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Bracketology – March 10th, 2011

Posted in Bracketology, College Basketball, St. John's on March 10, 2011 by sammywestside

In today’s action the most important bubble games took place in the Big 12.

Nebraska started off the day but losing to Oklahoma State and ending their hopes of an atlarge bid. Nebraska is headed to the NIT, while Oklahoma State will look to run the table and win the Big 12 Tournament.

In the second game Colorado came back and snuck by Iowa State to stay alive. The Buffs didn’t impress anyone with their escape and will move to on to face Kansas State. Is it a must win for their tournament chances, I don’t think entirely. If they lose to K State then Colorado still has a shot, but not a great one. If they lose I’d put their chances below 50 percent. They will then have to patiently wait to see what other bubble teams do. Good news for them is they have eliminated fellow Big 12 competition Nebraska and Baylor from the equation already. If they beat K State, then they are almost definitely in.

The third game was Baylor and Oklahoma, a must win for the Bears, and it didn’t go as planned. The Bears got smacked around and they are now headed to the NIT as a result.

In the final Big 12 game Missouri took care of Texas Tech and moved on to the quarters.

In the Big East UConn started the day by taking care of Georgetown. This should help the Huskies seeding and bump down the Hoyas, who’ve struggled down the stretch.

Next was the St. John’s-Rutgers fiasco. Horrible officiating in this one led to a disastrous ending to the game where the refs simply neglected the final 1.7 seconds of the game. It’s a perfect example of what is wrong with officiating, and we are lucky that it happen in this game and under these circumstances. Luckily this game wasn’t deciding the fate of either team (no Rutgers wasn’t winning the Big East), and even with the correct ruling its is highly likely that Rutgers would have missed a last second shot. In the end we need to learn from this case and try to improve poor officiating, which is widespread throughout College Basketball and Football. We need to be tougher on refs who screw up like this and make sure they come prepared and we get the best refs out officiating in the biggest games.

This was Mike Rice's happy face on Wednesday

 

   Cincinnati whipped South Florida and advanced before Marquette crawled back to beat West Virginia. If there was any doubt amongst bracketologists, its not now official Marquette is a lock and so is 11 Big East teams. Complain, cry or whatever about it, but its deserved and its going to happen.

In other action ECU upset UCF to end their run. Quite the fall for the Knights after the great start to the year. Marshall also advanced on, and the Thundering Hurd are a team that no one has mentioned this year, but is actually very good. They aren’t getting an atlarge bid, but deserve a shout out. Hopefully the selection committee will give them their due and send them to the NIT. Also Southern Miss advanced and kept their season alive. They are also a decent club that has gotten a little more buzz on the bubble, but I don’t think they have a chance to grab an atlarge still.

Long Island secured a bid in a thrilling overtime victory over Robert Morris. Long Island is an interesting team that with the right matchup could be a bit scary with their fast style of play.

Northern Colorado also punched their bid over Montana and will head to their first NCAA Tournament likely as a 15 or 16 seed.

Overall that was all for the day. Keep in mind Nebraska and Baylor are off the bubble now, shrinking it for those still alive. Tomorrow is a big day as the ACC, Big Ten, and SEC tournaments start and more bubble games to come in the Pac Ten, CUSA, Big East and MWC.

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Bracketology – March 9th, 2011 (Bubble To-Do List Edition)

Posted in Bracketology, College Basketball, St. John's on March 9, 2011 by sammywestside

First before I rundown the bubble, lets look at what happen tonight in college hoops.

In the Big East Tournament, UConn advanced with an easy win over Depaul to face Georgetown tomorrow. Rutgers advanced to play St. John’s, Marquette avoided disaster by crushing Providence, and South Florida upset Villanova. Villanova is struggling bad right now and they are falling fast in seeding. I had them as a 7 but I might drop them all the way to a 9 now. They are 5-10 in the last 15 games, bad.

Princeton beat Penn to secured the one game playoff with Harvard for the Ivy League title. The game will be played at a neutral site later this week.

Arkansas Little Rock secured a tourney berth with their thrilling victory over North Texas. They are likely going to be a 16 seed considering the 19-16 record coming from the Sun Belt.

Oakland also secured their bid with a victory over Oral Roberts. Oakland is dangerous and will probably get a chance at a 4 seed in a 4-13 matchup next week.

Finally another bubble disaster avoided, as Butler took care of Wisconsin-Milwaukee tonight handily. Butler earns the automatic berth and seals the Horizon as a one bid league. Sorry Valpo and Cleveland St, just not enough. The Bulldogs will probably earn a bid around an 11 seed, a stark difference than last year when they were a five. Butler has the ability to pull an upset in the first round, but they aren’t going far in this year’s tournament.

On to tonight’s feature…

OK, tonight I’ll examining what each of the bubble teams need to do to get an at-large bid. Today I read an article sort of like what I’ll do here, and of course it was unrealistic and misinformed like so many NCAA tournament articles tend to be around this type of year. I hate to say that, but I get frustrated reading through articles everyday, often on established sites like ESPN, CBS Sportsline or Rivals.

I know sports writing isn’t my job, but I think alot of the time they get guys who aren’t as in to this (or as knowledgable about bracketology) to write articles. They probably know alot more than I do about all sports, and are much better writers, but that doesn’t mean they are experts of bracketology. I completely respect the job that so many others like myself do, as well as established experts like Joe Lunardi. Joe has access to so many things that I wish I had and he knows as much as you can, but he’s not perfect. I am in very close agreement with his bracket right now, with only some slight variations.

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Bracketology – March 8th, 2011 (Haters Edition)

Posted in Bracketology, College Basketball, St. John's on March 8, 2011 by sammywestside

Tonight I’m going to call out some bubble teams who I don’t understand people’s fascination with.

(Keep in mind these projections are only partially a reflection of my opinion on where a team should be, but mostly where I think they are and will end up on Selection Sunday.)

On to my calling out teams:

Lets countdown teams I hold particular grudge against for their overrated-ness:

3. St. Mary’s- Let me begin with the Gaels. The Gaels lost tonight to Gonzaga and continued a considerable slide. Lets consider this, if the Gaels didn’t make their run in the tournament last year would they even be in the discussion for an atlarge after losing tonight? Yeah, probably not. That’s exactly why I’m not on board. St. Mary’s is still my last team in, probably because I and everyone else like them better then the two clowns I’ll talk about next. Lets rundown St. Mary’s resume.

After tonight the Gaels will probably go into the tournament with an RPI in the low to mid 50’s, not bad. I’ll admit that its very bubble worthy, especially this year when there will be many teams who make it as an atlarge with a worse RPI. The SOS is rather bland sitting around 125 or so. St. Mary’s can hold their hat on a victory over St. John’s on opening night of the season at home. Yes, impressive but the Gaels have come a long way since then, so have the Johnnies.

Since that game, the Gaels resume is pretty boring. They have had two top 100 wins, Long Beach State (90) and Gonzaga another former bubble team. (Gonzaga ain’t what they have been this year and LB State, please son) Additionally the Gaels had matchups with good teams Vanderbilt, SD State, BYU and I guess Utah State. They lost all of those.

So, if they’ve only had those two wins, and they have a formerly top 50 RPI, then they must have beaten everyone else right? WRONG. The Gaels lost at Portland and San Diego. I’ll give them a break on Portland, they aren’t that bad. But San Diego? Are you kidding me? They are one of the absolute worst teams in the country, they have 4 wins. 1 against the Gaels and only three others all year. Its just one game, but god is it bad.

Ok, in the end the Gaels aren’t quite the undeserving team that the below two are, but are they better than other bubble teams? I really don’t know. Honestly I could see them missing the tournament, and they should be firmly on the bubble right now.

2. Memphis- OK, talk about names. Memphis is a name that is getting name popping. They are getting the bump for their good RPI of 38 right now, but please it doesn’t tell the story. Memphis has nine top 100 wins, ok pretty good. They also have earned four of those on the road. Pretty good too. But who were these nine? Well seven of those victories came in CUSA. That’s part of the problem. The other problem is, none of those wins came against teams that are locks for the tournament. (Yeah I know Gonzaga won the WCC now, but they are a bubble worthy team) In fact, the worst part is that they have counteracted them with three different bad losses. Losing to SMU, Rice and ECU ain’t going to cut it boys. A 10-6 record in CUSA is OK, but not great. Its NIT good, not NCAA tournament good, even if their are a bunch of bubble teams in the conference.

The worst part about Memphis is what they did out of conference. Well they beat Miami and Gonzaga. That’s it. Miami isn’t sniffing the tournament this year and they snuck by them at home. They did go to Gonzaga and win, but as we’ve pointed out, that’s not enough nor that impressive. Otherwise they beat up on powderpuffs and got manhandled by Kansas, Georgetown and Tennessee. The fact is, Memphis is hanging their hat on UAB wins, and Gonzaga, boosting their RPI. I do not buy into the CUSA phenomenon this year. Its not a bad conference, but the RPI’s are inflated.

In the end, I do consider Memphis a contender for a bid, but I’m not sold on them being any good. Their resume is alot weaker then it appears, and they need to run deep in the CUSA tournament this week for a shot.

1. Alabama- This is the team I love to pick on. The fact is they aren’t any good and its about time someone realizes it. If I hear another idiot on tv or something tell me that they are a LOCK for the tournament then I’m going to punch the television set. Alabama is nothing, they are the definition of a team with nothing to offer but a 12-4 conference record. OK, its the SEC and the SEC is probably the fifth best conference. Ohhhhh yeahhhh, they have divisions over there. Well that explains it. The SEC west was arguably worse than the SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SOUTH DIVISION this year.

Anthony Grant might be a good coach, but that doesn't mean Alabama should play in the NCAA Tournament

Alabama has ten matchups with those not so intimidating foes and managed an 8-2 record. Yawn. Honestly that’s not good. Any other bubble team would have beaten that.

Ok, they beat Kentucky at home. Oh yeah, everyone beat Kentucky at home this year. God the Wildcats lost at Arkansas and Mississippi too from the West. Ok, then they went to Tennessee and won. Yeah, ok better. Problem is the Vols are only a bubble team now. At the time it was great, now its just nice. The Vols lost 6 of the last 9, so no powerhouse there.

Ok, then Alabama beat someone else. Yes they beat fellow bubble team at home Georgia this week. This is the sole reason they are still alive in my opinion. Problem is for Bama, Georgia is only a bubble team too, and they will most likely face them again Friday in the second round. Should the Bulldogs win this one, then say bye bye to the yellow hammer.

Alabama’s nonconference performance is really just atrocious. For all four top 100 wins, they have four sub 100 losses. Some argue they are getting better, I say nay. In the last four games the Crimson Tide have needed a buzzer beater to beat Auburn at home (EWWWWWW!), then lost at Mississippi (a team not in the tourney race and who proceeded to lose to Auburn a few days later, EWWWW!), then they went to Gainesville and got run out of the gym. Finally they came home and beat Georgia, who hasn’t played well lately. Ok, Alabama still can prove me wrong by getting quality wins in the SEC tournament and maybe eventually winning a game or two in the NCAA’s, but believe me they aren’t good enough to do it. Maybe just maybe they’ll beat Georgia, but they ain’t beating a good team in the SEC or the NCAA’s. They are deserving to be in the last four out now, but not in like so many others say.

For the love of god, let them lose to the Dawgs Friday and spare me flipping out for them getting a bid over many other worthy teams.

Ok, so tonight as I’ve pointed out Gonzaga beat St. Mary’s and locked up a bid. Look for them to gain an 11ish seed depending on what happens this weekend.

Wofford upset Charleston for the Southern title and return to the NCAA’s for a second straight year. Remember last year when they gave Wisconsin a run in the first round, losing by two. Wofford, dare I say could beat Alabama, and is very close to be a good team. They are just behind a step, missing one piece from being a team that could do damage come tourney time. Instead I see them scaring a high seed next week, but falling narrowly again like last year.

Also St. Peter’s beat Iona, another upset to earn a bid. Yeah St. Peter’s beat Alabama.

Finally Old Dominion did all the bubble teams a favor and beat VCU tonight. VCU was impressive and earned a speck of life on the bubble, but really need a miracle. ODU is dangerous again, and god its beautiful watching them rebound. Its amazing watching a team abuse the boards like that, and given the right matchups this team is capable of a sweet 16 or maybe even further run. Matchups tho, matchups.

Locks in my opinion:

Big East (11):

Pittsburgh, Louisville, Notre Dame, UConn, St. John’s, West Virginia, Marquette, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Villanova, Georgetown

ACC (3):

UNC, Duke, Florida State

Big Ten (4):

Wisconsin, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue

Big 12 (5):

Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Texas A&M

Pac Ten (3):

Washington, UCLA, Arizona

Mountain West (3):

UNLV, BYU, San Diego State

SEC (3):

Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Florida

Colonial (2):

George Mason, Old Dominion

A10 (2):

Xavier, Temple

All other conference are locked it with atleast one team: 22 Conferences and Bids (including five with multi-bid opportunities)

Locked Bids: 58

Bubble spots available: 10

Teams Alive, 21 – 3 automatic bids=18): Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, Boston College, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Colorado, Baylor, Washington State, USC, Colorado State,  (Butler), Richmond, Alabama, Memphis, (UAB), UTEP,  (Utah State),  St. Mary’s, VCU

(***)=projected conference champ receiving auto bid

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Bracketology March 7, 2011

Posted in Bracketology, College Basketball, St. John's on March 7, 2011 by sammywestside

Not a ton of games today, but there were some key finals.

Ohio State put a pounding on Wisconsin and most likely is locked into a number one seed.

Kentucky finally won a road game at Tennessee, and has put the Vols alot closer to bubble. The good news is, the Vols still have alot of key victories and given the weakness of the bubble, that will help them on selection sunday. I still think they’re going to get in, even with a first round loss in Atlanta, but they are treading mucky waters right now. Kentucky helped their case for a top five seed, and that could improve by a strong showing this week.

VCU upset George Mason and put alot of bubble teams in jeopardy if they can win the CAA title. Old Dominion won their semifinal today and move on to face VCU. Every bubble team should root for a ODU victory because George Mason and ODU are locks anyway.

BC took care of business against Wake Forest and will move on the ACC tournament now as the five seed. Unfortunately they’ll have to face Wake Forest again on Thursday with a chance to face Clemson on Friday. The Eagles are probably in as long as they take care of Wake Forest again.  The  potential BC-Clemson matchup could be a bubble knockout game, but the winner will be a lock, and the loser will be right on the edge on selection sunday.

Penn State beat Minnesota to finish 9-9 in the Big Ten and stay barely alive in their hopes of a bid. The Nittany Lions have alot of work to do in the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota, on the other hand is pretty much done. They have been so bad lately, falling apart down the stretch.

Indiana State upset Missouri State in the MVC final to punch their ticket to the dance. Missouri State is assured now of playing in the NIT because their resume really has nothing to lean on.

Florida State has moved into lock status by winning at NC State this evening. The Noles were extremely close to locking up a bid for a while now but hadn’t quite captured it yet. Now the Noles will be definitely be dancing.

Florida State locked up a bid today with their road win at NC State, but they are still without their star Chris Singleton

St. Mary’s took care of business as well today and advanced to the finals of the WCC. Gonzaga also took care of San Francisco and will take on the Gaels for the title and an assured spot in the tournament, while the loser will have to sweat out selection sunday.

On a final note, I couldn’t help put take Georgia and Tennessee off of lock status…I just don’t feel 100 percent sure they will make it. I reviewed their resumes and they weren’t as impressive as I had previously remembered, especially Georgia. Georgia has no bad losses (Alabama was their worst), but they don’t have much in the way of wins.

Locks in my opinion:

Big East (11):

Pittsburgh, Louisville, Notre Dame, UConn, St. John’s, West Virginia, Marquette, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Villanova, Georgetown

ACC (3):

UNC, Duke, Florida State

Big Ten (4):

Wisconsin, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue

Big 12 (5):

Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Texas A&M

Pac Ten (3):

Washington, UCLA, Arizona

Mountain West (3):

UNLV, BYU, San Diego State

SEC (3):

Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Florida

Colonial (2):

George Mason, Old Dominion

A10 (2):

Xavier, Temple

All other conference are locked it with atleast one team: 22 Conferences and Bids (including five with multi-bid opportunities)

Locked Bids: 58

Bubble spots available: 10

Teams Alive, 21 – 4 automatic bids=17): Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, Boston College, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Colorado, Baylor, Washington State, USC, Colorado State,  (Butler), Richmond, Alabama, Memphis, (UAB), UTEP,  (Utah State), Gonzaga, (St. Mary’s)

(***)=projected conference champ receiving auto bid

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Bracketology- March 6th, 2011 (thru March 5th Games)

Posted in Bracketology, College Basketball, St. John's on March 6, 2011 by sammywestside

Unexpectedly this Saturday alot of bubble teams did well. Although some did fall (many to fellow bubble teams), it wasn’t the bubble slaying we are used to of late. As a result the changes on the bubble aren’t that big, but some teams have now clinched themselves no chance at an atlarge.

Lets run through this day of action and analyze the games and how they effect the bracket:

Clemson beat Virginia Tech in a huge bubble game. The Tigers handled the Hokies all the way and improved their position on the bubble as a result. The Hokies now have lost two in a row to end the regular season after beating Duke. The Hokies will probably play Georgia Tech on Thursday in the ACC tournament and must win that. If they do they would face a beatable Florida State team. Virginia Tech is still in, and will probably make it if they beat GaTech

Brad Brownell's Clemson Tigers got a big win Saturday against Virginia Tech, a fellow bubble team

Thursday. Clemson on the other hand now has a bye in the ACC tournament. They will probably play Boston College in the ACC tournament on Friday. If they win that, then I think they are solidly in the tournament. If they don’t then it will be very close for the Tigers.

George Mason advanced in the CAA tournament and helped out the bubble teams.

Kansas escaped Missouri with a win and continues a strong hold on a 1 seed. Missouri should feel good still as they’ll get a good seed come next Sunday.

What a wild game for West Virginia and Louisville, as the Mountaineers stole one from Louisville. I suggest you look out for the highlight of that one. Both teams are in for good seeds so no need to elaborate here. Just a great wild finish to this game.

Illinois avoided disaster by throttling Indiana on Senior Day. I think Illinois is safe and should be dancing now.

Alabama picked up a big win over Georgia and stopped the free-fall from the last three games where they played badly.

Will Anthony Grant's Crimson Tide be smiling on Selection Sunday?

Alabama’s resume isn’t exactly great still, and for now I still have them out. Alabama needs to go to the SEC tournament and get another quality win. Alabama will most likely play one of the tournament teams from the east division this week, so I think they need to win that to get in. Georgia should feel pretty good still and I consider them to be a lock, even if they lose the first round of the SEC tournament.

Michigan picked up a huge win on Senior by downing their rivals Michigan State for a season sweep. The Wolverines have been hot lately and look to be close to earning a bid. Michigan could see a matchup with Illinois in the Big Ten tournament, and even if they lose it, I think they might have enough, it’ll depend on everything else going on around them.

VCU beat Drexel, but for VCU to make the tournament they will probably still need to win it all in the CAA. Tomorrow they will George Mason for a chance to make the finals of the CAA.

Missouri State beat Creighton, and moved on the MVC final. Missouri State is going to need to win the whole thing though to dance in all likelihood as they will face Indiana State, who upset Wichita State today in the semi’s.

UTEP stayed alive as they beat SMU on the road. The Miners have work to do, but atlarge hopes are alive still. They will probably have to knock off some of the other contenders in CUSA and make the finals, and that might not be enough.

Memphis almost ended all hope of an atlarge bid when they barely escaped against CUSA worst Tulane at home. Memphis has played very poorly of late and their resume is completely based off their CUSA successes. For now they remain out and like UTEP, they need a very good run in the tournament to get an atlarge bid.

Iowa upset Purdue and ended the Boilermakers hope of a one seed. They are now in trouble of losing a two seed as well, but a strong showing or title in the Big Ten Tourney and they should still have it despite sleepwalking in Iowa City on senior day.

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Thursday Night of Hoops Wrap Up

Posted in Bracketology, College Basketball, St. John's on March 4, 2011 by sammywestside

 

Seton Hall had no interest in missing shots tonight against St. John's

Tonight was not the exciting night of basketball we had last night, but there were still a few games worth mentioning for the NCAA Tournament.

Seton Hall upset St. John’s tonight, and it basically took St. John’s out of the top 4 in the Big East. St. John’s will now begin play on Wednesday instead of Thursday, and if they hold the 5 seed, could play the same Seton Hall team again that day. If they earn a victory there they could potentially face Syracuse, a team that abused the Johnnies earlier this year at the Garden. They aren’t a good matchup for St. John’s who like to pound it inside. Tonight’s upset by Seton Hall is a big of a red flag for St. John’s but its not all that it appears. Seton Hall basically couldn’t miss tonight, and that was the biggest reason they won the game.

Tennessee avoided disaster when they beat South Carolina on the road tonight. The Vols should be OK even if they lose to Kentucky this weekend at home. They might finish 8-8 in the SEC, but the non-conference wins should keep them in now, but they need to avoid a slip up in the first round of the SEC tournament to avoid sweating on Selection Sunday. Even a loss there and I’d put them in most likely, but they can still get a decent seed, perhaps as high as 8 or 9, so the Vols want to finish strong, and tonight was a step in that direction, even though winning a close one at South Carolina isn’t anything to get excited about.

Wisconsin avoided an upset at Indiana and should feel good about getting a very nice seed for the tournament. I think the Badgers have a chance to nab a 2 seed if they can run to the Big Ten Tournament Finals, but either way the Badgers won’t get a very tough game in the first round this year. They are a great old-fashion style basketball team that is amazing efficient. I love the way they play and how good they are at so many things. I don’t know if they have the talent to run to a National Championship or Final Four, but this is a team that could make noise in March.

Washington beat UCLA at home tonight and locked their bid up for good. The Huskies should feel good about their chances now, and the Bruins should too despite the loss. Both will be battling for seeding the rest of the way in my opinion.

Arizona rebounded from the recent slide and took care of the Beavers. The Wildcats can still make a run at a top 4 seed if they win out to Selection Sunday, so look out to see how they fare.

The last big game of the night, and perhaps the biggest for the bubble race, was the Washington State-USC game. Washington State ended up pulling this up and down game out and effectively ended USC’s late chance at an at-large bid. The Cougars are right there on the bubble right now, and as of tonight I have them as the first team out. If they can also beat UCLA this weekend and then avoid a bad loss in the Pac Ten Tournament, then they could be dancing.

So just an update on the bubble tonight (because not a whole lot changed):

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Bracketology – March 3rd, 2011

Posted in Bracketology, College Basketball, St. John's on March 3, 2011 by sammywestside

The most eventful day of college hoops since Saturday and there are many games to go over since my last bracketology.

Monday Gonzaga took care of business and stayed on the right side of the bubble and Kansas State moved themselves to lock status by beating Texas on the road.

On Tuesday Alabama got completely smacked down by Florida and moved further off the bubble. If they lose to Georgia this weekend at home, then the Crimson Tide will probably need to win the SEC Tournament, or atleast make the finals. (which they will not, I promise you)

Penn State lost its chance for a big win when they got soundly beaten by Ohio State. The Nittany Lions are not in good shape and will need a deep run, perhaps a Big Ten Title to make the field.

Purdue continued their quiet run by downing Illinois. Purdue is now in shape to grad a 1 or 2 seed, while Illinois remains in decent shape for now, but must beat Indiana this weekend.

Frank Martin and his Wildcats Have Moved Themselves Into Lock Status

Oklahoma State beat Baylor, and the Bears moved back in the wrong direction after their win over Texas A&M this past weekend. Baylor is out for now but has a shot at Texas this weekend at home with Gameday coming to town.

Boston College gave Virginia Tech a pretty good beatdown at home after their big on Saturday. The Eagles are in for now and need to take care of Wake this weekend and their first round game in the ACC tourney. The Hokies are still in but still face a tough Clemson team on the road Saturday. With a loss there they should start sweating and might need one more win (maybe in the ACC tourney) to comfort themselves .

Wednesday night was wild…

Michigan State took care of Iowa and should feel pretty good about their chances even with a loss this weekend to Michigan.

Memphis took a huge blow by losing at East Carolina tonight. The Tigers are now out and will probably need a deep run or more likely a CUSA title to dance this year.

On the other hand, UAB picked up a nice win at Southern Miss tonight, and should feel better about their at-large chances now. The Blazers have a pretty good resume and if they can avoid an bad losses, they have a good chance of dancing. Southern Miss though, is probably going to need that title now like Memphis.

Dayton ended all hope by losing at home to St. Louis, they’ll need to win the A10.

Maryland took a huge blow tonight losing to Miami and will likely need to go deep in the ACC tourney or go all the way as well.

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