The Pi-Rate Ratings

March 14, 2016

Bracketnomics 505–The Advanced Level Course in Bracket Picking

Welcome to Bracketnomics 505 for 2016–The Advanced Level Course in Picking NCAA Tournament winners. The best way to describe our PiRate Ratings NCAA Tournament Bracket-Picking formula is to call it the Past Performances of the teams. If you are familiar with the Daily Racing Form or other thoroughbred horse racing publications, you probably know how to read the PPS of the horses in each race.
If you have followed our statistical releases for the past 16 years, you will see only minor changes this year, as the PiRate Ratings have added only one minor statistical detail to our repertoire.
Here is a description of all the pertinent information you need to pick your brackets. We will explain each important statistic and tell you how it applies to the NCAA Tournament. Then, we will apply it to all 68 teams in the Big Dance and let you use what you want to fill out your brackets.

Remember one important bit of information–this process deals a lot with past tendencies trying to predict future outcomes. It is mechanical and has no real subjective data. It will not include information such as how your team’s star player may have the flu this week, so if you have other information, by all means include this in your selections.

THE FOUR FACTORS
Statistician and author Dean Oliver created this metric. He did for basketball what the incredible Bill James did for baseball. Oliver wrote the excellent book Basketball on Paper, where he showed that NBA winners could break down four separate statistical metrics to show how the winner won and the loser lost. Later experimentation showed that this metric works for college basketball when strength of schedule is factored into the metric.

The four factors are: Effective Field Goal Percentage, Rebound Rate, Turnover Rate, and Free Throw Rate. Each of these four factors apply to both offense and defense, so in essence, there are really eight factors.

Each Factor has a formula that can be calculated if you have the statistics. We have all the statistics for all 68 teams, and we did this for you.

Effective FG% = (FGM + (.5 * 3ptM))/FGA where FGM is field goals made, 3ptM is three-pointers made, and FGA is field goals attempted.

If a team made 800 FG, 250 3-pointers and attempted 1750 field goals, their EFG% is:
(800+(.5*250))/1750 = .529 or 52.9%
Rebound Rate = Offensive Rebounds/(Offensive Rebounds + Opponents’ Defensive Rebounds)
If a team has 500 offensive rebounds and their opponents have 850 defensive rebounds, their Rebound Rate is:
500/(500+850) = .370 or 37.0%

Turnover Rate = Turnovers per 100 possessions. Possessions can be estimated with incredible accuracy by this formula:
(FGA + (.475*FTA)-OR+TO)/G, where FGA is field goal attempts, FTA is free throw attempts, OR is offensive rebounds, TO is turnovers, and G is games played.

If a team has 1700 FGA, 650 FTA, 425 OR, and 375 TO in 30 games played, their average possessions per game is:
(1700+(.475*650)-425+375)/30 = 65.3, and thus, their TO Rate would be:

Turnovers per game / possessions per game * 100
((425/30)/65.3) * 100 = 21.7

Free Throw Rate: Oliver and others determined that getting to the line was actually more important than making the foul shots, so they did not include made free throws in their equation.

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

If the team above with 65.3 possessions per game averages 17 made free throws per game, then their FT Rate is:
17 / 65.3 * 100 = 26.0

The PiRate Specific Statistics
For 15 years, the PiRate Ratings have relied on specific back-tested data that showed us what stats were important in selecting Final Four teams. We looked back in history to see how previous Final Four teams dominated in certain statistical areas while not dominating in other areas. Here is what we found.

Scoring Margin
For general bracket picking, look for teams that outscored their opponents by an average of 8 or more points per game. Over 85% of the Final Four teams since the 1950’s outscored their opponents by an average of 8 or more points per game.
More than 80% of the final four teams in the last 50 years outscored their opponents by double digit points per game. When you find a team with an average scoring margin in excess of 15 points per game, and said team is in one of the six power conferences, then you have a team that will advance deep into the tournament.
This is an obvious statistic here. If team A outscores opponents by an average of 85-70 and their team B opponent outscores similar opposition by an average of 75-70, and the teams played comparable schedules, then team A figures to be better than team B before you look at any other statistics.
In the days of the 64 to 68-team field, this statistic has become even more valuable. It’s very difficult and close to impossible for a team accustomed to winning games by one to seven points to win four times in a row, much less six or seven consecutive games.
This statistic gives the same significance and weighting to a team that outscores its opposition 100-90 as it does to a team that outscores its opposition 60-50.

Last year, the four Final Four Teams had scoring margins of 21, 16, 15, and 9.

Field Goal Percentage Differential
Take each team’s field goal percentage minus their defensive field goal percentage to calculate this statistic. Look for teams that have a +7.5% or better showing. 50% to 42% is no better or no worse than 45% to 37%. A difference of 7.5% or better is all that matters. Teams that have a large field goal percentage margin are consistently good teams. Sure, a team can win a game with a negative field goal percentage difference, but in the Big Dance, they certainly are not going to win six games, and they have no real chance to win four games. Two games are about the maximum for these teams.
This statistic holds strong in back-tests of 50 years. Even when teams won the tournament with less than 7.5% field goal percentage margins, for the most part, these teams just barely missed (usually in the 5.5 to 7.5% range). In the years of the 64 to 68-team tournament, this stat has become a more accurate predictor. In the 21st Century, the teams with field goal percentage margins in the double digits have dominated the field. For example, if you see a team that shoots better than 48% and allows 38% or less, that team is going to be very hard to beat in large arenas with weird sight lines.

Last year, the Final Four Teams had FG% Differentials of 11.4, 8.5, 7.3, and 6.1%

Rebound Margin
This statistic holds up all the way back to the early days of basketball, in fact as far back to the days when rebounds were first recorded. The teams that consistently control the boards are the ones that advance past the first week in the tournament. What we’re looking for here are teams that out-rebound their opposition by five or more per game. In the opening two rounds, a difference of three or more is just as important.
There are complete rebounding statistics back to 1954, and in the 61 NCAA Tournaments between 1954 and 2014, the National Champion outrebounded their opponents 61 times! Yes, no team with a negative rebound margin has ever won the title.
The reason this statistic becomes even more important in mid-March is that teams do not always shoot as well in the NCAA Tournament for a variety of reasons (better defense, abnormal sight lines and unfamiliar gymnasiums, nerves, new rims and nets, more physical play with the refs allowing it, etc.). The teams that can consistently get offensive put-backs are the teams that go on scoring runs in these games. The teams that prevent the opposition from getting offensive rebounds, holding them to one shot per possession, have a huge advantage. Again, there will be some teams that advance that were beaten on the boards, but as the number of teams drop from 64 to 32 to 16 to eight, it is rare for one of these teams to continue to advance. West Virginia in 2005 made it to the Elite Eight without being able to rebound, but not many other teams have been able to do so.

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

Last year, the Final Four Teams had positive Rebounding Margins of 7.4, 6.8, 6.2, and 6.0.

Turnover Margin & Steals Per Game
Turnover margin can give a weaker rebounding team a chance to advance. Any positive turnover margin is good here. If a team cannot meet the rebounding margin listed above, they can get by if they have an excellent turnover margin. Not all turnover margins are the same though. A team that forces a high number of turnovers by way of steals is better than a team that forces the same amount of turnovers without steals. A steal is better than a defensive rebound, because most of the time, a steal leads to a fast-break basket or foul. When a team steals the ball, they are already facing their basket, and the defense must turn around and chase. Many steals occur on the perimeter where the ball-hawking team has a numbers advantage.
The criteria to look for here is any positive turnover margin if the team out-rebounds its opposition by three or more; a turnover margin of three or better if the team out-rebounds its opposition by less than three; and a turnover margin of five or more if the team does not out-rebound its opponents. Give more weight to teams that average 7 or more steals per game, and give much more weight to teams that average double figure steals per game. A team that averages more than 10 steals per game will get a lot of fast-break baskets and foul shots. In NCAA Tournament play, one quick spurt can be like a three-run homer in the World Series, and teams that either steal the ball or control the boards are the ones who will get that spurt.

Last year, the Final Four Teams had Turnover Margins of +3.4, +2.6, +1.3, and -0.5 and average steals per game of 6.6, 5.7, 5.3, and 4.5. It was the fewest average steals per game for a Final Four group since steals have been kept as official statistics.

The All-Important R+T Margin
Consider this the basketball equivalent of baseball’s OPS (On Base % + Slugging %) or even better, the “Moneyball Formula.” The formula has undergone a couple of changes in recent years, including this season, and we think it will be slightly adjusted in the future based on changes in how the game is played.
The R+T Formula for 2016 is: (R * 2) + (S * .5) + (6 – Opp S) + T, where R is rebounding margin, S is average steals per game (Opp S is opponents steals per game), and T is turnover margin. The numbers are all rounded to one digit.

Look for teams with R+T ratings at 15 or above. These are the teams that will get several additional opportunities to score points and go on scoring runs that put opponents away

When this stat is 7.5 to 15, you have a team that can overcome a few other liabilities to win and cut down the nets in Indianapolis if they don’t run into a team from the 15+ R+T range with similar shooting percentages and defense.

When this stat is 4.5 to 7.5, you have a team good enough to win early and get to the Sweet 16 or lite 8 but not advance past that round, unless said team has a large field goal percentage difference margin.

When this stat is 0 to 4.5, you have a team that better enjoy a large field goal margin advantage, or they will be one and done or two and out.

When this stat is negative, you have a team that will be eliminated quickly, even if they are playing a lower seed. We have isolated many early round upsets due to this statistic, and we have eliminated many teams expected to perform well that bombed in the opening round.

A few years ago, Georgetown had a negative R+T rating but was a prohibitive favorite against Ohio U. The Bobcats had a positive R+T rating and decent numbers in the other PiRate factors. We called for Ohio to upset Georgetown in the first round, and Ohio won by double digits.

The same thing occurred again a couple years later when Georgetown had a negative R+T rating as the Hoyas faced unknown Florida Gulf Coast. FGCU not only pulled off the upset, they blew GU off the floor.

Last year’s Final Four Teams had R+T ratings of 22.9, 18.8, 17.7, and 16.0, making this the most accurate predictor for the season, like it has for most every season. There were two Power Conference teams with negative R+T numbers last year, Oklahoma State and St. John’s. We pegged these teams to lose immediately as 9-seeds against 8-seeds with positive R+T ratings, and they did just that.

Power Conference Plus Schedule Strength
Up to this point you might have been thinking that it is much easier for Stephen F. Austin or Stony Brook to own these gaudy statistics than it is for Baylor or Miami. And, of course, that is correct. We have to adjust this procedure so that teams that play tougher schedules get rewarded and teams that play softer schedules get punished.
Basically, the cut-off line for a Final Four team is 54.00, although there have been a few long shots like George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth that were below that mark. While the lowest National Champ was Florida in 2007 at 54.30, the average for the last dozen champions has been just over 58. Also, bear in mind that of the 16 winners since 2000, 6 came from the ACC, 4 from the Big East (none who are current members), 3 from the SEC, and one each from the American, Big 12, and Big Ten. The Pac-12 has not produced the national champion since Arizona in 1997.

Won-Loss percentage Away From Home Floor
This should be obvious. Except in the rarest of instances (like Dayton playing in a First Round Game last year), all NCAA Tournament games are played on neutral courts. Some teams play like titans on their home floor but become pansies when playing away from home. It is one thing to accumulate great statistics by scheduling 19 home games, three neutral site games, and eight away games and then going 18-1 at home, 1-2 on the neutral site, and 3-5 on the road to finish 22-8. However, we need to locate the teams that continue to dominate away from home. Combine the road and neutral games played and look at that percentage. When you find a team with a 75% or better win percentage away from home, this team is a legitimate contender in the Big Dance. When this number tops 85%, you have a tough team capable of winning four consecutive games and advancing to the Final Four.

New For 2016, Winning Streaks
We should have included this years ago. The NCAA Tournament Championship requires one team to win six consecutive games (seven if in the First Four) to become the champion. It requires the other Final Four teams to win four or five times to get to the Final Four. How often does a team get to the Final Four or win the title without having a long winning streak during the regular season? Not often , or to put it a better way, hardly ever.
When a team wins 10 consecutive games in the heart of their schedule, or to be more exact, against serious competition, or when they win 6 to 10 consecutive games more than once during the season, and the rest of our criteria shows them to be a contender (especially R+T and Schedule Strength), then this is one dangerous squad. Be wary picking against them in the early rounds and then go against them only when the other team looks lethal as well.

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

Assists and Assists to Turnover Ratio
While assists can reveal an excellent passing team (and we love great passing teams), they also can hide a problem. Let’s say a team gets 28 field goals and has 21 assists. That may very well indicate this team can pass better than most others. However, it may also mean two other things. First, this team may not have players who can create their own offense and must get by on exceptional passing. That may not work against the best defensive teams in the nation (like the type that get into the Dance). Second, and even more importantly, it may indicate that this team cannot get offensive put-backs. As explained earlier, the offensive rebound is about as important as any stat can be in the NCAA Tournament. So, consider this stat only if you must decide on a toss-up after looking at the big seven stats. We would much rather go with a team that has 15 offensive rebound potential than a team that has assists on 80% of its made field goals. The NCAA Tournament is full of tough defenses, weird site lines, tight rims, and even tighter nerves, and the offensive put-back is an even more potent weapon, especially in the Round of 64, the Sweet 16, and the Final Four games. The Round of 32 and Elite 8 rounds tend to be less tense, because it is the second game on the playing floor for the participants.

Free Throw Shooting
You might say we are contradicting the Four Factors with this, but we are not. It is the least important of the Four Factors, and we only apply this caveat to the NCAA Tournament.
Of course, free throw shooting in the clutch decides many ball games. However, history shows a long line of teams making it deep into the tournament with poor free throw shooting percentages, and teams that overly rely on free throws may find it tough getting to the line with the liberalized officiating in the tournament.

Let’s say a team shoots a paltry 60% at the foul line while their opponent hits a great 75% of their foul shots. Let’s say each team gets to the foul line 15 times in the game, with five of those chances being 1&1, three being one shot after made baskets, and seven being two shot fouls. For the 60% shooting team, they can be expected to hit 3 of 5 on the front end of the 1&1 and then 1.8 of the 3 bonus shots; they can be expected to hit 1.8 of 3 on the one foul shot after made baskets; and they can be expected to hit 8.4 of 14 on the two shot fouls for a total of 15 out of 25. The 75% shooting team can be expected to connect on 3.75 of 5 on the front end of the 1&1 and then 2.8 of 3.75 on the bonus shot; they can be expected to hit 2.3 of 3 on the one foul shot after made baskets; and they can be expected to connect on 10.5 of 14 on the two shot fouls for a total of 19.35 out of 25.75.

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

Teams that make the NCAA Tournament with gaudy free throw percentages frequently get there by winning close games at the line. In the NCAA Tournament, fouls just don’t get called as frequently as in the regular season. The referees let the teams play. So, looking at superior free throw percentage can almost lead you down the wrong path.

Ponder this: The 1973 UCLA Bruins are considered to be the best college basketball team ever. That team connected on just 63% of its free throws. They had a rebounding margin of 15.2, and they forced many turnovers via steals thanks to their vaunted 2-2-1 zone press. In the great UCLA dynasty from 1964 through 1973 when the Bruins won nine titles in 10 years, they never once connected on 70% of their free throws and averaged just 66% during that stretch.

3-point shooting
You have to look at this statistic two different ways and consider that it is already part of field goal percentage and defensive field goal percentage. Contrary to popular belief, you do not count the difference in made three-pointers and multiply by three to see the difference in points scored. If Team A hits eight treys, while their Team B opponents hit three, that is not a difference of 15 points; it’s a difference of five points. Consider made three-pointers as one extra point because they are already figured as made field goals. A team with 26 made field goals and eight treys has only one more point than a team with 26 made field goals and seven treys.

The only time to give three-point shots any weight in this criteria is when you are looking at a toss-up game, and when you do look at this stat, look for the team that does not rely on them to win, but instead uses a credible percentage that prevents defenses from sagging into the 10-12-foot area around the basket. If a team cannot throw it in the ocean from behind the arc, defenses can sag inside and take away the inside game. It doesn’t play much of a role in the NCAA Tournament. A team that must hit 10 threes per game in order to win is not going to be around after the first weekend. To put it another way, teams that live and die by the outside shot will almost always die before they can get to the Final Four, if they cannot dominate inside.

One Big Star or Two Really Good Players
Teams that get to the Dance by riding one big star or a majority of scoring from two players are not solid enough to advance very far. Now, this does not apply to a team with one big star and four really good players. I’m referring to a team with one big star and four lemons or two big scorers with three guys who are allergic to the ball. Many times a team may have one big scorer or two guys who score 85% of the points, but the other three starters are capable of scoring 20 points if they are called on to do so. These teams are tough to stop. Usually, it is the mid-major teams that appear to be sleeper teams that could beat a favored opponent because they have one big talent that falls under this category. For instance, Stony Brook’s Jameel Warney this year fits that category.

If you have a team with five double figure scorers, they will be harder to defend and will be more consistent on the attack side. It is hard for all five players to slump at once.

We hope this primer will help you when you fill out your brackets this year.
Here is a list of all the statistics for the Big Dance teams for 2015-2016.

Offensive Stats

Team FG FGA 3pt 3ptA FT FTA OReb DReb Reb To Stl Pts
Arizona 926 1922 215 562 613 848 384 944 1328 423 162 2680
Austin Peay 920 1988 219 630 602 899 407 882 1289 490 242 2661
Baylor 903 1935 204 556 536 737 453 781 1234 425 260 2546
Buffalo 892 2037 253 750 600 845 417 913 1330 465 236 2637
Butler 868 1864 220 569 542 741 354 775 1129 317 210 2498
CSU Bakersfield 849 1881 174 506 465 712 401 825 1226 391 257 2337
California 867 1881 233 632 512 780 374 945 1319 403 136 2479
Chattanooga 869 1904 259 712 581 793 372 846 1218 422 265 2578
Cincinnati 823 1925 242 701 454 645 432 828 1260 354 254 2342
Colorado 842 1979 250 637 575 779 437 963 1400 442 172 2509
Connecticut 900 1959 239 660 457 581 322 920 1242 378 194 2496
Dayton 818 1780 215 620 491 730 317 919 1236 418 189 2342
Duke 826 1789 274 708 527 728 363 735 1098 293 190 2453
Fair. Dickinson 906 1958 230 633 451 645 338 736 1074 414 242 2493
Florida G. Coast 949 1991 176 493 466 720 392 935 1327 406 218 2540
Fresno St. 900 2073 212 620 549 793 404 874 1278 364 280 2561
Gonzaga 929 1910 258 682 514 676 350 957 1307 372 167 2630
Green Bay 1027 2294 246 703 648 984 451 909 1360 423 334 2948
Hampton 793 1911 203 659 529 805 438 853 1291 433 168 2318
Hawaii 843 1824 230 704 567 833 342 856 1198 423 252 2483
Holy Cross 737 1785 236 721 446 644 269 725 994 362 213 2156
Indiana 934 1864 316 762 449 621 385 811 1196 437 222 2633
Iona 888 1947 320 860 451 633 339 842 1181 409 242 2547
Iowa 855 1898 255 667 456 634 369 821 1190 323 211 2421
Iowa St. 998 1990 265 697 358 507 291 863 1154 370 197 2619
Kansas 951 1926 274 649 516 737 356 900 1256 408 225 2692
Kentucky 971 2029 236 637 531 777 442 876 1318 376 191 2709
Maryland 876 1794 252 673 506 666 304 867 1171 425 192 2510
Miami 837 1756 219 599 527 702 310 802 1112 341 194 2420
Michigan 898 1926 326 849 404 548 267 822 1089 333 188 2526
Michigan St. 979 2024 310 715 444 608 419 1005 1424 325 181 2712
Middle Tenn. 857 1902 260 673 425 689 341 879 1220 399 205 2399
North Carolina 1047 2187 183 583 520 705 477 916 1393 371 234 2797
Northern Iowa 801 1751 278 742 432 574 183 839 1022 334 193 2312
Notre Dame 869 1844 235 637 450 612 349 805 1154 311 179 2423
Oklahoma 884 1928 334 784 471 647 343 899 1242 415 221 2573
Oregon 933 1997 234 670 580 813 399 830 1229 393 259 2680
Oregon St. 786 1783 211 570 451 672 330 743 1073 355 231 2234
Pittsburgh 860 1871 201 578 512 679 410 812 1222 374 159 2433
Providence 833 1974 234 729 541 744 385 822 1207 380 219 2441
Purdue 934 1980 259 703 516 695 397 995 1392 406 145 2643
Seton Hall 872 1937 202 573 524 787 425 896 1321 457 240 2470
South Dakota St. 853 1891 245 686 566 766 370 881 1251 388 164 2517
Southern 887 1990 208 590 497 743 356 868 1224 382 254 2479
St. Joseph’s 926 2038 238 728 548 769 345 967 1312 344 175 2638
S. F. Austin 926 1915 254 691 477 653 380 750 1130 398 290 2583
Stony Brook 913 1917 217 584 415 618 400 866 1266 365 198 2458
Syracuse 766 1796 280 776 435 637 378 759 1137 388 259 2247
Temple 792 1957 251 739 362 529 358 818 1176 293 171 2197
Texas 789 1828 223 657 482 725 352 753 1105 332 165 2283
Texas A&M 906 2016 261 745 508 755 436 887 1323 401 235 2581
Texas Tech 760 1700 178 517 546 732 320 739 1059 371 182 2244
Tulsa 796 1793 216 656 486 717 313 773 1086 335 211 2294
UALR 836 1827 249 641 420 572 302 815 1117 347 216 2341
UNC-Asheville 877 1916 190 586 552 795 384 863 1247 430 307 2496
UNC-Wilm. 898 1971 219 651 520 741 384 819 1203 365 241 2535
USC 954 2085 260 675 500 737 396 906 1302 403 209 2668
Utah 928 1898 259 713 524 734 328 942 1270 418 183 2639
Vanderbilt 841 1826 270 695 504 721 304 930 1234 374 138 2456
VCU 953 2116 247 694 472 684 425 845 1270 389 299 2625
Villanova 905 1936 291 847 516 664 315 896 1211 378 229 2617
Virginia 849 1743 198 489 426 565 296 756 1052 310 181 2322
Weber St. 887 1831 287 768 548 810 291 983 1274 451 169 2609
West Virginia 927 2050 206 627 633 945 541 791 1332 476 338 2693
Wichita St. 801 1846 234 710 507 710 373 826 1199 318 231 2343
Wisconsin 751 1748 211 590 491 694 366 751 1117 351 188 2204
Xavier 876 1938 243 672 608 832 418 894 1312 408 234 2603
Yale 744 1580 181 484 436 658 379 752 1131 375 162 2105

Defensive Stats

Team FG FGA 3pt 3ptA FT FTA OReb DReb Reb To Stl Pts
Arizona 829 2007 201 626 415 587 313 711 1024 383 178 2274
Austin Peay 955 2088 269 824 450 640 365 830 1195 470 244 2629
Baylor 797 1794 228 622 463 664 306 666 972 452 220 2285
Buffalo 882 2044 251 740 540 756 368 861 1229 450 192 2555
Butler 764 1773 222 655 456 642 298 724 1022 407 141 2206
CSU Bakersfield 668 1708 187 585 499 722 339 758 1097 490 170 2022
California 762 1940 180 513 508 721 325 772 1097 321 170 2212
Chattanooga 829 1910 225 694 382 566 337 764 1101 484 216 2265
Cincinnati 722 1849 231 648 337 498 365 742 1107 444 165 2012
Colorado 829 1980 206 580 469 693 313 793 1106 365 246 2333
Connecticut 737 1931 232 709 439 667 379 785 1164 415 175 2145
Dayton 740 1829 234 671 392 595 284 782 1066 398 154 2106
Duke 817 1865 179 536 321 466 384 711 1095 367 134 2134
Fair. Dickinson 834 1845 239 676 597 854 409 825 1234 492 202 2504
Florida G. Coast 823 1986 217 719 462 676 361 800 1161 406 217 2325
Fresno St. 785 1879 245 743 580 837 355 882 1237 510 150 2395
Gonzaga 795 1992 198 666 398 565 333 734 1067 341 185 2186
Green Bay 981 2198 271 746 555 779 421 991 1412 590 202 2788
Hampton 794 1874 203 615 498 688 319 813 1132 388 179 2289
Hawaii 719 1806 199 632 491 691 310 740 1050 472 190 2128
Holy Cross 803 1755 264 724 429 593 305 872 1177 434 182 2299
Indiana 821 1859 200 583 363 545 327 637 964 418 195 2205
Iona 812 1929 247 696 486 699 383 816 1199 451 184 2357
Iowa 788 1901 228 735 326 479 375 773 1148 407 165 2130
Iowa St. 903 2075 249 740 344 502 382 776 1158 397 179 2399
Kansas 758 1913 208 631 508 705 356 729 1085 438 201 2232
Kentucky 782 1954 192 582 565 808 407 726 1133 420 145 2321
Maryland 798 1956 223 693 368 526 363 695 1058 370 207 2187
Miami 790 1839 184 548 374 529 330 708 1038 372 163 2138
Michigan 844 1896 240 695 366 504 296 826 1122 406 138 2294
Michigan St. 741 1966 193 639 480 669 320 707 1027 325 181 2155
Middle Tenn. 767 1799 213 620 507 757 298 848 1146 445 194 2254
North Carolina 838 2046 262 728 425 608 389 723 1112 447 196 2363
Northern Iowa 794 1884 239 740 312 431 307 849 1156 401 164 2139
Notre Dame 821 1918 246 655 371 515 367 715 1082 311 167 2259
Oklahoma 819 2024 241 709 375 553 382 780 1162 407 227 2254
Oregon 836 1970 243 670 435 623 375 744 1119 488 158 2350
Oregon St. 739 1732 222 675 469 678 355 786 1141 420 157 2169
Pittsburgh 781 1791 218 612 393 593 303 682 985 370 180 2173
Providence 850 1956 211 658 390 544 355 860 1215 482 196 2301
Purdue 794 2029 210 670 398 563 302 728 1030 320 204 2196
Seton Hall 790 1971 206 652 451 664 397 788 1185 450 238 2237
South Dakota St. 766 1843 198 599 507 709 307 766 1073 399 187 2237
Southern 814 1960 225 709 494 795 412 870 1282 469 179 2347
St. Joseph’s 875 2110 270 872 357 517 337 875 1212 389 156 2377
S. F. Austin 719 1642 165 511 418 637 309 711 1020 596 174 2021
Stony Brook 737 1824 208 636 348 489 293 722 1015 409 176 2030
Syracuse 759 1835 225 739 360 540 413 769 1182 434 208 2103
Temple 785 1884 189 601 399 539 347 877 1224 355 137 2158
Texas 754 1801 201 586 469 675 359 792 1151 400 145 2178
Texas A&M 783 1930 251 763 411 626 381 810 1191 488 172 2228
Texas Tech 758 1777 237 674 412 586 356 689 1045 396 197 2165
Tulsa 733 1760 235 647 459 613 338 808 1146 445 164 2160
UALR 664 1710 206 672 434 633 339 774 1113 464 132 1968
UNC-Asheville 802 1897 192 677 431 616 353 819 1172 519 222 2227
UNC-Wilmington 729 1748 171 507 657 933 362 808 1170 485 159 2286
USC 899 2153 239 740 430 613 424 825 1249 411 191 2467
Utah 873 2112 253 689 352 488 359 759 1118 355 216 2351
Vanderbilt 762 1974 176 603 455 675 388 804 1192 319 180 2155
VCU 818 1859 187 556 465 688 326 853 1179 525 194 2288
Villanova 764 1910 240 716 398 600 360 787 1147 471 199 2166
Virginia 687 1630 212 608 383 550 264 671 935 398 174 1969
Weber St. 850 2053 195 564 378 567 326 801 1127 373 197 2273
West Virginia 709 1658 199 599 648 909 295 750 1045 617 229 2265
Wichita St. 602 1565 187 577 505 705 260 791 1051 495 150 1896
Wisconsin 732 1705 189 499 413 584 295 722 1017 389 169 2066
Xavier 787 1894 241 766 458 651 319 753 1072 452 195 2273
Yale 625 1536 166 525 352 506 237 584 821 349 187 1768

 

The Four Factors

Team EFG DEFG OR% DOR% TO% DTU% FT* DFT*  Streaks
Arizona 53.8 46.3 35.1 24.9 17.9 16.3 25.9 17.6 8 6
Austin Peay 51.8 52.2 32.9 29.3 19.6 18.8 24.1 18.0 6 2
Baylor 51.9 50.8 40.5 28.2 18.8 20.0 23.7 20.5 7 4
Buffalo 50.0 49.3 32.6 28.7 18.7 18.1 24.1 21.7 4 4
Butler 52.5 49.4 32.8 27.8 14.5 18.6 24.9 20.9 8 3
Cal State Bakersfield 49.8 44.6 34.6 29.1 17.7 22.3 21.0 22.7 6 6
California 52.3 43.9 32.6 25.6 17.7 14.1 22.5 22.3 12 3
Chattanooga 52.4 49.3 32.7 28.5 18.1 20.8 24.9 16.4 9 8
Cincinnati 49.0 45.3 36.8 30.6 16.4 20.5 21.1 15.6 7 4
Colorado 48.9 47.1 35.5 24.5 18.8 15.5 24.4 19.9 11 3
Connecticut 52.0 44.2 29.1 29.2 16.5 18.2 19.9 19.2 5 4
Dayton 52.0 46.9 28.8 23.6 18.8 17.9 22.0 17.6 9 5
Duke 53.8 48.6 33.8 34.3 14.2 17.7 25.5 15.5 7 5
Fairleigh Dickinson 52.1 51.7 29.1 35.7 17.7 21.1 19.3 25.6 5 3
Florida Gulf Coast 52.1 46.9 32.9 27.9 17.3 17.3 19.9 19.6 7 3
Fresno St. 48.5 48.3 31.4 28.9 15.1 21.0 22.8 23.9 9 5
Gonzaga 55.4 44.9 32.3 25.8 16.5 15.0 22.8 17.5 7 6
Green Bay 50.1 50.8 31.3 31.7 15.5 21.6 23.7 20.3 4 4
Hampton 46.8 47.8 35.0 27.2 18.9 17.1 23.1 21.9 6 5
Hawaii 52.5 45.3 31.6 26.6 18.4 20.6 24.6 21.4 8 6
Holy Cross 47.9 53.3 23.6 29.6 16.6 20.0 20.4 19.8 4 3
Indiana 58.6 49.5 37.7 28.7 19.8 18.9 20.3 16.4 12 5
Iona 53.8 48.5 29.4 31.3 17.6 19.4 19.5 20.9 8 5
Iowa 51.8 47.4 32.3 31.4 15.0 18.8 21.2 15.1 9 4
Iowa St. 56.8 49.5 27.3 30.7 16.0 17.0 15.5 14.8 9 3
Kansas 56.5 45.1 32.8 28.3 17.5 18.8 22.2 21.8 13 13
Kentucky 53.7 44.9 37.8 31.7 16.1 17.9 22.8 24.0 7 5
Maryland 55.9 46.5 30.4 29.5 19.0 16.7 22.7 16.6 8 5
Miami 53.9 48.0 30.5 29.2 16.1 17.4 24.9 17.5 8 5
Michigan 55.1 50.8 24.4 26.5 14.8 18.1 17.9 16.3 6 4
Michigan St. 56.0 42.6 37.2 24.2 14.6 14.2 20.0 21.0 13 9
Middle Tennessee 51.9 48.6 28.7 25.3 17.4 19.3 18.6 22.0 6 6
North Carolina 52.1 47.4 39.8 29.8 15.4 18.7 21.5 17.8 12 5
Northern Iowa 53.7 48.5 17.7 26.8 15.4 18.4 19.9 14.3 6 6
Notre Dame 53.5 49.2 32.8 31.3 14.8 14.8 21.5 17.6 4 3
Oklahoma 54.5 46.4 30.5 29.8 18.0 17.6 20.4 16.2 12 4
Oregon 52.6 48.6 34.9 31.1 16.5 20.5 24.4 18.3 8 6
Oregon St. 50.0 49.1 29.6 32.3 16.7 19.8 21.2 22.1 4 4
Pittsburgh 51.3 49.7 37.5 27.2 17.3 17.3 23.7 18.4 10 4
Providence 48.1 48.8 30.9 30.2 16.4 20.6 23.3 16.7 8 6
Purdue 53.7 44.3 35.3 23.3 17.5 13.8 22.2 17.2 11 5
Seton Hall 50.2 45.3 35.0 30.7 19.5 19.2 22.4 19.3 7 4
South Dakota St. 51.6 46.9 32.6 25.8 17.1 17.6 24.9 22.3 6 6
Southern 49.8 47.3 29.0 32.2 16.1 19.6 21.0 20.6 8 5
St. Joseph’s 51.3 47.9 28.3 25.8 14.3 16.2 22.8 14.8 7 7
Stephen F. Austin 55.0 48.8 34.8 29.2 17.7 26.7 21.3 18.7 20 5
Stony Brook 53.3 46.1 35.7 25.3 16.8 18.8 19.1 16.0 18 3
Syracuse 50.4 47.5 33.0 35.2 18.4 20.5 20.6 17.0 6 5
Temple 46.9 46.7 29.0 29.8 13.7 16.5 16.9 18.6 5 4
Texas 49.3 47.4 30.8 32.3 15.4 18.5 22.4 21.7 6 4
Texas A&M 51.4 47.1 35.0 30.0 17.1 20.9 21.7 17.6 10 8
Texas Tech 49.9 49.3 31.7 32.5 17.7 18.9 26.0 19.7 10 5
Tulsa 50.4 48.3 27.9 30.4 15.5 20.6 22.5 21.3 5 4
UALR 52.6 44.9 28.1 29.4 16.2 21.7 19.6 20.3 10 6
UNC-Asheville 50.7 47.3 31.9 29.0 18.4 22.0 23.6 18.3 5 5
UNC-Wilmington 51.1 46.6 32.2 30.7 15.8 21.0 22.6 28.4 11 5
USC 52.0 47.3 32.4 31.9 16.5 16.9 20.5 17.7 7 5
Utah 55.7 47.3 30.2 27.6 17.9 15.2 22.4 15.0 9 5
Vanderbilt 53.5 43.1 27.4 29.4 16.7 14.3 22.5 20.4 5 4
VCU 50.9 49.0 33.3 27.8 16.2 22.0 19.6 19.5 12 3
Villanova 54.3 46.3 28.6 28.7 16.3 20.4 22.3 17.3 9 7
Virginia 54.4 48.7 30.6 25.9 15.3 19.7 21.0 18.9 11 7
Weber St. 56.3 46.2 26.6 24.9 19.0 15.7 23.1 16.0 8 6
West Virginia 50.2 48.8 41.9 27.2 19.6 25.6 26.0 26.9 8 7
Wichita St. 49.7 44.4 32.0 23.9 14.9 23.2 23.8 23.7 12 6
Wisconsin 49.0 48.5 33.6 28.2 17.0 18.7 23.8 19.9 7 4
Xavier 51.5 47.9 35.7 26.3 17.6 19.3 26.2 19.6 12 5
Yale 52.8 46.1 39.4 24.0 19.9 18.5 23.1 18.6 12 5

 

PiRate Criteria

Team PPG DPPG Mar. FG-M Rb-M TO-M R+T WLRd SOS
Arizona 81.2 68.9 12.3 6.9 9.2 -1.2 20.3 8-7 54.69
Austin Peay 76.0 75.1 0.9 0.5 2.7 -0.6 7.3 11-10 48.15
Baylor 77.2 69.2 7.9 2.2 7.9 0.8 20.0 8-6 59.49
Buffalo 77.6 75.1 2.4 0.6 3.0 -0.4 9.3 10-9 53.77
Butler 80.6 71.2 9.4 3.5 3.5 2.9 14.6 8-7 54.61
Cal State Bakersfield 73.0 63.2 9.8 6.0 4.0 3.1 15.9 10-7 44.72
California 75.1 67.0 8.1 6.8 6.7 -2.5 13.9 5-10 58.52
Chattanooga 75.8 66.6 9.2 2.2 3.4 1.8 12.3 16-4 48.07
Cincinnati 73.2 62.9 10.3 3.7 4.8 2.8 17.2 8-7 54.70
Colorado 76.0 70.7 5.3 0.7 8.9 -2.3 16.6 6-10 56.45
Connecticut 73.4 63.1 10.3 7.8 2.3 1.1 9.4 9-7 55.70
Dayton 73.2 65.8 7.4 5.5 5.3 -0.6 14.1 11-4 55.73
Duke 79.1 68.8 10.3 2.4 0.1 2.4 7.3 7-6 58.97
Fairleigh Dickinson 77.9 78.3 -0.3 1.1 -5.0 2.4 -4.1 9-8 45.04
Florida Gulf Coast 77.0 70.5 6.5 6.2 5.0 0.0 12.8 4-9 45.65
Fresno St. 75.3 70.4 4.9 1.6 1.2 4.3 12.4 9-7 51.24
Gonzaga 79.7 66.2 13.5 8.7 7.3 -0.9 16.5 15-3 52.35
Green Bay 84.2 79.7 4.6 0.1 -1.5 4.8 6.8 12-9 48.08
Hampton 74.8 73.8 0.9 -0.9 5.1 -1.5 11.7 12-8 43.76
Hawaii 77.6 66.5 11.1 6.4 4.6 1.5 14.8 10-2 47.33
Holy Cross 65.3 69.7 -4.3 -4.5 -5.5 2.2 -5.2 6-13 45.37
Indiana 82.3 68.9 13.4 5.9 7.3 -0.6 17.3 8-7 53.79
Iona 79.6 73.7 5.9 3.5 -0.6 1.3 4.2 11-8 50.33
Iowa 78.1 68.7 9.4 3.6 1.4 2.7 9.5 8-8 56.69
Iowa St. 81.8 75.0 6.9 6.6 -0.1 0.8 4.1 7-9 58.96
Kansas 81.6 67.6 13.9 9.8 5.2 0.9 14.6 12-4 60.22
Kentucky 79.7 68.3 11.4 7.8 5.4 1.3 16.7 9-8 57.45
Maryland 76.1 66.3 9.8 8.0 3.4 -1.7 7.8 9-7 56.77
Miami 75.6 66.8 8.8 4.7 2.3 1.0 9.5 10-6 58.22
Michigan 74.3 67.5 6.8 2.1 -1.0 2.1 4.9 9-8 55.96
Michigan St. 79.8 63.4 16.4 10.7 11.7 0.0 26.7 15-3 55.75
Middle Tennessee 72.7 68.3 4.4 2.4 2.2 1.4 9.1 13-6 50.23
North Carolina 82.3 69.5 12.8 6.9 8.3 2.2 22.4 13-5 57.74
Northern Iowa 68.0 62.9 5.1 3.6 -3.9 2.0 -1.9 11-9 53.34
Notre Dame 75.7 70.6 5.1 4.3 2.3 0.0 8.1 7-9 57.25
Oklahoma 80.4 70.4 10.0 5.4 2.5 -0.3 7.1 11-6 58.74
Oregon 78.8 69.1 9.7 4.3 3.2 2.8 14.4 10-6 60.01
Oregon St. 72.1 70.0 2.1 1.4 -2.2 2.1 2.4 5-9 58.77
Pittsburgh 76.0 67.9 8.1 2.4 7.4 -0.1 17.5 6-7 56.86
Providence 74.0 69.7 4.2 -1.3 -0.2 3.1 6.0 10-6 55.71
Purdue 77.7 64.6 13.1 8.0 10.6 -2.5 20.9 9-7 56.54
Seton Hall 74.8 67.8 7.1 4.9 4.1 -0.2 10.5 12-5 56.24
South Dakota St. 76.3 67.8 8.5 3.5 5.4 0.3 13.9 14-7 51.07
Southern 72.9 69.0 3.9 3.0 -1.7 2.6 3.6 10-11 42.66
St. Joseph’s 77.6 69.9 7.7 4.0 2.9 1.3 11.2 15-3 55.49
Stephen F. Austin 80.7 63.2 17.6 4.6 3.4 6.2 18.2 13-5 47.18
Stony Brook 76.8 63.4 13.4 7.2 7.8 1.4 20.7 11-5 48.19
Syracuse 70.2 65.7 4.5 1.3 -1.4 1.4 2.2 6-9 56.21
Temple 68.7 67.4 1.2 -1.2 -1.5 1.9 3.3 10-8 54.61
Texas 71.3 68.1 3.3 1.3 -1.4 2.1 3.3 6-9 59.88
Texas A&M 75.9 65.5 10.4 4.4 3.9 2.6 14.7 9-7 55.70
Texas Tech 72.4 69.8 2.5 2.0 0.5 0.8 4.3 5-9 58.94
Tulsa 74.0 69.7 4.3 2.7 -1.9 3.5 3.8 8-8 54.97
UALR 70.9 59.6 11.3 6.9 0.1 3.5 9.1 15-4 47.45
UNC-Asheville 75.6 67.5 8.2 3.5 2.3 2.7 11.2 11-8 47.21
UNC-Wilmington 79.2 71.4 7.8 3.9 1.0 3.8 10.6 13-5 51.21
USC 80.8 74.8 6.1 4.0 1.6 0.2 6.8 5-10 56.79
Utah 77.6 69.1 8.5 7.6 4.5 -1.9 9.4 10-7 59.33
Vanderbilt 76.8 67.3 9.4 7.5 1.3 -1.7 3.4 5-11 56.44
VCU 77.2 67.3 9.9 1.0 2.7 4.0 14.0 9-8 55.24
Villanova 77.0 63.7 13.3 6.7 1.9 2.7 10.0 14-4 58.54
Virginia 70.4 59.7 10.7 6.6 3.5 2.7 13.2 11-7 60.05
Weber St. 76.7 66.9 9.9 7.0 4.3 -2.3 9.0 13-7 45.32
West Virginia 79.2 66.6 12.6 2.5 8.4 4.1 25.3 13-6 58.59
Wichita St. 73.2 59.3 14.0 4.9 4.6 5.5 19.7 10-7 52.52
Wisconsin 68.9 64.6 4.3 0.0 3.1 1.2 11.1 7-7 58.14
Xavier 81.3 71.0 10.3 3.6 7.5 1.4 19.9 12-4 56.82
Yale 75.2 63.1 12.0 6.4 11.1 -0.9 23.4 10-6 49.48

If this data is a little overbearing, fret not Bracketaholics.  We will select bracket winners for you Tuesday afternoon so you can fill them out with some science and mathematics backing you up.

 

And, if you are like many of our old-time readers, some of who prefer to use our data when visiting Las Vegas (and who have to buy new shirts after they lose the one they had), we will have our Red-White-Blue computer-rated picks for the First Four games late tonight, and then the picks for the second round late Wednesday night after the last First Four game has concluded.

 

March 13, 2016

NCAA Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament Selection Sunday Final Seeding

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Seed Team
1 Kansas
1 North Carolina
1 Oregon
1 Michigan St.
2 Virginia
2 Villanova
2 Oklahoma
2 West Virginia
3 Xavier
3 Miami
3 Utah
3 Kentucky
4 Indiana
4 Texas A&M
4 Purdue
4 Maryland
5 California
5 Duke
5 Iowa St.
5 Arizona
6 Seton Hall
6 Baylor
6 Texas
6 Notre Dame
7 Dayton
7 Iowa
7 Providence
7 Colorado
8 Wisconsin
8 St. Joseph’s
8 Texas Tech
8 Connecticut
9 USC
9 Oregon St.
9 Pittsburgh
9 Butler
10 Cincinnati
10 VCU
10 Gonzaga
10 Temple
11 Monmouth
11 UALR
11 St. Bonaventure
11 Wichita St.
11 Michigan
11 South Carolina
12 Northern Iowa
12 Yale
12 Chattanooga
12 South Dakota St.
13 Stony Brook
13 UNC-Wilmington
13 Iona
13 Fresno St.
14 Hawaii
14 Stephen F. Austin
14 Buffalo
14 Middle Tennessee
15 Green Bay
15 Cal State Bakersfield
15 UNC-Asheville
15 Weber St.
16 Austin Peay
16 Fairleigh Dickinson
16 Florida Gulf Coast
16 Hampton
16 Holy Cross
16 Southern
Out Syracuse
Out Saint Mary’s
Out Vanderbilt
Out San Diego St.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament Selection Sunday Update #2

Our 32 Gurus that make up America’s Most Accurate Bracketologists are finalizing their 68 teams, but we can now tell you that the final Bubble looks like this:

Wichita State and St. Bonaventure made it with 30 of the 32 geniuses.

Michigan, Syracuse, South Carolina, and St. Mary’s basically have split the 64 possible spots for the final two bids, and it is going to be close when they seed the teams and send them to us.

San Diego St. and Vanderbilt made 2 of the 32 lists, so we are calling these two teams out.

 

More to come Shortly.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament Selection Sunday Update #1

The finish line is in site.  Our bracket geniuses have been working through the wee hours of the night, losing an hour of work time due to Daylight Savings Time, and breaking teams down to core parts.

 

As of this morning, with five games left to be played, the 32 Gurus agree on 64 of the 68 teams.  The Bubble has been reduced to 8 teams fighting for four slots.

 

We will release our final bracketology later this afternoon following the end of the American Athletic Conference Championship Game, where Memphis will force 32 Bracket Gurus to quickly re-adjust their brackets if the Tigers knock off Connecticut to earn an automatic bid.  Because our guys say UConn is already in the tournament, a Memphis win will bump one of the Bubble teams out of the dance.

 

Here is today’s schedule

Time Network Conference Team vs. Team
12:30 PM CBS Atlantic 10 VCU vs. St. Joe’s
1:00 PM ESPN-2 Sun Belt UALR vs. UL-Monroe
1:00 PM ESPN SEC Texas A&M vs. Kentucky
3:15 PM ESPN American Connecticut vs. Memphis
3:30 PM CBS Big Ten Michigan St. vs. Purdue

 

Here is The Bubble in order of best to worst.  Thus, for now, the top four are in the tournament and headed to Dayton, while the bottom four are your #1 seeds in the NIT.  As only the Memphis outcome can affect this Bubble, South Carolina and Michigan are the teams worried the most, because one of the two will be squeezed out if Memphis wins.  The bottom four can do nothing now to work their way into the field if our Gurus are on target.

  1. Wichita St.
  2. Saint Bonaventure
  3. Michigan
  4. South Carolina
  5. Saint Mary’s
  6. San Diego St.
  7. Syracuse
  8. Vanderbilt

The final predicted field will be released as soon as we can tabulate the 32 Gurus’ selections following the Memphis-Connecticut game.

 

 

March 12, 2016

NCAA Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament Update: 3/12/16

We are giving our 32 expert Bracketologists the morning off to recover from last night’s marathon that went well past Midnight in the Eastern Time Zone, so that they can be fully charged and ready to present you with the most accurate Bracket tomorrow.  Last year, these guys nailed 67 of 68 teams in their final Bracketology report, when most others could only muster 65 or 66, including the big-names that then spent 3 hours on Selection Sunday trying to tell the Selection Committee how to do their job rather than admit their inaccuracies.

 

If you are a basketball junkie, then today is the day you do not venture outside your home, unless you are headed to a sports bar.  Beginning at 11 AM Eastern and continuing until past Midnight once again, you can watch round the clock games, often times on more than one network at the same time, and you won’t be finished until it is time to lose an hour and turn up your clock.

 

Not only are today’s slate of games continual, this may be the best Championship Saturday in years with games that might be better than the first two rounds of the Big Dance!

 

Without further adieu, here is the breakdown for the day.

 

Teams Earning Automatic Bids
Ohio Valley: Austin Peay (18-17)
Ivy League: Yale (22-6)
Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast (20-13)
Big South: UNC-Asheville (22-11)
Missouri Valley: Northern Iowa (22-12)
Colonial Athletic: UNC-Wilmington (25-7)
Metro Atlantic: Iona (22-10)
Southern: Chattanooga (29-5)
Horizon: Green Bay (23-12)
Northeast: Fairleigh-Dickinson (18-14)
Summit: South Dakota St. (26-7)
West Coast: Gonzaga (26-7)
Patriot: Holy Cross 14-19

 

Automatic Bids Awarded Today
 
America East Conference Tournament
11:00 AM on ESPN2
#3 Vermont (21-12) at #1 Stony Brook (25-6)
 
 
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
Sites: Washington, DC
9:00 PM on ESPN
#1 North Carolina (27-6) vs. #2 Virginia (26-6)
 
 
Big 12 Conference Tournament
Site: Kansas City
6:00 PM on ESPN
#1 Kansas (29-4) vs. #2 West Virginia (26-7)
 
 
Big East Conference Tournament
Site: New York
5:30 PM on Fox
#1 Villanova (29-4) vs. #3 Seton Hall (24-8)
 
 
Big Sky Conference Tournament
Site: Reno, NV
8:45 PM on ESPNU
#1 Weber St. (25-8) vs. #2 Montana (21-10)
 
 
Big West Conference Tournament
Site: Anaheim
11:30 PM on ESPN2
#1 Hawaii (26-5) vs.#3 Long Beach St. (20-13)
 
 
Conference USA Tournament
Site: Birmingham
2:30 PM on Fox Sports 1
#2 Middle Tennessee (23-9) vs. #5 Old Dominion (22-12)
 
 
Mid-American Conference Tournament
Site: Cleveland
7:30 PM on ESPN
#1 Akron (26-7) vs. #3 Buffalo (19-14)
 
 
Mid-eastern Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Norfolk, VA
1:00 PM on ESPN2
#1 Hampton (20-10) vs. #3 South Carolina St. (19-13)
 
 
Mountain West Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
5:00 PM on CBS
#1 San Diego St. (25-8) vs. #2 Fresno St. (24-9)
 
 
Pac-12 Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
10:15 PM on FS1
#1 Oregon (27-6) vs. #2 Utah (26-7)
 
 
Southland Conference Tournament
Site: Katy, TX
9:30 PM on ESPN2
#1 Stephen F. Austin (26-5) vs. #2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (25-6)
 
 
Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Houston
6:30 PM on ESPNU
#3 Jackson St. (19-14) vs. #4 Southern (21-12)
 
 
Western Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
11:00 PM on ESPNU
#1 New Mexico St. (23-9) vs. #2 Cal St. Bakersfield (23-8)

 

Other Tournaments In Action Today
 
American Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Orlando
Semifinal Round
Both Games on ESPN2
#1 Temple (21-10) vs. #5 Connecticut (22-10) 3:00 PM
#6 Memphis (18-14) vs. #10 Tulane (12-21) 5:15 PM
 
 
Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament
Site: Brooklyn
Semifinal Round
Both Games on CBS Sports Network
#1 Dayton (25-6) vs. #4 St. Joseph’s (25-7) 1:30 PM
#2 VCU (23-9) vs. #6 Davidson (20-11) 4:00 PM
 
 
Big Ten Conference Tournament
Site: Indianapolis
Semifinal Round
Both Games on CBS
#4 Purdue (25-7) vs. #8 Michigan (22-11) 1:00 PM
#2 Michigan St. (27-5) vs. #3 Maryland (25-7) 3:30 PM
 
 
Southeastern Conference Tournament
Site: Nashville
Semifinal Round
Both Games on ESPN
#1 Texas A&M (25-7) vs. #4 LSU (19-13) 1:00 PM
#2 Kentucky (24-8) vs. #6 Georgia (19-12) 3:15 PM
 
 
Sun Belt Conference Tournament
Site: New Orleans
Semifinal Round
Both Games on ESPN3
#1 UALR (27-4) vs. #4 UL-Lafayette (17-13) 2:00 PM
#2 UL-Monroe (19-12) vs. #3 UT-Arlington (23-9) 4:30 PM

 

Today’s Schedule By The Hour

Time Network Conference Team vs. Team
11:00 AM ESPN-2 America East Stony Brook vs. Vermont
1:00 PM CBS Big Ten Purdue vs. Michigan
1:00 PM ESPN SEC Texas A&M vs. LSU
1:00 PM ESPN-2 MEAC Hampton vs. S. Carolina St.
1:30 PM CBS SN A-10 Dayton vs. St. Joe’s
2:00 PM ESPN-3 Sun Belt UALR vs. UL-Lafayette
2:30 PM Fox Sports 1 C-USA Middle Tenn. vs. Old Dominion
3:00 PM ESPN SEC Kentucky vs. Georgia
3:00 PM ESPN-2 American Temple vs. Connecticut
3:30 PM CBS Big Ten Michigan St. vs. Maryland
4:00 PM CBS SN A-10 VCU vs. Davidson
4:30 PM ESPN-3 Sun Belt UT-Arlington vs. UL-Monroe
5:00 PM ESPN-2 American Memphis vs. Tulane
5:30 PM Fox Big East Villanova vs. Seton Hall
6:00 PM CBS Mountain West San Diego St. vs. Fresno St.
6:30 PM ESPN-U SWAC Jackson St. vs. Southern
7:30 PM ESPN-2 MAC Akron vs. Buffalo
8:45 PM ESPN-U Big Sky Weber St. vs. Montana
9:00 PM ESPN ACC North Carolina vs. Virginia
9:30 PM ESPN-2 Southland S. F. Austin vs. Texas A&M-CC
10:00 PM Fox Sports 1 Pac-12 Oregon vs. Utah
11:00 PM ESPN-U WAC New Mexio St. vs. CSU-Bakersfield
11:30 PM ESPN-2 Big West Hawaii vs. Long Beach St.

 

Games Most Affecting The Bubble

The Bubble has been reduced to Don Ho’s favorite size.  There are few teams left that can now play their way in to the NCAA Tournament or be ex-communicated after concluding their regular season.

 

Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Monmouth, Saint Mary’s, Syracuse, Valparaiso, and Tulsa cannot improve their lots, as these seven teams must wait to see what happens in other games, namely:

Michigan playing Purdue–The Wolverines might have earned their spot in the field with the upset of top-seed Indiana yesterday, but a win today guarantees their admittance

Connecticut playing Temple–A Husky win puts UConn in the Dance at one of the above’s expense

LSU playing Texas A&M–The Tigers must win today to even get into the conversation and probably  must win the SEC Tournament

Georgia playing Kentucky–The Bulldogs are behind LSU in the fight, so they absolutely must win today and then cut the nets in Nashville tomorrow

Davidson playing VCU–The Wildcats are not in the at-large discussion, but a win today over the Rams puts Steph Curry’s alma mater in the dance automatically and pops a bubble at the bottom

Memphis playing Tulane–One of these dark horse teams will be playing in the American Championship Game tomorrow and saving their coach’s job for an extra day, as word has it that both are ready to fire their coaches

Fresno St. playing San Diego St.–If the Bulldogs pull off the upset, the Aztecs could still be in the mix, but we doubt it

 

The PiRates believe there are just three Bubble spots left in the NCAA Tournament, so all it takes is for three upset winners to crash the party, and the Bubble has been burst.  We would not hold out a lot of hope if your team is one of the seven Bubblers this morning, because there will be some party-crashers disconnecting your Bubbler from the water supply.

 

Note: If you do not know what are Bubblers, ask somebody from Wisconsin.

 

March 11, 2016

NCAA Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament Update: 3/11/16

As we put finger to keypad, the time is T minus 60 hours until the Field of 68 is set.  Thursday was moving day in the lower half of the bracket with upset losses to what looked like teams certain to make the tournament.

In the biggest shocker of the day, Tennessee sent Vanderbilt packing quickly from the Southeastern Conference Tournament and probably doomed the Commodores to the NIT.

In Conference USA, UAB lost in Birmingham to Western Kentucky, and the Blazers have no chance of grabbing an at-large bid.

The Vanderbilt loss, combined with Syracuse’s loss on Wednesday, opened up two spots for teams on the Bubble that figured to be #1-seeds in the NIT.  For now, Monmouth and Tulsa move back into the Dance in place of the Commodores and Orangemen.

However, there are still Bubble teams alive in conference tournament action, and additional wins could move a lower Bubble team up into the field, while an unexpected loss could send a team out of the field.

Four American Conference teams in action today need to win to guarantee staying in the good graces of the Selection Committee.  Temple, Connecticut, Cincinnati, and Tulsa cannot all win today, as the Bearcats and Huskies square off in Quarterfinal Round action.

George Washington has a big game with St. Joe’s in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament’s Quarterfinal Round.  Sitting in the shadows is Davidson.  The Wildcats are not an at-large candidate, but they are capable of running the table and winning the league tourney.

The Big Ten is possibly the most interesting conference tournament still underway.  Michigan’s win yesterday over Northwestern kept the Wolverines in contention, and if the Maize and Blue can knock off Indiana today, the champions of the West might move up onto the Dance Floor.  Then, there are Ohio State, Illinois, and Nebraska still alive.  The Illini is playing like a totally different squad the last two days, and their win over Iowa did not look like a fluke.

In the Southeastern Conference, Alabama and Georgia looked like they were at their peaks last night in impressive 2nd Round wins, while Florida played well in stretches to stay alive.  Then, there is Tennessee, trying to win five games in five days with a depleted roster.  If the Vols can get by LSU today, they still would need to beat the Texas A&M-Florida winner to make it to the Championship Game.

 

Once again, no new teams earned automatic bids yesterday and none will do so today.  Tomorrow, it gets rather busy, and we will be spending the day communicating with the PiRate Bracketology team to present you with a much better Sunday report.  So, check back Sunday afternoon just prior to the Selection Committee’s reveal to see how our Gurus predict the field.

 

Teams Earning Automatic Bids
Ohio Valley: Austin Peay (18-17)
Ivy League: Yale (22-6)
Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast (20-13)
Big South: UNC-Asheville (22-11)
Missouri Valley: Northern Iowa (22-12)
Colonial Athletic: UNC-Wilmington (25-7)
Metro Atlantic: Iona (22-10)
Southern: Chattanooga (29-5)
Horizon: Green Bay (23-12)
Northeast: Fairleigh-Dickinson (18-14)
Summit: South Dakota St. (26-7)
West Coast: Gonzaga (26-7)
Patriot: Holy Cross 14-19

 

Tournaments In Action Today
American Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Orlando
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3: #9 South Florida (8-24) vs. #1 Temple (20-10)
G4: #4 Cincinnati (22-9) vs. #5 Connecticut (21-10)
G5: #10 Tulane (11-21) vs. #2 Houston (22-8)
G6: #3 Tulsa (20-10) vs. #6 Memphis (17-14)
 
 
Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament
Site: Brooklyn
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G7: #1 Dayton (24-6) vs. #9 Richmond (16-15)
G8: #4 St. Joseph’s (24-7) vs. #5 George Washington (23-9)
G9: #2 VCU (22-9) vs. #10 U Mass (14-17)
G10: #3 St. Bonaventure (22-7) vs. #6 Davidson (19-11)
 
 
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
Sites: Washington, DC
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 North Carolina (26-6) vs. #4 Notre Dame (21-10)
#2 Virginia (25-6) vs. #3 Miami (25-6)
 
 
Big 12 Conference Tournament
Site: Kansas City
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 Kansas (28-4) vs. #5 Baylor (22-10)
#2 West Virginia (25-7) vs. #3 Oklahoma (25-6)
 
 
Big East Conference Tournament
Site: New York
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 Villanova (28-4) vs. #4 Providence (23-9)
#2 Xavier (27-4) vs. #3 Seton Hall (23-8)
 
 
Big Sky Conference Tournament
Site: Reno, NV
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 Weber St. (24-8) vs. #5 North Dakota (17-14)
#2 Montana (20-10) vs. #3 Idaho (21-11)
 
 
Big Ten Conference Tournament
Site: Indianapolis
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G7: #1 Indiana (25-6) vs. #8 Michigan (21-11)
G8: #4 Purdue (24-7) vs. #12 Illinois (15-18)
G9: #2 Michigan St. (26-5) vs. #7 Ohio St. (20-12)
G10: #3 Maryland (24-7) vs. #11 Nebraska (16-17)
 
 
Big West Conference Tournament
Site: Anaheim
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 Hawaii (25-5) vs. #4 UCSB (18-12)
#2 UC-Irvine (25-8) vs. #3 Long Beach St. (19-13)
 
 
Conference USA Tournament
Site: Birmingham
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#5 Old Dominion (21-12) vs. #8 Western Kentucky (18-15)
#2 Middle Tennessee (22-9) vs. #3 Marshall (17-15)
 
 
Mid-American Conference Tournament
Site: Cleveland
Semfinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 Akron (25-7) vs. #12 Bowling Green (16-17)
#2 Ohio (21-10) vs. #3 Buffalo (18-14)
 
 
Mid-eastern Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Norfolk, VA
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 Hampton (19-10) vs. #5 Savannah St. (16-14)
#2 Norfolk St. (17-15) vs. #3 South Carolina St. (18-13)
 
 
Mountain West Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 San Diego St. (24-8) vs. #5 Nevada (19-12)
#2 Fresno St. (23-9) vs. #6 Colorado St. (18-15)
 
 
Pac-12 Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 Oregon (26-6) vs. #4 Arizona (25-7)
#2 Utah (25-7) vs. #3 California (23-9)
 
 
Southeastern Conference Tournament
Site: Nashville
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G6: #1 Texas A&M (24-7) vs. #8 Florida (19-13)
G7: #4 LSU (18-13) vs. #12 Tennessee (15-18)
G8: #2 Kentucky (23-8) vs. #10 Alabama (18-13)
G9: #3 South Carolina (24-7) vs. #6 Georgia (18-12)
 
 
Southland Conference Tournament
Site: Katy, TX
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 Stephen F. Austin (25-5) vs. #4 Houston Baptist (17-15)
#2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (24-6) vs. #3 Sam Houston (18-14)
 
 
Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Houston
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#7 Mississippi Valley St. (8-26) vs. #3 Jackson St. (18-14)
#1 Texas Southern (18-13) vs. #4 Southern (20-12)
 
 
Sun Belt Conference Tournament
Site: New Orleans
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3: #4 UL-Lafayette (16-13) vs. #8 South Alabama (14-18)
G4: #3 UT-Arlington (22-9) vs. #7 Texas St, (15-15)
 
 
Western Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 New Mexico St. (22-9) vs. #5 Missouri-KC (12-18)
#2 Cal St. Bakersfield (22-8) vs. #3 Seattle (14-15)

 

America’s Most Accurate Bracketology

Seed Team Auto. Bid
1 Kansas  
1 Villanova  
1 Virginia  
1 Oklahoma  
2 Michigan St.  
2 North Carolina  
2 Oregon  
2 Xavier  
3 Miami (Fla.)  
3 West Virginia  
3 Utah  
3 Indiana  
4 Kentucky  
4 Duke  
4 Texas A&M  
4 Purdue  
5 Maryland  
5 Arizona  
5 California  
5 Iowa St.  
6 Baylor  
6 Texas  
6 Notre Dame  
6 Iowa  
7 Dayton  
7 Seton Hall  
7 Colorado  
7 Providence  
8 Wisconsin  
8 Texas Tech  
8 USC  
8 Oregon St.  
9 South Carolina  
9 Butler  
9 St. Joseph’s  
9 Cincinnati  
10 Pittsburgh  
10 Wichita St.  
10 St. Bonaventure  
10 VCU  
11 Connecticut  
11 Temple  
11 Gonzaga West Coast
11 San Diego St.  
11 Tulsa  
11 Monmouth  
12 UALR  
12 Northern Iowa Missouri Valley
12 Chattanooga Southern
12 Yale Ivy League
13 Stony Brook  
13 Akron  
13 South Dakota St. Summit
13 UNC-Wilmington Colonial
14 Iona MAAC
14 Stephen F. Austin  
14 Hawaii  
14 Middle Tennessee  
15 Green Bay Horizon
15 New Mexico St.  
15 Weber St.  
15 UNC-Asheville Big South
16 Florida Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun
16 Holy Cross Patriot
16 Hampton  
16 Fairleigh Dickinson Northeast
16 Texas Southern  
16 Austin Peay Ohio Valley

Last Four Byes

Pittsburgh

Wichita St.

St. Bonaventure

VCU

 

Last Four IN–First Round in Dayton

Connecticut

Temple

Tulsa

Monmouth

 

Top Four Out–Still Alive

Florida

Michigan

Alabama

Georgia

 

Top Teams Out & NIT Bound

Syracuse

Vanderbilt

Washington

Hofstra 

Valparaiso

March 10, 2016

NCAA Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament Update: 3/10/16

Teams Earning Automatic Bids
Ohio Valley: Austin Peay (18-17)
Ivy League: Yale (22-6)
Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast (20-13)
Big South: UNC-Asheville (22-11)
Missouri Valley: Northern Iowa (22-12)
Colonial Athletic: UNC-Wilmington (25-7)
Metro Atlantic: Iona (22-10)
Southern: Chattanooga (29-5)
Horizon: Green Bay (23-12)
Northeast: Fairleigh-Dickinson (18-14)
Summit: South Dakota St. (26-7)
West Coast: Gonzaga (26-7)
Patriot: Holy Cross 14-19

 

Automatic Bids Awarded Today

None

 

Other Tournaments In Action Today
American Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Orlando
 
1st Round
Thursday, March 10
G1: #8 East Carolina (12-19) vs. #9 South Florida (7-24)
G2: #7 Central Florida (12-17) vs. #10 Tulane (10-21)
 
 
Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament
Site: Brooklyn
2nd Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #8 Fordham (17-12) vs. #9 Richmond (15-15)
G4: #5 George Washington (22-9) vs. #13 St. Louis (11-20)
G5: #7 Rhode Island (17-14) vs. #10 U Mass (13-17)
G6: #6 Davidson (18-11) vs. #14 LaSalle (9-21)
 
 
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
Sites: Washington, DC
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G7: #1 North Carolina (25-6) vs.#8 Pittsburgh (21-10)
G8: #4 Notre Dame (20-10) vs. #5 Duke (23-9)
G9: #2 Virginia (24-6) vs. #10 Georgia Tech (19-13)
G10: #3 Miami (24-6) vs. #6 Virginia Tech (19-13)
 
 
 
Big 12 Conference Tournament
Site: Kansas City
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #4 Texas (20-11) vs. #5 Baylor (21-10)
G4: #1 Kansas (27-4) vs. #8 Kansas St. (17-15)
G5: #2 West Virginia (24-7) vs. #10 TCU (12-20)
G6: #3 Oklahoma (24-6) vs. #6 Iowa St. (21-10)
 
 
Big East Conference Tournament
Site: New York
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #1 Villanova (27-4) vs. #8 Georgetown (15-17)
G4: #4 Providence (22-9) vs. #5 Butler (21-9)
G5: #2 Xavier (26-4) vs. #7 Marquette (20-12)
G6: #3 Seton Hall (22-8) vs. #6 Creighton (18-13)
 
 
Big Sky Conference Tournament
Site: Reno, NV
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G5: #1 Weber St. (23-8) vs. #8 Portland St. (13-17)
G6: #4 Idaho St. (16-14) vs. #5 North Dakota (16-14)
G7: #2 Montana (19-10) vs. #10 Sacramento St. (14-16)
G8: #3 Idaho (20-11) vs. #6 Eastern Washington (17-14)
 
 
Big Ten Conference Tournament
Site: Indianapolis
Second Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #8 Michigan (20-11) vs. #9 Northwestern (20-11)
G4: #5 Iowa (21-9) vs. #12 Illinois (14-18)
G5: #7 Ohio St. (19-12) vs. #10 Penn St. (16-15)
G6: #6 Wisconsin (20-11) vs. #11 Nebraska (15-17)
 
 
Big West Conference Tournament
Site: Anaheim
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
#4 UCSB (17-12) vs. #5 UC Davis (10-18)
#1 Hawaii (24-5) vs. #8 Cal St. Fullerton (10-19)
#2 UC-Irvine (24-8) vs. #7 Cal Poly (10-19)
#3 Long Beach St. (18-13) vs. #6 UC Riverside (14-18)
 
 
Conference USA Tournament
Site: Birmingham
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G6: #1 UAB (26-5) vs. #8 Western Kentucky (17-15)
G7: #4 Louisiana Tech (23-8) vs. #5 Old Dominion (20-12)
G8: #2 Middle Tennessee (21-9) vs. #7 Charlotte (14-18)
G9: #3 Marshall (16-15) vs. #6 UTEP (19-13)
 
 
Mid-American Conference Tournament
Site: Cleveland
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G5: #1 Akron (24-7) vs. #8 Eastern Michigan (18-14)
G6: #4 Central Michigan (17-14) vs. #12 Bowling Green (15-17)
G7: #2 Ohio (20-10) vs. #7 Northern Illnois (21-11)
G8: #3 Buffalo (17-14) vs. #11 Miami (O) (13-19)
 
 
Mid-eastern Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Norfolk, VA
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G7: #3 South Carolina St. (17-13) vs. #11 Coppin St. (9-21)
G8: #4 Bethune-Cookman (14-17) vs. #5 Savannah St. (15-14)
 
 
Mountain West Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G4: #1 San Diego St. (23-8) vs. #9 Utah St. (16-14)
G5: #4 New Mexico (17-14) vs. #5 Nevada (18-12)
G6: #2 Fresno St. (22-9) vs. #7 UNLV (18-14)
G7: #3 Boise St. (20-11) vs. #6 Colorado St. (17-15)
 
 
Pac-12 Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G5: #1 Oregon (25-6) vs. #8 Washington (18-13)
G6: #4 Arizona (24-7) vs. #5 Colorado (22-10)
G7: #2 Utah (24-7) vs. #7 USC (21-11)
G8: #3 California (22-9) vs. #6 Oregon St. (19-11)
 
 
Southeastern Conference Tournament
Site: Nashville
2nd Round
Thursday, March 10
G2: #8 Florida (18-13) vs. #9 Arkansas (16-15)
G3: #5 Vanderbilt (19-12) vs. #12 Tennessee (14-18)
G4: #7 Ole Miss (20-11) vs. #10 Alabama (17-13)
G5: #6 Georgia (17-12) vs. #11 Mississippi St. (14-16)
 
 
Southland Conference Tournament
Site: Katy, TX
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #4 Houston Baptist (16-15) vs. #5 Southeastern Louisiana (12-20)
G4: #3 Sam Houston (17-14) vs. #7 Nicholls St. (11-22)
 
 
Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Houston
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G5: #3 Jackson St. (17-14) vs. #6 Prairie View A&M (7-23)
G6; #4 Southern (19-12) vs. #5 Alabama St. (14-16)
 
 
Sun Belt Conference Tournament
Site: New Orleans
 
1st Round
Thursday, March 10
G1: #5 Georgia Southern (14-16) vs. #8 South Alabama (13-18)
G2: #6 Georgia St. (16-13) vs. #7 Texas St. (14-15)
 
 
Western Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G1: #4 Utah Valley (12-17) vs. #5 Missouri-KC (11-18)
G2: #2 Cal St. Bakersfield (21-8) vs. #7 Chicago St. (4-27)
G3: #3 Seattle (13-15) vs. #6 UT-Rio Grande Valley (8-21)

 

America’s Most Accurate Bracketology

Our 32 Gurus have been up late working hard trying to come to a 68-team consensus, but there is still disagreement among the numerical geniuses.  As of this morning, 12 Bubble teams are fighting for 7 At-large berths.  Those 12 teams are in order of best to worst in our current ballot:

  1. Pittsburgh
  2. Vanderbilt
  3. Wichita St.
  4. Connecticut
  5. Temple
  6. Syracuse
  7. VCU
  8. Saint Mary’s
  9. Tulsa
  10. Monmouth
  11. Florida
  12. George Washington

There are still a few teams that can upset this list of 12 if they win their conference tournaments or in the case of one or two teams, advance to the finals of their conference tournament.  Among this group include:

  1. Davidson and Rhode Island out of the A-10
  2. Kansas State in the Big 12
  3. Georgetown and Creighton out of the Big East
  4. Northwestern and Ohio St. out of the Big Ten
  5. Arkansas, Ole Miss, Alabama, and Georgia out of the SEC

Here is the up-to-the-minute Bracketology for Thursday morning, March 10.

Seed Team Auto. Bid
1 Virginia  
1 Kansas  
1 Villanova  
1 Oklahoma  
2 Michigan St.  
2 North Carolina  
2 Xavier  
2 Oregon  
3 Miami (Fla.)  
3 West Virginia  
3 Utah  
3 Indiana  
4 Kentucky  
4 Duke  
4 Purdue  
4 Texas A&M  
5 Maryland  
5 Iowa St.  
5 Iowa  
5 California  
6 Arizona  
6 Texas  
6 Baylor  
6 Dayton  
7 Notre Dame  
7 Wisconsin  
7 Seton Hall  
7 Texas Tech  
8 Colorado  
8 Providence  
8 Butler  
8 St. Joseph’s  
9 Oregon St.  
9 USC  
9 Cincinnati  
9 South Carolina  
10 St. Bonaventure  
10 Gonzaga West Coast
10 Pittsburgh  
10 Vanderbilt  
11 San Diego St.  
11 Wichita St.  
11 Connecticut  
11 UALR  
11 Temple  
12 Akron  
12 Syracuse  
12 VCU  
12 Chattanooga Southern
12 Yale Ivy
13 South Dakota St. Summit
13 Northern Iowa MVC
13 UNC-Wilmington Colonial
13 Stony Brook  
14 Hawaii  
14 UAB  
14 Iona MAAC
14 Stephen F. Austin  
15 New Mexico St.  
15 Green Bay Horizon
15 Weber St.  
15 UNC-Asheville Big South
16 Florida Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun
16 Hampton  
16 Fairleigh Dickinson Northeast
16 Austin Peay Ohio Valley
16 Holy Cross Patriot
16 Texas Southern  

 

Last 4 Byes

Wichita St.

Vanderbilt

Pittsburgh

St. Bonaventure

 

Last 4 IN–Play-in Round in Dayton

Connecticut

Temple

Syracuse

VCU

 

#16 Seeds Headed to Dayton

Texas Southern

Fairleigh Dickinson

Austin Peay

Holy Cross

 

1st Four Out

Saint Mary’s

Tulsa

Monmouth

Florida

March 8, 2016

NCAA Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament Update: 3/9/16

Teams That Have Earned Automatic Bids

Ohio Valley: Austin Peay (18-17)
Ivy League: Yale (22-6)
Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast (20-13)
Big South: UNC-Asheville (22-11)
Missouri Valley: Northern Iowa (22-12)
Colonial Athletic: UNC-Wilmington (25-7)
Metro Atlantic: Iona (22-10)
Southern: Chattanooga (29-5)
Horizon: Green Bay (23-12)
Northeast: Fairleigh-Dickinson (18-14)
Summit: South Dakota St. (26-7)
West Coast: Gonzaga (26-7)

 

Conference Tournament Championship Games Today

Patriot League
7:30 PM on CBS Sports Network
#9 Holy Cross (13-19) @ #2 Lehigh (17-14)

 

Other Conference Tournaments In Action Today

Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament
Site: Brooklyn
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #12 George Mason (11-20) vs. #13 St. Louis (10-20)
G2: #11 Duquesne (16-15) vs. #14 LaSalle (8-21)
 
 
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
Sites: Washington, DC
 
2nd Round
G3: #8 Pittsburgh (20-10) vs. #9 Syracuse (19-12)
G4: #5 Duke (22-9) vs. #12 North Carolina St. (16-16)
G5: #7 Clemson (17-13) vs. #10 Georgia Tech (18-13)
G6: #6 Virginia Tech (18-13) vs. #11 Florida St. (19-12)
 
 
Big 12 Conference Tournament
Site: Kansas City
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #8 Kansas St. (16-15) vs. #9 Oklahoma St. (12-19)
G2: #7 Texas Tech (19-11) vs. #10 TCU (11-20)
 
 
Big East Conference Tournament
Site: New York
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #8 Georgetown (14-17) vs. #9 DePaul (9-21)
G2: #7 Marquette (19-12) vs. #10 St. John’s (8-23)
 
 
Big Ten Conference Tournament
Site: Indianapolis
 
First Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #12 Illinois (13-18) vs. #13 Minnesota (8-22)
G2: #11 Nebraska (14-17) vs. #14 Rutgers (7-24)
 
 
Conference USA Tournament
Site: Birmingham
 
2nd Round
Wednesday, March 9
G2: #8 Western Kentucky (16-15) vs. #9 North Texas (12-19)
G3: #5 Old Dominion (19-12) vs. #12 Florida Atlantic (8-24)
G4: #7 Charlotte (13-18) vs. #10 Rice (12-19)
G5: #6 UTEP (18-13) vs. #11 Florida Int’l (13-18)
 
 
Mid-eastern Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Norfolk, VA
 
Quarterfinal Round
G5: #1 Hampton (18-10) vs. #9 Morgan St. (9-21)
G6: #2 Norfolk St. (16-15) vs. #7 UNC-Central (13-18)
 
 
Mountain West Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #8 Wyoming (14-17) vs. #9 Utah St. (15-14)
G2: #7 UNLV (17-14) vs. #10 Air Force (14-17)
G3: #6 Colorado St. (16-15) vs. #11 San Jose St. (9-21)
 
 
Pac-12 Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #8 Washington (17-13) vs. #9 Stanford (15-14)
G2: #5 Colorado (21-10) vs. #12 Washington St. (9-21)
G3: #7 USC (20-11) vs. #10 UCLA (15-16)
G4: #6 Oregon St. (18-11) vs. #11 Arizona St. (15-16)
 
 
Southeastern Conference Tournament
Site: Nashville
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #12 Tennessee (13-18) vs. #13 Auburn (11-19)
 
 
Southland Conference Tournament
Site: Katy, TX
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #5 Southeastern Louisiana (11-20) vs. #8 New Orleans (10-19)
G2: #6 McNeese St. (9-19) vs. #7 Nicholls St. (10-22)
 
 
Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Houston
 
Quarterfinal Round
Wedneday, March 9
G3: #2 Alcorn St. (15-14) vs. #7 Mississippi Valley St. (7-26)
G4: #1 Texas Southern (17-13) vs. #8 Alabama A&M (11-17)

 

Tournaments Beginning Thursday

American Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Orlando
 
1st Round
Thursday, March 10
G1: #8 East Carolina (12-19) vs. #9 South Florida (7-24)
G2: #7 Central Florida (12-17) vs. #10 Tulane (10-21)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3: G1 Winner vs. #1 Temple (20-10)
G4: #4 Cincinnati (22-9) vs. #5 Connecticut (21-10)
G5: G2 Winner vs. #2 Houston (22-8)
G6: #3 Tulsa (20-10) vs. #6 Memphis (17-14)
 
Semifinal Round
Saturday, March 12
G3 Winner vs. G4 Winner
G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner
 
Championship
Sunday, March 13
3:15 PM on ESPN
 
 
Big West Conference Tournament
Site: Anaheim
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
#4 UCSB (17-12) vs. #5 UC Davis (10-18)
#1 Hawaii (24-5) vs. #8 Cal St. Fullerton (10-19)
#2 UC-Irvine (24-8) vs. #7 Cal Poly (10-19)
#3 Long Beach St. (18-13) vs. #6 UC Riverside (14-18)
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
2nd Highest Remaining Seed vs. 3rd Highest Remaining Seed
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
11:30 PM on ESPN2
 
 
Sun Belt Conference Tournament
Site: New Orleans
 
1st Round
Thursday, March 10
G1: #5 Georgia Southern (14-16) vs. #8 South Alabama (13-18)
G2: #6 Georgia St. (16-13) vs. #7 Texas St. (14-15)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3: #4 UL-Lafayette (16-13) vs. G1 Winner
G4: #3 UT-Arlington (22-9) vs. G2 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Saturday, March 12
#1 UALR (27-4) vs. G3 Winner
#2 UL-Monroe (19-12) vs. G4 Winner
 
Championship
Sunday, March 13
1:00 PM on ESPN2
 
 
Western Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G1: #4 Utah Valley (12-17) vs. #5 Missouri-KC (11-18)
G2: #2 Cal St. Bakersfield (21-8) vs. #7 Chicago St. (4-27)
G3: #3 Seattle (13-15) vs. #6 UT-Rio Grande Valley (8-21)
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 New Mexico St. (22-9) vs. G1 Winner
G2 Winner vs. G3 Winner
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
11:00 PM on ESPNU

 

America’s Most Accurate Bracketology for Wednesday

Our bracketologists now agree 100% on 64 of the 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament, with a caveat.  Some disagree on the mid and low-major teams still playing conference tournaments where only one team will receive a bid.  Of the 32 experts, 29 agree on 66 of the 68 teams.

As of this morning, the teams that must really sweat it out have been reduced to a manageable few.  Tulsa, Monmouth, Florida, St. Mary’s, and Michigan must sweat a bit more than VCU, Syracuse, UConn, Temple, and Wichita State.  These 10 teams are fighting over 5 bids, as of the conclusion of last night’s West Coast Conference Championship Game, which went once again to the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

 

Seed Team Auto Bid
1 Virginia  
1 Kansas  
1 Villanova  
1 Oklahoma  
2 Michigan St.  
2 Xavier  
2 Oregon  
2 North Carolina  
3 Miami (Fla.)  
3 West Virginia  
3 Utah  
3 Indiana  
4 Kentucky  
4 Duke  
4 Texas A&M  
4 Purdue  
5 Maryland  
5 Iowa St.  
5 California  
5 Texas  
6 Iowa  
6 Arizona  
6 Baylor  
6 Dayton  
7 Wisconsin  
7 Notre Dame  
7 Seton Hall  
7 Texas Tech  
8 Colorado  
8 Providence  
8 Butler  
8 Oregon St.  
9 St. Joseph’s  
9 Cincinnati  
9 Pittsburgh  
9 Vanderbilt  
10 USC  
10 St. Bonaventure  
10 South Carolina  
10 Gonzaga WCC
11 San Diego St.  
11 Wichita St.  
11 Temple  
11 UALR  
11 Connecticut  
12 Northern Iowa MVC
12 Akron  
12 Chattanooga Southern
12 Syracuse  
12 VCU  
13 Yale Ivy
13 UNC-Wilmington Colonial
13 Stony Brook  
13 South Dakota St. Summit
14 Iona MAAC
14 Hawaii  
14 Stephen F. Austin  
14 UAB  
15 Green Bay Horizon
15 New Mexico St.  
15 Weber St.  
15 UNC-Asheville Big South
16 Fairleigh Dickinson NEC
16 Lehigh  
16 Florida Gulf Coast A-SUN
16 Hampton  
16 Austin Peay OVC
16 Texas Southern  

 

Last 4 Byes

Wichita St.

South Carolina

St. Bonaventure

USC

 

Last 4 IN–Headed to Dayton

VCU

Syracuse

Connecticut

Temple

 

#16 Seeds Headed to Dayton

Austin Peay

Fairleigh Dickinson

Texas Southern

Florida Gulf Coast

 

1st Five Out

Tulsa

Monmouth

Florida

St. Mary’s

Michigan

 

NCAA Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament Update: 3/8/16

Teams That Have Earned Automatic Bids

Ohio Valley: Austin Peay (18-17)
Ivy League: Yale (22-6)
Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast (20-13)
Big South: UNC-Asheville (22-11)
Missouri Valley: Northern Iowa (22-12)
Colonial Athletic: UNC-Wilmington (25-7)
Metro Atlantic: Iona (22-10)
Southern: Chattanooga (29-5)

Conference Championship Games Scheduled Today

Automatic Bids Awarded Today
Horizon League Conference Tournament
Site: Detroit
7:00 PM on ESPN
#3 Wright St. (22-12) vs. #4 Green Bay (22-12)
 
 
Northeast Conference Tournament
7:00 PM on ESPN2
#2 Fairleigh Dickinson (17-14) at @1 Wagner (22-9)
 
 
Summit League Tournament
Site: Sioux Falls, SD
9:00 PM on ESPN2
#2 South Dakota St. (25-7) vs. #5 North Dakota St. (20-12)
 
 
West Coast Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
9:00 PM on ESPN
#1 Saint Mary’s (26-4) vs. #2 Gonzaga 25-7

 

Other Tournaments Continuing/Starting Play Today

Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
Sites: Washington, DC
1st Round
Tuesday, March 8
G1: #12 North Carolina St. (15-16) vs. #13 Wake Forest (11-19)
G2: #11 Florida St. (18-12) vs. #14 Boston College (7-24)
 
 
Big Sky Conference Tournament
Site: Reno, NV
 
1st Round
Tuesday, March 8
G1: #8 Portland St. (12-17) vs. #9 Northern Colorado (10-20)
G2: #5 North Dakota (15-14) vs. #12 Southern Utah (5-23)
G3: #7 Montana St. (14-16) vs. #10 Sacramento St. (13-16)
G4: #6 Eastern Washington (16-14) vs. #11 Northern Arizona (5-24)
 
 
Conference USA Tournament
Site: Birmingham
 
1st Round
Tuesday, March 8
G1: #12 Florida Atlantic (7-24) vs. #13 UTSA (5-26)
 
 
Mid-eastern Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Norfolk, VA
1st Round
Tuesday, March 8
G3: #8 UM-Eastern Shore (10-21) vs. #9 Morgan St. (8-21)
G4: #7 UNC-Central (12-18) vs. #10 Howard (12-19)
 
 
Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Houston
 
1st Round
Tuesday, March 8
G1: #7 Mississippi Valley St. (6-26) vs. #10 Grambling (7-23)
G2: #8 Alabama A&M (10-17) vs. #9 Arkansas-Pine Bluff (8-24)

 

Tournaments Starting Later This Week

American Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Orlando
 
1st Round
Thursday, March 10
G1: #8 East Carolina (12-19) vs. #9 South Florida (7-24)
G2: #7 Central Florida (12-17) vs. #10 Tulane (10-21)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3: G1 Winner vs. #1 Temple (20-10)
G4: #4 Cincinnati (22-9) vs. #5 Connecticut (21-10)
G5: G2 Winner vs. #2 Houston (22-8)
G6: #3 Tulsa (20-10) vs. #6 Memphis (17-14)
 
Semifinal Round
Saturday, March 12
G3 Winner vs. G4 Winner
G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner
 
Championship
Sunday, March 13
3:15 PM on ESPN
 
 
Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament
Site: Brooklyn
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #12 George Mason (11-20) vs. #13 St. Louis (10-20)
G2: #11 Duquesne (16-15) vs. #14 LaSalle (8-21)
 
2nd Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #8 Fordham (17-12) vs. #9 Richmond (15-15)
G4: #5 George Washington (22-9) vs. G1 Winner
G5: #7 Rhode Island (17-14) vs. #10 U Mass (13-17)
G6: #6 Davidson (18-11) vs. G2 Winner
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G7: #1 Dayton (24-6) vs. G3 Winner
G8: #4 St. Joseph’s (24-7) vs. G4 Winner
G9: #2 VCU (22-9) vs. G5 Winner
G10: #3 St. Bonaventure (22-7) vs. G6 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Saturday, March 12
G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner
G9 Winner vs. G10 Winner
 
Championship
Sunday, March 13
12:30 PM on CBS
 
 
Big 12 Conference Tournament
Site: Kansas City
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #8 Kansas St. (16-15) vs. #9 Oklahoma St. (12-19)
G2: #7 Texas Tech (19-11) vs. #10 TCU (11-20)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #4 Texas (20-11) vs. #5 Baylor (21-10)
G4: #1 Kansas (27-4) vs. G1 Winner
G5: #2 West Virginia (24-7) vs. G2 Winner
G6: #3 Oklahoma (24-6) vs. #6 Iowa St. (21-10)
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3 Winner vs. G4 Winner
G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner
 
Championship Game
Saturday, March 12
6:00 PM on ESPN
 
 
Big East Conference Tournament
Site: New York
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #8 Georgetown (14-17) vs. #9 DePaul (9-21)
G2: #7 Marquette (19-12) vs. #10 St. John’s (8-23)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #1 Villanova (27-4) vs. G1 Winner
G4: #4 Providence (22-9) vs. #5 Butler (21-9)
G5: #2 Xavier (26-4) vs. G2 Winner
G6: #3 Seton Hall (22-8) vs. #6 Creighton (18-13)
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3 Winner vs. G4 Winner
G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner
 
Championship Round
Saturday, March 12
5:30 PM on Fox
 
 
Big Ten Conference Tournament
Site: Indianapolis
 
First Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #12 Illinois (13-18) vs. #13 Minnesota (8-22)
G2: #11 Nebraska (14-17) vs. #14 Rutgers (7-24)
 
Second Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #8 Michigan (20-11) vs. #9 Northwestern (20-11)
G4: #5 Iowa (21-9) vs. G1 Winner
G5: #7 Ohio St. (19-12) vs. #10 Penn St. (16-15)
G6: #6 Wisconsin (20-11) vs. G2 Winner
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G7: #1 Indiana (25-6) vs. G3 Winner
G8: #4 Purdue (24-7) vs. G4 Winner
G9: #2 Michigan St. (26-5) vs. G5 Winner
G10: #3 Maryland (24-7) vs. G6 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Saturday, March 12
G7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner
G9 Winner vs. G10 Winner
 
Championship
Sunday, March 13
3:30 PM on CBS
 
 
Big West Conference Tournament
Site: Anaheim
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
#4 UCSB (17-12) vs. #5 UC Davis (10-18)
#1 Hawaii (24-5) vs. #8 Cal St. Fullerton (10-19)
#2 UC-Irvine (24-8) vs. #7 Cal Poly (10-19)
#3 Long Beach St. (18-13) vs. #6 UC Riverside (14-18)
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
2nd Highest Remaining Seed vs. 3rd Highest Remaining Seed
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
11:30 PM on ESPN2
 
 
Mountain West Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #8 Wyoming (14-17) vs. #9 Utah St. (15-14)
G2: #7 UNLV (17-14) vs. #10 Air Force (14-17)
G3: #6 Colorado St. (16-15) vs. #11 San Jose St. (9-21)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G4: #1 San Diego St. (23-8) vs. G1 Winner
G5: #4 New Mexico (17-14) vs. #5 Nevada (18-12)
G6: #2 Fresno St. (22-9) vs. G2 Winner
G7: #3 Boise St. (20-11) vs. G3 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
G4 Winner vs. G5 Winner
G6 Winner vs. G7 Winner
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
5:00 PM on CBS
 
 
Pac-12 Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #8 Washington (17-13) vs. #9 Stanford (15-14)
G2: #5 Colorado (21-10) vs. #12 Washington St. (9-21)
G3: #7 USC (20-11) vs. #10 UCLA (15-16)
G4: #6 Oregon St. (18-11) vs. #11 Arizona St. (15-16)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G5: #1 Oregon (25-6) vs. G1 Winner
G6: #4 Arizona (24-7) vs. G2 Winner
G7: #2 Utah (24-7) vs. G3 Winner
G8: #3 California (22-9) vs. G4 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner
G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
10:15 PM on FS1
 
 
Southeastern Conference Tournament
Site: Nashville
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #12 Tennessee (13-18) vs. #13 Auburn (11-19)
 
2nd Round
Thursday, March 10
G2: #8 Florida (18-13) vs. #9 Arkansas (16-15)
G3: #5 Vanderbilt (19-12) vs. G1 Winner
G4: #7 Ole Miss (20-11) vs. #10 Alabama (17-13)
G5: #6 Georgia (17-12) vs. #11 Mississippi St. (14-16)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G6: #1 Texas A&M (24-7) vs. G2 Winner
G7: #4 LSU (18-13) vs. G3 Winner
G8: #2 Kentucky (23-8) vs. G4 Winner
G9: #3 South Carolina (24-7) vs. G5 Winnerr
 
Semifinal Round
Saturday, March 12
G6 Winner vs. G7 Winner
G8 Winner vs. G9 Winner
 
Championship
Sunday, March 13
2:00 PM on ESPN
 
 
Southland Conference Tournament
Site: Katy, TX
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #5 Southeastern Louisiana (11-20) vs. #8 New Orleans (10-19)
G2: #6 McNeese St. (9-19) vs. #7 Nicholls St. (10-22)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #4 Houston Baptist (16-15) vs. G1 Winner
G4: #3 Sam Houston (17-14) vs. G2 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 Stephen F. Austin (25-5) vs. G3 Winner
#2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (24-6) vs. G4 Winner
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
9:30 PM on ESPN2
 
 
Sun Belt Conference Tournament
Site: New Orleans
 
1st Round
Thursday, March 10
G1: #5 Georgia Southern (14-16) vs. #8 South Alabama (13-18)
G2: #6 Georgia St. (16-13) vs. #7 Texas St. (14-15)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3: #4 UL-Lafayette (16-13) vs. G1 Winner
G4: #3 UT-Arlington (22-9) vs. G2 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Saturday, March 12
#1 UALR (27-4) vs. G3 Winner
#2 UL-Monroe (19-12) vs. G4 Winner
 
Championship
Sunday, March 13
1:00 PM on ESPN2
 
 
Western Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G1: #4 Utah Valley (12-17) vs. #5 Missouri-KC (11-18)
G2: #2 Cal St. Bakersfield (21-8) vs. #7 Chicago St. (4-27)
G3: #3 Seattle (13-15) vs. #6 UT-Rio Grande Valley (8-21)
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 New Mexico St. (22-9) vs. G1 Winner
G2 Winner vs. G3 Winner
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
11:00 PM on ESPNU

America’s Most Accurate Bracketology

Our 32 Bracketology gurus have begun updating every 24 hours for the rest of the week, as changes are being made daily.  With Valparaiso and Monmouth losing last night, it produced some changes in the Bubble.

Seed Team Automatic?
1 Virginia  
1 Kansas  
1 Villanova  
1 Oklahoma  
2 Xavier  
2 Michigan St.  
2 Oregon  
2 North Carolina  
3 West Virginia  
3 Miami (Fla.)  
3 Utah  
3 Indiana  
4 Kentucky  
4 Purdue  
4 Duke  
4 Maryland  
5 Texas A&M  
5 Iowa St.  
5 California  
5 Arizona  
6 Texas  
6 Iowa  
6 Baylor  
6 Dayton  
7 Wisconsin  
7 Seton Hall  
7 Notre Dame  
7 Texas Tech  
8 Colorado  
8 Providence  
8 Butler  
8 Oregon St.  
9 South Carolina  
9 Cincinnati  
9 Pittsburgh  
9 Vanderbilt  
10 St. Bonaventure  
10 USC  
10 St. Joseph’s  
10 Saint Mary’s  
11 VCU  
11 San Diego St.  
11 Monmouth  
11 Connecticut  
11 Temple  
11 Wichita St.  
12 UALR  
12 Northern Iowa MAC
12 Yale Ivy
12 Akron  
13 Chattanooga Southern
13 UNC-Wilmington Colonial
13 South Dakota St.  
13 Stony Brook  
14 Hawaii  
14 UAB  
14 Iona  
14 Stephen F. Austin  
15 Weber St.  
15 Green Bay  
15 New Mexico St.  
15 UNC-Asheville Big South
16 Lehigh  
16 Florida Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun
16 Hampton  
16 Wagner  
16 Austin Peay Ohio Valley
16 Texas Southern  

Last 4 Byes

VCU

St. Joseph’s

USC

St. Bonaventure

 

Last 4 In–Headed to Dayton

Monmouth

Connecticut

Temple

Wichita St.

 

#16 Seeds Headed to Dayton

Florida Gulf Coast

Wagner

Austin Peay

Texas Southern

 

Top 4 Bubble Teams Not In The Dance

Syracuse

Tulsa

Houston

George Washington

 

Teams That Can Play Their Way Into an At-Large Bid

Ohio St.

Georgia

Michigan

Washington

Florida

March 7, 2016

NCAA Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament Update: 3/7/16

The appetizer has been served, and now it is time for the main courses to begin.  Five teams have punched tickets to the NCAA Tournament, and three more will receive automatic bids tonight.  A handful of conference tournaments start today as well.

 

These are the teams that have earned automatic bids to date.

Teams Earning Automatic Bids
Ohio Valley: Austin Peay (18-17)
Ivy League: Yale (22-6)
Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast (20-13)
Big South: UNC-Asheville (22-11)
Missouri Valley: Northern Iowa (22-12)

 

We have broken the action down into parts.  Let’s take a look first at the tournaments that will conclude tonight by crowning a champion.

 

Automatic Bids Awarded Today
Colonial Athletic: 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Network
#1 Hofstra (24-8) vs. #2 UNC-Wilmington (24-7)
 
Metro Atlantic: 7:00 PM on ESPN
#1 Monmouth (27-6) vs. #2 Iona (21-10)
 
Southern Conference: 9:00 PM on ESPN2
#1 Chattanooga (28-5) vs. #2 East Tennessee (23-10)

 

These are the tournaments that will continue to play non-championship rounds today.

Tournaments In Action Today
 
America East
Semifinal Round
#7 Hartford (10-22) @ #1 Stony Brook (24-6)
#4 New Hampshire (19-11) @ #3 Vermont (20-12)
 
Horizon League
Semifinal Round
#4 Green Bay (21-12) vs. #1 Valparaiso (26-5)
#3 Wright St. (21-12) vs. #2 Oakland (21-10)
 
Mid-American
1st Round
G1:#9 Toledo (17-14) at #8 Eastern Michigan (17-14)
G2: #12 Bowling Green (14-17) at #5 Kent St. (19-12)
G3: #10 Western Michigan (13-18) at #7 Northern Illinois (20-11)
G4: #11 Miami (O) (12-19) at #6 Ball St. (19-12)
 
Mid-eastern Athletic
1st Round
G1: #5 Savannah St. (14-14) vs. #12 Delaware St. (7-24)
G2: #6 North Carolina A&T (10-21) vs. #11 Coppin St. (8-21)
 
West Coast
Semifinal Round
#1 Saint Mary’s (25-4) vs. #4 Pepperdine (18-12)
#2 Gonzaga (24-7) vs. #3 BYU (23-9)

 

These are the brackets for the tournaments that will begin later this week.

American Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Orlando
 
1st Round
Thursday, March 10
G1: #8 East Carolina (12-19) vs. #9 South Florida (7-24)
G2: #7 Central Florida (12-17) vs. #10 Tulane (10-21)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3: G1 Winner vs. #1 Temple (20-10)
G4: #4 Cincinnati (22-9) vs. #5 Connecticut (21-10)
G5: G2 Winner vs. #2 Houston (22-8)
G6: #3 Tulsa (20-10) vs. #6 Memphis (17-14)
 
Semifinal Round
Saturday, March 12
G3 Winner vs. G4 Winner
G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner
 
Championship
Sunday, March 13
3:15 PM on ESPN
 
 
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
Sites: Washington, DC
1st Round
Tuesday, March 8
G1: #12 North Carolina St. (15-16) vs. #13 Wake Forest (11-19)
G2: #11 Florida St. (18-12) vs. #14 Boston College (7-24)
 
2nd Round
Wednesday, March 9
G3: #8 Pittsburgh (20-10) vs. #9 Syracuse (19-12)
G4: #5 Duke (22-9) vs. G1 Winner
G5: #7 Clemson (17-13) vs. #10 Georgia Tech (18-13)
G6: #6 Virginia Tech (18-13) vs. G2 Winner
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G7: #1 North Carolina (25-6) vs. G3 Winner
G8: #4 Notre Dame (20-10) vs. G4 Winner
G9: #2 Virginia (24-6) vs. G5 Winner
G10: #3 Miami (24-6) vs. G6 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner
G9 Winner vs. G10 Winner
 
Championship Round
Saturday, March 12
9:00 PM on ESPN
 
Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament
Site: Brooklyn
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #12 George Mason (11-20) vs. #13 St. Louis (10-20)
G2: #11 Duquesne (16-15) vs. #14 LaSalle (8-21)
 
2nd Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #8 Fordham (17-12) vs. #9 Richmond (15-15)
G4: #5 George Washington (22-9) vs. G1 Winner
G5: #7 Rhode Island (17-14) vs. #10 U Mass (13-17)
G6: #6 Davidson (18-11) vs. G2 Winner
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G7: #1 Dayton (24-6) vs. G3 Winner
G8: #4 St. Joseph’s (24-7) vs. G4 Winner
G9: #2 VCU (22-9) vs. G5 Winner
G10: #3 St. Bonaventure (22-7) vs. G6 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Saturday, March 12
G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner
G9 Winner vs. G10 Winner
 
Championship
Sunday, March 13
12:30 PM on CBS
 
 
Big 12 Conference Tournament
Site: Kansas City
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #8 Kansas St. (16-15) vs. #9 Oklahoma St. (12-19)
G2: #7 Texas Tech (19-11) vs. #10 TCU (11-20)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #4 Texas (20-11) vs. #5 Baylor (21-10)
G4: #1 Kansas (27-4) vs. G1 Winner
G5: #2 West Virginia (24-7) vs. G2 Winner
G6: #3 Oklahoma (24-6) vs. #6 Iowa St. (21-10)
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3 Winner vs. G4 Winner
G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner
 
Championship Game
Saturday, March 12
6:00 PM on ESPN
 
 
Big East Conference Tournament
Site: New York
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #8 Georgetown (14-17) vs. #9 DePaul (9-21)
G2: #7 Marquette (19-12) vs. #10 St. John’s (8-23)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #1 Villanova (27-4) vs. G1 Winner
G4: #4 Providence (22-9) vs. #5 Butler (21-9)
G5: #2 Xavier (26-4) vs. G2 Winner
G6: #3 Seton Hall (22-8) vs. #6 Creighton (18-13)
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3 Winner vs. G4 Winner
G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner
 
Championship Round
Saturday, March 12
5:30 PM on Fox
 
 
Big Sky Conference Tournament
Site: Reno, NV
 
1st Round
Tuesday, March 8
G1: #8 Portland St. (12-17) vs. #9 Northern Colorado (10-20)
G2: #5 North Dakota (15-14) vs. #12 Southern Utah (5-23)
G3: #7 Montana St. (14-16) vs. #10 Sacramento St. (13-16)
G4: #6 Eastern Washington (16-14) vs. #11 Northern Arizona (5-24)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G5: #1 Weber St. (23-8) vs. G1 Winner
G6: #4 Idaho St. (16-14) vs. G2 Winner
G7: #2 Montana (19-10) vs. G3 Winner
G8: #3 Idaho (20-11) vs. G4 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner
G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
8:45 PM on ESPNU
 
 
Big Ten Conference Tournament
Site: Indianapolis
 
First Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #12 Illinois (13-18) vs. #13 Minnesota (8-22)
G2: #11 Nebraska (14-17) vs. #14 Rutgers (7-24)
 
Second Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #8 Michigan (20-11) vs. #9 Northwestern (20-11)
G4: #5 Iowa (21-9) vs. G1 Winner
G5: #7 Ohio St. (19-12) vs. #10 Penn St. (16-15)
G6: #6 Wisconsin (20-11) vs. G2 Winner
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G7: #1 Indiana (25-6) vs. G3 Winner
G8: #4 Purdue (24-7) vs. G4 Winner
G9: #2 Michigan St. (26-5) vs. G5 Winner
G10: #3 Maryland (24-7) vs. G6 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Saturday, March 12
G7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner
G9 Winner vs. G10 Winner
 
Championship
Sunday, March 13
3:30 PM on CBS
 
 
Big West Conference Tournament
Site: Anaheim
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
#4 UCSB (17-12) vs. #5 UC Davis (10-18)
#1 Hawaii (24-5) vs. #8 Cal St. Fullerton (10-19)
#2 UC-Irvine (24-8) vs. #7 Cal Poly (10-19)
#3 Long Beach St. (18-13) vs. #6 UC Riverside (14-18)
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
2nd Highest Remaining Seed vs. 3rd Highest Remaining Seed
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
11:30 PM on ESPN2
 
 
Conference USA Tournament
Site: Birmingham
 
1st Round
Tuesday, March 8
G1: #12 Florida Atlantic (7-24) vs. #13 UTSA (5-26)
 
2nd Round
Wednesday, March 9
G2: #8 Western Kentucky (16-15) vs. #9 North Texas (12-19)
G3: #5 Old Dominion (19-12) vs. G1 Winner
G4: #7 Charlotte (13-18) vs. #10 Rice (12-19)
G5: #6 UTEP (18-13) vs. #11 Florida Int’l (13-18)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G6: #1 UAB (26-5) vs. G2 Winner
G7: #4 Louisiana Tech (23-8) vs. G3 Winner
G8: #2 Middle Tennessee (21-9) vs. G4 Winner
G9: #3 Marshall (16-15) vs. G5 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
G6 Winner vs. G7 Winner
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
2:30 PM on Fox Sports 1
 
 
Pac-12 Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #8 Washington (17-13) vs. #9 Stanford (15-14)
G2: #5 Colorado (21-10) vs. #12 Washington St. (9-21)
G3: #7 USC (20-11) vs. #10 UCLA (15-16)
G4: #6 Oregon St. (18-11) vs. #11 Arizona St. (15-16)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G5: #1 Oregon (25-6) vs. G1 Winner
G6: #4 Arizona (24-7) vs. G2 Winner
G7: #2 Utah (24-7) vs. G3 Winner
G8: #3 California (22-9) vs. G4 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner
G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
10:15 PM on FS1
 
 
Southeastern Conference Tournament
Site: Nashville
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #12 Tennessee (13-18) vs. #13 Auburn (11-19)
 
2nd Round
Thursday, March 10
G2: #8 Florida (18-13) vs. #9 Arkansas (16-15)
G3: #5 Vanderbilt (19-12) vs. G1 Winner
G4: #7 Ole Miss (20-11) vs. #10 Alabama (17-13)
G5: #6 Georgia (17-12) vs. #11 Mississippi St. (14-16)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G6: #1 Texas A&M (24-7) vs. G2 Winner
G7: #4 LSU (18-13) vs. G3 Winner
G8: #2 Kentucky (23-8) vs. G4 Winner
G9: #3 South Carolina (24-7) vs. G5 Winnerr
 
Semifinal Round
Saturday, March 12
G6 Winner vs. G7 Winner
G8 Winner vs. G9 Winner
 
Championship
Sunday, March 13
2:00 PM on ESPN
 
 
Southland Conference Tournament
Site: Katy, TX
 
1st Round
Wednesday, March 9
G1: #5 Southeastern Louisiana (11-20) vs. #8 New Orleans (10-19)
G2: #6 McNeese St. (9-19) vs. #7 Nicholls St. (10-22)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G3: #4 Houston Baptist (16-15) vs. G1 Winner
G4: #3 Sam Houston (17-14) vs. G2 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 Stephen F. Austin (25-5) vs. G3 Winner
#2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (24-6) vs. G4 Winner
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
9:30 PM on ESPN2
 
 
Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Houston
 
1st Round
Tuesday, March 8
G1: #7 Mississippi Valley St. (6-26) vs. #10 Grambling (7-23)
G2: #8 Alabama A&M (10-17) vs. #9 Arkansas-Pine Bluff (8-24)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Wedneday, March 9
G3: #2 Alcorn St. (15-14) vs. G1 Winner
G4: #1 Texas Southern (17-13) vs. G2 Winner
 
Thursday, March 10
G5: #3 Jackson St. (17-14) vs. #6 Prairie View A&M (7-23)
G6; #4 Southern (19-12) vs. #5 Alabama St. (14-16)
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3 Winner vs. G5 Winner
G4 Winner vs. G6 Winner
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
6:30 PM on ESPNU
 
 
Summit League Tournament
Site: Sioux Falls, SD
 
Quarterfinal Round
Saturday, March 5
G1: #1 IPFW (23-8) vs. #8 South Dakota (14-17)
G2: #2 South Dakota St. (23-7) vs. #7 Oral Roberts (14-16)
 
Sunday, March 6
G3: #4 IUPUI (13-18) vs. #5 North Dakota St. (18-12)
G4: #3 Omaha (18-12) vs. #6 Denver (15-14)
 
Semifinal Round
Monday, March 7
G5: G1 Winner vs. G3 Winner
G6: G2 Winner vs. G4 Winner
 
Championship
Tuesday, March 8
9:00 PM on ESPN2
 
Sun Belt Conference Tournament
Site: New Orleans
 
1st Round
Thursday, March 10
G1: #5 Georgia Southern (14-16) vs. #8 South Alabama (13-18)
G2: #6 Georgia St. (16-13) vs. #7 Texas St. (14-15)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G3: #4 UL-Lafayette (16-13) vs. G1 Winner
G4: #3 UT-Arlington (22-9) vs. G2 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Saturday, March 12
#1 UALR (27-4) vs. G3 Winner
#2 UL-Monroe (19-12) vs. G4 Winner
 
Championship
Sunday, March 13
1:00 PM on ESPN2
 
 
Western Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Las Vegas
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G1: #4 Utah Valley (12-17) vs. #5 Missouri-KC (11-18)
G2: #2 Cal St. Bakersfield (21-8) vs. #7 Chicago St. (4-27)
G3: #3 Seattle (13-15) vs. #6 UT-Rio Grande Valley (8-21)
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
#1 New Mexico St. (22-9) vs. G1 Winner
G2 Winner vs. G3 Winner
 
Championship
Saturday, March 12
11:00 PM on ESPNU

 

In case you missed it, here are how the concluded tournaments finished.

Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Score
Site: Campus Sites @ Higher Seeds  
Quarterfinal Round  
Tuesday, March 1  
G1: #8 USC-Upstate (10-21) @ #1 North Florida (21-10) 69-92
G2: #5 Kennesaw St. (11-19) @ #4 Florida Gulf Coast (17-13) 64-74
G3: #7 Stetson (10-21) @ #2 NJIT (17-13) 82-67
G4: #6 Lipscomb (11-20) @ #3 Jacksonville (16-15) 92-89
   
Semifinal Round  
Thursday, March 3  
#4 Florida Gulf Coast (18-13) @ #1 North Florida (22-10) 89-56
#7 Stetson (11-21) @ #6 Lipscomb (12-20) 96-75
   
Championship  
Sunday, March 6 12:30 PM on ESPN2  
#7 Stetson (12-21) @ #4 Florida Gulf Coast (19-13) 78-80
   
   
Big South Conference Tournament  
Site: Buies Creek, NC (Campbell)  
   
1st Round  
Thursday, March 3  
G1: #8 Longwood (9-22) vs. #9 Charleston Southern (9-20) 75-69
G2: #7 Radford (16-14) vs. #10 Presbyterian (10-19) 64-65
G3: #6 Gardner-Webb (15-15) vs. #11 Campbell (12-17) 79-69
   
Quarterfinal Round  
Friday, March 4  
G4: #1 High Point (20-9) vs. #8 Longwood (10-22) 89-78
G5: #4 UNC-Asheville (19-11) vs. #5 Liberty (13-18) 80-49
G6: #2 Winthrop (21-8) vs. #10 Presbyterian (11-19) 67-53
G7: #3 Coastal Carolina (18-10) vs. #6 Gardner-Webb (16-15) 65-69
   
Semifinal Round  
Saturday, March 5  
#1 High Point (21-9) vs. #4 UNC-Asheville (20-11) 69-80
#2 Winthrop (22-8) vs. #6 Gardner-Webb (17-15) 82-69
   
Championship  
Sunday, March 6  
#2 Winthrop (23-8) vs. #4 UNC-Asheville (21-11) 68-77
   
   
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament  
Site: St. Louis  
   
1st Round  
Thursday, March 3  
G1: #8 Loyola (Chi.) (14-16) vs. #9 Bradley (5-26) 74-66
G2: #7 MIssouri St. (12-18) vs. #10 Drake (7-23) 69-67
   
Quarterfinal Round  
Friday, March 4  
G3: #1 Wichita St. (23-7) vs. #8 Loyola (Chi.) (15-16) 66-58
G4: #4 Northern Iowa (19-12) vs. #5 Southern Illinois (22-9) 66-60
G5: #2 Evansville (23-8) vs. #7 Missouri St. (13-18) 66-56
G6: #3 Illinois St. (18-13) vs. #6 Indiana St. (14-16) 57-65
   
Semifinal Round  
Saturday, March 5  
#1 Wichita St. (24-7) vs. #4 Northern Iowa (20-12) 52-57
#2 Evansville (24-8) vs. #6 Indiana St. (15-16) 68-42
   
Championship Game  
Sunday, March 6  
#2 Evansville (25-8) vs. #4 Northern Iowa (21-12) 54-56
   
   
Ohio Valley Conference Tournament  
Site: Nashville  
   
1st Round  
Wednesday, March 2  
G1: #5 Tennessee Tech (19-10) vs. #8 Austin Peay (14-17) 72-92
G2: #6 Murray St. (16-13) vs. #7 Eastern Illinois (13-16) 78-62
   
Quarterfinal Round  
Thursday, March 3  
G3: #4 Tennessee St. (20-9) vs. #8 Austin Peay (15-17) 72-74
G4: #3 Morehead St. (18-11) vs. #6 Murray St. (17-13) 75-66
   
Semifinal Round  
Friday, March 4  
G5: #1 Belmont (20-10) vs. #8 Austin Peay (16-17) 96-97
G6: #2 UT-Martin (18-13) vs. #3 Morehead St. (19-11) 83-70
   
Championship  
Saturday, March 5 6:00 PM on ESPN2  
#2 UT-Martin (19-13) vs. #8 Austin Peay (17-17) 73-83

 

America’s Most Accurate Bracketology Report

Our 32 expert bracketologists are now starting to agree on about 66 teams, and the bubble has shrunk to a small pop.  So far, one bubble has burst from among the at-large pool, as our gurus say that Wichita State will still get into the NCAA Tournament after losing the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in a semifinal round game against eventual champion Northern Iowa.

 

The Metro Atlantic Championship Game and West Coast Conference semifinals should be quite interesting tonight.  If Monmouth loses in the MAAC, that will most likely pop another bubble, because the Hawks have a resume strong enough to receive an at-large bid.  St. Mary’s in the WCC might lose out if they lose a third time to Pepperdine, but if the Gaels win tonight and then lose to either Gonzaga or BYU in the WCC Championship Game, then they could also receive an at-large bid.

 

As the big power conferences prepare to start their tournaments in the next couple of days, there are a handful of teams that could fall out of the at-large picture if they suffer quick exits.  Among these teams are: Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Temple, Cincinnati, St. Joseph’s, Pittsburgh, and Tulsa.

 

There are teams that can still get into the at-large picture if they make runs to the Championship Game of their tournament but come up a bit short.  These include: Virginia Commonwealth, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, and George Washington.

 

Here is the current bracketology, updated this morning.

Seed Team Auto.
1 Virginia  
1 Kansas  
1 Villanova  
1 North Carolina  
2 Oklahoma  
2 Oregon  
2 Michigan St.  
2 Xavier  
3 West Virginia  
3 Miami (Fla.)  
3 Utah  
3 Maryland  
4 Indiana  
4 Kentucky  
4 Duke  
4 Texas A&M  
5 Purdue  
5 Arizona  
5 Iowa St.  
5 Iowa  
6 California  
6 Texas  
6 Baylor  
6 Dayton  
7 Notre Dame  
7 Texas Tech  
7 Seton Hall  
7 Wisconsin  
8 Providence  
8 Butler  
8 Colorado  
8 USC  
9 Connecticut  
9 Oregon St.  
9 South Carolina  
9 Pittsburgh  
10 Syracuse  
10 Vanderbilt  
10 Wichita St.  
10 San Diego St.  
11 St. Mary’s  
11 Temple  
11 Valparaiso  
11 St. Bonaventure  
11 Cincinnati  
12 Monmouth  
12 UALR  
12 Yale IVY
12 St. Joseph’s  
12 Tulsa  
13 Akron  
13 Northern Iowa MVC
13 Hofstra  
13 South Dakota St.  
14 Chattanooga  
14 Stony Brook  
14 UAB  
14 Stephen F. Austin  
15 Hawaii  
15 UNC-Asheville Big South
15 New Mexico St.  
15 Weber State  
16 Florida Gulf Coast A-Sun
16 Hampton  
16 Wagner  
16 Austin Peay OVC
16 Lehigh  
16 Texas Southern  

 

 

 

 

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