bears haven't been to the NCAAs since 1985.
Lunardi has UC facing 12th-seeded Harvard (26-4) in the East Region in San Diego, with the winner playing the UCLA (4)-Delaware (13) winner.
Harvard, the Ivy League champ, will carry an eight -game winning streak into the tournament. This is Harvard’s third consecutive appearance after a 66-year absence. Last year, the Crimson knocked off third-seeded New Mexico.
Or maybe the Bearcats would rather go surfing in San Diego than snowboarding in Buffalo.
UC is inviting fans to watch the Selection Show on the videoboard in Fifth Third Arena.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the telecast starts 6 p.m.
In addition, fans can take pictures with the regular-season American Athletic Conference Championship trophy and samples of the adidas postseason uniforms the Bearcats will be wearing.
On-campus parking is free in the Corry Garage on Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue.
Free popcorn and soft drinks will be available at the concession stand.
Predictions For Other Area Teams
Lunardi and Palm are predicting that Xavier will have to play in through the "First Four" round in Dayton.
Besides Kentucky vs. Dayton, Palm has Ohio State (5) playing Stephen F. Austin (12) in the Midwest Region in Spokane, Wash.
Lunardi has Ohio State (5) playing North Dakota State (12) in the West (Spokane, Wash.) and Kentucky (6) playing Southern Methodist (11) in the East (Raleigh, N.C.)