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March 7, 2010

March Madness Update–Sunday, March 7, 2010

Filed under: College Basketball — Tags: , , , , , , , — piratings @ 1:21 pm

Five teams are now in the Big Dance as of 4:00 PM EST Sunday.  Cornell secured the first bid Friday night, when the Big Red won the Ivy League Title.  Winthrop, East Tennessee, and Murray State won their conference tournaments yesterday, and Northern Iowa just finished off Wichita State to take the MVC tournament title.

The Mid-American Conference Tournament kicks off today with first round games played on the higher seed’s home court.  The tournament moves to Cleveland Thursday for the final three rounds.  Here is the schedule:

#10 Bowling Green at #7 Western Michigan.  The winner faces #2 Central Michigan in the quarterfinals

#11 Northern Illinois at #6 Eastern Michigan.  The winner faces #3 Akron in the quarterfinals.

#9 Ohio U at #8 Ball State.  The winner faces #1 Kent State in the quarterfinals.

#12 Toledo at #5 Buffalo.  The winner faces #4 Miami (O) in the quarterfinals.

Kent State and Akron should make it through their parts of the bracket to end up in the championship game.  If any team from the first round runs the table, it should be Buffalo.  We don’t believe any of the West teams (CMU, EMU, WMU, Ball State, Toledo, NIU) will make it to the finals and at most one will still be around in the semis.

Coming up in our next update, we will have the matchups for the rest of the mid-major tournaments that kick off this week.

On Wednesday, we will preview the Big Six conferences.

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