The Pi-Rate Ratings

March 12, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Spreads

Friday, March 12, 2021

Team 1Team 2Spread
Wichita St.South Florida8.9
SMUCincinnati5.6
HoustonTulane16.8
MemphisCentral Florida6.2
Virginia (forfeit due to Covid)Georgia Tech1.3
Florida St.North Carolina1.4
BaylorOklahoma St.8.0
KansasTexas0.3
Seton HallGeorgetown2.2
CreightonConnecticut1.3
Southern UtahMontana St.6.0
Eastern WashingtonMontana5.4
MichiganMaryland8.2
PurdueOhio St.-1.6
IllinoisRutgers8.0
IowaWisconsin5.8
UCSBUC Davis10.7
UC-IrvineUC Riverside-0.9
Western Ky.UAB0.1
Louisiana TechNorth Texas0.4
IonaNiagara3.5
Saint Peter’sFairfield5.8
ToledoOhio3.1
BuffaloAkron4.2
Coppin St.Morgan St.-3.5
North Carolina A&T (forfeit due to Covid)Norfolk St.-4.6
San Diego St.Nevada7.2
Utah St.Colorado St.1.8
OregonOregon St.7.0
USCColorado0.4
AlabamaMississippi St.9.6
TennesseeFlorida1.4
ArkansasMissouri5.5
LSUOle Miss3.4
NichollsNorthwestern St.8.2
Abilene ChristianLamar14.4
Jackson St.Texas Southern-1.5
Prairie View A&MGrambling5.8
Grand CanyonSeattle6.0
Utah ValleyNew Mexico St.-3.5

Conference Tournaments Update

America East Conference

Championship Game–Saturday, March 13, 11 AM, ESPN2

6 U Mass-Lowell at 4 Hartford

American Athletic Conference

Quarterfinals–Friday, March 12 @ Fort Worth, TX

1 Wichita St. vs. 8 South Florida 

4 SMU vs. 5 Cincinnati Friday

2 Houston vs. 10 Tulane

3 Memphis vs. 6 Central Florida 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Semifinals, Friday, March 12

1 Virginia vs. 4 Georgia Tech (Georgia Tech wins by forfeit)

2 Florida St. vs. 6 North Carolina

Atlantic 10 Conference

Championship Game–Sunday, March 14, 1PM, CBS @ Dayton, OH

1 Saint Bonaventure vs. 2 Virginia Commonwealth

Big East Conference

Semifinals–Friday, March 12 @ New York, NY

5 Seton Hall vs. 8 Georgetown

2 Creighton vs. 3 Connecticut

Big Sky Conference

Semifinals–Friday, March 12 @ Boise, ID

1 Southern Utah vs. 5 Montana St.

2 Eastern Washington vs. 6 Montana

Big Ten Conference

Quarterfinals–Friday, March 12 @ Indianapolis, IN

1 Michigan vs. 8 Maryland

4 Purdue vs. 5 Ohio St.

2 Illinois vs. 7 Rutgers

3 Iowa vs. 6 Wisconsin

Big 12 Conference

Semifinals–Friday, March 12 @ Kansas City, MO

1 Baylor vs. 5 Oklahoma St.

2 Kansas vs. 3 Texas

Big West Conference

Semifinals–Friday, March 12 @ Las Vegas

1 UCSB vs. 5 UC-Davis

2 UC-Irvine vs. 3 UC-Riverside

Conference USA

Semifinals–Friday, March 12 @ Frisco, TX (Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility)

1E Western Kentucky vs. 2W UAB 

1W Louisiana Tech vs. 3W North Texas

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Semifinals, Friday, March 12 @ Atlantic City, NJ

5 Niagara vs. 9 Iona

3 St. Peter’s vs. 7 Fairfield

Mid-American Conference

Semifinals–Friday, March 12 @ Cleveland

1 Toledo vs. 5 Ohio U

2 Buffalo vs. 3 Akron 

Mideastern Athletic Conference

Semifinals, Friday, March 12 @ Norfolk, VA

1N Coppin St. vs. 3N Morgan St.

1S North Carolina A&T vs. 2N Norfolk St. (Norfolk St. wins by forfeit)

Mountain West Conference

Semifinals–Friday, March 12 @ Las Vegas

1 San Diego St. vs. 5 Nevada

2 Utah St. vs. 3 Colorado St.

Pac-12 Conference

Semifinals–Friday, March 12 @ Las Vegas

1 Oregon vs. 5 Oregon St.

2 USC vs. 3 Colorado

Patriot League

Championship Game, Sunday March 14, 12 PM EST, CBSSN

9 Loyola (MD) at 2 Colgate

Southeastern Conference

Quarterfinals–Friday, March 12 @ Nashville, TN

1 Alabama vs. 9 Mississippi St. 

4 Tennessee vs. 5 Florida

2 Arkansas vs. 7 Missouri

3 LSU vs. 6 Ole Miss

Southland Conference

Semifinals–Friday, March 12 @ Katy, TX (Greater Houston)

1 Nicholls vs. 4 Northwestern St.

2 Abilene Christian vs. 6 Lamar

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Semifinals, Friday, March 12 @ Birmingham, AL

1 Prairie View A&M vs. 4 Grambling

2 Jackson St. vs. 3 Texas Southern 

Western Athletic Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Las Vegas

1 Grand Canyon vs. 5 Seattle 

2 Utah Valley vs. 3 New Mexico St.

Automatic Qualifiers

Liberty 23-5

Winthrop 23-1

Loyola (Chi.) 24-4

Morehead St. 23-7

UNC-Greensboro 21-8

Appalachian St. 17-11

Drexel 12-7

Cleveland St. 19-7

Mount St. Mary’s 12-10

Oral Roberts 16-10

Gonzaga 26-0

March 10, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Spreads

Filed under: College Basketball — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — piratings @ 9:07 pm

Thursday, March 11, 2021

HomeVisitorSpread
South FloridaTemple-2.6
TulsaTulane2.7
Central FloridaEast Carolina4.7
VirginiaSyracuse3.4
Georgia TechMiami11.1
Florida St.Duke4.8
Virginia TechNorth Carolina-3.0
West VirginiaOklahoma St.1.4
BaylorKansas St.22.7
KansasOklahoma2.6
TexasTexas Tech0.3
VillanovaGeorgetown8.6
St. John’sSeton Hall-0.2
CreightonButler11.0
ConnecticutDePaul11.0
Southern UtahNorthern Colorado6.7
Idaho St.Montana St.-1.6
Eastern WashingtonNorthern Arizona15.2
Weber St.Montana4.9
MarylandMichigan St.2.2
Ohio St.Minnesota7.3
RutgersIndiana1.3
WisconsinPenn St.2.3
UCSBLong Beach St.14.8
UC DavisCal St. Bakersfield-5.4
UC IrvineCal Poly17.1
UC RiversideHawaii7.0
Western KentuckyUTSA5.3
UABRice7.8
Louisiana TechFlorida Atlantic8.9
Old DominionNorth Texas-6.1
Saint Peter’sRider6.2
MaristNiagara-1.0
ToledoBall St.8.3
Kent St.Ohio U1.1
BuffaloMiami (O)8.0
AkronBowling Green1.2
Florida A&MMorgan St.-1.2
Norfolk St.North Carolina Central4.6
San Diego St.Wyoming15.2
Boise St.Nevada4.0
Utah St.UNLV11.1
Colorado St.Fresno St.10.9
OregonArizona St.7.7
UCLAOregon St.5.4
USCUtah7.3
ColoradoCalifornia14.8
KentuckyMississippi St.2.5
FloridaVanderbilt7.0
MissouriGeorgia4.2
Ole MissSouth Carolina5.1
Northwestern St.New Orleans-2.2
Sam Houston St.Lamar8.8
Texas SouthernAlcorn St.7.1
GramblingSouthern-1.7
California BaptistSeattle0.2
New Mexico St.UT Rio Grande Valley7.9

Conference Tournaments Update

America East Conference

Championship Game–Saturday, March 13, 11 AM, ESPN2

6 U Mass-Lowell at 4 Hartford

American Athletic Conference

1st Round–Thursday, March 11 @ Fort Worth, TX

8 South Florida vs. 9 Temple (winner plays 1 Wichita St. Friday)

(4 SMU plays 5 Cincinnati Friday)

7 Tulsa vs. 10 Tulane (winner plays 2 Houston Friday)

6 Central Florida vs. 11 East Carolina (winner plays 3 Memphis Friday)

Atlantic Coast Conference

Quarterfinals, Thursday, March 11

1 Virginia vs. 8 Syracuse

4 Georgia Tech vs. 13 Miami (Fla.)

2 Florida St. vs. 10 Duke

3 Virginia Tech vs. 6 North Carolina

Atlantic 10 Conference

Championship Game–Sunday, March 14, 1PM, CBS @ Dayton, OH

1 Saint Bonaventure vs. 2 Virginia Commonwealth

Big East Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ New York, NY

1 Villanova vs. 8 Georgetown

4 St. John’s vs. 5 Seton Hall

2 Creighton vs. 10 Butler

3 Connecticut vs. 11 DePaul

Big Sky Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Boise, ID

1 Southern Utah vs. 8 Northern Colorado

4 Idaho St. vs. 5 Montana St.

2 Eastern Washington vs. 10 Northern Arizona

3 Weber St. vs. 6 Montana

Big Ten Conference

2nd Round–Thursday, March 11 @ Indianapolis, IN

8 Maryland vs. 9 Michigan St.

5 Ohio St. vs. 13 Minnesota

7 Rutgers vs. 10 Indiana

6 Wisconsin vs. 11 Penn St.

Big 12 Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Kansas City, MO

1 Baylor vs. 9 Kansas St.

4 West Virginia vs. 5 Oklahoma St.

2 Kansas vs. 7 Oklahoma

3 Texas vs. 6 Texas Tech

Big West Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Las Vegas

1 UCSB vs. 9 Long Beach St.

4 Cal St. Bakersfield vs. 5 UC-Davis

2 UC-Irvine vs. 10 Cal Poly

3 UC-Riverside vs. 6 Hawaii

Conference USA

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Frisco, TX (Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility)

1E Western Kentucky vs. 4W UTSA

2W UAB vs. 6W Rice

1W Louisiana Tech vs. 4E Florida Atlantic

2E Old Dominion vs. 3W North Texas

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Quarterfinals Continue, Thursday, March 11 @ Atlantic City, NJ

4 Marist vs. 5 Niagara

3 St. Peter’s vs. 11 Rider

Mid-American Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Cleveland

1 Toledo vs. 8 Ball St.

4 Kent St. vs. 5 Ohio U

2 Buffalo vs. 7 Miami (O)

3 Akron vs. 6 Bowling Green

Mideastern Athletic Conference

Quarterfinals, Thursday, March 11 @ Norfolk, VA

2S Florida A&M vs. 3N Morgan St.

2N Norfolk St. vs. 3S UNC-Central

Mountain West Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Las Vegas

1 San Diego St. vs. 8 Wyoming

4 Boise St. vs. 5 Nevada

2 Utah St. vs. 7 UNLV

3 Colorado St. vs. 6 Fresno St.

Pac-12 Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Las Vegas

1 Oregon vs. 8 Arizona St.

4 UCLA vs. 5 Oregon St.

2 USC vs. 7 Utah

3 Colorado vs. 11 California

Patriot League

Championship Game, Sunday March 14, 12 PM EST, CBSSN

9 Loyola (MD) at 2 Colgate

Southeastern Conference

2nd Round–Thursday, March 11 @ Nashville, TN

8 Kentucky vs. 9 Mississippi St. (winner plays 1 Alabama Friday)

5 Florida vs. 13 Vanderbilt (winner plays 4 Tennessee Friday)

7 Missouri vs. 10 Georgia (winner plays 2 Arkansas Friday)

6 Ole Miss vs. 11 South Carolina (winner plays 3 LSU Friday)

Southland Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Katy, TX (Greater Houston)

4 Northwestern St. vs. 5 New Orleans

3 Sam Houston St. vs. 6 Lamar

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Quarterfinals Continue, Thursday, March 11 @ Birmingham, AL

4 Grambling vs. 5 Southern

3 Texas Southern vs. 6 Alcorn St.

Western Athletic Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Las Vegas

4 California-Baptist vs. 5 Seattle (winner plays 1 Grand Canyon Friday)

3 New Mexico St. vs. 6 UT-Rio Grande Valley (winner plays 2 Utah Valley Friday)

Automatic Qualifiers

Liberty 23-5

Winthrop 23-1

Loyola (Chi.) 24-4

Morehead St. 23-7

UNC-Greensboro 21-8

Appalachian St. 17-11

Drexel 12-7

Cleveland St. 19-7

Mount St. Mary’s 12-10

Oral Roberts 16-10

Gonzaga 26-0

March 4, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Spreads

Thursday, March 4, 2021

HomeVisitorSpread
RichmondDuquesne6.7
MassachusettsSaint Joseph’s4.7
DaytonRhode Island0.8
George MasonGeorge Washington6.6
East CarolinaCentral Florida-1.7
CincinnatiVanderbilt2.0
LibertyKennesaw St.19.1
North FloridaNorth Alabama2.0
BellarmineStetson4.6
LipscombFlorida Gulf Coast3.9
BaylorOklahoma St.11.0
West VirginiaTCU14.2
Texas TechIowa St.15.8
OklahomaTexas0.3
KansasUTEP15.3
Weber St.Northern Colorado10.6
Portland St.Southern Utah-2.0
RadfordCampbell1.7
WinthropLongwood11.8
MichiganMichigan St.13.7
IowaNebraska15.8
Florida AtlanticMiddle Tennessee7.1
QuinnipiacSaint Peter’s-2.7
RiderMonmouth-5.0
ManhattanFairfield4.4
SienaCanisius6.8
North Carolina CentralFlorida A&M-0.4
BradleySouthern Illinois4.2
Northern IowaIllinois St.2.5
Utah St.Wyoming14.7
Jacksonville St.Murray St.-0.1
Eastern KentuckyAustin Peay3.3
ColoradoArizona St.11.0
McNeeseNicholls-7.6
Prairie View A&MSouthern5.7
Texas SouthernAlcorn St.9.8
GramblingAlabama St.8.4
Jackson St.Alabama A&M7.9
San FranciscoSan Diego7.4
Santa ClaraPortland12.5

Conference Tournament Update

America East

Semifinals, Saturday, March 6 at higher seed home court

#1 UMBC vs. #6 U Mass-Lowell

#2 Vermont vs. #4 Hartford

Atlantic Sun

Quarterfinal Round Tonight (All Games in Jacksonville)

#1 Liberty vs. #8 Kennesaw St.

#4 North Florida vs. #5 North Alabama

#2 Bellarmine vs. #7 Stetson

#3 Lipscomb vs. #6 Florida Gulf Coast

Atlantic 10

2nd Round Tonight (All Games in Richmond)

#8 Richmond vs. #9 Duquesne

#5 Massachusetts vs. #13 Saint Joseph’s

#7 Dayton vs. #10 Rhode Island

#6 George Mason vs. #11 George Washington

Big South

Semifinals Tonight at Higher Seed Home Floor

#1 Winthrop vs. #5 Longwood

#2 Radford vs. #3 Campbell

Colonial Athletic

First Round, Saturday, March 6 at Harrisonburg, VA

#8 Elon vs. #9 Towson

#7 William & Mary vs. #10 UNC-Wilmington

Horizon League

Semifinals, Monday, March 8 at Indianapolis

#1 Cleveland St. vs. #8 Milwaukee

#3 Oakland vs. #4 Northern Kentucky

Missouri Valley

1st Round, Tonight at Saint Louis

#8 Bradley vs. #9 Southern Illinois

#7 Northern Iowa vs. #10 Illinois St.

Northeast

Semifinals, Saturday, March 6, at higher seeds home court

#1 Wagner vs. #4 Mount St. Mary’s

#2 Bryant vs. #3 Sacred Heart

Ohio Valley

Quarterfinals continue, Tonight at Evansville, IN

#4 Jacksonville St. vs. #5 Murray St.

#3 Eastern Kentucky vs. #6 Austin Peay

Patriot League

Quarterfinals, Saturday, March 6 at Higher Seed Home Courts

#1 Navy vs. #9 Loyola (MD)

#4 Army vs. #5 American

#2 Colgate vs. #7 Boston U

#3 Lafayette vs. #6 Bucknell

Southern

1st Round, Friday, March 5, at Asheville, NC

#8 The Citadel vs. #9 Western Carolina

#7 Mercer vs. #9 Samford

Summit League

1st Round, Saturday March 6 and Sunday March 7 at Sioux Falls, SD

#1 South Dakota St. vs. #8 Omaha

#4 Oral Roberts vs. #5 North Dakota

#2 South Dakota vs. #7 Western Illinois

#3 North Dakota St. vs. #6 Kansas City

Sun Belt Conference

1st Round, Friday, March 5, at Pensacola, FL

#4W Arkansas St. vs. #5E Georgia Southern

#3E South Alabama vs. #6W Louisiana-Monroe

#4E Appalachian St. vs. #5W Little Rock

#3W UT-Arlington vs. #6E Troy

West Coast

1st Round, Tonight at Las Vegas

#8 San Francisco vs. #9 San Diego

#7 Santa Clara vs. #10 Portland

February 27, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Spreads

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Multiple Bid League Games

HomeVisitorSpread
DavidsonVCU-1.6
George MasonLa Salle5.0
DuquesneRhode Island-1.4
Georgia TechSyracuse4.4
Boston CollegeNotre Dame-3.9
North CarolinaFlorida St.-2.2
Virginia TechWake Forest10.2
DukeLouisville4.5
Central FloridaTemple4.9
Texas TechTexas1.0
OklahomaOklahoma St.2.6
West VirginiaKansas St.17.5
Iowa St.TCU-0.3
KansasBaylor-6.6
DePaulGeorgetown-0.6
ConnecticutMarquette6.1
XavierCreighton-4.2
IndianaMichigan-8.1
WisconsinIllinois-2.0
NebraskaMinnesota-3.7
Loyola (Chi.)Southern Illinois21.3
Illinois St.Northern Iowa1.4
ValparaisoIndiana St.-3.6
EvansvilleMissouri St.-7.2
BradleyDrake-7.0
San Diego St.Boise St.6.0
Colorado St.Air Force20.3
WyomingSan Jose St.10.9
ArizonaWashington14.7
CaliforniaOregon-8.7
StanfordOregon St.7.1
UtahUSC-6.7
Arizona St.Washington St.3.0
ColoradoUCLA5.8
AuburnTennessee-2.9
GeorgiaSouth Carolina4.4
ArkansasLSU4.2
VanderbiltOle Miss-2.9
KentuckyFlorida-1.0
Mississippi St.Alabama-7.7
San DiegoPepperdine-3.9
GonzagaLoyola Marymount24.9
BYUSaint Mary’s8.7
PacificSan Francisco-0.2

February 26, 2021

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

2/26/2021

SeedTeamTeamTeamTeamTeamTeam
1GonzagaBaylorMichiganOhio St.
2IllinoisAlabamaVillanovaIowa
3West VirginiaHoustonFlorida St.Oklahoma
4KansasCreightonTexasUSC
5VirginiaTennesseeWisconsinArkansas
6Texas TechPurdueColoradoClemson
7Oklahoma St.FloridaMissouriBYU
8RutgersVirginia TechLSULoyola (Chi.)
9UCLASan Diego St.OregonMaryland
10North CarolinaBoise St.LouisvilleDrake
11VCUSt. BonaventureColorado St.Connecticut
12ToledoWestern Ky.Seton HallXavierIndianaGeorgia Tech
13BelmontColgateWinthropUCSB
14Wright St.LibertyFurmanAbilene Christian
15IonaVermontE. WashingtonGrand Canyon
16James MadisonS. Dakota St.Texas St.Prairie ViewWagnerN.C. A&T

First 8 Out

69Michigan St.
70Wichita St.
71Stanford
72Duke
73Richmond
74Utah St.
75Minnesota
76Ole Miss

Conference Tournaments underway!

With March getting ready to come in like a lion, here’s a look at each of the conferences heading into conference tournament play.

One-Bid Leagues

America East: Maryland-Baltimore Co. & Vermont are tied at 10-4 in the league. The teams split a weekend series in Maryland. Vermont is the team more likely to contend in a #15 vs. #2 seed game in the NCAA Tournament.

Atlantic Sun: Liberty is 10-2 in the league but not as strong as last year’s team. Bellarmine is not eligible for the NCAA Tournament but will play in the A-Sun tournament. If they win, then Liberty gets the automatic bid. Lipscomb is 9-5 in the league and the hottest team of the contenders.

Big Sky: There will be many mid-major and low-major tournaments this year that should be wide open. This is one. Eastern Washington at 11-2 in conference play currently leads for the top seed, with Southern Utah (9-2) and Weber St. (10-3) vying for second place. Weber St. is probably the best of the three, but we wouldn’t be shocked if Montana (just 6-9 in the league) sneaks into the semifinals with a chance to win it from well back in the field.

Big South: Winthrop ran way with the league title and has lapped the field. At 17-1/20-1, the Eagles are contending for a #12 seed. If anybody else wins, it’s 16-seed almost for sure. Winthrop will be the biggest favorite to win their conference tournament, even more than Gonzaga.

Big West: UCSB will end UC-Irvine’s reign as regular season champions. The Gauchos (12-2/16-3) will still likely have to face either UCI (9-4/12-8) or UC Riverside (7-4/10-6) in the Big West Championship Game.

Colonial: It’s a down year in the CAA. In past years, four or five teams had the talent to do damage in a Round of 64 game. This year, we don’t see a win in the cards for this league. James Madison (8-1/13-5) and Northeastern (8-2/9-8) are the leading contenders for the automatic bid.

Conference USA: This is a conference with at least five teams talented enough to upset a higher seeded team in the Big Dance. Western Kentucky (8-2/15-5) has been at the top of the league all year. North Texas (8-2/12-6) and UAB (10-4/18-5) have been right there with the Hilltoppers. Louisiana Tech (10-4/17-6) and Marshall (6-4/12-5) are the hot contenders late in the season. Marshall may be the best of the bunch.

Horizon: This has been a two-team race like Easy Goer and Sunday Silence in past Triple Crown horse racing. Wright St. and Cleveland St. share the conference lead at 16-4. The only other team in the picture is Detroit at 10-6. WSU or CSU could win an opening round game in the Dance.

Metro Atlantic: This looks like a three-team race for the MAAC automatic bid. Siena (9-3) has led the league most of the season, with Monmouth (10-6) trailing. But, Iona (6-3) has started playing again after a long Covid layoff. They have an experienced tournament coach in New Rochelle; if you didn’t know, Rick Pitino is in charge, and the Gaels are the team to beat in our opinion. For declaration purposes, Monmouth coach King Rice is a friend of the PiRate Captain, and he’s rooting for the Hawks to fly high.

Mid-American: Of all the conference tournaments, this one historically has been the most exciting, because rarely has there been a clear-cut favorite. More teams from back in the pack have won this tourney in our memories than any other league. Toledo (13-3/18-6) has led the West all year with no competition, but the East looks like the 1967 American League pennant race. Akron (12-4/14-5) leads Ohio (9-3/13-6) only because of more games played. Kent St. (11-5/14-6) and Buffalo (9-5/11-7) are right there. Any of these five could win the lone bid, and then again, someone from back in the pack could do it again. Toledo could be a #12 seed if they win out.

Mideastern: This league has been really hit by Covid issues, with two teams choosing not to play and a third opting out in mid-season. North Carolina A&T (6-1) has been in first place all year. Norfolk St. (8-4) may be a little better come March. But, Morgan St. (6-4) is coming on strong and might be the true favorite to take the MEAC Tournament. The winner is looking squarely at a 16-seed play-in game.

Northeast: The NEC usually places their automatic qualifier in the Dayton play-in game for a 16-seed. The only difference this year, is the game will be played in the Hoosier State. Wagner (11-4) leads Bryant (9-4) with the rest of the field out of the race. Bryant might be the better team.

Ohio Valley: Belmont looked unbeatable in this league, until the Bruins went up to Eastern Kentucky and found out how tough the Colonels are on their home, even with no fans. Belmont (18-1/24-2) now must face an even tougher Morehead St. team (16-3 in the OViC) tomorrow. This league tournament is no longer just a rubber stamp for Belmont. The Morehead/EKU winner in a likely semifinal game will have a 40% chance of knocking out the Bruins.

Patriot: Colgate is in the top 20 of the NET ratings, the one data point that the NCAA Selection Committee places as the primary seeding factor. At 11-1 overall, all their games were played in the league. Four of those games came against Army, where the Raiders won three but lost once at home to the Black Knights. Colgate is an enigma. We don’t understand why they are rated so highly with no non-conference games, because the Patriot League is not highly-rated. Navy at 10-1/13-2 looks like a better team, and Army 6-6/10-7 already knows they can beat the heavy favorite. Colgate could be a 12-seed if they win out, and in this case, their 5-seed opponent will not be on upset alert.

Southern: This league has produced multiple bids in the past, but it won’t happen this year. There are five good but not great teams in contention, and the eventual winner will not be highly regarded as an upset special possibility. Furman (10-4/16-7) is methodically better than average but not flashy. They stay on an even keel with talent not quite as deep as the other contenders, but with more consistency. UNCG (12-5/17-8) plays a style of play that opponents don’t like to face, but when a team is solid handling the ball, the Spartans are not that hard to beat. Wofford (11-5/14-8) has been a snake in the tall grass, sneaking into the top of the league. East Tennessee St. (8-6/12-10) is a mere shell of its former self left by Steve Forbes, while Chattanooga (9-7/18-7) has been a major underperformer since New Year’s Day.

Southland: The potential seeding of this league took a big turn last week, when Stephen F. Austin decided to become ineligible this year rather than next year. What would have been an incredible 4-team scramble has lost one of its scramblers. Abilene Christian (11-1/19-3) is a team no Power Conference opponent wants to see in their bracket. The Wildcats are really tough on the defensive side of the ball, and a poor passing team can turn ACU into an efficient offensive puncher, because the Wildcats can intercept passes like the 1963 Chicago Bears! Sam Houston (11-2/17-7) and Nicholls (11-2/14-6) are the top contenders without SFA.

Summit: This should be another wide open conference tournament with four co-favorites. South Dakota (10-3/12-9), North Dakota St. (10-4/12-10), South Dakota St. (7-3/13-6) and Oral Roberts (8-5/11-10) are on close to equal terms at the end of February. We think SDSU is the favorite to win the tournament.

Sun Belt: This league is slowly falling in overall strength, and it is in danger of joining the NEC, MEAC, and SWAC in the annual play-in round for a 16-seed. Texas St. (10-3/16-6) has held the SBC lead for several weeks, but South Alabama (10-5/16-8), Louisiana (9-6/15-7), and Georgia St. (6-4/12-5) are lurking close behind. We like GSU from this group to win the conference tournament.

Southwestern: Covid may have helped this league a tad. The co-leaders, Prairie View (9-0/10-4) and Jackson St. (7-0/7-5) don’t play each other in the regular season. It could lead to a SWAC title game between two undefeated teams in conference play, making it one of the most exciting of the postseason. Texas Southern (6-3/9-8) is the dark horse.

Western: After the MEAC, the WAC has been next most affected by Covid issues. Technically, UT Rio Grande Valley leads the league today at 2-0 in the WAC and 9-4 overall. But, Grand Canyon (7-1/13-4) is two games ahead in the won-loss, even if UTRGV is 1.000 in percentage. Utah Valley is third at 6-3 in the WAC, but we wouldn’t rule out New Mexico St. (3-5/6-6). The Aggies not only couldn’t play home games, they couldn’t even return home during the shutdown of the Land of Enchantment. Chris Jans is the type of coach that can motivate and use the right strategy to win this tournament.

Multi-Bid Leagues

American: Houston is a lock, but the Cougars are in second place in the AAC to a Wichita St. team that beat them. WSU is likely to earn the top seed in the AAC Tournament, and the Shockers are on the Bubble and need a little more to add to their resume. Memphis has more than enough talent to win the tournament, but the Tigers don’t play cohesively.

Atlantic Coast: In the past, any team with a winning record in conference play was close to assured of earning a bid. Syracuse went 10-8 in 2017 and didn’t get a bid. This year, Florida St., Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Louisville, and Clemson are Dancing. Duke, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina St., in that order, are still in contention. We think the Seminoles are strong enough to advance past the Sweet 16.

Atlantic 10: St. Bonaventure and VCU share the lead at 10-3, and the Bonnies and Rams are close to becoming locks for the Big Dance. Richmond, at 6-3, has been on the Bubble for most of the season. Saint Louis (4-4) has suffered the same fate as New Mexico State, missing weeks of scheduled games. The Billikens may be the best team in the league if they have completely dusted off the cobwebs in March.

Big 12: Undefeated Baylor probably won’t enter the Big 12 Tournament without a blemish. The Bears could even have two league losses. BU is still rusty from a long layoff, and they must play at Kansas, at West Virginia, and at home against Oklahoma St. and Texas Tech. This league is probably set in tournament teams. Baylor, Kansas, West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma St. should be in the field. TCU is too far back to sneak into the field without earning the automatic bid.

Big East: Villanova and Creighton are locks, while Seton Hall, Connecticut, and Xavier still have work to do before they are safely in the field. Xavier faces a must-win game at home against Creighton tomorrow.

Big Ten: This league is still in a state of flux. The teams that were close to being safe at the back of the field have done everything they could to play themselves out, while Michigan St., once given up for dead, has done everything to play themselves in.

As of today, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio St., Iowa, Wisconsin, and Purdue are locks. The Big Ten will probably get nine teams in the field. Rutgers, Maryland, Michigan St., Indiana, and Minnesota are competing for three bids. If Indiana or Minnesota fall short, there could be a coaching availability or two in the Big Ten in March.

Missouri Valley: With Wichita State relocated to the AAC, one would think the days of the venerable Valley earning multiple bids was over. Guess again. Drake and Loyola are close to sure things before Arch Madness starts in Saint Louis. There is even a scenario where if one of the two co-leaders loses in the semifinals of the conference tournament, and the other loses in the finals, that three teams could earn spots in the Field of 68.

Mountain West: How about four MWC teams in the Big Dance? San Diego St. is one of the hottest teams in the nation at the end of February. They’ve made a move like Whirlaway, swatting their long tail at the rest of the field as the Aztecs head to the finish line gaining distance from the place and show teams.

Boise St. and Colorado St. have tournament-worthy resumes, while Utah St. is now well back on the bad side of the Bubble. The Aggies need to win the conference tournament. Watch out for Steve Alford’s Nevada Wolfpack! Nevada has won four consecutive ga,es to move into fifth place.

Pac-12: What looked like a five-bid league has lessened to four bids and a prayer. USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Colorado have done enough to win bids. Stanford has lost five of nine games, including two in a row to teams they needed to beat. The Cardinal need to win at USC next Wednesday, or they may be forced to win the Pac-12 Tournament to get in.

Southeastern: Don’t count out Kentucky just yet! The Wildcats (7-7/8-13) look like the team they were supposed to be. UK cannot earn an at-large bid with just three regular season games remaining, but once they get to Nashville, The Music City turns into the Bluegrass City. Calipari’s Cats can win four games in four days.

Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Florida, and Tennessee are in the field. Missouri was in for sure, but losses in four of their last five has created a shadow of doubt. Ole Miss has moved a half-game ahead of Mizzou in the league. The Tigers must close with Florida and LSU, while Ole Miss gets two games against last place Vanderbilt and a home game with Kentucky.

If there is a dark horse possibility in the SEC, then Georgia and Mississippi St. can stake claims to it. If Ole Miss and Missouri falter at the finish, the two Bulldogs can get into contention by winning out headed to Nashville.

West Coast: Gonzaga has yet to face any real competition. The Bulldogs look like the 1991 UNLV team that ran the table to the Final Four without opposition. Then, the Runnin’ Rebels ran into a Duke team that had not forgotten the 30+-point loss dealt to them in 1990’s Championship. The Bulldogs look like a potential run-the-table team, more like John Wooden’s UCLA teams than the 1991 UNLV team. Outside of the WCC, Gonzaga easily dismissed Kansas, West Virginia, Iowa, and Virginia. Normally, this would have been enough to show the nation that the Zags were without a doubt the best team in the nation. Had Baylor not cancelled their scheduled game, Gonzaga might be sitting with the appropriate strength of schedule typical of a national champion in our Bracketnomics criteria.

BYU is the other team with an NCAA Tournament guarantee. The Cougars have been distant number two to Gonzaga, but at 9-3/18-5, BYU has a win at San Diego St.

February 23, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Spreads

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

HomeVisitorSpread
RichmondMassachusetts7.2
VCUSaint Louis2.6
Virginia TechGeorgia Tech2.1
LouisvilleNotre Dame2.3
LibertyNorth Alabama14.8
TCUWest Virginia-9.6
BaylorIowa St.25.6
Kansas St.Oklahoma-12.9
TexasKansas2.3
VillanovaSt. John’s8.4
GeorgetownConnecticut-3.0
CampbellHigh Point3.7
Michigan St.Illinois-9.2
NebraskaPenn St.-6.4
OhioAkron0.5
Central MichiganMiami (O)-3.3
Northern IllinoisBuffalo-13.2
Eastern MichiganBowling Green-6.9
Arizona St.Washington8.0
Georgia St.Appalachian St.6.1
GeorgiaLSU-5.3
AuburnFlorida-0.8
MissouriOle Miss0.1
Prairie View A&MArkansas-Pine Bluff14.3
Texas SouthernMississippi Valley St.26.4
San DiegoPacific-2.7

February 18, 2021

The Sure Thing/The Contenders/The Still Alives

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Who’s in the Big Dance? Who’s still in contention?

Today, we break down the projected NCAA Tournament field by conference.  The format will be teams that are locks to make the tournament; teams that would be safely in if the season ended today but a losing streak could jeopardize their safety; teams that would be on the good side of the bubble if the season ended today; teams that would be on the bad side of that bubble; and teams that are not in the conversation now but with a big winning streak could play their way into an at-large bid.

We won’t include the automatic bids, because the conference tournaments will do that for us.  Of course, this season, there could be some cancellations of these tournaments.  We’ll have to wait and see.

First, let’s look at the one-bid leagues.  As of today, we foresee 20 conferences receiving just one bid, but an upset in the conference tournament in one or two could lead to an extra bid from that league.

AMERICA EAST

The perpetual top contenders share the conference lead.  UMBC and Vermont are tied at 9-3 in conference play.  The two rivals face off in back-to-back games in Maryland tonight and tomorrow.  If one of these two teams earn the bid, they are probably looking at a #15 seed.

ATLANTIC SUN

Bellarmine has a one-game lead in the league race at 10-2, but the Knights are not yet eligible as a transitioning team to D1.  Liberty is in second place at 8-2, but this Flames team is not as strong as the last two editions.  The rest of the league is mediocre for a low-major conference.  Current sixth place Florida Gulf Coast is starting to put it together and could sneak up to the #2 seed by conference tournament time.

BIG SKY

This year’s race is as wide open as the real estate in the Near West.  Eastern Washington leads Southern Utah by 1 ½ games, but that is a Covid-scheduling issue, as SUU at 6-2 has played three fewer conference games.  The teams split back-to-back games at EWU a month ago.  This conference will hope to avoid a 16-seed play-in game.

BIG SOUTH

Winthrop has lapped the field.  The 15-1 Eagles lead second place Radford by 3 ½ games and most recently swept the Highlanders.  Winthrop is 18-1 overall and has a chance to earn an at-large bid should they not earn the automatic one.

BIG WEST

This has in recent years been the UC-Irvine show, as the Anteaters have dominated this league.  This year, UCI looks up at rival UCSB, as the 8-2 Gauchos have reeled off 10 consecutive victories.  Cal State Bakersfield is in a statistical tie with UC-Irvine for second place.  The Roadrunners venture to Santa Barbara to face UCSB twice this weekend.

COLONIAL

James Madison has risen from fourth place to first at 8-1, while the top contenders have all lost in recent games.  Fifth place Delaware and sixth place William & Mary are the other two conference teams with hot hands, but when the CAA holds its conference tournament, any of the top six could win the event.

CONFERENCE USA

With wins over Memphis and Alabama, one might think that Western Kentucky could earn an at-large bid if they could take the regular season CUSA title.  It is possible, but the 8-2 Hilltoppers may find it tough to get a lot of support this year with so few quality out of conference games.

WKU faces a tough doubleheader this weekend with 8-2 North Texas in Denton.  If either team sweeps, they become the sizable favorite to cop the league crown.  If they split, then Old Dominion, UAB, and Marshall all remain in contention to win the race in the final lap.

HORIZON LEAGUE

Wright St. and Cleveland St. are tied at 15-3 in the league and own four game leads over the next contender, Northern Kentucky.  Wright State has won nine games in a row since losing to CSU.  One of the top three should take the tournament title and the automatic bid.

METRO ATLANTIC

Covid has done a number on this league this year.  Monmouth has played 14 conference games and is 10-4.  Siena has played 10 conference games and is 8-2 to lead by percentage points over the Hawks.  Rick Pitino’s Iona Gaels have played just seven conference games and they have lost two in a row to fall back to fifth place at 4-3.  Iona gets both of the two co-leaders in doubleheader games on their home floor in New Rochelle, including two with Monmouth this weekend, weather permitting.

MID-AMERICAN

Year in and year out, the MAC postseason tournament in Cleveland is one of the most exciting and unpredictable as any other.  We expect the same results this year.  Toledo has been leading the league race most of the season, and the Rockets are in first at 12-3, but 11-3 Akron and 10-4 Kent St. are coming on strong in February.  It doesn’t end there.  Ohio U and Buffalo, both at 7-4, and Bowling Green at 8-7 have played well enough in recent weeks to contend for the automatic bid.  If the MAC Tournament plays as scheduled, this is one that you will want to watch.

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC

With three league teams opting out, scheduling has been an issue this year in the MEAC.  Usually, this league struggles to avoid the #16-seed play-in game, but more than once, the MEAC has produced an upset winner in the Round of 64.  North Carolina A&T leads the South Division with a perfect 4-0 conference record, but the Aggies have only played two conference games since January 3.  They had five games postponed.  

In the north, Norfolk St. 7-4, leads Morgan St. and Coppin St., both 6-4, by a half game.  NSU swept Morgan and split with Coppin, but their remaining regular season games have been cancelled.  If the MEAC Tournament is cancelled, N.C. A&T will almost assuredly be awarded the automatic bid and express trip to a 16-seed play-in game.

NORTHEAST

Merrimack sits in a first place tie with Wagner at 8-4, but the Warriors are still in the transition phase to D1 and not yet eligible for the Dance.  Wagner leads 6-4 Bryant by a game.  The Seahawks have won seven games in a row.  There are seven teams within two games of first in the NEC, so this should be an interesting conference tournament.

OHIO VALLEY

Belmont is 16-0 in the league and 22-1 overall, but the Bruins did not play any power conference teams like they usually do.  Still, because Belmont has been winning games by lopsided scores, they have a shot at an at-large bid should somebody shock them in the OVC Tournament.  Second place Morehead St., 13-3, lost at Belmont by 15, but they get the Bruins to close out the regular season in Morehead.

PATRIOT LEAGUE

The league was split into thirds this year to lessen travel.  Army and Navy are the only two teams to play out of conference games, so it will be close to impossible for the automatic winner to receive anything other than a 16-seed.  Navy is 8-1 in the league and 11-2 overall.  Their out of conference wins include a sweep of the DC teams, George Washington and Georgetown.  Should the Midshipmen run the table, they could move up to a 15-seed.

Colgate at 9-1 is the overall leader in the league, while Lafayette at 7-5 leads the three-team Central Division.  Bucknell has won four in a row to improve from 0-4 to 4-4, but all four games came at the expense of Lehigh.

SOUTHERN

The Socon has been worthy of multiple bids in past years, and there are four rather good teams this year, but this is not the year for two league teams to get bids.

UNC-Greensboro has been near the top for the last five years, but the Spartans have won the SoCon Tournament just once.  UNCG leads the league at 10-4 by a half-game over 10-5 Wofford.  Two years ago, Wofford destroyed Seton Hall in the opening round and scared Kentucky in the Round of 32 at the Big Dance.

Furman (8-4) and Chattanooga (9-5) have begun to play like legitimate contenders in the last two weeks.

SOUTHLAND

Five teams have taken over in February, and any of the five could win the conference tournament.  Even though Stephen F. Austin is in third place at the moment, their conference record is 9-1, and their one loss came at 10-1 Abilene Christian.  Sam Houston is also 10-1, and their lone loss came at SFA.  Nicholls is 9-2, which would lead most leagues, but in this one, it’s only good enough for fourth place.

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC

The SWAC rates last in conference power, so the winner of this league will be in the 16-seed play-in round.  Prairie View and Jackson St. sport 6-0 league marks, with Texas Southern at 4-2.  The two co-leaders had both of their scheduled games against each other postponed, and they could both remain undefeated in conference play.

SUMMIT

It’s a good bet that the team representing the Summit League in the Big Dance will have the word “Dakota” in its name.  South Dakota St. (6-2), South Dakota (9-3), and North Dakota St. (9-3) are the top three in the league.  SDSU has a neutral site win over Utah St. and a narrow loss to West Virginia, so the Jackrabbits probably give this league its best chance to win a game in the Big Dance.

SUN BELT

This league has a lot of better than average but not great teams.  Texas St. leads the West Division at 9-3 with 7-5 Arkansas St. in second.  Both teams have four game winning streaks.  South Alabama leads the East Division at 8-5, and the Jags have reeled off six in a row.

WESTERN ATHLETIC

New Mexico St. has dominated this conference in recent years, but Covid has really done a number on the Aggies this year, and they have fallen to sixth place.  Perennial also-ran Grand Canyon has ascended to the top at 6-0 in the league and 12-3 overall.  The Antelopes own an eight-game winning streak with a 22.8 point scoring margin in that streak.

Multiple Bid Leagues

AMERICAN ATHLETIC

Lock: Houston 11-2/17-2

Safe: —–

Good Bubble: —–

Bad Bubble: Wichita St. 8-2/12-4

In Contention: Memphis 8-3/12-6, SMU 7-4/11-4

Wichita St. could move to the Good Bubble with a win over Houston tonight.

ATLANTIC 10

Lock: —–

Safe: —–

Good Bubble:  VCU 9-2/16-4

Bad Bubble: St. Bonaventure 8-3/10-3, Saint Louis 4-2/11-3

In Contention: Davidson 6-2/10-5, Richmond 4-3/11-5

Wins over St. Bonaventure and Richmond have moved VCU into the field for now.

ATLANTIC COAST

Lock: Virginia 11-2/15-4, Florida St. 8-2/12-3

Safe: Virginia Tech 8-3/14-4, Louisville 6-3/11-4

Good Bubble: North Carolina 7-5/13-7, Clemson 7-5/13-5

Bad Bubble: Syracuse 6-5/12-6

In Contention: Duke 7-6/9-8, Georgia Tech 6-6/10-8

Duke was given up for dead in January, but the Blue Devils are far from dead.  Look out UVA!  You’re headed to an ambush as Cameron Indoor this weekend.

BIG 12

Lock: Baylor 9-0/17-0

Safe: Kansas 10-5/16-7, Oklahoma 8-4/13-5, Texas 7-4/13-5, West Virginia 7-4/14-6, Texas Tech 6-5/14-6, Oklahoma St. 7-6/14-6

Good Bubble: —–

Bad Bubble: —–

In Contention: TCU 4-6/11-8

This league is pretty much set in stone barring some unusual circumstance.  The top seven teams should receive bids, and even 7th place Oklahoma St. should be an 8 or 9-seed and safely in the field.

BIG EAST

Lock: Villanova 8-2/13-3, Creighton 12-4/16-5

Safe: —–

Good Bubble: Xavier 4-4/11-4, Seton Hall 10-5/13-8

Bad Bubble: Connecticut 7-5/10-5

In Contention: St. John’s 8-7/14-8

Madison Square Garden should be exciting if the Big East gets to hold their tournament this year.  St. John’s really needs three additional good wins in addition to not losing to a bad team.

BIG TEN

Lock: Michigan 9-1/14-1, Illinois 11-3/13-5, Ohio St. 11-4/17-4, Iowa 9-5/15-6

Safe: Wisconsin 9-6/15-7, Purdue 9-6/14-8

Good Bubble: Rutgers 8-7/12-7, Indiana 7-7/12-9

In Contention: Maryland 7-9/13-10, Minnesota 6-9/13-9, Michigan St. 4-9/10-9

Any Big Ten team that plays .500 ball in conference play will receive a bid this year, and we believe there is one more bid for the team that goes 9-11 (or 9-10 or 8-9 depending on missed games).  A couple of Big Ten coaches are on hot seats and on the Bubble.  Penn State will definitely have a new coach next year, but Indiana, Maryland, and Minnesota could also be forced to make moves if they don’t get into the field.

MISSOURI VALLEY

Lock: —–

Safe: Loyola (Chi.) 14-2/19-4

Good Bubble: Drake 12-2/21-2

Bad Bubble: —–

In Contention: —–

After Wichita St. fled the Valley for the AAC, it was thought that the days of this league receiving two bids to the tournament were over.  Guess again.  Loyola of Chicago and Drake would both have to collapse to miss out on the Dance this year.

MOUNTAIN WEST

Lock: —–

Safe: San Diego St. 9-3/15-4

Good Bubble: Boise St. 13-3/17-4, Colorado St. 11-3/14-4, Utah St. 11-3/14-6

In Contention: Nevada  9-5/14-7

A win over UCLA makes SDSU safer than the other four contenders.  Boise St. finishes with Utah St. and two games against San Diego St.  A 3-0 finish would propel the Broncos into the Safe category.

PAC-12

Lock: USC 12-2/18-3

Safe: UCLA 10-3/14-5, Oregon 7-3/12-4

Good Bubble: —–

Bad Bubble: Colorado 10-5/16-6, Stanford 9-6/13-8

In Contention: Utah 6-7/9-8, Oregon St. 6-8/10-10

The former Conference of Champions has not earned one since Arizona cut the nets in 1997!  Only UCLA twice and Oregon once have made the Final Four since then (Utah made it before they joined the league).

SOUTHEASTERN

Lock: Alabama 12-1/17-5, Arkansas 9-4/17-5

Safe: Tennessee 8-5/15-5, LSU 8-4/13-6, Florida 6-5/10-6

Good Bubble: Missouri 6-6/13-6

Bad Bubble: Ole Miss 7-6/12-8

In Contention: Georgia 6-8/13-8

You don’t see Kentucky on this list.  They are out of contention for an at-large bid, but that doesn’t mean the Wildcats cannot win the conference tournament.  The two hot teams in this league are Arkansas and Ole Miss.  The Razorbacks probably have the best chance to make it past the Sweet 16 from this league.  Ole Miss needs a few more big wins to get into the field.

WEST COAST

Lock: Gonzaga 11-0/20-0

Safe: —–

Good Bubble: BYU 6-3/15-5

Bad Bubble: —–

In Contention: Saint Mary’s 2-4/11-6

We placed SMC in the “In Contention” section, because in theory, they could finish 6-4/15-6 in the regular season, which would include an upset of Gonzaga.  Short of that, the Gaels will be staying home this year.

Coming tomorrow–Updated ratings, updated bracketology, and our annual mid-major coaches ready for the big time list in three separate posts.

Coming soon–The PiRate Ratings have created a tabletop baseball strategy game more advanced than anything on the market.  It’s called “Sabertooth Baseball,” and look for more information about this next week!

February 10, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Spreads

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February 11, 2021

HomeVisitorSpread
KansasIowa St.12.3
MinnesotaPurdue0.1
Air ForceFresno St.-5.3
Boise St.UNLV10.1
CaliforniaUtah-6.3
StanfordColorado-2.4
ArizonaadoOregon St.10.1
Arizona St.Oregon-2.4
WashingtonUSC-13.7
Washington St.UCLA-5.5

An answer to a frequent question: Will you have Bracketnomics this year?

Answer: We plan to introduce an updated, new Bracketnomics edition this year. We actually hoped to have this debut last season, but obviously, the nasty virus ended the basketball season just before the NCAA Tournament brackets were chosen.

Another Question from many of you: Where have you been? You have not produced what you normally have.

Answer: Our basketball ratings were delayed because the ratings are based on advanced statistical metrics produce too much variance until about 3,500 total games have been played. Many teams have played too few games to lower the variance.

Additionally, we have been working many hours creating an advanced sabermetric tabletop baseball strategy game, one that includes many factors that other games do not have. We hope to be ready to debut this game in March. Stay tuned to this page for information on the new game and its website.

February 8, 2021

PiRate Ratings–College Basketball For Monday, February 8, 2021

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Today’s PiRate Rating Spreads For Power Conference Teams

HomeVisitorSpread
East CarolinaSMU-6.4
ColoradoOregon St.12.4
North CarolinaMiami (Fla.)10.7
MinnesotaNebraska9.8
MarylandOhio St.-4.3
KansasOklahoma St.2.6
BYUGonzaga-12.2
UNLVAir Force12.0
San Diego St.San Jose St.24.2

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

RkTeamConfRating
1GonzagaWCC126.0
2BaylorB12124.1
3IllinoisBTen119.1
4MichiganBTen119.0
5AlabamaSEC118.7
6IowaBTen118.3
7HoustonAAC117.0
8Ohio St.BTen116.7
9VillanovaBE115.8
10TexasB12115.4
11USCP12115.3
12TennesseeSEC115.3
13Florida St.ACC115.2
14WisconsinBTen115.0
15VirginiaACC114.7
16Texas TechB12114.7
17Loyola ChicagoMVC114.7
18West VirginiaB12114.4
19CreightonBE114.3
20ColoradoP12114.1
21ArkansasSEC114.0
22OklahomaB12113.6
23PurdueBTen113.3
24San Diego St.MWC113.3
25RutgersBTen113.3
26FloridaSEC113.1
27KansasB12113.1
28MissouriSEC112.9
29IndianaBTen112.8
30Penn St.BTen112.5
31Oklahoma St.B12112.5
32DukeACC112.2
33North CarolinaACC112.0
34Seton HallBE112.0
35LSUSEC111.8
36ArizonaP12111.8
37BYUWCC111.8
38LouisvilleACC111.8
39MinnesotaBTen111.7
40Virginia TechACC111.6
41OregonP12111.6
42ConnecticutBE111.3
43MemphisAAC111.1
44Utah St.MWC111.1
45StanfordP12111.1
46Saint LouisA10111.0
47XavierBE111.0
48UCLAP12111.0
49MarylandBTen110.9
50Wright St.Hor110.7
51ClemsonACC110.5
52SyracuseACC110.3
53RichmondA10110.3
54VCUA10110.1
55St. BonaventureA10110.1
56AuburnSEC110.1
57Georgia TechACC109.8
58SMUAAC109.8
59KentuckySEC109.7
60St. John’sBE109.7
61ToledoMAC109.6
62Michigan St.BTen109.5
63Boise St.MWC109.5
64Notre DameACC109.3
65DrakeMVC109.3
66Mississippi St.SEC109.0
67MississippiSEC108.9
68Colorado St.MWC108.9
69UtahP12108.8
70N.C. StateACC108.7
71MarshallCUSA108.4
72DavidsonA10108.4
73NorthwesternBTen108.2
74Rhode IslandA10107.9
75PittsburghACC107.7
76Arizona St.P12107.7
77South CarolinaSEC107.3
78MarquetteBE107.2
79BelmontOVC107.2
80ProvidenceBE107.1
81San FranciscoWCC107.1
82Saint Mary’sWCC107.0
83Wichita St.AAC107.0
84DaytonA10106.8
85Western KentuckyCUSA106.7
86CincinnatiAAC106.4
87UABCUSA106.3
88UC Santa BarbaraBW106.3
89North TexasCUSA106.1
90GeorgiaSEC106.1
91BuffaloMAC106.0
92NevadaMWC105.8
93AkronMAC105.5
94GeorgetownBE105.4
95Louisiana TechCUSA105.3
96MassachusettsA10105.3
97TulsaAAC105.3
98TCUB12105.1
99FurmanSou105.0
100Kent St.MAC105.0
101ColgatePat104.9
102Abilene ChristianSthlnd104.9
103DuquesneA10104.9
104ButlerBE104.8
105UCFAAC104.7
106VermontAE104.6
107UNC GreensboroSou104.6
108South FloridaAAC104.5
109OhioMAC104.4
110South Dakota St.Sum104.4
111Boston CollegeACC104.3
112LibertyASun104.0
113DePaulBE104.0
114UC IrvineBW104.0
115Washington St.P12104.0
116Oregon St.P12103.7
117WinthropBSou103.6
118Wake ForestACC103.5
119NebraskaBTen103.4
120Miami FLACC103.3
121Loyola MarymountWCC103.3
122PepperdineWCC103.2
123Grand CanyonWAC103.2
124Missouri St.MVC103.1
125WoffordSou103.0
126Texas A&MSEC103.0
127PacificWCC102.9
128Iowa St.B12102.7
129VanderbiltSEC102.7
130BradleyMVC102.6
131Indiana St.MVC102.6
132East Tennessee St.Sou102.4
133UC RiversideBW102.4
134East CarolinaAAC102.4
135Eastern WashingtonBSky102.2
136Georgia St.SB102.2
137New Mexico St.WAC101.6
138UNLVMWC101.4
139SienaMAAC101.3
140TempleAAC101.3
141Santa ClaraWCC101.3
142Bowling GreenMAC101.3
143Murray St.OVC101.2
144Cal St. BakersfieldBW101.1
145CaliforniaP12101.1
146Morehead St.OVC101.0
147George MasonA10100.8
148Northern IowaMVC100.7
149NortheasternCAA100.7
150South DakotaSum100.6
151Texas St.SB100.6
152DrexelCAA100.5
153Ball St.MAC100.5
154Cleveland St.Hor100.3
155MercerSou100.3
156North Dakota St.Sum100.2
157Old DominionCUSA100.2
158Stephen F. AustinSthlnd100.2
159Weber St.BSky100.1
160HofstraCAA100.1
161WashingtonP12100.0
162NavyPat100.0
163DetroitHor99.9
164Saint Peter’sMAAC99.8
165UTEPCUSA99.7
166Coastal CarolinaSB99.7
167MonmouthMAAC99.6
168Miami OHMAC99.5
169La SalleA1099.4
170ChattanoogaSou99.2
171TulaneAAC99.2
172ArmyPat99.1
173UMBCAE99.0
174UTSACUSA98.9
175Eastern KentuckyOVC98.9
176RiceCUSA98.9
177James MadisonCAA98.9
178MontanaBSky98.8
179Oral RobertsSum98.8
180BellarmineASun98.8
181LouisianaSB98.5
182Little RockSB98.5
183VMISou98.5
184RadfordBSou98.4
185CharlotteCUSA98.3
186Austin PeayOVC98.2
187Jacksonville St.OVC98.1
188Sam Houston St.Sthlnd98.0
189Fresno St.MWC98.0
190Gardner WebbBSou98.0
191HawaiiBW97.9
192WyomingMWC97.9
193Montana St.BSky97.9
194Florida AtlanticCUSA97.8
195San DiegoWCC97.8
196Southern IllinoisMVC97.8
197Appalachian St.SB97.7
198BryantNEC97.7
199ValparaisoMVC97.5
200Southern UtahBSky97.5
201Nicholls St.Sthlnd97.4
202Kansas St.B1297.3
203Northern KentuckyHor97.1
204George WashingtonA1097.0
205LipscombASun97.0
206South AlabamaSB96.9
207EvansvilleMVC96.8
208DelawareCAA96.7
209UC DavisBW96.7
210IonaMAAC96.7
211CharlestonCAA96.6
212UNC WilmingtonCAA96.6
213OaklandHor96.6
214UNC AshevilleBSou96.4
215UMKCSum96.3
216UT ArlingtonSB96.3
217Saint Joseph’sA1096.2
218UT Rio Grande ValleyWAC96.1
219UC San DiegoBW96.0
220LafayettePat96.0
221AlbanyAE95.9
222NiagaraMAAC95.8
223HartfordAE95.7
224Sacramento St.BSky95.7
225Mount St. Mary’sNEC95.7
226Northern ColoradoBSky95.7
227Prairie View A&MSWAC95.7
228StetsonASun95.6
229UMass LowellAE95.4
230Texas SouthernSWAC95.4
231Norfolk St.MEAC95.3
232Youngstown St.Hor95.3
233CanisiusMAAC95.3
234Illinois St.MVC95.2
235Illinois ChicagoHor95.0
236Stony BrookAE95.0
237NJITAE94.9
238AmericanPat94.9
239FordhamA1094.7
240BucknellPat94.7
241Utah ValleyWAC94.7
242Loyola MDPat94.7
243Southern MissCUSA94.6
244Green BayHor94.5
245Western CarolinaSou94.5
246Western MichiganMAC94.4
247MilwaukeeHor94.4
248Morgan St.MEAC94.4
249WagnerNEC94.3
250Boston UniversityPat94.3
251Arkansas St.SB94.2
252LongwoodBSou94.2
253Eastern MichiganMAC94.2
254QuinnipiacMAAC94.2
255Florida Gulf CoastASun94.1
256SamfordSou94.1
257High PointBSou94.0
258Central MichiganMAC94.0
259Middle TennesseeCUSA94.0
260ElonCAA93.9
261Cal BaptistWAC93.8
262Georgia SouthernSB93.7
263William & MaryCAA93.7
264New MexicoMWC93.7
265FIUCUSA93.6
266MaristMAAC93.6
267CampbellBSou93.5
268New HampshireAE93.5
269Portland St.BSky93.5
270Fairleigh DickinsonNEC93.4
271North Carolina CentralMEAC93.4
272SeattleWAC93.2
273LIUNEC93.2
274TowsonCAA93.1
275Idaho St.BSky93.1
276Robert MorrisHor93.0
277TroySB93.0
278Cal St. FullertonBW92.9
279The CitadelSou92.9
280Long Beach St.BW92.8
281North FloridaASun92.6
282Jackson St.SWAC92.6
283SouthernSWAC92.6
284Purdue Fort WayneHor92.5
285IUPUIHor92.5
286MerrimackNEC92.4
287North AlabamaASun92.4
288Florida A&MMEAC92.2
289Southeast Missouri St.OVC92.2
290ManhattanMAAC92.0
291St. Francis PANEC92.0
292Cal St. NorthridgeBW91.6
293RiderMAAC91.6
294Northern IllinoisMAC91.4
295North Carolina A&TMEAC91.3
296Louisiana MonroeSB91.3
297Western IllinoisSum91.2
298SIU EdwardsvilleOVC91.2
299HowardMEAC91.2
300St. Francis NYNEC91.0
301Air ForceMWC90.9
302Northwestern St.Sthlnd90.8
303Eastern IllinoisOVC90.8
304Sacred HeartNEC90.8
305Northern ArizonaBSky90.8
306Tarleton St.WAC90.8
307Nebraska OmahaSum90.7
308JacksonvilleASun90.6
309New OrleansSthlnd90.5
310North DakotaSum90.4
311Incarnate WordSthlnd90.4
312HamptonBSou90.1
313San Jose St.MWC90.1
314Grambling St.SWAC90.0
315USC UpstateBSou90.0
316Central ArkansasSthlnd90.0
317Tennessee TechOVC89.9
318Tennessee St.OVC89.8
319LehighPat89.7
320Southeastern LouisianaSthlnd89.5
321Central ConnecticutNEC89.4
322PortlandWCC89.3
323PresbyterianBSou89.0
324FairfieldMAAC89.0
325Coppin St.MEAC88.8
326Houston BaptistSthlnd88.7
327LamarSthlnd88.6
328Alabama A&MSWAC88.5
329Texas A&M Corpus ChrisSthlnd88.2
330MaineAE88.1
331BinghamtonAE88.0
332Holy CrossPat87.9
333Charleston SouthernBSou87.7
334McNeese St.Sthlnd87.6
335Dixie St.WAC87.3
336DenverSum87.1
337Alcorn St.SWAC86.7
338Cal PolyBW86.5
339Tennessee MartinOVC86.0
340Kennesaw St.ASun85.5
341IdahoBSky84.3
342Alabama St.SWAC83.0
343Delaware St.MEAC83.0
344Arkansas Pine BluffSWAC82.7
345South Carolina St.MEAC81.1
346Chicago St.WAC80.3
347Mississippi Valley St.SWAC69.6

PiRate Ratings By Conference

Atlantic 10
TeamRating
Saint Louis111.0
Richmond110.3
VCU110.1
St. Bonaventure110.1
Davidson108.4
Rhode Island107.9
Dayton106.8
Massachusetts105.3
Duquesne104.9
George Mason100.8
La Salle99.4
George Washington97.0
Saint Joseph’s96.2
Fordham94.7
American
TeamRating
Houston117.0
Memphis111.1
SMU109.8
Wichita St.107.0
Cincinnati106.4
Tulsa105.3
UCF104.7
South Florida104.5
East Carolina102.4
Temple101.3
Tulane99.2
Atlantic Coast
TeamRating
Florida St.115.2
Virginia114.7
Duke112.2
North Carolina112.0
Louisville111.8
Virginia Tech111.6
Clemson110.5
Syracuse110.3
Georgia Tech109.8
Notre Dame109.3
N.C. State108.7
Pittsburgh107.7
Boston College104.3
Wake Forest103.5
Miami FL103.3
America East
TeamRating
Vermont104.6
UMBC99.0
Albany95.9
Hartford95.7
UMass Lowell95.4
Stony Brook95.0
NJIT94.9
New Hampshire93.5
Maine88.1
Binghamton88.0
Atlantic Sun
TeamRating
Liberty104.0
Bellarmine98.8
Lipscomb97.0
Stetson95.6
Florida Gulf Coast94.1
North Florida92.6
North Alabama92.4
Jacksonville90.6
Kennesaw St.85.5
Big 12
TeamRating
Baylor124.1
Texas115.4
Texas Tech114.7
West Virginia114.4
Oklahoma113.6
Kansas113.1
Oklahoma St.112.5
TCU105.1
Iowa St.102.7
Kansas St.97.3
Big East
TeamRating
Villanova115.8
Creighton114.3
Seton Hall112.0
Connecticut111.3
Xavier111.0
St. John’s109.7
Marquette107.2
Providence107.1
Georgetown105.4
Butler104.8
DePaul104.0
Big Sky
TeamRating
Eastern Washington102.2
Weber St.100.1
Montana98.8
Montana St.97.9
Southern Utah97.5
Sacramento St.95.7
Northern Colorado95.7
Portland St.93.5
Idaho St.93.1
Northern Arizona90.8
Idaho84.3
Big South
TeamRating
Winthrop103.6
Radford98.4
Gardner Webb98.0
UNC Asheville96.4
Longwood94.2
High Point94.0
Campbell93.5
Hampton90.1
USC Upstate90.0
Presbyterian89.0
Charleston Southern87.7
Big Ten
TeamRating
Illinois119.1
Michigan119.0
Iowa118.3
Ohio St.116.7
Wisconsin115.0
Purdue113.3
Rutgers113.3
Indiana112.8
Penn St.112.5
Minnesota111.7
Maryland110.9
Michigan St.109.5
Northwestern108.2
Nebraska103.4
Big West
TeamRating
UC Santa Barbara106.3
UC Irvine104.0
UC Riverside102.4
Cal St. Bakersfield101.1
Hawaii97.9
UC Davis96.7
UC San Diego96.0
Cal St. Fullerton92.9
Long Beach St.92.8
Cal St. Northridge91.6
Cal Poly86.5
Colonial
TeamRating
Northeastern100.7
Drexel100.5
Hofstra100.1
James Madison98.9
Delaware96.7
Charleston96.6
UNC Wilmington96.6
Elon93.9
William & Mary93.7
Towson93.1
Conference USA
TeamRating
Marshall108.4
Western Kentucky106.7
UAB106.3
North Texas106.1
Louisiana Tech105.3
Old Dominion100.2
UTEP99.7
UTSA98.9
Rice98.9
Charlotte98.3
Florida Atlantic97.8
Southern Miss94.6
Middle Tennessee94.0
FIU93.6
Horizon
TeamRating
Wright St.110.7
Cleveland St.100.3
Detroit99.9
Northern Kentucky97.1
Oakland96.6
Youngstown St.95.3
Illinois Chicago95.0
Green Bay94.5
Milwaukee94.4
Robert Morris93.0
Purdue Fort Wayne92.5
IUPUI92.5
Metro Atlantic
TeamRating
Siena101.3
Saint Peter’s99.8
Monmouth99.6
Iona96.7
Niagara95.8
Canisius95.3
Quinnipiac94.2
Marist93.6
Manhattan92.0
Rider91.6
Fairfield89.0
Mid-American
TeamRating
Toledo109.6
Buffalo106.0
Akron105.5
Kent St.105.0
Ohio104.4
Bowling Green101.3
Ball St.100.5
Miami OH99.5
Western Michigan94.4
Eastern Michigan94.2
Central Michigan94.0
Northern Illinois91.4
Mideastern Athletic
TeamRating
Norfolk St.95.3
Morgan St.94.4
North Carolina Central93.4
Florida A&M92.2
North Carolina A&T91.3
Howard91.2
Coppin St.88.8
Delaware St.83.0
South Carolina St.81.1
Missouri Valley
TeamRating
Loyola Chicago114.7
Drake109.3
Missouri St.103.1
Bradley102.6
Indiana St.102.6
Northern Iowa100.7
Southern Illinois97.8
Valparaiso97.5
Evansville96.8
Illinois St.95.2
Mountain West
TeamRating
San Diego St.113.3
Utah St.111.1
Boise St.109.5
Colorado St.108.9
Nevada105.8
UNLV101.4
Fresno St.98.0
Wyoming97.9
New Mexico93.7
Air Force90.9
San Jose St.90.1
Northeast
TeamRating
Bryant97.7
Mount St. Mary’s95.7
Wagner94.3
Fairleigh Dickinson93.4
LIU93.2
Merrimack92.4
St. Francis PA92.0
St. Francis NY91.0
Sacred Heart90.8
Central Connecticut89.4
Ohio Valley
TeamRating
Belmont107.2
Murray St.101.2
Morehead St.101.0
Eastern Kentucky98.9
Austin Peay98.2
Jacksonville St.98.1
Southeast Missouri St.92.2
SIU Edwardsville91.2
Eastern Illinois90.8
Tennessee Tech89.9
Tennessee St.89.8
Tennessee Martin86.0
Pac-12
TeamRating
USC115.3
Colorado114.1
Arizona111.8
Oregon111.6
Stanford111.1
UCLA111.0
Utah108.8
Arizona St.107.7
Washington St.104.0
Oregon St.103.7
California101.1
Washington100.0
Patriot
TeamRating
Colgate104.9
Navy100.0
Army99.1
Lafayette96.0
American94.9
Bucknell94.7
Loyola MD94.7
Boston University94.3
Lehigh89.7
Holy Cross87.9
Sun Belt
TeamRating
Georgia St.102.2
Texas St.100.6
Coastal Carolina99.7
Louisiana98.5
Little Rock98.5
Appalachian St.97.7
South Alabama96.9
UT Arlington96.3
Arkansas St.94.2
Georgia Southern93.7
Troy93.0
Louisiana Monroe91.3
Southeastern
TeamRating
Alabama118.7
Tennessee115.3
Arkansas114.0
Florida113.1
Missouri112.9
LSU111.8
Auburn110.1
Kentucky109.7
Mississippi St.109.0
Mississippi108.9
South Carolina107.3
Georgia106.1
Texas A&M103.0
Vanderbilt102.7
Southern
TeamRating
Furman105.0
UNC Greensboro104.6
Wofford103.0
East Tennessee St.102.4
Mercer100.3
Chattanooga99.2
VMI98.5
Western Carolina94.5
Samford94.1
The Citadel92.9
Southland
TeamRating
Abilene Christian104.9
Stephen F. Austin100.2
Sam Houston St.98.0
Nicholls St.97.4
Northwestern St.90.8
New Orleans90.5
Incarnate Word90.4
Central Arkansas90.0
Southeastern Louisiana89.5
Houston Baptist88.7
Lamar88.6
Texas A&M Corpus Chris88.2
McNeese St.87.6
Summit
TeamRating
South Dakota St.104.4
South Dakota100.6
North Dakota St.100.2
Oral Roberts98.8
UMKC96.3
Western Illinois91.2
Nebraska Omaha90.7
North Dakota90.4
Denver87.1
Southwestern Athletic
TeamRating
Prairie View A&M95.7
Texas Southern95.4
Jackson St.92.6
Southern92.6
Grambling St.90.0
Alabama A&M88.5
Alcorn St.86.7
Alabama St.83.0
Arkansas Pine Bluff82.7
Mississippi Valley St.69.6
Western Athletic
TeamRating
Grand Canyon103.2
New Mexico St.101.6
UT Rio Grande Valley96.1
Utah Valley94.7
Cal Baptist93.8
Seattle93.2
Tarleton St.90.8
Dixie St.87.3
Chicago St.80.3
West Coast
TeamRating
Gonzaga126.0
BYU111.8
San Francisco107.1
Saint Mary’s107.0
Loyola Marymount103.3
Pepperdine103.2
Pacific102.9
Santa Clara101.3
San Diego97.8
Portland89.3

PiRate Ratings Alphabetically

RkTeamConfRating
102Abilene ChristianSthlnd104.9
301Air ForceMWC90.9
93AkronMAC105.5
5AlabamaSEC118.7
328Alabama A&MSWAC88.5
342Alabama St.SWAC83.0
221AlbanyAE95.9
337Alcorn St.SWAC86.7
238AmericanPat94.9
197Appalachian St.SB97.7
36ArizonaP12111.8
76Arizona St.P12107.7
21ArkansasSEC114.0
344Arkansas Pine BluffSWAC82.7
251Arkansas St.SB94.2
172ArmyPat99.1
56AuburnSEC110.1
186Austin PeayOVC98.2
153Ball St.MAC100.5
2BaylorB12124.1
180BellarmineASun98.8
79BelmontOVC107.2
331BinghamtonAE88.0
63Boise St.MWC109.5
111Boston CollegeACC104.3
250Boston UniversityPat94.3
142Bowling GreenMAC101.3
130BradleyMVC102.6
198BryantNEC97.7
240BucknellPat94.7
91BuffaloMAC106.0
104ButlerBE104.8
37BYUWCC111.8
261Cal BaptistWAC93.8
338Cal PolyBW86.5
144Cal St. BakersfieldBW101.1
278Cal St. FullertonBW92.9
292Cal St. NorthridgeBW91.6
145CaliforniaP12101.1
267CampbellBSou93.5
233CanisiusMAAC95.3
316Central ArkansasSthlnd90.0
321Central ConnecticutNEC89.4
258Central MichiganMAC94.0
211CharlestonCAA96.6
333Charleston SouthernBSou87.7
185CharlotteCUSA98.3
170ChattanoogaSou99.2
346Chicago St.WAC80.3
86CincinnatiAAC106.4
51ClemsonACC110.5
154Cleveland St.Hor100.3
166Coastal CarolinaSB99.7
101ColgatePat104.9
20ColoradoP12114.1
68Colorado St.MWC108.9
42ConnecticutBE111.3
325Coppin St.MEAC88.8
19CreightonBE114.3
72DavidsonA10108.4
84DaytonA10106.8
208DelawareCAA96.7
343Delaware St.MEAC83.0
336DenverSum87.1
113DePaulBE104.0
163DetroitHor99.9
335Dixie St.WAC87.3
65DrakeMVC109.3
152DrexelCAA100.5
32DukeACC112.2
103DuquesneA10104.9
134East CarolinaAAC102.4
132East Tennessee St.Sou102.4
303Eastern IllinoisOVC90.8
175Eastern KentuckyOVC98.9
253Eastern MichiganMAC94.2
135Eastern WashingtonBSky102.2
260ElonCAA93.9
207EvansvilleMVC96.8
324FairfieldMAAC89.0
270Fairleigh DickinsonNEC93.4
265FIUCUSA93.6
26FloridaSEC113.1
288Florida A&MMEAC92.2
194Florida AtlanticCUSA97.8
255Florida Gulf CoastASun94.1
13Florida St.ACC115.2
239FordhamA1094.7
189Fresno St.MWC98.0
99FurmanSou105.0
190Gardner WebbBSou98.0
147George MasonA10100.8
204George WashingtonA1097.0
94GeorgetownBE105.4
90GeorgiaSEC106.1
262Georgia SouthernSB93.7
136Georgia St.SB102.2
57Georgia TechACC109.8
1GonzagaWCC126.0
314Grambling St.SWAC90.0
123Grand CanyonWAC103.2
244Green BayHor94.5
312HamptonBSou90.1
223HartfordAE95.7
191HawaiiBW97.9
257High PointBSou94.0
160HofstraCAA100.1
332Holy CrossPat87.9
7HoustonAAC117.0
326Houston BaptistSthlnd88.7
299HowardMEAC91.2
341IdahoBSky84.3
275Idaho St.BSky93.1
3IllinoisBTen119.1
235Illinois ChicagoHor95.0
234Illinois St.MVC95.2
311Incarnate WordSthlnd90.4
29IndianaBTen112.8
131Indiana St.MVC102.6
210IonaMAAC96.7
6IowaBTen118.3
128Iowa St.B12102.7
285IUPUIHor92.5
282Jackson St.SWAC92.6
308JacksonvilleASun90.6
187Jacksonville St.OVC98.1
177James MadisonCAA98.9
27KansasB12113.1
202Kansas St.B1297.3
340Kennesaw St.ASun85.5
100Kent St.MAC105.0
59KentuckySEC109.7
169La SalleA1099.4
220LafayettePat96.0
327LamarSthlnd88.6
319LehighPat89.7
112LibertyASun104.0
205LipscombASun97.0
182Little RockSB98.5
273LIUNEC93.2
280Long Beach St.BW92.8
252LongwoodBSou94.2
181LouisianaSB98.5
296Louisiana MonroeSB91.3
95Louisiana TechCUSA105.3
38LouisvilleACC111.8
17Loyola ChicagoMVC114.7
121Loyola MarymountWCC103.3
242Loyola MDPat94.7
35LSUSEC111.8
330MaineAE88.1
290ManhattanMAAC92.0
266MaristMAAC93.6
78MarquetteBE107.2
71MarshallCUSA108.4
49MarylandBTen110.9
96MassachusettsA10105.3
334McNeese St.Sthlnd87.6
43MemphisAAC111.1
155MercerSou100.3
286MerrimackNEC92.4
120Miami FLACC103.3
168Miami OHMAC99.5
4MichiganBTen119.0
62Michigan St.BTen109.5
259Middle TennesseeCUSA94.0
247MilwaukeeHor94.4
39MinnesotaBTen111.7
67MississippiSEC108.9
66Mississippi St.SEC109.0
347Mississippi Valley St.SWAC69.6
28MissouriSEC112.9
124Missouri St.MVC103.1
167MonmouthMAAC99.6
178MontanaBSky98.8
193Montana St.BSky97.9
146Morehead St.OVC101.0
248Morgan St.MEAC94.4
225Mount St. Mary’sNEC95.7
143Murray St.OVC101.2
70N.C. StateACC108.7
162NavyPat100.0
119NebraskaBTen103.4
307Nebraska OmahaSum90.7
92NevadaMWC105.8
268New HampshireAE93.5
264New MexicoMWC93.7
137New Mexico St.WAC101.6
309New OrleansSthlnd90.5
222NiagaraMAAC95.8
201Nicholls St.Sthlnd97.4
237NJITAE94.9
231Norfolk St.MEAC95.3
287North AlabamaASun92.4
33North CarolinaACC112.0
295North Carolina A&TMEAC91.3
271North Carolina CentralMEAC93.4
310North DakotaSum90.4
156North Dakota St.Sum100.2
281North FloridaASun92.6
89North TexasCUSA106.1
149NortheasternCAA100.7
305Northern ArizonaBSky90.8
226Northern ColoradoBSky95.7
294Northern IllinoisMAC91.4
148Northern IowaMVC100.7
203Northern KentuckyHor97.1
73NorthwesternBTen108.2
302Northwestern St.Sthlnd90.8
64Notre DameACC109.3
213OaklandHor96.6
109OhioMAC104.4
8Ohio St.BTen116.7
22OklahomaB12113.6
31Oklahoma St.B12112.5
157Old DominionCUSA100.2
179Oral RobertsSum98.8
41OregonP12111.6
116Oregon St.P12103.7
127PacificWCC102.9
30Penn St.BTen112.5
122PepperdineWCC103.2
75PittsburghACC107.7
322PortlandWCC89.3
269Portland St.BSky93.5
227Prairie View A&MSWAC95.7
323PresbyterianBSou89.0
80ProvidenceBE107.1
23PurdueBTen113.3
284Purdue Fort WayneHor92.5
254QuinnipiacMAAC94.2
184RadfordBSou98.4
74Rhode IslandA10107.9
176RiceCUSA98.9
53RichmondA10110.3
293RiderMAAC91.6
276Robert MorrisHor93.0
25RutgersBTen113.3
224Sacramento St.BSky95.7
304Sacred HeartNEC90.8
217Saint Joseph’sA1096.2
46Saint LouisA10111.0
82Saint Mary’sWCC107.0
164Saint Peter’sMAAC99.8
188Sam Houston St.Sthlnd98.0
256SamfordSou94.1
195San DiegoWCC97.8
24San Diego St.MWC113.3
81San FranciscoWCC107.1
313San Jose St.MWC90.1
141Santa ClaraWCC101.3
272SeattleWAC93.2
34Seton HallBE112.0
139SienaMAAC101.3
298SIU EdwardsvilleOVC91.2
58SMUAAC109.8
206South AlabamaSB96.9
77South CarolinaSEC107.3
345South Carolina St.MEAC81.1
150South DakotaSum100.6
110South Dakota St.Sum104.4
108South FloridaAAC104.5
289Southeast Missouri St.OVC92.2
320Southeastern LouisianaSthlnd89.5
283SouthernSWAC92.6
196Southern IllinoisMVC97.8
243Southern MissCUSA94.6
200Southern UtahBSky97.5
55St. BonaventureA10110.1
300St. Francis NYNEC91.0
291St. Francis PANEC92.0
60St. John’sBE109.7
45StanfordP12111.1
158Stephen F. AustinSthlnd100.2
228StetsonASun95.6
236Stony BrookAE95.0
52SyracuseACC110.3
306Tarleton St.WAC90.8
98TCUB12105.1
140TempleAAC101.3
12TennesseeSEC115.3
339Tennessee MartinOVC86.0
318Tennessee St.OVC89.8
317Tennessee TechOVC89.9
10TexasB12115.4
126Texas A&MSEC103.0
329Texas A&M Corpus ChrisSthlnd88.2
230Texas SouthernSWAC95.4
151Texas St.SB100.6
16Texas TechB12114.7
279The CitadelSou92.9
61ToledoMAC109.6
274TowsonCAA93.1
277TroySB93.0
171TulaneAAC99.2
97TulsaAAC105.3
87UABCUSA106.3
209UC DavisBW96.7
114UC IrvineBW104.0
133UC RiversideBW102.4
219UC San DiegoBW96.0
88UC Santa BarbaraBW106.3
105UCFAAC104.7
48UCLAP12111.0
229UMass LowellAE95.4
173UMBCAE99.0
215UMKCSum96.3
214UNC AshevilleBSou96.4
107UNC GreensboroSou104.6
212UNC WilmingtonCAA96.6
138UNLVMWC101.4
11USCP12115.3
315USC UpstateBSou90.0
216UT ArlingtonSB96.3
218UT Rio Grande ValleyWAC96.1
69UtahP12108.8
44Utah St.MWC111.1
241Utah ValleyWAC94.7
165UTEPCUSA99.7
174UTSACUSA98.9
199ValparaisoMVC97.5
129VanderbiltSEC102.7
54VCUA10110.1
106VermontAE104.6
9VillanovaBE115.8
15VirginiaACC114.7
40Virginia TechACC111.6
183VMISou98.5
249WagnerNEC94.3
118Wake ForestACC103.5
161WashingtonP12100.0
115Washington St.P12104.0
159Weber St.BSky100.1
18West VirginiaB12114.4
245Western CarolinaSou94.5
297Western IllinoisSum91.2
85Western KentuckyCUSA106.7
246Western MichiganMAC94.4
83Wichita St.AAC107.0
263William & MaryCAA93.7
117WinthropBSou103.6
14WisconsinBTen115.0
125WoffordSou103.0
50Wright St.Hor110.7
192WyomingMWC97.9
47XavierBE111.0
232Youngstown St.Hor95.3

Coming Later Today: Updated Bracketology. Late Sunday night win moves Stanford up past First Four

March 22, 2020

The Greatest NCAA Tournament That Never Was–Round Three Sunday

Welcome back to the See BS Studio.  I’m  Bernie Johnson along with my colleagues Charles Ruffley, Clark Post, and Kenny Jones, and we’re ready to bring you the final eight games of the Round of 32.  By the end of the day, the Sweet 16 will be set.

Let’s go out to the Midwest Region, where the number one-seed UCLA Bruins of 1968 will battle the eight-seed 1962 Cincinnati Bearcats.  It should be a great matchup inside between two great centers.  So, take it away Brad Messler, Steve Blabbin, and Evan Dryburn.

 

MIDWEST REGION

 

Balanced Bruin Offense With 5 In Double Figures–UCLA Runs Away From Bearcats

 

1 UCLA 1968

75

8 Cincinnati 1962

59

After a close first half, in which the Bearcats never trailed by more than five points, UCLA pulled away with a 14-3 run in the second half and stayed 12 points or more ahead the rest of the way.

Two free throws by Tom Thacker and a three-pointer by Tony Yates gave Cincinnati their only lead of the day at 27-26 late in the first half, but UCLA countered with a three-pointer by Lynn Shackleford and an offensive putback by Kareem Abdul Jabbar to give the Bruins the lead for good.

 

Boxscore

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

C

6

11

0

0

4

6

4

8

12

2

0

4

3

2

16

Mike Lynn

F

4

7

0

0

2

2

2

7

9

1

1

0

0

3

10

Lynn Shackleford

F

6

13

2

4

3

4

1

4

5

3

2

0

1

1

17

Lucius Allen

G

5

12

1

3

2

4

0

2

2

2

4

0

5

3

13

Mike Warren

G

4

10

2

5

4

5

0

1

1

6

3

0

3

2

14

Jim Nielsen

0

1

0

0

1

2

2

3

5

0

0

1

1

3

1

Kenny Heitz

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

2

0

2

1

2

Bill Sweek

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

2

2

Team

3

Totals

27

57

5

13

16

23

9

28

40

15

12

5

16

17

75

 

 

 

Cincinnati

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Paul Hogue

C

3

7

0

0

1

2

1

8

9

2

0

1

3

4

7

George Wilson

F

1

4

0

0

0

0

1

4

5

1

0

0

1

4

2

Ron Bonham

F

5

14

0

0

3

5

2

3

5

4

1

0

3

2

13

Tom Thacker

G

4

12

2

8

4

5

1

4

5

2

3

0

5

3

14

Tony Yates

G

5

10

3

6

3

4

0

1

1

3

1

0

6

3

16

Tom Sizer

2

6

2

6

1

2

1

3

4

0

1

0

2

5

7

Team

3

Totals

20

53

7

20

12

18

6

23

32

12

6

1

20

21

59

Player of the Game

Mike Warren

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

34

41

75

Cincinnati

31

28

59

 

 

Blue Devils Come From Behind With Big Finish To Knock Off Rival Tar Heels

 

4 Duke 2015

76

5 North Carolina 2017

66

 

After a close first half, North Carolina pulled ahead by 11 points at 49-38 after Joel Berry and Luke May hit back to back three pointers, and then a steal by May that led to a basket by Justin Jackson, gave the Tar Heels their biggest lead.  Duke then began mounting a steady comeback, cutting the lead to eight at 52-44, to five at 56-51, and finally down to just two points at 62-60.  After the teams traded one made foul shot to make it 63-61 Carolina, Matt Jones tied the game at 63-63, and then Tyus Jones drove into the lane to hit a basket and draw a foul on Theo Pinson.  After Jones made the foul shot, Duke led 66-63.  The Tar Heels could manage just one three-point basket, while they sent the Blue Devils to the foul line.  Duke hit 7 of 8 at the charity stripe to salt the game away.

 

Boxscore

Duke

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jahlil Okafor

C

6

12

0

0

0

1

2

5

7

1

0

0

1

4

12

Justise Winslow

F

4

11

1

5

2

3

1

4

5

2

2

2

1

3

11

Quinn Cook

F

4

10

1

4

0

0

1

6

7

3

0

0

3

1

9

Matt Jones

G

6

9

4

6

0

0

1

3

4

2

1

0

2

2

16

Tyus Jones

G

1

3

0

0

8

10

0

2

2

1

3

0

2

3

10

Grayson Allen

2

5

1

3

3

4

0

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

8

Amile Jefferson

2

4

0

0

2

2

1

2

3

3

1

2

0

2

6

Marshall Plumlee

2

5

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

0

0

0

1

2

4

Team

2

Totals

27

59

7

18

15

20

8

24

34

13

8

4

11

18

76

 

 

 

North Carolina

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kennedy Meeks

C

1

3

0

0

3

4

1

6

7

2

1

2

4

2

5

Isaiah Hicks

F

2

5

0

0

1

2

3

6

9

1

0

2

2

1

5

Justin Jackson

F

6

15

2

7

3

5

2

4

6

3

0

0

1

2

17

Theo Pinson

G

1

3

0

1

2

2

1

1

2

4

1

0

3

5

4

Joel Berry

G

6

14

3

8

3

4

1

5

6

2

2

0

6

2

18

Tony Bradley

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

Nate Britt

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

2

0

Luke May

5

9

2

4

3

3

0

2

2

1

1

0

1

2

15

Seventh Woods

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Team

3

Totals

22

53

7

21

15

20

9

25

37

13

5

4

18

18

66

Player of the Game

Matt Jones

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Duke

34

42

76

N. Carolina

36

30

66

 

 

Indiana Solves The Arkansas Press And Dominates On The Glass

 

Indiana looked to be vulnerable in the first half as Arkansas forced nine turnovers with their full court press, and the Razorbacks led by as much as 10 points.  In the second half, The Hoosiers did not turn the ball over in the backcourt one time and committed just five frontcourt turnovers.  Meanwhile, Indiana outrebounded Arkansas in the second half 24-9 to win going away.  Scott May scored 19 of his game high 28 points in the final half.

 

3 Indiana 1976

82

6 Arkansas 1994

71

 

Boxscore

Indiana

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kent Benson

C

9

14

0

0

2

4

4

5

9

2

0

2

2

3

20

Scott May

F

9

16

3

5

7

8

2

6

8

5

1

0

3

1

28

Tom Abernathy

F

4

8

3

6

3

4

1

4

5

1

0

1

1

3

14

Bobby Wilkerson

G

2

6

0

2

1

2

2

7

9

3

3

2

4

4

5

Quinn Buckner

G

2

5

0

1

2

4

1

4

5

4

2

0

2

2

6

Wayne Radford

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

0

0

1

3

2

Jim Wisman

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

Rich Valavicius

2

3

1

1

2

3

0

1

1

1

0

1

1

1

7

Team

4

Totals

29

56

7

16

17

25

10

30

44

19

6

6

14

18

82

 

 

 

Arkansas

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Dwight Stewart

C

1

4

0

2

1

2

2

2

4

2

0

0

1

5

3

Corliss Williamson

F

5

9

0

0

1

2

1

5

6

3

1

0

0

3

11

Ken Biley

F

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

Scotty Thurman

G

6

15

4

11

5

6

2

1

3

2

1

0

3

5

21

Corey Beck

G

2

6

0

1

0

0

0

2

2

4

3

0

2

2

4

Darnell Robinson

4

9

0

0

0

2

2

3

5

0

0

0

1

2

8

Clint McDaniel

2

7

1

4

3

4

0

3

3

0

0

0

1

3

8

Lee Wilson

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

Divar Rimac

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alex Dillard

3

6

3

6

3

4

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

2

12

Ray Biggers

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

4

Totals

25

61

8

24

13

20

7

19

30

13

6

0

9

24

71

Player of the Game

Scott May

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Indiana

37

45

82

Arkansas

42

29

71

 

 

15-seeded Cougars Advance To Sweet 16 In Exciting Game

 

15 Houston 1968

108

10 UCLA 1975

101

In what turned out to be the most exciting game of the day, Houston and UCLA staged one of the finest offensive performances in Simulated NCAA Tournament History by combining for 209 points.

The pace of the game was fast from the onset, as the teams were tied 25-25 just eight minutes into the game.  Elvin Hayes was virtually unstoppable all day, and a 12-point scoring burst in the final six minutes of the opening half gave the Cougars a six-point halftime lead.

The teams traded the lead for most of the second half with UCLA’s last lead coming at the six minute mark at 87-86.  Houston enjoyed a quick 10-3 run to make it 96-90, and the Bruins could not overcome the run.

 

Boxscore

Houston

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Elvin Hayes

C

15

25

0

0

9

13

8

14

22

2

0

5

4

3

39

Ken Spain

F

7

15

0

0

4

7

2

10

12

1

2

2

2

3

18

Theodis Lee

F

4

9

1

3

4

6

1

5

6

3

1

1

1

5

13

Don Chaney

G

7

13

4

8

5

6

1

4

5

7

3

0

3

4

23

George Reynolds

G

4

12

2

6

2

3

0

1

1

5

1

0

5

4

12

Tom Gribben

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

3

0

Larry Cooper

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

1

0

1

2

0

Carlos Bell

1

3

0

0

1

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

3

3

Vern Lewis

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

1

0

Team

3

Totals

38

77

7

17

25

37

13

38

54

20

8

8

19

28

108

 

 

 

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Richard Washington

C

5

11

0

0

3

4

3

6

9

0

0

1

2

5

13

Dave Meyers

F

8

14

0

0

7

10

3

8

11

1

0

1

1

4

23

Marques Johnson

F

10

22

2

6

4

6

2

7

9

3

2

1

4

3

26

Pete Trgovich

G

7

15

3

8

3

4

0

4

4

4

3

0

2

4

20

Andre McCarter

G

1

6

1

4

2

3

0

1

1

6

1

0

5

5

5

Ralph Drollinger

3

7

0

0

1

2

2

3

5

1

0

2

1

3

7

Raymond Townsend

2

5

2

4

1

2

0

1

1

3

1

0

1

5

7

Jim Spillane

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

Wilbert Olinde

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Team

5

Totals

36

80

8

22

21

31

10

30

45

18

7

5

16

35

101

Player of the Game

Elvin Hayes

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Houston

61

47

108

UCLA

55

46

101

 

 

WEST REGION

 

Overall Top Seed Romps Again

 

1 UCLA 1972

94

8 Connecticut 2004

61

 

The top seed in the tournament looked infallible for most of the game, as the Bruins began the game with a 16-1 lead before the Huskies could hit their first basket.  UCLA began to empty the bench in the first half once the lead swelled past 30 points, which allowed UConn to make its only run of the day cutting a 42-12 lead to 44-19 at the half.

After a 20-10 run to start the second half, the Bruins led by 35 points, when they started to remove the starters.  Until Emeka Okafor hit an old-fasioned three-pointer on the final possession, UCLA backup center Swen Nater had matched him point for point.  Nater played just 12 minutes to Okafor’s 33.

Boxscore

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Bill Walton

C

7

11

0

0

3

5

5

9

14

4

2

4

2

3

17

Jamaal Wilkes

F

6

9

2

3

4

4

1

6

7

1

1

1

1

3

18

Larry Farmer

F

5

7

2

3

1

2

2

5

7

1

3

1

1

2

13

Greg Lee

G

3

7

1

3

3

4

0

3

3

2

1

0

3

3

10

Henry Bibby

G

3

8

2

5

5

6

0

2

2

5

2

0

2

2

13

Tommy Curtis

2

5

1

3

1

2

0

1

1

3

1

0

2

1

6

Larry Hollyfield

2

6

1

3

0

0

1

1

2

1

1

0

1

2

5

Swen Nater

3

5

0

0

2

3

2

3

5

0

0

1

0

2

8

Vince Carson

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

2

Andy Hill

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Jon Chapman

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gary Franklin

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

Team

3

Totals

33

64

9

21

19

26

11

32

46

18

11

7

13

21

94

 

 

 

Connecticut

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Emeka Okafor

C

4

8

0

0

3

6

2

7

9

1

0

2

1

4

11

Josh Boone

F

3

7

0

0

0

2

2

4

6

0

1

0

3

2

6

Rashad Anderson

F

4

11

3

9

3

4

1

5

6

2

2

0

2

4

14

Ben Gordon

G

5

16

3

12

4

4

0

2

2

3

1

0

5

3

17

Taliek Brown

G

3

8

0

0

2

5

0

2

2

3

1

0

3

4

8

Denham Brown

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

Hilton Armstrong

1

2

0

0

1

2

1

2

3

1

0

0

3

3

3

Charlie Villanueva

1

4

0

1

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

Shamon Tooles

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Team

2

Totals

21

57

6

22

13

23

7

24

33

10

5

2

18

24

61

Player of the Game

Bill Walton

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

44

50

94

UConn

19

42

61

 

 

Smaller, Quicker Miners Steal Way To Victory

 

12 Texas Western 1966

71

13 Louisville 1986

59

Louisville, a team known for an excellent full court press through the years, fell victim to the man to man press by Texas Western.  The Miners stole the ball 16 times in the game, while forcing 25 Cardinal Turnovers.

After an early 8-5 Louisville lead, back to back steals by Bobby Joe Hill led to a basket and two foul shots to give the Miners their first lead at 9-8.

Later in the half, after Louisville recovered to take a 24-22 lead, steals by Willie Worsley and Orsten Artis led to easy baskets to put TW up 26-24.  A missed three-point attempt by Milt Wagner, led to a fast break basket for the Miners when Harry Flournoy grabbed the rebound and found Artis, who then passed to Willie Cager for the layup.  Up 28-24, The Miners led the rest of the way.

Louisville cut the lead from eight to three with eight minutes to play, but a 8-0 run put the game away.

 

Boxscore

Texas Western

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Nevil Shed

C

3

6

0

0

2

3

4

4

8

0

0

1

1

2

8

David Lattin

F

4

11

0

0

2

3

2

3

5

2

2

0

3

2

10

Harry Flournoy

F

4

10

0

0

3

5

4

9

13

1

0

2

2

1

11

Orsten Artis

G

3

9

2

5

3

4

0

2

2

4

4

0

4

3

11

Bobby Joe Hill

G

4

11

2

6

3

4

0

1

1

3

4

0

3

2

13

Willie Cager

4

7

2

3

4

5

2

3

5

2

3

1

2

2

14

Willie Worsley

1

4

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

2

3

0

2

1

4

Team

3

Totals

23

58

7

16

18

26

12

22

37

14

16

4

17

13

71

 

 

 

Louisville

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Pervis Ellison

C

6

13

0

0

2

4

2

4

6

0

0

2

4

4

14

Billy Thompson

F

5

11

0

0

0

0

1

5

6

3

1

0

2

2

10

Herbert Crook

F

3

8

0

2

2

3

1

3

4

1

1

1

5

5

8

Jeff Hall

G

3

6

2

4

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

3

3

8

Milt Wagner

G

3

7

1

3

4

5

0

2

2

4

2

0

5

2

11

Tony Kimbro

2

4

1

2

1

2

1

2

3

2

1

0

3

4

6

Kevin Walls

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

8

0

0

0

1

1

0

Mark McSwain

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

2

2

2

Team

2

Totals

23

51

4

11

9

14

6

27

35

12

5

3

25

23

59

Player of the Game

Harry Flournoy

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Texas Western

33

38

71

Louisville

26

33

59

 

 

Siegfried’s Three Sinks Marquette

 

3 Ohio St. 1960

72

11 Marquette 1977

70

 

Larry Siegfried connected on a three-point shot in Ohio State’s final possession to give the Buckeyes their only lead in the second half, and then a last-gasp shot by Bernard Toone missed and was rebounded by Joe Roberts to send Ohio State to the Sweet 16.

Marquette was able to slow the pace down, using up 24 to 28 seconds on the shot clock per possession and limiting Ohio State’s offensive rebounding strength.  With Bo Ellis scoring 11 of his 13 points in the first half, the Warriors led by a bucket at the break.

Butch Lee kept Marquette’s offense moving in the second half, as the Warriors kept the lead between four and seven points until the three minute mark.

After a 6-6 foul shooting mark in the first half, Marquette players missed several crucial foul shots down the stretch, as the Warriors could only hit 7 of 12 free tosses.  Ohio State rebounded the ball on all the missed foul shots, and they scored on five consecutive possessions to cut a 68-61 lead to 70-69.  After a Jim Boylan turnover, Ohio State tried to get the ball inside to Jerry Lucas or in the mid post to John Havlicek, but Marquette’s zone defense plugged the middle, forcing Siegfried to take the three-pointer as the shot clock expired.

 

Boxscore

Ohio St.

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jerry Lucas

C

9

14

0

1

2

2

3

7

10

2

0

1

2

3

20

Joe Roberts

F

3

9

0

0

0

0

2

5

7

1

0

0

1

4

6

John Havlicek

F

6

12

2

4

4

5

2

6

8

3

2

0

1

2

18

Larry Siegfried

G

5

11

3

6

5

8

1

4

5

4

1

0

3

2

18

Mel Nowell

G

2

6

1

3

3

4

0

1

1

3

1

0

5

3

8

Dick Furry

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

1

0

0

2

2

2

Team

3

Totals

26

55

6

14

14

19

9

25

37

14

4

1

14

16

72

 

 

 

Marquette

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jerome Whitehead

C

5

12

0

0

1

2

3

4

7

1

0

1

2

4

11

Bo Ellis

F

5

11

0

0

3

5

1

8

9

2

2

2

1

3

13

Bill Neary

F

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

2

2

Butch Lee

G

6

13

4

10

5

6

0

1

1

2

1

0

4

3

21

Jim Boylan

G

2

6

1

3

2

2

0

2

2

5

2

0

2

2

7

Bernard Toone

4

7

0

0

2

3

2

5

7

0

0

0

2

2

10

Gary Rosenberger

2

3

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

6

Team

2

Totals

25

55

7

16

13

18

6

22

30

11

5

3

12

17

70

Player of the Game

Larry Siegfried

 

 

Tar Heels Win Overtime Thriller

 

10 North Carolina 1982

86

OT

2 Kansas 2008

78

 

Darnell Jackson missed the front end of a 1 and 1 foul opportunity, and James Worthy’s field goal tied the game up at in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime.  In overtime, the Carolina Trio of Worthy, Sam Perkins, and Michael Jordan took the game over to give the Tar Heels a ticket to the Sweet 16.

Reserve forward Chris Brust came off the bench and hit two crucial baskets when Kansas had begun to stretch the lead.  Brust’s two baskets sandwiched one by Matt Doherty in a 6-1 Tar Heel mini-run that cut the KU lead to two points.  Moments later, Perkins fouled Jackson, and Jackson missed the foul shot that allowed Carolina force overtime.

Boxscore

North Carolina

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Sam Perkins

C

8

15

0

0

4

6

3

6

9

0

0

2

2

3

20

James Worthy

F

8

13

0

0

7

8

3

8

11

2

0

2

2

2

23

Matt Doherty

F

2

5

2

4

2

2

0

2

2

1

1

0

1

3

8

Michael Jordan

G

4

9

2

5

8

9

2

5

7

4

1

1

1

2

18

Jimmy Black

G

1

4

1

4

2

3

0

2

2

5

2

0

3

3

5

Jim Braddock

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

2

0

Chris Brust

2

3

0

0

2

4

1

3

4

0

0

0

2

3

6

Buzz Peterson

1

2

1

2

3

4

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

2

6

Team

3

Totals

26

51

6

15

28

36

9

28

40

15

5

5

13

20

86

Kansas

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Darnell Jackson

C

8

14

0

0

3

5

3

4

7

2

0

1

2

4

19

Darrell Arthur

F

5

7

0

0

2

3

1

6

7

1

0

0

1

4

12

Brandon Rush

F

1

4

1

4

2

2

3

3

6

3

1

0

3

5

5

Russell Robinson

G

5

12

3

8

3

4

0

2

2

4

2

0

2

3

16

Mario Chalmers

G

5

15

3

11

5

6

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

4

18

Sherron Collins

2

6

1

4

1

2

1

4

5

1

0

0

1

5

6

Sasha Kaun

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

4

2

Rodrick Stewart

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Cole Aldrich

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Team

2

Totals

27

61

8

27

16

22

8

21

31

13

4

1

10

33

78

Player of the Game

James Worthy

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

OT

Final

North Carolina

33

37

16

86

Kansas

36

34

8

78

 

The Sweet 16

 

East Region–Thursday

 

1974 North Carolina St. vs. 1978 Kentucky

2019 Virginia vs. 1987 Indiana

South Region–Thursday

 

1970 UCLA vs. 1964 UCLA

2018 Villanova vs. 1992 Duke

 

Midwest Region–Friday

 

1968 UCLA vs. 2015 Duke

1976 Indiana vs. 1968 Houston

 

West Region–Friday

 

1972 UCLA vs. 1966 Texas Western

1960 Ohio St. vs. 1982 North Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

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