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March 14, 2017

PiRate Ratings Bracketnomics 505 Bracket Reveal & First Four Preview

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For those that just want to see our Red-White-Blue Ratings for the First Four, here they are.

Team Team Red White Blue
New Orleans Mount St. Mary’s 3 -1 1
Wake Forest Kansas St. 1 1 1
UNC-Central UC-Davis 4 3 6
Providence USC 1 1 1

Now, for the rest of you:

Welcome one and all to our annually most viewed edition of the PiRate Ratings.  We have been working diligently for the past 42 hours getting this edition of March Madness Bracketnomics ready for you.

If you are new to this site today, there is something you need to do, and even if you are not, you should take this advice.  Open another window and bring up our primer from yesterday where we explain how we have come up with the numbers that we will show you today.  The link to the primer is:

https://piratings.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/bracketnomics-505-the-advanced-level-course-in-bracket-selection/

Before we begin picking winners in our bracket based on the PiRate Criteria, let us give you another little bit of advice in selecting your own brackets.

  1. Do not select a lot of early upsets.  Realize that nobody ever has picked a perfect bracket.  The chances are so slim that nobody may ever pick one!  The key to winning bracket contests where you must choose all the games at the beginning and do not get to select new winners after every round is to pick the National Champion, the Final Four, and the Elite 8 teams.  Realize that in about 95% of the cases, the Final Four teams come from one, two, three, or four seeds.  There will frequently be a seed lower than 4, but good luck trying to pick one.  What you will most likely do is remove one of the favorites to get there, so select very few upsets early.
  2. In the last 60+ years, only 2 times was the national champion a team from outside a major conference, and it has not happened since 1990.  So, go heavy on the best teams in the power conferences–Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC.  No Pac-12 team has won the title since Arizona beat Kentucky in 1997, so you might discount the Pac-12 a little.  No Big Ten team has won the title since Michigan State in 2000, so you might also want to discount the Big Ten a little.
  3. The most likely spots for upsets early come from 10-11-12 seed lines for good reason.  The top lower and mid-major teams usually end up on one of these seed lines, and in actuality, some of these teams would beat their higher-seed opponent 7 times out of 10.  In other words, these upsets are not really upsets.  They are incorrect seedings by the Committee.

Okay, we will leave the rest of that strategy up to you.  Let’s get to the Bracketnomics Facts for 2017

 

Who Has The Statistical Criteria That Looks Like A Final Four Team

This is an unusual year.  There are no teams closely similar to the Connecticut women’s team.  There is no obvious best team like in some years out of the past.  On the other hand, there are an inordinate amount of teams this year that look like they would have trouble winning the NIT 10 years ago.  There is parity by virtue of mediocrity.  The way the game is played in 2017, and with the 30-second shot clock, the game has become harder to isolate on just two or three teams and call them the heavy favorites to make the Final Four.

Let’s eliminate some teams so that what we have left is a much easier group to compare.

A. First, let’s forget the chance that a low-major or mid-major conference team will make the Final Four this year.  This does not include Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s, or Wichita State, who we consider to be above mid-major.

B. Next, let’s take out any team that played a schedule too soft to prepare them for the top echelon of opponents.  From what’s left after (A), that will remove Wichita State and UCLA.

C. Next, let’s dump any team with a single-digit R+T rating after the Sweet 16 round.  Any single digit team in the Elite 8 gets knocked out, unless their opponent also has a single digit rating.  From this list of teams still in contention after (A) and (B), we now dump: South Carolina, Butler, Wake Forest, Arkansas, Minnesota, Michigan State, USC, Northwestern, Michigan, Notre Dame, Maryland, Marquette, Kansas State, Providence, Iowa State, Creighton, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech.

D. Let’s remove any teams that are missing key players and might be able to get to the Sweet 16 without these players, but they are most likely to bow out at this point when the competition is too strong.  Say good bye to Xavier and Oregon.  For now, Creighton and Florida stay in because they played a significant number of games without their key players.

Now we have a much more manageable list of Final Four and Elite 8 Contenders, down to just 21 teams.

But, we are not finished eliminating teams.  What about teams that have not played all that well away from home?  We can eliminate the 22-9 team that went 17-0 at home and 5-9 away from home, because these teams are not going to all of a sudden beat the nation’s finest teams away from their home floor, at least not 4 consecutive times.

Let’s now say bye bye to Florida State, Miami (Fla.), and Seton Hall, lowering the number to 19.

And, then there is the essential thing of having enough consistency to win four games in a row against quality competition.  We cannot keep any teams that did not sustain at least one long winning streak or two extended winning streaks.  Only West Virginia fails to meet this criterion from the remaining group, lowering our list to 18.

Now,  let’s look at how the remaining 18 teams rate in the criteria that matter.

Scoring Margin

There is a reason both Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s are still in this list.  They are serious contenders this year.  Gonzaga has the highest scoring margin and Saint Mary’s has the third highest among the 17 remaining teams.  From the list of 17, there are a couple teams that do not meet the 8 point minimum to be considered as a strong Final Four contender.  There are teams that make the Final Four with less than 8 point scoring margins, but they are the exception rather than the rule, and we are looking for angles that increase our percentage chance of hitting on Final Four teams.  It’s the end of the line here for Oklahoma State.

 

Field Goal Percentage Differential

Eventually, in order to get to the Final Four, a team is going to have to be superior when it comes to shooting and defending the shot, because eventually, being able to dominate the glass or force a lot of turnovers will not work against teams that can also rebound and force turnovers.  We are looking only for a difference of 5% or more to stay in the hunt for Final Four contention.  We must say adieu to three more teams that cannot meet this standard–Florida, Duke, and Wisconsin.  Now we have 14 teams on our list of Final Four contenders.

 

Rebound Margin

Remember that R+T rating is much more important than any of its components (Rebounding, Turnovers, and Steals), but for Final Four consideration, well over 90% of the past Final Four teams had positive rebound margin.  In what may help vindicate our selections to this point, all 14 teams remaining have positive rebounding margin.

 

Okay, Already, Who Is Left?

The following teams have resumes that could get them to the Final Four.  In alphabetical order, they are: Arizona, Baylor, Cincinnati, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Purdue, Saint Mary’s, SMU, Villanova, Virginia, and West Virginia.  If our criteria is worth anything these years, we expect the Final Four to come from this list of teams.  But, we need to do better.  You cannot select 14 teams to make the Final Four or even Elite 8.

 

What we need to do now is look at each game as it is played.  It won’t help us to go with the 4 best resumes if these teams cannot all make the Final Four because they will play each other prior to that round.

Here is how we see the First Four games according to PiRate Criteria.  Note that our criteria and our Red-White-Blue Ratings have no real correlation, so the teams we predict to win may not be the same as the teams our criteria says will win.

First Four

New Orleans over Mount St. Mary’s

UNC-Central over UC-Davis

USC over Providence

Kansas St. over Wake Forest

Most brackets allow you to miss here without penalty and start in earnest at 64 teams, but we don’t go for that.

Round of 64

You will not see us picking many upsets in this round.  Remember the important factoid we revealed at the beginning: you win your bracket contests by getting your teams into the Elite 8, Final 4, and National Championship.  If you pick a lot of upsets, you are liable to have very few teams left by the Elite 8.

Villanova over New Orleans (Mount St. Mary’s)

Wisconsin over Virginia Tech

Virginia over UNC-Wilmington (upset possible, but we’ll take the Cavs)

Florida over East Tennessee (like a home game for the Gators)

SMU over USC in a rematch (also over Providence) near tossup vs. USC close to 50-50

Baylor over New Mexico St.

South Carolina over Marquette in close one that will be like home game for Gamecocks.

Duke over Troy

Gonzaga over South Dakota St.

Northwestern over Vanderbilt (close game)

Notre Dame over Princeton

West Virginia over Bucknell (not this year for Bison as Mountaineers are too physical)

Maryland over Xavier (Chris Mack becomes an early candidate for other big openings)

Florida State over Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU not as strong as their Sweet 16 team)

Saint Mary’s over VCU (Will Wade comes free for promotion to power conference team)

Arizona over North Dakota

Kansas over UNC-Central (UC-Davis)

Miami over Michigan State (MSU one and done two years in a row)

Iowa State over Nevada (but this one should be nip and tuck)

Purdue over Vermont (Boilermakers finally have the right type of resume to advance)

Creighton over Rhode Island (freeing up Dan Hurley if a big school wants him)

Oregon over Iona (loss of Chris Boucher does not hurt yet)

Oklahoma State over Michigan (This upset we will pick.  Cowboys have better criteria resume)

Louisville over Jacksonville State (UL almost has a home game in Indy)

North Carolina over Texas Southern

Seton Hall over Arkansas (should be physical and close)

Minnesota over Middle Tennessee (Blue Raiders are the Vegas favorite, but Gophers can exploit interior defense)

Butler over Winthrop (we would not be shocked if Butler has to rally to win this one)

Cincinnati over Kansas State (Wake Forest)

UCLA over Kent State

Wichita St. over Dayton (Will Archie Miller be the next NC State coach?)

Kentucky over Northern Kentucky (Norse would be happy with a lead at under 16 timeout in 1st half)

 

Round of 32

Villanova over Wisconsin

Virginia over Florida (should be very close, maybe overtime)

Baylor over SMU (this one should be a great game–Tim Jankovich in play at Illinois)

Duke over South Carolina (We don’t see Frank Martin leaving the Palmetto State unless he has 4 million reasons)

Gonzaga over Northwestern (Cinderella season ends here–no Cubs repeat in the Windy City)

West Virginia over Notre Dame (Irish wear down in the second half)

Florida State over Maryland

Arizona over Saint Mary’s (expect a hard-fought game but Gaels are outmanned)

Kansas over Miami (closer than expected)

Purdue over Iowa State (Boilermakers look impressive to this point)

Oregon over Creighton (Boucher’s absence felt but not enough for Ducks to lose)

Louisville over Oklahoma St. (Brad Underwood vs. Rick Pitino–Brilliant!)

North Carolina over Seton Hall

Butler over Minnesota (Should be a great game)

Cincinnati over UCLA (Bruins numbers padded by substandard overall schedule–not strong enough inside)

Kentucky over Wichita State (because Wildcat players appear to be on a mission and if so are the class of the field)

 

Sweet 16 to Elite 8

Villanova over Virginia (Cavs do not have enough offense to win at this point)

Baylor over Duke (Our big upset pick in this round, because Duke has holes Bears can exploit)

West Virginia over Gonzaga (Sorry Bulldog fans, WVU style of play is not what you want to face)

Arizona over Florida State (We expect Wildcats to win big in this one)

Kansas over Purdue (KU will have to play lights out to put Boilermakers away)

Louisville over Oregon (Boucher’s absence is too much to overcome in this round

North Carolina over Butler (If Heels are rolling at this point, then next round is actual title game)

Kentucky over Cincinnati (Should be ultra-physical and highly emotional game)

 

Elite 8 to Final Four

Unfortunately, at this point the top two teams in the field will meet

Baylor over Villanova (no repeat for Wildcats but a great game)

Arizona over West Virginia (Mountaineers run out of gas at this point)

Louisville over Kansas (Cards win a sloppy game)

Kentucky over North Carolina (This should have been the National Championship Game)

 

Final Four Semifinals

Baylor over Arizona (tough to go against a team playing in its home state)

Kentucky over Louisville (how much will this ticket cost)

 

National Championship

Kentucky over Baylor

 

The Kentucky criteria best matches that of past national champions.  Add to the fact that they have the most talent and a coach that can use the right psychology to motivate these future millionaires to play like their draft status is to be determined in this tournament, and we believe the Wildcats will cut the nets in Arizona.

 

Here is how the 14 top Pirate Criteria teams rank overall

  1. Kentucky
  2. North Carolina
  3. Baylor
  4. Arizona
  5. West Virginia
  6. Gonzaga
  7. Louisville
  8. Villanova
  9. Kansas
  10. Purdue
  11. Duke
  12. Cincinnati
  13. Saint Mary’s
  14. SMU

 

TV Schedule For First Four in Dayton

Day Time (EDT) Network Team vs. Team
Tuesday, March 14 6:40 PM truTV New Orleans vs. Mount St. Mary’s
Tuesday, March 14 9:10 PM truTV Wake Forest vs. Kansas St.
Wednesday, March 15 6:40 PM truTV UC-Davis vs. UNC-Central
Wednesday, March 15 9:10 PM truTV USC vs. Providence

 

 

 

 

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March 13, 2017

Bracketnomics 505: The Advanced Level Course in Bracket Selection

Filed under: College Basketball — Tags: , , , , , — piratings @ 9:00 pm

PiRate Ratings Bracketnomics 505 for 2017: Money Ball on the Hardwoods
Welcome to Bracketnomics 505 for 2017–The Advanced Level Course in Picking NCAA Tournament winners. The best way to describe our PiRate Ratings NCAA Tournament Bracket-Picking formula is to compare it with the 10-K financial reports of publicly traded companies. Each team’s data serves as a prospectus showcasing their worth. Do you want to buy or sell based on what the data portrays?
If you have followed our statistical releases for the past 17 years, you will not see any real changes this year, as the PiRate Ratings have added only one minor statistical detail to our repertoire, and those are in our algorithm formulas and not in the data to be presented.

However, we have strengthened our beliefs in the idea that the NCAA Tournament is a different animal from the regular season, so there are teams that did well in the regular season and even won their conference, but they are ill-prepared for the postseason. Now, we actually have new incites into why, and it comes from our experiences with Major League Baseball.

Some of you reading this know that I, the Captain of the PiRate ship, am a baseball metric specialist. You can call me one of the “Moneyball” scouts or as some even say, a “Beane Counter.” If you read the book, Mr. Beane had a famous quote, that we will paraphrase to eliminate four-letter words: “My ‘stuff’ doesn’t work in the playoffs.”

Re-reading that statement sent me off on a long research project last Autumn leading to my spending way too many hours trying to put math formulas to Beane’s statement. What I came up with was this: in baseball, the offensive statistics that produce runs, for example weighted On-Base Average, works quite effectively during the regular season, when a team plays a certain number of games against every team in the league. Thus, a team will play a goodly number of games against mediocre and poor teams, and having an offense built on getting on base and hitting for power dominates against the weaker teams.

But, in the playoffs, all the opponents are very good. All of them have good offenses and usually very good pitching and defenses. Trying to win by getting a lot of runners on base by the walk and then hitting three-run homers might work against the number four and five starters of a pitching staff or the mediocre top level pitchers of the 90-loss teams, but in the playoffs, you see mostly top three starting pitchers from teams that won 90 or more games. And, Beane’s “stuff” does not work against these elite teams with the top pitchers. You have to be able to steal an extra base on a hit, steal a base, and execute the hit and run against the best of the best, which means you frequently play for just one run, because the pitching is too good to give up those three-run homers and will scatter baserunners over the course of 6 or 7 innings. Think Maury Wills scratching out a run for the 1965 Dodgers, while Sandy Koufax shuts out the opponent in a 1-0 win.

The same belief can be applied to college basketball in the NCAA Tournament. A team might win their conference by playing excellent half-court offense and defense, even if they do not rebound well nor force turnovers and pick up steals. Let’s use Purdue in the Gene Keady days as an example. Keady’s teams executed half-court offense and defense like precision clockwork. The Boilermakers almost always enjoyed better shooting opportunities than their opponents. They usually finished with a better field goal percentage than their opponents every year, and they won or shared a lot of Big Ten titles.

These Purdue teams were not all that strong on the offensive glass, and while they played intelligently and did not turn the ball over much, they did not force turnovers, nor did they steal the ball very much, frequently finishing at or near the bottom of the Big Ten in these stats.

Like Moneyball and the A’s, this “stuff” (excellent half-court offense and defense) worked just fine in the regular season, where Purdue easily handled the bottom half of the Big Ten year after year and did just well enough against the top half to finish 15-3 or 14-4. Then, the Boilermakers would get into the Big Dance looking like a Final Four contender. Unfortunately, their “stuff” didn’t work in the NCAA Tournament, and the Boilermakers lost as favorites early in the Dance to athletic underdogs with double-digit losses (Auburn, Florida, LSU), never making it to the Final Four in that time. They were no longer playing the 6-12 and 8-10 Big Ten teams Once their opponent was also good at getting open shots and preventing them on defense, the extra scoring opportunities derived from getting offensive rebounds and forcing turnovers, especially by steals, took on much more significance, just like running the bases and playing for one run in the Major League Playoffs.

Just in case you say that maybe Purdue was not capable of getting enough talent to go to the Final Four, remember that Purdue did make the Final Four under previous coach Lee Rose (he also led Charlotte to the Final Four in 1977), when Rose’s coaching philosophy included pressure defense with the hope of getting a lot of steals and an inside glass cleaner or two to dominate on the boards.
This year, we will give added weight to our special R+T metric along with schedule strength and ability to win away from home as serious factors to consider when picking teams to advance in the NCAA Tournament. These will be the three of our basic building blocks to begin the process of eliminating pretenders from the true contenders. Here are our basic blocks to begin our search for a national champion.

1. R+T Rating
2. Schedule Strength
3. Ability to win away from home
4. A member of a power conference (AAC, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC)
5. One long winning streak against quality competition or two winning streaks of 6 or more games.
Don’t worry if this looks a bit challenging for you at this point. We will explain it all in this primer, and your test is an open book test, so you will pass with flying colors.

Here is a description of all the pertinent information you need to pick your brackets. We will explain each important statistic and tell you how it applies to the NCAA Tournament. Then in the next edition, we will apply it to all 68 teams in the Big Dance and let you use what you want to fill out your brackets. You can easily open two windows with this primer in one window, and the statistics in the other window, and voila, you have an exceptional reference at your disposal.

Remember one important bit of information–this process deals a lot with past tendencies trying to predict future outcomes. It is mechanical and includes limited subjective data. It will not include information such as how your team’s star player may have the flu this week, or he ended his season in the Pac-12 Championship Game with an ACL injury, so if you have other information, by all means include this in your selection process.

The PiRate Ratings Criteria Statistics
For 16 years, the PiRate Ratings have relied on specific back-tested data that showed us what stats have been important in selecting Final Four teams. We looked back in history to see how previous Final Four teams dominated in certain statistical areas while not dominating in other areas. Here is what we found.

Scoring Margin
For general bracket picking to the Final Four, look for teams that outscored their opponents by an average of 8 or more points per game. Over 85% of the Final Four teams since the 1950’s outscored their opponents by an average of 8 or more points per game.

More than 80% of the final four teams in the last 50 years outscored their opponents by double digit points per game. When you find a team with an average scoring margin in excess of 15 points per game, and said team is from one of the six power conferences, you have a team that can advance deep into the tournament.

This is an obvious statistic. If State U outscores opponents by an average of 85-70 and Tech outscores similar opposition by an average of 75-70, State figures to be better than Tech before you look at any other statistics.
In the days of the 64 to 68-team field, this statistic has become even more valuable. It’s very difficult and close to impossible for a team accustomed to winning games by one to five points per game to win four times in a row, much less six or seven consecutive games.

This statistic gives the same significance and weighting to a team that outscores its opposition 100-90 as it does to a team that outscores its opposition 60-50. As you can see from looking at all the NCAA Champions in the 2000’s, every team had a scoring margin of 8 or better, and 15 of 17 had double digit scoring margins (and all from power conferences).

A look at recent national champions’ scoring margins
2016 Villanova: 13
2015 Duke: 15
2014 UConn: 9
2013 Louisville: 16
2012 Kentucky: 17
2011 UConn: 8
2010 Duke: 16
2009 North Carolina: 18
2008 Kansas: 19
2007 Florida: 17
2006 Florida: 15
2005 North Carolina: 18
2004 UConn: 15
2003 Syracuse: 10
2002 Maryland: 14
2001 Duke: 20
2000 Michigan St.: 15

Field Goal Percentage Differential
Take each team’s field goal percentage minus their defensive field goal percentage to calculate this statistic. Throughout time, the differential among the most successful teams has been +7.5% or better, and for most Final Four teams, the differential has been positive by 3% or better. For example, a team that shoots 47% while their opponents shoot 39% has a FG% differential of 8%.

Teams that have singificantly positive field goal percentage differentials are consistently good teams. A team can win a game or two or possibly even three games with negative field goal percentage differentials, but in the Big Dance, they certainly are not going to win six games like this, and they have little chance to win four games.

This statistic holds true in back-tests of 50 years. Most teams that have won the tournament had FG% differentials above 3%, and many had more than a 7.5% field goal percentage advantage. In the years of the 64 to 68-team tournament, this stat has become a more accurate predictor, especially when the team comes from a power league. In the 21st Century, the teams from power conferences with field goal percentage margins in the double digits have dominated the field. For example, if you see an ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, or SEC team with a FG% differential of +10% or better, that team is going to be very hard to beat in large arenas with weird sight lines.

One caveat: in the most recent couple of years, shooting percentages have normalized somewhat, so overall, FG% differentials are moving closer to 0. More three-point shooting, a reduction in the shot clock, and more fast break offenses have led to more parity in shooting percentages. And, this has to be something to monitor closely this year; teams that had the best field goal differentials last year were upset early by teams that excelled in forcing turnovers and running the fast break. This could mean that shooting percentages are going to lose some of their importance, while extra scoring opportunities are going to become more important. Think about that as you read on.

Rebound Margin
This statistic holds up all the way back to the early days of basketball, in fact as far back to the days when rebounds were first recorded. The teams that consistently control the boards are the ones that advance past the first weekend in the tournament. What we are looking for here are teams that out-rebound their opposition by five or more per game. In the opening two rounds, a difference of three or more is just as important.

There are complete rebounding statistics back to 1954, and in the 61 NCAA Tournaments between 1954 and 2014, the National Champion out-rebounded their opponents for the season all 61 times! Yes, no team with a negative rebound margin in that season has ever won the NCAA title.

The reason this statistic becomes even more important in mid-March is that teams do not always shoot as well in the NCAA Tournament for a variety of reasons (better defense, abnormal sight lines and unfamiliar gymnasiums, nerves, new rims and nets, more physical play with the refs allowing it, etc.). The teams that can consistently get offensive put-backs are the teams that go on scoring runs in these games. The teams that prevent the opposition from getting offensive rebounds, holding them to one shot per possession, have a huge advantage. Again, there will be some teams that advance that were beaten on the boards, but as the number of teams drop from 64 to 32 to 16 to eight, it is rare for one of these teams to continue to advance. West Virginia in 2005 made it to the Elite Eight without being able to rebound, but not many other teams have been able to do so.

There have been years where all four Final Four participants were in the top 20 in rebounding margin, and there have been many years where the champion was in the top 5 in rebounding margin.

Use the rebounding rule in selecting your brackets, but think about this. Rebounding is only one way to obtain a possession. There is another way to get a possession–via a turnover. Bear that in mind as you read on. So, don’t just use rebounding margin alone, as it is only one part of the equation.

Turnover Margin & Steals Per Game
Turnover margin can give a weaker rebounding team a chance to advance. Any positive turnover margin is good. If a team cannot meet the rebound exceptionally well, they can get win if they have an excellent turnover margin. Not all turnover margin is the same though. A team can have an excellent turnover margin because they seldom turn the ball over. Committing 10 turnovers per game, while the opponent commits 12 leads to a positive turnover margin of 2 per game, but it seldom amounts to much in this instance. A team that forces a high number of turnovers by way of steals has a real advantage. A steal is better than a defensive rebound, because most of the time, a steal leads to a fast-break basket or foul (or both). When a team steals the ball, they are already facing their basket, and the defense must turn around and chase. Many steals occur on the perimeter where the ball-hawking team has an immediate numbers advantage. A steal with quick points can demoralize a team, especially one that plays patiently and limits possessions.

In NCAA Tournament play, one quick spurt can be like a three-run homer in the World Series, and teams that either steal the ball and/or control the boards are the ones who will get that spurt.

Like the rebounding margin, we must not judge turnover margin and steals as standalone criteria, as they are just part of an all-encompassing statistic to determine extra scoring opportunities and the ability to go on lethal scoring spurts. What follows is the criteria to use.

The All-Important PiRate Ratings R+T Margin
Using both rebounding and turnover margin, how best can we assign an extra scoring value and the ability to go on big scoring spurts? In a tight game, a 10-0 run in three minutes will usually lead to a win for the team that makes the spurt, so we need to have a stat that shows us how much a team has spurt potential.
Our answer is the PiRate Ratings’ “R+T Rating” The R+T Rating combines rebounding margin, turnovers, and steals, and weights the three stats so that the result is a number that indicates what Clark Kellogg calls “spurtability.”
The R+T Rating Formula is: (R * 2) + (S * .5) + (6 – Opp S) + T, where R is rebounding margin, S is average steals per game (Opp S is opponents steals per game), and T is turnover margin. The numbers are all rounded to one decimal point.
If a team’s R+T rating is 20 or better, and they hail from a power conference, this is a serious potential Final Four team. North Carolina had the top R+T rating last year among the power conference teams, and the Tar Heels came within a second of winning the title. In almost every year since steals have been officially kept as a statistic, the Final Four teams have enjoyed double-digit R+T Ratings.
Look for teams with R+T ratings at 15 or above. These are the teams that will get several additional opportunities to score points and go on scoring runs that put opponents away. When both teams have flashy R+T Ratings, this game becomes much harder to predict, because both teams could go on big scoring spurts.
When the R+T is 7.5 to 15, you have a team that can overcome a few other liabilities to win and still advance to the Final Four if they have exceptional FG% differentials, really difficult schedules, and an ability to win away from home. However, when they run into a team from the 15 or better R+T range with similar shooting percentages and defense, this frequently means the end of the line for the lower R+T rated team.
When the R+T is 4.5 to 7.5, you have a team good enough to win early and get to the Sweet 16 or Elite 8 but not advance past that round, unless said team has a very large field goal percentage difference margin.
When the R+T is 0 to 4.5, you have a team that cannot advance very far in the NCAA Tournament. They might win the Round of 64 and might have some chance to win in the Round of 32, but if they sneak into the Sweet 16, they are a candidate to lose big to a team with the right stuff in the R+T department.
When the R+T stat is negative, this team has the same chance of making the Final Four as a mule has of winning the Kentucky Derby. Many monumental early upsets where a double digit seed upsets a single digit seed frequently comes about when the favorite has a negative R+T rating, or the underdog has a decided R+T Rating advantage along with a halfway decent schedule strength.
A few years ago, Georgetown had a negative R+T rating but was a prohibitive favorite against Ohio U. The Bobcats had a positive R+T rating and decent numbers in the other PiRate criteria. We called for Ohio to upset Georgetown in the first round, and Ohio won by double digits.
The same thing occurred a couple years later when Georgetown once again had a negative R+T rating as the Hoyas faced unknown Florida Gulf Coast. FGCU not only pulled off the upset, they blew GU off the floor.
Last year’s negative R+T teams all lost their first games in the NCAA Tournament. In 2015, there were two Power Conference teams with negative R+T numbers, Oklahoma State and St. John’s. We pegged these two teams to lose immediately as 9-seeds against 8-seeds with positive R+T ratings, and they did just that.
The inferior R+T might win a game over the superior due to other factors, but a poor R+T rated team is eventually going to get thumped when their shots don’t fall, or they run up against a great defense (there are a lot of great defenses in the Dance).

Power Conference Plus Schedule Strength
Up to this point you might have been thinking that it is much easier for New Mexico State or North Dakota to own these gaudy statistics than it is for Arizona or Butler. And, of course, that is correct. We have to adjust this procedure so that teams that play tougher schedules get rewarded and teams that play softer schedules get punished.
Basically, the cut-off line for a Final Four team the way we rate schedule strength is 54.00, although there have been a few long shots like George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth that were below that mark. While the lowest National Champ was Florida in 2007 at 54.30, the average for the last 13 champions has been over 58. Also, bear in mind that of the 17 winners since 2000, 6 came from the ACC, 5 from the Big East , 3 from the SEC, and one each from the American, Big 12, and Big Ten. The Pac-12 has not produced the national champion since Arizona in 1997.

The last national champion that was not a member of a power conference was UNLV in 1990. Before that, it was Texas Western (UTEP) in 1966. In more than 60 seasons, just two teams that were not in power conferences have won the national title! Non-power teams have made it to the Final Four (VCU, Wichita State, George Mason, Penn), so don’t totally discount a team like Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s, and Wichita State to make the Final Four or at least the Elite 8.
In the most recent years, this stat has become quite a bit more important. Villanova and North Carolina were among the tops in schedule strength last year, with Syracuse and Oklahoma being ranked high as well. We have added a bit more weight to schedule strength this year.
Won-Loss percentage Away From Home Floor
This should be obvious. Except in the rarest of instances (like Dayton playing in a First Round Game in 2015), all NCAA Tournament games are played on neutral courts. Some teams play like titans on their home floor but become pansies when playing away from home. It is one thing to accumulate great statistics by scheduling 19 home games, three neutral site games, and eight away games and then going 18-1 at home, 1-2 on the neutral site, and 3-5 on the road to finish 22-8. However, we need to locate the teams that continue to dominate away from home. Combine the road and neutral games played and look at that percentage. When you find a team with a 75% or better win percentage away from home, this team is a legitimate contender in the Big Dance. When this number tops 85%, you have a tough team capable of winning four consecutive games and advancing to the Final Four.
Winning Streaks
The NCAA Tournament Championship requires one team to win six consecutive games (seven if in the First Four) to become the champion. It requires the other Final Four teams to win four or five times to get to the Final Four. Should we expect a team that has not been able to win five conseccutive games during the regular season against all weaker competition to win five games in a row against the elite competition? It is a major plus if a team has more than one 6-game winning streak or one 10-game winning streak during the season.

Putting It All Together
1. Begin with teams from power conferences and schedule strengths better than 54.0 (we will give you each team’s schedule strength in the stats reveal).
1A. If the team does not come from a power conference, but they have dominated this year and their schedule strength is better than 54, they should still be in your consideration as a Final Four contender.
2. Look for teams that had a winning streak of 10 games or more, or teams with both 5+ and 6+ winning streaks during the year. The minimum for two different winning streaks is that one needs to be at least six games and one at least five games.
3. Look for teams with winning records away from home when looking at Sweet 16 contenders and a winning percentage of 66.7% or better when looking for Final Four teams.
4. Look for teams with R+T Ratings of 15.0 or better when selecting Final Four teams, 10.0 or better when selecting Elite 8 teams, and 5.0 or better when selecting Sweet 16 teams. Of course, you have to look at their potential opposition and remember that the better R+T Rating has a big advantage when teams have comparable schedule strengths.
5. While relying more on R+T Rating than rebound margins, remember that no National Champion ever had a negative rebound margin.
6. Look at teams with positive FG% differentials and use this stat along with those above as a significant part of your method for picking winners.
7. Look for these power conference teams that have scoring margins of 8 or above along with schedule strengths of 54 or above.

These are the basic PiRate criteria. You might be shocked to see that there are some key statistics that are not included. Let’s look at some of these stats that the PiRates do not use.

Assists and Assists to Turnover Ratio
While a high number of assists means that a team is most likely a great passing team (and we love great passing teams), this can hide a potentially lethal problem in the Big Dance. Let’s say a team gets 28 field goals and has 24 assists. That may very well indicate this team can pass better than most others. However, it may also mean two other things. First, this team may not have players who can create their own offense and must get by on exceptional passing. That may not work against the best defensive teams in the nation (like the type that get into the Dance).

Second, and even more importantly, it may indicate that this team cannot get offensive put-backs. As explained earlier, the offensive rebound is about as important as any stat can be in the NCAA Tournament. So, rely on this stat only if you must decide on a toss-up after looking at the more important stats. We would much rather go with a team that has 15 offensive rebound potential than a team that has assists on 85% of its made field goals. The NCAA Tournament is full of tough defenses, weird site lines, tight rims, and even tighter nerves, and the offensive put-back is an even more potent weapon than in the regular season, especially in the Round of 64, the Sweet 16, and the Final Four games. The Round of 32 and Elite 8 rounds tend to be less tense, because it is the second game on the playing floor for the participants.

Free Throw Shooting
You might say we are contradicting the Four Factors with this, but we are not. It is the least important of the Four Factors, and we only apply this caveat to the NCAA Tournament. Free throw shooting is similar to a walk in baseball. During the regular season, a lot of walks lead to a lot of runs, and a lot of free throw shooting leads to a lot of points, but things change in the Big Dance.

Of course, free throw shooting in the clutch decides many ball games, even close NCAA Tournament games. However, history shows a long line of teams making it deep into the tournament with poor free throw shooting percentages, and teams that overly rely on free throws may find it tough getting to the line with the liberalized officiating in the tournament.

Let’s say a team shoots a paltry 60% at the foul line while their opponent hits a great 75% of their foul shots. Let’s say each team gets to the foul line 15 times in the game, with five of those chances coming as 1&1 attempts, three coming as one shot after made baskets, and the seven other trips to the line as two shot fouls.

For the 60% shooting team, they can be expected to hit 3 of 5 on the front end of the 1&1 and then 1.8 of the 3 bonus shots; they can be expected to hit 1.8 of 3 on the one foul shot after made baskets; and they can be expected to hit 8.4 of 14 on the two shot fouls for a total of 15 out of 25.

The 75% shooting team can be expected to connect on 3.75 of 5 on the front end of the 1&1 and then 2.8 of 3.75 on the bonus shot; they can be expected to hit 2.3 of 3 on the one foul shot after made baskets; and they can be expected to connect on 10.5 of 14 on the two shot fouls for a total of 19.35 out of 25.75.

A team with one of the top FT% only scores 4.35 more points at the foul line than a team with one of the worst. That is not a lot of points to make up, and when you consider that this is about the maximum possible difference in college basketball, this stat is not all that important. Also consider that teams that shoot 60% of their foul shots but still make the NCAA Tournament are almost always the teams that have the top R+T ratings, which is much more important after the Ides of March.

Teams that make the NCAA Tournament with gaudy free throw percentages frequently get there by winning close games at the line. In the NCAA Tournament, fouls just don’t get called as frequently as in the regular season. The referees let the teams play. So, looking at superior free throw percentage can almost lead you down the wrong path.
Ponder this: The 1973 UCLA Bruins are considered to be the best college basketball team ever. That team connected on just 63% of its free throws. They had a rebounding margin of 15.2, and they forced many turnovers via steals thanks to their vaunted 2-2-1 zone press. In the great UCLA dynasty years from 1964 through 1973 when the Bruins won nine titles in 10 seasons, they never once connected on 70% of their free throws in a single season and averaged just 66% during that stretch.

3-point shooting
You have to look at this statistic two different ways and consider that it is already part of field goal percentage and defensive field goal percentage. Contrary to popular belief, you do not count the difference in made three-pointers and multiply by three to see the difference in points scored. If two teams connect on 28 field goal attempts, and if Team A hits eight treys, while their Team B opponents hit three, that is not a difference of 15 points; it’s a difference of five points. Consider made three-pointers as one extra point because they are already figured as made field goals. A team with 28 made field goals and eight treys has scored only one more point than a team with 28 made field goals and seven treys.

The only time to give three-point shots any weight in this criteria is when you are looking at a toss-up game, and when you do look at this stat, look for the team that does not rely on threes to win, but instead dominates in the paint on both sides. To put it another way, teams that live and die by the outside shot will almost always die before they can get to the Final Four, if they cannot dominate inside. The tournament is won in the paint. This isn’t the NBA, and there are few Steph Curry’s in college ball.
One Big Star or Two Really Good Players
Teams that get to the Dance by riding one big star or a majority of scoring from two players are not solid enough to advance very far. Now, this does not apply to a team with one big star and four really good players. I’m referring to a team with one big star and four lemons or two big scorers with three guys who are allergic to the ball. Many times a team may have one big scorer or two guys who score 85% of the points, but the other three starters are capable of scoring 20 points if they are called on to do so. These teams are tough to stop. Usually, it is the mid-major teams that appear to be sleeper teams that could beat a favored opponent because they have one big talent that falls under this category. For instance, South Dakota State’s Mike Daum this year fits that category. He cannot carry the Jackrabbits to the Sweet 16 on his 25 points per game if the rest of the team does not produce as well.
If you have a team with five double figure scorers, they will be harder to defend and will be more consistent on the attack side. It is hard for all five players to slump at once. Also, if you have a team where four or more players have scored 20 or more points in a game, and this team hails from a power conference, this team presents defensive matchup problems for its opponents.
We hope this primer will help you when you fill out your brackets this year. The raw statistics on each of the 68 teams follows at the end of this primer. Coming later today, we will show you how we picked our bracket as well as issue our Red-White-Blue Power Ratings for the First Four Opening Round Games in Dayton on Tuesday and Wednesday.
For those of you new to this website, our Red-White-Blue Ratings are based on three different algorithms using Basketball’a Four Factors. If you don’t know what the Four Factors are, here is an in-depth primer.

THE FOUR FACTORS
Statistician and author Dean Oliver created this quartet of metrics. He did for basketball what the incredible Bill James did for baseball. Oliver wrote the excellent book Basketball on Paper, where he showed that four separate statistical metrics could show how winners beat losers in the NBA. Later experimentation showed that this metric worked for all levels of organized basketball when strength of schedule is factored into the metric, and the weighting of each factor was altered as the talent level of play decreased.

The four factors are:
1. Effective Field Goal Percentage
2. Rebound Rate
3. Turnover Rate
4. Free Throw Rate

Each factor applies to both offense and defense, so in essence, there are really eight factors.
Each Factor has a formula that can be calculated if you have the statistics. Don’t worry. Our team has compiled all the statistics for every one of the 68 teams in the Dance.

For those math lovers of statistics, and we know a lot of you from baseball, here are the Four Factor stats and their fomulas:

1. Effective FG% = (FGM + (.5 * 3ptM))/FGA where FGM is field goals made, 3ptM is three-pointers made, and FGA is field goals attempted.
If a team made 800 FG, 250 3-pointers, and attempted 1750 field goals, their EFG% is:
(800+(.5*250))/1750 = .529 or 52.9%

2. Offensive Rebound Rate = Offensive Rebounds/(Offensive Rebounds + Opponents’ Defensive Rebounds)
If a team has 500 offensive rebounds and their opponents have 850 defensive rebounds, their Offensive Rebound Rate is:
500/(500+850) = .370 or 37.0%
The defensive equivalent of this factor is defensive rebound rate (Opponents Offensive Rebounds/(Opponents Offensive Rebounds + The Defense’s Defensive Rebounds)
If a team’s opponents have 400 offensive rebounds, while the team has 800 defensive rebounds, the defensive rebound rate is: 400/(400+800) = .333 or 33.3%

3. Turnover Rate = Turnovers per 100 possessions that do not include offensive rebounds. Possessions at the college level can be estimated with incredible accuracy by this formula:
(FGA + (.475*FTA)-OR+TO)/G, where FGA is field goal attempts, FTA is free throw attempts, OR is offensive rebounds, TO is turnovers, and G is games played.
We remove offensive rebounds from the TO Rate formula, because very few turnovers occur following an offensive rebound. Most of the time a shot is taken immediately, and this would skew the factor.
If a team has 1700 FGA, 650 FTA, 425 OR, and 375 TO in 30 games played, their average actual possessions per game is:
(1700+(.475*650)-425+375)/30 = 65.3
Removing the offensive rebounds, their true possessions are:
1700+(.475*650)+375 = 2,384 (rounded from 2383.75)
Once again, the formula for TO Rate is: percentage of Turnovers per / possessions
(TO/Possessions) * 100
Thus for the team above with 375 TO in 2,384 Possessions, their TO Rate is:
100* (375/2384) = 15.7%

4. Free Throw Rate: Oliver and others determined that getting to the line was actually more important than making the foul shots, so they did not include made free throws in their equation.
Their formula was simply: FTA/FGA, as they believed that getting the other team in foul trouble was the most important part.
Later statisticans changed this formulas to FT Made/FGA, which included made free throws, but it also erred by making teams that do not attempt many field goals but lead late in games look much better than they really were. If a team like Northern Iowa attempted just 50 field goals per game and won a lot of games by three or four points, going to the foul line many times late in the game, they would pad this stat by making a lot of FT in the final minutes when the opponent was forced to foul.
A third group of statisticians, including the statheads at the PiRate Ratings, believe that free throws made per 100 possessions is a better metric, and thus we go with this rating, which we call FT Rate*:
If the team above with 65.3 possessions per game averages 17 made free throws per game, then their FT Rate* is:
17 / 65.3 * 100 = 26.0

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All The Stats On The 68 Teams

OFFENSE G FG FGA 3pt 3ptA FT FTA OReb DReb Reb To Stl Pts
Arizona 34 891 1873 229 576 582 768 350 901 1251 390 187 2593
Arkansas 33 920 1991 218 592 590 774 375 832 1207 385 249 2648
Baylor 32 838 1738 216 601 435 607 412 807 1219 430 162 2327
Bucknell 34 915 1902 277 734 480 707 293 878 1171 451 244 2587
Butler 31 831 1740 237 652 466 630 272 723 995 315 193 2365
Cincinnati 33 897 1954 248 709 434 638 405 821 1226 336 248 2476
Creighton 34 1052 2072 297 743 391 573 278 908 1186 423 211 2792
Dayton 31 802 1705 251 649 515 748 267 801 1068 370 243 2370
Duke 35 968 2029 288 767 599 790 366 905 1271 395 207 2823
East Tennessee St. 34 935 1905 256 669 591 840 345 892 1237 502 284 2717
Florida 32 851 1892 248 685 555 764 367 826 1193 378 243 2505
Florida Gulf Coast 33 978 1947 213 608 452 644 370 873 1243 411 201 2621
Florida St. 33 982 2032 227 637 530 766 389 856 1245 390 243 2721
Gonzaga 33 1002 1934 241 631 546 740 308 1022 1330 372 236 2791
Iona 34 951 2091 332 836 502 652 326 897 1223 411 235 2736
Iowa St. 33 971 2072 329 818 398 572 308 845 1153 335 261 2669
Jacksonville St. 34 834 1823 248 666 455 639 349 872 1221 463 156 2371
Kansas 32 946 1943 279 689 476 715 385 859 1244 419 222 2647
Kansas St. 33 817 1782 234 649 499 724 314 766 1080 431 258 2367
Kent St. 35 955 2231 248 781 534 743 524 894 1418 458 227 2692
Kentucky 33 999 2096 234 664 608 873 416 911 1327 394 200 2840
Louisville 32 893 1960 228 635 467 682 425 845 1270 357 216 2481
Marquette 31 894 1834 325 755 445 571 274 756 1030 378 228 2558
Maryland 32 805 1786 265 730 498 713 344 805 1149 416 173 2373
Miami (Fla.) 32 792 1748 205 571 431 600 354 799 1153 407 204 2220
Michigan 34 893 1857 318 837 443 572 260 744 1004 322 201 2547
Michigan St. 33 850 1817 259 689 408 615 313 898 1211 467 147 2367
Middle Tennessee 34 961 1962 217 590 412 590 334 874 1208 355 233 2551
Minnesota 33 863 1985 203 589 555 785 374 943 1317 385 189 2484
Mount St. Mary’s 34 831 1873 246 690 415 615 260 770 1030 447 211 2323
Nevada 34 907 2017 312 811 593 843 374 949 1323 379 181 2719
New Mexico St. 33 885 1893 244 725 591 830 426 886 1312 454 160 2605
New Orleans 31 801 1701 138 429 525 737 375 737 1112 519 242 2265
North Carolina 34 1055 2239 246 672 531 753 537 941 1478 405 236 2887
North Dakota 31 894 1850 218 563 490 682 286 829 1115 413 245 2496
Northern Kentucky 34 902 1964 292 827 493 729 378 901 1279 460 194 2589
Northwestern 34 860 1975 242 709 455 606 366 865 1231 359 172 2417
Notre Dame 34 937 2033 320 830 458 573 317 831 1148 322 245 2652
Oklahoma St. 32 922 1986 287 716 606 770 438 737 1175 422 249 2737
Oregon 34 954 1982 292 773 489 688 355 885 1240 394 221 2689
Princeton 29 750 1659 290 758 301 410 239 731 970 289 198 2091
Providence 32 779 1744 230 625 460 666 287 787 1074 403 215 2248
Purdue 32 894 1864 288 709 488 639 315 902 1217 418 167 2564
Rhode Island 33 860 1902 207 610 494 752 391 844 1235 372 211 2421
Saint Mary’s 32 842 1698 282 706 338 452 308 830 1138 337 133 2304
Seton Hall 32 846 1880 196 581 458 712 418 848 1266 434 222 2346
SMU 33 864 1825 267 663 468 672 399 872 1271 361 193 2463
South Carolina 32 787 1897 216 637 516 747 398 765 1163 428 251 2306
South Dakota St. 34 863 1880 313 863 598 771 307 884 1191 439 177 2637
Texas Southern 34 844 1955 198 666 643 877 397 804 1201 397 244 2529
Troy 36 958 2094 306 844 602 833 392 933 1325 445 220 2824
UC-Davis 34 830 1898 212 599 524 788 347 866 1213 482 193 2396
UCLA 33 1113 2144 327 807 429 576 322 973 1295 381 202 2982
UNC-Central 33 886 1938 250 735 457 671 390 893 1283 397 199 2479
UNC-Wilmington 34 1046 2170 326 891 478 691 408 813 1221 354 230 2896
USC 33 897 1977 259 713 544 736 356 837 1193 367 239 2597
Vanderbilt 34 794 1841 337 895 498 642 279 899 1178 420 140 2423
VCU 34 916 1985 197 589 510 721 375 871 1246 426 256 2539
Vermont 34 916 1848 219 594 450 641 316 848 1164 383 193 2501
Villanova 34 913 1837 300 810 515 649 291 844 1135 381 246 2641
Virginia 32 797 1717 224 570 313 442 282 772 1054 305 181 2131
Virginia Tech 32 864 1764 283 703 525 715 234 809 1043 388 128 2536
Wake Forest 32 898 1902 259 670 590 763 342 836 1178 377 175 2645
West Virginia 34 986 2153 257 711 558 823 487 783 1270 417 353 2787
Wichita St. 34 949 2004 296 725 596 812 405 981 1386 379 233 2790
Winthrop 32 866 1895 304 814 515 715 313 884 1197 421 210 2551
Wisconsin 33 869 1915 251 707 401 624 407 830 1237 358 229 2390
Xavier 34 876 1929 239 703 546 793 415 864 1279 435 209 2537

 

DEFENSE G FG FGA 3pt 3ptA FT FTA OReb DReb Reb To Stl Pts
Arizona 34 808 1945 218 712 391 567 319 700 1019 405 161 2225
Arkansas 33 824 1971 246 742 540 772 413 779 1192 430 162 2434
Baylor 32 713 1791 197 623 384 540 332 601 933 357 172 2007
Bucknell 34 830 1951 211 620 419 638 332 802 1134 474 239 2290
Butler 31 737 1661 209 625 437 623 277 695 972 420 153 2120
Cincinnati 33 689 1806 223 666 396 537 348 727 1075 457 116 1997
Creighton 34 907 2076 255 765 396 584 371 848 1219 481 226 2465
Dayton 31 712 1724 221 679 417 591 301 761 1062 463 139 2062
Duke 35 908 2096 175 594 453 647 376 795 1171 419 167 2444
East Tennessee St. 34 793 1908 267 751 505 702 329 756 1085 533 230 2358
Florida 32 754 1846 179 583 443 627 337 794 1131 479 174 2130
Florida Gulf Coast 33 800 1899 230 744 440 643 341 698 1039 425 200 2270
Florida St. 33 798 1936 240 698 516 723 374 753 1127 474 166 2352
Gonzaga 33 741 2015 192 641 344 523 348 726 1074 416 172 2018
Iona 34 916 2120 271 753 493 708 416 888 1304 449 162 2596
Iowa St. 33 876 2049 254 729 370 527 398 875 1273 474 153 2376
Jacksonville St. 34 785 1891 263 701 467 649 330 750 1080 375 203 2300
Kansas 32 825 1968 235 658 431 606 375 739 1114 430 226 2316
Kansas St. 33 775 1825 236 616 423 588 369 750 1119 503 208 2209
Kent St. 35 894 2080 258 747 485 690 380 825 1205 496 212 2531
Kentucky 33 850 2006 203 656 466 695 342 814 1156 482 157 2369
Louisville 32 709 1791 197 638 492 712 340 746 1086 440 164 2107
Marquette 31 823 1803 227 615 452 648 308 733 1041 409 199 2325
Maryland 32 772 1867 203 605 423 602 375 751 1126 403 194 2170
Miami (Fla.) 32 731 1764 202 611 374 508 309 698 1007 380 196 2038
Michigan 34 847 1821 198 525 346 508 305 760 1065 437 145 2238
Michigan St. 33 777 1911 217 626 485 672 338 753 1091 363 193 2256
Middle Tennessee 34 743 1783 205 642 462 656 281 755 1036 458 162 2153
Minnesota 33 829 2084 213 699 409 599 405 870 1275 421 188 2280
Mount St. Mary’s 34 863 1925 183 532 423 641 407 873 1280 507 215 2332
Nevada 34 890 2095 228 743 404 589 334 857 1191 384 189 2412
New Mexico St. 33 792 1911 184 632 451 667 361 724 1085 454 174 2219
New Orleans 31 767 1746 199 642 415 601 345 646 991 505 263 2148
North Carolina 34 838 2013 274 799 451 628 310 737 1047 464 214 2401
North Dakota 31 788 1796 211 601 470 687 303 780 1083 472 198 2257
Northern Kentucky 34 891 2026 224 682 422 600 313 806 1119 415 202 2428
Northwestern 34 770 1911 220 656 452 678 383 820 1203 406 192 2212
Notre Dame 34 865 2007 234 694 389 533 373 838 1211 435 180 2353
Oklahoma St. 32 846 1800 219 612 586 812 342 720 1062 487 208 2497
Oregon 34 803 2002 233 748 372 520 364 749 1113 468 160 2211
Princeton 29 631 1516 191 576 330 478 231 735 966 388 307 1783
Providence 32 786 1783 200 612 360 535 307 799 1106 447 202 2132
Purdue 32 811 1962 210 650 317 445 292 704 996 385 206 2149
Rhode Island 33 711 1758 152 524 567 799 350 790 1140 434 174 2141
Saint Mary’s 32 686 1676 143 472 293 427 227 615 842 300 176 1808
Seton Hall 32 783 1813 211 621 469 654 289 765 1054 393 219 2246
SMU 33 702 1817 270 826 304 442 304 658 962 392 160 1978
South Carolina 32 671 1686 168 574 553 778 344 789 1133 552 197 2063
South Dakota St. 34 938 2077 361 960 394 539 342 803 1145 391 230 2631
Texas Southern 34 902 2038 188 581 447 656 422 834 1256 463 176 2439
Troy 36 904 2120 282 841 490 680 367 864 1231 455 209 2580
UC-Davis 34 829 1955 237 717 448 633 330 836 1166 482 232 2343
UCLA 33 912 2179 284 784 378 563 383 777 1160 399 216 2486
UNC-Central 33 766 1959 205 708 355 554 410 775 1185 456 151 2092
UNC-Wilmington 34 912 1912 185 551 539 752 316 835 1151 496 166 2548
USC 33 893 2074 276 757 353 495 379 802 1181 424 184 2415
Vanderbilt 34 836 1975 220 655 425 604 333 839 1172 367 186 2317
VCU 34 775 1852 196 580 512 737 330 818 1148 500 187 2258
Vermont 34 781 1858 190 576 342 484 305 723 1028 443 184 2094
Villanova 34 799 1912 240 768 297 417 321 691 1012 452 176 2135
Virginia 32 610 1542 191 611 369 524 246 700 946 413 158 1780
Virginia Tech 32 876 1969 251 697 378 529 345 764 1109 375 175 2381
Wake Forest 32 860 1901 264 739 509 704 317 763 1080 370 193 2493
West Virginia 34 759 1791 227 650 510 755 374 806 1180 695 190 2255
Wichita St. 34 713 1887 227 735 470 680 307 782 1089 475 177 2123
Winthrop 32 787 1941 211 681 461 636 350 815 1165 450 195 2246
Wisconsin 33 723 1782 221 589 350 475 285 744 1029 433 175 2017
Xavier 34 862 1907 253 748 449 642 288 767 1055 416 218 2426

 

Team PPG Def PPG Marg. FG%-Marg Reb-Marg. TO Marg. R+T W-L Road SOS Off Poss Def Poss Poss/G Seed
Arizona 76.3 65.4 10.8 6.0 6.8 0.4 18.1 15-3 58.18 2278 2300 67.3 2
Arkansas 80.2 73.8 6.5 4.4 0.5 1.4 7.1 10-6 55.53 2369 2355 71.6 8
Baylor 72.7 62.7 10.0 8.4 8.9 -2.3 18.8 10-5 59.46 2044 2073 64.3 3
Bucknell 76.1 67.4 8.7 5.6 1.1 0.7 5.4 9-6 48.90 2396 2396 70.5 13
Butler 76.3 68.4 7.9 3.4 0.7 3.4 9.0 10-5 59.10 2082 2100 67.5 4
Cincinnati 75.0 60.5 14.5 7.8 4.6 3.7 19.1 11-5 54.46 2188 2170 66.0 6
Creighton 82.1 72.5 9.6 7.1 -1.0 1.7 2.2 12-5 56.81 2489 2463 72.8 6
Dayton 76.5 66.5 9.9 5.7 0.2 3.0 8.8 9-6 54.65 2163 2167 69.8 7
Duke 80.7 69.8 10.8 4.4 2.9 0.7 10.6 12-7 59.78 2433 2446 69.7 2
East Tennessee St. 79.9 69.4 10.6 7.5 4.5 0.9 13.3 14-5 49.32 2461 2445 72.2 13
Florida 78.3 66.6 11.7 4.1 1.9 3.2 11.4 15-7 59.41 2266 2286 71.1 4
Florida Gulf Coast 79.4 68.8 10.6 8.1 6.2 0.4 15.8 10-4 47.19 2294 2288 69.4 14
Florida St. 82.5 71.3 11.2 7.1 3.6 2.5 14.3 7-8 58.36 2397 2379 72.4 3
Gonzaga 84.6 61.2 23.4 15.0 7.8 1.3 21.2 17-0 54.02 2350 2331 70.9 1
Iona 80.5 76.4 4.1 2.3 -2.4 1.1 1.0 14-8 49.90 2486 2489 73.2 14
Iowa St. 80.9 72.0 8.9 4.1 -3.6 4.2 2.3 11-7 58.18 2371 2375 71.9 5
Jacksonville St. 69.7 67.6 2.1 4.2 4.1 -2.6 8.0 15-9 46.93 2241 2244 66.0 15
Kansas 82.7 72.4 10.3 6.8 4.1 0.3 10.9 14-3 58.10 2317 2311 72.3 1
Kansas St. 71.7 66.9 4.8 3.4 -1.2 2.2 3.4 9-8 56.53 2243 2238 67.9 11
Kent St. 76.9 72.3 4.6 -0.2 6.1 1.1 16.4 12-7 48.67 2518 2524 72.0 14
Kentucky 86.1 71.8 14.3 5.3 5.2 2.7 17.3 14-3 58.27 2489 2476 75.2 2
Louisville 77.5 65.8 11.7 6.0 5.8 2.6 18.3 8-7 60.87 2216 2229 69.5 2
Marquette 82.5 75.0 7.5 3.1 -0.4 1.0 3.5 5-9 56.05 2209 2212 71.3 10
Maryland 74.2 67.8 6.3 3.7 0.7 -0.4 3.7 11-3 56.23 2197 2181 68.4 6
Miami (Fla.) 69.4 63.7 5.7 3.9 4.6 -0.8 11.3 7-9 56.85 2086 2076 65.0 8
Michigan 74.9 65.8 9.1 1.6 -1.8 3.4 4.5 9-8 57.52 2191 2194 64.5 7
Michigan St. 71.7 68.4 3.4 6.1 3.6 -3.2 6.5 5-12 59.07 2263 2255 68.5 9
Middle Tennessee 75.0 63.3 11.7 7.3 5.1 3.0 17.8 17-2 50.19 2263 2272 66.7 12
Minnesota 75.3 69.1 6.2 3.7 1.3 1.1 6.8 7-6 58.18 2369 2385 72.0 5
Mount St. Mary’s 68.3 68.6 -0.3 -0.5 -7.4 1.8 -10.2 8-11 48.10 2352 2329 68.8 16
Nevada 80.0 70.9 9.0 2.5 3.9 0.1 11.0 15-5 51.96 2422 2425 71.3 12
New Mexico St. 78.9 67.2 11.7 5.3 6.9 0.0 16.9 11-4 47.15 2315 2321 70.2 14
New Orleans 73.1 69.3 3.8 3.2 3.9 -0.5 8.8 9-8 46.14 2195 2191 70.8 16
North Carolina 84.9 70.6 14.3 5.5 12.7 1.7 30.3 11-7 59.04 2465 2465 72.5 1
North Dakota 80.5 72.8 7.7 4.4 1.0 1.9 7.5 11-7 44.82 2301 2291 74.1 15
Northern Kentucky 76.1 71.4 4.7 1.9 4.7 -1.3 11.0 12-8 48.18 2392 2413 70.7 15
Northwestern 71.1 65.1 6.0 3.3 0.8 1.4 5.9 9-7 55.60 2256 2256 66.4 8
Notre Dame 78.0 69.2 8.8 3.0 -1.9 3.3 3.9 9-7 57.33 2310 2322 68.1 5
Oklahoma St. 85.5 78.0 7.5 -0.6 3.5 2.0 12.5 9-7 58.52 2336 2331 72.9 10
Oregon 79.1 65.0 14.1 8.0 3.7 2.2 14.2 12-5 56.84 2348 2353 69.1 3
Princeton 72.1 61.5 10.6 3.6 0.1 3.4 2.5 13-5 49.91 1904 1900 65.6 12
Providence 70.3 66.6 3.6 0.6 -1.0 1.4 2.4 5-9 56.05 2176 2177 68.0 11
Purdue 80.1 67.2 13.0 6.6 6.9 -1.0 15.0 10-5 55.84 2271 2266 70.9 4
Rhode Island 73.4 64.9 8.5 4.8 2.9 1.9 11.6 11-6 55.20 2240 2222 67.6 11
Saint Mary’s 72.0 56.5 15.5 8.7 9.3 -1.2 19.9 13-2 54.34 1942 1952 60.8 7
Seton Hall 73.3 70.2 3.1 1.8 6.6 -1.3 14.6 9-9 56.38 2234 2228 69.7 9
SMU 74.6 59.9 14.7 8.7 9.4 0.9 23.7 12-4 53.27 2106 2115 64.0 6
South Carolina 72.1 64.5 7.6 1.7 0.9 3.9 9.5 7-7 56.25 2282 2264 71.0 7
South Dakota St. 77.6 77.4 0.2 0.7 1.4 -1.4 3.1 7-14 50.02 2378 2382 70.0 16
Texas Southern 74.4 71.7 2.6 -1.1 -1.6 1.9 3.1 13-11 44.79 2372 2391 70.0 16
Troy 78.4 71.7 6.8 3.1 2.6 0.3 8.8 12-10 47.40 2543 2531 70.5 15
UC-Davis 70.5 68.9 1.6 1.3 1.4 0.0 4.8 11-12 44.11 2407 2408 70.8 16
UCLA 90.4 75.3 15.0 10.1 4.1 0.5 11.2 12-3 53.96 2477 2462 74.8 3
UNC-Central 75.1 63.4 11.7 6.6 3.0 1.8 12.2 14-6 38.41 2264 2268 68.7 16
UNC-Wilmington 85.2 74.9 10.2 0.5 2.1 4.2 12.8 16-4 51.48 2444 2449 72.0 12
USC 78.7 73.2 5.5 2.3 0.4 1.7 6.5 9-6 54.42 2338 2354 71.1 11
Vanderbilt 71.3 68.1 3.1 0.8 0.2 -1.6 1.4 8-10 61.16 2287 2296 67.4 9
VCU 74.7 66.4 8.3 4.3 2.9 2.2 12.2 11-7 55.31 2378 2372 69.9 10
Vermont 73.6 61.6 12.0 7.5 4.0 1.8 13.2 13-4 49.16 2219 2226 65.4 13
Villanova 77.7 62.8 14.9 7.9 3.6 2.1 13.8 17-2 58.04 2235 2241 65.8 1
Virginia 66.6 55.6 11.0 6.9 3.4 3.4 14.0 10-6 59.73 1950 1958 61.1 5
Virginia Tech 79.3 74.4 4.8 4.5 -2.1 -0.4 -2.0 7-8 55.01 2258 2250 70.4 9
Wake Forest 82.7 77.9 4.8 2.0 3.1 -0.2 8.6 8-10 58.32 2299 2288 71.7 11
West Virginia 82.0 66.3 15.6 3.4 2.6 8.2 19.1 9-6 55.57 2474 2471 72.7 4
Wichita St. 82.1 62.4 19.6 9.6 8.7 2.8 24.5 14-3 50.79 2364 2378 69.7 10
Winthrop 79.7 70.2 9.5 5.2 1.0 0.9 6.1 12-3 47.36 2343 2343 73.2 13
Wisconsin 72.4 61.1 11.3 4.8 6.3 2.3 19.0 10-7 54.48 2162 2156 65.4 8
Xavier 74.6 71.4 3.3 0.2 6.6 -0.6 15.3 9-9 58.75 2326 2340 68.6 11

 

Team EFG DEFG OR% DOR% TO% DTO% FT* DFT* Win Streaks
Arizona 53.7 47.1 33.3 26.1 14.8 15.5 25.6 17.0 15 5
Arkansas 51.7 48.0 32.5 33.2 14.0 15.5 24.9 22.9 8 5
Baylor 54.4 45.3 40.7 29.1 17.5 14.8 21.3 18.5 15 5
Bucknell 55.4 47.9 26.8 27.4 16.8 17.4 20.0 17.5 7 6
Butler 54.6 50.7 28.1 27.7 13.4 17.7 22.4 20.8 8 4
Cincinnati 52.3 44.3 35.8 29.8 13.0 18.1 19.8 18.2 15 5
Creighton 57.9 49.8 24.7 29.0 15.3 17.0 15.7 16.1 13 5
Dayton 54.4 47.7 26.0 27.3 15.2 18.8 23.8 19.2 9 5
Duke 54.8 47.5 31.5 29.4 14.1 14.8 24.6 18.5 10 7
East Tennessee St. 55.8 48.6 31.3 26.9 17.9 19.2 24.0 20.7 6 5
Florida 51.5 45.7 31.6 29.0 14.4 18.3 24.5 19.4 9 7
Florida Gulf Coast 55.7 48.2 34.6 28.1 15.4 16.2 19.7 19.2 7 7
Florida St. 53.9 47.4 34.1 30.4 14.0 17.2 22.1 21.7 12 4
Gonzaga 58.0 41.5 29.8 25.4 14.0 15.5 23.2 14.8 29 3
Iona 53.4 49.6 26.9 31.7 14.6 15.5 20.2 19.8 6 4
Iowa St. 54.8 49.0 26.0 32.0 12.5 17.1 16.8 15.6 6 5
Jacksonville St. 52.6 48.5 31.8 27.5 17.9 14.6 20.3 20.8 4 4
Kansas 55.9 47.9 34.3 30.4 15.5 16.0 20.5 18.7 18 8
Kansas St. 52.4 48.9 29.5 32.5 16.9 19.3 22.2 18.9 7 5
Kent St. 48.4 49.2 38.8 29.8 15.1 17.1 21.2 19.2 5 4
Kentucky 53.2 47.4 33.8 27.3 13.6 17.1 24.4 18.8 11 7
Louisville 51.4 45.1 36.3 28.7 13.5 17.1 21.1 22.1 6 5
Marquette 57.6 51.9 27.2 28.9 15.2 16.2 20.1 20.4 5 3
Maryland 52.5 46.8 31.4 31.8 16.4 15.8 22.7 19.4 7 7
Miami (Fla.) 51.2 47.2 33.7 27.9 16.7 15.9 20.7 18.0 7 4
Michigan 56.7 51.9 25.5 29.1 13.1 17.5 20.2 15.8 5 4
Michigan St. 53.9 46.3 29.4 27.3 18.1 14.0 18.0 21.5 4 3
Middle Tennessee 54.5 47.4 30.7 24.3 13.7 17.9 18.2 20.3 10 10
Minnesota 48.6 44.9 30.1 30.0 14.0 15.1 23.4 17.2 8 6
Mount St. Mary’s 50.9 49.6 22.9 34.6 17.1 18.5 17.6 18.2 8 4
Nevada 52.7 47.9 30.4 26.0 13.6 13.9 24.5 16.7 9 7
New Mexico St. 53.2 46.3 37.0 28.9 16.6 16.9 25.5 19.4 20 5
New Orleans 51.1 49.6 36.7 31.9 20.2 19.9 23.9 18.9 5 5
North Carolina 52.6 48.4 42.2 24.8 13.5 16.7 21.5 18.3 7 6
North Dakota 54.2 49.7 26.8 26.8 16.0 18.2 21.3 20.5 6 4
Northern Kentucky 53.4 49.5 31.9 25.8 16.6 15.2 20.6 17.5 6 6
Northwestern 49.7 46.0 30.9 30.7 13.7 15.4 20.2 20.0 9 6
Notre Dame 54.0 48.9 27.4 31.0 12.3 16.1 19.8 16.8 9 7
Oklahoma St. 53.7 53.1 37.8 31.7 15.2 18.2 25.9 25.1 5 5
Oregon 55.5 45.9 32.2 29.1 14.6 17.2 20.8 15.8 17 8
Princeton 53.9 47.9 24.5 24.0 13.5 18.2 15.8 17.4 19 2
Providence 51.3 49.7 26.4 28.1 16.4 18.0 21.1 16.5 6 6
Purdue 55.7 46.7 30.9 24.5 16.2 15.0 21.5 14.0 7 6
Rhode Island 50.7 44.8 33.1 29.3 14.1 16.9 22.1 25.5 8 4
Saint Mary’s 57.9 45.2 33.4 21.5 15.0 13.8 17.4 15.0 9 7
Seton Hall 50.2 49.0 35.3 25.4 16.4 15.6 20.5 21.1 6 5
SMU 54.7 46.1 37.7 25.9 14.4 16.2 22.2 14.4 16 10
South Carolina 47.2 44.8 33.5 31.0 16.0 21.2 22.6 24.4 8 5
South Dakota St. 54.2 53.9 27.7 27.9 16.3 14.4 25.1 16.5 6 3
Texas Southern 48.2 48.9 32.3 34.4 14.3 16.5 27.1 18.7 9 6
Troy 53.1 49.3 31.2 28.2 15.2 15.7 23.7 19.4 6 4
UC-Davis 49.3 48.5 29.3 27.6 17.5 17.6 21.8 18.6 4 4
UCLA 59.5 48.4 29.3 28.2 13.6 14.0 17.3 15.4 13 10
UNC-Central 52.2 44.3 33.5 31.5 15.0 17.0 20.2 15.7 13 5
UNC-Wilmington 55.7 52.5 32.8 28.0 12.4 17.9 19.6 22.0 9 8
USC 51.9 49.7 30.7 31.2 13.6 15.5 23.3 15.0 14 5
Vanderbilt 52.3 47.9 25.0 27.0 16.4 14.0 21.8 18.5 4 3
VCU 51.1 47.1 31.4 27.5 15.5 18.5 21.4 21.6 9 8
Vermont 55.5 47.1 30.4 26.5 15.1 17.5 20.3 15.4 21 4
Villanova 57.9 48.1 29.6 27.6 15.1 17.6 23.0 13.3 14 7
Virginia 52.9 45.8 28.7 24.2 13.7 18.7 16.1 18.8 7 5
Virginia Tech 57.0 50.9 23.4 29.9 15.6 14.4 23.3 16.8 8 4
Wake Forest 54.0 52.2 31.0 27.5 14.3 14.2 25.7 22.2 4 3
West Virginia 51.8 48.7 37.7 32.3 14.1 24.4 22.6 20.6 8 4
Wichita St. 54.7 43.8 34.1 23.8 13.7 17.7 25.2 19.8 15 6
Winthrop 53.7 46.0 27.7 28.4 15.9 16.7 22.0 19.7 8 7
Wisconsin 51.9 46.8 35.4 25.6 13.9 17.7 18.5 16.2 9 8
Xavier 51.6 51.8 35.1 25.0 15.9 15.8 23.5 19.2 7 6

Check back later Tuesday for our Round by Round Bracket Selections, as well as our Red-White-Blue Ratings for the First Four games in Dayton.

 

 

 

 

March 15, 2016

2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket Selection

The PiRate Ratings have been in existence for more than 40 years.  Only in the last 14, have we included college basketball in our menu, and only in the last 11 years, have we presented this website to the public.  In that time, there is one day each year where more people congregate to this site than on any other day.  It’s not the Super Bowl week, or the eve of the New Year’s Day Bowl games.  For many years running, it is this day and this entry that has brought more people here than any other.  Bracket picking has become part of the American and even international culture to the point where people that do not normally follow basketball can be found filling out brackets like they are scratching the $2 lottery cards.

 

One day more than a decade ago, our founder had some time on his hands, and he started researching the past statistics of the NCAA Basketball Champions.  Then, he began copying their statistics to a spreadsheet.  It then expanded to include all the Final Four teams, and eventually included the top teams in the nation that lost unexpectedly.

 

What he discovered was that there were specific statistical similarities in the Final Four teams and National Champions of past years.  Looking at that year’s NCAA Field, he isolated three of the Final Four teams by examining each team’s statistics and comparing them to Final Four teams of the past.

 

In 2006, this system found George Mason as a dark horse contender and in another medium, our founder wrote that the Patriots were a team to watch out for as a legitimate Final Four contender.  Overnight, the system was “discovered” by other media outlets that brought our founder a lot of notoriety, and when he started this site, many that had followed him, or had seen his system reported on by Yahoo and Fox, came here.

 

Now that the history lesson is over, let’s get into the meat of this system.  You can read about it more in depth in Monday’s submission:  https://piratings.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/bracketnomics-505-the-advanced-level-course-in-bracket-picking-2/

 

These are our criteria points.

  1. A scoring margin of 8 or more points, with special credit going to 10 or more points
  2. A field goal % margin of 7.5% or more  with special credit going to 10% or more
  3. A rebound margin of 5 or more
  4. A positive turnover margin (meaning they force more than they commit)
  5. An average of 7 or more steals per game
  6. An R+T Rating of 15 or more (the Bracketnomics 505 post for an explanation of R+T
  7. A member of a Power Conference and a Strength of Schedule of 54.00 or more
  8. A Won-Loss percentage in away and neutral games of 75% or more
  9. A 10-game winning streak or 2, 6-game winning streaks during the season

Let’s get to it.  Here are the teams that qualify under each criterion.  Remember, as you look at these statistical criteria, that there is a large caveat.  The Stephen F. Austin’s and Stony Brook’s had schedules on average that were 10-15 points weaker than the Michigan State’s and Kansas’s.  Do not look at this data and make conclusions that are not meant to be made.  We will put the data into a bracket-picker for you at the conclusion.

Scoring Margin

Team PPG D PPG Mar.
Stephen F. Austin 80.7 63.2 17.6
Michigan St. 79.8 63.4 16.4
Wichita St. 73.2 59.3 14.0
Kansas 81.6 67.6 13.9
Gonzaga 79.7 66.2 13.5
Indiana 82.3 68.9 13.4
Stony Brook 76.8 63.4 13.4
Villanova 77.0 63.7 13.3
Purdue 77.7 64.6 13.1
North Carolina 82.3 69.5 12.8
West Virginia 79.2 66.6 12.6
Arizona 81.2 68.9 12.3
Yale 75.2 63.1 12.0
Kentucky 79.7 68.3 11.4
UALR 70.9 59.6 11.3
Hawaii 77.6 66.5 11.1
Virginia 70.4 59.7 10.7
Texas A&M 75.9 65.5 10.4
Connecticut 73.4 63.1 10.3
Cincinnati 73.2 62.9 10.3
Xavier 81.3 71.0 10.3
Duke 79.1 68.8 10.3
Oklahoma 80.4 70.4 10.0
VCU 77.2 67.3 9.9
Weber St. 76.7 66.9 9.9
Cal State Bakersfield 73.0 63.2 9.8
Maryland 76.1 66.3 9.8
Oregon 78.8 69.1 9.7
Butler 80.6 71.2 9.4
Vanderbilt 76.8 67.3 9.4
Iowa 78.1 68.7 9.4
Chattanooga 75.8 66.6 9.2
Miami 75.6 66.8 8.8
South Dakota St. 76.3 67.8 8.5
Utah 77.6 69.1 8.5
UNC-Asheville 75.6 67.5 8.2
Pittsburgh 76.0 67.9 8.1
California 75.1 67.0 8.1

 

Field Goal % Margin

Team FG-M
Michigan St. 10.7
Kansas 9.8
Gonzaga 8.7
Purdue 8.0
Maryland 8.0
Kentucky 7.8
Connecticut 7.8
Utah 7.6
Vanderbilt 7.5

 

Rebound Margin

Team Rb-M
Michigan St. 11.7
Yale 11.1
Purdue 10.6
Arizona 9.2
Colorado 8.9
West Virginia 8.4
North Carolina 8.3
Baylor 7.9
Stony Brook 7.8
Xavier 7.5
Pittsburgh 7.4
Gonzaga 7.3
Indiana 7.3
California 6.7
Kentucky 5.4
South Dakota St. 5.4
Dayton 5.3
Kansas 5.2
Hampton 5.1
Florida Gulf Coast 5.0

 

Turnover Margin

Team TO-M
Stephen F. Austin 6.2
Wichita St. 5.5
Green Bay 4.8
Fresno St. 4.3
West Virginia 4.1
VCU 4.0
UNC-Wilmington 3.8
Tulsa 3.5
UALR 3.5
Cal State Bakersfield 3.1
Providence 3.1
Butler 2.9
Cincinnati 2.8
Oregon 2.8
Villanova 2.7
Iowa 2.7
UNC-Asheville 2.7
Virginia 2.7
Southern 2.6
Texas A&M 2.6
Fairleigh Dickinson 2.4
Duke 2.4
North Carolina 2.2
Holy Cross 2.2
Michigan 2.1
Texas 2.1
Oregon St. 2.1
Northern Iowa 2.0
Temple 1.9
Chattanooga 1.8
Hawaii 1.5
Syracuse 1.4
Middle Tennessee 1.4
Stony Brook 1.4
Xavier 1.4
St. Joseph’s 1.3
Iona 1.3
Kentucky 1.3
Wisconsin 1.2
Connecticut 1.1
Miami 1.0
Kansas 0.9
Iowa St. 0.8
Baylor 0.8
Texas Tech 0.8
South Dakota St. 0.3
USC 0.2

 

Steals

Team Avg. 
West Virginia 9.9
Green Bay 9.5
UNC-Asheville 9.3
Stephen F. Austin 9.1
VCU 8.8
Fresno St. 8.2
Syracuse 8.1
Cal State Bakersfield 8.0
Cincinnati 7.9
Baylor 7.9
Hawaii 7.9
Chattanooga 7.8
Oregon 7.6
Fairleigh Dickinson 7.6
Iona 7.6
UNC-Wilmington 7.5
Southern 7.5
Oregon St. 7.5
Xavier 7.3
Seton Hall 7.3
Wichita St. 7.2

 

R+T

If you read our post yesterday, you  must know by now that the R+T rating is as valuable in the NCAA Tournament as raw meat at the tiger’s exhibit at the zoo.  No team wins the national title with low R+T ratings, and teams with negative and very low R+T ratings exit the tournament quickly.

This season, no major conference teams enter the Dance with negative R+T ratings.   However, there are a handful with low positive R+T ratings.

Unlike the other criteria, we include every team in this criterion.  It is PiRate Gold.  Basically, the higher the number, the more this team is likely to score easy baskets during the game and prevent the opponent from scoring.  When players tend to be tight at the beginning of the tournament, R+T ratings can tell you which are most likely to get dunks and layups, two shots that stay true when outside jumpers and even close-in jumpers tend to be off.  Also, when two excellent defensive teams face off against each other, and baskets are hard to come by, the high R+T teams will score some “cheap” points and most likely be the winner.

Remember, like in all other criteria here, schedule strength and power conference membership are as equally important at R+T rating and must be considered as the co-primary factor.

Team R+T
Michigan St. 26.7
West Virginia 25.3
Yale 23.4
North Carolina 22.4
Purdue 20.9
Stony Brook 20.7
Arizona 20.3
Baylor 20.0
Xavier 19.9
Wichita St. 19.7
Stephen F. Austin 18.2
Pittsburgh 17.5
Indiana 17.3
Cincinnati 17.2
Kentucky 16.7
Colorado 16.6
Gonzaga 16.5
Cal State Bakersfield 15.9
   
Near Qualifiers  
Hawaii 14.8
Texas A&M 14.7
Butler 14.6
Kansas 14.6
Oregon 14.4
Dayton 14.1
VCU 14.0
   
Good R+T  
South Dakota St. 13.9
California 13.9
Virginia 13.2
Florida Gulf Coast 12.8
Fresno St. 12.4
Chattanooga 12.3
Hampton 11.7
St. Joseph’s 11.2
UNC-Asheville 11.2
Wisconsin 11.1
UNC-Wilmington 10.6
Seton Hall 10.5
Villanova 10.0
   
Best of the Rest  
Miami 9.5
Iowa 9.5
Utah 9.4
Connecticut 9.4
Buffalo 9.3
Middle Tennessee 9.1
UALR 9.1
Weber St. 9.0
Notre Dame 8.1
Maryland 7.8
Duke 7.3
Austin Peay 7.3
Oklahoma 7.1
   
Okay in Early Rounds  
USC 6.8
Green Bay 6.8
Providence 6.0
   
In Danger  
Michigan 4.9
Texas Tech 4.3
Iona 4.2
Iowa St. 4.1
Tulsa 3.8
Southern 3.6
Vanderbilt 3.4
Temple 3.3
Texas 3.3
Oregon St. 2.4
Syracuse 2.2
   
Quick Losers  
Northern Iowa -1.9
Fairleigh Dickinson -4.1
Holy Cross -5.2

 

Strength of Schedule

These are the teams from Power Conferences with SOS of 54.00 or better.  No National Champion has ever had a SOS under 54.00, and all but a small number of Final Four teams in the 64 to 68-team field have possessed SOS under 54.00.

Team SOS
Kansas 60.22
Virginia 60.05
Oregon 60.01
Texas 59.88
Baylor 59.49
Utah 59.33
Duke 58.97
Iowa St. 58.96
Texas Tech 58.94
Oregon St. 58.77
Oklahoma 58.74
West Virginia 58.59
Villanova 58.54
California 58.52
Miami 58.22
Wisconsin 58.14
North Carolina 57.74
Kentucky 57.45
Notre Dame 57.25
Pittsburgh 56.86
Xavier 56.82
USC 56.79
Maryland 56.77
Iowa 56.69
Purdue 56.54
Colorado 56.45
Vanderbilt 56.44
Seton Hall 56.24
Syracuse 56.21
Michigan 55.96
Michigan St. 55.75
Dayton 55.73
Providence 55.71
Connecticut 55.70
Texas A&M 55.70
St. Joseph’s 55.49
VCU 55.24
Tulsa 54.97
Cincinnati 54.70
Arizona 54.69
Butler 54.61
Temple 54.61

 

10-Game Winning Streak or 2, 6-Game Winning Streaks

Team Win Streaks
Stephen F. Austin 20 5
Stony Brook 18 3
Kansas 13 13
Michigan St. 13 9
Wichita St. 12 6
Indiana 12 5
North Carolina 12 5
Xavier 12 5
Yale 12 5
Oklahoma 12 4
California 12 3
VCU 12 3
Virginia 11 7
Purdue 11 5
UNC-Wilmington 11 5
Colorado 11 3
Texas A&M 10 8
UALR 10 6
Texas Tech 10 5
Pittsburgh 10 4
Chattanooga 9 8
Villanova 9 7
West Virginia 8 7
Arizona 8 6
Hawaii 8 6
Oregon 8 6
Providence 8 6
Weber St. 8 6
St. Joseph’s 7 7
Gonzaga 7 6
Cal State Bakersfield 6 6
Middle Tennessee 6 6
Northern Iowa 6 6
South Dakota St. 6 6

 

Won-Loss Record Away From Home Floor

Team Won Lost Pct
Gonzaga 15 3 83.3
Hawaii 10 2 83.3
Michigan St. 15 3 83.3
St. Joseph’s 15 3 83.3
Chattanooga 16 4 80.0
UALR 15 4 78.9
Villanova 14 4 77.8
Kansas 12 4 75.0
Xavier 12 4 75.0
       
Near Miss      
Dayton 11 4 73.3
North Carolina 13 5 72.2
Stephen F. Austin 13 5 72.2
UNC-Wilmington 13 5 72.2
Seton Hall 12 5 70.6
       
Okay in Early Rounds      
Stony Brook 11 5 68.8
Middle Tennessee 13 6 68.4
West Virginia 13 6 68.4
South Dakota St. 14 7 66.7
Weber St. 13 7 65.0
Oklahoma 11 6 64.7
Miami 10 6 62.5
Oregon 10 6 62.5
Providence 10 6 62.5
Yale 10 6 62.5
Virginia 11 7 61.1
Hampton 12 8 60.0
Cal State Bakersfield 10 7 58.8
Utah 10 7 58.8
Wichita St. 10 7 58.8
Iona 11 8 57.9
UNC-Asheville 11 8 57.9
Baylor 8 6 57.1
Green Bay 12 9 57.1
Connecticut 9 7 56.3
Fresno St. 9 7 56.3
Maryland 9 7 56.3
Purdue 9 7 56.3
Texas A&M 9 7 56.3
Temple 10 8 55.6
Northern Iowa 11 9 55.0
Duke 7 6 53.8
Arizona 8 7 53.3
Butler 8 7 53.3
Cincinnati 8 7 53.3
Indiana 8 7 53.3
Fairleigh Dickinson 9 8 52.9
Kentucky 9 8 52.9
Michigan 9 8 52.9
VCU 9 8 52.9
Buffalo 10 9 52.6
Austin Peay 11 10 52.4
Iowa 8 8 50.0
Tulsa 8 8 50.0
Wisconsin 7 7 50.0
       
Homers      
Southern 10 11 47.6
Pittsburgh 6 7 46.2
Iowa St. 7 9 43.8
Notre Dame 7 9 43.8
Syracuse 6 9 40.0
Texas 6 9 40.0
Colorado 6 10 37.5
Oregon St. 5 9 35.7
Texas Tech 5 9 35.7
California 5 10 33.3
USC 5 10 33.3
Holy Cross 6 13 31.6
Vanderbilt 5 11 31.3
Florida Gulf Coast 4 9 30.8

 

Ranked by Criteria Met

After the number of criteria met, we have included “Alpha Dog” and repeated R+T ratings.  Alpha Dog refers to whether this team has played a difficult enough schedule and is a member of a power conference.  While there are cases where George Mason and Wichita State make the Final Four, the cases are very rare, and we go with the tendencies that have worked so well in the past.

 

The teams that qualify with 5 criteria and are also Alpha Dogs with qualifying R+T ratings have been highlighted in blue.  These are the top contenders this year.

Team Criteria Met Alpha Dog R+T
Xavier 8 Yes Yes
Kansas 7 Yes No
Michigan St. 7 Yes Yes
West Virginia 7 Yes Yes
Gonzaga 6 Yes Yes
Kentucky 6 Yes Yes
North Carolina 6 Yes Yes
Purdue 6 Yes Yes
Arizona 5 Yes Yes
Pittsburgh 5 Yes Yes
Stony Brook 5 No Yes
Villanova 5 Yes No
Baylor 5 Yes Yes
Chattanooga 5 No No
Cincinnati 5 Yes Yes
Hawaii 5 No No
Oregon 5 Yes No
Stephen F. Austin 5 No Yes
VCU 5 Yes No
California 4 Yes No
Colorado 4 Yes Yes
Connecticut 4 Yes No
Indiana 4 Yes Yes
South Dakota St. 4 No No
St. Joseph’s 4 Yes No
Texas A&M 4 Yes No
UALR 4 No No
Virginia 4 Yes No
Wichita St. 4 No Yes
Yale 4 No Yes
Cal State Bakersfield 4 No Yes
Butler 3 Yes No
Duke 3 Yes No
Iowa 3 Yes No
Maryland 3 Yes No
Miami 3 Yes No
Oklahoma 3 Yes No
Providence 3 Yes No
Texas Tech 3 Yes No
Utah 3 Yes No
Vanderbilt 3 Yes No
Oregon St. 3 Yes No
Syracuse 3 Yes No
UNC-Asheville 3 No No
UNC-Wilmington 3 No No
Iowa St. 2 Yes No
Michigan 2 Yes No
Middle Tennessee 2 No No
Temple 2 Yes No
Texas 2 Yes No
Tulsa 2 Yes No
USC 2 Yes No
Weber St. 2 No No
Wisconsin 2 Yes No
Fairleigh Dickinson 2 No No
Fresno St. 2 No No
Green Bay 2 No No
Iona 2 No No
Seton Hall 2 Yes No
Southern 2 No No
Dayton 1 Yes No
Florida Gulf Coast 1 No No
Hampton 1 No No
Holy Cross 1 No No
Northern Iowa 1 No No
Notre Dame 1 Yes No
Austin Peay 0 No No
Buffalo 0 No No

 

Xavier rates as the top contender, but we are a bit concerned about the Big East Conference remaining as a Power Conference.  While three other Big East teams made the tournament, this league has not fared well since the break-up of the teams that formed the American Conference.

Last year, five Big East Teams made the NCAA Tournament.  St. John’s lost in the second round (round of 64) to San Diego State; Providence lost handily in their first game to Dayton; Butler lost in the third round to Notre Dame (round of 32); and 1-seed Villanova lost in the third round to North Carolina State.  Only Xavier made it to the Sweet 16, and the Musketeers had a relatively easy trip to the West Regional second weekend by defeating an Ole Miss team that just barely made the tournament as a play-in team from Dayton and then Georgia State after GSU upset Baylor.

We are not eliminating Xavier from consideration, but we are knocking them down a few notches.  Thus, our actual top-ranked team according to our Criteria ratings is Michigan State.

Now, before we drive you crazy, ponder this.  No Big Ten team has won the national title, since the Spartans pulled the trick in 2000.  Coach Tom Izzo has taken MSU to five subsequent Final Fours, and Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, and Wisconsin have made it to the Final Four in recent years.

Concerning the Big 12, overall number one seed Kansas does not qualify under the R+T rating.  However, the Jayhawks just barely miss out with an R+T of 14.6, and after a first game breeze, KU’s R+T rating could easily hit 15.  We are not going to dismiss Kansas because they come up short by a hair of having a great Final Four resume.

Bob Huggins has guided two teams to the Final Four, one at Cincinnati and one at West Virginia.  This year’s Mountaineer squad is better than the one he took to the Final Four and about on par with the great Bearcat team with Nick Van Exel, Corey Blount, Anthony Buford, and Herb Jones in 1992, where Cinti led Michigan in the second half before falling late by a couple points in the National Semifinals.

The shorter shot clock combined with Huggie Bear’s incredible full-court press makes the Mountaineers awfully dangerous against teams that have not previously played WVU.  There was a time when a long string of pressing teams won the national championship, but with slower paces, that style of play stopped being as effective.  Now, with the pace increased by about 7.5% thanks to the shorter shot clock, the press is a more potent weapon.  Even when a team breaks the press, they have less time to set up their offense and find a good shot.  The liability of pressing is that it can wear a team down, but WVU goes deep off the bench, and in the NCAA Tournament, media time outs are longer, allowing players more time to recover from fatigue.

Gonzaga made it to the Elite 8 last year, the zenith of the Mark Few era.  The Bulldogs did not win any big games this year until they finally bested Saint Mary’s in the WCC Tournament Championship.  The Zags have a very formidable frontcourt, but they fall well short in schedule strength, where there 52.35 reduces their criteria score down to Sweet 16 or worse status.

Kentucky and North Carolina are sitting pretty in the Criteria Ratings, as both meet 6 of the criteria, come from Big Conferences with high schedule strength, and most importantly, both merit recognition based on R+T ratings.  Being two of the most elite programs is not part of our criteria, but we also don’t totally exclude that fact.  They are the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals of college basketball.

Let’s look at how the PiRate Criteria see the brackets.  Wednesday night, after the last game in Dayton concludes, we will post our Red-White-Blue Picks for each game.  These are our everyday ratings and do not include the criteria listed herein.  These ratings use an algorithm incorporating the Four Factors.

As you will notice, while this season was tabbed a unique one with a lot of parity, we actually believe the top programs are more ready to dominate this tournament than in recent years.

First Four

Fairleigh Dickinson over Florida Gulf Coast

Wichita State over Vanderbilt

Southern over Holy Cross

Michigan over Tulsa

 

Round of 64

Kansas over Austin Peay

Colorado over Connecticut

Maryland over South Dakota St.

California over Hawaii (very close–almost a tossup)

Arizona over Wichita St. (or Vanderbilt)

Miami over Buffalo

Iowa over Temple

Villanova over UNC-Asheville

Oregon over Southern (or Holy Cross)

Cincinnati over St. Joseph’s [Lower Seed Picked]

Baylor over Yale

Duke over UNC-Wilmington (Criteria says this is closer than you might think)

Texas over Northern Iowa (very close)

Texas A&M over Green Bay

VCU over Oregon St. [Lower Seed Picked]

Oklahoma over Cal State Bakersfield (but watch out, CSUB has upset-worthy data)

North Carolina over Fairleigh Dickinson (or Florida Gulf Coast)

Providence over USC [Lower Seed Picked] (a weak game by criteria)

Indiana over Chattanooga (If UC still had Casey Jones, the Mocs would actually be favored)

Kentucky over Stony Brook (we do not see any chance that SBU will contend)

Michigan (or Tulsa) over Notre Dame [Lower Seed Picked] (Irish have lousy criteria numbers)

West Virginia over Stephen F. Austin (SFA got a lousy seed, as they are Sweet 16 worthy)

Pittsburgh over Wisconsin

Xavier over Weber St. (should be very ugly and possibly a 35+ point win)

Virginia over Hampton

Butler over Texas Tech [Lower Seed Picked]

Purdue over UALR

Iowa St. over Iona (expect a 90-80 type game)

Gonzaga over Seton Hall [Lower Seed Picked]

Utah over Fresno St. (could be close)

Syracuse over Dayton [Lower Seed Picked]

Michigan St. over Middle Tennessee

 

Round of 32

Kansas over Colorado (closer than expected)

California over Maryland

Arizona over Miami

Villanova over Iowa

Oregon over Cincinnati (almost dead even)

Baylor over Duke (Blue Devils missing defense in the paint)

Texas A&M over Texas

VCU over Oklahoma (big upset sends jump-shooting team home)

North Carolina over Providence

Kentucky over Indiana

West Virginia over Michigan

Xavier over Pittsburgh (should be excitingly close)

Virginia over Butler (should be close for 40 minutes)

Purdue over Iowa St.

Gonzaga over Utah (lowest seed in Sweet 16)

Michigan St. over Syracuse

 

Sweet 16

Kansas over California

Arizona over Villanova 

Baylor over Oregon (1 of 2 #1 seeds going out in this round)

VCU over Texas A&M

North Carolina over Kentucky (should be Final Four game)

West Virginia over Xavier (total toss-up and expected best game of the round)

Purdue over Virginia (2nd #1 seed going home in this round)

Michigan St. over Gonzaga

 

Elite 8

Kansas over Arizona

Baylor over VCU

West Virginia over North Carolina (3rd #1 seed departs)

Michigan St. over Purdue

 

Semifinals

Kansas over Baylor

Michigan St. over West Virginia

 

National Championship

Michigan St. over Kansas

March 25, 2015

Sweet 16 Preview

It hasn’t been the best year for our methodology, as we have just 11 teams remaining in the Sweet 16, while we have six teams still alive in our Elite 8 predictions, and three of the Final Four.  At least, our two finalists are still alive.

If you get to pick games anew with each round, here is the updated review of our bracketnomics 505 selection method.  If you need a primer on what the data means, please refer back to the previous article titled, “Bracketnomics 505–The Advanced Level Course in Bracket Picking,”  published on March 16.

Sweet 16 Schedule–All Times Listed are Eastern Daylight Time
Region Seed Team W-L Seed Team W-L Day Time TV
Midwest 3 Notre Dame 31-5 7 Wichita St. 30-4 Thursday 7:15 PM CBS
West 1 Wisconsin 33-3 4 North Carolina 26-11 Thursday 7:47 PM TBS
Midwest 1 Kentucky 36-0 5 West Virginia 25-9 Thursday 9:45 PM CBS
West 2 Arizona 33-3 6 Xavier 23-13 Thursday 10:17 PM TBS
South 2 Gonzaga 34-2 11 UCLA 22-13 Friday 7:15 PM CBS
East 4 Louisville 26-8 8 North Carolina St. 22-13 Friday 7:37 PM TBS
South 1 Duke 31-4 5 Utah 26-8 Friday 9:45 PM CBS
East 3 Oklahoma 24-10 7 Michigan St. 25-11 Friday 10:07 PM TBS

OFFENSE STATS

Team FG FGA 3pt 3pta FT FTa OR DR TO Stl
Arizona 963 1971 184 508 655 925 398 946 401 261
Duke 1008 1989 266 683 531 771 415 890 391 251
Gonzaga 1035 1966 259 611 534 775 365 991 379 220
Kentucky 931 1999 192 554 636 881 464 923 381 237
Louisville 828 1930 191 621 491 736 432 844 394 272
Michigan St. 944 2009 269 693 417 662 402 946 410 193
N. C. St. 872 1994 227 641 489 713 424 909 368 135
North Carolina 1073 2253 176 501 559 796 517 996 477 248
Notre Dame 994 1951 289 742 539 728 294 877 339 247
Oklahoma 865 1980 232 671 481 652 375 919 412 235
UCLA 904 2032 220 593 500 739 428 900 423 234
Utah 828 1700 260 638 523 745 304 864 392 200
West Virginia 859 2084 225 704 560 844 562 678 440 372
Wichita St. 834 1868 236 652 486 696 400 809 320 244
Wisconsin 915 1905 255 713 517 679 344 869 267 162
Xavier 934 1960 231 649 553 759 356 895 435 216
DEFENSE STATS
Team FG FGA 3pt 3pta FT FTa OR DR TO Stl
Arizona 730 1855 191 580 472 681 273 740 502 168
Duke 872 2055 179 566 346 498 382 706 434 200
Gonzaga 794 2031 206 625 421 637 382 705 419 198
Kentucky 688 1958 162 600 404 618 425 696 503 172
Louisville 718 1838 171 580 406 618 379 800 487 198
Michigan St. 764 1935 214 674 531 738 342 790 393 200
N. C. St. 800 1998 209 631 483 685 395 818 344 186
North Carolina 863 2176 240 801 571 820 448 767 463 252
Notre Dame 895 2102 220 671 351 494 410 768 407 186
Oklahoma 772 2000 216 683 374 569 417 824 463 223
UCLA 828 1987 278 771 445 641 353 830 433 223
Utah 684 1787 166 528 402 591 304 864 394 189
West Virginia 738 1576 187 508 597 871 301 824 668 193
Wichita St. 661 1667 178 512 427 619 298 747 453 138
Wisconsin 796 1888 185 503 268 391 273 728 353 146
Xavier 864 1981 254 734 442 659 335 776 456 236

FOUR FACTORS

Team EFG DEFG OR% DOR% TO% DTU% FT* DFT*
Arizona 53.5 44.5 35.0 22.4 16.6 20.9 27.1 19.6
Duke 57.4 46.8 37.0 30.0 16.8 18.5 22.8 14.8
Gonzaga 59.2 44.2 34.1 27.8 16.1 17.7 22.7 17.8
Kentucky 51.4 39.3 40.0 31.5 16.3 21.6 27.2 17.3
Louisville 47.8 43.7 35.1 31.0 17.6 21.7 21.9 18.1
Michigan St. 53.7 45.0 33.7 26.6 17.6 16.8 17.9 22.7
N. C. St. 49.4 45.3 34.1 30.3 16.2 15.1 21.5 21.3
North Carolina 51.5 45.2 40.3 31.0 18.4 17.9 21.6 22.1
Notre Dame 58.4 47.8 27.7 31.9 14.5 17.4 23.0 15.0
Oklahoma 49.5 44.0 31.3 31.2 17.7 20.0 20.7 16.1
UCLA 49.9 48.7 34.0 28.2 17.8 18.3 21.0 18.8
Utah 56.4 42.9 26.0 26.0 18.3 18.3 24.4 18.6
West Virginia 46.6 52.8 40.5 30.7 18.6 28.3 23.7 25.3
Wichita St. 51.0 45.0 34.9 26.9 15.1 21.4 22.9 20.2
Wisconsin 54.7 47.1 32.1 23.9 12.4 16.4 24.0 12.4
Xavier 53.5 50.0 31.4 27.2 18.1 18.9 23.0 18.3

PiRate Ratings Criteria

Team PPG D PPG Mar. FG-M Rb-M TO-M R+T WLRd W-L SOS Poss.
Arizona 76.8 59.0 17.8 9.5 9.2 2.8 26.2 10-3 33-3 58.1 67.0
Duke 80.4 64.8 15.5 8.2 6.2 1.2 17.5 12-2 31-4 61.3 66.6
Gonzaga 79.5 61.5 18.0 13.6 7.5 1.1 19.6 15-1 34-2 55.8 65.2
Kentucky 74.7 53.9 20.8 11.4 7.4 3.4 22.7 16-0 36-0 58.2 64.8
Louisville 68.8 59.2 9.6 3.8 2.9 2.7 12.6 10-3 26-8 66.3 65.9
Michigan St. 71.5 63.1 8.4 7.5 6.0 -0.5 14.7 11-6 25-11 66.2 64.8
N. C. St. 70.3 65.5 4.8 3.7 3.4 -0.7 8.8 9-9 22-13 67.5 65.0
North Carolina 77.9 68.6 9.3 8.0 8.1 -0.4 18.3 13-5 26-11 69.3 70.0
Notre Dame 78.2 65.6 12.6 8.4 -0.2 1.9 5.8 13-2 31-5 61.9 65.1
Oklahoma 71.9 62.8 9.1 5.1 1.6 1.5 7.5 8-7 24-10 66.4 68.4
UCLA 72.2 68.0 4.3 2.8 4.1 0.3 11.5 6-12 22-13 66.1 67.9
Utah 71.7 56.9 14.8 10.4 0.0 0.1 3.4 10-7 26-8 59.6 63.0
West Virginia 73.6 66.5 7.1 -5.6 3.4 6.7 19.3 13-6 25-9 65.4 69.5
Wichita St. 70.3 56.7 13.6 5.0 4.8 3.9 19.1 15-4 30-4 56.7 62.3
Wisconsin 72.3 56.8 15.5 5.9 5.9 2.4 18.4 18-2 33-3 60.2 59.7
Xavier 73.7 67.3 6.3 4.0 3.9 0.6 10.8 10-10 23-13 65.6 66.7

The PiRate Ratings

Team Team Red White Blue
Notre Dame Wichita St. 1 1 4
Wisconsin North Carolina 6 4 2
Kentucky West Virginia 13 11 12
Arizona Xavier 11 9 14
Gonzaga UCLA 10 8 5
Louisville North Carolina St. 4 2 -2
Duke Utah 3 3 9
Oklahoma Michigan St. 1 1 -2

Predicted Elite 8 Games

East: Michigan St. over Louisville

South: Duke over Gonzaga

Midwest: Kentucky over Notre Dame

West: Arizona over Wisconsin

Predicted Final 4 Games

Duke over Michigan St.

Kentucky over Arizona

Predicted National Championship Game

Kentucky over Duke

March 16, 2014

PiRate Ratings Bracketology Report for Sunday, March 16, 2014

Last Updated: March 16, 2014 7:45 AM EDT

 

Note: This will be the last update prior to the Selection Show on CBS-TV.  Our next update will be our bracketnomics report late Monday night/Tuesday morning.

 

Already In The Field of 68 

1. Harvard (26-4)

2. Eastern Kentucky (24-9)

3. Mercer (26-8)

4. Wichita St. (34-0)

5. Coastal Carolina (21-12)

6. Delaware (25-9)

7. Manhattan (25-7)

8. Wofford (20-12)

9. Mount St. Mary’s (16-16)

10. North Dakota St. (25-6)

11. Milwaukee (21-13)

12. Gonzaga (28-6)

13. American (20-12)

14. Louisville (29-5)

15. Albany (18-14)

16. Iowa St. (26-7)

17. Providence (23-11)

18. Weber St. (19-11)

19. Tulsa (21-12)

20. Western Michigan (23-9)

21. UNC-Central (28-5)

22. New Mexico (26-6)

23. U C L A (26-8)

24. Stephen F. Austin (31-2)

25. Texas Southern (19-14)

26. New Mexico St. (26-9)

27. Cal Poly (13-19)

 

Mount St. Mary’s and Cal Poly are virtually assured of going to Dayton for the First Round.  Albany and Texas Southern or Weber St. are the most likely teams to fill the other two #16 seed spots forced to play in the opening round.

 

The Bubbler

The higher up each team is on this bubble list, the better.  Providence moved off the Bubble with their Big East Championship Game win.  They cannot be an opening round team.  As of Sunday morning, the Bubble has shrunk to eight teams that will make the field and ten other Bubble teams hoping that the Committee will find some reason to include them in the field.  Teams five through eight are the last four in, and teams nine through 12 are the first four out.

 

1. Nebraska

2. Iowa

3. Tennessee

4. Oklahoma St.

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5. Xavier

6. Dayton

7. S M U

8. B Y U

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9. Minnesota

10. Missouri

11. Green Bay

12. Florida St.

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13. Arkansas

14. Louisiana Tech

15. Clemson

16. North Carolina St.

17. California

18. St. John’s

 

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

Tournament Championships Today

All times are Eastern Daylight

 

Atlantic 10

#2 V C U (12-4/26-7) vs. #4 St. Joseph’s (11-5/23-9)—1:00 PM on CBS

 

Atlantic Coast

#1 Virginia (16-2/27-6) vs. #3 Duke (13-5/26-7)—1:00 PM on ESPN

 

Big Ten

#1 Michigan (15-3/25-7) vs. Michigan St. (12-6/25-8)—3:30 PM on CBS

 

Southeastern

#1 Florida (18-0/31-2) vs. #2 Kentucky (12-6/24-9)—3:15 PM on ESPN

 

Sun Belt

#1 Georgia St. (17-1/25-7) vs. #3 UL-Lafayette (11-7/22-11)—1:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Previous Results

 

American Athletic Conference

Location—Fedex Forum, Memphis

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #7 Rutgers 72  #10 South Florida 68

G2: #9 Central Florida 94  #8 Temple 90  2 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #6 Houston 68  #3 S M U 64  

G4: #2 Louisville 92  #7 Rutgers 31

G5: #1 Cincinnati 61  #9 Central Florida 58

G6: #4 Connecticut 72  #5 Memphis 53

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #2 Louisville 94  #6 Houston 65

G8: #4 Connecticut 58  #1 Cincinnati 56

 

Championship

#2 Louisville 71   #4 Connecticut 61

 

America East Conference

Location—SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G1: #1 Vermont 77  #8 New Hampshire 60

G2: #4 Albany 86  #5 UMBC 56

G3: #2 Stony Brook 80  #7 Maine 54

G4: #3 Hartford 69  #6 Binghamton 42

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G5: #4 Albany 67  #1 Vermont 58  

G6: #2 Stony Brook 64  #3 Hartford 61

 

Championship

#4 Albany 69  #2 Stony Brook 60

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

Location—Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #13 Fordham 70  #12 George Mason 67

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G2: #9 St. Bonaventure 82  #8 La Salle 72  

G3: #5 Dayton 87  #13 Fordham 74

G4: #7 Richmond 76  #10 Duquesne 64

G5: #6 U Mass 65  #11 Rhode Island 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G6: #9 St. Bonaventure 71  #1 St. Louis 68

G7: #4 St. Joseph’s 70  #5 Dayton 67

G8: #2 V C U 71  #7 Richmond 53

G9: #3 George Washington 85  #6 U Mass 77

 

Semifinals

G10: #4 St. Joseph’s 67 #9 St. Bonaventure 48 

G11: #2 V C U 74  #3 George Washington 55

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Location—Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #12 Wake Forest 81  #13 Notre Dame 69

G2: #10 Miami 57  #15 Virginia Tech 53

G3: #11 Georgia Tech 73  #14 Boston College 70 ot

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #9 Florida St. 76  #8 Maryland  65  

G5: #5 Pittsburgh 84  #12 Wake Forest 55

G6: #7 North Carolina St.  67  #10 Miami 58

G7: #6 Clemson 69  #11 Georgia Tech 65 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 Virginia 64  #9 Florida St. 51

G9: #5 Pittsburgh 80  #4 North Carolina 75 

G10: #7 North Carolina St. 66  #2 Syracuse 63  

G11: #3 Duke 63  #6 Clemson 62

 

Semifinal Round

G12: #1 Virginia 51  #5 Pittsburgh 48

G13: #3 Duke 75  #7 North Carolina St. 67

 

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites of Higher Seed

 

Quarterfinal Round—Tuesday, March 4

G1: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 77  #8 Stetson 55

G2: #4 East Tennessee 89  #5 Lipscomb 88 2ot

G3: #2 Mercer 85  #7 Jacksonville 64

G4: #3 USC-Upstate 80  #6 North Florida 74

 

Semifinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G5: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 69  #4 East Tennessee 64

G6: #2 Mercer 78  #3 USC-Upstate 75 2ot

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#2 Mercer 68  #1 Florida Gulf Coast 60

 

Big 12 Conference

Location—Sprint Center, Kansas City

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Oklahoma St. 80 (8-10/21-11)  #9 Texas Tech 62

G2: #7 Baylor 76  #10 T C U 68

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Iowa St. 91  #5 Kansas St. 85

G4: #1 Kansas 77  #8 Oklahoma St. 70 ot

G5: #7 Baylor 78  #2 Oklahoma 73

G6: #3 Texas 66  #6 West Virginia 49

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #4 Iowa St. 94  #1 Kansas 83

G8: #7 Baylor 86  #3 Texas 69

 

Championship

#4 Iowa St. 74 (11-7/26-7)  #7 Baylor 65

 

Big East Conference

Location—Madison Square Garden, New York City

 

All Games Televised on Fox Sports 1

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Seton Hall 51 (6-12/16-16)  #9 Butler 50

G2: #10 DePaul 60  #7 Georgetown 56  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Seton Hall 64  #1 Villanova 63

G4: #4 Providence 79  #5 St. John’s 74

G5: #2 Creighton 84  #10 DePaul 62

G6: #3 Xavier 68  #6 Marquette 65

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #4 Providence 80  #8 Seton Hall 74 

G8: #2 Creighton 86  #3 Xavier 78

 

Championship

#4 Providence 65  #2 Creighton 58

 

Big Sky Conference

Location: Dee Events Center (Weber St.), Ogden, UT

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #2 North Dakota 79  #7 Sacramento St. 76

G2: #6 Northern Colorado 62  #3 Northern Arizona 60 

G3: #5 Portland St. 70  #4 Montana 63   

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G4: #2 North Dakota 79  #5 Portland St. 63

G5: #1 Weber St. 66  #6 Northern Colorado 63

 

Championship

#1 Weber St. 88  #2 North Dakota 67

 

Big South Conference

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

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #4S Winthrop 77  vs. #5N Liberty 65

G2: #3N Radford 78  vs. #6S Presbyterian 73

G3: #5S Chas. Southern 81  #4N Campbell 71

G4: #3S Gardner-Webb 81  #6N Longwood 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #4S Winthrop 62  #1N High Point 60

G6: #2S UNC-Asheville 96  #3N Radford 87

G7: #1S Coastal Carolina 73  #5S Chas. Southern 68 2ot

G8: #2N VMI 90  #3S Gardner-Webb 77

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G9: #4S Winthrop 80  #2S UNC-Asheville 79

G10: #1S Coastal Carolina 66  #2N V M I 62

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1S Coastal Carolina 76  #4S Winthrop 61 

 

Big Ten Conference

Location—Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #9 Illinois 64  #8 Indiana 54

G2: #5 Ohio St. 63   #12 Purdue 61

G3: #7 Minnesota 63   #10 Penn St. 56

G4: #11 Northwestern 67  #6 Iowa 62  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Michigan 64  #9 Illinois 63

G6: #5 Ohio St. 71  #4 Nebraska 67

G7: #2 Wisconsin 83  #7 Minnesota 57

G8: #3 Michigan St. 67  #11 Northwestern 51

 

Semifinals

G9: #1 Michigan 72 (15-3/25-7)  #5 Ohio St. 69

G10: #3 Michigan St. 83 (12-6/25-8)  #2 Wisconsin 75 

 

Big West Conference

Location—Honda Center, Anaheim

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #7 Cal Poly 69  #2 U C S B 38  

G2: #3 Long Beach St. 66 (10-6/15-16)  #6 Cal St. Fullerton 56

G3: #1 UC-Irvine 63  #8 UC-Riverside 43

G4: #5 Cal St. Northridge 87  #4 Hawaii 84

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #7 Cal Poly 61 (6-10/12-19)  #1 UC-Irvine 58 

G6: Cal St. Northridge 82  #3 Long Beach St. 77

 

Championship

#7 Cal Poly 61  #5 Cal St. Northridge 59

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Location—Baltimore Arena, Baltimore

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Hofstra 78  #9 UNC-Wilmington 70

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G2: #1 Delaware 87 (14-2/23-9)  #8 Hofstra 76

G3: #5 Northeastern 90 (7-9/11-20) #4 Drexel 81

G4: #2 Towson 80 (13-3/23-9) #7 James Madison 71

G5: #3 William & Mary 70 (10-6/19-11) #6 Charleston 59

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G6: #1 Delaware 87  #5 Northeastern 74

G7: #3 William & Mary 75  #2 Towson 71

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#1 Delaware 75  #3 William & Mary 74

 

Conference USA

Location—Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G1: #10 North Texas 63  #15 Rice 62 ot

G2: #14 Marshall 63  #11 Florida Atlantic 59

G3: #12 East Carolina 79  #13 U T S A 76

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G4: #7 Tulane 66  #10 North Texas 61

G5: #6 Old Dominion 73  #14 Marshall 58

G6: #5 U T E P  77  #12 East Carolina 68

G7: #9 Charlotte 80  #8 U A B 70 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G8: #2 Tulsa 70 (13-3/19-12)  #7 Tulane 49

G9: #3 Middle Tennessee 62 (13-3/24-8)  #6 Old Dominion 48

G10: #4 Southern Miss. 64 (13-3/27-5)  #5 U T E P 56

G11: #1 Louisiana Tech 86  #9 Charlotte 65

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14 (both games televised on CBS SN)

G12: #2 Tulsa 76  #3 Middle Tennessee 69

G13: #1 Louisiana Tech 88  #4 Southern Miss. 70

 

Championship

#2 Tulsa 69  #1 Louisiana Tech 60 

 

Horizon League

Location—First Round Games 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 83  #8 Detroit 73

G2: #4 Valparaiso 73  #9 Illinois-Chicago 63

G3: #6 Oakland 96  #7 Youngstown St. 92 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G4: #3 Wright St. 73  #6 Oakland 57

G5: #5 Milwaukee 74  #4 Valparaiso 57

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G6: #3 Wright St. 68 (10-6/20-13) #2 Cleveland St. 63

G7: #5 Milwaukee 73  #1 Green Bay 66   ot

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Milwaukee 69  #3 Wright St. 63  

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Location—Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #8 Rider 71  #9 Monmouth 60

G2: #7 St. Peter’s 65  #10 Fairfield 62 ot

G3: #11 Niagara 78  #6 Marist 76

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Iona 94  #8 Rider 71

G5: #4 Canisius 71  #5 Siena 69

G6: #2 Manhattan 72  #7 St. Peter’s 58

G7: #3 Quinnipiac 89  #11 Niagara 80

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #1 Iona 75  #4 Canisius 72

G9: #2 Manhattan 87  #3 Quinnipiac 68

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#2 Manhattan  71  #1 Iona 68

 

Mid-American Conference

Location—Opening Round at higher seed; all other rounds at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10

G1: #5 Ohio 76  #12 Ball St. 64

G2: #8 Miami (O) 71  #9 Kent St. 64

G3: #6 Eastern Michigan 72  #11 Central Michigan 60

G4: #7 Northern Illinois 54  #10 Bowling Green 51 ot

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12

G5: #5 Ohio 63  #8 Miami (O) 55

G6: #6 Eastern Michigan 53  #7 Northern Illinois 48

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G7: #4 Akron 83  #6 Ohio 77

G8: #6 Eastern Michigan 69  #3 Buffalo 64 

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Western Michigan 64  #4 Akron 60

G10: #2 Toledo 59  #6 Eastern Michigan 44

 

Championship

#1 Western Michigan 98  #2 Toledo 77

 

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Location: Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10 & Tuesday, March 11

G1: #4 Norfolk St. 78  #13 Maryland-Eastern Shore 74

G2: #5 Savannah St. 61  #12 South Carolina St. 47

G3: #8 Howard 53  #9 North Carolina A&T 47

G4: #7 Coppin St. 75  #10 Bethune-Cookman 68

G5: #6 Florida A&M 65  #11 Delaware St. 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G6: #1 UNC-Central 92  #8 Howard 46

G7: #7 Coppin St. 83  #2 Hampton 77 

G8: #3 Morgan St. 81  #6 Florida A&M 68

G9: #4 Norfolk St. 57  #5 Savannah St. 47

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G10: #1 UNC-Central 68  #4 Norfolk St. 45

G11: #3 Morgan St. 79  #7 Coppin St. 64

 

Championship

#1 UNC-Central 71  #3 Morgan St. 62

 

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: #9 Evansville 69  #8 Drake 61  

G2: #10 Loyola (Chi) 74 (4-14/10-21) #7 Bradley 72  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G3: #1 Wichita St. 80  #9 Evansville 58

G4: #4 Missouri St. 53  #5 Illinois St. 48

G5: #2 Indiana St. 75  #10 Loyola (Chi) 62

G6: #6 Southern Illinois 63  #3 Northern Iowa 58 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Wichita St. 67  Missouri St. 42

G8: #2 Indiana St. 62  #6 Southern Illinois 59

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1 Wichita St. 83  #2 Indiana St. 69

 

Mountain West Conference

Location—Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah St. 73 (7-11/18-13)  #9 Colorado St. 69

G2: #7 Fresno St. 61  #10 Air Force 59

G3: #6 Boise St. 83  #11 San Jose St. 52

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #1 San Diego St. 73  #8 Utah St. 39

G5: #4 U N L V 71   #5 Wyoming 67

G6: #2 New Mexico 93  #7 Fresno St. 77

G7: #6 Boise St. 75  #3 Nevada 62  

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 San Diego St. 59  #4 U N L V 51

G9: #2 New Mexico 70  #6 Boise St. 67

 

Championship

#2 New Mexico 64  #1 San Diego St. 58 

 

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 60  #8 Fairleigh-Dickinson 53

G2: #2 Wagner 83  #7 Central Connecticut 59

G3: #6 St. Francis (PA) 55  #3 Bryant 54 

G4: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 72  #4 St. Francis (NY) 71 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G5: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 77  #2 Wagner 52

G6: #1 Robert Morris 60  #6 St. Francis (PA) 57

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Mount St. Mary’s 88  #1 Robert Morris 71

 

Ohio Valley Conference

Location—Municipal Auditorium, Nashville

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #5 Tennessee Tech 74  #8 SIU-Edwards. 67

G2: #6 Southeast Missouri 79  #7 E. Illinois 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G3: #4 Morehead St. 76  #5 Tennessee Tech 61

G4: #3 Eastern Kentucky 84  #6 S.E. Missouri 76

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #1 Belmont 86  #4 Morehead St. 63

G6: #3 Eastern Kentucky 86  #2 Murray St. 83  

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 8

#3 Eastern Kentucky 79  #1 Belmont 73

 

Pac-12 Conference

Location—MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah 67  #9 Washington 61

G2: #5 Colorado 59  #12 Southern Cal 56

G3: #7 Oregon 88  #10 Oregon St. 74

G4: #6 Stanford 74  #11 Washington St. 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G5: #1 Arizona 71  #8 Utah 39

G6: #5 Colorado 59   #4 California 56 

G7: #2 U C L A 82  #7 Oregon 63

G8: #6 Stanford 79  #3 Arizona St. 58

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Arizona 63 (15-3/30-3)  #5 Colorado 43

G10: #2 U C L A 84  #6 Stanford 59

 

Championship

#2 U C L A 75  #1 Arizona 71 

 

Patriot League

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites at Higher Seed

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 3

G1: #9 Lafayette 84  #8 Loyola (MD) 71

G2: #7 Colgate  #10 Navy 51

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 5

G3: #1 Boston U. 91  #9 Lafayette 54

G4: #5 Army 72  #4 Bucknell 71

G5: #3 Holy Cross 54  #6 Lehigh 48

G6: #2 American 59  #7 Colgate 50

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Boston U 91  #5 Army 70

G8: #2 American 57  #3 Holy Cross 46

 

Championship Game—Wednesday, March 12

#2 American 55  #1 Boston U 36

 

Southeastern Conference

Location—Georgia Dome, Atlanta

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #13 South Carolina 74 (5-13/13-19)  #12 Auburn 56  

G2: #14 Mississippi St. 82  #11 Vanderbilt 68 

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Missouri 91  #9 Texas A&M 83 2ot

G4: South Carolina 71  #5 Arkansas 69

G5: #7 L S U 68  #10 Alabama 56

G6: #6 Ole Miss 78  #14 Mississippi St. 66

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #1 Florida 72  #8 Missouri 49

G8: #4 Tennessee 59  #13 South Carolina 44

G9: #2 Kentucky 85  #7 L S U 67

G10: #3 Georgia 75  #6 Ole Miss 73

 

Semifinals

G11: #1 Florida 56  #4 Tennessee 49

G12: #2 Kentucky 70  #3 Georgia 58

 

Southern Conference

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

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Samford 70  #9 Appalachian St. 56

G2: #7 Georgia Southern 65  #10 Furman 50

G3: #11 Citadel 86  #6 UNCG 76 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Davidson 77  #8 Samford 54

G5: #5 Western Carolina 66  #4 Elon 64 

G6: #7 Georgia Southern 62  #2 Chattanooga 55 

G7: #3 Wofford 68  #11 Citadel 51

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #5 Western Carolina 99  #1 Davidson 97  ot  

G9: #3 Wofford 71  #7 Georgia Southern 57 

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#3 Wofford 56  #5 Western Carolina 53

 

Southland Conference

Location—Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Nicholls St. 71  #5 Southeast Louisiana 64 

G2: #6 Oral Roberts 66  #7 McNeese St. 62

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Northwestern St. 88  #8 Nicholls St. 72

G4: #3 Sam Houston St. 70  #6 Oral Roberts 61

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Stephen F. Austin 85  #4 Northwestern St. 78

G6: #3 Sam Houston St. 69  #2 Texas A&M—C.C. 62

 

Championship

#1 Stephen F. Austin 68  #3 Sam Houston St. 49

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Location—Toyota Center, Houston

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11

G1: #10 Grambling 84  #7 Jackson St. 75  

G2: #8 Prairie View 79  #9 Mississippi Valley 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G3: #2 Texas Southern 79  Grambling 54

G4: #8 Prairie View 64  #1 Southern 46  

G5: #3 Alabama St. 64  #6 Alcorn St. 51

G6: #5 Alabama A&M 69  #4 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 50

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #2 Texas Southern 73  #3 Alabama St. 61

G8: #8 Prairie View 55   #5 Alabama A&M  49

 

Championship

#2 Texas Southern 78  #8 Prairie View 73

 

Summit League

Location—Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD

 

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

G1: #2 IPFW 85  #7 IUPUI 47

G2: #4 Denver 71 (8-6/16-14)  #5 S. Dakota 55

G3: #3 S. Dakota St. 71  #6 W. Illinois 50

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G4: #1 N. Dakota St. 83  #4 Denver 48

G5: #2 IPFW 64  #3 S. Dakota St. 60

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 North Dakota St. 60  #2 IPFW 57

 

Sun Belt Conference

Location—Lakefront Arena, New Orleans

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #5 U A L R 74  #8 Troy 61

G2: #6 UT-Arlington 68 (9-9/15-16)  #7 UL-Monroe 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G3: #4 Arkansas St. 116  #5 U A L R 114 4ot

G4: #3 UL-Lafayette 91  #6 UT-Arlington 85

 

Semifinals

G5: #1 Georgia St. 72  #4 Arkansas St. 45

G6: #3 UL-Lafayette 73  #2 Western Kentucky 72

 

West Coast Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #10 Loyola Marymount 67  #7 Portland 64 

G2: #9 Santa Clara 81  #8 Pacific 64

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G3: #3 San Francisco 69  #6 San Diego 60

G4: #2 B Y U 85  #10 Loyola Marymount 74

G5: #1 Gonzaga 77  #9 Santa Clara 75

G6: #4 St. Mary’s 80  #5 Pepperdine 69

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G7: #2 B Y U 79 ot  #3 San Francisco 77

G8: #1 Gonzaga 70  #4 St. Mary’s 54

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 Gonzaga 75  #2 B Y U 64

 

Western Athletic Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #1 Utah Valley 83  #8 Texas-Pan American 63

G2: #5 Idaho 73  #4 Mo.-Kansas City 70

G3: #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield 68  #3 Chicago St. 62

G4: #2 New Mexico St. 70  #7 Seattle 68

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #5 Idaho 74  #1 Utah Valley 69  

G6: #2 New Mexico St. 69  #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield 63  

 

Championship

#2 New Mexico St. 77  #5 Idaho 55

 

March 15, 2014

PiRate Ratings Bracketology Report for Saturday, March 15, 2014

Last Updated: March 15, 2014 7:55 AM EDT

Bubble Headlines

North Carolina St. moves into position to make a push to the Bubble

 

St. Bonaventure stays alive as a possible Bubble Buster.

 

Providence moves up the Bubble to last 4 in with Big East win

 

Clemson misses out on big upset to fall into NIT pool

 

St. Joe’s knocks off Dayton to solidify their hold on a bid and jeopardize the Flyers’ chances

 

Nebraska’s collapse against Ohio St. sends Cornhuskers down a few notches but still in the Dance

 

Louisiana Tech’s semifinal defeat of Southern Miss. gives Bulldogs a shot at an at-large should they lose

 

Toledo gets into Bubble mix with semifinal win in the MAC

 

LSU completely out of the mix after blowing early lead versus Kentucky

 

Georgia is an enigma—Bulldogs should be in the discussion with their record since November

 

Already In The Field of 68 

1. Harvard (26-4)

2. Eastern Kentucky (24-9)

3. Mercer (26-8)

4. Wichita St. (34-0)

5. Coastal Carolina (21-12)

6. Delaware (25-9)

7. Manhattan (25-7)

8. Wofford (20-12)

9. Mount St. Mary’s (16-16)

10. North Dakota St. (25-6)

11. Milwaukee (21-13)

12. Gonzaga (28-6)

13. American (20-12)

 

The Bubbler

The higher up each team is on this bubble list, the better.  St. Joseph’s has now moved from The Bubble to Safe status.  As of Saturday morning, just 10 teams on The Bubble will make the NCAA Tournament, while teams 11 through 20 are on the outside, looking in.  Teams listed at numbers 7 through 10 are the last four in.  Teams listed at numbers 11 through 14 comprise the first four out.  Keep an eye on St. Bonaventure, as the Bonnies could burst a bubble if they win the A-10 title.  North Carolina St. could do the same thing with a win over Duke today in the ACC Semifinals.  A Georgia win over Kentucky today has to get the Bulldogs moved into the discussion.  UGA finished tied for second in the SEC with a 12-6 record, and the Committee has to give that some serious thought.

 

1. Nebraska

2. Iowa

3. Tennessee

4. Oklahoma St.

5. Xavier

6. Oklahoma St.

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7. Dayton

8. S M U

9. Providence

10. B Y U

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11. Minnesota

12. Missouri

13. Green Bay

14. Florida St.

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15. Arkansas

16. Louisiana Tech

17. Clemson

18. North Carolina St.

19. California

20. St. John’s

 

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

Tournaments Playing Today

All times are Eastern Daylight

 

American Athletic—Championship

#2 Louisville (15-3/28-5) vs. #4 Connecticut (12-6/26-7)—6:00 PM on ESPN

 

America East—Championship

#4 Albany (9-7/17-14) vs. #2 Stony Brook (13-3/23-9)—11:30 AM on ESPN2

 

Atlantic 10—Semifinals

G10: #9 St. Bonaventure (6-10/18-14) vs. #4 St. Joseph’s (11-5/22-9)—1:30 PM on CBSSN

G11: #2 V C U (12-4/25-7) vs. #3 George Washington (11-5/24-7)—4:00 PM on CBSSN

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—1:00 PM on CBS

 

Atlantic Coast—Semifinals

G12: #1 Virginia (16-2/26-6) vs. #5 Pittsburgh (11-7/25-8)—1:00 PM on ESPN

G13: #7 North Carolina St. (8-8/21-12) vs. #3 Duke (13-5/25-7)—3:00 PM on ESPN

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN

 

Big 12—Championship

#4 Iowa St. (11-7/25-7) vs. #7 Baylor (9-9/24-10)—9:00 PM on ESPN

 

Big East—Championship

#4 Providence (10-8/22-11) vs. #2 Creighton (14-4/26-6)—8:30 PM

 

Big Sky—Championship

#1 Weber St. (14-6/18-11) vs. #2 North Dakota (12-8/17-15)—8:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Big Ten—Semifinals

G9: #1 Michigan (15-3/24-7) vs. #5 Ohio St. (10-8/25-8)—1:40 PM on CBS

G10: #2 Wisconsin (12-6/26-6) vs. #3 Michigan St. (12-6/24-8)—4:20 PM on CBS

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—3:30 PM on CBS

 

Big West—Championship

#7 Cal Poly (6-10/12-19) vs. #5 Cal St. Northridge (7-9/17-17)—10:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Conference USA—Championship

#1 Louisiana Tech (13-3/27-6) vs. #2 Tulsa (13-3/20-12)—11:35 AM on CBS

 

Mid-American—Championship

#1 Western Michigan (14-4/22-9) vs. #2 Toledo (14-4/27-5)—6:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Mideastern Athletic—Championship

#1 UNC-Central (15-1/27-5) vs. #3 Morgan St. (11-5/15-15)—6:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Mountain West—Championship

#1 San Diego St. (16-2/29-3) vs. #2 New Mexico (15-3/25-6)—6:00 PM on CBS

 

Pac-12—Championship

#1 Arizona (15-3/30-3) vs. #2 U C L A (12-6/25-8)—6:00 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Southeastern—Semifinals

G11: #1 Florida (18-0/30-2) vs. #4 Tennessee (11-7/21-11)—1:00 PM on ABC

G12: #2 Kentucky (12-6/23-9) vs. #3 Georgia (12-6/19-12)—3:30 PM on ABC

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner—3:15 PM on ESPN

 

Southland—Championship

#1 Stephen F. Austin (18-0/30-2) vs. #3 Sam Houston St. (13-5/23-9)—8:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Southwestern Athletic—Championship

#2 Texas Southern (12-6/18-14) vs. #8 Prairie View (6-12/11-22)—4:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Sunbelt—Semifinals

G5: #1 Georgia St. (17-1/24-7) vs. #4 Arkansas St. (10-8/19-12)—3:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G6: #2 Western Kentucky (12-6/20-11) vs. #3 UL-Lafayette (11-7/21-11)—5:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Western Athletic—Championship

#5 Idaho (7-9/16-17) vs. #2 New Mexico St. (12-4/25-9)—10:00 PM on ESPNU

 

 

Previous Results

 

American Athletic Conference

Location—Fedex Forum, Memphis

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #7 Rutgers 72  #10 South Florida 68

G2: #9 Central Florida 94  #8 Temple 90  2 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #6 Houston 68  #3 S M U 64  

G4: #2 Louisville 92  #7 Rutgers 31

G5: #1 Cincinnati 61  #9 Central Florida 58

G6: #4 Connecticut 72  #5 Memphis 53

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #2 Louisville 94  #6 Houston 65

G8: #4 Connecticut 58  #1 Cincinnati 56

 

America East Conference

Location—SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G1: #1 Vermont 77  #8 New Hampshire 60

G2: #4 Albany 86  #5 UMBC 56

G3: #2 Stony Brook 80  #7 Maine 54

G4: #3 Hartford 69  #6 Binghamton 42

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G5: #4 Albany 67  #1 Vermont 58  

G6: #2 Stony Brook 64  #3 Hartford 61

 

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

Location—Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #13 Fordham 70  #12 George Mason 67

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G2: #9 St. Bonaventure 82  #8 La Salle 72  

G3: #5 Dayton 87  #13 Fordham 74

G4: #7 Richmond 76  #10 Duquesne 64

G5: #6 U Mass 65  #11 Rhode Island 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G6: #9 St. Bonaventure 71  #1 St. Louis 68

G7: #4 St. Joseph’s 70  #5 Dayton 67

G8: #2 V C U 71  #7 Richmond 53

G9: #3 George Washington 85  #6 U Mass 77

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Location—Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #12 Wake Forest 81  #13 Notre Dame 69

G2: #10 Miami 57  #15 Virginia Tech 53

G3: #11 Georgia Tech 73  #14 Boston College 70 ot

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #9 Florida St. 76  #8 Maryland  65  

G5: #5 Pittsburgh 84  #12 Wake Forest 55

G6: #7 North Carolina St.  67  #10 Miami 58

G7: #6 Clemson 69  #11 Georgia Tech 65 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 Virginia 64  #9 Florida St. 51

G9: #5 Pittsburgh 80  #4 North Carolina 75 

G10: #7 North Carolina St. 66  #2 Syracuse 63  

G11: #3 Duke 63  #6 Clemson 62

 

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites of Higher Seed

 

Quarterfinal Round—Tuesday, March 4

G1: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 77  #8 Stetson 55

G2: #4 East Tennessee 89  #5 Lipscomb 88 2ot

G3: #2 Mercer 85  #7 Jacksonville 64

G4: #3 USC-Upstate 80  #6 North Florida 74

 

Semifinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G5: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 69  #4 East Tennessee 64

G6: #2 Mercer 78  #3 USC-Upstate 75 2ot

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#2 Mercer 68  #1 Florida Gulf Coast 60

 

Big 12 Conference

Location—Sprint Center, Kansas City

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Oklahoma St. 80 (8-10/21-11)  #9 Texas Tech 62

G2: #7 Baylor 76  #10 T C U 68

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Iowa St. 91  #5 Kansas St. 85

G4: #1 Kansas 77  #8 Oklahoma St. 70 ot

G5: #7 Baylor 78  #2 Oklahoma 73

G6: #3 Texas 66  #6 West Virginia 49

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #4 Iowa St. 94  #1 Kansas 83

G8: #7 Baylor 86  #3 Texas 69

 

Big East Conference

Location—Madison Square Garden, New York City

 

All Games Televised on Fox Sports 1

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Seton Hall 51 (6-12/16-16)  #9 Butler 50

G2: #10 DePaul 60  #7 Georgetown 56  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Seton Hall 64  #1 Villanova 63

G4: #4 Providence 79  #5 St. John’s 74

G5: #2 Creighton 84  #10 DePaul 62

G6: #3 Xavier 68  #6 Marquette 65

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #4 Providence 80  #8 Seton Hall 74 

G8: #2 Creighton 86  #3 Xavier 78

 

Big Sky Conference

Location: Dee Events Center (Weber St.), Ogden, UT

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #2 North Dakota 79  #7 Sacramento St. 76

G2: #6 Northern Colorado 62  #3 Northern Arizona 60 

G3: #5 Portland St. 70  #4 Montana 63   

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G4: #2 North Dakota 79  #5 Portland St. 63

G5: #1 Weber St. 66  #6 Northern Colorado 63

 

Big South Conference

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

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #4S Winthrop 77  vs. #5N Liberty 65

G2: #3N Radford 78  vs. #6S Presbyterian 73

G3: #5S Chas. Southern 81  #4N Campbell 71

G4: #3S Gardner-Webb 81  #6N Longwood 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #4S Winthrop 62  #1N High Point 60

G6: #2S UNC-Asheville 96  #3N Radford 87

G7: #1S Coastal Carolina 73  #5S Chas. Southern 68 2ot

G8: #2N VMI 90  #3S Gardner-Webb 77

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G9: #4S Winthrop 80  #2S UNC-Asheville 79

G10: #1S Coastal Carolina 66  #2N V M I 62

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1S Coastal Carolina 76  #4S Winthrop 61 

 

Big Ten Conference

Location—Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #9 Illinois 64  #8 Indiana 54

G2: #5 Ohio St. 63   #12 Purdue 61

G3: #7 Minnesota 63   #10 Penn St. 56

G4: #11 Northwestern 67  #6 Iowa 62  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Michigan 64  #9 Illinois 63

G6: #5 Ohio St. 71  #4 Nebraska 67

G7: #2 Wisconsin 83  #7 Minnesota 57

G8: #3 Michigan St. 67  #11 Northwestern 51

 

Big West Conference

Location—Honda Center, Anaheim

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #7 Cal Poly 69  #2 U C S B 38  

G2: #3 Long Beach St. 66 (10-6/15-16)  #6 Cal St. Fullerton 56

G3: #1 UC-Irvine 63  #8 UC-Riverside 43

G4: #5 Cal St. Northridge 87  #4 Hawaii 84

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #7 Cal Poly 61 (6-10/12-19)  #1 UC-Irvine 58 

G6: Cal St. Northridge 82  #3 Long Beach St. 77

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Location—Baltimore Arena, Baltimore

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Hofstra 78  #9 UNC-Wilmington 70

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G2: #1 Delaware 87 (14-2/23-9)  #8 Hofstra 76

G3: #5 Northeastern 90 (7-9/11-20) #4 Drexel 81

G4: #2 Towson 80 (13-3/23-9) #7 James Madison 71

G5: #3 William & Mary 70 (10-6/19-11) #6 Charleston 59

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G6: #1 Delaware 87  #5 Northeastern 74

G7: #3 William & Mary 75  #2 Towson 71

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#1 Delaware 75  #3 William & Mary 74

 

Conference USA

Location—Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G1: #10 North Texas 63  #15 Rice 62 ot

G2: #14 Marshall 63  #11 Florida Atlantic 59

G3: #12 East Carolina 79  #13 U T S A 76

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G4: #7 Tulane 66  #10 North Texas 61

G5: #6 Old Dominion 73  #14 Marshall 58

G6: #5 U T E P  77  #12 East Carolina 68

G7: #9 Charlotte 80  #8 U A B 70 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G8: #2 Tulsa 70 (13-3/19-12)  #7 Tulane 49

G9: #3 Middle Tennessee 62 (13-3/24-8)  #6 Old Dominion 48

G10: #4 Southern Miss. 64 (13-3/27-5)  #5 U T E P 56

G11: #1 Louisiana Tech 86  #9 Charlotte 65

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14 (both games televised on CBS SN)

G12: #2 Tulsa 76  #3 Middle Tennessee 69

G13: #1 Louisiana Tech 88  #4 Southern Miss. 70

 

Horizon League

Location—First Round Games 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 83  #8 Detroit 73

G2: #4 Valparaiso 73  #9 Illinois-Chicago 63

G3: #6 Oakland 96  #7 Youngstown St. 92 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G4: #3 Wright St. 73  #6 Oakland 57

G5: #5 Milwaukee 74  #4 Valparaiso 57

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G6: #3 Wright St. 68 (10-6/20-13) #2 Cleveland St. 63

G7: #5 Milwaukee 73  #1 Green Bay 66   ot

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Milwaukee 69  #3 Wright St. 63  

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Location—Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #8 Rider 71  #9 Monmouth 60

G2: #7 St. Peter’s 65  #10 Fairfield 62 ot

G3: #11 Niagara 78  #6 Marist 76

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Iona 94  #8 Rider 71

G5: #4 Canisius 71  #5 Siena 69

G6: #2 Manhattan 72  #7 St. Peter’s 58

G7: #3 Quinnipiac 89  #11 Niagara 80

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #1 Iona 75  #4 Canisius 72

G9: #2 Manhattan 87  #3 Quinnipiac 68

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#2 Manhattan  71  #1 Iona 68

 

Mid-American Conference

Location—Opening Round at higher seed; all other rounds at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10

G1: #5 Ohio 76  #12 Ball St. 64

G2: #8 Miami (O) 71  #9 Kent St. 64

G3: #6 Eastern Michigan 72  #11 Central Michigan 60

G4: #7 Northern Illinois 54  #10 Bowling Green 51 ot

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12

G5: #5 Ohio 63  #8 Miami (O) 55

G6: #6 Eastern Michigan 53  #7 Northern Illinois 48

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G7: #4 Akron 83  #6 Ohio 77

G8: #6 Eastern Michigan 69  #3 Buffalo 64 

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Western Michigan 64  #4 Akron 60

G10: #2 Toledo 59  #6 Eastern Michigan 44

 

 

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Location: Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10 & Tuesday, March 11

G1: #4 Norfolk St. 78  #13 Maryland-Eastern Shore 74

G2: #5 Savannah St. 61  #12 South Carolina St. 47

G3: #8 Howard 53  #9 North Carolina A&T 47

G4: #7 Coppin St. 75  #10 Bethune-Cookman 68

G5: #6 Florida A&M 65  #11 Delaware St. 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G6: #1 UNC-Central 92  #8 Howard 46

G7: #7 Coppin St. 83  #2 Hampton 77 

G8: #3 Morgan St. 81  #6 Florida A&M 68

G9: #4 Norfolk St. 57  #5 Savannah St. 47

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G10: #1 UNC-Central 68  #4 Norfolk St. 45

G11: #3 Morgan St. 79  #7 Coppin St. 64

 

 

 

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: #9 Evansville 69  #8 Drake 61  

G2: #10 Loyola (Chi) 74 (4-14/10-21) #7 Bradley 72  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G3: #1 Wichita St. 80  #9 Evansville 58

G4: #4 Missouri St. 53  #5 Illinois St. 48

G5: #2 Indiana St. 75  #10 Loyola (Chi) 62

G6: #6 Southern Illinois 63  #3 Northern Iowa 58 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Wichita St. 67  Missouri St. 42

G8: #2 Indiana St. 62  #6 Southern Illinois 59

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1 Wichita St. 83  #2 Indiana St. 69

 

Mountain West Conference

Location—Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah St. 73 (7-11/18-13)  #9 Colorado St. 69

G2: #7 Fresno St. 61  #10 Air Force 59

G3: #6 Boise St. 83  #11 San Jose St. 52

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #1 San Diego St. 73  #8 Utah St. 39

G5: #4 U N L V 71   #5 Wyoming 67

G6: #2 New Mexico 93  #7 Fresno St. 77

G7: #6 Boise St. 75  #3 Nevada 62  

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 San Diego St. 59  #4 U N L V 51

G9: #2 New Mexico 70  #6 Boise St. 67

 

 

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 60  #8 Fairleigh-Dickinson 53

G2: #2 Wagner 83  #7 Central Connecticut 59

G3: #6 St. Francis (PA) 55  #3 Bryant 54 

G4: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 72  #4 St. Francis (NY) 71 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G5: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 77  #2 Wagner 52

G6: #1 Robert Morris 60  #6 St. Francis (PA) 57

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Mount St. Mary’s 88  #1 Robert Morris 71

 

Ohio Valley Conference

Location—Municipal Auditorium, Nashville

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #5 Tennessee Tech 74  #8 SIU-Edwards. 67

G2: #6 Southeast Missouri 79  #7 E. Illinois 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G3: #4 Morehead St. 76  #5 Tennessee Tech 61

G4: #3 Eastern Kentucky 84  #6 S.E. Missouri 76

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #1 Belmont 86  #4 Morehead St. 63

G6: #3 Eastern Kentucky 86  #2 Murray St. 83  

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 8

#3 Eastern Kentucky 79  #1 Belmont 73

 

Pac-12 Conference

Location—MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah 67  #9 Washington 61

G2: #5 Colorado 59  #12 Southern Cal 56

G3: #7 Oregon 88  #10 Oregon St. 74

G4: #6 Stanford 74  #11 Washington St. 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G5: #1 Arizona 71  #8 Utah 39

G6: #5 Colorado 59   #4 California 56 

G7: #2 U C L A 82  #7 Oregon 63

G8: #6 Stanford 79  #3 Arizona St. 58

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Arizona 63 (15-3/30-3)  #5 Colorado 43

G10: #2 U C L A 84  #6 Stanford 59

 

Patriot League

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites at Higher Seed

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 3

G1: #9 Lafayette 84  #8 Loyola (MD) 71

G2: #7 Colgate  #10 Navy 51

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 5

G3: #1 Boston U. 91  #9 Lafayette 54

G4: #5 Army 72  #4 Bucknell 71

G5: #3 Holy Cross 54  #6 Lehigh 48

G6: #2 American 59  #7 Colgate 50

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Boston U 91  #5 Army 70

G8: #2 American 57  #3 Holy Cross 46

 

Championship Game—Wednesday, March 12

#2 American 55  #1 Boston U 36

 

Southeastern Conference

Location—Georgia Dome, Atlanta

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #13 South Carolina 74 (5-13/13-19)  #12 Auburn 56  

G2: #14 Mississippi St. 82  #11 Vanderbilt 68 

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Missouri 91  #9 Texas A&M 83 2ot

G4: South Carolina 71  #5 Arkansas 69

G5: #7 L S U 68  #10 Alabama 56

G6: #6 Ole Miss 78  #14 Mississippi St. 66

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #1 Florida 72  #8 Missouri 49

G8: #4 Tennessee 59  #13 South Carolina 44

G9: #2 Kentucky 85  #7 L S U 67

G10: #3 Georgia 75  #6 Ole Miss 73

 

 

Southern Conference

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

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Samford 70  #9 Appalachian St. 56

G2: #7 Georgia Southern 65  #10 Furman 50

G3: #11 Citadel 86  #6 UNCG 76 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Davidson 77  #8 Samford 54

G5: #5 Western Carolina 66  #4 Elon 64 

G6: #7 Georgia Southern 62  #2 Chattanooga 55 

G7: #3 Wofford 68  #11 Citadel 51

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #5 Western Carolina 99  #1 Davidson 97  ot  

G9: #3 Wofford 71  #7 Georgia Southern 57 

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#3 Wofford 56  #5 Western Carolina 53

 

Southland Conference

Location—Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Nicholls St. 71  #5 Southeast Louisiana 64 

G2: #6 Oral Roberts 66  #7 McNeese St. 62

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Northwestern St. 88  #8 Nicholls St. 72

G4: #3 Sam Houston St. 70  #6 Oral Roberts 61

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Stephen F. Austin 85  #4 Northwestern St. 78

G6: #3 Sam Houston St. 69  #2 Texas A&M—C.C. 62

 

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Location—Toyota Center, Houston

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11

G1: #10 Grambling 84  #7 Jackson St. 75  

G2: #8 Prairie View 79  #9 Mississippi Valley 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G3: #2 Texas Southern 79  Grambling 54

G4: #8 Prairie View 64  #1 Southern 46  

G5: #3 Alabama St. 64  #6 Alcorn St. 51

G6: #5 Alabama A&M 69  #4 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 50

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #2 Texas Southern 73  #3 Alabama St. 61

G8: #8 Prairie View 55   #5 Alabama A&M  49

 

Summit League

Location—Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD

 

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

G1: #2 IPFW 85  #7 IUPUI 47

G2: #4 Denver 71 (8-6/16-14)  #5 S. Dakota 55

G3: #3 S. Dakota St. 71  #6 W. Illinois 50

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G4: #1 N. Dakota St. 83  #4 Denver 48

G5: #2 IPFW 64  #3 S. Dakota St. 60

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 North Dakota St. 60  #2 IPFW 57

 

Sun Belt Conference

Location—Lakefront Arena, New Orleans

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #5 U A L R 74  #8 Troy 61

G2: #6 UT-Arlington 68 (9-9/15-16)  #7 UL-Monroe 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G3: #4 Arkansas St. 116  #5 U A L R 114 4ot

G4: #3 UL-Lafayette 91  #6 UT-Arlington 85

 

West Coast Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #10 Loyola Marymount 67  #7 Portland 64 

G2: #9 Santa Clara 81  #8 Pacific 64

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G3: #3 San Francisco 69  #6 San Diego 60

G4: #2 B Y U 85  #10 Loyola Marymount 74

G5: #1 Gonzaga 77  #9 Santa Clara 75

G6: #4 St. Mary’s 80  #5 Pepperdine 69

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G7: #2 B Y U 79 ot  #3 San Francisco 77

G8: #1 Gonzaga 70  #4 St. Mary’s 54

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 Gonzaga 75  #2 B Y U 64

 

Western Athletic Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #1 Utah Valley 83  #8 Texas-Pan American 63

G2: #5 Idaho 73  #4 Mo.-Kansas City 70

G3: #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield 68  #3 Chicago St. 62

G4: #2 New Mexico St. 70  #7 Seattle 68

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #5 Idaho 74  #1 Utah Valley 69  

G6: #2 New Mexico St. 69  #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield 63  

 

 

March 14, 2014

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Report for Friday, March 14, 2014

Last Updated: March 14, 2014 6:05 AM EDT

Bubble Headlines

Clemson, Florida St., and North Carolina St. all stay alive in the ACC and Bubble race

Dayton and Richmond advance in the A-10

Providence and Xavier win in the Big East, but Villanova’s upset loss ends a #1 seed bid for the ‘Cats

Minnesota stays alive with an opening Big Ten win over Penn St.

Top 4 seeds in CUSA advance—Southern Miss. and La. Tech still in Bubble contention

Stanford & Colorado solidify their spots in the Dance with Pac-12 Tourney wins

Arkansas loses to #13 seed South Carolina in SEC 2nd round action

 

Already In The Field of 68  (5 Teams)

1. Harvard (26-4)

2. Eastern Kentucky (24-9)

3. Mercer (26-8)

4. Wichita St. (34-0)

5. Coastal Carolina (21-12)

6. Delaware (25-9)

7. Manhattan (25-7)

8. Wofford (20-12)

9. Mount St. Mary’s (16-16)

10. North Dakota St. (25-6)

11. Milwaukee (21-13)

12. Gonzaga (28-6)

13. American (20-12)

 

Who’s Bubble Burst Thursday

St. John’s

Utah

California

Arkansas

West Virginia

 

The Bubbler

The higher up each team is on this bubble list, the better.  Colorado has now moved from The Bubble to Safe status.  Pittsburgh has probably now done enough, but we are leaving the Panthers at the top of the Bubble Teams.  As of today, just 10 teams on The Bubble will make the NCAA Tournament, while teams 11 through 17 are on the outside, looking in.  Teams listed at numbers 7 through 10 are the last four in.  Teams listed at numbers 11 through 14 comprise the first four out.  As conference tournament upsets occur, the bubble teams in the tournament will begin to shrink.  So, far, no major upsets have occurred that would add teams to the field and remove the number of Bubble teams from the “in” list.

 

1. Pittsburgh

2. St. Joseph’s

3. Nebraska

4. Tennessee

5. S M U

6. Oklahoma St.

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7. Dayton

8. Xavier

9. Providence

10. Missouri

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11. Minnesota

12. B Y U

13. Green Bay

14. Florida St.

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15. Southern Miss.

16. Louisiana Tech

17. Clemson

 

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

 

Schedules & Results

All times are Eastern Daylight

 

American Athletic Conference

Location—Fedex Forum, Memphis

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #7 Rutgers 72  #10 South Florida 68

G2: #9 Central Florida 94  #8 Temple 90  2 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #6 Houston 68  #3 S M U 64  

G4: #2 Louisville 92  #7 Rutgers 31

G5: #1 Cincinnati 61  #9 Central Florida 58

G6: #4 Connecticut 72  #5 Memphis 53

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #6 Houston (8-10/17-15) vs. #2 Louisville (15-3/27-5)—6:00 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

G8: #1 Cincinnati (15-3/27-5) vs. #4 Connecticut (12-6/25-7)—8:00 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

 

Championship Game

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN

 

America East Conference

Location—SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G1: #1 Vermont 77  #8 New Hampshire 60

G2: #4 Albany 86  #5 UMBC 56

G3: #2 Stony Brook 80  #7 Maine 54

G4: #3 Hartford 69  #6 Binghamton 42

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G5: #4 Albany 67  #1 Vermont 58  

G6: #2 Stony Brook 64  #3 Hartford 61

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

#4 Albany (9-7/17-14) vs. #2 Stony Brook (13-3/23-9)—11:30 AM on ESPN2

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

Location—Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #13 Fordham 70  #12 George Mason 67

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G2: #9 St. Bonaventure 82  #8 La Salle 72  

G3: #5 Dayton 87  #13 Fordham 74

G4: #7 Richmond 76  #10 Duquesne 64

G5: #6 U Mass 65  #11 Rhode Island 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G6: #1 St. Louis (13-3/26-5) vs. #9 St. Bonaventure (6-10/17-14)—12:00 Noon on NBCSN

G7: #4 St. Joseph’s (11-5/21-9) vs. #5 Dayton (10-6/23-9)—2:30 PM on NBCSN

G8: #2 V C U (12-4/24-7) vs. #7 Richmond (8-8/19-13)—6:30 PM on NBCSN

G9: #3 George Washington (11-5/23-7) vs. #6 U Mass (10-6/24-7)—9:00 PM on NBCSN

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G10: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner—1:30 PM on CBSSN

G11: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—4:00 PM on CBSSN

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—1:00 PM on CBS

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Location—Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #12 Wake Forest 81  #13 Notre Dame 69

G2: #10 Miami 57  #15 Virginia Tech 53

G3: #11 Georgia Tech 73  #14 Boston College 70 ot

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #9 Florida St. 76  #8 Maryland  65  

G5: #5 Pittsburgh 84  #12 Wake Forest 55

G6: #7 North Carolina St.  67  #10 Miami 58

G7: #6 Clemson 69  #11 Georgia Tech 65 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 Virginia (16-2/25-6) vs. #9 Florida St. (9-9/19-12)—12:00 Noon on ESPN2

G9: #4 North Carolina (13-5/23-8) vs. #5 Pittsburgh (11-7/24-8)—2:00 PM on ESPN2

G10: #2 Syracuse (14-4/27-4) vs. #7 North Carolina St. (9-9/20-12)—7:00 PM on ESPN2

G11: #3 Duke (13-5/24-7) vs. #6 Clemson (10-8/20-11)—9:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN

G13: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—3:00 PM on ESPN

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites of Higher Seed

 

Quarterfinal Round—Tuesday, March 4

G1: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 77  #8 Stetson 55

G2: #4 East Tennessee 89  #5 Lipscomb 88 2ot

G3: #2 Mercer 85  #7 Jacksonville 64

G4: #3 USC-Upstate 80  #6 North Florida 74

 

Semifinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G5: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 69  #4 East Tennessee 64

G6: #2 Mercer 78  #3 USC-Upstate 75 2ot

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#2 Mercer 68  #1 Florida Gulf Coast 60

 

Big 12 Conference

Location—Sprint Center, Kansas City

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Oklahoma St. 80 (8-10/21-11)  #9 Texas Tech 62

G2: #7 Baylor 76  #10 T C U 68

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Iowa St. 91  #5 Kansas St. 85

G4: #1 Kansas 77  #8 Oklahoma St. 70 ot

G5: #7 Baylor 78  #2 Oklahoma 73

G6: #3 Texas 66  #6 West Virginia 49

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #4 Iowa St. (11-7/24-7) vs. #1 Kansas (14-4/24-8)—7:00 PM on ESPNU or ESPN3

G8: #7 Baylor (9-9/23-10) vs. #3 Texas (11-7/23-9)—9:30 PM on ESPNU or ESPN3

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

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

 

Big East Conference

Location—Madison Square Garden, New York City

 

All Games Televised on Fox Sports 1

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Seton Hall 51 (6-12/16-16)  #9 Butler 50

G2: #10 DePaul 60  #7 Georgetown 56  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Seton Hall 64  #1 Villanova 63

G4: #4 Providence 79  #5 St. John’s 74

G5: #2 Creighton 84  #10 DePaul 62

G6: #3 Xavier 68  #6 Marquette 65

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #8 Seton Hall (6-12/17-16) vs. #4 Providence (10-8/21-11)—7:00 PM

G8: #2 Creighton (14-4/25-6) vs. #3 Xavier (10-8/21-11)

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—8:30 PM

 

Big Sky Conference

Location: Dee Events Center (Weber St.), Ogden, UT

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #2 North Dakota 79  #7 Sacramento St. 76

G2: #6 Northern Colorado 62  #3 Northern Arizona 60 

G3: #5 Portland St. 70  #4 Montana 63   

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G4: #2 North Dakota (12-8/16-15) vs. #5 Portland St. (11-9/17-13)—6:30 PM

G5: Weber St. (14-6/17-11) vs. #6 Northern Colorado (11-9/18-12)—9:05 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner—8:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Big South Conference

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

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #4S Winthrop 77  vs. #5N Liberty 65

G2: #3N Radford 78  vs. #6S Presbyterian 73

G3: #5S Chas. Southern 81  #4N Campbell 71

G4: #3S Gardner-Webb 81  #6N Longwood 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #4S Winthrop 62  #1N High Point 60

G6: #2S UNC-Asheville 96  #3N Radford 87

G7: #1S Coastal Carolina 73  #5S Chas. Southern 68 2ot

G8: #2N VMI 90  #3S Gardner-Webb 77

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G9: #4S Winthrop 80  #2S UNC-Asheville 79

G10: #1S Coastal Carolina 66  #2N V M I 62

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1S Coastal Carolina 76  #4S Winthrop 61 

 

Big Ten Conference

Location—Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #9 Illinois 64  #8 Indiana 54

G2: #5 Ohio St. 63   #12 Purdue 61

G3: #7 Minnesota 63   #10 Penn St. 56

G4: #11 Northwestern 67  #6 Iowa 62  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Michigan (15-3/23-7) vs. #9 Illinois (7-11/19-13)—12:00 Noon on ESPN or ESPN2

G6: #4 Nebraska (11-7/19-11) vs. #5 Ohio St. (10-8/24-8)—2:30 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

G7: #2 Wisconsin (12-6/25-6) vs. #7 Minnesota (8-10/20-12)—6:30 PM on Big Ten Network

G8: #3 Michigan St. (12-6/23-8) vs. #11 Northwestern (6-12/14-18)—9:00 PM on Big Ten Network

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—1:40 PM on CBS

G10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—4:20 PM on CBS

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—3:30 PM on CBS

 

Big West Conference

Location—Honda Center, Anaheim

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #7 Cal Poly 69  #2 U C S B 38  

G2: #3 Long Beach St. 66 (10-6/15-16)  #6 Cal St. Fullerton 56

G3: #1 UC-Irvine 63  #8 UC-Riverside 43

G4: #5 Cal St. Northridge 87  #4 Hawaii 84

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 UC-Irvine (13-3/23-10) vs. #7 Cal Poly (6-10/11-19)—9:30 PM on ESPN3

G6: #3 Long Beach St. (10-6/15-16) vs. Cal St. Northridge (7-9/16-17)—12:00 Midnight on ESPNU

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—10:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Location—Baltimore Arena, Baltimore

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Hofstra 78  #9 UNC-Wilmington 70

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G2: #1 Delaware 87 (14-2/23-9)  #8 Hofstra 76

G3: #5 Northeastern 90 (7-9/11-20) #4 Drexel 81

G4: #2 Towson 80 (13-3/23-9) #7 James Madison 71

G5: #3 William & Mary 70 (10-6/19-11) #6 Charleston 59

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G6: #1 Delaware 87  #5 Northeastern 74

G7: #3 William & Mary 75  #2 Towson 71

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#1 Delaware 75  #3 William & Mary 74

 

Conference USA

Location—Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G1: #10 North Texas 63  #15 Rice 62 ot

G2: #14 Marshall 63  #11 Florida Atlantic 59

G3: #12 East Carolina 79  #13 U T S A 76

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G4: #7 Tulane 66  #10 North Texas 61

G5: #6 Old Dominion 73  #14 Marshall 58

G6: #5 U T E P  77  #12 East Carolina 68

G7: #9 Charlotte 80  #8 U A B 70 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G8: #2 Tulsa 70 (13-3/19-12)  #7 Tulane 49

G9: #3 Middle Tennessee 62 (13-3/24-8)  #6 Old Dominion 48

G10: #4 Southern Miss. 64 (13-3/27-5)  #5 U T E P 56

G11: #1 Louisiana Tech 86  #9 Charlotte 65

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14 (both games televised on CBS SN)

G12: #2 Tulsa (13-3/19-12) vs. #3 Middle Tennessee (13-3/24-8)—4:00 PM

G13: #4 Southern Miss. (13-3/27-5) vs. #1 Louisiana Tech (13-3/26-6)—6:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15 (on CBS)

Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner—11:35 AM

 

Horizon League

Location—First Round Games 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 83  #8 Detroit 73

G2: #4 Valparaiso 73  #9 Illinois-Chicago 63

G3: #6 Oakland 96  #7 Youngstown St. 92 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G4: #3 Wright St. 73  #6 Oakland 57

G5: #5 Milwaukee 74  #4 Valparaiso 57

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G6: #3 Wright St. 68 (10-6/20-13) #2 Cleveland St. 63

G7: #5 Milwaukee 73  #1 Green Bay 66   ot

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Milwaukee 69  #3 Wright St. 63  

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Location—Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #8 Rider 71  #9 Monmouth 60

G2: #7 St. Peter’s 65  #10 Fairfield 62 ot

G3: #11 Niagara 78  #6 Marist 76

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Iona 94  #8 Rider 71

G5: #4 Canisius 71  #5 Siena 69

G6: #2 Manhattan 72  #7 St. Peter’s 58

G7: #3 Quinnipiac 89  #11 Niagara 80

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #1 Iona 75  #4 Canisius 72

G9: #2 Manhattan 87  #3 Quinnipiac 68

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#2 Manhattan  71  #1 Iona 68

 

Mid-American Conference

Location—Opening Round at higher seed; all other rounds at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10

G1: #5 Ohio 76  #12 Ball St. 64

G2: #8 Miami (O) 71  #9 Kent St. 64

G3: #6 Eastern Michigan 72  #11 Central Michigan 60

G4: #7 Northern Illinois 54  #10 Bowling Green 51 ot

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12

G5: #5 Ohio 63  #8 Miami (O) 55

G6: #6 Eastern Michigan 53  #7 Northern Illinois 48

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G7: #4 Akron 83  #6 Ohio 77

G8: #6 Eastern Michigan 69  #3 Buffalo 64 

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Western Michigan (14-4/21-9) vs. #4 Akron (12-6/21-11)—6:30 PM

G10: #2 Toledo (14-4/26-5) vs. #6 Eastern Michigan (10-8/21-13)—9:00 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—6:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Location: Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10 & Tuesday, March 11

G1: #4 Norfolk St. 78  #13 Maryland-Eastern Shore 74

G2: #5 Savannah St. 61  #12 South Carolina St. 47

G3: #8 Howard 53  #9 North Carolina A&T 47

G4: #7 Coppin St. 75  #10 Bethune-Cookman 68

G5: #6 Florida A&M 65  #11 Delaware St. 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G6: #1 UNC-Central 92  #8 Howard 46

G7: #7 Coppin St. 83  #2 Hampton 77 

G8: #3 Morgan St. 81  #6 Florida A&M 68

G9: #4 Norfolk St. 57  #5 Savannah St. 47

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G10: #1 UNC-Central (15-1/26-5) vs. #4 Norfolk St. (11-5/19-13)—6:00 PM

G11: #7 Coppin St. (7-9/12-19) vs. #3 Morgan St. (11-5/14-15)—8:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—6:00 PM on ESPNU

 

 

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: #9 Evansville 69  #8 Drake 61  

G2: #10 Loyola (Chi) 74 (4-14/10-21) #7 Bradley 72  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G3: #1 Wichita St. 80  #9 Evansville 58

G4: #4 Missouri St. 53  #5 Illinois St. 48

G5: #2 Indiana St. 75  #10 Loyola (Chi) 62

G6: #6 Southern Illinois 63  #3 Northern Iowa 58 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Wichita St. 67  Missouri St. 42

G8: #2 Indiana St. 62  #6 Southern Illinois 59

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1 Wichita St. 83  #2 Indiana St. 69

 

Mountain West Conference

Location—Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah St. 73 (7-11/18-13)  #9 Colorado St. 69

G2: #7 Fresno St. 61  #10 Air Force 59

G3: #6 Boise St. 83  #11 San Jose St. 52

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #1 San Diego St. 73  #8 Utah St. 39

G5: #4 U N L V 71   #5 Wyoming 67

G6: #2 New Mexico 93  #7 Fresno St. 77

G7: #6 Boise St. 75  #3 Nevada 62  

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 San Diego St. (16-2/28-3) vs. #4 U N L V (10-8/20-12)—9:00 PM on CBSSN

G9: #2 New Mexico (15-3/25-6) vs. #6 Boise St, (9-9/21-12)—11:30 PM on CBSSN

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—6:00 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 60  #8 Fairleigh-Dickinson 53

G2: #2 Wagner 83  #7 Central Connecticut 59

G3: #6 St. Francis (PA) 55  #3 Bryant 54 

G4: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 72  #4 St. Francis (NY) 71 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G5: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 77  #2 Wagner 52

G6: #1 Robert Morris 60  #6 St. Francis (PA) 57

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Mount St. Mary’s 88  #1 Robert Morris 71

 

Ohio Valley Conference

Location—Municipal Auditorium, Nashville

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #5 Tennessee Tech 74  #8 SIU-Edwards. 67

G2: #6 Southeast Missouri 79  #7 E. Illinois 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G3: #4 Morehead St. 76  #5 Tennessee Tech 61

G4: #3 Eastern Kentucky 84  #6 S.E. Missouri 76

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #1 Belmont 86  #4 Morehead St. 63

G6: #3 Eastern Kentucky 86  #2 Murray St. 83  

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 8

#3 Eastern Kentucky 79  #1 Belmont 73

 

Pac-12 Conference

Location—MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah 67  #9 Washington 61

G2: #5 Colorado 59  #12 Southern Cal 56

G3: #7 Oregon 88  #10 Oregon St. 74

G4: #6 Stanford 74  #11 Washington St. 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G5: #1 Arizona 71  #8 Utah 39

G6: #5 Colorado 59   #4 California 56 

G7: #2 U C L A 82  #7 Oregon 63

G8: #6 Stanford 79  #3 Arizona St. 58

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Arizona (15-3/29-3) vs. #5 Colorado (10-8/23-10)—9:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G10: #2 U C L A (12-6/24-8) vs. #6 Stanford (10-8/21-11)—11:30 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—6:00 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Patriot League

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites at Higher Seed

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 3

G1: #9 Lafayette 84  #8 Loyola (MD) 71

G2: #7 Colgate  #10 Navy 51

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 5

G3: #1 Boston U. 91  #9 Lafayette 54

G4: #5 Army 72  #4 Bucknell 71

G5: #3 Holy Cross 54  #6 Lehigh 48

G6: #2 American 59  #7 Colgate 50

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Boston U 91  #5 Army 70

G8: #2 American 57  #3 Holy Cross 46

 

Championship Game—Wednesday, March 12

#2 American 55  #1 Boston U 36

 

Southeastern Conference

Location—Georgia Dome, Atlanta

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #13 South Carolina 74 (5-13/13-19)  #12 Auburn 56  

G2: #14 Mississippi St. 82  #11 Vanderbilt 68 

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Missouri 91  #9 Texas A&M 83 2ot

G4: South Carolina 71  #5 Arkansas 69

G5: #7 L S U 68  #10 Alabama 56

G6: #6 Ole Miss 78 (9-9/19-13)  #14 Mississippi St. 66

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #1 Florida (18-0/29-2) vs. #8 Missouri (9-9/22-10)—1:00 PM on ESPNU

G8: #4 Tennessee (11-7/20-11) vs. South Carolina (5-13/14-19)—3:30 PM on ESPNU

G9: #2 Kentucky (12-6/22-9) vs. #7 L S U (9-9/19-12)—7:00 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G10: #3 Georgia (12-6/18-12) vs. #6 Ole Miss (9-9/19-13)—9:30 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—1:00 PM on ABC

G12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—3:30 PM on ABC

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner—3:15 PM on ESPN

 

Southern Conference

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

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Samford 70  #9 Appalachian St. 56

G2: #7 Georgia Southern 65  #10 Furman 50

G3: #11 Citadel 86  #6 UNCG 76 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Davidson 77  #8 Samford 54

G5: #5 Western Carolina 66  #4 Elon 64 

G6: #7 Georgia Southern 62  #2 Chattanooga 55 

G7: #3 Wofford 68  #11 Citadel 51

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #5 Western Carolina 99  #1 Davidson 97  ot  

G9: #3 Wofford 71  #7 Georgia Southern 57 

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#3 Wofford 56  #5 Western Carolina 53

 

Southland Conference

Location—Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Nicholls St. 71  #5 Southeast Louisiana 64 

G2: #6 Oral Roberts 66  #7 McNeese St. 62

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Northwestern St. 88  #8 Nicholls St. 72

G4: #3 Sam Houston St. 70  #6 Oral Roberts 61

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Stephen F. Austin (18-0/29-2) vs. #4 Northwestern St. (12-6/17-13)—6:00 PM on ESPN3

G6: #2 Texas A&M—C.C. (14-4/17-14) vs. #3 Sam Houston St. (13-5/22-9)—8:30 PM on ESPN3

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—8:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Location—Toyota Center, Houston

 

Note: Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling, Mississippi Valley St., and Southern are ineligible for the NCAA Tournament, and if one of these teams wins the SWAC Tournament, the league will select its representative for the automatic bid.

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11

G1: #10 Grambling 84  #7 Jackson St. 75  

G2: #8 Prairie View 79  #9 Mississippi Valley 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G3: #2 Texas Southern 79  Grambling 54

G4: #8 Prairie View 64  #1 Southern 46  

G5: #3 Alabama St. 64  #6 Alcorn St. 51

G6: #5 Alabama A&M 69  #4 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 50

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #2 Texas Southern (12-6/17-14) vs. #3 Alabama St. (12-6/19-11)—3:30 PM

G8: #8 Prairie View (6-12/10-22) vs. #5 Alabama A&M (10-8/14-15)—9:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—4:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Summit League

Location—Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD

 

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

G1: #2 IPFW 85  #7 IUPUI 47

G2: #4 Denver 71 (8-6/16-14)  #5 S. Dakota 55

G3: #3 S. Dakota St. 71  #6 W. Illinois 50

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G4: #1 N. Dakota St. 83  #4 Denver 48

G5: #2 IPFW 64  #3 S. Dakota St. 60

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 North Dakota St. 60  #2 IPFW 57

 

Sun Belt Conference

Location—Lakefront Arena, New Orleans

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #5 U A L R 74  #8 Troy 61

G2: #6 UT-Arlington 68 (9-9/15-16)  #7 UL-Monroe 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G3: #4 Arkansas St. (10-8/18-12) vs. #5 U A L R (9-9/15-16)—7:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G4: #3 UL-Lafayette (11-7/20-11) vs. #6 UT-Arlington (9-9/15-16)—9:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G5: #1 Georgia St. (17-1/24-7) vs. Game 3 winner—3:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G6: #2 Western Kentucky (12-6/20-11) vs. Game 4 winner—5:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN2

 

West Coast Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #10 Loyola Marymount 67  #7 Portland 64 

G2: #9 Santa Clara 81  #8 Pacific 64

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G3: #3 San Francisco 69  #6 San Diego 60

G4: #2 B Y U 85  #10 Loyola Marymount 74

G5: #1 Gonzaga 77  #9 Santa Clara 75

G6: #4 St. Mary’s 80  #5 Pepperdine 69

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G7: #2 B Y U 79 ot  #3 San Francisco 77

G8: #1 Gonzaga 70  #4 St. Mary’s 54

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 Gonzaga 75  #2 B Y U 64

 

Western Athletic Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #1 Utah Valley 83  #8 Texas-Pan American 63

G2: #5 Idaho 73  #4 Mo.-Kansas City 70

G3: #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield 68  #3 Chicago St. 62

G4: #2 New Mexico St. 70  #7 Seattle 68

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Utah Valley (13-3/20-10) vs. #5 Idaho (7-9/15-17)—9:00 PM

G6: #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield (5-11/13-18) vs. #2 New Mexico St. (12-4/24-9)—11:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—10:00 PM on ESPNU

 

March 13, 2014

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Report for Thursday, March 13, 2014

Last Updated: March 13, 2014 6:20 AM EDT

Headlines

American holds top-seed Boston U to 36 points to win the Patriot League’s automatic bid

Oklahoma St. wins impressively in opening round Big 12 Conference Tournament game

Colorado’s win over Southern Cal moves the Buffs into the safe zone off The Bubble

Utah defeats Washington to stay in the race

Oregon drops rival Oregon St. to secure a berth

Georgetown’s bubble bursts

Baylor becomes Safe for sure with opening round Big 12 victory

Stanford tops Washington St. to move from Bubble to Safe.

 

Already In The Field of 68  (5 Teams)

1. Harvard (26-4)

2. Eastern Kentucky (24-9)

3. Mercer (26-8)

4. Wichita St. (34-0)

5. Coastal Carolina (21-12)

6. Delaware (25-9)

7. Manhattan (25-7)

8. Wofford (20-12)

9. Mount St. Mary’s (16-16)

10. North Dakota St. (25-6)

11. Milwaukee (21-13)

12. Gonzaga (28-6)

13. American (20-12)

 

The Bubbler

The higher up each team is on this bubble list, the better.  Colorado has now moved from The Bubble to Safe status.  As of today, just 10 teams on The Bubble will make the NCAA Tournament, while teams 11 through 20 are on the outside, looking in.  Teams listed at numbers 7 through 10 are the last four in.  Teams listed at numbers 11 through 14 comprise the first four out.  As conference tournament upsets occur, the bubble teams in the tournament will begin to shrink.  So, far, no major upsets have occurred that would add teams to the field and remove the number of Bubble teams from the “in” list.

 

1. S M U

2. Pittsburgh

3. Oklahoma St.

4. St. Joseph’s

5. Tennessee

6. Nebraska

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7. B Y U

8. Dayton

9. Xavier

10. Arkansas

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11. Minnesota

12. California

13. Providence

14. St. John’s

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15. Missouri

16. Utah

17. Green Bay

18. West Virginia

19. Southern Mississippi

20. Louisiana Tech

 

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

Leagues Earning A Dance Ticket Today

None

 

Lower Seed Upsets

Big East–#10 DePaul ends Georgetown’s NCAA Tourney hopes

MEAC–#7 Coppin St. upsets #2 Hampton and now gets a day off before the semifinals

SWAC–#8 Prairie View, a 9-22 team, eliminates top-seed Southern U

 

 

Schedules & Results

All times are Eastern Daylight

 

American Athletic Conference

Location—Fedex Forum, Memphis

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #7 Rutgers 72  #10 South Florida 68

G2: #9 Central Florida 94  #8 Temple 90  2 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #3 S M U (12-6/23-8) vs. #6 Houston (8-10/16-15)—1:00 PM on ESPNU

G4: #2 Louisville (15-3/26-5) vs. #7 Rutgers (5-13/12-20)—3:00 PM on ESPNU

G5: #1 Cincinnati (15-3/26-5) vs. #9 Central Florida (4-14/13-17)—7:00 PM on ESPNU

G6: #4 Connecticut (12-6/24-7) vs. #5 Memphis (12-6/23-8)—9:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—8:00 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

 

Championship Game

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN

 

America East Conference

Location—SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G1: #1 Vermont 77  #8 New Hampshire 60

G2: #4 Albany 86  #5 UMBC 56

G3: #2 Stony Brook 80  #7 Maine 54

G4: #3 Hartford 69  #6 Binghamton 42

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G5: #4 Albany 67  #1 Vermont 58  

G6: #2 Stony Brook 64  #3 Hartford 61

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

#4 Albany (9-7/17-14) vs. #2 Stony Brook (13-3/23-9)—11:30 AM on ESPN2

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

Location—Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #13 Fordham 70  #12 George Mason 67

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G2: #8 La Salle (7-9/15-15) vs. #9 St. Bonaventure (6-10/16-14)—12:00 Noon on NBC Sports Regional

G3: #5 Dayton (10-6/22-9) vs. #13 Fordham (2-14/10-20)—2:30 PM on NBCSN

G4: #7 Richmond (8-8/18-13) vs. #10 Duquesne (5-11/13-16)—6:30 PM on NBCSN

G5: #6 U Mass (10-6/23-7) vs. #11 Rhode Island (5-11/14-17)—9:00 PM on NBC Sports Regional

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G6: #1 St. Louis (13-3/26-5) vs. Game 2 winner—12:00 Noon on NBCSN

G7: #4 St. Joseph’s (11-5/21-9) vs. Game 3 winner—2:30 PM on NBCSN

G8: #2 V C U (12-4/24-7) vs. Game 4 winner—6:30 PM on NBCSN

G9: #3 George Washington (11-5/23-7) vs. Game 5 winner—9:00 PM on NBCSN

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G10: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner—1:30 PM on CBSSN

G11: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—4:00 PM on CBSSN

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—1:00 PM on CBS

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Location—Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #12 Wake Forest 81  #13 Notre Dame 69

G2: #10 Miami 57  #15 Virginia Tech 53

G3: #11 Georgia Tech 73  #14 Boston College 70 ot

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #8 Maryland (9-9/17-14) vs. #9 Florida St. (9-9/18-12)—12:00 Noon on ESPNU

G5: #5 Pittsburgh (11-7/23-8) vs. #12 Wake Forest (6-12/17-15)—2:00 PM on ESPNU

G6: #7 North Carolina St. (9-9/19-12) vs. #10 Miami (7-11/17-15)—7:00 PM on ESPNU

G7: #6 Clemson (10-8/19-11) vs. #11 Georgia Tech (6-12/16-16)—9:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 Virginia (16-2/25-6) vs. Game 4 winner—12:00 Noon on ESPN2

G9: #4 North Carolina (13-5/23-8) vs. Game 5 winner—2:00 PM on ESPN2

G10: #2 Syracuse (14-4/27-4) vs. Game 6 winner—7:00 PM on ESPN2

G11: #3 Duke (13-5/24-7) vs. Game 7 winner—9:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN

G13: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—3:00 PM on ESPN

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites of Higher Seed

 

Quarterfinal Round—Tuesday, March 4

G1: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 77  #8 Stetson 55

G2: #4 East Tennessee 89  #5 Lipscomb 88 2ot

G3: #2 Mercer 85  #7 Jacksonville 64

G4: #3 USC-Upstate 80  #6 North Florida 74

 

Semifinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G5: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 69  #4 East Tennessee 64

G6: #2 Mercer 78  #3 USC-Upstate 75 2ot

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#2 Mercer 68  #1 Florida Gulf Coast 60

 

Big 12 Conference

Location—Sprint Center, Kansas City

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Oklahoma St. 80 (8-10/21-11)  #9 Texas Tech 62

G2: #7 Baylor 76  #10 T C U 68

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Iowa St. (11-7/23-7) vs. #5 Kansas St. (10-8/20-11)—12:30 PM on ESPN2

G4: #1 Kansas (14-4/23-8) vs. #8 Oklahoma St. (8-10/21-11)—3:00 PM on ESPN2

G5: #2 Oklahoma (12-6/23-8) vs. #7 Baylor (9-9/22-10)—7:00 PM on ESPN3

G6: #3 Texas (11-7/22-9) vs. #6 West Virginia (9-9/17-14)—9:30 PM on ESPN3

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—7:00 PM on ESPNU or ESPN3

G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 9 winner—9:30 PM on ESPNU or ESPN3

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

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

 

Big East Conference

Location—Madison Square Garden, New York City

 

All Games Televised on Fox Sports 1

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Seton Hall 51 (6-12/16-16)  #9 Butler 50

G2: #10 DePaul 60  #7 Georgetown 56  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #1 Villanova (16-2/28-3) vs. #8 Seton Hall (6-12/16-16)—12:00 Noon

G4: #4 Providence (10-8/20-11) vs. #5 St. John’s (10-8/20-11)—2:30 PM

G5: #2 Creighton (14-4/24-6) vs. #10 DePaul (3-15/12-20)—7:00 PM

G6: #3 Xavier (10-8/20-11) vs. #6 Marquette (9-9/17-14)—9:30 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—7:00 PM

G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—9:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—8:30 PM

 

Big Sky Conference

Location: Dee Events Center (Weber St.), Ogden, UT

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #2 North Dakota (12-8/15-15) vs. #7 Sacramento St. (10-10/14-15)—4:05 PM

G2: #3 Northern Arizona (12-8/15-16) vs. #6 Northern Colorado (11-9/17-12)—6:30 PM

G3: #4 Montana (12-8/17-12) vs. #5 Portland St. (11-9/16-13)—9:00 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G4: Highest Remaining seed vs. 2nd Highest Remaining seed—6:30 PM

G5: Weber St. (14-6/17-11) vs. Lowest Remaining seed—9:05 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner—8:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Big South Conference

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

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #4S Winthrop 77  vs. #5N Liberty 65

G2: #3N Radford 78  vs. #6S Presbyterian 73

G3: #5S Chas. Southern 81  #4N Campbell 71

G4: #3S Gardner-Webb 81  #6N Longwood 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #4S Winthrop 62  #1N High Point 60

G6: #2S UNC-Asheville 96  #3N Radford 87

G7: #1S Coastal Carolina 73  #5S Chas. Southern 68 2ot

G8: #2N VMI 90  #3S Gardner-Webb 77

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G9: #4S Winthrop 80  #2S UNC-Asheville 79

G10: #1S Coastal Carolina 66  #2N V M I 62

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1S Coastal Carolina 76  #4S Winthrop 61 

 

Big Ten Conference

Location—Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #8 Indiana (7-11/17-14) vs. #9 Illinois (7-11/18-13)—12:00 Noon on Big Ten Network

G2: #5 Ohio St. (10-8/23-8) vs. #12 Purdue (5-13/15-16)—2:30 PM on Big Ten Network

G3: #7 Minnesota (8-10/19-12) vs. #10 Penn St. (6-12/15-16)—6:30 PM on ESPN2

G4: #6 Iowa (9-9/20-11) vs. #11 Northwestern (6-12/13-18)—9:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Michigan (15-3/23-7) vs. Game 1 winner—12:00 Noon on ESPN or ESPN2

G6: #4 Nebraska (11-7/19-11) vs. Game 2 winner—2:30 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

G7: #2 Wisconsin (12-6/25-6) vs. Game 3 winner—6:30 PM on Big Ten Network

G8: #3 Michigan St. (12-6/23-8) vs. Game 4 winner—9:00 PM on Big Ten Network

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—1:40 PM on CBS

G10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—4:20 PM on CBS

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—3:30 PM on CBS

 

Big West Conference

Location—Honda Center, Anaheim

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #2 U C S B (12-4/21-8) vs. #7 Cal Poly (6-10/10-19)—3:00 PM on Prime Ticket

G2: #3 Long Beach St. (10-6/14-16) vs. #6 Cal St. Fullerton (6-10/11-19)—5:30 PM on Prime Ticket

G3: #1 UC-Irvine (13-3/22-10) vs. #8 UC-Riverside (5-11/10-20)—9:00 PM on Prime Ticket

G4: #4 Hawaii (9-7/20-10) vs. #5 Cal St. Northridge (7-9/15-17)—11:30 PM on Prime Ticket

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed—9:30 PM on ESPN3

G6: 2nd Highest Remaining Seed vs. 3rd Highest Remaining Seed—12:00 Midnight on ESPNU

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—10:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Location—Baltimore Arena, Baltimore

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Hofstra 78  #9 UNC-Wilmington 70

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G2: #1 Delaware 87 (14-2/23-9)  #8 Hofstra 76

G3: #5 Northeastern 90 (7-9/11-20) #4 Drexel 81

G4: #2 Towson 80 (13-3/23-9) #7 James Madison 71

G5: #3 William & Mary 70 (10-6/19-11) #6 Charleston 59

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G6: #1 Delaware 87  #5 Northeastern 74

G7: #3 William & Mary 75  #2 Towson 71

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#1 Delaware 75  #3 William & Mary 74

 

Conference USA

Location—Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G1: #10 North Texas 63  #15 Rice 62 ot

G2: #14 Marshall 63  #11 Florida Atlantic 59

G3: #12 East Carolina 79  #13 U T S A 76

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G4: #7 Tulane 66  #10 North Texas 61

G5: #6 Old Dominion 73  #14 Marshall 58

G6: #5 U T E P  77  #12 East Carolina 68

G7: #9 Charlotte 80  #8 U A B 70 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G8: #2 Tulsa (13-3/18-12) vs. #7 Tulane (8-8/17-15)—2:00 PM

G9: #3 Middle Tennessee (13-3/23-8) vs. #6 Old Dominion (9-7/17-16)—4:30 PM

G10: #4 Southern Miss. (13-3/26-5) vs. #5 U T E P (12-4/23-9)—8:00 PM

G11: #1 Louisiana Tech (13-3/25-6) vs. #9 Charlotte (7-9/17-13)—10:30 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14 (both games televised on CBS SN)

G12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—4:00 PM

G13: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—6:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15 (on CBS)

Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner—11:35 AM

 

Horizon League

Location—First Round Games 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 83  #8 Detroit 73

G2: #4 Valparaiso 73  #9 Illinois-Chicago 63

G3: #6 Oakland 96  #7 Youngstown St. 92 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G4: #3 Wright St. 73  #6 Oakland 57

G5: #5 Milwaukee 74  #4 Valparaiso 57

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G6: #3 Wright St. 68 (10-6/20-13) #2 Cleveland St. 63

G7: #5 Milwaukee 73  #1 Green Bay 66   ot

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Milwaukee 69  #3 Wright St. 63  

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Location—Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #8 Rider 71  #9 Monmouth 60

G2: #7 St. Peter’s 65  #10 Fairfield 62 ot

G3: #11 Niagara 78  #6 Marist 76

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Iona 94  #8 Rider 71

G5: #4 Canisius 71  #5 Siena 69

G6: #2 Manhattan 72  #7 St. Peter’s 58

G7: #3 Quinnipiac 89  #11 Niagara 80

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #1 Iona 75  #4 Canisius 72

G9: #2 Manhattan 87  #3 Quinnipiac 68

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#2 Manhattan  71  #1 Iona 68

 

Mid-American Conference

Location—Opening Round at higher seed; all other rounds at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10

G1: #5 Ohio 76  #12 Ball St. 64

G2: #8 Miami (O) 71  #9 Kent St. 64

G3: #6 Eastern Michigan 72  #11 Central Michigan 60

G4: #7 Northern Illinois 54  #10 Bowling Green 51 ot

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12

G5: #5 Ohio 63  #8 Miami (O) 55

G6: #6 Eastern Michigan 53  #7 Northern Illinois 48

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G7: #4 Akron (12-6/20-11) vs. #6 Ohio (11-7/23-10)—6:30 PM

G8: #3 Buffalo (13-5/19-9) vs. #6 Eastern Michigan (10-8/20-13)—9:00 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Western Michigan (14-4/21-9) vs. Game 7 winner—6:30 PM

G10: #2 Toledo (14-4/26-5) vs. Game 8 winner—9:00 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—6:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Location: Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10 & Tuesday, March 11

G1: #4 Norfolk St. 78  #13 Maryland-Eastern Shore 74

G2: #5 Savannah St. 61  #12 South Carolina St. 47

G3: #8 Howard 53  #9 North Carolina A&T 47

G4: #7 Coppin St. 75  #10 Bethune-Cookman 68

G5: #6 Florida A&M 65  #11 Delaware St. 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G6: #1 UNC-Central 92  #8 Howard 46

G7: #7 Coppin St. 83  #2 Hampton 77 

G8: #3 Morgan St. (11-5/13-15) vs. #6 Florida A&M (8-8/14-17)—3/13 @ 6:00 PM

G9: #4 Norfolk St. (11-5/18-13) vs. #5 Savannah St. (10-6/18-13)—3/13 @ 8:30 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G10: #1 UNC-Central (15-1/26-5) vs. Game 9 winner—6:00 PM

G11: #7 Coppin St. (7-9/12-19) vs. Game 8 winner—8:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—6:00 PM on ESPNU

 

 

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: #9 Evansville 69  #8 Drake 61  

G2: #10 Loyola (Chi) 74 (4-14/10-21) #7 Bradley 72  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G3: #1 Wichita St. 80  #9 Evansville 58

G4: #4 Missouri St. 53  #5 Illinois St. 48

G5: #2 Indiana St. 75  #10 Loyola (Chi) 62

G6: #6 Southern Illinois 63  #3 Northern Iowa 58 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Wichita St. 67  Missouri St. 42

G8: #2 Indiana St. 62  #6 Southern Illinois 59

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1 Wichita St. 83  #2 Indiana St. 69

 

Mountain West Conference

Location—Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah St. 73 (7-11/18-13)  #9 Colorado St. 69

G2: #7 Fresno St. 61  #10 Air Force 59

G3: #6 Boise St. 83  #11 San Jose St. 52

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #1 San Diego St. (16-2/27-3) vs. #8 Utah St. (7-11/18-13)—3:00 PM on CBSSN

G5: #4 U N L V (10-8/19-12) vs. #5 Wyoming (9-9/18-13)—5:30 PM on CBSSN

G6: #2 New Mexico (15-3/24-6) vs. #7 Fresno St. (9-9/17-15)—9:00 PM on CBSSN

G7: #3 Nevada (10-8/15-16) vs. #6 Boise St. (9-9/20-12)—11:30 PM on CBSSN

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner—9:00 PM on CBSSN

G9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner—11:30 PM on CBSSN

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—6:00 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 60  #8 Fairleigh-Dickinson 53

G2: #2 Wagner 83  #7 Central Connecticut 59

G3: #6 St. Francis (PA) 55  #3 Bryant 54 

G4: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 72  #4 St. Francis (NY) 71 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G5: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 77  #2 Wagner 52

G6: #1 Robert Morris 60  #6 St. Francis (PA) 57

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Mount St. Mary’s 88  #1 Robert Morris 71

 

Ohio Valley Conference

Location—Municipal Auditorium, Nashville

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #5 Tennessee Tech 74  #8 SIU-Edwards. 67

G2: #6 Southeast Missouri 79  #7 E. Illinois 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G3: #4 Morehead St. 76  #5 Tennessee Tech 61

G4: #3 Eastern Kentucky 84  #6 S.E. Missouri 76

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #1 Belmont 86  #4 Morehead St. 63

G6: #3 Eastern Kentucky 86  #2 Murray St. 83  

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 8

#3 Eastern Kentucky 79  #1 Belmont 73

 

Pac-12 Conference

Location—MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah 67  #9 Washington 61

G2: #5 Colorado 59  #12 Southern Cal 56

G3: #7 Oregon 88  #10 Oregon St. 74

G4: #6 Stanford 74  #11 Washington St. 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G5: #1 Arizona (15-3/28-3) vs. #8 Utah (9-9/21-10)—3:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G6: #4 California (10-8/19-12) vs. #5 Colorado (10-8/22-10)—5:30 PM on Pac-12 Network

G7: #2 U C L A (12-6/23-8) vs. #7 Oregon (10-8/23-8)—9:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G8: #3 Arizona St. (10-8/21-10) vs. #6 Stanford (10-8/20-11)—11:30 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—9:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—11:30 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—6:00 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Patriot League

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites at Higher Seed

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 3

G1: #9 Lafayette 84  #8 Loyola (MD) 71

G2: #7 Colgate  #10 Navy 51

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 5

G3: #1 Boston U. 91  #9 Lafayette 54

G4: #5 Army 72  #4 Bucknell 71

G5: #3 Holy Cross 54  #6 Lehigh 48

G6: #2 American 59  #7 Colgate 50

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Boston U 91  #5 Army 70

G8: #2 American 57  #3 Holy Cross 46

 

Championship Game—Wednesday, March 12

#2 American 55  #1 Boston U 36

 

Southeastern Conference

Location—Georgia Dome, Atlanta

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #13 South Carolina 74 (5-13/13-19)  #12 Auburn 56  

G2: #14 Mississippi St. 82  #11 Vanderbilt 68 

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Missouri (9-9/21-10) vs. #9 Texas A&M (8-10/17-14)—1:00 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G4: #5 Arkansas (10-8/21-10) vs. South Carolina (5-13/13-19)—3:30 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G5: #7 L S U (9-9/18-12) vs. #10 Alabama (7-11/13-18)—7:00 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G6: #6 Ole Miss (9-9/18-13) vs. #14 Mississippi St. (3-15/14-18)—9:30 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #1 Florida (18-0/29-2) vs. Game 3 winner—1:00 PM on ESPNU

G8: #4 Tennessee (11-7/20-11) vs. Game 4 winner—3:30 PM on ESPNU

G9: #2 Kentucky (12-6/22-9) vs. Game 5 winner—7:00 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G10: #3 Georgia (12-6/18-12) vs. Game 6 winner—9:30 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—1:00 PM on ABC

G12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—3:30 PM on ABC

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner—3:15 PM on ESPN

 

Southern Conference

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

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Samford 70  #9 Appalachian St. 56

G2: #7 Georgia Southern 65  #10 Furman 50

G3: #11 Citadel 86  #6 UNCG 76 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Davidson 77  #8 Samford 54

G5: #5 Western Carolina 66  #4 Elon 64 

G6: #7 Georgia Southern 62  #2 Chattanooga 55 

G7: #3 Wofford 68  #11 Citadel 51

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #5 Western Carolina 99  #1 Davidson 97  ot  

G9: #3 Wofford 71  #7 Georgia Southern 57 

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#3 Wofford 56  #5 Western Carolina 53

 

Southland Conference

Location—Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Nicholls St. 71  #5 Southeast Louisiana 64 

G2: #6 Oral Roberts 66  #7 McNeese St. 62

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Northwestern St. (12-6/16-13) vs. #8 Nicholls St. (10-8/14-14)—6:00 PM at southland.org

G4: #3 Sam Houston St. (13-5/21-9) vs. #6 Oral Roberts (10-8/17-15)—8:30 PM at southland.org

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Stephen F. Austin (18-0/29-2) vs. Game 3 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN3

G6: #2 Texas A&M—C.C. (14-4/17-14) vs. Game 4 winner—8:30 PM on ESPN3

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—8:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Location—Toyota Center, Houston

 

Note: Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling, Mississippi Valley St., and Southern are ineligible for the NCAA Tournament, and if one of these teams wins the SWAC Tournament, the league will select its representative for the automatic bid.

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11

G1: #10 Grambling 84  #7 Jackson St. 75  

G2: #8 Prairie View 79  #9 Mississippi Valley 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G3: #2 Texas Southern 79  Grambling 54

G4: #8 Prairie View 64  #1 Southern 46  

G5: #3 Alabama St. (12-6/18-11) vs. #6 Alcorn St. (9-9/12-18)—1:30 PM on Thu

G6: #4 Arkanas-Pine Bluff (11-7/13-17) vs. #5 Alabama A&M (10-8/13-15) 9:00 PM on Thu

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #2 Texas Southern (12-6/17-14) vs. Game 5 winner—3:30 PM

G8: #8 Prairie View (6-12/10-22) vs. Game 6 winner—9:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—4:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Summit League

Location—Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD

 

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

G1: #2 IPFW 85  #7 IUPUI 47

G2: #4 Denver 71 (8-6/16-14)  #5 S. Dakota 55

G3: #3 S. Dakota St. 71  #6 W. Illinois 50

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G4: #1 N. Dakota St. 83  #4 Denver 48

G5: #2 IPFW 64  #3 S. Dakota St. 60

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 North Dakota St. 60  #2 IPFW 57

 

Sun Belt Conference

Location—Lakefront Arena, New Orleans

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #5 U A L R (9-9/14-16) vs. #8 Troy (6-12/11-19)—7:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G2: #6 UT-Arlington (9-9/14-16) vs. #7 UL-Monroe (7-11/10-16)—9:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G3: #4 Arkansas St. (10-8/18-12) vs. Game 1 winner—7:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G4: #3 UL-Lafayette (11-7/20-11) vs. Game 2 winner—9:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G5: #1 Georgia St. (17-1/24-7) vs. Game 3 winner—3:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G6: #2 Western Kentucky (12-6/20-11) vs. Game 4 winner—5:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN2

 

West Coast Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #10 Loyola Marymount 67  #7 Portland 64 

G2: #9 Santa Clara 81  #8 Pacific 64

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G3: #3 San Francisco 69  #6 San Diego 60

G4: #2 B Y U 85  #10 Loyola Marymount 74

G5: #1 Gonzaga 77  #9 Santa Clara 75

G6: #4 St. Mary’s 80  #5 Pepperdine 69

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G7: #2 B Y U 79 ot  #3 San Francisco 77

G8: #1 Gonzaga 70  #4 St. Mary’s 54

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 Gonzaga 75  #2 B Y U 64

 

Western Athletic Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #1 Utah Valley (13-3/19-10) vs. #8 Texas-Pan American (5-11/9-22)—3:00 PM

G2: #4 Mo.-Kansas City (7-9/10-19) vs. #5 Idaho (7-9/14-17)—5:30 PM

G3: #3 Chicago St. (8-8/13-18) vs. #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield (5-11/12-18)—9:00 PM

G4: #2 New Mexico St. (12-4/23-9) vs. #7 Seattle (5-11/13-16)—11:30 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner—9:00 PM

G6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—11:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—10:00 PM on ESPNU

 

March 12, 2014

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Report for Wednesday, March 12

Last Updated: March 12, 2014 6:10 AM EDT

Headlines

Milwaukee defeats Wright St. to take the Horizon League title

Mount St. Mary’s shocks Robert Morris to return to the Dance for the first time in six years

North Dakota St. edges IPFW to take the Summit League title

Gonzaga holds off a 2nd half BYU rally to take the West Coast Conference title

Already In The Field of 68  (5 Teams)

1. Harvard—Ivy League (26-4)

2. Eastern Kentucky—Ohio Valley (24-9)

3. Mercer (26-8)

4. Wichita St. (34-0)

5. Coastal Carolina (21-12)

6. Delaware (25-9)

7. Manhattan (25-7)

8. Wofford (20-12)

9. Mount St. Mary’s (16-16)

10. North Dakota St. (25-6)

11. Milwaukee (21-13)

12. Gonzaga (28-6)

The Bubbler

The higher up each team is on this bubble list, the better.  With last night’s win over St. Mary’s, Gonzaga moved from The Bubble to Safe status.  As of today, 12 teams on The Bubble will make the NCAA Tournament, while teams 13 through 22 are on outside, looking in.  Teams listed at numbers 9 through 12 are the last four in.  Teams listed #13 through #16 comprise the first four out.  As conference tournament upsets occur, the bubble teams in the tournament will begin to shrink.  So, far, no major upsets have occurred, as Wichita State and Gonzaga won automatic bids.  Mount St. Mary’s upset win over Robert Morris only affects the NIT.

1. Stanford

2. Colorado

3. S M U

4. St. Joseph’s

5. B Y U

6. Pittsburgh

7. Oklahoma St.

8. Xavier

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9. Tennessee

10. Dayton

11. Nebraska

12. Arkansas

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13. Minnesota

14. California

15. Georgetown

16. St. John’s

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17. Providence

18. Missouri

19. Utah

20. West Virginia

21. Green Bay

22. Southern Mississippi

 

Games Affecting The Bubble Today

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

Leagues Earning A Dance Ticket Today

Patriot League

 

Semifinal Rounds

None

Quarterfinal Rounds

MEAC—2 of 4 quarterfinal games

SWAC—2 of 4 quarterfinal games

Second Round

Conference USA

Mid-American

Opening Round

American Athletic

Atlantic 10

ACC

Big 12

Big East

Mountain West

Pac-12

SEC

Southland

 

Schedules & Results

All times are Eastern Daylight

 

American Athletic Conference

Location—Fedex Forum, Memphis

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #7 Rutgers (5-13/11-20) vs. #10 South Florida (3-15/12-19)—7:00 PM on ESPNU

G2: #8 Temple (4-14/9-21) vs. #9 Central Florida (4-14/12-17)—9:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #3 S M U (12-6/23-8) vs. #6 Houston (8-10/16-15)—1:00 PM on ESPNU

G4: #2 Louisville (15-3/26-5) vs. Game 1 winner—3:00 PM on ESPNU

G5: #1 Cincinnati (15-3/26-5) vs. Game 2 winner—7:00 PM on ESPNU

G6: #4 Connecticut (12-6/24-7) vs. #5 Memphis (12-6/23-8)—9:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—8:00 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

 

Championship Game

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN

 

America East Conference

Location—SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G1: #1 Vermont 77  #8 New Hampshire 60

G2: #4 Albany 86  #5 UMBC 56

G3: #2 Stony Brook 80  #7 Maine 54

G4: #3 Hartford 69  #6 Binghamton 42

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G5: #4 Albany 67  #1 Vermont 58  

G6: #2 Stony Brook 64  #3 Hartford 61

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

#4 Albany (9-7/17-14) vs. #2 Stony Brook (13-3/23-9)—11:30 AM on ESPN2

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

Location—Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #12 George Mason (4-12/11-19) vs. #13 Fordham (2-14/9-20)—7:00 PM on A-10 Network

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G2: #8 La Salle (7-9/15-15) vs. #9 St. Bonaventure (6-10/16-14)—12:00 Noon on NBC Sports Regional

G3: #5 Dayton (10-6/22-9) vs. Game 1 winner—2:30 PM on NBCSN

G4: #7 Richmond (8-8/18-13) vs. #10 Duquesne (5-11/13-16)—6:30 PM on NBCSN

G5: #6 U Mass (10-6/23-7) vs. #11 Rhode Island (5-11/14-17)—9:00 PM on NBC Sports Regional

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G6: #1 St. Louis (13-3/26-5) vs. Game 2 winner—12:00 Noon on NBCSN

G7: #4 St. Joseph’s (11-5/21-9) vs. Game 3 winner—2:30 PM on NBCSN

G8: #2 V C U (12-4/24-7) vs. Game 4 winner—6:30 PM on NBCSN

G9: #3 George Washington (11-5/23-7) vs. Game 5 winner—9:00 PM on NBCSN

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G10: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner—1:30 PM on CBSSN

G11: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—4:00 PM on CBSSN

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—1:00 PM on CBS

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Location—Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #12 Wake Forest (6-12/16-15) vs. #13 Notre Dame (6-12/15-16)—1:00 PM on ESPN2/U

G2: #10 Miami (7-11/16-15) vs. #15 Virginia Tech (2-16/9-21)—3:30 PM on ESPN2/U

G3: #11 Georgia Tech (6-12/15-16) vs. #14 Boston College (4-14/8-23)—7:00 PM on ESPN2/U

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #8 Maryland (9-9/17-14) vs. #9 Florida St. (9-9/18-12)—12:00 Noon on ESPNU

G5: #5 Pittsburgh (11-7/23-8) vs. Game 1 winner—2:00 PM on ESPNU

G6: #7 North Carolina St. (9-9/19-12) vs. Game 2 winner—7:00 PM on ESPNU

G7: #6 Clemson (10-8/19-11) vs. Game 3 winner—9:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 Virginia (16-2/25-6) vs. Game 4 winner—12:00 Noon on ESPN2

G9: #4 North Carolina (13-5/23-8) vs. Game 5 winner—2:00 PM on ESPN2

G10: #2 Syracuse (14-4/27-4) vs. Game 6 winner—7:00 PM on ESPN2

G11: #3 Duke (13-5/24-7) vs. Game 7 winner—9:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN

G13: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—3:00 PM on ESPN

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites of Higher Seed

 

Quarterfinal Round—Tuesday, March 4

G1: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 77  #8 Stetson 55

G2: #4 East Tennessee 89  #5 Lipscomb 88 2ot

G3: #2 Mercer 85  #7 Jacksonville 64

G4: #3 USC-Upstate 80  #6 North Florida 74

 

Semifinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G5: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 69  #4 East Tennessee 64

G6: #2 Mercer 78  #3 USC-Upstate 75 2ot

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#2 Mercer 68  #1 Florida Gulf Coast 60

 

Big 12 Conference

Location—Sprint Center, Kansas City

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Oklahoma St. (8-10/20-11) vs. #9 Texas Tech (6-12/14-17)—7:00 PM on ESPN3

G2: #7 Baylor (9-9/21-10) vs. #10 T C U (0-18/9-21)—9:30 PM on ESPN3

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Iowa St. (11-7/23-7) vs. #5 Kansas St. (10-8/20-11)—12:30 PM on ESPN2

G4: #1 Kansas (14-4/23-8) vs. Game 1 winner—3:00 PM on ESPN2

G5: #2 Oklahoma (12-6/23-8) vs. Game 2 winner—7:00 PM on ESPN3

G6: #3 Texas (11-7/22-9) vs. #6 West Virginia (9-9/17-14)—9:30 PM on ESPN3

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—7:00 PM on ESPNU or ESPN3

G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 9 winner—9:30 PM on ESPNU or ESPN3

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

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

 

Big East Conference

Location—Madison Square Garden, New York City

 

All Games Televised on Fox Sports 1

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Seton Hall (6-12/15-16) vs. #9 Butler (4-14/14-16)—7:00 PM

G2: #7 Georgetown (8-10/17-13) vs. #10 DePaul (3-15/11-20)—9:30 PM

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #1 Villanova (16-2/28-3) vs. Game 1 winner—12:00 Noon

G4: #4 Providence (10-8/20-11) vs. #5 St. John’s (10-8/20-11)—2:30 PM

G5: #2 Creighton (14-4/24-6) vs. Game 2 winner—7:00 PM

G6: #3 Xavier (10-8/20-11) vs. #6 Marquette (9-9/17-14)—9:30 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—7:00 PM

G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—9:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—8:30 PM

 

Big Sky Conference

Location: Dee Events Center (Weber St.), Ogden, UT

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #2 North Dakota (12-8/15-15) vs. #7 Sacramento St. (10-10/14-15)—4:05 PM

G2: #3 Northern Arizona (12-8/15-16) vs. #6 Northern Colorado (11-9/17-12)—6:30 PM

G3: #4 Montana (12-8/17-12) vs. #5 Portland St. (11-9/16-13)—9:00 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G4: Highest Remaining seed vs. 2nd Highest Remaining seed—6:30 PM

G5: Weber St. (14-6/17-11) vs. Lowest Remaining seed—9:05 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner—8:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Big South Conference

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

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #4S Winthrop 77  vs. #5N Liberty 65

G2: #3N Radford 78  vs. #6S Presbyterian 73

G3: #5S Chas. Southern 81  #4N Campbell 71

G4: #3S Gardner-Webb 81  #6N Longwood 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #4S Winthrop 62  #1N High Point 60

G6: #2S UNC-Asheville 96  #3N Radford 87

G7: #1S Coastal Carolina 73  #5S Chas. Southern 68 2ot

G8: #2N VMI 90  #3S Gardner-Webb 77

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G9: #4S Winthrop 80  #2S UNC-Asheville 79

G10: #1S Coastal Carolina 66  #2N V M I 62

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1S Coastal Carolina 76  #4S Winthrop 61 

 

Big Ten Conference

Location—Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #8 Indiana (7-11/17-14) vs. #9 Illinois (7-11/18-13)—12:00 Noon on Big Ten Network

G2: #5 Ohio St. (10-8/23-8) vs. #12 Purdue (5-13/15-16)—2:30 PM on Big Ten Network

G3: #7 Minnesota (8-10/19-12) vs. #10 Penn St. (6-12/15-16)—6:30 PM on ESPN2

G4: #6 Iowa (9-9/20-11) vs. #11 Northwestern (6-12/13-18)—9:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Michigan (15-3/23-7) vs. Game 1 winner—12:00 Noon on ESPN or ESPN2

G6: #4 Nebraska (11-7/19-11) vs. Game 2 winner—2:30 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

G7: #2 Wisconsin (12-6/25-6) vs. Game 3 winner—6:30 PM on Big Ten Network

G8: #3 Michigan St. (12-6/23-8) vs. Game 4 winner—9:00 PM on Big Ten Network

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—1:40 PM on CBS

G10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—4:20 PM on CBS

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—3:30 PM on CBS

 

Big West Conference

Location—Honda Center, Anaheim

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #2 U C S B (12-4/21-8) vs. #7 Cal Poly (6-10/10-19)—3:00 PM on Prime Ticket

G2: #3 Long Beach St. (10-6/14-16) vs. #6 Cal St. Fullerton (6-10/11-19)—5:30 PM on Prime Ticket

G3: #1 UC-Irvine (13-3/22-10) vs. #8 UC-Riverside (5-11/10-20)—9:00 PM on Prime Ticket

G4: #4 Hawaii (9-7/20-10) vs. #5 Cal St. Northridge (7-9/15-17)—11:30 PM on Prime Ticket

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed—9:30 PM on ESPN3

G6: 2nd Highest Remaining Seed vs. 3rd Highest Remaining Seed—12:00 Midnight on ESPNU

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—10:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Location—Baltimore Arena, Baltimore

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Hofstra 78  #9 UNC-Wilmington 70

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G2: #1 Delaware 87 (14-2/23-9)  #8 Hofstra 76

G3: #5 Northeastern 90 (7-9/11-20) #4 Drexel 81

G4: #2 Towson 80 (13-3/23-9) #7 James Madison 71

G5: #3 William & Mary 70 (10-6/19-11) #6 Charleston 59

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G6: #1 Delaware 87  #5 Northeastern 74

G7: #3 William & Mary 75  #2 Towson 71

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#1 Delaware 75  #3 William & Mary 74

 

Conference USA

Location—Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G1: #10 North Texas 63  #15 Rice 62 ot

G2: #14 Marshall 63  #11 Florida Atlantic 59

G3: #12 East Carolina 79  #13 U T S A 76

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G4: #7 Tulane (8-8/16-15) vs. #10 North Texas (6-10/16-15)—2:00 PM

G5: #6 Old Dominion (9-7/15-16) vs. #14 Marshall (4-12/11-21)—4:30 PM

G6: #5 U T E P (12-4/22-9) vs. #12 East Carolina (5-11/17-15)—8:00 PM

G7: #8 U A B (7-9/18-12) vs. #9 Charlotte (7-9/16-13)—10:30 PM

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G8: #2 Tulsa (13-3/18-12) vs. Game 4 winner—2:00 PM

G9: #3 Middle Tennessee (13-3/23-8) vs. Game 5 winner—4:30 PM

G10: #4 Southern Miss. (13-3/26-5) vs. Game 6 winner—8:00 PM

G11: #1 Louisiana Tech (13-3/25-6) vs/ Game 7 winner—10:30 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14 (both games televised on CBS SN)

G12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—4:00 PM

G13: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—6:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15 (on CBS)

Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner—11:35 AM

 

Horizon League

Location—First Round Games 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 83  #8 Detroit 73

G2: #4 Valparaiso 73  #9 Illinois-Chicago 63

G3: #6 Oakland 96  #7 Youngstown St. 92 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G4: #3 Wright St. 73  #6 Oakland 57

G5: #5 Milwaukee 74  #4 Valparaiso 57

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G6: #3 Wright St. 68 (10-6/20-13) #2 Cleveland St. 63

G7: #5 Milwaukee 73  #1 Green Bay 66   ot

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Milwaukee 69  #3 Wright St. 63  

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Location—Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #8 Rider 71  #9 Monmouth 60

G2: #7 St. Peter’s 65  #10 Fairfield 62 ot

G3: #11 Niagara 78  #6 Marist 76

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Iona 94  #8 Rider 71

G5: #4 Canisius 71  #5 Siena 69

G6: #2 Manhattan 72  #7 St. Peter’s 58

G7: #3 Quinnipiac 89  #11 Niagara 80

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #1 Iona 75  #4 Canisius 72

G9: #2 Manhattan 87  #3 Quinnipiac 68

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#2 Manhattan  71  #1 Iona 68

 

Mid-American Conference

Location—Opening Round at higher seed; all other rounds at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10

G1: #5 Ohio 76  #12 Ball St. 64

G2: #8 Miami (O) 71  #9 Kent St. 64

G3: #6 Eastern Michigan 72  #11 Central Michigan 60

G4: #7 Northern Illinois 54  #10 Bowling Green 51 ot

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12

G5: Ohio (11-7/22-10) vs. Miami (O) (8-10/13-17)—6:00 PM

G6: Eastern Michigan (10-8/19-13) vs. Northern Illinois (8-10/15-16)—8:30 PM

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G7: #4 Akron (12-6/20-11) vs. Game 5 winner—6:30 PM

G8: #3 Buffalo (13-5/19-9) vs. Game 6 winner—9:00 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Western Michigan (14-4/21-9) vs. Game 7 winner—6:30 PM

G10: #2 Toledo (14-4/26-5) vs. Game 8 winner—9:00 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—6:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Location: Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10 & Tuesday, March 11

G1: #4 Norfolk St. 78  #13 Maryland-Eastern Shore 74

G2: #5 Savannah St. 61  #12 South Carolina St. 47

G3: #8 Howard 53  #9 North Carolina A&T 47

G4: #7 Coppin St. 75  #10 Bethune-Cookman 68

G5: #6 Florida A&M 65  #11 Delaware St. 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G6: #1 UNC-Central (15-1/25-5) vs. #8 Howard (5-11/8-24)—3/12 @ 6:00 PM

G7: #2 Hampton (13-3/18-11) vs. #7 Coppin St. (7-9/11-19)—3/12 @ 8:30 PM

G8: #3 Morgan St. (11-5/13-15) vs. #6 Florida A&M (8-8/14-17)—3/13 @ 6:00 PM

G9: #4 Norfolk St. (11-5/18-13) vs. #5 Savannah St. (10-6/18-13)—3/13 @ 8:30 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G10: Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner—6:00 PM

G11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—8:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—6:00 PM on ESPNU

 

 

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: #9 Evansville 69  #8 Drake 61  

G2: #10 Loyola (Chi) 74 (4-14/10-21) #7 Bradley 72  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G3: #1 Wichita St. 80  #9 Evansville 58

G4: #4 Missouri St. 53  #5 Illinois St. 48

G5: #2 Indiana St. 75  #10 Loyola (Chi) 62

G6: #6 Southern Illinois 63  #3 Northern Iowa 58 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Wichita St. 67  Missouri St. 42

G8: #2 Indiana St. 62  #6 Southern Illinois 59

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1 Wichita St. 83  #2 Indiana St. 69

 

Mountain West Conference

Location—Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah St. (7-11/17-13) vs. #9 Colorado St. (7-11/16-15)—5:00 PM on MW Network

G2: #7 Fresno St. (9-9/16-15) vs. #10 Air Force (6-12/12-17)—7:30 PM on MW Network

G3: #6 Boise St. (9-9/19-12) vs. #11 San Jose St. (1-17/7-23)—10:00 PM on MW Network

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #1 San Diego St. (16-2/27-3) vs. Game 1 winner—3:00 PM on CBSSN

G5: #4 U N L V (10-8/19-12) vs. #5 Wyoming (9-9/18-13)—5:30 PM on CBSSN

G6: #2 New Mexico (15-3/24-6) vs. Game 2 winner—9:00 PM on CBSSN

G7: #3 Nevada (10-8/15-16) vs. Game 3 winner—11:30 PM on CBSSN

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner—9:00 PM on CBSSN

G9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner—11:30 PM on CBSSN

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—6:00 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 60  #8 Fairleigh-Dickinson 53

G2: #2 Wagner 83  #7 Central Connecticut 59

G3: #6 St. Francis (PA) 55  #3 Bryant 54 

G4: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 72  #4 St. Francis (NY) 71 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G5: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 77  #2 Wagner 52

G6: #1 Robert Morris 60  #6 St. Francis (PA) 57

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Mount St. Mary’s 88  #1 Robert Morris 71

 

Ohio Valley Conference

Location—Municipal Auditorium, Nashville

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #5 Tennessee Tech 74  #8 SIU-Edwards. 67

G2: #6 Southeast Missouri 79  #7 E. Illinois 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G3: #4 Morehead St. 76  #5 Tennessee Tech 61

G4: #3 Eastern Kentucky 84  #6 S.E. Missouri 76

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #1 Belmont 86  #4 Morehead St. 63

G6: #3 Eastern Kentucky 86  #2 Murray St. 83  

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 8

#3 Eastern Kentucky 79  #1 Belmont 73

 

Pac-12 Conference

Location—MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah (9-9/20-10) vs. #9 Washington (9-9/17-14)—3:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G2: #5 Colorado (10-8/21-10) vs. #12 Southern Cal (2-16/11-20)—5:30 PM on Pac-12 Network

G3: #7 Oregon (10-8/22-8) vs. #10 Oregon St. (8-10/16-14)—9:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G4: #6 Stanford (10-8/19-11) vs. #11 Washington St. (3-15/10-20)—11:30 PM on Pac-12 Network

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G5: #1 Arizona (15-3/28-3) vs. Game 1 winner—3:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G6: #4 California (10-8/19-12) vs. Game 2 winner—5:30 PM on Pac-12 Network

G7: #2 U C L A (12-6/23-8) vs. Game 3 winner—9:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G8: #3 Arizona St. (10-8/21-10) vs. Game 4 winner—11:30 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—9:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—11:30 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—6:00 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Patriot League

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites at Higher Seed

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 3

G1: #9 Lafayette 84  #8 Loyola (MD) 71

G2: #7 Colgate  #10 Navy 51

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 5

G3: #1 Boston U. 91  #9 Lafayette 54

G4: #5 Army 72  #4 Bucknell 71

G5: #3 Holy Cross 54  #6 Lehigh 48

G6: #2 American 59  #7 Colgate 50

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Boston U 91  #5 Army 70

G8: #2 American 57  #3 Holy Cross 46

 

Championship Game—Wednesday, March 12

#1 Boston U (15-3/24-9) vs. #2 American (13-5/19-12)—7:30 PM on CBS SN

 

Southeastern Conference

Location—Georgia Dome, Atlanta

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #12 Auburn (6-12/14-15) vs. #13 South Carolina (5-13/12-19)—7:00 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G2: #11 Vanderbilt (7-11/15-15) vs. #14 Mississippi St. (3-15/13-18)—9:30 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Missouri (9-9/21-10) vs. #9 Texas A&M (8-10/17-14)—1:00 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G4: #5 Arkansas (10-8/21-10) vs. Game 1 winner—3:30 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G5: #7 L S U (9-9/18-12) vs. #10 Alabama (7-11/13-18)—7:00 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G6: #6 Ole Miss (9-9/18-13) vs. Game 2 winner—9:30 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #1 Florida (18-0/29-2) vs. Game 3 winner—1:00 PM on ESPNU

G8: #4 Tennessee (11-7/20-11) vs. Game 4 winner—3:30 PM on ESPNU

G9: #2 Kentucky (12-6/22-9) vs. Game 5 winner—7:00 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G10: #3 Georgia (12-6/18-12) vs. Game 6 winner—9:30 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—1:00 PM on ABC

G12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—3:30 PM on ABC

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner—3:15 PM on ESPN

 

Southern Conference

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

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Samford 70  #9 Appalachian St. 56

G2: #7 Georgia Southern 65  #10 Furman 50

G3: #11 Citadel 86  #6 UNCG 76 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Davidson 77  #8 Samford 54

G5: #5 Western Carolina 66  #4 Elon 64 

G6: #7 Georgia Southern 62  #2 Chattanooga 55 

G7: #3 Wofford 68  #11 Citadel 51

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #5 Western Carolina 99  #1 Davidson 97  ot  

G9: #3 Wofford 71  #7 Georgia Southern 57 

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#3 Wofford 56  #5 Western Carolina 53

 

Southland Conference

Location—Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #5 Southeast Louisiana (7-11/12-17) vs. #8 Nicholls St. (10-8/13-14)—6:00 PM at southland.org

G2: #6 Oral Roberts (10-8/16-15) vs. #7 McNeese St. (9-9/11-19)—8:30 PM at southland.org

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Northwestern St. (12-6/16-13) vs. Game 1 winner—6:00 PM at southland.org

G4: #3 Sam Houston St. (13-5/21-9) vs. Game 2 winner—8:30 PM at southland.org

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Stephen F. Austin (18-0/29-2) vs. Game 3 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN3

G6: #2 Texas A&M—C.C. (14-4/17-14) vs. Game 4 winner—8:30 PM on ESPN3

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—8:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Location—Toyota Center, Houston

 

Note: Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling, Mississippi Valley St., and Southern are ineligible for the NCAA Tournament, and if one of these teams wins the SWAC Tournament, the league will select its representative for the automatic bid.

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11

G1: #10 Grambling 84  #7 Jackson St. 75  

G2: #8 Prairie View 79 (6-12/9-22)  #9 Mississippi Valley 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G3: #2 Texas Southern (12-6/16-14) vs. Grambling (3-15/5-23)—1:30 PM on Wed

G4: #1 Southern (15-3/19-12) vs. #8 Prairie View (6-12/9-22)—9:00 PM on Wed

G5: #3 Alabama St. (12-6/18-11) vs. #6 Alcorn St. (9-9/12-18)—1:30 PM on Thu

G6: #4 Arkanas-Pine Bluff (11-7/13-17) vs. #5 Alabama A&M (10-8/13-15) 9:00 PM on Thu

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner—3:30 PM

G8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 6 winner—9:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—4:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Summit League

Location—Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD

 

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

G1: #2 IPFW 85  #7 IUPUI 47

G2: #4 Denver 71 (8-6/16-14)  #5 S. Dakota 55

G3: #3 S. Dakota St. 71  #6 W. Illinois 50

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G4: #1 N. Dakota St. 83  #4 Denver 48

G5: #2 IPFW 64  #3 S. Dakota St. 60

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 North Dakota St. 60  #2 IPFW 57

 

Sun Belt Conference

Location—Lakefront Arena, New Orleans

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #5 U A L R (9-9/14-16) vs. #8 Troy (6-12/11-19)—7:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G2: #6 UT-Arlington (9-9/14-16) vs. #7 UL-Monroe (7-11/10-16)—9:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G3: #4 Arkansas St. (10-8/18-12) vs. Game 1 winner—7:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G4: #3 UL-Lafayette (11-7/20-11) vs. Game 2 winner—9:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G5: #1 Georgia St. (17-1/24-7) vs. Game 3 winner—3:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G6: #2 Western Kentucky (12-6/20-11) vs. Game 4 winner—5:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN2

 

West Coast Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #10 Loyola Marymount 67  #7 Portland 64 

G2: #9 Santa Clara 81  #8 Pacific 64

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G3: #3 San Francisco 69  #6 San Diego 60

G4: #2 B Y U 85  #10 Loyola Marymount 74

G5: #1 Gonzaga 77  #9 Santa Clara 75

G6: #4 St. Mary’s 80  #5 Pepperdine 69

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G7: #2 B Y U 79 ot  #3 San Francisco 77

G8: #1 Gonzaga 70  #4 St. Mary’s 54

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 Gonzaga 75  #2 B Y U 64

 

Western Athletic Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #1 Utah Valley (13-3/19-10) vs. #8 Texas-Pan American (5-11/9-22)—3:00 PM

G2: #4 Mo.-Kansas City (7-9/10-19) vs. #5 Idaho (7-9/14-17)—5:30 PM

G3: #3 Chicago St. (8-8/13-18) vs. #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield (5-11/12-18)—9:00 PM

G4: #2 New Mexico St. (12-4/23-9) vs. #7 Seattle (5-11/13-16)—11:30 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner—9:00 PM

G6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—11:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—10:00 PM on ESPNU

 

March 11, 2014

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Report for Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Last Updated: March 11, 2014 6:15 AM EDT

Headlines

Delaware edges William & Mary by one point to take the Colonial Athletic automatic bid

Manhattan slips past Iona to win the automatic bid from the MAAC

Wofford punches a ticket from the Southern Conference

Gonzaga and B Y U advance to the WCC Championship Game

 

Already In The Field of 68  (5 Teams)

1. Harvard—Ivy League (26-4)

2. Eastern Kentucky—Ohio Valley (24-9)

3. Mercer (26-8)

4. Wichita St. (34-0)

5. Coastal Carolina (21-12)

6. Delaware (25-9)

7. Manhattan (25-7)

8. Wofford (20-12)

 

The Bubbler

The higher up each team is on this bubble list, the better.  With last night’s win over St. Mary’s, Gonzaga moved from The Bubble to Safe status.  As of today, 12 teams on The Bubble will make the NCAA Tournament, while teams 13 through 22 are on outside, looking in.  Teams listed at numbers 9 through 12 are the last four in.  Teams listed #13 through #16 comprise the first four out.  As conference tournament upsets occur, the bubble teams in the tournament will begin to shrink.  So, far, no major upsets have occurred, as Wichita State won the MVC automatic bid and Gonzaga will probably stay in the field if they lose in the title game.

 

1. Stanford

2. B Y U

3. Colorado

4. S M U

5. St. Joseph’s

6. Pittsburgh

7. Oklahoma St.

8. Xavier

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9. Tennessee

10. Dayton

11. Nebraska

12. Arkansas

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13. Minnesota

14. California

15. Georgetown

16. St. John’s

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17. Providence

18. Missouri

19. Utah

20. West Virginia

21. Green Bay

22. Southern Mississippi

 

Games Affecting The Bubble Today

 

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

Leagues Earning A Dance Ticket Today

Northeast

Summit

West Coast

 

Semifinal Rounds

None

 

Quarterfinal Rounds

None

 

Opening Rounds

Conference USA

Mideastern Athletic (remaining 3 games of opening round)

Southwestern Athletic

 

Schedules & Results

All times are Eastern Daylight

 

American Athletic Conference

Location—Fedex Forum, Memphis

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #7 Rutgers (5-13/11-20) vs. #10 South Florida (3-15/12-19)—7:00 PM on ESPNU

G2: #8 Temple (4-14/9-21) vs. #9 Central Florida (4-14/12-17)—9:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #3 S M U (12-6/23-8) vs. #6 Houston (8-10/16-15)—1:00 PM on ESPNU

G4: #2 Louisville (15-3/26-5) vs. Game 1 winner—3:00 PM on ESPNU

G5: #1 Cincinnati (15-3/26-5) vs. Game 2 winner—7:00 PM on ESPNU

G6: #4 Connecticut (12-6/24-7) vs. #5 Memphis (12-6/23-8)—9:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—8:00 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

 

Championship Game

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN

 

America East Conference

Location—SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G1: #1 Vermont 77  #8 New Hampshire 60

G2: #4 Albany 86  #5 UMBC 56

G3: #2 Stony Brook 80  #7 Maine 54

G4: #3 Hartford 69  #6 Binghamton 42

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G5: #4 Albany 67  #1 Vermont 58  

G6: #2 Stony Brook 64  #3 Hartford 61

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

#4 Albany (9-7/17-14) vs. #2 Stony Brook (13-3/23-9)—11:30 AM on ESPN2

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

Location—Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #12 George Mason (4-12/11-19) vs. #13 Fordham (2-14/9-20)—7:00 PM on A-10 Network

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G2: #8 La Salle (7-9/15-15) vs. #9 St. Bonaventure (6-10/16-14)—12:00 Noon on NBC Sports Regional

G3: #5 Dayton (10-6/22-9) vs. Game 1 winner—2:30 PM on NBCSN

G4: #7 Richmond (8-8/18-13) vs. #10 Duquesne (5-11/13-16)—6:30 PM on NBCSN

G5: #6 U Mass (10-6/23-7) vs. #11 Rhode Island (5-11/14-17)—9:00 PM on NBC Sports Regional

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G6: #1 St. Louis (13-3/26-5) vs. Game 2 winner—12:00 Noon on NBCSN

G7: #4 St. Joseph’s (11-5/21-9) vs. Game 3 winner—2:30 PM on NBCSN

G8: #2 V C U (12-4/24-7) vs. Game 4 winner—6:30 PM on NBCSN

G9: #3 George Washington (11-5/23-7) vs. Game 5 winner—9:00 PM on NBCSN

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G10: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner—1:30 PM on CBSSN

G11: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—4:00 PM on CBSSN

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—1:00 PM on CBS

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Location—Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #12 Wake Forest (6-12/16-15) vs. #13 Notre Dame (6-12/15-16)—1:00 PM on ESPN2/U

G2: #10 Miami (7-11/16-15) vs. #15 Virginia Tech (2-16/9-21)—3:30 PM on ESPN2/U

G3: #11 Georgia Tech (6-12/15-16) vs. #14 Boston College (4-14/8-23)—7:00 PM on ESPN2/U

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #8 Maryland (9-9/17-14) vs. #9 Florida St. (9-9/18-12)—12:00 Noon on ESPNU

G5: #5 Pittsburgh (11-7/23-8) vs. Game 1 winner—2:00 PM on ESPNU

G6: #7 North Carolina St. (9-9/19-12) vs. Game 2 winner—7:00 PM on ESPNU

G7: #6 Clemson (10-8/19-11) vs. Game 3 winner—9:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 Virginia (16-2/25-6) vs. Game 4 winner—12:00 Noon on ESPN2

G9: #4 North Carolina (13-5/23-8) vs. Game 5 winner—2:00 PM on ESPN2

G10: #2 Syracuse (14-4/27-4) vs. Game 6 winner—7:00 PM on ESPN2

G11: #3 Duke (13-5/24-7) vs. Game 7 winner—9:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN

G13: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—3:00 PM on ESPN

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites of Higher Seed

 

Quarterfinal Round—Tuesday, March 4

G1: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 77  #8 Stetson 55

G2: #4 East Tennessee 89  #5 Lipscomb 88 2ot

G3: #2 Mercer 85  #7 Jacksonville 64

G4: #3 USC-Upstate 80  #6 North Florida 74

 

Semifinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G5: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 69  #4 East Tennessee 64

G6: #2 Mercer 78  #3 USC-Upstate 75 2ot

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#2 Mercer 68  #1 Florida Gulf Coast 60

 

Big 12 Conference

Location—Sprint Center, Kansas City

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Oklahoma St. (8-10/20-11) vs. #9 Texas Tech (6-12/14-17)—7:00 PM on ESPN3

G2: #7 Baylor (9-9/21-10) vs. #10 T C U (0-18/9-21)—9:30 PM on ESPN3

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Iowa St. (11-7/23-7) vs. #5 Kansas St. (10-8/20-11)—12:30 PM on ESPN2

G4: #1 Kansas (14-4/23-8) vs. Game 1 winner—3:00 PM on ESPN2

G5: #2 Oklahoma (12-6/23-8) vs. Game 2 winner—7:00 PM on ESPN3

G6: #3 Texas (11-7/22-9) vs. #6 West Virginia (9-9/17-14)—9:30 PM on ESPN3

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—7:00 PM on ESPNU or ESPN3

G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 9 winner—9:30 PM on ESPNU or ESPN3

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

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

 

Big East Conference

Location—Madison Square Garden, New York City

 

All Games Televised on Fox Sports 1

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Seton Hall (6-12/15-16) vs. #9 Butler (4-14/14-16)—7:00 PM

G2: #7 Georgetown (8-10/17-13) vs. #10 DePaul (3-15/11-20)—9:30 PM

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #1 Villanova (16-2/28-3) vs. Game 1 winner—12:00 Noon

G4: #4 Providence (10-8/20-11) vs. #5 St. John’s (10-8/20-11)—2:30 PM

G5: #2 Creighton (14-4/24-6) vs. Game 2 winner—7:00 PM

G6: #3 Xavier (10-8/20-11) vs. #6 Marquette (9-9/17-14)—9:30 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—7:00 PM

G8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—9:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—8:30 PM

 

Big Sky Conference

Location: Dee Events Center (Weber St.), Ogden, UT

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #2 North Dakota (12-8/15-15) vs. #7 Sacramento St. (10-10/14-15)—4:05 PM

G2: #3 Northern Arizona (12-8/15-16) vs. #6 Northern Colorado (11-9/17-12)—6:30 PM

G3: #4 Montana (12-8/17-12) vs. #5 Portland St. (11-9/16-13)—9:00 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G4: Highest Remaining seed vs. 2nd Highest Remaining seed—6:30 PM

G5: Weber St. (14-6/17-11) vs. Lowest Remaining seed—9:05 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner—8:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Big South Conference

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

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #4S Winthrop 77  vs. #5N Liberty 65

G2: #3N Radford 78  vs. #6S Presbyterian 73

G3: #5S Chas. Southern 81  #4N Campbell 71

G4: #3S Gardner-Webb 81  #6N Longwood 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #4S Winthrop 62  #1N High Point 60

G6: #2S UNC-Asheville 96  #3N Radford 87

G7: #1S Coastal Carolina 73  #5S Chas. Southern 68 2ot

G8: #2N VMI 90  #3S Gardner-Webb 77

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G9: #4S Winthrop 80  #2S UNC-Asheville 79

G10: #1S Coastal Carolina 66  #2N V M I 62

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1S Coastal Carolina 76  #4S Winthrop 61 

 

Big Ten Conference

Location—Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #8 Indiana (7-11/17-14) vs. #9 Illinois (7-11/18-13)—12:00 Noon on Big Ten Network

G2: #5 Ohio St. (10-8/23-8) vs. #12 Purdue (5-13/15-16)—2:30 PM on Big Ten Network

G3: #7 Minnesota (8-10/19-12) vs. #10 Penn St. (6-12/15-16)—6:30 PM on ESPN2

G4: #6 Iowa (9-9/20-11) vs. #11 Northwestern (6-12/13-18)—9:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Michigan (15-3/23-7) vs. Game 1 winner—12:00 Noon on ESPN or ESPN2

G6: #4 Nebraska (11-7/19-11) vs. Game 2 winner—2:30 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

G7: #2 Wisconsin (12-6/25-6) vs. Game 3 winner—6:30 PM on Big Ten Network

G8: #3 Michigan St. (12-6/23-8) vs. Game 4 winner—9:00 PM on Big Ten Network

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—1:40 PM on CBS

G10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—4:20 PM on CBS

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—3:30 PM on CBS

 

Big West Conference

Location—Honda Center, Anaheim

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #2 U C S B (12-4/21-8) vs. #7 Cal Poly (6-10/10-19)—3:00 PM on Prime Ticket

G2: #3 Long Beach St. (10-6/14-16) vs. #6 Cal St. Fullerton (6-10/11-19)—5:30 PM on Prime Ticket

G3: #1 UC-Irvine (13-3/22-10) vs. #8 UC-Riverside (5-11/10-20)—9:00 PM on Prime Ticket

G4: #4 Hawaii (9-7/20-10) vs. #5 Cal St. Northridge (7-9/15-17)—11:30 PM on Prime Ticket

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed—9:30 PM on ESPN3

G6: 2nd Highest Remaining Seed vs. 3rd Highest Remaining Seed—12:00 Midnight on ESPNU

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—10:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Location—Baltimore Arena, Baltimore

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Hofstra 78  #9 UNC-Wilmington 70

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G2: #1 Delaware 87 (14-2/23-9)  #8 Hofstra 76

G3: #5 Northeastern 90 (7-9/11-20) #4 Drexel 81

G4: #2 Towson 80 (13-3/23-9) #7 James Madison 71

G5: #3 William & Mary 70 (10-6/19-11) #6 Charleston 59

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G6: #1 Delaware 87  #5 Northeastern 74

G7: #3 William & Mary 75  #2 Towson 71

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#1 Delaware 75  #3 William & Mary 74

 

Conference USA

Location—Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G1: #10 North Texas (6-10/15-15) vs. #15 Rice (2-14/7-22)—5:30 PM

G2: #11 Florida Atlantic (5-11/10-21) vs. #14 Marshall (4-12/10-21)—8:00 PM

G3: #12 East Carolina (5-11/16-15) vs. #13 U T S A (4-12/8-21)—10:30 PM

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G4: #7 Tulane (8-8/16-15) vs. Game 1 winner—2:00 PM

G5: #6 Old Dominion (9-7/15-16) vs. Game 2 winner—4:30 PM

G6: #5 U T E P (12-4/22-9) vs. Game 3 winner—8:00 PM

G7: #8 U A B (7-9/18-12) vs. Game 4 winner—10:30 PM

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G8: #2 Tulsa (13-3/18-12) vs. Game 4 winner—2:00 PM

G9: #3 Middle Tennessee (13-3/23-8) vs. Game 5 winner—4:30 PM

G10: #4 Southern Miss. (13-3/26-5) vs. Game 6 winner—8:00 PM

G11: #1 Louisiana Tech (13-3/25-6) vs/ Game 7 winner—10:30 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14 (both games televised on CBS SN)

G12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—4:00 PM

G13: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—6:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15 (on CBS)

Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner—11:35 AM

 

Horizon League

Location—First Round Games 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 83  #8 Detroit 73

G2: #4 Valparaiso 73  #9 Illinois-Chicago 63

G3: #6 Oakland 96  #7 Youngstown St. 92 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G4: #3 Wright St. 73  #6 Oakland 57

G5: #5 Milwaukee 74  #4 Valparaiso 57

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G6: #3 Wright St. 68 (10-6/20-13) #2 Cleveland St. 63

G7: #5 Milwaukee 73  #1 Green Bay 66   ot

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#3 Wright St. (10-6/20-13) vs. #5 Milwaukee (7-9/20-13)—7:00 PM on ESPN

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Location—Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #8 Rider 71  #9 Monmouth 60

G2: #7 St. Peter’s 65  #10 Fairfield 62 ot

G3: #11 Niagara 78  #6 Marist 76

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Iona 94  #8 Rider 71

G5: #4 Canisius 71  #5 Siena 69

G6: #2 Manhattan 72  #7 St. Peter’s 58

G7: #3 Quinnipiac 89  #11 Niagara 80

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #1 Iona 75  #4 Canisius 72

G9: #2 Manhattan 87  #3 Quinnipiac 68

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#2 Manhattan  71  #1 Iona 68

 

Mid-American Conference

Location—Opening Round at higher seed; all other rounds at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10

G1: #5 Ohio 76  #12 Ball St. 64

G2: #8 Miami (O) 71  #9 Kent St. 64

G3: #6 Eastern Michigan 72  #11 Central Michigan 60

G4: #7 Northern Illinois 54  #10 Bowling Green 51 ot

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12

G5: Ohio (11-7/22-10) vs. Miami (O) (8-10/13-17)—6:00 PM

G6: Eastern Michigan (10-8/19-13) vs. Northern Illinois (8-10/15-16)—8:30 PM

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G7: #4 Akron (12-6/20-11) vs. Game 5 winner—6:30 PM

G8: #3 Buffalo (13-5/19-9) vs. Game 6 winner—9:00 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Western Michigan (14-4/21-9) vs. Game 7 winner—6:30 PM

G10: #2 Toledo (14-4/26-5) vs. Game 8 winner—9:00 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—6:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Location: Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10 & Tuesday, March 11

G1: #4 Norfolk St. 78  #13 Maryland-Eastern Shore 74

G2: #5 Savannah St. 61  #12 South Carolina St. 47

G3: #8 Howard (5-11/7-24) vs. #9 North Carolina A&T (5-11/9-22)—3/11 @ 4:00 PM

G4: #7 Coppin St. (7-9/10-19) vs. #10 Bethune-Cookman (5-11/7-24)—3/11 @ 6:30 PM

G5: #6 Florida A&M (8-8/13-17) vs. #11 Delaware St. (5-11/9-20)—3/11 @ 9:00 PM

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G6: #1 UNC-Central (15-1/25-5) vs. Game 3 winner—3/12 @ 6:00 PM

G7: #2 Hampton (13-3/18-11) vs. Game 4 winner—3/12 @ 8:30 PM

G8: #3 Morgan St. (11-5/13-15) vs. Game 5 winner—3/13 @ 6:00 PM

G9: #4 Norfolk St. (11-5/18-13) vs. #5 Savannah St. (10-6/18-13)—3/13 @ 8:30 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G10: Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner—6:00 PM

G11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—8:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—6:00 PM on ESPNU

 

 

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: #9 Evansville 69  #8 Drake 61  

G2: #10 Loyola (Chi) 74 (4-14/10-21) #7 Bradley 72  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G3: #1 Wichita St. 80  #9 Evansville 58

G4: #4 Missouri St. 53  #5 Illinois St. 48

G5: #2 Indiana St. 75  #10 Loyola (Chi) 62

G6: #6 Southern Illinois 63  #3 Northern Iowa 58 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Wichita St. 67  Missouri St. 42

G8: #2 Indiana St. 62  #6 Southern Illinois 59

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1 Wichita St. 83  #2 Indiana St. 69

 

Mountain West Conference

Location—Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah St. (7-11/17-13) vs. #9 Colorado St. (7-11/16-15)—5:00 PM on MW Network

G2: #7 Fresno St. (9-9/16-15) vs. #10 Air Force (6-12/12-17)—7:30 PM on MW Network

G3: #6 Boise St. (9-9/19-12) vs. #11 San Jose St. (1-17/7-23)—10:00 PM on MW Network

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #1 San Diego St. (16-2/27-3) vs. Game 1 winner—3:00 PM on CBSSN

G5: #4 U N L V (10-8/19-12) vs. #5 Wyoming (9-9/18-13)—5:30 PM on CBSSN

G6: #2 New Mexico (15-3/24-6) vs. Game 2 winner—9:00 PM on CBSSN

G7: #3 Nevada (10-8/15-16) vs. Game 3 winner—11:30 PM on CBSSN

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner—9:00 PM on CBSSN

G9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner—11:30 PM on CBSSN

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner—6:00 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 60  #8 Fairleigh-Dickinson 53

G2: #2 Wagner 83  #7 Central Connecticut 59

G3: #6 St. Francis (PA) 55  #3 Bryant 54 

G4: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 72  #4 St. Francis (NY) 71 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G5: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 77  #2 Wagner 52

G6: #1 Robert Morris 60  #6 St. Francis (PA) 57

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Mount St. Mary’s (9-7/16-16) vs. #1 Robert Morris (14-2/21-12)—7:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Ohio Valley Conference

Location—Municipal Auditorium, Nashville

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #5 Tennessee Tech 74  #8 SIU-Edwards. 67

G2: #6 Southeast Missouri 79  #7 E. Illinois 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G3: #4 Morehead St. 76  #5 Tennessee Tech 61

G4: #3 Eastern Kentucky 84  #6 S.E. Missouri 76

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #1 Belmont 86  #4 Morehead St. 63

G6: #3 Eastern Kentucky 86  #2 Murray St. 83  

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 8

#3 Eastern Kentucky 79  #1 Belmont 73

 

Pac-12 Conference

Location—MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah (9-9/20-10) vs. #9 Washington (9-9/17-14)—3:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G2: #5 Colorado (10-8/21-10) vs. #12 Southern Cal (2-16/11-20)—5:30 PM on Pac-12 Network

G3: #7 Oregon (10-8/22-8) vs. #10 Oregon St. (8-10/16-14)—9:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G4: #6 Stanford (10-8/19-11) vs. #11 Washington St. (3-15/10-20)—11:30 PM on Pac-12 Network

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G5: #1 Arizona (15-3/28-3) vs. Game 1 winner—3:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G6: #4 California (10-8/19-12) vs. Game 2 winner—5:30 PM on Pac-12 Network

G7: #2 U C L A (12-6/23-8) vs. Game 3 winner—9:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G8: #3 Arizona St. (10-8/21-10) vs. Game 4 winner—11:30 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—9:00 PM on Pac-12 Network

G10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—11:30 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—6:00 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Patriot League

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites at Higher Seed

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 3

G1: #9 Lafayette 84  #8 Loyola (MD) 71

G2: #7 Colgate  #10 Navy 51

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 5

G3: #1 Boston U. 91  #9 Lafayette 54

G4: #5 Army 72  #4 Bucknell 71

G5: #3 Holy Cross 54  #6 Lehigh 48

G6: #2 American 59  #7 Colgate 50

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Boston U 91  #5 Army 70

G8: #2 American 57  #3 Holy Cross 46

 

Championship Game—Wednesday, March 12

#1 Boston U (15-3/24-9) vs. #2 American (13-5/19-12)—7:30 PM on CBS SN

 

Southeastern Conference

Location—Georgia Dome, Atlanta

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #12 Auburn (6-12/14-15) vs. #13 South Carolina (5-13/12-19)—7:00 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G2: #11 Vanderbilt (7-11/15-15) vs. #14 Mississippi St. (3-15/13-18)—9:30 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Missouri (9-9/21-10) vs. #9 Texas A&M (8-10/17-14)—1:00 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G4: #5 Arkansas (10-8/21-10) vs. Game 1 winner—3:30 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G5: #7 L S U (9-9/18-12) vs. #10 Alabama (7-11/13-18)—7:00 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G6: #6 Ole Miss (9-9/18-13) vs. Game 2 winner—9:30 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #1 Florida (18-0/29-2) vs. Game 3 winner—1:00 PM on ESPNU

G8: #4 Tennessee (11-7/20-11) vs. Game 4 winner—3:30 PM on ESPNU

G9: #2 Kentucky (12-6/22-9) vs. Game 5 winner—7:00 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

G10: #3 Georgia (12-6/18-12) vs. Game 6 winner—9:30 PM on SEC-TV/ESPN3

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—1:00 PM on ABC

G12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—3:30 PM on ABC

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner—3:15 PM on ESPN

 

Southern Conference

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

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Samford 70  #9 Appalachian St. 56

G2: #7 Georgia Southern 65  #10 Furman 50

G3: #11 Citadel 86  #6 UNCG 76 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Davidson 77  #8 Samford 54

G5: #5 Western Carolina 66  #4 Elon 64 

G6: #7 Georgia Southern 62  #2 Chattanooga 55 

G7: #3 Wofford 68  #11 Citadel 51

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #5 Western Carolina 99  #1 Davidson 97  ot  

G9: #3 Wofford 71  #7 Georgia Southern 57 

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#3 Wofford 56  #5 Western Carolina 53

 

Southland Conference

Location—Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #5 Southeast Louisiana (7-11/12-17) vs. #8 Nicholls St. (10-8/13-14)—6:00 PM at southland.org

G2: #6 Oral Roberts (10-8/16-15) vs. #7 McNeese St. (9-9/11-19)—8:30 PM at southland.org

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Northwestern St. (12-6/16-13) vs. Game 1 winner—6:00 PM at southland.org

G4: #3 Sam Houston St. (13-5/21-9) vs. Game 2 winner—8:30 PM at southland.org

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Stephen F. Austin (18-0/29-2) vs. Game 3 winner—6:00 PM on ESPN3

G6: #2 Texas A&M—C.C. (14-4/17-14) vs. Game 4 winner—8:30 PM on ESPN3

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—8:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Location—Toyota Center, Houston

 

Note: Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling, Mississippi Valley St., and Southern are ineligible for the NCAA Tournament, and if one of these teams wins the SWAC Tournament, the league will select its representative for the automatic bid.

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11

G1: #7 Jackson St. (7-11/11-19) vs. #10 Grambling (3-15/4-23)—1:30 PM

G2: #8 Prairie View (6-12/8-22) vs. #9 Mississippi Valley (5-13/9-22)—9:00 PM

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G3: #2 Texas Southern (12-6/16-14) vs. Game 1 winner—1:30 PM on Wed

G4: #1 Southern (15-3/19-12) vs. Game 2 winner—9:00 PM on Wed

G5: #3 Alabama St. (12-6/18-11) vs. #6 Alcorn St. (9-9/12-18)—1:30 PM on Thu

G6: #4 Arkanas-Pine Bluff (11-7/13-17) vs. #5 Alabama A&M (10-8/13-15) 9:00 PM on Thu

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner—3:30 PM

G8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 6 winner—9:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner—4:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Summit League

Location—Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD

 

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

G1: #2 IPFW 85  #7 IUPUI 47

G2: #4 Denver 71 (8-6/16-14)  #5 S. Dakota 55

G3: #3 S. Dakota St. 71  #6 W. Illinois 50

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G4: #1 N. Dakota St. 83  #4 Denver 48

G5: #2 IPFW 64  #3 S. Dakota St. 60

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 North Dakota St. (12-2/24-6) vs. #2 IPFW (10-4/24-9)—9:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Sun Belt Conference

Location—Lakefront Arena, New Orleans

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #5 U A L R (9-9/14-16) vs. #8 Troy (6-12/11-19)—7:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G2: #6 UT-Arlington (9-9/14-16) vs. #7 UL-Monroe (7-11/10-16)—9:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G3: #4 Arkansas St. (10-8/18-12) vs. Game 1 winner—7:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G4: #3 UL-Lafayette (11-7/20-11) vs. Game 2 winner—9:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 15

G5: #1 Georgia St. (17-1/24-7) vs. Game 3 winner—3:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G6: #2 Western Kentucky (12-6/20-11) vs. Game 4 winner—5:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN2

 

West Coast Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #10 Loyola Marymount 67  #7 Portland 64 

G2: #9 Santa Clara 81  #8 Pacific 64

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G3: #3 San Francisco 69  #6 San Diego 60

G4: #2 B Y U 85  #10 Loyola Marymount 74

G5: #1 Gonzaga 77  #9 Santa Clara 75

G6: #4 St. Mary’s 80  #5 Pepperdine 69

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G7: #2 B Y U 79 ot  #3 San Francisco 77

G8: #1 Gonzaga 70  #4 St. Mary’s 54

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 Gonzaga (15-3/27-6) vs. #2 B Y U (13-5/23-10)—9:00 PM on ESPN

 

Western Athletic Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #1 Utah Valley (13-3/19-10) vs. #8 Texas-Pan American (5-11/9-22)—3:00 PM

G2: #4 Mo.-Kansas City (7-9/10-19) vs. #5 Idaho (7-9/14-17)—5:30 PM

G3: #3 Chicago St. (8-8/13-18) vs. #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield (5-11/12-18)—9:00 PM

G4: #2 New Mexico St. (12-4/23-9) vs. #7 Seattle (5-11/13-16)—11:30 PM

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner—9:00 PM

G6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner—11:30 PM

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 15

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—10:00 PM on ESPNU

 

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