The Pi-Rate Ratings

March 3, 2014

PiRate Ratings–NCAA Conference Tournament Report–March 3, 2014

The PiRate Ratings begin our college basketball post-season coverage today with a look at the seedings and pairings of the early conference tournaments.  Check back daily as this page will update once the tournaments begin.

 

All times are Eastern Standard

 

America East Conference

Location—SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G1: #1 Vermont (15-1/21-9) vs. #8 New Hampshire (4-12/6-23)—12 Noon on ESPN3

G2: #4 Albany (9-7/15-14) vs. #5 UMBC (5-11/9-20)—2:20 PM on ESPN3

G3: #2 Stony Brook (13-3/21-9) vs. #7 Maine (4-12/6-22)—6:00 PM on ESPN3

G4: #3 Hartford (10-6/16-15) vs. #6 Binghamton (4-12/7-22)—8:20 PM on ESPN3

 

Semfinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner—5:00 PM on ESPN3

G6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—7:20 PM on ESPN3

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—11:30 AM on ESPN2

 

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites of Higher Seed

 

Quarterfinal Round—Tuesday, March 4

G1: #1 Florida Gulf Coast (14-4/20-11) vs. #8 Stetson (5-13/7-23)—7:00 PM on ESPN3

G2: #4 East Tennessee (10-8/17-14) vs. #5 Lipscomb (10-8/15-14)—7:00 PM on ASun.TV

G3: #2 Mercer (14-4/23-8) vs. #7 Jacksonville (8-10/12-17)—7:00 PM on ESPN3

G4: #3 USC-Upstate (11-7/18-13) vs. #6 North Florida (10-8/16-15)—7:00 PM on ESPN3

 

Semifinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner at higher seed—6:30 PM on CSS/ESPN3 *

G6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner at higher seed—8:30 PM on CSS/ESPN3 *

* If Lipscomb hosts Stetson, G5 will move to 8:30 and G6 will play at 6:30.

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner at higher seed—2:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Big South Conference

Location—The HTC Center, Conway, SC (Myrtle Beach)

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #4S Winthrop (10-6/17-12) vs. #5N Liberty (5-11/11-20)—12 Noon on Big South Network

G2: #3N Radford (10-6/20-11) vs. #6S Presbyterian (2-14/6-25)—2:00 PM on Big South Network

G3: #4N Campbell (6-10/12-19) vs. #5S Chas. Southern (6-10/12-17)—6:00 PM on Big South Network

G4: #3S Gardner-Webb (10-6/17-14) vs. #6N Longwood (3-13/8-23)—8:00 PM on Big South Network

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #1N High Point (12-4/16-13) vs. Game 1 winner—12 Noon on EPSN3

G6: #2S UNC-Asheville (10-6/16-14) vs. Game 2 winner—2:00 PM on ESPN3

G7: #1S Coastal Carolina (11-5/18-12) vs. Game 3 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN3

G8: #2N VMI (11-5/18-11) vs. Game 4 winner—8:00 PM on ESPN3

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—12 Noon on ESPN3

G10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—2:00 PM on ESPN3

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—12 Noon on ESPN2

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Location—Baltimore Arena, Baltimore

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Hofstra (5-11/9-22) vs. #9 UNC-Wilmington (3-13/9-22)—7:00 PM on CAA.TV

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G2: #1 Delaware (14-2/22-9) vs. Game 1 winner—12 Noon on Comcast Sports Net/CSS

G3: #4 Drexel (8-8/16-13) vs. #5 Northeastern (7-9/10-20)—2:30 PM on Comcast Sports Net/CSS

G4: #2 Towson (13-3/22-9) vs. #7 James Madison (6-10/11-19)—6:00 PM on Comcast Sports Net/CSS

G5: #3 Wm. & Mary (10-6/18-11) vs. #6 Charleston (6-10/14-17)—8:30 PM on Comcast Sports Net/CSS

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G6: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner—2:30 PM on NBCSN

G7: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner—5:00 PM on NBCSN

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner—7:00 PM on NBCSN

 

Horizon League

Location—First Round Games will be played at the higher seed.  The quarterfinal and semifinal round games will be played at Green Bay, and the championship game will be played at the higher seed.

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 4

G1: #5 Milwaukee (7-9/17-13) vs. #8 Detroit (6-10/13-18)—7:00 PM on horizonleague.com

G2: #4 Valparaiso (9-7/17-14) vs. #9 Illinois-Chicago (1-15/6-24)—8:05 PM on horizonleague.com

G3: #6 Oakland (7-9/12-19) vs. #7 Youngstown St. (6-10/15-16)—7:00 PM on horizonleague.com

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G4: #3 Wright St. (10-6/18-13) vs. Game 3 winner—7:00 PM on Horizon League Network

G5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner—9:30 PM on Horizon League Network

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G6: #2 Cleveland St. (12-4/21-10) vs. Game 4 winner—7:00 PM on ESPNU at 11:30 PM taped

G7: #1 Green Bay (14-2/24-5) vs. Game 5 winner—9:30 PM on ESPNU

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner—7:00 PM on ESPN

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Location—Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6 (No TV for this round)

G1: #8 Rider (9-11/13-16) vs. #9 Monmouth (5-15/11-20)—5:00 PM

G2: #7 St. Peter’s (9-11/13-16) vs. #10 Fairfield (4-16/7-24)—7:00 PM

G3: #6 Marist (9-11/12-18) vs. #11 Niagara (3-17/6-25)—9:00 PM

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Iona (17-3/20-9) vs. Game 1 winner—12 Noon on ESPN3

G5: #4 Canisius (14-6/20-11) vs. #5 Siena (11-9/15-16)—2:30 PM on ESPN3

G6: #2 Manhattan (15-5/22-7) vs. Game 2 winner—6:30 PM on ESPN3

G7: #3 Quinnipiac (14-6/19-10) vs. Game 3 winner—9:00 PM on ESPN3

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner—4:30 PM on ESPN3

G9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner—7:00 PM on ESPN3

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—7:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Missouri Valley Conference (Arch Madness)

Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis

 

All Games until the Championship on MVC TV Network

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #8 Drake (6-12/15-15) vs. #9 Evansville (6-12/13-18)—7:05 PM

G2: #7 Bradley (7-11/12-19) vs. #10 Loyola (Chi) (4-14/9-21)—9:35 PM

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G3: #1 Wichita St. (18-0/31-0) vs. Game 1 winner—1:05 PM

G4: #4 Missouri St. (9-9/19-11) vs. #5 Illinois St. (9-9/16-14)—3:35 PM

G5: #2 Indiana St. (12-6/21-9) vs. Game 2 winner—7:05 PM

G6: #3 Northern Iowa (10-8/16-14) vs. #6 Southern Illinois (9-9/13-18)—9:35 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—2:35 PM

G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—5:05 PM

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—2:05 PM on CBS

 

Northeast Conference

Location—All Games Played On Campus Sites of Higher Seeds

Tournament Re-seeds teams after quarterfinal round (like NFL Playoffs)

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 5 (All Games at 7:00 PM)

G1: #1 Robert Morris (14-2/19-12) vs. #8 Fairleigh-Dickinson (6-10/10-20)—No TV

G2: #2 Wagner (12-4/18-11) vs. #7 Central Connecticut (7-9/11-18)—No TV

G3: #3 Bryant (10-6/18-13) vs. #6 St. Francis (PA) (7-9/9-20)—No TV

G4: #4 St. Francis (NY) (9-7/18-13) vs. #5 Mt. St. Mary’s (9-7/13-16)—on MSG+2, FCS, Root

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G5: Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed—12 Noon or 2:00 PM on MSG+/FCS

G6: 2nd Highest Remaining Seed vs. 3rd Highest Remaining Seed—12 Noon or 2:00 PM on MSG+/FCS

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—7:00 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

 

Ohio Valley Conference

Location—Municipal Auditorium, Nashville

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #5 Tennessee Tech (9-7/16-15) vs. #8 SIU-Edwards. (7-9/11-19)—7:00 PM on OVC Digital Network

G2: #6 Southeast Missouri (8-8/17-13) vs. #7 E. Illinois (7-9/11-18)—9:00 PM on OVC Digital Network

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G3: #4 Morehead St. (10-6/19-12) vs. Game 1 winner—7:00 PM on OVC Digital Network

G4: #3 Eastern Kentucky (11-5/21-9) vs. Game 2 winner—9:00 PM on OVC Digital Network

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #1 Belmont (14-2/23-8) vs. Game 3 winner—7:30 PM on ESPNU

G6: #2 Murray St. (13-3/18-10) vs. Game 4 winner—10:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 8

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—7:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Patriot League

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites at Higher Seed

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 3

G1: #8 Loyola (MD) (6-12/11-18) vs. #9 Lafayette (6-12/10-19)—7:30 PM on Patriot League Network

G2: #7 Colgate (6-12/12-17) vs. #10 Navy (4-14/9-20)—7:00 PM on Patriot League Network

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 5

G3: #1 Boston U. (15-3/22-9) vs. Game 1 winner—7:00 PM on Patriot League Network

G4: #4 Bucknell (11-7/16-13) vs. #5 Army (10-8/14-15)—7:00 PM on Patriot League Network

G5: #3 Holy Cross (12-6/18-12) vs. #6 Lehigh (7-11/14-17)—7:00 PM on Patriot League Network

G6: #2 American (13-5/17-12) vs. Game 2 winner—7:00 PM on Patriot League Network

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—Time TBD on CBS SN

G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—Time TBD on CBS SN

 

Championship Game—Wednesday, March 12

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—7:30 PM on CBS SN

 

Southern Conference

Location—U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, NC

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Samford (6-10/12-19) vs. #9 Appalachian St. (5-11/9-20)—11:00 AM on ESPN3

G2: #7 Georgia Southern (6-10/13-18) vs. #10 Furman (3-13/9-20)—1:30 PM on ESPN3

G3: #6 UNCG (7-9/14-17) vs. #11 Citadel (2-14/6-25)—4:00 PM on ESPN3

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Davidson (15-1/19-11) vs. Game 1 winner—12 Noon on ESPN3

G5: #4 Elon (11-5/18-13) vs. #5 Western Carolina (10-6/17-14)—2:30 PM on ESPN3

G6: #2 Chattanooga (12-4/18-13) vs. Game 2 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN3

G7: #3 Wofford (11-5/17-12) vs. Game 3 winner—8:30 PM on ESPN3

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN3/CSS

G9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner—8:30 PM on ESPN3/CSS

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—9:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Summit League

Location—Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8 & Sunday, March 9

G1: #2 IPFW (10-4/22-9) vs. #7 IUPUI (1-13/6-25)—3/8 7:00 PM on MidcoSN & FCS

G2: #4 Denver (8-6/15-14) vs. #5 S. Dakota (6-8/12-17)—3/9 7:00 PM on MidcoSN & FCS

G3: #3 S. Dakota St. (10-4/18-11) vs. #6 W. Illinois (4-10/10-19)—3/9 9:30 PM on MidcoSN & FCS

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G4: #1 N. Dakota St. (12-2/23-6) vs. Game 2 winner—7:00 PM on MidcoSN & FCS

G5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner—9:30 PM on MidcoSN & FCS

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner—9:00 PM on ESPN2

 

West Coast Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #7 Portland (7-11/15-15) vs. #10 Loyola Marymount (4-14/12-18)—9:00 PM no TV

G2: #8 Pacific (6-12/15-14) vs. #9 Santa Clara (6-12/13-18)—11:00 PM no TV

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G3: #3 San Francisco (13-5/20-10) vs. #6 San Diego (7-11/16-15)—3:00 PM on BYU-TV

G4: #2 B Y U (13-5/21-10) vs. Game 1 winner—5:00 PM on BYU-TV

G5: #1 Gonzaga (15-3/25-6) vs. Game 2 winner—9:00 PM on ESPN2

G6: #4 St. Mary’s (11-7/21-10) vs. #5 Pepperdine (8-10/15-15)—11:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—Time TBD on ESPN or ESPN2

G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—Time TBD on ESPN or ESPN2

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—9:00 PM on ESPN

 

Ivy League Regular Season Championship Details

Harvard (11-1/24-4) currently leads Yale (9-3/15-11) by two games with two games left for both teams.  On Friday, March 7, Harvard plays at Yale (Yale won at Harvard), and if the Crimson beat the Bulldogs, they will be Ivy League champions.  If Yale wins, then the Saturday night outcomes will determine whether Harvard wins or a playoff must be played.  On Saturday, Harvard plays at Brown (7-5/15-11), while Yale hosts Dartmouth (3-9/10-16).  If Harvard and Yale tie at 11-3, even though Yale would have swept Harvard, the Ivy League mandates that the teams face in a playoff game.  Harvard had a tough time beating Brown at home, so this weekend’s ending road trip could be tricky, and it is not impossible that the two arch-rivals may play a third time for the Ivy crown.

 

30 Bracketologist’s Average

Once again, the PiRate Ratings have brought together 30 of the top Bracketologists in the country, none of whom garner the headlines like the big boys on the major networks.  These guys work in anonymity but routinely do better at picking the 68 teams.

 

Beginning this week, we subdivide the Bubble teams into Bubble-In (Bi) and Bubble-Out (Bo).  Bi teams are those in the final 8-12 that would be in if the Big Dance began today, while Bo teams would be out if the Big Dance began today.  Not only must the Bo teams jump over the Bi teams, they also must deal with upset winners in conferences where multiple teams will receive at-large invitations

 

Take a look at this week’s 30-geniuses and their bracket picks.

 

1-Bid leagues no matter which team wins the bid (with top contenders)

 

America East

Team

Conference

Overall

Vermont

15-1

21-9

Stony Brook

13-3

21-9

Hartford

10-6

16-15

Albany

9-7

15-14

 

Atlantic Sun

Team

Conference

Overall

Mercer

14-4

23-8

Fla. Gulf Coast

14-4

20-11

USC-Upstate

11-7

18-13

 

Big South

Team

Conference

Overall

High Point

12-4

16-13

V M I

11-5

18-11

Coastal Carolina

11-5

18-12

 

Big Sky

Team

Conference

Overall

Weber St.

13-5

16-10

N. Dakota

11-7

14-14

Montana

10-7

15-11

 

Big West

Team

Conference

Overall

UC-Irvine

11-3

20-10

U C S B

10-4

19-8

Long Beach St.

9-5

13-15

 

Colonial

Team

Conference

Overall

Delaware

14-2

22-9

Towson

13-3

22-9

William & Mary

10-6

18-11

 

CUSA

Team

Conference

Overall

Southern Miss.

12-3

25-5

La. Tech

12-3

24-6

Middle Tenn.

12-3

22-8

Tulsa

12-3

17-12

U T E P

11-4

21-9

 

Horizon

Team

Conference

Overall

Green Bay

14-2

24-5

Cleveland St.

12-4

21-10

Wright St.

10-6

18-13

 

Ivy

Team

Conference

Overall

Harvard

11-1

24-4

Yale

9-3

15-11

 

MAAC

Team

Conference

Overall

Iona

17-3

20-9

Manhattan

15-5

22-7

Quinnipiac

14-6

19-10

Canisius

14-6

20-11

 

MAC

Team

Conference

Overall

Toledo

12-4

24-5

W. Michigan

12-4

19-9

Buffalo

12-4

18-8

Akron

10-6

18-11

 

MEAC

Team

Conference

Overall

UNC-Central

13-1

23-5

Hampton

12-3

17-11

Norfolk St.

10-4

16-12

Morgan St.

10-4

12-14

 

Northeast

Team

Conference

Overall

Robert Morris

14-2

19-12

Wagner

12-4

18-11

Bryant

10-6

18-13

 

 

OVC

Team

Conference

Overall

Belmont

14-2

23-8

Murray St.

13-3

18-10

E. Kentucky

11-5

21-9

Morehead St.

10-6

19-12

 

Patriot

Team

Conference

Overall

Boston U

15-3

22-9

American

13-5

17-12

Holy Cross

12-6

18-12

Bucknell

11-7

16-13

 

Southern

Team

Conference

Overall

Davidson

15-1

19-11

Chattanooga

12-4

18-13

Elon

11-5

18-13

Wofford

11-5

17-12

 

Southland

Team

Conference

Overall

S F Austin

16-0

27-2

Texas A&M C.C.

12-4

15-14

Sam Houston

11-5

19-9

 

Summit

Team

Conference

Overall

N. Dakota St.

12-2

23-6

I P F W

10-4

22-9

S. Dakota St.

10-4

18-11

 

Sun Belt

Team

Conference

Overall

Georgia St.

15-1

22-7

W. Kentucky

11-5

19-10

UL-Lafayette

10-6

19-10

 

SWAC

Team

Conference

Overall

Alabama St.

9-6

15-11

Texas Sou.

9-6

13-14

Alabama A&M

8-7

11-14

 

WAC

Team

Conference

Overall

Utah Valley

12-3

18-10

N. Mexico St.

11-4

22-9

 

2-bid league if the #1 seed is upset

 

Missouri Valley

Team

Conference

Overall

 

Wichita St.

18-0

31-0

(Lock)

Indiana St.

12-6

21-9

 

N. Iowa

10-8

16-14

 

Missouri St.

9-9

19-11

 

 

Multiple Bid Leagues

American

Locks: Cincinnati, Louisville

Safe: Connecticut, S M U, Memphis

Bi: None

Bo: None

 

ACC

Locks: Syracuse, Duke, Virginia, N. Carolina

Safe: Pittsburgh

Bi: None

Bo: Florida St.

 

A-10

Locks: St. Louis, U Mass.

Safe: V C U, G. Washington, St. Joseph’s

Bi: None

Bo: Dayton

 

Big 12

Locks: Kansas, Iowa St., Texas, Oklahoma

Safe: Kansas St.

Bi: Baylor, Oklahoma St.

Bo:

 

Big East

Locks: Villanova, Creighton

Safe: None

Bi: Xavier

Bo: Providence, St. John’s, Georgetown

 

Big Ten

Locks: Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan St.

Safe: Ohio St., Iowa

Bi: Minnesota

Bo: Nebraska

 

Mountain West

Locks: San Diego St.

Safe: New Mexico

Bi: None

Bo: None

 

Pac-12

Locks: Arizona, U C L A

Safe: Arizona St., Stanford, Colorado

Bi: Oregon, California

Bo: None

 

SEC

Locks: Florida, Kentucky

Safe: None

Bi: Arkansas, Missouri

Bo: Tennessee, LSU

 

West Coast

Locks: Gonzaga

Safe: None

Bi: B Y U

Bo: St. Mary’s

 

If The Tournament Began Today

Seed Team League

1

Arizona Pac-12

1

Florida SEC

1

Wichita St. MVC

1

Syracuse ACC

2

Kansas Big 12

2

Villanova Big East

2

Creighton Big East

2

Wisconsin Big Ten

3

Duke ACC

3

Michigan Big Ten

3

Iowa St. Big 12

3

Michigan St. Big Ten

4

Virginia ACC

4

Cincinnati American

4

San Diego St. MWC

4

St. Louis A-10

5

Louisville American

5

North Carolina ACC

5

Kentucky SEC

5

U Mass A-10

6

Texas Big 12

6

U C L A Pac-12

6

Ohio St. Big Ten

6

Oklahoma Big 12

7

New Mexico MWC

7

Connecticut American

7

Iowa Big Ten

7

V C U A-10

8

Arizona St. Pac-12

8

G. Washington A-10

8

S M U American

8

Kansas St. Big 12

9

Stanford Pac-12

9

Colorado Pac-12

9

Gonzaga WCC

9

Pittsburgh ACC

10

Memphis American

10

Oregon Pac-12

10

St. Joseph’s A-10

10

Baylor Big 12

11

B Y U WCC

11

California Pac-12

11

Xavier Big East

11

Harvard Ivy

12

Southern Miss. CUSA

12

Green Bay Horizon

12

Oklahoma St. Big 12

12

Minnesota Big Ten

12

Arkansas SEC

12

Missouri SEC

13

N. Dakota St. Summit

13

S F Austin Southland

13

Belmont OVC

13

W. Michigan MAC

14

Iona MAAC

14

Delaware Colonial

14

Mercer A-Sun

14

Georgia St. Sun Belt

15

Boston U Patriot

15

Vermont A-East

15

UC-Irvine Big West

15

UNC-Central MEAC

16

Utah Valley WAC

16

Davidson Southern

16

Robert Morris NEC

16

Weber St. Big Sky

16

High Point Big South

16

Alabama St. SWAC

 

Teams in Bold Are Selected for Opening Round Games in Dayton

 

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