The Pi-Rate Ratings

September 19, 2011

PiRate Ratings: College Football for September 22-24, 2011

Let’s tune in to our favorite radio drama serial—All My Expansions.  In today’s episode, the evil John Swofford has taken away two suitors, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, from his neighbor, John Marinatto.  That leaves Marinatto in a bit of purgatory with his comrade Dan Beebe.  Beebe has already lost a suitor, Texas A&M, to Mike Slive, and that western, swashbuckling, showman Larry Scott is going to rustle away the rest of Beebe’s prime cattle in Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Texas.

 

Tune in tomorrow to see if Baylor’s lawsuit against Texas A&M will have any effect on the SEC, or if it comes back to bite the Bears on the tush, leaving them out in the cold after every other conference shuns them.

 

We will find out if Texas Governor Rick Perry gets hit from Mitt Romney and Michelle Bachmann on his A&M to the SEC issue.  On second chance, they have so much ammunition on the Gardasil issue, a higher debt to GDP ratio in Texas than in California (that Perry has more than doubled since he has been governor), and the fact that Texas has the most minimum wage jobs per capita in the US.  So he can slide and continue to be just a former A&M yell leader.

 

Okay, political rants aside, there were some big games this past weekend.  Oklahoma went on the road and held Florida State at bay for most of the night.  Florida once again punished Tennessee in the Swamp.  Andrew Luck went on the road to Tucson and led Stanford to an impressive win.  Miami showed the nation that Ohio State will probably lose more games this season.  Temple almost upset Penn State.  Most of all, it is amazing to see a number of surprising 3-0 teams.  In the ACC, Clemson ended Auburn’s long winning streak, and the Tigers are 3-0.  North Carolina, without Butch Davis, is 3-0.  In the Big East, South Florida and West Virginia are only mildly surprising 3-0 teams, while you can say the same about Illinois and Michigan in the Big Ten.  Iowa State, Wyoming, Vanderbilt, and Florida International may be the four biggest surprise teams at 3-0.  The Cyclones own wins over Iowa and Connecticut.  The Cowboys won at Bowling Green.  Vanderbilt blew Ole Miss off the field, while Florida International beat Central Florida after beating Louisville.

 

Here are the rankings for the 120 FBS teams this week:

 

#

Team

PiRate

1

Oklahoma

133.8

2

Alabama

130.7

3

Stanford

130.4

4

L S U

128.7

5

Texas A&M

128.4

6

Oregon

125.3

7

Boise St.

125.0

8

Oklahoma St.

122.7

9

Wisconsin

122.5

10

Florida St.

121.3

11

Notre Dame

120.6

12

Arkansas

119.9

13

Florida 

119.2

14

S. Carolina

116.8

15

Nebraska

116.3

16

Miss. State

115.9

17

Miami

115.1

18

Va. Tech

114.7

19

Arizona St.

114.4

20

Utah

114.2

21

Missouri

114.0

22

Southern Cal

113.0

23

Michigan

112.8

24

Texas

112.5

25

Michigan St.

111.8

26

Georgia 

111.5

27

Clemson

111.2

28

Penn State

110.8

29

Washington

110.4

30

California

110.2

31

Auburn

109.9

32

T C U

109.1

33

W. Virginia

108.9

34

Tennessee

108.9

35

Arizona

108.7

36

Illinois

108.6

37

Texas Tech

108.3

38

Maryland

107.6

39

Baylor

107.4

40

Iowa

107.2

41

Cincinnati

107.1

42

Pittsburgh

106.6

43

N.C. State

106.4

44

N. Carolina

106.3

45

S. Florida

105.3

46

Georgia Tech

104.9

47

Oregon St.

104.8

48

Washington St.

104.5

49

Ohio State

104.2

50

Vanderbilt

103.9

51

B Y U

103.8

52

Air Force

103.6

53

S.D. State

103.2

54

Tulsa

102.7

55

Navy

102.6

56

Iowa State

102.4

57

U C L A

102.2

58

Wake Forest

101.8

59

Colorado

101.5

60

Kansas St.

100.8

61

Connecticut

100.3

62

Northwestern

100.1

63

Nevada

99.6

64

Houston

99.3

65

S M U

99.1

66

Minnesota

99.0

67

Virginia

98.8

68

Duke

98.6

69

Boston Coll.

98.2

70

Hawaii

97.0

71

Utah St.

96.6

72

Purdue

96.5

73

E C U

96.4

74

Central Florida

96.2

75

Ole Miss

96.0

76

Kentucky

95.4

77

Rutgers

95.0

78

Southern Miss.

94.5

79

Toledo

94.0

80

Syracuse

93.9

81

Fresno St.

93.9

82

Florida Int’l

93.8

83

San Jose St.

92.8

84

La.Tech

92.4

85

Western Michigan

92.3

86

Miami (O)

92.2

87

Temple

91.9

88

Louisville

91.9

89

Kansas

91.1

90

Rice

90.9

91

Ohio U

90.8

92

Arkansas St.

90.8

93

Colorado St.

90.8

94

Northern Illinois

90.7

95

Wyoming

89.7

96

Army

86.8

97

UL-Monroe

85.9

98

Bowling Green

85.5

99

Idaho

85.4

100

Troy

85.1

101

UNLV

84.4

102

Indiana

83.9

103

Tulane

83.5

104

Marshall

83.5

105

Central Mich.

80.6

106

U A B

80.5

107

U T E P

80.1

108

Ball St.

79.5

109

New Mexico

79.0

110

New Mexico St.

78.8

111

Buffalo

76.9

112

UL-Lafayette

76.6

113

Middle Tennessee

76.6

114

Kent St.

76.1

115

N. Texas

73.1

116

Western Ky.

73.1

117

Eastern Mich.

72.9

118

Florida Atlantic

69.1

119

Akron

66.5

120

Memphis

64.2

 

Here they are by conference.

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Division

 

 

 

Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Florida State

0-0

2-1

121.3

Clemson

0-0

3-0

111.2

Maryland

1-0

1-1

107.6

North Carolina State

0-1

2-1

106.4

Wake Forest

1-0

2-1

101.8

Boston College

0-1

0-3

98.2

       
Coastal Division

 

 

 

Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Miami-FL

0-1

1-1

115.1

Virginia Tech

0-0

3-0

114.7

North Carolina

1-0

3-0

106.3

Georgia Tech

0-0

3-0

104.9

Virginia

0-1

2-1

98.8

Duke

1-0

1-2

98.6

 

 

Big East Conference

 

 

 

 

Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

West Virginia

0-0

3-0

108.9

Cincinnati

0-0

2-1

107.1

Pittsburgh

0-0

2-1

106.6

South Florida

0-0

3-0

105.3

Connecticut

0-0

1-2

100.3

Rutgers

0-0

1-1

95.0

Syracuse

0-0

2-1

93.9

Louisville

0-0

2-1

91.9

 

 

Big Ten

       
Leaders Division      
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Wisconsin

0-0

3-0

122.5

Penn State

0-0

2-1

110.8

Illinois

0-0

3-0

108.6

Ohio State

0-0

2-1

104.2

Purdue

0-0

2-1

96.5

Indiana

0-0

1-2

83.9

       
Legends Division      
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Nebraska

0-0

3-0

116.3

Michigan

0-0

3-0

112.8

Michigan State

0-0

2-1

111.8

Iowa

0-0

2-1

107.2

Northwestern

0-0

2-1

100.1

Minnesota

0-0

1-2

99.0

 

 

Big 12

       
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Oklahoma

0-0

2-0

133.8

Texas A&M

0-0

2-0

128.4

Oklahoma State

0-0

3-0

122.7

Missouri

0-0

2-1

114.0

Texas

0-0

3-0

112.5

Texas Tech

0-0

2-0

108.3

Baylor

0-0

2-0

107.4

Iowa State

0-0

3-0

102.4

Kansas State

0-0

2-0

100.8

Kansas

0-0

2-1

91.1

 

 

Conference USA

East Division      
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

East Carolina

0-0

0-2

96.4

Central Florida

0-0

2-1

96.2

Southern Mississippi

0-1

2-1

94.5

Marshall

1-0

1-2

83.5

U A B

0-1

0-2

80.5

Memphis

0-0

1-2

64.2

       
West Division      
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Tulsa

1-0

1-2

102.7

Houston

0-0

3-0

99.3

S M U

1-0

2-1

99.1

Rice

0-0

1-1

90.9

Tulane

1-1

2-1

83.5

U T E P

0-1

2-1

80.1

 

 

Independents

       
Team

 

Overall

Rating

Notre Dame  

1-2

120.6

B Y U  

1-2

103.8

Navy  

2-1

102.6

Army  

1-2

86.8

 

 

Mid American Conference

East Division      
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Miami (O)

0-0

0-2

92.2

Temple

1-0

2-1

91.9

Ohio U

0-0

3-0

90.8

Bowling Green

0-0

2-1

85.5

Buffalo

0-1

1-2

76.9

Kent St.

0-0

0-3

76.1

Akron

0-1

0-3

66.5

       
West Division      
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Toledo

0-0

1-2

94.0

Western Michigan

1-0

2-1

92.3

Northern Illinois

0-0

1-2

90.7

Central Michigan

0-1

1-2

80.6

Ball State

1-0

2-1

79.5

Eastern Michigan

0-0

2-1

72.9

 

 

Mountain West Conference

       
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Boise State

0-0

2-0

125.0

T C U

1-0

2-1

109.1

Air Force

0-1

1-1

103.6

San Diego State

0-0

3-0

103.2

Colorado State

1-0

2-1

90.8

Wyoming

0-0

3-0

89.7

UNLV

0-0

1-2

84.4

New Mexico

0-1

0-3

79.0

 

 

Pac-12 Conference

       
North Division      
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Stanford

1-0

3-0

130.4

Oregon

0-0

2-1

125.3

Washington

0-0

2-1

110.4

California

0-0

3-0

110.2

Oregon State

0-0

0-2

104.8

Washington State

0-0

2-1

104.5

       
South Division      
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Arizona State

0-0

2-1

114.4

Utah

0-1

2-1

114.2

Southern Cal

1-0

3-0

113.0

Arizona

0-0

1-2

108.7

U C L A

0-0

1-2

102.2

Colorado

0-0

1-2

101.5

 

 

Southeastern Conference

East Division      
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Florida

1-0

3-0

119.2

South Carolina

1-0

3-0

116.8

Georgia

0-1

1-2

111.5

Tennessee

0-1

2-1

108.9

Vanderbilt

1-0

3-0

103.9

Kentucky

0-0

2-1

95.4

       
West Division      
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Alabama

0-0

3-0

130.7

L S U

1-0

3-0

128.7

Arkansas

0-0

3-0

119.9

Mississippi State

0-2

1-2

115.9

Auburn

1-0

2-1

109.9

Ole Miss

0-1

1-2

96.0

 

 

Sunbelt Conference

       
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Florida International

1-0

3-0

93.8

Arkansas State

0-0

1-2

90.8

Louisiana-Monroe

0-0

1-2

85.9

Troy

0-0

0-2

85.1

U.of Louisiana

0-0

2-1

76.6

Middle Tennessee

0-0

0-2

76.6

North Texas

0-1

0-3

73.1

Western Kentucky

0-0

0-3

73.1

Florida Atlantic

0-0

0-2

69.1

 

 

Western Athletic Conference

       
Team

Conf.

Overall

Rating

Nevada

1-0

1-1

99.6

Hawaii

0-0

1-2

97.0

Utah State

0-0

1-1

96.6

Fresno State

0-0

1-2

93.9

San Jose State

0-1

0-3

92.8

Louisiana Tech

0-0

1-2

92.4

Idaho

0-0

1-2

85.4

New Mexico State

0-0

1-2

78.8

 

 

And, here are the PiRate Rating Spreads for this week with the opening lines.

 

This Week’s Games–PiRate Ratings

   

 

 

 

Thursday, September 22  

PiRate Spread

 

 

Favorite Underdog

Score

Line

CINCINNATI North Carolina St.

3.7

27-23

NL

   

 

 

 

Friday, September 23  

PiRate Spread

 

 

Favorite Underdog

Score

Line

B Y U Central Florida

11.6

24-12

4   

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Saturday, September 24  

PiRate Spread

 

 

Favorite Underdog

Score

Line

OHIO ST. Colorado

6.7

27-20

16 1/2

DUKE Tulane

18.1

35-17

10   

SYRACUSE Toledo

2.9

24-21

3 1/2

EAST CAROLINA U a b

18.9

35-16

NL

SOUTH FLORIDA U t e p

28.7

42-13

26   

ILLINOIS Western Michigan

20.3

30-10

15 1/2

RUTGERS Ohio U

8.2

31-23

17 1/2

PENN ST. Eastern Michigan

41.9

48-6

30   

MIAMI (FL) Kansas St.

18.3

28-10

11 1/2

S m u MEMPHIS

32.4

52-20

21 1/2

MARYLAND Temple

18.7

39-20

10   

MICHIGAN ST. Central Michigan

33.7

44-10

23   

Georgia OLE MISS

12.0

29-17

6 1/2

MIAMI (O) Bowling Green

9.2

28-19

7   

Army BALL ST.

4.3

24-21

5 1/2

Virginia Tech MARSHALL

28.2

42-14

20   

ALABAMA Arkansas

14.8

35-20

12 1/2

WASHINGTON California

3.2

31-28

1    

L s u WEST VIRGINIA

16.3

30-14

6   

MICHIGAN San Diego St.

13.6

35-21

9 1/2

GEORGIA TECH North Carolina

1.6

28-26

4 1/2

Florida KENTUCKY

20.8

31-10

11   

Notre Dame PITTSBURGH

11.0

35-24

3 1/2

Florida St. CLEMSON

6.6

31-24

3   

SAN JOSE ST. New Mexico St.

16.5

27-10

NL

Fresno St. IDAHO

5.5

28-22

7   

Connecticut BUFFALO

20.9

31-10

12 1/2

OREGON ST. U c l a

6.1

30-24

1 1/2

TEXAS TECH Nevada

12.2

35-23

15 1/2

SOUTH CAROLINA Vanderbilt

16.4

33-17

18 1/2

MISSISSIPPI ST. Louisiana Tech

27.0

48-21

18   

BAYLOR Rice

19.5

41-21

19 1/2

VIRGINIA Southern Miss.

7.8

28-20

1 1/2

TEXAS A&M Oklahoma St.

9.2

45-36

3   

Nebraska WYOMING

23.6

44-20

25 1/2

OKLAHOMA Missouri

23.3

37-14

19 1/2

UTAH ST. Colorado St.

8.3

28-20

7 1/2

BOISE ST. Tulsa

25.8

50-24

27   

Oregon ARIZONA

13.1

38-25

16   

ARIZONA ST. Southern Cal

4.9

21-16

1 1/2

AUBURN Florida Atlantic

44.8

59-14

31 1/2

IOWA Louisiana-Monroe

25.3

35-10

21 1/2

TROY Middle Tennessee

11.5

28-16

9   

Indiana NORTH TEXAS

7.8

35-37

6 1/2

FLORIDA INT’L Louisiana-Lafayette

20.2

34-14

19   

 

February 6, 2010

A Better Way To Expand The NCAA Tournament

A Better Way To Expand The NCAA Tournament Field

Field of 88

The NCAA is tinkering with the idea of expanding the basketball tournament field from 65 to 96 teams.  Under this format, 32 teams would receive first round byes, while 64 teams would be forced into a “play-in” round. This would allow just about every .500 team in conference play in the top six conferences a great shot at making the field.  It supposedly would allow the regular season champions from the mid-majors to get in the field if they did not win their conference tournament championship.

I have a better idea, and I believe it would create maximum excitement.  Almost every fan fell in love with George Mason when they made their run to the Final Four.  It’s what is supposed to create all the excitement when a “little team” makes a deep run.  My plan would allow for a “little team” to make a deep run every season, while giving more of the power conference teams a chance to make the field.

Here’s how I propose an 88-team field.

1. Divide the conferences into two categories, similar to how football has BCS and non-BCS conferences.  Call the elite conferences the “56 Division” and the other conferences the “32 Division.”  

2. The 56 division will consist of the top 10 conferences in RPI over the previous five years, and the 32 Division will consist of the remaining 21 conferences (plus Independents and the yet-to-be-awarded an automatic bid Great West Conference).

3. The 32 Division will conduct their conference tournaments during the Wednesday through Saturday falling between February 25 to March 3, while the 56 Division will conduct their conference tournaments during the Wednesday through Sunday falling between March 4 and March 11.

4. On the Sunday following the 32 Division conference tournaments, the NCAA will announce their field of 32.  This will allow for all 21 conference tournament champions to make the field plus the top 11 at-large.  So, if a team from the Southland Conference finishes 29-4 but loses in the Southland Conference Tournament, that 29-4 team will get in the field of 32.

5. On the Sunday that concludes the 56 Division conferment tournaments, the NCAA will announce their field of 56 teams.  This averages out to 5.6 teams per large conference.  If the numbers ten, nine, and eight conferences receive just two bids each, then the remaining seven conferences will split 50 bids, more than seven per league.

6. The 32 Division will begin their opening two rounds of NCAA tournament play during the week that the 56 Division will be conducting their conference tournaments.  They will play two rounds, the first one falling on the Wednesday and Thursday of that week, and the second round falling on the Friday and Saturday of that week.  By Sunday, when the 56 Division field is announced, there will be eight teams remaining in the 32 Division field.

7. The 32 Division continues to play its own bracket for the next three games.  The 56 Division plays its own bracket for its first three rounds.  The next week after the 56 Division teams are selected will be much like it is now.  On the following Thursday through Sunday, two rounds will be played.  The 56 Division will have 14 teams remaining, while the 32 Division will have two teams left.  This leaves the same Sweet 16.

8. The following week, the two remaining 32 Division teams will join the bracket that included the overall #1 seed.  Those two teams will play for the 32 Division title, and the winner will then be one of the Elite 8.  The 56 Division will move from 14 to seven teams during this first game of the weekend.  The 32 Division champion will now play in the Elite 8 against a 56 Division team.

9.  Teams will be seeded 1-56 in the 56 Division and 1-32 in the 32 Division with no consideration given to conference affiliation.  Two teams from the same conference might play in the first round.

This guarantees that a mid-major or lower-prestigious team will advance to the Elite 8 every year.

Here’s an example of how this tournament might look.  For the sake of argument, let’s say these 10 conferences would be considered the 56 Division:  ACC, Atlantic 10, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Pac-10, and SEC.  

The 32 Division would then take the remaining conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Ivy, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, SWAC, Summit, Sunbelt, WAC, and West Coast.

Let’s say these teams won the 32 Division conference tournaments:

America East—Vermont

Atlantic Sun—East Tennessee

Big Sky—Weber State

Big South—Coastal Carolina

Big West—Pacific

Colonial—George Mason

Horizon—Green Bay (upsetting Butler)

Ivy—Cornell

MAAC—Iona (upsetting Siena)

MAC—Kent State

MEAC—Morgan State

Northeast—Robert Morris

Ohio Valley—Morehead State (upsetting Murray State)

Patriot—Lafayette

Southern—Charleston

Southland—Stephen F. Austin (upsetting Sam Houston)

SWAC—Texas Southern

Summit—IUPUI

Sunbelt—Arkansas State

WAC—Utah State

West Coast—St. Mary’s (mild upset over Gonzaga)

These 21 conference champions automatically make the field of 32, and the five upset victims are easily chosen as well.  Additionally, six more teams are selected from these conferences—Louisiana Tech, Oakland, Old Dominion, Western Carolina, Akron, and Northern Colorado.

The 56 Division Field is announced on Selection Sunday, with these 56 teams in the field (Bold represents automatic qualifier by virtue of conference tournament championships)

ACC (8)—Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Florida State, and Clemson

Atlantic 10 (5)—Temple, Xavier, Rhode Island, Richmond, and Charlotte

Big East (10)—Villanova, Syracuse, Georgetown, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, and Marquette

Big Ten (5)—Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Illinois

Big 12 (7)—Kansas, Texas, Kansas State, Missouri, Texas A&M, Oklahoma St., and Baylor

CUSA (4)—UAB, Tulsa, UTEP, and Memphis

Missouri Valley (2)—Northern Iowa and Wichita State

Mountain West (4)—BYU, UNLV, New Mexico, and San Diego State

Pac-10 (3)—California, Arizona State, and Washington

SEC (8)—Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Alabama and Ole Miss

Villanova is named the overall number one seed, so the 32 Division champion will be placed in the bracket with Villanova.  Should Villanova win its first three tournament games, the Wildcats will face the 32 Division champion for a trip to the Final Four.  If Villanova is upset before making it to the Elite 8, the 32 Division champion will still play the team from that part of the bracket that makes it to the Elite 8 (the bracket will not be re-arranged).

Here is a computer simulated version of the tournament.

32 Division

Round One—played March 10 and 11

Butler  74  Texas Southern 62

Gonzaga 80  Lafayette 58

Cornell 72  Arkansas State 55

Old Dominion 68  Robert Morris 64

St. Mary’s 69  Vermont 52

Siena 75  East Tennessee 69

Stephen F. Austin 77  Utah State 74

Sam Houston 69  Coastal Carolina 67

Akron 58  Louisiana Tech 55

Green Bay 64  Kent State 60

Oakland 74  Morgan State 69

George Mason 62  Western Carolina 60

Pacific 83  Iona 78

Morehead State 72  Charleston 65

Weber State 90  Northern Colorado 77

Murray State 77  IUPUI 75 ot

Round Two—played March 12 and 13

Butler 69  Murray State 62

Gonzaga 85  Weber State 68

Cornell 67  Morehead State 62

Pacific 71  Old Dominion 67

St. Mary’s 70  George Mason 55

Siena 70  Oakland 60

Sam Houston 65  Akron 60

Stephen F. Austin 66  Green Bay 63

Round Three—played March 18 and 19

Butler 74  Sam Houston 60

Gonzaga 89  Stephen F. Austin 70

Cornell 82  Siena 80 2ot

St. Mary’s 73  Pacific 65

Round Four—played March 20 and 21

St. Mary’s 66  Butler 63

Gonzaga 78  Cornell 71

32-Division Championship—played March 25 or 26

St. Mary’s 72  Gonzaga 70

St. Mary’s moves on to the Elite 8 as the number 8 seed in the Villanova bracket.

56-Division

Round One—played March 18 and 19

Villanova 75  Alabama 66

Michigan State 65  Florida 63

Cincinnati 73  Northern Iowa 64

Oklahoma State 80  Richmond 66

Kansas 73  Illinois 70

Tulsa 70  New Mexico 61

Missouri 81  Temple 72

Clemson 77  UAB 70

Syracuse 73  Virginia 62

Vanderbilt 80  Washington 69

Texas 91  South Florida 69

Ohio State 73  California 60

Duke 91  Arizona State 72

Notre Dame 72  Rhode Island 71

B Y U 70  Wichita State 64

Texas A&M 74  Charlotte 67

West Virginia 83  UTEP 73

South Carolina 69  Purdue 67

Wake Forest 72  Florida State 67

Georgia Tech 80  UNLV 65

Kentucky 88  Memphis 77

Wisconsin 61  Marquette 58

Maryland 85  Pittsburgh 77

Louisville 65  Baylor 63

Kansas State 75  Virginia Tech 64

Mississippi State 71  Georgetown 69

Tennessee 82  San Diego State 68

Xavier 72  Ole Miss 60

Round Two—played March 20 and 21

Villanova 82  Oklahoma State 71

Michigan State 73  Cincinnati 66

Clemson 81  Kansas 74

Missouri 84  Tulsa 69

Syracuse 73  Ohio State 65

Vanderbilt 72  Texas 70

Duke 85  Texas A&M 70

Notre Dame 71  BYU 66

West Virginia 77 Georgia Tech 74

South Carolina 73  Wake Forest 70

Kentucky 84  Louisville 75

Maryland 68  Wisconsin 64

Kansas State 70  Xavier 67

Mississippi State 75  Tennessee 70

Round Three—played March 25 and 26

Michigan State 66  Villanova 64

Missouri 91  Clemson 83

Syracuse 72  Vanderbilt 64

Duke 81  Notre Dame 70

West Virginia 71  South Carolina 62

Kentucky 82  Maryland 70

Mississippi State 74  Kansas State 70

Elite 8 Round—played March 27 and 28

St. Mary’s 65  Michigan State 62

Mississippi State 76  Missouri 72

Kentucky 80  Syracuse 73

West Virginia 82  Duke 80

Final Four—played April 3

West Virginia 69  St. Mary’s 61

Kentucky 81  Mississippi State 72

Championship Game—played April 5

Kentucky 79  West Virginia 74

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