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November 28, 2016

College Football Ratings & Spreads For December 1-3, 2016

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The 2016 football season seemed to have just started a couple weeks ago, but here we are already to Championship Week.  This year’s list of Conference Championship Games are sure to provide excitement, but there may be a little less intrigue in some of the contests.  Of course, just one upset in a game figured to be an easy win for the favorite can make one of these games become monumental.

 

Without further adieu, here is a breakdown of the week’s big games.

Friday

The opening conference title game begins at 7 PM Eastern Time on ESPN2 when Western Michigan and Ohio University square off in Detroit in the Mid-American Conference Championship Game.  The Broncos are in the Cotton Bowl with a win unless Navy wins the AAC by enough to jump WMU in the final playoff rankings.

In the nightcap, Colorado faces Washington in Santa Clara, California, as the host site of the last Super Bowl to decide the Pac-12 Conference Championship.  A UW win would likely allow the Huskies the privilege of playing top-seeded Alabama in the Peach Bowl in the playoff semifinals.  Colorado is likely to receive the Rose Bowl bid, win or lose this game.  9 PM EST on Fox

 

Saturday

all times EST

12 Noon on ABC–The American Athletic Conference Championship Game

Temple at Navy

Navy faces a strange circumstance in that they will play in their league’s conference championship this week and then play rival Army next week.  They could win the AAC title and then lose to Army and miss out on a possible Cotton Bowl bid as the highest-rated Group of 5 team.  Even in the Midshipmen win both games, they might not pass a 13-0 Western Michigan team.

12 Noon on ESPN–The Conference USA Championship Game

Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky

This conference doesn’t actually rank its bowl tie-ins.  They try to guide their member teams to bowls that create the best possible match-ups, so the game’s outcome could have very little effect on the bowls.  These teams played earlier in the year, with LT handing Western its lone conference loss in a 55-52 shootout.  Hilltopper Coach Jeff Brohm could be coaching his final game with the Hilltoppers, as he will be a prime candidate in multiple open jobs among Power 5 leagues.

12:30 PM on Fox–The De Facto Big 12 Championship Game

Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

The winner of this game wins the Big 12 regular season title and most likely earns a trip to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.  A very convincing Sooner win and losses by Clemson and Washington could give OU a small chance to make the Playoffs, but this league is going to be hurt by not having that 13th game with highly-ranked teams facing off.

4 PM on CBS–The Southeastern Conference Championship Game

Alabama vs. Florida in Georgia Dome in Atlanta

The Crimson Tide basically clinched a berth in the Playoffs, and now they must win one more game to guarantee the top seed and know they will be returning to Atlanta for the Semifinal Round on New Year’s Eve.

Florida is playing for a Sugar Bowl bid only, as they are 8-3 and have no chance to make the Playoffs.  They also have virtually no chance to win this game, but they could make it interesting for a half.  The way the Tide has been playing defense in November, they could possibly pitch a shutout in this game.

 

7:45 PM on ESPN–The Mountain West Conference Championship Game

San Diego State at Wyoming

These two teams squared off two weeks ago in Laramie with Wyoming winning a hard-fought game.  Both teams come into this game off regular season losses.  The winner heads to Las Vegas for bowl season.  If SDSU loses, they could play at home in the Poinsettia Bowl, and if Wyoming loses, they could be headed to the field of Blue to play in the Idaho Potato Bowl.

 

8PM on ABC–The Atlantic Coast Conference Championship

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech in Orlando, Florida

Clemson is playing for a playoff spot, and a win secures their golden ticket.  A Virginia Tech upset would send the Hokies to the Orange Bowl, and CU possibly to the Cotton Bowl.

 

8 PM on Fox–The Big Ten Conference Championship

Wisconsin vs. Penn State at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana

To the winner goes a trip to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl and the chance for their band to play in the greatest parade on Earth.  The loser could be faced with an uninspiring trip to Dallas to face Western Kentucky or Navy in the Cotton Bowl.

 

Here are this week’s PiRate Ratings

PiRate Ratings
# Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
1 Alabama 137.5 131.1 137.5 135.4
2 Washington 131.0 123.8 130.4 128.4
3 Ohio St. 127.5 127.1 127.8 127.5
4 Clemson 129.7 123.5 128.9 127.4
5 Michigan 127.4 125.5 127.2 126.7
6 Oklahoma 124.3 122.7 124.1 123.7
7 LSU 124.9 120.4 124.4 123.2
8 USC 124.3 119.4 122.8 122.2
9 Florida St. 122.8 117.1 122.1 120.7
10 Louisville 121.9 118.4 121.7 120.7
11 Auburn 120.5 118.5 120.4 119.8
12 Penn St. 119.1 119.4 118.9 119.1
13 Wisconsin 119.5 117.0 120.2 118.9
14 Virginia Tech 118.5 116.9 118.6 118.0
15 Oklahoma St. 117.5 118.5 117.0 117.7
16 Colorado 119.1 114.7 119.0 117.6
17 Miami 118.4 113.1 118.3 116.6
18 Pittsburgh 117.8 113.8 117.1 116.2
19 Iowa 115.9 113.1 115.8 114.9
20 North Carolina 116.2 110.9 116.0 114.4
21 Washington St. 114.9 112.2 114.4 113.9
22 Western Michigan 113.2 113.0 114.9 113.7
23 Florida 113.6 114.3 112.1 113.3
24 Stanford 114.9 109.3 114.4 112.9
25 Tennessee 113.3 110.9 112.4 112.2
26 West Virginia 112.5 111.8 112.2 112.2
27 Texas A&M 112.9 111.4 112.2 112.2
28 Notre Dame 112.3 109.5 111.4 111.1
29 Utah 112.7 107.8 111.4 110.6
30 Western Kentucky 110.8 108.7 112.2 110.6
31 TCU 110.3 111.7 109.4 110.5
32 Houston 110.0 108.8 111.1 110.0
33 Kansas St. 109.0 111.1 108.9 109.7
34 South Florida 110.0 108.3 110.6 109.6
35 Navy 110.0 108.4 110.2 109.6
36 Arkansas 111.0 107.1 110.1 109.4
37 BYU 110.7 106.5 110.7 109.3
38 Temple 108.9 108.3 109.6 109.0
39 Georgia Tech 110.2 106.4 109.3 108.6
40 Mississippi St. 109.2 107.3 108.0 108.2
41 Georgia 108.3 107.7 107.6 107.9
42 North Carolina St. 108.8 105.2 108.5 107.5
43 Northwestern 108.8 105.4 107.8 107.3
44 Minnesota 107.4 105.8 107.1 106.8
45 Vanderbilt 107.5 104.3 106.4 106.1
46 Nebraska 106.5 104.3 106.1 105.6
47 Memphis 106.1 103.9 105.5 105.2
48 Boise St. 104.5 105.7 105.2 105.1
49 Tulsa 104.5 105.7 105.0 105.1
50 Michigan St. 105.1 104.3 103.9 104.4
51 Texas 104.1 105.7 103.0 104.3
52 San Diego St. 104.0 102.7 105.9 104.2
53 UCLA 105.1 103.2 104.0 104.1
54 Kentucky 104.1 104.2 103.8 104.0
55 Indiana 103.5 104.6 102.9 103.7
56 Ole Miss 105.3 101.6 104.0 103.6
57 Baylor 103.2 103.9 103.1 103.4
58 Toledo 102.5 103.2 103.4 103.0
59 Oregon 103.7 101.7 102.6 102.7
60 Texas Tech 102.2 101.6 101.3 101.7
61 California 103.9 97.7 101.7 101.1
62 Duke 101.3 100.3 100.7 100.8
63 Wake Forest 101.2 99.5 101.3 100.7
64 Appalachian St. 99.7 100.9 101.3 100.6
65 Iowa St. 100.6 100.6 99.6 100.3
66 Missouri 99.9 98.6 98.6 99.1
67 Oregon St. 100.6 96.2 99.5 98.8
68 Boston College 99.5 97.9 98.9 98.8
69 Virginia 99.9 97.3 98.9 98.7
70 Colorado St. 97.8 99.4 98.9 98.7
71 Central Florida 97.7 98.7 98.4 98.3
72 Air Force 97.6 99.2 97.8 98.2
73 South Carolina 98.3 97.8 97.8 98.0
74 Arizona St. 99.0 97.4 97.3 97.9
75 Louisiana Tech 96.4 98.8 98.1 97.8
76 Syracuse 98.9 95.6 97.2 97.3
77 New Mexico 95.2 96.9 96.0 96.1
78 Maryland 95.8 97.8 94.2 95.9
79 Northern Illinois 94.6 95.9 95.5 95.3
80 Arkansas St. 93.3 95.9 95.1 94.8
81 Arizona 95.3 93.0 93.8 94.0
82 Wyoming 93.3 94.0 94.2 93.9
83 Troy 91.7 95.6 93.6 93.7
84 Ohio 91.4 97.1 92.0 93.5
85 Central Michigan 92.5 94.6 92.9 93.3
86 SMU 91.9 91.5 93.9 92.5
87 Cincinnati 92.0 92.8 91.7 92.2
88 Army 89.4 95.8 90.6 91.9
89 Purdue 91.7 90.3 90.5 90.8
90 Old Dominion 89.4 92.4 90.6 90.8
91 Miami (O) 89.4 91.1 90.8 90.4
92 Illinois 91.6 88.8 90.4 90.3
93 UTSA 87.2 92.9 89.6 89.9
94 Utah St. 88.8 91.2 88.6 89.5
95 Middle Tennessee 88.5 90.3 89.0 89.3
96 Nevada 88.2 90.2 88.7 89.1
97 Southern Mississippi 88.4 88.6 88.7 88.6
98 Eastern Michigan 87.6 89.6 88.3 88.5
99 East Carolina 87.6 89.0 87.6 88.1
100 Tulane 86.8 89.9 87.4 88.0
101 Kansas 87.0 91.0 85.1 87.7
102 Bowling Green 86.3 87.4 86.5 86.7
103 Georgia Southern 85.6 86.6 87.1 86.5
104 Idaho 83.8 88.8 85.8 86.1
105 Rutgers 86.8 85.3 85.1 85.8
106 Ball St. 84.7 86.7 85.6 85.7
107 UL-Lafayette 83.0 87.1 84.7 85.0
108 Kent St. 84.0 85.5 84.9 84.8
109 Connecticut 84.9 84.6 84.3 84.6
110 South Alabama 81.9 88.2 82.7 84.3
111 San Jose St. 84.1 84.2 84.0 84.1
112 Akron 81.8 86.9 82.7 83.8
113 UNLV 82.5 85.4 83.1 83.7
114 Florida International 81.2 85.4 81.8 82.8
115 Massachusetts 79.8 85.0 80.6 81.8
116 Georgia St. 79.4 83.6 81.4 81.5
117 Hawaii 80.9 80.8 80.7 80.8
118 Rice 77.8 83.3 78.3 79.8
119 Marshall 77.9 81.4 78.4 79.2
120 Charlotte 76.3 81.9 76.9 78.4
121 North Texas 77.2 80.2 77.6 78.4
122 Fresno St. 77.3 80.6 77.0 78.3
123 Buffalo 76.1 81.9 76.7 78.3
124 Florida Atlantic 75.0 79.5 77.1 77.2
125 UTEP 74.4 79.1 75.7 76.4
126 New Mexico St. 74.1 77.0 75.1 75.4
127 UL-Monroe 70.6 75.6 71.5 72.6
128 Texas St. 62.1 64.8 63.0 63.3

PiRate Retrodictive Rankings–Like the Coaches Poll and Not For Predicting Future Outcomes

PiRate Retrodictive
# Team
1 Alabama
2 Ohio St.
3 Clemson
4 Michigan
5 Wisconsin
6 Washington
7 Penn St.
8 USC
9 Colorado
10 Western Michigan
11 Oklahoma
12 Florida St.
13 Stanford
14 Oklahoma St.
15 LSU
16 Louisville
17 Auburn
18 Florida
19 Washington St.
20 West Virginia
21 South Florida
22 Iowa
23 Houston
24 Navy
25 Boise St.
26 Virginia Tech
27 Pittsburgh
28 Nebraska
29 Miami (Fla)
30 Tennessee
31 Texas A&M
32 Utah
33 Temple
34 North Carolina
35 Tulsa
36 Western Kentucky
37 Minnesota
38 BYU
39 Georgia Tech
40 Kansas St.
41 Appalachian St.
42 Toledo
43 Troy
44 Memphis
45 Georgia
46 Arkansas
47 San Diego St.
48 Northwestern
49 TCU
50 Air Force
51 Kentucky
52 Colorado St.
53 Vanderbilt
54 North Carolina St.
55 Indiana
56 Ole Miss
57 Wyoming
58 California
59 Old Dominion
60 Louisiana Tech
61 New Mexico
62 Mississippi St.
63 Baylor
64 Central Florida
65 Maryland
66 UCLA
67 South Carolina
68 Oregon
69 Notre Dame
70 Boston College
71 Texas
72 Ohio
73 Idaho
74 Wake Forest
75 Arkansas St.
76 Arizona St.
77 Oregon St.
78 Eastern Michigan
79 Middle Tennessee
80 Texas Tech
81 SMU
82 Missouri
83 Duke
84 Michigan St.
85 Syracuse
86 Central Michigan
87 UTSA
88 Army
89 Miami (O)
90 Northern Illinois
91 Iowa St.
92 Arizona
93 Southern Miss.
94 Georgia Southern
95 Hawaii
96 UL-Lafayette
97 South Alabama
98 Illinois
99 Cincinnati
100 Tulane
101 Akron
102 Utah St.
103 Bowling Green
104 Purdue
105 East Carolina
106 Virginia
107 San Jose St.
108 Nevada
109 North Texas
110 UNLV
111 Ball St.
112 UL-Monroe
113 Georgia St.
114 Rutgers
115 Kent St.
116 Kansas
117 Connecticut
118 Charlotte
119 UTEP
120 New Mexico St.
121 Florida Int’l.
122 Marshall
123 Rice
124 Massachusetts
125 Florida Atlantic
126 Texas St.
127 Fresno St.
128 Buffalo

PiRate Rating By Conference

American Athletic Conference
East Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
South Florida 110.0 108.3 110.6 109.6
Temple 108.9 108.3 109.6 109.0
Central Florida 97.7 98.7 98.4 98.3
Cincinnati 92.0 92.8 91.7 92.2
East Carolina 87.6 89.0 87.6 88.1
Connecticut 84.9 84.6 84.3 84.6
         
West Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Houston 110.0 108.8 111.1 110.0
Navy 110.0 108.4 110.2 109.6
Memphis 106.1 103.9 105.5 105.2
Tulsa 104.5 105.7 105.0 105.1
SMU 91.9 91.5 93.9 92.5
Tulane 86.8 89.9 87.4 88.0
         
AAC Averages 99.2 99.2 99.6 99.3
         
Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Clemson 129.7 123.5 128.9 127.4
Florida St. 122.8 117.1 122.1 120.7
Louisville 121.9 118.4 121.7 120.7
North Carolina St. 108.8 105.2 108.5 107.5
Wake Forest 101.2 99.5 101.3 100.7
Boston College 99.5 97.9 98.9 98.8
Syracuse 98.9 95.6 97.2 97.3
         
Coastal Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Virginia Tech 118.5 116.9 118.6 118.0
Miami 118.4 113.1 118.3 116.6
Pittsburgh 117.8 113.8 117.1 116.2
North Carolina 116.2 110.9 116.0 114.4
Georgia Tech 110.2 106.4 109.3 108.6
Duke 101.3 100.3 100.7 100.8
Virginia 99.9 97.3 98.9 98.7
         
ACC Averages 111.8 108.3 111.2 110.4
         
Big 12 Conference
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Oklahoma 124.3 122.7 124.1 123.7
Oklahoma St. 117.5 118.5 117.0 117.7
West Virginia 112.5 111.8 112.2 112.2
TCU 110.3 111.7 109.4 110.5
Kansas St. 109.0 111.1 108.9 109.7
Texas 104.1 105.7 103.0 104.3
Baylor 103.2 103.9 103.1 103.4
Texas Tech 102.2 101.6 101.3 101.7
Iowa St. 100.6 100.6 99.6 100.3
Kansas 87.0 91.0 85.1 87.7
         
Big 12 Averages 107.1 107.9 106.4 107.1
         
Big Ten Conference
East Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Ohio St. 127.5 127.1 127.8 127.5
Michigan 127.4 125.5 127.2 126.7
Penn St. 119.1 119.4 118.9 119.1
Michigan St. 105.1 104.3 103.9 104.4
Indiana 103.5 104.6 102.9 103.7
Maryland 95.8 97.8 94.2 95.9
Rutgers 86.8 85.3 85.1 85.8
         
West Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Wisconsin 119.5 117.0 120.2 118.9
Iowa 115.9 113.1 115.8 114.9
Northwestern 108.8 105.4 107.8 107.3
Minnesota 107.4 105.8 107.1 106.8
Nebraska 106.5 104.3 106.1 105.6
Purdue 91.7 90.3 90.5 90.8
Illinois 91.6 88.8 90.4 90.3
         
Big Ten Averages 107.6 106.4 107.0 107.0
         
Conference USA
East Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Western Kentucky 110.8 108.7 112.2 110.6
Old Dominion 89.4 92.4 90.6 90.8
Middle Tennessee 88.5 90.3 89.0 89.3
Florida International 81.2 85.4 81.8 82.8
Marshall 77.9 81.4 78.4 79.2
Charlotte 76.3 81.9 76.9 78.4
Florida Atlantic 75.0 79.5 77.1 77.2
         
West Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Louisiana Tech 96.4 98.8 98.1 97.8
UTSA 87.2 92.9 89.6 89.9
Southern Mississippi 88.4 88.6 88.7 88.6
Rice 77.8 83.3 78.3 79.8
North Texas 77.2 80.2 77.6 78.4
UTEP 74.4 79.1 75.7 76.4
         
CUSA Averages 84.7 87.9 85.7 86.1
         
FBS Independents
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Notre Dame 112.3 109.5 111.4 111.1
BYU 110.7 106.5 110.7 109.3
Army 89.4 95.8 90.6 91.9
Massachusetts 79.8 85.0 80.6 81.8
         
Indep. Averages 98.1 99.2 98.3 98.5
         
Mid-American Conference
East Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Ohio 91.4 97.1 92.0 93.5
Miami (O) 89.4 91.1 90.8 90.4
Bowling Green 86.3 87.4 86.5 86.7
Kent St. 84.0 85.5 84.9 84.8
Akron 81.8 86.9 82.7 83.8
Buffalo 76.1 81.9 76.7 78.3
         
West Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Western Michigan 113.2 113.0 114.9 113.7
Toledo 102.5 103.2 103.4 103.0
Northern Illinois 94.6 95.9 95.5 95.3
Central Michigan 92.5 94.6 92.9 93.3
Eastern Michigan 87.6 89.6 88.3 88.5
Ball St. 84.7 86.7 85.6 85.7
         
MAC Averages 90.3 92.8 91.2 91.4
         
Mountain West Conference
Mountain Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Boise St. 104.5 105.7 105.2 105.1
Colorado St. 97.8 99.4 98.9 98.7
Air Force 97.6 99.2 97.8 98.2
New Mexico 95.2 96.9 96.0 96.1
Wyoming 93.3 94.0 94.2 93.9
Utah St. 88.8 91.2 88.6 89.5
         
West Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
San Diego St. 104.0 102.7 105.9 104.2
Nevada 88.2 90.2 88.7 89.1
San Jose St. 84.1 84.2 84.0 84.1
UNLV 82.5 85.4 83.1 83.7
Hawaii 80.9 80.8 80.7 80.8
Fresno St. 77.3 80.6 77.0 78.3
         
MWC Averages 91.2 92.6 91.7 91.8
         
Pac-12 Conference
North Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Washington 131.0 123.8 130.4 128.4
Washington St. 114.9 112.2 114.4 113.9
Stanford 114.9 109.3 114.4 112.9
Oregon 103.7 101.7 102.6 102.7
California 103.9 97.7 101.7 101.1
Oregon St. 100.6 96.2 99.5 98.8
         
South Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
USC 124.3 119.4 122.8 122.2
Colorado 119.1 114.7 119.0 117.6
Utah 112.7 107.8 111.4 110.6
UCLA 105.1 103.2 104.0 104.1
Arizona St. 99.0 97.4 97.3 97.9
Arizona 95.3 93.0 93.8 94.0
         
Pac-12 Averages 110.4 106.4 109.3 108.7
         
Southeastern Conference
East Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Florida 113.6 114.3 112.1 113.3
Tennessee 113.3 110.9 112.4 112.2
Georgia 108.3 107.7 107.6 107.9
Vanderbilt 107.5 104.3 106.4 106.1
Kentucky 104.1 104.2 103.8 104.0
Missouri 99.9 98.6 98.6 99.1
South Carolina 98.3 97.8 97.8 98.0
         
West Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Alabama 137.5 131.1 137.5 135.4
LSU 124.9 120.4 124.4 123.2
Auburn 120.5 118.5 120.4 119.8
Texas A&M 112.9 111.4 112.2 112.2
Arkansas 111.0 107.1 110.1 109.4
Mississippi St. 109.2 107.3 108.0 108.2
Ole Miss 105.3 101.6 104.0 103.6
         
SEC Averages 111.9 109.7 111.1 110.9
         
Sunbelt Conference
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Appalachian St. 99.7 100.9 101.3 100.6
Arkansas St. 93.3 95.9 95.1 94.8
Troy 91.7 95.6 93.6 93.7
Georgia Southern 85.6 86.6 87.1 86.5
Idaho 83.8 88.8 85.8 86.1
UL-Lafayette 83.0 87.1 84.7 85.0
South Alabama 81.9 88.2 82.7 84.3
Georgia St. 79.4 83.6 81.4 81.5
New Mexico St. 74.1 77.0 75.1 75.4
UL-Monroe 70.6 75.6 71.5 72.6
Texas St. 62.1 64.8 63.0 63.3
         
Sun Belt Averages 82.3 85.9 83.8 84.0

This Week’s PiRate Spreads

This Week’s Games–December 2-3, 2016
         
Home Visitor PiRate Mean Bias
TCU Kansas St. 4.3 3.6 3.5
Georgia Southern Troy -3.6 -6.5 -4.0
Navy Temple 4.1 3.1 3.6
Western Kentucky Louisiana Tech 17.4 12.9 17.1
Oklahoma Oklahoma St. 7.8 10.2 8.1
South Alabama New Mexico St. 10.3 13.7 10.1
UL-Monroe UL-Lafayette -8.9 -10.0 -11.7
West Virginia Baylor 12.3 10.9 12.1
Alabama Florida 23.9 18.8 25.4
Idaho Georgia St. 7.4 8.2 7.4
Texas St. Arkansas St. -28.7 -28.6 -29.6
Wyoming San Diego St. -7.7 -5.7 -8.7
Clemson Virginia Tech 11.2 6.6 10.3
Wisconsin Penn St. 0.4 -2.4 1.3

 

Washington Colorado 12.1 9.1 11.4
Western Michigan Ohio 21.8 15.9 22.9

 

This Week’s Bowl Projections

Bowl Conferences Team vs. Team
New Mexico MWC CUSA New Mexico vs. La. Tech
Las Vegas Pac-12 MWC {Hawaii} vs. Wyoming
Cure AAC SBC Central Fla. vs. UL-Lafayette
Camellia MAC SBC Central Mich. vs. Troy
New Orleans CUSA SBC Sou. Miss. vs. Appy St.
Miami Beach AAC MAC Tulsa vs. Ohio
Boca Raton AAC CUSA Houston vs. W. Kentucky
Poinsettia MWC BYU San Diego St. vs. * BYU *
Idaho Potato MAC MWC Eastern Mich. vs. Boise St.
Bahamas AAC/CUSA MAC/CUSA South Florida vs. Toledo
Armed Forces Navy Big 12 Navy vs. {North Texas}
Dollar General MAC SBC Miami (O) vs. Arkansas St.
Hawaii CUSA MWC Old Dominion vs. Air Force
St. Petersburg AAC ACC/ND {Army} vs. Miami (Fla.)
Quick Lane ACC/ND Big Ten Boston College vs. {Miss. St.}
Independence SEC ACC/ND Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest
Heart of Dallas Big Ten CUSA {S.Alabama} vs. UTSA
Military ACC/ND AAC N. Carolina St. vs. Temple
Holiday Big Ten Pac-12 Minnesota vs. Stanford
Cactus Big 12 Pac-12 TCU vs. [Idaho]
Pinstripe ACC/ND Big Ten Pittsburgh vs. Maryland
Russell Athletic ACC/ND Big 12 Louisville vs. West Virginia
Foster Farms Big Ten Pac-12 Northwestern vs. Wash. St.
Texas Big 12 SEC Baylor vs. Texas A&M
Birmingham AAC SEC Memphis vs. S. Carolina
Belk ACC/ND SEC Virginia Tech vs. Georgia
Alamo Big 12 Pac-12 Oklahoma St. vs. USC
Liberty Big 12 SEC Kansas St. vs. Tennessee
Sun ACC/ND Pac-12 N. Carolina vs. Utah
Arizona CUSA/SBC MWC/SBC Middle Tenn. vs. Colorado St.
Music City ACC/ND/B10 SEC Indiana vs. Kentucky
Orange ACC/ND B10/SEC Florida St. vs. Michigan
Citrus ACC/ND/B10 SEC Nebraska vs. Florida
TaxSlayer ACC/ND/B10 SEC Georgia Tech vs. Arkansas
Peach Semifinal Semifinal Alabama vs. Washington
Fiesta Semifinal Semifinal Ohio St. vs. Clemson
Outback Big Ten SEC Iowa vs. LSU
Cotton At-Large At-Large Western Mich. vs. Penn St.
Rose Big Ten Pac-12 Wisconsin vs. Colorado
Sugar Big 12 SEC Oklahoma vs. Auburn
Championship Semifinal Winners Alabama vs. Clemson
           
           
* Team * This Team Has Officially Accepted This Bid
{Team} Alternate Selection of non-bowl eligible team
[Team] At-Large Selection

 

March 6, 2016

NCAA Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament Update: 3/6/16

Teams Earning Automatic Bids
Ohio Valley: Austin Peay (18-17)
Ivy League: Yale (22-6)

 

Automatic Bids To Be Awarded Today
Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast vs. Stetson 12:30 PM ESPN2 *
Stetson is ineligible for the postseason. North Florida will go if the Hatters win.
 
Big South: Winthrop vs. UNC-Asheville 2:30 PM ESPN2
 
Missouri Valley: Evansville vs. Northern Iowa 2:00 PM on CBS

 

Results of Tournaments Played To Date

America East Conference Tournament Score
Site: Campus Sites @ Higher Seeds  
Quarterfinal Round  
Wednesday, March 2  
#8 UMBC (7-24) @ #1 Stony Brook (23-6) 76-86
#7 Hartford (9-22) @ #2 Albany (24-7) 68-59
#6 Maine (8-21) @ #3 Vermont (19-12) 82-99
#5 Binghamton (8-21) @ #4 New Hampshire (18-11) 51-56
   
Semifinal Round  
Monday, March 7  
#7 Hartford (10-22) @ #1 Stony Brook (24-6)  
#4 New Hampshire (19-11) @ #3 Vermont (20-12)  
   
Championship  
Saturday, March 12  
11:00 AM EST on ESPN2  
   
   
Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament  
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)  
   
Note: If Stetson wins the tournament, then North Florida will  
represent the A-Sun in the NCAA Tournament due to Stetson  
being ineligible for the postseason.  
   
   
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)  
   
   
Colonial Athletic Association Tournament  
Site: Baltimore  
   
1st Round  
Friday, March 4  
G1: #8 Elon (16-15) vs. #9 Drexel (5-24) 56-57
G2: #7 Charleston (16-13) vs. #10 Delaware (7-22) 67-63
   
Quarterfinal Round  
Saturday, March 5  
G3: #1 Hofstra (22-8) vs. #9 Drexel (6-24) 80-67
G4: #4 James Madison (21-10) vs. #5 William & Mary (19-10) 64-79
G5: #2 UNC-Wilmington (22-7) vs. #7 Charleston (17-13) 66-64
G6: #3 Towson (20-11) vs. #6 Northeastern (17-14) 60-71
   
Semifinal Round  
Sunday, March 6  
#1 Hofstra (23-8) vs. #5 William & Mary (20-10)  
#2 UNC-Wilmington (23-7) vs. #6 Northeastern (18-14)  
   
Championship  
Monday, March 7  
7:00 PM on NBC Sports Network  
   
   
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament  
Site: Albany (Siena)  
   
1st Round  
Thursday, March 3  
G1: #8 Rider (12-19) vs. #9 Quinnipiac (9-20) 60-57
G2: #7 Canisius (13-18) vs. #10 Niagara (7-24) 102-97
G3: #6 Manhattan (12-17) vs. #11 Marist (7-22) 81-63
   
Quarterfinal Round  
Friday, March 4  
G4: #1 Monmouth (25-6) vs. #8 Rider (13-19) 59-48
G6: #2 Iona (19-10) vs. #7 Canisius (14-18) 71-55
   
Saturday, March 5  
G5: #4 Saint Peter’s (14-15) vs. #5 Fairfield (18-12) 64-55
G7: #3 Siena (20-11) vs. #6 Manhattan (13-17) 89-76
   
Semifinal Round  
Sunday, March 6  
#1 Monmouth (26-6) vs. #4 Saint Peter’s (15-15)  
#2 Iona (20-10) vs. #3 Siena (21-11)  
   
Championship Round  
Monday, March 7  
7:00 PM on ESPN  
   
   
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)  
   
   
Northeast Conference  
Site: Campus Sites @ Higher Seeds  
   
Quarterfinal Round  
Wednesday, March 2  
G1: #8 Robert Morris (10-21) @ #1 Wagner (20-9) 50-59
G2: #5 Mount St. Mary’s (13-18) @ #4 St. Francis (Bklyn) (15-16) 60-51
G3: #7 St. Francis (Pa.) (13-16) @ #2 Fairleigh Dickinson (15-14) 72-74
G4: #6 Long Island (15-14) @ #3 Sacred Heart (12-17) 84-76
   
Semifinal Round  
Saturday, March 5  
#6 Long Island (16-14) @ #1 Wagner (21-9) 65-81
#5 Mount St. Mary’s (14-18) @ #2 Fairleigh Dickinson (16-14) 75-80
   
Championship  
Tuesday, March 8  
#2 Fairleigh Dickinson (17-14) at @1 Wagner (22-9)  
   
   
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
   
   
Patriot League Tournament  
Site: Campus Sites @ Higher Seeds  
   
1st Round  
Monday, March 1  
G1: #9 Holy Cross (10-19) @ #8 Loyola (Md.) (9-20) 72-67
G2: #10 Lafayette (6-23) @ #7 Navy (18-13) 70-78
   
Quarterfinal Round  
Wednesday, March 3  
G3: #9 Holy Cross (11-19) @ #1 Bucknell (17-12) 77-72
G4: #5 Colgate (13-16) @ #4 Army (18-12) 69-82
G5: #6 American (11-18) @ #3 Boston U (18-13) 69-64
G6: #7 Navy (19-13) @ #2 Lehigh (15-14) 63-65
   
Semifinal Round  
Sunday, March 6  
#9 Holy Cross (12-19) @ #4 Army (19-12)  
#6 American (12-18) @ #2 Lehigh (16-14)  
   
Championship  
Wednesday, March 9 @ Higher Seed  
7:30 PM on CBS Sports Network  
   
   
Southern Conference  
Site: Asheville, NC  
   
1st Round  
Friday, March 4  
G1: #8 Samford (13-18) vs. #9 VMI (9-20) 92-85
G2: #7 Mercer (18-13) vs. #10 Citadel (10-21) 71-69
   
Quarterfinal Round  
Saturday, March 5  
G3: #1 Chattanooga (26-5) vs. #8 Samford (14-18) 59-54
G4: #4 Wofford (15-16) vs. #5 Western Carolina (15-16) 83-88
G5: #2 East Tennessee (21-10) Vs. Mercer (19-13) 81-65
G6: #3 Furman (17-14) vs. #6 UNC-Greensboro (14-17) 80-64
   
Semifinal Round  
Sunday, March 6  
#1 Chattanooga (27-5) vs. #5 Western Carolina (16-16)  
#2 East Tennessee (22-10) vs. #3 Furman (18-14)  
   
Championship  
Monday, March 7  
9:00 PM on ESPN2  
   
   
West Coast Conference Tournament  
Site: Las Vegas  
   
1st Round  
Friday, March 4  
G1: #8 Loyola Marymount (13-16) vs. #9 San Diego (9-20) 64-61
   
Quarterfinal Round  
Saturday, March 5  
G2: #3 BYU (22-9) vs. #6 Santa Clara (11-19) 72-60
G3: #4 Pepperdine (17-12) vs. #5 San Francisco (15-14) 90-86
G4: #1 Saint Mary’s (24-4) vs. #8 Loyola Marymount (14-16) 60-48
G5: #2 Gonzaga (23-7) vs. #7 Portland (12-19) 92-67
   
Semifinal Round  
Monday, March 7  
#1 Saint Mary’s (25-4) vs. #4 Pepperdine (18-12)  
#2 Gonzaga (24-7) vs. #3 BYU (23-9)  
   
Championship  
Tuesday, March 8  
9:00 PM on ESPN  

 

Brackets For Tournaments Not Yet Underway

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 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
 
 
Horizon League Tournament
Site: Detroit
 
1st Round
Saturday, March 5
G1: #4 Green Bay (19-12) vs. #9 Cleveland St. (9-22)
G2: #5 Milwaukee (19-12) vs. #8 Northern Kentucky (9-20)
G3: #3 Wright St. (19-12) vs. #10 Illinois-Chicago (5-24)
G4: #6 Detroit (15-14) vs. #7 Youngstown St. (11-20)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Sunday, March 6
G5: G1 Winner vs. G2 Winner
G6: G3 Winner vs. G4 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Monday, March 7
G5 Winner vs. #1 Valparaiso (26-5)
G6 Winner vs. #2 Oakland (21-10)
 
Championship
Tuesday, March 8
7:00 PM on ESPN
 
 
Mid-American Conference Tournament
Site: Cleveland, 1st Round at Higher Seed
 
1st Round
Monday, March 7
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)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Thursday, March 10
G5: #1 Akron (24-7) vs. G1 Winner
G6: #4 Central Michigan (17-14) vs. G2 Winner
G7: #2 Ohio (20-10) vs. G3 Winner
G8: #3 Buffalo (17-14) vs. G4 Winner
 
Semfinal Round
Friday, March 11
G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner
G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner
 
Championship Round
Saturday, March 12
7:30 PM on ESPN
 
 
Mid-eastern Athletic Conference Tournament
Site: Norfolk, VA
 
1st Round
Monday, March 7
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)
 
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)
 
Quarterfinal Round
Wednesday, March 9
G5: #1 Hampton (18-10) vs. G3 Winner
G6: #2 Norfolk St. (16-15) vs. G4 Winner
 
Thursday, March 10
G7: #3 South Carolina St. (17-13) vs. G2 Winner
G8: #4 Bethune-Cookman (14-17) vs. G1 Winner
 
Semifinal Round
Friday, March 11
G5 Winner vs. G8 Winner
G6 Winner vs. G7 Winner
 
Championship Game
Saturday, March 12
1:00 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
 
 
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

 

The American Athletic Conference and Big Ten Conference brackets will be determined later today after their regular season schedules conclude.

 

 

 

 

February 5, 2016

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Picks For February 6-7, 2016

Breaking News: The University of Louisville has self-imposed a ban on the postseason for this year.  This means one extra bubble team just benefitted greatly.

 

Here are this weekend’s picks from the top 6 conferences.

 

Remember:

Red= An algorithm based 100% on the Four Factors

White= An algorithm combining the Four Factors and a Least Squares formula on who beat who where and when

Blue= A 100% ratings’ based algorithm concentrating on scoring margin and strength of schedule

All ratings rounded to nearest whole number except when that number is 0.  Then, even if the rating is 1/1000 of a point different, the team 1/1000 of a point better is listed as a 1-point favorite.

Games Scheduled for: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Home Visitor Red White Blue
Pittsburgh Virginia -2 1 1
Wake Forest Florida St. -4 -5 -3
Louisville Boston College 24 26 19
Duke North Carolina St. 12 12 10
Virginia Tech Clemson 1 1 -1
Notre Dame North Carolina -3 -1 -5
TCU Kansas -10 -10 -12
Oklahoma St. Iowa St. -4 -4 1
Texas Texas Tech 7 6 8
Kansas St. Oklahoma -7 -3 -7
West Virginia Baylor 8 8 10
Xavier Marquette 15 14 12
Creighton Depaul 12 15 17
Providence Villanova -4 -2 -5
St. John’s Butler -11 -14 -8
Seton Hall Georgetown 6 16 9
Michigan Michigan St. -3 -3 -5
Nebraska Rutgers 16 17 14
Maryland Purdue 5 5 6
Penn St. Indiana -10 -24 -15
California Stanford 8 8 7
Washington Arizona -3 -2 -9
Washington St. Arizona St. -3 -5 -3
Oregon St. Colorado 2 -1 -1
Alabama Missouri 11 10 10
Kentucky Florida 6 4 7
Texas A&M South Carolina 9 7 10
Georgia Auburn 10 13 7
LSU Mississippi St. 8 9 14
Arkansas Tennessee 7 7 8
Ole Miss Vanderbilt -2 -3 2

 

Games Schedule for: Sunday, February 7 2016
Home Visitor Red White Blue
Georgia Tech Miami (Fl.) -3 -2 -5
Illinois Iowa -13 -11 -16
Oregon Utah 11 9 12

 

February 1, 2016

America’s Most Accurate Bracketology Composite—February 1, 2016

As Ground Hog’s Day approaches, the numbers of potential at-large teams drops into a more manageable number.  Conference tournament action kicks off in less than four weeks, and four dozens of teams, their only chance to make the Big Dance will be to win their conference tournament.

In the past week, a couple of conferences on the verge of having a second team guaranteed to make the Field of 68 became clearer to the 32 Bracketologists that we consider A-1.  The West Coast Conference now looks like a two-bid league for sure with both Gonzaga and St. Mary’s on pace to become locks.  The American Conference is close to being assured of at least two teams with Cincinnati coming on strong and Connecticut looking like they have just enough positives on their resume to get in the Dance.

In the case of the Missouri Valley, Wichita State opened up a three-game lead over rivals Evansville and Southern Illinois, as the Shockers now look like a Sweet 16 team with the entire roster healthy.  San Diego State has lapped the field in the Mountain West, and it looks like the Aztecs will be the lone team to earn a spot in the field if they win the conference tournament as well.

The bubble has been reduced to just 15 teams this week, with the top five on the bubble in the field, and the bottom 10 on the outside, looking in.

Here is this week’s One-bid Conference Review.

America East

Stony Brook (8-0/17-4) made it 13 wins in a row with a 27-point win over contender Maine and a road win against Vermont by double digits.  The Seawolves have enough talent to pull off a Round of 64 upset and cannot be overlooked.  SBU should be no worse than 14-2/23-6 entering the AmEast Conference Tournament.  Only Albany (6-2/17-6) still has a chance to take away the top seed, and we don’t see it happening.  It will be a monumental upset if any team other than the Seawolves win this bid.

 

Atlantic Sun

North Florida (7-0/18-6) has begun to distance themselves from the rest of the league.  Florida Gulf Coast (4-3/13-10) has dropped three games in a row, while Jacksonville (5-2/13-11) has moved into second place.  UNF looks like a 12-2/23-8 team at worst entering A-Sun Tourney play.  The Ospreys have a pair of guards that can shoot opponents out of the game when they get on a hot streak.  Dallas Moore and Beau Beech can knock it in from downtown and get inside the arc for open shorter looks.  They both scored 31 points at LSU earlier in the season and might have upset the Tigers had Ben Simmons not gone for 43 points.

 

Big Sky

Montana (8-1/13-7)  maintained the lead in the Big Sky with a road win over middle-of-the-pack rival Montana State, while top contender Weber State (7-1/15-6) swept the league’s two bottom-feeders.  The top two teams meet Saturday, February 27, in Ogden, with the winner most likely to earn the top-seed.  Unlike in years past, when only the top four, six, or eight teams qualified for the conference tournament, and the top-seed hosted it, the league has switched to a new format where all 12 teams qualify for the tournament, and it will be played in Reno.

 

Big South

This league is one of the most interesting of the low major conferences.  Seven teams are still in contention for the conference tournament.  Winthrop (8-3/16-6) is the hot team, having won eight consecutive games.  The Eagles are tied for first with UNC-Asheville (8-3/15-8).  Five other teams are within two games of first.  The conference tournament is at last place Campbell.

 

Big West

The top two teams both suffered setbacks last week but still remain the teams to beat.  Defending champion UC-Irvine (6-1/17-6) still has the best roster for scaring an #2 or #3 seed, but Hawaii (5-1/16-3) may have the better overall talent.  As usual for the league, the conference tournament is in Anaheim, and that should help Irvine a little.

 

Colonial

This is a five-team race to the conference championship, and any of the five could compete in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament.  Presently, UNC-Wilmington (8-2/16-5) and Hofstra (8-2/16-6) are both enjoying healthy winning streaks, but February presents both schools tough finishing schedules.  The co-leaders face off for the first of two times Thursday night in Hempstead.  The out-of-conference schedules were not strong enough to merit an extra bid from this league, but there are two or even three teams talented enough to compete in the Field of 68.

 

Conference USA

UAB (8-1/18-4) is in the catbird’s seat in C-USA.  The Blazers are close to locking up the top-seed in the conference tournament, and the league has made it easier for them by putting the conference tournament in Birmingham.  Middle Tennessee (7-2/15-6) is firmly in control of the important second spot, where the top two seeds receive byes to the third day of the tournament.  UAB must still visit MTSU on Sunday, February 21.

 

Horizon

Valparaiso (9-1/19-4) is running away with this race.  Wright State (7-3/13-10) defeated Valpo earlier this year, but the Crusaders will have the chance to get revenge at home later this month.  The top two seeds receive byes to the conference tournament semifinal round.  Valpo could earn a 10-seed if they win out, but they will not receive an at-large bid if they are upset in the conference tourney.

 

Ivy

The one holdout when it comes to conference tournaments, the Ivy League still may be faced with a playoff of two or even three teams.  Currently, two teams remained unbeaten in league play.  Yale (4-0/13-5) knocked off previously unbeaten in Ivy play Princeton Saturday night, while Columbia (4-0/15-6) won at Harvard.  The Bulldogs and Lions face off Friday night in New Haven, with a return game in the Big Apple on March 5.  There is a good chance that the two might be forced to play a rubber game on March 12.

 

Metro Atlantic

The top three teams have begun to distance themselves from the rest of the league.  Monmouth (9-2/17-5) has won eight of nine games, including wins over the other two contenders, Siena (8-3/15-7) and Iona (8-3/11-9).  The three contenders each face the other two one more time this year, starting with Monmouth facing Siena in Albany tonight.  The MAAC Tournament will be in Albany again.

 

Mid-American

The MAC returns to its old conference tournament format with the four first round games played on campus sites and the winners joining the four teams receiving byes in Cleveland for the final three rounds.  Even though the league is still divided into divisions, the teams will be seeded one to 12 in the postseason.  In a showdown of division leaders last Tuesday, Akron (6-2/17-4) bested Northern Illinois (5-3/16-5).  Kent State (6-2/15-6) and Central Michigan (5-3/12-9) currently hold on to the other two of the top four seeds, but there are teams behind these four capable of winning the lone automatic bid.

 

Mideastern Athletic

This race tightened since we last reported, as South Carolina State (7-2/12-11) won at league-leader Hampton (8-1/12-8) Saturday.  It was the only regular season meeting between the top two teams, so Hampton does not have to go to Orangeburg.

 

Missouri Valley

Wichita State (10-0/16-5) has opened up a three-game lead over Evansville (7-3/18-5) and Southern Illinois (7-3/18-5), and short of SIU winning out in the regular season, which would include a Wednesday night win over the Shockers, this league will be reduced to one bid if WSU wins the automatic berth.

 

Mountain West

San Diego State (9-0/16-6) is on the verge of doing in the MWC what Wichita State has done in the MVC.  The Aztecs are now 2 1/2 games ahead of number two New Mexico (6-2/13-8).  The conference tournament is in Vegas, but the home team UNLV Rebels are mired in a distant seventh place and in utter disarray, so do not expect the home team to win the tournament or even make it to the semifinals.

 

Northeast

This remains an exciting race, as six teams remain in contention for the conference championship.  Seeding is very important in the NEC, because all conference tournament games are played on the superior-seed home courts.  Saturday, Wagner (7-3/14-7) won at Mount St. Mary’s (7-3/10-13) to become the hot team.  Fairleigh Dickinson (7-3/11-10) will make the 30-mile trek to Staten Island Thursday night to face Wagner.

 

Ohio Valley

Belmont (8-1/16-7) lost its first league game of the season, when the Bruins lost at Tennessee Tech (8-2/16-7).  The Golden Eagles also bested Tennessee State (6-2/15-6) earlier in the week.  TTU must still face the other two contenders on enemy turf this month.  Morehead State (6-3/12-9) is in fourth place in the East Division, but that record would be good for first in the West Division.  The top two seeds earn byes to the semifinal round.

 

Patriot

Bucknell (9-1/12-9) has won nine of their last 10 games, and the Bison hold a 2 1/2 game lead over Navy (6-3/15-7), after the Midshipmen lost twice to bottom division opponents last week.  All conference tournament games are played at the home courts of the higher seeds, and it will be very difficult for anybody to beat Bucknell at Sojka Pavilion.

 

Southern

With non-conference wins over Georgia, Dayton, and Illinois, and a loss at Iowa State, Chattanooga (7-1/18-3) might be capable of advancing past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, if star big guard Casey Jones can return from his ankle injury and play at the same pace prior to the injury.  This team is solid and capable of winning 30 games.  Any other team earning the bid from this league will be a great disappointment, because the Mocs are 10 points better than anybody else when Jones is healthy.

 

Southland

Brad Underwood should be coaching in a Power 5 conference.  The head man of Stephen F. Austin (8-0/15-5), even in his early 50’s, is talented enough to get a big time job and lead a major conference team to a Final Four.  The Lumberjacks face their sternest test of the conference season this Saturday, when they venture to co-leader Houston Baptist (8-0/14-7).  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (7-1/16-4) is close behind but lost at home to SFA over the weekend.

 

Southwestern Athletic

Three teams appear to be above the rest in the league, but it looks like an almost certainty that the winner of the automatic bid will have to turn around on just two or three days off to play a First Four game in Dayton.  Texas Southern (8-0/9-11), Southern (7-2/15-7), and Jackson State (6-2/11-10) are the top three, while Alcorn State (6-3/8-12) is eligible to play in the SWAC Tournament, but ineligible to play in any postseason tournament.  If the Braves were to win the Conference Tournament, the league will then choose the representative.

 

Summit

How about a race with four teams tied for first as they round the final turn and head for home?  Locked in a tight race are South Dakota State (7-2/18-5), IPFW (7-2/18-6), Omaha (7-2/15-8), and IUPUI (7-2/11-13).  The conference tournament remains in Sioux Falls, so the Jackrabbits have the advantage over the other three co-leaders.  For Omaha, this is the Mavericks’ first year as an eligible member of Division 1.  Omaha may actually be the best of the quartet, and they still must face SDSU twice.

 

Sun Belt

Arkansas-Little Rock (9-1/19-2) probably has no chance at an at-large bid, even if they were to win out through the conference tournament semifinals before losing in the championship game.  Even at 29-3, the Trojans would likely be headed to the NIT.  UALR’s chief competition is Louisiana-Lafayette (7-3/11-8).

 

This leaves 46 teams from multiple bid leagues.  Here is a rundown on each conference.

American

Safe

—–

Okay for Now

Cincinnati (6-3/16-6)

Bubble–IN

Connecticut (5-3/15-6)

Bubble–OUT

Tulsa (6-3/14-7)

Temple (6-3/12-8)

 

Atlantic Coast

Safe

North Carolina (8-0/19-2)

Louisville (6-2/17-4)

Virginia (6-3/17-4)

Miami (5-3/16-4)

Okay for Now

Duke (4-4/15-6)

Pittsburgh (6-3/17-4)

Notre Dame (6-3/15-6)

Bubble–IN

Syracuse (5-5/15-8)

Florida State (4-5/14-7)

Bubble–OUT

Clemson (6-3/13-8)

 

Atlantic 10

Safe

Dayton (8-1/18-3)

Okay for Now

Virginia Commonwealth (8-0/16-5)

Bubble–IN

St. Joseph’s (7-1/18-3)

Bubble–OUT

George Washington (5-3/16-5)

 

Big 12

Safe

Oklahoma (6-2/18-2)

Baylor (6-2/17-4)

West Virginia (6-2/17-4)

Kansas (5-3/17-4)

Iowa St. (5-3/16-5)

Okay for Now

Texas (5-3/14-7)

Bubble–IN

Texas Tech (2-6/12-8)

Bubble–OUT

Kansas St. (2-6/13-8)

 

Big East

Safe

Villanova (8-1/18-3)

Xavier (7-2/19-2)

Providence (6-3/18-4)

Okay for Now

Seton Hall (5-4/15-6)

Bubble–IN

Butler (3-6/14-7)

Bubble–OUT

Creighton (5-4/14-8)

 

Big Ten

Safe

Iowa (8-1/17-4)

Maryland (8-2/19-3)

Michigan St. (6-4/19-4)

Purdue (7-3/19-4)

Okay for Now

Michigan (7-2/17-5)

Indiana (8-1/18-4)

Bubble–IN

—–

Bubble–OUT

Wisconsin (5-4/13-9)

 

Pac-12

Safe

Oregon (7-2/18-4)

Arizona (5-4/17-5)

Utah (6-3/17-5)

USC (6-3/17-5)

Okay for Now

Colorado (6-3/17-5)

Bubble–IN

California (4-5/14-8)

Washington (6-3/14-7)

Bubble–OUT

UCLA (4-5/13-9)

Oregon St. (3-6/12-8)

 

Southeastern

Safe

Texas A&M (7-1/18-3)

Kentucky (6-2/16-5)

Okay for Now

Florida (5-3/14-7)

South Carolina (6-2/19-2)

Bubble–IN

LSU (6-2/13-8)

Bubble–OUT

Vanderbilt (4-4/12-9)

Alabama (2-6/11-9)

West Coast

Safe

—–

Okay for Now

St. Mary’s (9-1/18-2)

Bubble–IN

Gonzaga (9-2/17-5)

Bubble–OUT

BYU (7-3/16-7)

 

The 68 Teams Seeded

1 Oklahoma
1 Villanova
1 North Carolina
1 Xavier
2 Iowa
2 Kansas
2 Virginia
2 Texas A&M
3 Maryland
3 Oregon
3 Michigan St.
3 Iowa St.
4 West Virginia
4 Miami (FL.)
4 Louisville
4 Purdue
5 Kentucky
5 Dayton
5 Providence
5 Baylor
6 Arizona
6 Utah
6 USC
6 Duke
7 Texas
7 Michigan
7 Indiana
7 Florida
8 Pittsburgh
8 South Carolina
8 Wichita St.
8 Notre Dame
9 Colorado
9 Virginia Commonwealth
9 St. Mary’s 
9 Cincinnati
10 Valparaiso
10 St. Joseph’s
10 Syracuse
10 California
11 Florida St.
11 Seton Hall
11 Connecticut
11 Washington
11 Gonzaga
12 Butler
12 LSU
12 Texas Tech
12 Monmouth
12 San Diego St.
13 UALR
13 Chattanooga
13 South Dakota St.
13 Stony Brook
14 Akron
14 UNC-Wilmington
14 UC-Irvine
14 UAB
15 Yale
15 Belmont
15 North Florida
15 Stephen F. Austin
16 Winthrop
16 Montana
16 Hampton
16 Wagner
16 Bucknell
16 Texas Southern

Last Four IN:Gonzaga, Butler, LSU, Texas Tech

First Four OUT: Wisconsin, UCLA, George Washington, Clemson

Next Four OUT: Vanderbilt, Kansas St., Oregon St., Creighton

 

 

August 20, 2015

2015 Pac-12 Conference Preview

The Pac-12 Conference almost made the leap to the top Power 5 league in our preseason ratings this year.  At number two, the Pac-12 was just a few tenths of a point behind the perpetual powerhouse known as the Southeastern Conference.  However, a couple of key injuries in the SEC in recent days has actually catapulted the Pac-12 a few tenths of a point ahead.

The Pac-12 schedule is a little stronger this year than its chief competitor league, as this league plays far fewer FCS schools than the SEC, and because it plays nine conference games, the Pac-12 teams have more difficult road games than the SEC.  That said, the power rating averages for the two leagues are virtually identical (although the ratings will not be fully updated until the end of the month).

Like the SEC, the Pac-12 is not all that balanced in quality between its two divisions.  The North Division has two top teams in Oregon and Stanford, one team on the rise but still not powerful in California, and three rebuilding teams in Washington, Washington St., and Oregon St.

In the South, with Colorado returning a lot of experience and depth, it is possible that all six teams will become bowl eligible.  Also, since the nine-game schedule means inter-divisional games include four of every team’s nine total league games, with all the parity, it appears that no team will go undefeated in the league and probable that the winners of both divisions could be 7-2.  And, at 7-2 in league play, there will be little chance that the actual toughest conference will send a team to the playoffs.

In the North Division, Oregon and Stanford will battle it out to see which team advances to Levi’s Stadium to play in the Pac-12 Championship Game.  These two rivals have won the conference championship for six consecutive seasons.  Stanford was a bit down last year, while Oregon had its best squad since the 2010 team played in the National Championship Game.

Both teams suffered major personnel losses from last year.  Stanford must replace seven starters on defense including their front three (two were NFL Draft picks) and the two of the top defensive backs in the league (also NFL Draft choices).  However, Coach David Shaw had a lot of depth on this side of the ball, and we do not see the Cardinal becoming generous when the other team has the ball.  After giving up just 16 points per game last year, SU may give up 21 to 23 this year.

The Stanford offense was a bit inconsistent last year.  In losses to USC, Notre Dame, Arizona St., Oregon, and Utah, the Cardinal rushed for just 115 yards per game.  In their eight wins, SU rushed for 186 yards per game.  It led to Stanford dropping to its lowest rushing output since before Jim Harbaugh brought the smashmouth style of ball to Palo Alto in 2007.  With nine starters returning on this side of the ball, the Cardinal should be a little more consistent this year.  This will never be an offense that wows like Oregon, but the SU attack unit better helps the Cardinal defense by controlling the ball more and keeping the defense off the field.
Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan almost decided to transfer as a 5th year senior, but he thought twice and remained on the farm.  Hogan is considered the most underrated passer in the conference, and having the veteran return is worth an extra touchdown per game.  Hogan completed nearly 2/3 of his passes last year for nearly eight yards per attempt.

Hogan’s heroes on the other end of his passes are talented.  Even with the departure of incredible possession receiver Ty Montgomery, the Cardinal are deep with receiving talent.  Tight end Austin Hooper is NFL ready as a true sophomore.  Wideout Devon Cajuste will stretch the field vertically with his breakaway ability.

The running game relies more on depth than one star, as there are no Stepfan Taylor’s on the roster.  Remond Wright, Christian McCaffrey, and maybe a true freshman or too will rotate in the lineup.  Wright can run straight ahead a little better ,while McCaffrey is the better pass receiver.  True freshman Cameron Scarlett has the potential to be the multi-purpose back Stanford likes to use, but he is a true freshman.

Stanford has the best offensive line in the division with two potential high draft choices in guard Joshua Garrett and tackle Kyle Murphy.

As stated earlier, the Cardinal defense will take a minor step backward this season, but there is still talent on this side of the ball.  Inside linebacker Blake Martinez will contend for 1st team All-Pac-12 honors this year after leading SU with 102 tackles in 2014.  Outside linebacker Kevin Anderson is a better blitzer than pass defender, but he has all-conference potential as well.  Outside linebacker Peter Kalambayi is not as strong of a blitzer as Anderson, but he is a better pass defender, so the SU linebacker unit will be strong this year.

The keys to the success or lack thereof of this defense will be in the rebuilt front wall and in the secondary.  Somebody will have to step up to replace the efforts of departed stars Henry Anderson, James Vaughters, and David Perry, who combined for 22.5 sacks and 33.5 total tackles for loss.

Stanford’s schedule helps and hurts their chances to become a playoff team.  The Cardinal host Oregon this year and figures to be the favorite in this game.  They also host Notre Dame, a team that could be 11-0 when they come to the farm.  On the other hand, SU plays road games against Northwestern and USC early in the year, and it might be difficult if not impossible to win both games.  Then, of course, in order to get to the playoffs, they would have to win the Conference Championship Game.  In a balanced league with five or six teams good enough to win the league crown, we don’t see Stanford or any other Pac-12 team making it to the Final Four this year.

Oregon is the clear cut other contender in the Pac-12 North.  The Ducks may have been the best team in the nation until numerous injuries forced them to go with backups late in the year.  Ohio State had to replace their starting quarterback twice, and they had incredible depth at that position, but Oregon lost multiple offensive linemen and did not have the equivalent of multiple Cardale Jones’, and it cost the Ducks in their regular season loss against Arizona (a dozen sacks against Marcus Mariota!)

The Heisman Trophy winner is rarely easily replaceable, and in this case, replacing a quarterback that threw 42 touchdown passes with just four interceptions, while amassing 4,454 yards through the air and another 770 on the ground (more than 900 without the sacks), is totally impossible.  Transfer Vernon Adams might be one of the top five QBs in the league, whereas Mariota was the best in college football in years!

The Duck offensive line is not going to be as strong as last year’s as well, so Adams is going to face more pressure than Mariota did, with the exception of when the injuries left Mariota running for his life.  The running game will go down as well, as run blocking will be harder to learn than pass blocking.  Expect Royce Freeman’s numbers to go down some this year, if not in total yards gained, then in yards per carry.

The Oregon defense took some heavy losses, but there is talent in all three units.  End DeForest Buckner is a capable run stopper and pass rusher.  The secondary is a tad suspect this year, as no current player can replace Erick Dargan or Troy Hill.

The Ducks’ schedule should bring them back to the pack and more than likely behind Stanford in the standings, if only due to the tiebreaker.  Oregon must make a road trip to a revenge-seeking Michigan State team that may be playing for a chance to get into the playoffs if they can run the table against the other 11 opponents on their schedule not wearing scarlet and gray.  The Ducks play at Stanford and at Arizona State, and they also draw USC from the South, so this team will find great difficulty winning 10 regular season games.

California improved from 0-9/1-11 in 2013 to 3-6/5-7 last year under second year coach Sonny Dykes.  The Golden Bears added more than two touchdowns per game to their pass it all over the field offense, but their defense still gave up 40 points and 500+ yards per game.  This year, Cal should add points to its offensive average and shave off points on its defensive average, but they won’t challenge the top two in this division.  Look for the Bears to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2011, but with road games against Texas, Uta, UCLA, Oregon, and Stanford, as well as a home game against USC, Cal will become bowl eligible and play in one of the minor bowls, maybe even having to replace a team as an at-large candidate.

Washington took a small step backwards last year under first year coach Chris Petersen.  Like the other former Boise State coaches, Petersen was unable to work the magic at his new school, and the Huskies lost six times, while going just 4-5 in the league.  This year’s squad has been decimated by graduation, and UW will lose more than they win.  To make matters worse, the Huskies begin the season at the blue turf in Boise, and the Broncos will prevail with an easy win.  A game three match at home against Utah State will be tough, and then the next seven games (Cal, at USC, Oregon, at Stanford, Arizona, Utah, and at Arizona St.) will take its toll on this young team.  How they come out of that tough stretch will determine if UW can win at Oregon St. or at home against Washington St. for the Apple Cup.

The Pirate has been grounded ashore in Pullman, Washington.  Coach Mike Leach has not pilfered wins at Washington St. like he did at Texas Tech.  The Cougars have put up incredible passing numbers, but sacks and no running game has allowed defenses to force a lot of turnovers.  70-yard drives that end without points have become the norm here, and decent but not spectacular defenses have worn down having to play upwards of 75 plays per game.  This year, WSU returns a veteran offensive line that should provide better pass protection for the passing game.  However, an adequate passer has to be found.  Luke Falk saw action last year, but he averaged an interception for every 34.7 attempts.  When you pass the ball as much as 70 times in a game, two interceptions are enough to give you an “L”.

Oregon State starts over from scratch with a new coach, a new quarterback, and practically an entirely new defense.  The Beavers have seen their win total drop from nine to seven to five in the last three years, and it is easy to believe the trend will continue this year.  New head coach Gary Andersen has won at every stop he has made in his head coaching career, so he should eventually bring OSU back to where they were for most of this century and not take the program back to where it was for the 30+ years before that.

Andersen has not yet named a starting quarterback, but true freshman Seth Collins may have the edge.  Collins is not your typical true freshman candidate to start at quarterback, and this means the Beavers are lacking a Pac-12 caliber passer this season.  Whoever ends up at QB will have at least one star and one near star receiver at his disposal.  Victor Bolden (star) and Jordan Villamin (near star) should combine for 100+ receptions again after teaming for 108 last year.

The defense is in a major rebuilding mode and can be considered in disarray at the start of the year.  The top six tacklers from last year are gone.  Also gone are all of the players that intercepted a pass.  Among those expected to start this year, one has been dismissed.  So, it could be a long year in Corvallis, and OSU could go 0-9 in league play.

The South Division is going to be wide open, as five of the six teams could possibly contend for the division crown, while the sixth should be improved enough to become bowl eligible.

How do you separate USC, UCLA, Arizona St. Arizona, and Utah?  Picking one of these five teams to win the division is tough, and you would not be criticized for choosing any of this quintet.  What it means is that the winner of this division is sure to have multiple losses.  We believe the division champion will be 7-2, but it would not shock us to see a logjam of 6-3 teams.

One team must be the South Division representative in the Pac-12 Championship Game, so we will go with the chalk and choose USC to win the tiebreaker at the top.  The Trojans have the best quarterback in the league, and in recent years the Pac-12 team with the best quarterback has won the conference championship.  Cody Kessler is not only the top QB in the league, we rate him as the top QB in college football.  Had it not been for Mariota playing in the same conference, Kessler might have earned 1st team All-America honors last year when he completed 70% of his passes with 39 TDs and just 5 INTs, while averaging nearly 8.5 yards per attempt.

Had the Trojans not had to replace most of the receiving corps and their star running back, we might have picked USC to go 9-0 in the league and win the Conference Championship Game.  However, the Trojans’ cupboard is closer to bare than stocked at the wideout and running back positions.  JuJu Smith is the loner holdover contributing receiver, while Justin Davis takes over as the featured back.  Davis should top 1,000 yards rushing thanks to the league’s premier offensive line that returns all five starters from a year ago.

The USC defense should be somewhat stronger this year than last, when the Trojans surrendered 25.2 points and 408 yards per game.  Sam linebacker Su’a Cravens could be the next Trojan defender to grace the 1st Team All-American squad.  Cravens is a former safety.  His quickness means that most offensive linemen cannot stop him, while his strength means most blocking backs cannot move him.  Expect up to 20 stops for loss this year and a good number of picks from this star.

The only weakness in the USC defense might be in the pass rush.  USC dumped enemy quarterbacks 33 times, which is pedestrian in the pass-happy Pac-12.  If the Trojans are to become the USC of old, that number must go up about 30-35%.  Losing the best defensive lineman in college ball, Leonard Williams, to the NFL means it isn’t going to happen, and thus USC becomes a leading contender in the South Division rather than the clear-cut choice.

Jim Mora, Jr. took over a UCLA program that had struggled for several years, and in his first three years, the Bruins finished 9-5, 10-3, and 10-3.  The Bruins’ big conference nemesis has not been rival USC.  Stanford has their number, and until UCLA can top their northern rival, the Bruins are going to continue coming up a game short.  This year, the Stanford game is on the road, so it will take an incredible effort to end the long losing streak.

The first problem the Bruins will have this year is trying to replace Brett Hundley at quarterback.  Hundley was a dual threat QB, and his running and passing numbers will not be replaced by the returning QBs on this roster.  True freshman Josh Rosen is the nation’s top incoming quarterback, but no true freshman will match an NFL Draft pick.  Expect some mistakes with some incredible passing days, but it should keep the Bruins in the same spot in the pecking order–just behind first place.

Rosen will have a lot of support in the skill positions, as the receivers and backs are talented and deep.  Paul Perkins might lead the conference in rushing for the second year in a row, while the quintet of Jordan Payton, Thomas Duarte, Devin Fuller, Eldridge Massington, and Mossi Johnson (combined for 202 receptions, 2,504 yards, and 16 TDs) welcomes true freshman phenom Chris Clark to the fold.  Clark hopes to recover in time for the season from a bout of mononucleosis.

The entire offensive line returns intact this year, so Rosen will have all the tools needed to shine.  Center Jake Brendel might be the league’s top Rimington Award contender if it weren’t for his counterpart across town.  Tackle Caleb Benenoch will play on Sunday either next year or 2017.  The other tackle, Conor McDermott is still growing at 6-8 and 300+ pounds, and he could eventually become a first round pick in the draft.

The UCLA defense has been somewhat of a liability, but it is difficult to dominate on this side of the ball in the wide open conference.  One defensive player that shines is linebacker Myles Jack.  According to our player ratings, which we use to make the team ratings, Jack is the highest-rated player in the Pac-12 and the highest rated linebacker in college football.

UCLA did not have an exceptional pass rush last year, and this tested the secondary, leading to some poor pass defense days.  This year, the secondary figured to be much improved with five experienced starters returning,  but cornerback Priest Willis decided to try his trade in the SEC and transferred to Texas A&M.

Utah, Arizona, and Arizona State figure to challenge the two LA schools, but at the start of the 2015 season, we rate this trio a few points back and in the second tier.  The margins are close enough that with just a little improvement, any of these three teams can move up to the first tier.  We expect the unexpected in the Pac-12 South, so figure on at least one of these three teams to beat either USC or UCLA (or both) and be in the race in late November.

Arizona State head coach Todd Graham actually rates in the top five tier with Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, James Franklin, and Brian Kelly in our PiRate Ratings coaching factor.   We calculate that Graham gives his team about 6.5 points more per game than the average coach, and 15.5 points more than the equivalent of a “replacement coach” similar to a replacement player in baseball.

The 2015 Sun Devils return the bulk of the team that went into the final game against Arizona with a shot at winning the division, after winning the flag in 2013.  Quarterback Mike Bercovici takes over the reins of the offense in a full-time capacity after seeing spot starting duty last year.  He merely guided the Sun Devils to wins at USC and at home against Stanford, so ASU will continue to top 250 passing yards and 35 points per game this year.

All Pac-12 receiver Jaelen Strong took his 82 catches to the Houston Texans, but fret not for the Devils.  With D. J. Foster, Ellis Jefferson, Gary Chambers, and Kody Kohl returning, and with JUCO Gump Hayes joining this group, ASU will move the ball through the air with success again this year.

Demario Richard took over at running back as the season progressed, while Foster saw more and more playing time at receiver, and the Sun Devils have capable backups without Foster having to return to this spot.

The offensive line is what may prevent ASU from challenging USC and UCLA.  The unit is down a bit and lacks enough quality depth to keep pressure off Bersovici.

Defensively, the Sun Devils will be much improved this year with the return of 14 of their top 16 tacklers from 2014.  The strength of this side is an interior front that returns three starters including gargantuan nose tackle Mo Latu, a human Rock of Gibraltar.  Latu will not make many tackles, but offenses don’t really try to run at him, since he cannot be moved out of the way.  His presence allows linebackers Antonio Longino and Salamo Fiso to roam freely and make the plays.

The secondary features a couple of players with all-conference potential.  Cornerbacks Lloyd Carrington and Kweishi Brown and free safety Jordan Simone form a formidable trio.

Arizona State will get a good gauge on how talented they are when they open the season in Houston against Texas A&M.  The Sun Devils then face USC and UCLA in back-to-back weeks.  They could be 5-0 and in control in the South or as low as 2-3 at this point, and the early advancement of that offensive line is crucial.

Utah is starting to get more respect as one of the two new members of the league.  The Utes posted their first winning record in Pac-12 play last year, including wins over UCLA, USC, and Stanford.  If not for an upset loss at home to Washington St., Utah would have played Arizona in November with a chance to take the South Division title.

The Utes’ defense was a little better than their offense last year, but the stop troops lost three stars that will be hard to replace.  Nate Orchard recorded 18.5 sacks, and Eric Rowe was credited with 14 passes defended.  Both were high draft picks this Spring.

Fortunately for Coach Kyle Whittingham, defensive end Hunter Dimick returns.  Dimick dumped enemy quarterbacks 10 times last year.  Jason Fanaika added five sacks, but his spot in the lineup may be taken up by Kylie Fitts, a transfer from UCLA.  Last year, the Utes recorded 55 QB dumps, creating the moniker of “Sack Lake City.”  Expect the sacks to drop to the 40’s this year.

The back seven is led by multi-talented hybrid linebacker Gionni Paul and Mike linebacker Jared Norris.   Paul finished second in the league with four interceptions, while making 61 tackles, all the while playing on an injured leg.  He is healthy to start the season, so expect even better play from him.  Norris led the Utes with 116 tackles last year, including 13 for loss.

The offense is a bit shaky, not spectacular, but not incompetent.  Utah was the only Pac-12 team not to average 200 or more passing yards per game last year, and this could continue to be a problem in 2015.  As of this writing, the starting quarterback job is still undecided.  Three-year starter Travis Wilson is a decent run/pass option, but decent doesn’t win Pac-12 titles.  Challenger and former Oklahoma Sooner Kendal Thompson appeared to be winning the job last year until an injury ended his season.  In August drills, neither has stepped up to win the job, and the old saying “If you have two quarterbacks, you have none” could prove true (don’t tell this to Urban Meyer).

Utah’s running game helped their defense more than their passing game last year, as the Utes were the only team in this division not to average 150 total scrimmage plays in their conference games (Arizona topped 160).  Devontae Booker will challenge for the conference rushing title after coming in a close second last year.  Booker combines power and speed in the mold of an Eddie George or Eric Dickerson.

The receiving unit lacks a star.  It is partly because there isn’t a stud passer throwing the passes, but this unit also is partly responsible for there not being a star QB.  The one true deep threat from 2014 is gone, and it leaves a pair of possession receivers as the top two returnees.

The offensive line has talent but little depth.  Former defensive lineman Sam Tevi immediately moves into the starting lineup here, and he will need some real game play to learn how to play tackle.  Center Siaosi Aiono might contend for all-conference honors in another conference, but in the Pac 12, he is not even in the top three in this division.

Utah has one of the toughest schedules in the nation this year, as they play no cupcakes out of conference.  They begin with a home game against Michigan in Jim Harbaugh’s debut with the Maize and Blue.  A Friday night tilt against rival Utah State follows, and then a trip to Fresno State closes out the pre-Pac-12 slate, which begins at Oregon.  If Utah can win nine games again this season, Whittingham should receive some national coach of the year votes.

Arizona took the Pac-12 South flag last year with a perfect November, but after upsetting Oregon in the regular season, the Wildcats took a punishing loss in the conference title game, followed by a Fiesta Bowl loss to Boise State.  Coach Rich Rodriguez always has an explosive spread offense, and when he has an experienced quarterback, his teams’ numbers go up.  Anu Solomon returns after earning Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 honors as a freshman.  Solomon threw for almost 3,800 yards last year, while leading UA to almost 35 points per game and 463.6 yards per game.  Another year of experience could lead to some scary numbers, like 40 points and 500 yards per game.

Nick Wilson came in fourth in the league with 1,375 rushing yards, while crossing the goal line 16 times, doing so while injured for part of the year.  If healthy, Wilson could challenge the 1,800 yard barrier this year.

Most of the receiving corps from 2014 is back, led by Cayleb Jones and Samajie Grant.  Jones led the ‘Cats with 73 receptions and 1,019 yards, while Grant averaged 16 yards on his 45 catches.

Like their intrastate rival, Arizona’s liability is in their offensive line.  Inconsistent play last year led to breakdowns in their losses, and there appears to be little chance that this issue will be resolved in 2015.  Arizona cannot afford to surrender 40+ sacks, which might happen this year.

Defensively, the Wildcats did not put fear in many opponents.  UA gave up 450 yards per game, proving to be mediocre against the run and worse against the pass.  They won six of their games by outscoring the opposition, and they will have to repeat that again this year to have any chance of repeating as division champ.

One unit on this side that takes a back seat to no rival is the linebacker unit.  With Scooby Wright in the middle, some plus plays will always be made.  If tackles were votes, Wright would have won the Pac-12 race by a landslide last year.  He brought down enemies 163 times.  His 14 sacks were third best in the league, and his 29 total tackles for loss headed the league.

Will Parks leads an inexperienced secondary.  UA relies on a 5-man backfield, and Parks proved to be equally adept at covering the run and the pass last year playing the toughest defensive position in the game; the “spur” position is much like the old “monster” position from days gone by.  Parks must be a linebacker and a safety at the same time, and he proved he was up for the job last year.

Arizona will be competitive once again this year, but it will be difficult to repeat their feats of last year.  The Wildcats should be 3-0 when UCLA comes to Tucson in late September, and the entire season could be riding on getting the win in that game.  Even if UA wins that one, they have a major disadvantage with a schedule that finds them playing 12 games in 12 weeks (the only contender in the division saddled with this issue).

Colorado has yet to become a threat in the Pac-12.  The Buffaloes have been down since Gary Barnett was forced to vacate the coaching position a decade ago.  We believe CU has found the answer to their malaise in Coach Mike MacIntyre.  Coach Mac has been building toward this season, and with a favorable schedule that includes an extra game against Hawaii, our “experts” on the PiRate ship believe the Buffs are looking at a possible 14th game in December this year.

The CU offense averaged just 18 points and 300 yards before MacIntyre took over the reins.  In his first year, the output jumped to 25 points and 370 yards.  In year two, it moved up to 29 points and 440 yards.  If the progression continues, expect CU to top 30 points and 450 yards per game this year.  With experience returning at quarterback, running back, and receiver, as well as a majority of the offensive line, we believe those numbers are obtainable.

Start with Sefo Liufau, an exciting quarterback who only needs to cut down on his interceptions to become a budding star.  With two years of starting experience, Liufau should top 3,500 passing yards while reducing the picks (15 last year).  His top two targets from 2014 are back.  Nelson Spruce and Shay Fields caught a combined 150 passes for 1,6084 yards and 16 touchdowns, while showing that they both could break the long gainer.  Depth is a bit of a concern here, so they must stay healthy if CU is to reach bowl eligibility.

You will not see Christan Powell blazing the all-conference list, but you can expect him to top five yards per carry and protect Liufau from the blitz.  Look for Phillip Lindsay to contribute more this year as well.

The offensive line has improved greatly in the last two years, and it will be even better on the whole this year, but it is not up to the standards of USC and UCLA.  In a division of stars at the center spot, Alex Kelley will get little mention, but Kelley is the leader of this group and a capable blocker too.

Before the Buffs can become a legitimate threat in the South Division, the defense has to improve by leaps and bounds.  Expect some improvement this year, but not leaps and bounds.  With eight starters returning, CU can hope to get their statistics under 35 points and 450 yards per game for the first time since 2010.

The defensive line will be the number one concern for MacIntyre and new defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt.  The man expected to lead this unit, nose tackle Josh Tupou, was dismissed, and then a freak off-field injury to end Tyler Henington left this unit in utter disarray.  It will be difficult to develop a decent pass rush, and this team only made 22 sacks last year.

The farther back you go in this defense, the more talent you find, but the linebackers and defensive backs will not be confused for Stanford’s.  Addison Gillam, Kenneth Olugbode, and Chidobe Awuzie all return as starters at linebacker, while Kenneth Crawley leads two other returning starters in the backfield.

The Buffs should begin the season 4-0 before facing a grueling stretch of conference games against Oregon, Arizona State, and Arizona.  The key then becomes the October 24 game at Oregon State.  If CU can win to improve to 5-3, then with Washington State still on the schedule, the Buffs will need just one upset win to become bowl eligible.  While 6-7 seems more likely, we have a lot of faith in MacIntyre, and we credit Leavitt with molding defenses.  Therefore, we believe that CU will find that one upset that gets them into a bowl for the first time since 2007.

Pac-12 Media Preseason Poll

Pac-12 Conference Media Poll
Pos. Team 1st Place Total Champ. Votes
North Division
1 Oregon 37 262 17
2 Stanford 8 231 1
3 California 0 174 0
4 Washington 0 129 0
5 Washington St. 0 89 0
6 Oregon St. 0 60 0
South Division
1 USC 32 254 21
2 Arizona St. 0 200 3
3 UCLA 6 180 2
4 Arizona 0 155 0
5 Utah 0 105 0
6 Colorado 0 46 0

Pac-12 Media Preseason All-Conference Team

Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference Team
Offense Player School
Quarterback Cody Kessler USC
Running Back Devontae Booker Utah
Running Back Paul Perkins UCLA
Wide Receiver D. J. Foster Arizona St.
Wide Receiver Nelson Spruce Colorado
Wide Receiver Caleb Jones Arizona
Tight End Austin Hooper Stanford
Tackle Tyler Johnstone Oregon
Tackle Kyle Murphy Stanford
Guard Joshua Garnett Stanford
Guard Chris Borrayo California
Center Max Tuerk * USC
Defense Player School
End Hunter Dimrick Utah
End DeForest Buckner Oregon
Tackle Kenny Clark UCLA
Tackle Eddie Vanderdoes UCLA
Linebacker Myles Jack ^ UCLA
Linebacker Scooby Wright Arizona
Linebacker Su’a Cravens USC
Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson USC
Cornerback Fabian Moreau UCLA
Safety Budda Baker Washington
Safety Jordan Simone Arizona St.
Special Teams Player School
Punter Tom Hackett Utah
Kicker Andy Phillips Utah
Return Specialist Adoree’ Jackson USC
Return Specialist Charles Nelson Oregon

PiRate, Mean, Bias, and Average Ratings

Pac-12 Conference
North Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Oregon 127.0 118.6 126.8 124.1
Stanford 119.3 115.6 120.3 118.4
California 116.1 109.9 116.4 114.1
Washington 102.5 100.6 102.3 101.8
Washington St. 102.1 95.6 100.3 99.3
Oregon St. 94.2 91.8 93.2 93.1
South Division
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
UCLA 125.4 117.9 123.7 122.3
USC 122.8 117.6 122.8 121.1
Arizona St. 119.3 113.6 118.8 117.2
Utah 119.3 111.9 118.9 116.7
Arizona 118.8 108.9 118.2 115.3
Colorado 108.2 102.6 107.6 106.1
P12 Averages 114.6 108.7 114.1 112.5

PiRate Ratings Predictions and Bowl Projections

PiRate Ratings Predicted Records
Pos Team Conf. Overall Bowl
North Division
1 Stanford 7-2 10-3 ^ Holiday
2 Oregon 7-2 9-3 Foster Farms
3 California 5-4 7-5 At-Large
4 Washington 2-7 4-8 None
5 Washington St. 1-8 3-9 None
6 Oregon St. 0-9 2-10 None
South Division
1 USC 7-2 10-3 * Rose
2 UCLA 7-2 10-2 Alamo
3 Utah 5-4 8-4 Las Vegas
4 Arizona 5-4 8-4 Sun
5 Arizona St. 5-4 7-5 Cactus
6 Colorado 3-6 7-6 At-Large
* Wins Title Game
^ Loses Title Game

Coming Next: The Southeastern Conference

Will the toughest league in college football cannibalize itself out of a playoff spot this year?

June 24, 2013

The Better Approach to the NCAA Playoffs

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The NCAA Football Playoff is just two seasons away from becoming a reality.  This is the final season for the BCS Bowl system formula to select two teams to play for the National Championship.

In more years than not, the two teams perceived to be the best two played in the National Championship Game, but was that really the case?

There were seasons where one or more teams appeared to be the class of the country, only to find that another team was actually better, by a large amount in some seasons.

The Southeastern Conference has dominated the National Championship in the 21st Century, and in one of those rare occasions where the SEC was snubbed, an undefeated team might have been better than one of the two teams playing in the title game.  Witnessing all the seasons where a one-loss SEC team pounded its opponent in the championship contest makes one wonder if Auburn might have been the best team in 2004, and at least more deserving than Oklahoma for playing in the title game.

Just because the championship has been expanded by adding two more teams, there is no reason to believe that the NCAA has fixed its problems.  Look at BoiseState in 2006 and 2009.  Look at TCU in 2010.  Look at Utah in 2004 and 2008.  We really cannot state that any of these five undefeated teams did not deserve to be in the Championship Game.

Take 2009.  Both BoiseState and TCU ran the table in the regular season.  They were denied a spot in the title game based on schedule strength.  This is a major flaw that is not being addressed by the NCAA.  How do we know that had either of these teams played for the title that they would have beaten Alabama that year.

Schedule strength is a joke when determining who deserves to play for the national title.  As an example, let’s say that the entire 1st and 2nd team All-Americans were juniors in eligibility but seniors as students.  Now, let’s say that every one of the 22 position players and special teams players decided to transfer to Eastern Michigan.

It would be obvious that Eastern Michigan would be the best team in the nation by far, maybe even a little better than the weakest NFL teams.  EMU would easily go 12-0 and then run all over the MAC East winner in the Conference Championship Game.

Now, let’s say that the Eagles played Illinois State, Idaho, Army, and South Alabama outside of the MAC.  Add games with Akron, U Mass, Miami of Ohio, from the East with the five MAC West teams, and their strength of schedule might be around #120.  This 13-0 team might have a chance at playing as the last selected BCS Bowl team, but the Eagles would have zero chance to play for the championship.  Yet, we all would know that they were the best college team since Army in 1945!  What a travesty to deny this best team in modern football a chance to play for the title!  Do we deny the Baltimore Ravens a chance to get to the Super Bowl, if their schedule is weaker than New England’s?  Ask yourself this: how many times in the last 20 years has the team with the best record made it to the Super Bowl?

The NFL is the number one sports league in the world for a reason.  There is no selection committee choosing who gets into the NFL playoffs.  Every fan in the world can see which teams are in the playoffs without a fancy computer formula that has needed to be tweaked multiple times when it was easy to tell that the most deserving teams did not always receive an invitation.

The NCAA needs to set up a similar system to where all fans can know for sure which teams will make the playoffs.  Rather than choose the representatives, the teams’ play on the field should be the only deciding factor.

It is rather easy to do if you ask us on our PiRate ship.  It would require minimal adjustment to pull it off.  We believe the NCAA FBS division should be subdivided into FBA-1 and FBS-2.  There are about 80 schools that play at a level where they could possibly field a playoff-caliber team.  The other 46, and soon to be more do not have the resources as of now to play at the highest echelon of college football.

Thus, it would be our plan to take these 80 schools and place them into four, 20-team league, subdivided into two, 10-team divisions.  We are not all that far away from having that now.

With 10 teams in a division, every team would be able to play itself into the playoff without having to be selected.  The teams would play every other team in their division plus three at-large games that would have minimal impact on their making the playoffs.

After 12 games, with nine of the games coming within the division, a divisional champion would move on to play the opposite divisional champion in each of the four leagues.  The four champions would then become the four teams in the NCAA playoffs.  No seeding would be done.  The four league championship games would be played at neutral sites, and the four winners would not be seeded.  They would face off in the semifinals on a rotation with East playing Midwest and South playing West one year; East playing South and Midwest playing West the next year; and East playing West and South playing Midwest the next year.

The East, South, Midwest, and West Leagues could keep conference names, so we could be looking at a 20-team ACC, 20-team SEC, 20-team Big 20, and 20-team Pac-20.

We suggest the leagues continue to keep their current teams, with the exception of the Big 12 which would send teams into different leagues.

So, the ACC would keep its Atlantic and Coastal divisions with the seven current teams scheduled to be there in 2014 (Louisville replacing Maryland in the Atlantic Division.  To this 14-team league, we would add West Virginia, Cincinnati, South Florida, Central Florida, Connecticut, and East Carolina with three going to the Atlantic and three to the Coastal.

The SEC would keep its 14 teams in the present form and then add Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Houston, and SMU,

The Big 20 would take the 14 Big Ten schools of 2014 (Maryland and Rutgers already coming to the conference) and add Kansas, Kansas St., Iowa St., Oklahoma, OklahomaSt., and Notre Dame.

The expanded Pac-20 would include the current 12 members plus BYU, Boise St., Fresno St., Nevada, San Diego St., San Jose St., Hawaii, and Utah St.

Every one of these 80 teams could begin each season knowing that if they won their division, nothing could prevent them from becoming National Champion.

For divisional ties, a tiebreaker system similar to the NFL would be used to break all ties.  A coin flip would be the last of about 7 or 8 tiebreakers (The NFL has never needed to use this, and the chances would be so infinitesimal to believe it would happen while the Sun still shines on the Earth.

Here is an example of how it would work.  We will say that in 2016 under this plan, Florida St. and West Virginia won the two ACC divisions after West Virginia and Louisville had to go to the third tiebreaker to determine who won.  Florida St. then beat West Virginia in the ACC Championship Game to earn the first spot in the NCAA Playoffs.

In the SEC, Texas, LSU, and Alabama all finished tied at 7-2 in their division, but Texas held the tiebreaker over its two rivals. Florida tied South Carolina in the other division but won the head-to-head contest to represent the East Division.  Texas then won the SEC Championship Game.

In the Big 20, Ohio St. won one of the divisions outright, while Oklahoma and Nebraska tied at 8-1, but the Sooners won the head-to-head contest to take the tiebreaker. Ohio St. then beat Oklahoma in the Big 20 Championship Game.

In the Pac-20, Oregon and USC both went 9-0/12-0, with USC winning the Pac-20 Championship Game.  The Trojans are considered the overwhelming number one team, but that matters not in these playoffs.  They are just one of the four participants in the NCAA Playoffs.

This would be the season where the East and West play each other and the South and Midwest play each other in the semifinal round.  So, in the Final Four, we would see Florida St. take on USC and Ohio St. face Texas, with the winners advancing to the National Championship Game.

March 14, 2013

NCAA Basketball Tournaments Update–Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Florida Gulf Coast 24-10

Belmont 26-6

Harvard 19-9

Liberty 15-20

Creighton 27-7

Western Kentucky 20-15

Davidson 26-7

James Madison 20-14

Gonzaga 31-2

Iona 20-13

Long Island 21-13

South Dakota St. 25-9

Valparaiso 26-7

Bucknell 28-5

 

 

Note: Above RPI Rankings are from Monday, March 11.

 

Today’s Conference Tournaments in Action

1st Rounds

Atlantic Coast

Atlantic 10

Big Ten

 

2nd Rounds

Big East

Southeastern

 

Quarterfinals

Big Sky

Big 12

Big West

Conference USA

Mid-American

Mid-Eastern Athletic

Pac-12

Southland

Southwestern Athletic

Western Athletic

 

Note: Below RPI Rankings are from the day before each conference tournament began

 

America East Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Stony Brook

14-2

24-7

71

2

Vermont

11-5

21-10

128

3

Hartford

10-6

17-13

171

4

Albany

9-7

23-10

164

5

Maine

6-10

11-19

273

6

U M B C

5-11

8-23

312

7

N. Hampshire

5-11

9-20

293

8

Binghamton

1-15

3-27

338

 

Conference Tournament—Albany, NY  (Championship Game at Higher Seed)

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

Time

TV

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

1

2-Vermont  61  7-New Hampshire  42

 

 

2

6-U M B C  69  3-Hartford  62

 

 

3

1-Stony Brook  72  8-Binghamton  49

 

 

4

4-Albany  50  5-Maine  49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

 

 

5

2-Vermont  85  6-U M B C  72

 

 

6

4-Albany  61  1-Stony Brook  59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 –Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

7

4-Albany at 2-Vermont

11:30 AM

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlantic Coast Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Miami (Fl)

15-3

24-6

4

2

Duke

14-4

27-4

1

3

North Carolina

12-6

22-9

18

4

Virginia

11-7

21-10

68

5

N. Carolina St.

11-7

22-9

28

6

Florida St.

9-9

17-14

84

7

Maryland

8-10

20-11

83

8

Boston College

7-11

15-16

119

9

Georgia Tech

6-12

16-14

129

10

Wake Forest

6-12

13-17

163

11

Clemson

5-13

13-17

175

12

Virginia Tech

4-14

13-18

170

 

Conference Tournament—Greensboro, NC

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

1

8-Boston College vs. 9-Georgia Tech

12:00 PM

ESPNU

2

5-North Carolina St. vs. 12-Virginia Tech

2:00 PM

ESPNU

3

7-Maryland vs. 10-Wake Forest

7:00 PM

ESPNU

4

6-Florida St. vs. 11-Clemson

9:00 PM

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

5

1-Miami (Fl) vs. Winner Game 1

12:00 PM

ESPN2

6

4-Virginia vs. Winner Game 2

2:00 PM

ESPN2

7

2-Duke vs. Winner Game 3

7:00 PM

ESPN2

8

3-North Carolina vs. Winner Game 4

9:00 PM

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

1:00 PM

ESPN

10

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

3:00 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

 

 

11

Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

1:00 PM

ESPN

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

St. Louis

13-3

24-6

26

2

Va. Commonwealth

12-4

24-7

25

3

Temple

11-5

23-8

37

4

La Salle

11-5

21-8

39

5

Butler

11-5

24-7

20

6

U Mass

9-7

19-10

57

7

Xavier

9-7

17-13

80

8

Richmond

8-8

18-13

81

9

Charlotte

8-8

20-10

63

10

St. Joe’s

8-8

17-12

86

11

Geo. Washington

7-9

13-16

134

12

Dayton

7-9

17-13

108

 

Conference Tournament—Brooklyn

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

1

8-Richmond vs. 9-Charlotte

12:00 PM

Online

2

5-Butler vs. 12-Dayton

2:30 PM

Online

3

7-Xavier vs. 10-St. Joe’s

6:30 PM

Online

4

6-U Mass vs. 11-Geo. Washington

9:00 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

5

1-St. Louis vs. Winner Game 1

12:00 PM

Online

6

4-La Salle vs. Winner Game 2

2:30 PM

Online

7

2-Va. Commonwealth vs. Winner Game 3

6:30 PM

Online

8

3-Temple vs. Winer Game 4

9:00 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

1:30 PM

CBSSN

10

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

4:00 PM

CBSSN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

 

 

11

Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

1:00 PM

CBS

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.atlantic10.com

 

 

 

 

Big East Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Georgetown

14-4

24-5

9

2

Louisville

14-4

26-5

3

3

Marquette

14-4

23-7

10

4

Pittsburgh

12-6

24-7

40

5

Syracuse

11-7

24-8

16

6

Notre Dame

11-7

24-8

44

7

Villanova

10-8

20-12

51

8

Providence

9-9

17-14

81

9

Cincinnati

9-9

22-10

46

10

St. John’s

8-10

16-15

78

11

Rutgers

5-13

15-16

108

12

Seton Hall

3-15

15-18

131

13

South Florida

3-15

12-19

130

14

DePaul

2-16

11-21

198

 

Conference Tournament—New York City

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

1

12-Seton Hall  46  13-South Florida  42 ot

 

 

2

11-Rutgers  76  14-DePaul  57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 2nd Round

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

3

9-Cincinnati  61  8-Providence  44

 

 

4

5-Syracuse  75  12-Seton Hall  63

 

 

5

7-Villanova  66  10-St. John’s  53

 

 

6

6-Notre Dame  69  11-Rutgers  61

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

7

1-Georgetown vs. 9-Cincinnati

12:00 PM

ESPN

8

4-Pittsburgh vs. 5-Syracuse

2:00 PM

ESPN

9

2-Louisville vs. 7-Villanova

7:00 PM

ESPN

10

3-Marquette vs. 6-Notre Dame

9:00 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

11

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

7:00 PM

ESPN

12

Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

9:00 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

13

Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12

8:30 PM

ESPN

Online Site: www.bigeast.org

Big Sky Conference

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Montana

19-1

23-6

89

2

Weber St.

18-2

24-5

96

3

North Dakota

12-8

15-15

231

4

Montana St.

10-10

13-16

311

5

N. Colorado

10-10

12-17

275

6

S. Utah

8-12

11-19

306

7

N. Arizona

8-12

11-20

260

Conference Tournament—Missoula, MT (U. of Montana)

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

Time

TV

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

1

2-Weber St. vs. 7-N. Arizona

5:00 PM

BigSkyTV.org

2

3-N. Dakota vs. 6-S. Utah

7:30 PM

BigSkyTV.org

3

4-Montana St. vs. 5-N. Colorado

10:00 PM

BigSkyTV.org

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

4

2nd Highest Remaining Seed vs. 3rd Highest

7:30 PM

BigSkyTV.org

5

1-Montana vs. Lowest Remaining Seed

10:00 PM

BigSkyTV.org

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 –Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

6

Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

9:00 PM

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: http://www.bigskyconf.com

 

 

 

Big Ten Conference

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Indiana

14-4

26-5

5

2

Ohio St.

13-5

23-7

14

3

Michigan St.

13-5

24-7

7

4

Wisconsin

12-6

21-10

43

5

Michigan

12-6

25-6

12

6

Iowa

9-9

20-11

76

7

Purdue

8-10

15-16

114

8

Illinois

8-10

21-11

41

9

Minnesota

8-10

20-11

23

10

Nebraska

5-13

14-17

101

11

Northwestern

4-14

13-18

159

12

Penn St.

2-16

10-20

181

Conference Tournament—Chicago

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

1

8-Illinois vs. 9-Minnesota

12:00 PM

Big Ten Network

2

5-Michigan vs. 12-Penn St.

2:30 PM

Big Ten Network

3

7-Purdue vs. 10-Nebraska

6:30 PM

ESPN2

4

6-Iowa vs. 11-Northwestern

9:00 PM

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

5

1-Indiana vs. Winner Game 1

12:00 PM

ESPN

6

4-Wisconsin vs. Winner Game 2

2:30 PM

ESPN

7

2-Ohio St. vs. Winner Game 3

6:30 PM

Big Ten Network

8

3-Michigan St. vs. Winner Game 4

9:00 PM

Big Ten Network

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 –Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

1:40 PM

CBS

10

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

4:10 PM

CBS

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

 

 

11

Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

3:30 PM

CBS

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.bigten.org

 

 

 

Big 12 Conference

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Kansas

14-4

26-5

6

2

Kansas St.

14-4

25-6

21

3

Oklahoma St.

13-5

23-7

24

4

Oklahoma

11-7

20-10

34

5

Iowa St.

11-7

21-10

47

6

Baylor

9-9

18-13

62

7

Texas

7-11

16-16

114

8

West Virginia

6-12

13-19

120

9

Texas Tech

3-15

11-19

227

10

T C U

2-16

11-21

226

Conference Tournament: Kansas City

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

1

9-Texas Tech  71  8-West Virginia  69

 

 

2

7-Texas  70  10-T C U  57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

3

4-Oklahoma vs. 5-Iowa St.

12:30 PM

ESPN

4

1-Kansas vs. Winner Game 1

3:00 PM

ESPN

5

2-Kansas St. vs. 7-Texas

7:00 PM

ESPN3

6

3-Oklahoma St. vs. 6-Baylor

9:30 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

7

Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

7:30 PM

ESPN3 or ESPNU

8

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

10:00 PM

ESPN3 or ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

6:00 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: http://www.big12sports.com

 

 

 Big West Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Long Beach St.

14-4

18-12

112

2

Pacific

13-5

19-12

111

3

Cal Poly

12-6

17-12

166

4

UC-Irvine

11-7

18-14

151

5

Hawaii

10-8

17-13

211

6

UC-Davis

9-9

14-16

228

7

U C S B

7-11

11-19

239

8

Cal St. Fullerton

6-12

14-17

258

 

Conference Tournament—Anaheim

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

Time

TV

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

1

2-Pacific vs. 7-U C S B

3:00 PM

FoxCS-Pacific

2

3-Cal Poly vs. 6-UC-Davis

5:30 PM

FoxCS-Pacific

3

1-Long Beach St. vs. 8-Cal St. Fullerton

9:00 PM

FoxCS-Pacific

4

4-UC-Irvine vs. 5- Hawaii

11:30 PM

FoxCS-Pacific

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

5

Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest

8:30 PM

ESPN3

6

2nd Highest Remaining Seed vs. 3rd Highest

11:00 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 –Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

7

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

10:30 PM

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: http://www.bigwest.org

 

 

 

 

Conference USA

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Memphis

16-0

27-4

17

2

Southern Miss

12-4

23-8

37

3

U T E P

10-6

17-13

98

4

East Carolina

9-7

18-11

92

5

Tulsa

8-8

16-14

152

6

Houston

7-9

18-11

194

7

U A B

7-9

16-16

149

8

Tulane

6-10

19-13

186

9

Marshall

6-10

13-19

203

10

S M U

5-11

15-17

213

11

Rice

1-15

5-25

322

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

1

7-U A B  53  10-S M U  52

 

 

2

6-Houston  72  11-Rice  67

 

 

3

8-Tulane  66  9-Marshall  64

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

4

2-Southern Miss vs. 7-U A B

1:00 PM

CBSSN

5

3-U T E P vs. 6-Houston

3:30 PM

CBSSN

6

1-Memphis vs. 8-Tulane

7:00 PM

CBSSN

7

4-East Carolina vs. 5-Tulsa

9:30 PM

CBSSN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

7

Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

4:00 PM

CBSSN

8

Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7

6:30 PM

CBSSN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

11:30 AM

CBS

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: http://www.conferenceusa.com

 

 

 

Mid-American Conference

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Akron

14-2

24-6

53

2

Ohio U

14-2

23-8

74

3

Western Michigan

10-6

19-11

132

4

Kent St.

9-7

19-12

145

5

Ball St.

8-8

15-15

225

6

Bowling Green

7-9

13-19

254

7

Eastern Michigan

7-9

16-17

235

8

Buffalo

7-9

14-19

231

9

Central Michigan

4-12

11-20

260

10

Northern Illinois

3-13

5-25

331

11

Miami (O)

3-13

9-22

269

 

Conference Tournament—Cleveland (1st round at higher seeds)

 

Game #

Day 1 – Opening Round

Time

TV

 

MONDAY, MARCH 11

 

 

1

8-Buffalo  74  9-Central Michigan  72 ot

 

 

2

7-Eastern Michigan  45  10-N. Illinois  44

 

 

3

11-Miami (O)  63  6-Bowling Green  52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 2nd Round

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

4

8-Buffalo  76  5-Ball St.  61

 

 

5

7-Eastern Michigan  58  11-Miami (O)  47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

6

4-Kent St. vs. 8-Buffalo

6:30 PM

Online

7

3-W. Michigan vs. 7-Eastern Michigan

9:00 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

8

1-Akron vs. Winner Game 6

6:30 PM

Online

9

2-Ohio vs. Winner Game 7

9:00 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

10

Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9

6:30 PM

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.mac-sports.com 

 

 

Mideast Athletic Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Norfolk St.

16-0

21-11

169

2

UNC-Central

15-1

22-9

151

3

Hampton

11-5

14-16

282

4

Savannah St.

11-5

19-13

155

5

Morgan St.

10-6

15-14

251

6

Delaware St.

8-8

14-17

276

7

North Carolina A&T

8-8

17-16

253

8

Bethune-Cookman

7-9

14-19

293

9

Coppin St.

5-11

8-24

309

10

Florida A&M

5-11

8-23

333

11

Howard

4-12

7-24

334

12

South Carolina St.

2-14

6-24

342

13

MD-Eastern Shore

2-14

2-26

345

 

Conference Tournament—Norfolk, VA

 

Game #

Day 1 – Opening Round (Day 1)

Time

TV

 

MONDAY, MARCH 11

 

 

1

4-Savannah St.  59  13-MD-Eastern Shore  44

 

 

2

5-Morgan St.  61  12-South Carolina St.  52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Opening Round (Day 2)

 

 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

3

8-Bethune-Cookman  89  9-Coppin St.  78

 

 

4

7-North Carolina A&T  65  10-Florida A&M  54

 

 

5

6-Delaware St.  73 11-Howard  61

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Quarterfinals (Day 1)

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

6

8-Bethune-Cookman  70  1-Norfolk St.  68 ot

 

 

7

7-North Carolina A&T  55  2-UNC-Central  42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Quarterfinals (Day 2)

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

8

3-Hampton vs. 6-Delaware St.

6:00 PM

Online

9

4-Savannah St. vs. 5-Morgan St.

8:00 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

10

8-Bethune-Cookman vs. Winner Game 9

6:00 PM

Online

11

7-North Carolina A&T vs. Winner Game 8

8:00 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6 – Championship Game

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

12

Winner Game 19 vs. Winner Game 11

5:00 PM

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.MEACsports.com

 

 

 

 

Mountain West Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

New Mexico

13-3

27-5

2

2

Colorado St.

11-5

25-7

15

3

U N L V

10-6

24-8

22

4

San Diego St.

9-7

22-9

30

5

Boise St.

9-7

21-10

37

6

Air Force

8-8

17-13

71

7

Fresno St.

5-11

11-19

123

8

Wyoming

4-12

19-13

68

9

Nevada

3-13

12-19

166

 

Conference Tournament—Las Vegas (UNLV)

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

1

8-Wyoming  85  9-Nevada  81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 2nd Round

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

2

3-U N L V  72  6-Air Force  56

 

 

3

2-Colorado St.  67  7-Fresno St.  61

 

 

4

1-New Mexico  59  8-Wyoming  46

 

 

5

4-San Diego St.  73  5-Boise St.  67

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

6

1-New Mexico vs. 4-San Diego St.

9:00 PM

CBSSN

7

2-Colorado St. vs. 3-U N L V

11:30 PM

CBSSN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

8

Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7

6:00 PM

CBS

 

Online Site: www.themwc.com

 

Pac-12 Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

U C L A

13-5

23-8

30

2

California

12-6

20-10

48

3

Oregon

12-6

23-8

53

4

Arizona

12-6

24-6

13

5

Colorado

10-8

21-10

35

6

Washington

9-9

18-14

87

7

Southern Cal

9-9

14-18

106

8

Stanford

9-9

18-14

63

9

Arizona St.

9-9

21-11

90

10

Utah

5-13

14-17

171

11

Washington St.

4-14

13-19

183

12

Oregon St.

4-14

14-18

179

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

1

9-Arizona St.  89  8-Stanford  88 ot

 

 

2

5-Colorado  74  12-Oregon St.  68

 

 

3

10-Utah  69  7-Southern Cal  66

 

 

4

6-Washington  64  11-Washington St.  62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

5

1-UCLA vs. 9-Arizona St.

3:00 PM

Pac-12 Regional

6

4-Arizona vs. 5-Colorado

5:30 PM

Pac-12 Regional

7

2-California vs. 10-Utah

9:00 PM

Pac-12 Regional

8

3-Oregon vs. 6-Washington

11:30 PM

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

9

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

9:00 PM

Pac-12 Regional

10

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

11:30 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

11

Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

11:00 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: championships.pac-12.com/mens-basketball/

 

Patriot League

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Bucknell 12-2 28-5 52
2 Lafayette 10-4 19-15 173
3 Lehigh 10-4 21-9 105
4 Army 8-6 16-15 213
5 American 5-9 10-20 261
6 Colgate 5-9 11-21 255
7 Holy Cross 4-10 12-18 249
8 Navy 2-12 8-23 314

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

 

 

1

1-Bucknell  58  8-Navy  42

 

 

2

4-Army  65  5-American  44

 

 

3

2-Lafayette  77  7-Holy Cross  54

 

 

4

3-Lehigh  71  6-Colgate  64

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

 

Games at Higher Seed

 

 

5

1-Bucknell  78  4-Army  70

 

 

6

2-Lafayette  82  3-Lehigh  69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Finals

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

 

Game at Higher Seed

 

 

7

1-Bucknell  64  2-Lafayette  56

 

 

Online Site: http://www.patriotleague.org

Southeastern Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Florida

14-4

24-6

9

2

Kentucky

12-6

21-10

50

3

Ole Miss

12-6

23-8

56

4

Alabama

12-6

20-11

60

5

Tennessee

11-7

19-11

54

6

Missouri

11-7

22-9

32

7

Arkansas

10-8

19-12

78

8

Georgia

9-9

15-16

124

9

L S U

9-9

18-11

91

10

Vanderbilt

8-10

14-16

127

11

Texas A&M

7-11

18-14

95

12

South Carolina

4-14

14-18

208

13

Mississippi St.

4-14

10-21

233

14

Auburn

3-15

9-23

248

 

Conference Tournament: Nashville

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

1

13-Mississippi St.  70  12-South Carolina  59

 

 

2

11-Texas A&M  71  14-Auburn  62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 2nd Round

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

3

8-Georgia vs. 9-L S U

1:00 PM

SEC Network

4

5-Tennessee vs. 13-Miss. St.

3:30 PM

SEC Network

5

7-Arkansas vs. 10-Vanderbilt

7:30 PM

SEC Network

6

6-Missouri vs. 11-Texas A&M

10:00 PM

SEC Network

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

7

1-Florida vs. Winner Game 3

1:00 PM

ESPNU

8

4-Alabama vs. Winner Game 4

3:30 PM

ESPNU

9

2-Kentucky vs. Winner Game 5

7:30 PM

ESPNU

10

3-Ole Miss vs. Winner Game 6

10:00 PM

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

11

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

1:00 PM

ABC

12

Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

3:30 PM

ABC

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Finals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

 

 

13

Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12

1:00 PM

ABC

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com

 

 

 

Southland Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Stephen F. Austin

16-2

26-3

68

2

Northwestern St.

15-3

21-8

102

3

Oral Roberts

13-5

18-13

140

4

Southeast Louisiana

10-8

12-17

237

5

Nicholls St.

8-10

9-21

293

6

Sam Houston St.

8-10

16-16

238

7

Central Arkansas

7-11

13-17

282

8

McNeese St.

7-11

14-16

241

 

Conference Tournament: Katy, TX

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

1

8-McNeese St.  62  5-Nicholls St.  59

 

 

2

6-Sam Houston St.  69  7-Cent. Arkansas  63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

3

4-Southeast Louisiana vs. 8-McNeese St.

6:00 PM

Online

4

3-Oral Roberts vs. 6-Sam Houston St.

8:30 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

5

1-Stephen F. Austin vs. Winner Game 3

6:00 PM

ESPN3

6

2-Northwestern St. vs. Winner Game 4

8:30 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

7

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

8:30 PM

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.southland.org

 

 

 

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Southern

16-2

17-14

191

2

Jackson St.

9-9

10-17

312

3

Alcorn St.

8-10

10-23

307

4

Prairie View

8-10

13-18

323

5

Alabama St.

8-10

10-21

326

6

Alabama A&M

6-12

11-19

329

7

Grambling

0-18

0-28

347

 

Conference Tournament—Garland, TX

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals (Day 1)

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

1

6-Alabama A&M  59  7-Grambling  51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2-Quarterfinals (Day 2)

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

2

3-Alcorn St. vs. 4-Prairie View

9:00 PM

3

2-Jackson St. vs. 5-Alabama St.

1:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

4

1-Southern vs. 6-Alabama A&M

9:00 PM

5

Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3

3:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 –Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

7

Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

4:30 PM

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: http://www.SWAChoops.org

 

 

 

Western Athletic Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Louisiana Tech

16-2

26-5

49

2

Denver

16-2

21-8

58

3

New Mexico St.

14-4

21-10

59

4

UT-Arlington

11-7

17-12

137

5

Utah St.

11-7

21-9

105

6

Idaho

7-11

12-17

196

7

Texas St.

5-13

11-21

287

8

San Jose St.

3-14

9-20

244

9

U T S A

3-14

9-21

284

10

Seattle

3-15

8-22

295

SJ St. & UTSA game postponed on Mar. 7 due to roof leak

 

Conference Tournament—Las Vegas

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

1

7-Texas St.  68  10-Seattle  56

 

 

2

9-U T S A   67  8-San Jose St. 49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

3

3-New Mexico St. vs. 6-Idaho

3:00 PM

Online

4

2-Denver vs. 7-Texas St.

5:30 PM

Online

5

1-Louisiana Tech vs. 9-U T S A

9:00 PM

Online

6

4-UT-Arlington vs. 5-Utah St.

11:30 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

7

Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

9:00 PM

Online

8

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

11:30 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

11:00 PM

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.wacsports.com 

 

 

As The Bubble Blows

Providence and Stanford both saw their slim chances to get into the dance taken away in first round tournament losses yesterday.   BoiseState saw its decent chance fall to a very slim chance with its opening round loss to San DiegoState.  If Tennessee and Virginia both win their opening tournament games, the Broncos are probably NIT-bound.

Other

The MEAC suffered greatly in its chances to avoid having its representative avoid the opening round in Dayton.  Their top two teams, both of whom dominated the rest of the league in the regular season, both fell yesterday.  Norfolk St. (16-0 in regular season) fell to Bethune-Cookman, while UNC-Central (15-1) lost to North Carolina A&T.  The two lower-seeded upset winners now get a day off before facing higher seeds that must play today.

March 12, 2013

NCAA Basketball Tournaments Update–Wednesday, March 13, 2013

DANCE TICKETS PUNCHED

Florida Gulf Coast 24-10

Belmont 26-6

Harvard 19-9

Liberty 15-20

Creighton 27-7

Western Kentucky 20-15

Davidson 26-7

James Madison 20-14

Gonzaga 31-2

Iona 20-13

Long Island 21-13

South Dakota St. 25-9

Valparaiso 26-7

 

 

Note: Above RPI Rankings are from Monday, March 11.

 

Today’s Conference Tournaments in Action

Big East Conference—1st Round

Horizon League—Championship Game

M E A C—1st Round (Part 2)

Mountain West Conference—1st Round

Northeast Conference—Championship Game

W A C—1st Round

 

Note: Below RPI Rankings are from the day before each conference tournament began

 

America East Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Stony Brook

14-2

24-7

71

2

Vermont

11-5

21-10

128

3

Hartford

10-6

17-13

171

4

Albany

9-7

23-10

164

5

Maine

6-10

11-19

273

6

U M B C

5-11

8-23

312

7

N. Hampshire

5-11

9-20

293

8

Binghamton

1-15

3-27

338

 

Conference Tournament—Albany, NY  (Championship Game at Higher Seed)

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

Time

TV

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

1

2-Vermont  61  7-New Hampshire  42

 

 

2

6-U M B C  69  3-Hartford  62

 

 

3

1-Stony Brook  72  8-Binghamton  49

 

 

4

4-Albany  50  5-Maine  49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

 

 

5

2-Vermont  85  6-U M B C  72

 

 

6

4-Albany  61  1-Stony Brook  59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 –Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

7

4-Albany at 2-Vermont

11:30 AM

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.americaeast.com

 

 

Big East Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Georgetown

14-4

24-5

9

2

Louisville

14-4

26-5

3

3

Marquette

14-4

23-7

10

4

Pittsburgh

12-6

24-7

40

5

Syracuse

11-7

23-8

16

6

Notre Dame

11-7

23-8

44

7

Villanova

10-8

19-12

51

8

Providence

9-9

17-13

81

9

Cincinnati

9-9

21-10

46

10

St. John’s

8-10

16-14

78

11

Rutgers

5-13

15-15

108

12

Seton Hall

3-15

15-17

131

13

South Florida

3-15

12-19

130

14

DePaul

2-16

11-21

198

 

Conference Tournament—New York City

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

1

12-Seton Hall  46  13-South Florida  42 ot

 

 

2

11-Rutgers  76  14-DePaul  57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 2nd Round

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

3

8-Providence vs. 9-Cincinnati

12:00 PM

ESPN

4

5-Syracuse vs. 12-Seton Hall

2:00 PM

ESPN

5

7-Villanova vs. 10-St. John’s

7:00 PM

ESPN

6

6-Notre Dame vs. 11-Rutgers

9:00 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

7

1-Georgetown vs. Winner Game 3

12:00 PM

ESPN

8

4-Pittsburgh vs. Winner Game 4

2:00 PM

ESPN

9

2-Louisville vs. Winner Game 5

7:00 PM

ESPN

10

3-Marquette vs. Winner Game 6

9:00 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

11

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

7:00 PM

ESPN

12

Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

9:00 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

13

Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12

8:30 PM

ESPN

Online Site: www.bigeast.org

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Kansas

14-4

26-5

6

2

Kansas St.

14-4

25-6

21

3

Oklahoma St.

13-5

23-7

24

4

Oklahoma

11-7

20-10

34

5

Iowa St.

11-7

21-10

47

6

Baylor

9-9

18-13

62

7

Texas

7-11

15-16

114

8

West Virginia

6-12

13-18

120

9

Texas Tech

3-15

10-19

227

10

T C U

2-16

11-20

226

 

Conference Tournament: Kansas City

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

 

1

8-West Virginia vs. 9-Texas Tech

7:00 PM

ESPN3

 

2

7-Texas vs. 10-T C U

9:30 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 2nd Round

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

 

3

4-Oklahoma vs. 5-Iowa St.

12:30 PM

ESPN

 

4

1-Kansas vs. Winner Game 1

3:00 PM

ESPN

 

5

2-Kansas St. vs. Winner Game 2

7:00 PM

ESPN3

 

6

3-Oklahoma St. vs. 6-Baylor

9:30 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

 

7

Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

7:30 PM

ESPN3 or ESPNU

 

8

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

10:00 PM

ESPN3 or ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

 

9

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

6:00 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: http://www.big12sports.com

 

 

 
 

Conference USA

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Memphis

16-0

27-4

17

2

Southern Miss

12-4

23-8

37

3

U T E P

10-6

17-13

98

4

East Carolina

9-7

18-11

92

5

Tulsa

8-8

16-14

152

6

Houston

7-9

18-11

194

7

U A B

7-9

15-16

149

8

Tulane

6-10

18-13

186

9

Marshall

6-10

13-18

203

10

S M U

5-11

15-16

213

11

Rice

1-15

5-25

322

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

1

7-U A B vs. 10-S M U

4:30 PM

Online

2

6-Houston vs. 11-Rice

7:00 PM

Online

3

8-Tulane vs. 9-Marshall

9:30 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

4

2-Southern Miss vs. Winner Game 1

1:00 PM

CBSSN

5

3-U T E P vs. Winner Game 2

3:30 PM

CBSSN

6

1-Memphis vs. Winner Game 3

7:00 PM

CBSSN

7

4-East Carolina vs. 5-Tulsa

9:30 PM

CBSSN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

7

Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

4:00 PM

CBSSN

8

Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7

6:30 PM

CBSSN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

11:30 AM

CBS

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: http://www.conferenceusa.com

 

 

 

Horizon League

 

Seed

Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Valparaiso 13-3 26-7 63
2 Detroit 12-4 20-12 58
3 Wright St. 10-6 21-12 166
4 Green Bay 10-6 18-15 167
5 Illinois-Chicago 7-9 17-15 164
6 Youngstown St. 7-9 17-15 190
7 Loyola (Chi) 5-11 15-16 218
8 Cleveland St. 5-11 14-18 196
9 Milwaukee 3-13 8-24 301

 

Conference Tournament—1st Round & Championship @ Higher Seed, Quarterfinals & Semifinals at Valparaiso

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

 

 

1

4-Green Bay  62  9-Milwaukee  46

 

 

2

5-Illinois-Chicago  82  8-Cleveland St.  59

 

 

3

6-Youngstown St.  62  7-Loyola (Chi)  60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

 

 

4

3-Wright St.  66  6-Youngstown St.  59

 

 

5

4-Green Bay  64  5-Illinois-Chicago  63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

6

3-Wright St.  56  2-Detroit  54

 

 

7

1-Valparaiso  70  4-Green Bay  69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

8

1-Valparaiso  62  3-Wright St.  54

 

 

 

Online Site: http://www.horizonleague.org

 

 

Mid-American Conference

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Akron

14-2

24-6

53

2

Ohio U

14-2

23-8

74

3

Western Michigan

10-6

19-11

132

4

Kent St.

9-7

19-12

145

5

Ball St.

8-8

15-14

225

6

Bowling Green

7-9

13-19

254

7

Eastern Michigan

7-9

15-17

235

8

Buffalo

7-9

13-19

231

9

Central Michigan

4-12

11-20

260

10

Northern Illinois

3-13

5-25

331

11

Miami (O)

3-13

9-21

269

 

Conference Tournament—Cleveland (1st round at higher seeds)

 

Game #

Day 1 – Opening Round

Time

TV

 

MONDAY, MARCH 11

 

 

1

8-Buffalo  74  9-Central Michigan  72 ot

 

 

2

7-Eastern Michigan  45  10-N. Illinois  44

 

 

3

11-Miami (O)  63  6-Bowling Green  52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 2nd Round

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

4

5-Ball St. vs. 8-Buffalo

6:30 PM

Online

5

7-Eastern Michigan vs. 11-Miami (O)

9:00 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

6

4-Kent St. vs. Winner Game 4

6:30 PM

Online

7

3-W. Michigan vs. Winner Game 5

9:00 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

8

1-Akron vs. Winner Game 6

6:30 PM

Online

9

2-Ohio vs. Winner Game 7

9:00 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

10

Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9

6:30 PM

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.mac-sports.com

 

 

 

Mideast Athletic Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Norfolk St.

16-0

21-10

169

2

UNC-Central

15-1

22-8

151

3

Hampton

11-5

14-16

282

4

Savannah St.

11-5

19-13

155

5

Morgan St.

10-6

15-14

251

6

Delaware St.

8-8

14-17

276

7

North Carolina A&T

8-8

16-16

253

8

Bethune-Cookman

7-9

13-19

293

9

Coppin St.

5-11

8-24

309

10

Florida A&M

5-11

8-23

333

11

Howard

4-12

7-24

334

12

South Carolina St.

2-14

6-24

342

13

MD-Eastern Shore

2-14

2-26

345

 

Conference Tournament—Norfolk, VA

 

Game #

Day 1 – Opening Round (Day 1)

Time

TV

 

MONDAY, MARCH 11

 

 

1

4-Savannah St.  59  13-MD-Eastern Shore  44

 

 

2

5-Morgan St.  61  12-South Carolina St.  52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Opening Round (Day 2)

 

 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

3

8-Bethune-Cookman  89  9-Coppin St.  78

 

 

4

7-North Carolina A&T  65  10-Florida A&M  54

 

 

5

6-Delaware St.  73 11-Howard  61

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Quarterfinals (Day 1)

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

6

1-Norfolk St. vs. 8-Bethune-Cookman

6:00 PM

Online

7

2-UNC-Central vs. 7-North Carolina A&T

8:00 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Quarterfinals (Day 2)

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

8

3-Hampton vs. 6-Delaware St.

6:00 PM

Online

9

4-Savannah St. vs. 5-Morgan St.

8:00 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

10

Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 9

6:00 PM

Online

11

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

8:00 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6 – Championship Game

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

12

Winner Game 19 vs. Winner Game 11

5:00 PM

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.MEACsports.com

 

 

 

 

Mountain West Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

New Mexico

13-3

26-5

2

2

Colorado St.

11-5

24-7

15

3

U N L V

10-6

23-8

22

4

San Diego St.

9-7

21-9

30

5

Boise St.

9-7

21-9

37

6

Air Force

8-8

17-12

71

7

Fresno St.

5-11

11-18

123

8

Wyoming

4-12

19-12

68

9

Nevada

3-13

12-19

166

 

Conference Tournament—Las Vegas (UNLV)

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

1

8-Wyoming vs. 9-Nevada

8:00 PM

Mtn W TV

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 2nd Round

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

2

3-U N L V  vs. 6-Air Force

3:00 PM

CBSSN

3

2-Colorado St. vs. 7-Fresno St.

5:30 PM

CBSSN

4

1-New Mexico vs. Winner Game 1

9:30 PM

CBSSN

5

4-San Diego St. vs. 5-Boise St.

12:00 AM

CBSSN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

6

Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

9:00 PM

CBSSN

7

Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3

11:30 PM

CBSSN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

8

Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7

6:00 PM

CBS

 

Online Site: www.themwc.com

 

Northeast Conference

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Robert Morris 14-4 24-10 114
2 Wagner 12-6 20-12 124
3 Long Island 12-6 21-13 195
4 Bryant 12-6 19-12 146
5 Mt. St. Mary‘s 11-7 19-14 156
6 Quinnipiac 11-7 15-17 191
7 Central Connecticut 9-9 13-18 197
8 St. Francis, NY 8-10 12-19 216

 

Conference Tournament—Games at Campus Sites.  Higher Seeds Host All Games.  Teams Will Be Re-Seeded After Quarterfinals

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

 

 

1

1-Robert Morris  75  8-St. Francis (NY)  57

 

 

2

2-Wagner  72  7-Central Connecticut  50

 

 

3

3-Long Island  91  6-Quinnipiac  83

 

 

4

5-Mt. St. Mary‘s  75  4-Bryant  69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

5

5-Mt. St. Mary’s  69  1-Robert Morris  60

 

 

6

3-Long Island  94  2-Wagner  82

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Finals

 

 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

7

3-Long Island  91  5-Mt. St. Mary’s  70  

 

 

 

Online Site: http://www.northeastconference.org

 

Pac-12 Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

U C L A

13-5

23-8

30

2

California

12-6

20-10

48

3

Oregon

12-6

23-8

53

4

Arizona

12-6

24-6

13

5

Colorado

10-8

20-10

35

6

Washington

9-9

17-14

87

7

Southern Cal

9-9

14-17

106

8

Stanford

9-9

18-13

63

9

Arizona St.

9-9

20-11

90

10

Utah

5-13

13-17

171

11

Washington St.

4-14

13-18

183

12

Oregon St.

4-14

14-17

179

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

1

8-Stanford vs. 9-Arizona St.

3:00 PM

Pac-12 Regional

2

5-Colorado vs. 12-Oregon St

5:30 PM

Pac-12 Regional

3

7-Southern Cal vs. 10-Utah

9:00 PM

Pac-12 Regional

4

6-Washington vs. 11-Washington St.

11:30 PM

Pac-12 Regional

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

5

1-UCLA vs. Winner Game 1

3:00 PM

Pac-12 Regional

6

4-Arizona vs. Winner Game 2

5:30 PM

Pac-12 Regional

7

2-California vs. Winner Game 3

9:00 PM

Pac-12 Regional

8

3-Oregon vs. Winner Game 4

11:30 PM

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

9

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

9:00 PM

Pac-12 Regional

10

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

11:30 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

11

Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

11:00 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: championships.pac-12.com/mens-basketball/

 

 

Patriot League

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Bucknell 12-2 27-5 52
2 Lafayette 10-4 19-14 173
3 Lehigh 10-4 21-9 105
4 Army 8-6 16-15 213
5 American 5-9 10-20 261
6 Colgate 5-9 11-21 255
7 Holy Cross 4-10 12-18 249
8 Navy 2-12 8-23 314

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

 

 

1

1-Bucknell  58  8-Navy  42

 

 

2

4-Army  65  5-American  44

 

 

3

2-Lafayette  77  7-Holy Cross  54

 

 

4

3-Lehigh  71  6-Colgate  64

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

 

Games at Higher Seed

 

 

5

1-Bucknell  78  4-Army  70

 

 

6

2-Lafayette  82  3-Lehigh  69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Finals

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

 

Game at Higher Seed

 

 

7

2-Lafayette at 1-Bucknell

7:30 PM

CBSSN

 

Online Site: http://www.patriotleague.org

 

Summit League

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 South Dakota St. 13-3 25-9 75
2 Western Illinois 13-3 22-8 126
3 North Dakota St. 12-4 24-9 81
4 Oakland 10-6 16-16 132
5 I P F W 7-9 16-17 264
6 Mo.-Kansas City 5-11 8-24 287
7 South Dakota 5-11 10-20 242
8 I U P U I 1-15 6-26 325

 

Conference Tournament—Sioux Falls, SD

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

1

1-South Dakota St.  66  8-I U P U I  49

 

 

2

2-Western Illinois  54  7-South Dakota  53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

 

 

3

5-I P F W  91  4-Oakland  72

 

 

4

3-North Dakota St.  69  6-UM-Kansas City  58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 –Semifinals

 

 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 11

 

 

5

1-S. Dakota St.  72  5-I P F W  56

 

 

6

3-North Dakota St.  55  2-Western Illinois  43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

7

1-South Dakota St.  73  North Dakota St.  67

 

 

 

Online Site: http://www.thesummitleague.org

 

Southeastern Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Florida

14-4

24-6

9

2

Kentucky

12-6

21-10

50

3

Ole Miss

12-6

23-8

56

4

Alabama

12-6

20-11

60

5

Tennessee

11-7

19-11

54

6

Missouri

11-7

22-9

32

7

Arkansas

10-8

19-12

78

8

Georgia

9-9

15-16

124

9

L S U

9-9

18-11

91

10

Vanderbilt

8-10

14-16

127

11

Texas A&M

7-11

17-14

95

12

South Carolina

4-14

14-17

208

13

Mississippi St.

4-14

9-21

233

14

Auburn

3-15

9-22

248

 

Conference Tournament: Nashville

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

1

12-South Carolina vs. 13-Mississippi St.

7:30 PM

SEC Network

2

11-Texas A&M vs. 14-Auburn

10:00 PM

SEC Network

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 2nd Round

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

3

8-Georgia vs. 9-L S U

1:00 PM

SEC Network

4

5-Tennessee vs. Winner Game 1

3:30 PM

SEC Network

5

7-Arkansas vs. 10-Vanderbilt

7:30 PM

SEC Network

6

6-Missouri vs. Winner Game 2

10:00 PM

SEC Network

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

7

1-Florida vs. Winner Game 3

1:00 PM

ESPNU

8

4-Alabama vs. Winner Game 4

3:30 PM

ESPNU

9

2-Kentucky vs. Winner Game 5

7:30 PM

ESPNU

10

3-Ole Miss vs. Winner Game 6

10:00 PM

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

11

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

1:00 PM

ABC

12

Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

3:30 PM

ABC

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Finals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

 

 

13

Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12

1:00 PM

ABC

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com

 

 

 

Southland Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Stephen F. Austin

16-2

26-3

68

2

Northwestern St.

15-3

21-8

102

3

Oral Roberts

13-5

18-13

140

4

Southeast Louisiana

10-8

12-17

237

5

Nicholl St.

8-10

9-20

293

6

Sam Houston St.

8-10

15-16

238

7

Central Arkansas

7-11

13-16

282

8

McNeese St.

7-11

13-16

241

 

Conference Tournament: Katy, TX

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

1

5-Nicholls St. vs. 8-McNeese St.

6:00 PM

Online

2

6-Sam Houston St. vs. 7-Central Arkansas

8:30 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

3

4-Southeast Louisiana vs. Winner Game 1

6:00 PM

Online

4

3-Oral Roberts vs. Winner Game 2

8:30 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

5

1-Stephen F. Austin vs. Winner Game 3

6:00 PM

ESPN3

6

2-Northwestern St. vs. Winner Game 4

8:30 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

7

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

8:30 PM

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.southland.org

 

 

 

 

Western Athletic Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Louisiana Tech

16-2

26-5

49

2

Denver

16-2

21-8

58

3

New Mexico St.

14-4

21-10

59

4

UT-Arlington

11-7

17-12

137

5

Utah St.

11-7

21-9

105

6

Idaho

7-11

12-17

196

7

Texas St.

5-13

11-21

287

8

San Jose St.

3-14

9-20

244

9

U T S A

3-14

9-21

284

10

Seattle

3-15

8-22

295

SJ St. & UTSA game postponed on Mar. 7 due to roof leak

 

Conference Tournament—Las Vegas

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

1

7-Texas St.  68  10-Seattle  56

 

 

2

9-U T S A   67  8-San Jose St. 49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 2nd Round

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

3

3-New Mexico St. vs. 6-Idaho

3:00 PM

Online

4

2-Denver vs. 7-Texas St.

5:30 PM

Online

5

1-Louisiana Tech vs. 9-U T S A

9:00 PM

Online

6

4-UT-Arlington vs. 5-Utah St.

11:30 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

7

Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

9:00 PM

Online

8

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

11:30 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

11:00 PM

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.wacsports.com

 

 

 

As The Bubble Blows

No teams played into The Bubble or out of The Bubble last night.  

March 8, 2013

NCAA Basketball Conference Tournaments Update–Friday, March 8, 2013

Today’s Conference Tournaments in Action

Atlantic Sun—Semifinal Round 

Horizon—Quarterfinal Round

Metro Atlantic—Opening Round

Missouri Valley—Quarterfinal Round

Ohio Valley—Semifinal Round

Southern Conference—Opening Round

Sun Belt Conference—Opening Round

West Coast—Quarterfinal Round

 

America East Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Stony Brook

14-2

23-6

71

2

Vermont

11-5

19-10

128

3

Hartford

10-6

17-12

171

4

Albany

9-7

21-10

164

5

Maine

6-10

11-18

273

6

U M B C

5-11

7-22

312

7

N. Hampshire

5-11

9-19

293

8

Binghamton

1-15

3-26

338

 

Conference Tournament—Albany, NY  (Championship Game at Higher Seed)

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

Time

TV

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

1

2-Vermont vs. 7-New Hampshire

12:00 Noon

ESPN3

2

3-Hartford vs. 6-U M B C

2:00 PM

ESPN3

3

1-Stony Brook vs. 8-Binghamton

6:00 PM

ESPN3

4

4-Albany vs. 5-Maine

8:00 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

 

 

5

Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

5:00 PM

ESPN3

6

Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

7:00 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 –Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

7

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

11:30 AM

ESPN2

 

at Higher Seeded Winner’s Home Court

 

 

 

Online Site: www.americaeast.com

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Mercer 14-4 22-10 131
2 Florida Gulf Coast 13-5 22-10 109
3 Stetson 11-7 15-15 223
4 SC Upstate 9-9 16-16 228
5 Jacksonville 9-9 14-18 268
6 North Florida 8-10 13-19 220
7 East Tennessee St. 8-10 10-22 263
8 Lipscomb 7-11 12-18 235

 

Conference Tournament—Macon, GA (Mercer)

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals Time TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 06, 2013    

1

#2 Florida Gulf Coast  73  #7 N. Florida  63    

2

#1 Mercer  82  #8 Lipscomb  48    

 

     

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals    

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 07, 2013    

3

#3 Stetson  67  #6 East Tennessee St.  46    

4

#5 USC-Upstate  76  #4 Jacksonville  62    

 

     

 

Day 3 – Semifinals    

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 08, 2013    

5

#2 Fla. Gulf Coast vs. #3 Stetson 5:30 p.m. ESPN3 & CSS

6

#1 Mercer vs. #5 USC-Upstate 8:00 p.m. ESPN3 & CSS

 

     

 

Day 4 – Finals    

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 09, 2013    

7

Semifinal Winners 12:00 p.m. ESPN2

 

Online Site: http://www.atlanticsun.org

 

Big South Conference

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Charleston Southern 12-4 18-11 186
2 High Point 12-4 17-13 248
3 Gardner-Webb 11-5 21-11 185
4 UNC-Asheville 10-6 16-16 202
5 Coastal Carolina 9-7 14-15 246
6 V M I 8-8 14-16 311
7 Campbell 7-9 13-20 293
8 Radford 7-9 13-19 313
9 Winthrop 6-10 14-17 275
10 Liberty 6-10 13-20 324
11 Presbyterian 4-12 8-24 339
12 Longwood 4-12 8-24 336

 

Conference Tournament—Conway, SC (Myrtle Beach Area) (Coastal Carolina)

Game #

Day 1 – First Round

Time

TV

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

 

 

1

5S Winthrop  60  4N Radford  58 ot

 

 

2

6N Longwood  87  3S UNC-Asheville  72

 

 

3

3N Campbell  81  6S Presbyterian  73

 

 

4

5N Liberty  78  4S Coastal Carolina  61

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

 

 

5

1S Charleston Southern  54  5S Winthrop  47

 

 

6

2N V M I  90  6N Longwood  86

 

 

7

2S Gardner-Webb  71  3N Campbell  57

 

 

8

5N Liberty  61  1N High Point  60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

9

1S Charleston Southern vs. 2N V M I

12 Noon

ESPN3

10

2S Gardner-Webb vs. 5N Liberty

2:00 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4-Finals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

 

 

11

Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

12 Noon

ESPN2

 

Online TV Site: www.bigsouthsports.com

 

Colonial Athletic Association

 

Seed

Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Northeastern 14-4 19-11 160
2 Delaware 13-5 18-13 127
3 James Madison 11-7 17-14 207
4 George Mason 10-8 17-13 155
5 Drexel 9-9 13-17 205
6 William & Mary 7-11 13-16 265
7 Hofstra 4-14 7-24 321

 

Conference Tournament—Richmond, VA

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

Time

TV

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

1

4-George Mason vs. 5-Drexel

3:30 PM

Online

2

2-Delaware vs. 7-Hofstra

6:00 PM

Online

3

3-James Madison vs. 6-William & Mary

8:30 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

 

 

4

1-Northeastern vs. Winner Game 1

2:00 PM

NBCSN

5

Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3

4:30 PM

NBCSN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3-Finals

 

 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 11

 

 

6

Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

7:00 PM

NBCSN

 

Online Site: http://www.caasports.com

 

Horizon League

 

Seed

Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Valparaiso 13-3 24-7 63
2 Detroit 12-4 20-11 58
3 Wright St. 10-6 19-11 166
4 Green Bay 10-6 17-14 167
5 Illinois-Chicago 7-9 17-14 164
6 Youngstown St. 7-9 17-14 190
7 Loyola (Chi) 5-11 15-16 218
8 Cleveland St. 5-11 14-18 196
9 Milwaukee 3-13 8-24 301

 

Conference Tournament—1st Round & Championship @ Higher Seed, Quarterfinals & Semifinals at Valparaiso

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

 

 

1

4-Green Bay  62  9-Milwaukee  46

 

 

2

5-Illinois-Chicago  82  8-Cleveland St.  59

 

 

3

6-Youngstown St.  62  7-Loyola (Chi)  60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

 

 

4

3-Wright St. vs. 6-Youngstown St.

6:00 PM

ESPN3

5

4-Green Bay vs. 5-Illinois-Chicago

8:30 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

6

2-Detroit vs. Winner Game 4

6:00 PM

ESPNU (10:30)

7

1-Valparaiso vs/ Winner Game 5

8:30 PM

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

8

Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7

9:00 PM

ESPN

 

Online Site: http://www.horizonleague.org

 

M A A C

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Niagara 13-5 18-12 123
2 Rider 12-6 18-13 135
3 Loyola (MD) 12-6 21-10 98
4 Iona 11-7 17-13 117
5 Canisius 11-7 18-12 110
6 Manhattan 9-9 12-17 200
7 Fairfield 9-9 17-14 170
8 Marist 6-12 10-20 250
9 Siena 4-14 7-23 297
10 St. Peter’s 3-15 9-20 283

 

Conference Tournament—Springfield, MA

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

 

 

1

8-Marist vs. 9-Siena

7:30 PM

Online

2

7-Fairfield vs. 10-St. Peter’s

9:30 PM

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

3

1-Niagara vs. Winner Game 1

2:30 PM

ESPN3

4

4-Iona vs. 5-Canisius

4:30 PM

ESPN3

5

2-Rider vs. Winner Game 2

7:30 PM

ESPN3

6

3-Loyola (MD) vs. 6-Manhattan

9:30 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

 

 

7

Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

2:00 PM

ESPN3

8

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

4:30 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 11

 

 

9

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

9:00 PM

ESPN2

 

Online Site: http://www.maacsports.com

 

Missouri Valley Conference

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Creighton 13-5 24-7 36
2 Wichita St. 12-6 24-7 40
3 Northern Iowa 11-7 18-13 79
4 Evansville 10-8 18-13 96
5 Indiana St. 9-9 17-13 78
6 Illinois St. 8-10 17-14 120
7 Missouri St. 7-11 11-21 211
8 Bradley 7-11 16-16 181
9 Drake 7-11 15-16 150
10 Southern Illinois 6-12 14-17 177

 

Conference Tournament—St. Louis (Arch Madness)

 

Game #

Day 1 – Opening Round

Time

TV

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

 

 

1

9-Drake  81  8-Bradley  66

 

 

2

7-Missouri St.  61 10-Southern Illinois  53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

 

 

3

1-Creighton vs. 9-Drake

1:05 PM

ESPN3

4

4-Evansville vs. 5-Indiana St.

3:35 PM

ESPN3

5

2-Wichita St. vs. 7-Missouri St.

7:05 PM

ESPN3

6

3-Northern Iowa vs. 6-Illinois St.

9:35 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

7

Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

2:35 PM

ESPN3

8

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

5:05 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

 

 

9

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

2:05 PM

CBS

 

 

Online Site: http://www.mvc-sports.com

 

 

Northeast Conference

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Robert Morris 14-4 24-9 114
2 Wagner 12-6 20-11 124
3 Long Island 12-6 19-13 195
4 Bryant 12-6 19-12 146
5 Mt. St. Mary‘s 11-7 18-13 156
6 Quinnipiac 11-7 15-17 191
7 Central Connecticut 9-9 13-18 197
8 St. Francis, NY 8-10 12-19 216

 

Conference Tournament—Games at Campus Sites.  Higher Seeds Host All Games.  Teams Will Be Re-Seeded After Quarterfinals

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

 

 

1

1-Robert Morris  75  8-St. Francis (NY)  57

 

 

2

2-Wagner  72  7-Central Connecticut  50

 

 

3

3-Long Island  91  6-Quinnipiac  83

 

 

4

5-Mt. St. Mary‘s  75  4-Bryant  69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

5

5-Mt. St. Mary’s at 1-Robert Morris

2:30 PM

ESPN3

6

3-Long Island at 2-Wagner

12:00

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Finals

 

 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

7

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

7:00 PM

ESPN2

 

Online Site: http://www.northeastconference.org

 

Ohio Valley Conference

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Belmont 14-2 24-6 24
2 Murray St. 10-6 20-9 128
3 Eastern Kentucky 12-4 24-8 65
4 Tennessee St. 11-5 18-13 111
5 Morehead St. 8-8 15-18 172
6 Southeast Missouri 8-8 17-16 224
7 E. Illinois 6-10 11-21 272
8 UT-Martin 5-11 9-21 306

 

Conference Tournament—Nashville

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

 

 

1

5-Morehead St.  73  8-UT-Martin  66

 

 

2

6-Southeast Missouri  78  7-E. Illinois  68

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

 

 

3

4-Tennessee St.  88  5-Morehead St.  75

 

 

4

3-Eastern Kentucky  84  6-S E M O  69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

 

 

5

1-Belmont vs. 4-Tennessee St.

7:00 PM

ESPNU

6

2-Murray St. vs. 3-E. Kentucky

9:00 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

7

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

7:00 PM

ESPN2

 

Online Site: http://ovcsports.sidearmsports.com

 

Patriot League

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Bucknell 12-2 26-5 52
2 Lafayette 10-4 18-14 173
3 Lehigh 10-4 21-8 105
4 Army 8-6 16-14 213
5 American 5-9 10-20 261
6 Colgate 5-9 11-21 255
7 Holy Cross 4-10 12-18 249
8 Navy 2-12 8-23 314

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

 

 

1

1-Bucknell  58  8-Navy  42

 

 

2

4-Army  65  5-American  44

 

 

3

2-Lafayette  77  7-Holy Cross  54

 

 

4

3-Lehigh  71  6-Colgate  64

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

 

Games at Higher Seed

 

 

5

4-Army at 1-Bucknell

4:30 PM

CBSSN

6

3-Lehigh at 2-Lafayette

2:00 PM

CBSSN

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Finals

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

 

Game at Higher Seed

 

 

7

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

7:30 PM

CBSSN

 

Online Site: http://www.patriotleague.org

 

Southern Conference

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Davidson 17-1 23-7 82
2 College of Charleston 14-4 22-9 147
3 Elon 13-5 20-10 176
4 Appalachian St. 10-8 14-15 270
5 Western Carolina 9-9 13-18 251
6 Samford 9-9 11-20 281
7 Chattanooga 8-10 13-18 276
8 Wofford 7-11 13-18 240
9 Georgia Southern 7-11 13-18 277
10 UNC-Greensboro 6-12 8-21 330
11 The Citadel 5-13 8-21 327
12 Furman 3-15 6-23 342

 

Conference Tournament: Asheville, NC

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

 

 

1

8-Wofford vs. 9-Georgia Southern

11:30 AM

ESPN3

2

5-Samford vs. 12-Furman

2:00 PM

ESPN3

3

7-Chattanooga vs. 10-UNC-Greensboro

6:00 PM

ESPN3

4

6-Western Carolina vs. 11-The Citadel

8:30 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

5

1-Davidson vs. Winner Game 1

12:00 PM

ESPN3

6

4-Appalachian St. vs. Winner Game 2

2:30 PM

ESPN3

7

2-Elon vs. Winner Game 3

6:00 PM

ESPN3

8

3-College of Charleston vs. Winner Game 4

8:30 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

 

 

9

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

6:00 PM

ESPN3

10

Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

8:30 PM

ESPN3

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 11

 

 

11

Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

7:00 PM

ESPN2

 

Online Site: http://www.soconsports.com

 

Summit League

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 South Dakota St. 13-3 22-9 75
2 Western Illinois 13-3 21-7 126
3 North Dakota St. 12-4 22-8 81
4 Oakland 10-6 16-15 132
5 I P F W 7-9 15-16 264
6 Mo.-Kansas City 5-11 8-23 287
7 South Dakota 5-11 10-19 242
8 I U P U I 1-15 6-25 325

 

Conference Tournament—Sioux Falls, SD

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

Time

TV

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

1

1-South Dakota St. vs. 8-I U P U I

7:00 PM

FOXCS

2

2-Western Illinois vs. 7-South Dakota

9:30 PM

FOXCS

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

 

 

3

4-Oakland vs. 5-I P F W

7:00 PM

FOXCS

4

3-North Dakota St. vs. 6-UM-Kansas City

9:30 PM

FOXCS

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 –Semifinals

 

 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 11

 

 

5

Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3

7:00 PM

FOXCS

6

Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4

9:30 PM

FOXCS

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

 

 

7

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

9:00 PM

ESPN2

 

Online Site: http://www.thesummitleague.org

 

Sun Belt Conference

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Middle Tennessee 19-1 27-4 23
2 South Alabama 14-6 17-11 149
3 Arkansas St. 12-8 18-11 154
4 Florida Int’l 11-9 16-13 137
5 Arkansas-Little Rock 11-9 17-14 163
6 Western Kentucky 10-10 16-15 178
7 Florida Atlantic 9-11 14-17 209
8 Louisiana-Lafayette 8-12 12-19 229
9 North Texas 7-13 12-19 233
10 Troy 6-14 11-20 271
11 Louisiana-Monroe 3-17 4-22 299

 

Conference Tournament—Hot Springs, AR

Note: This Tournament Uses Two Courts— S=Summit Arena, C=Convention Center Court

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

 

 

1

6-Western Kentucky vs. 11-UL-Monroe

7:00 PM  S

Online

2

8-UL-Lafayette vs. 9-North Texas

7:30 PM  C

Online

3

7-Florida Atlantic vs. 10-Troy

9:30 PM  S

Online

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

4

4-Florida Int’l vs. 5-Ark.-Little Rock

7:00 PM  C

Sun Belt Network

5

1-Middle Tennessee vs. Winner Game 2

7:30 PM  S

Sun Belt Network

6

3-South Alabama vs. Winner Game 1

9:30 PM  C

Sun Belt Network

7

2-Arkansas St. vs. Winner Game 3

10:00 PM  S

Sun Belt Network

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

 

 

8

Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

7:30 PM  S

Sun Belt Network

9

Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7

9:00 PM  S

Sun Belt Network

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

10

Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9

7:00 PM  S

ESPN

 

Online Site: http://www.sunbeltsports.org

 

West Coast Conference

 

Seed Team Conference Overall RPI
1 Gonzaga 16-0 29-2 10
2 St. Mary’s 14-2 26-5 41
3 B Y U 10-6 21-10 62
4 Santa Clara 9-7 21-10 90
5 San Francisco 7-9 14-15 152
6 San Diego 7-9 14-17 180
7 Pepperdine 4-12 12-17 204
8 Portland 4-12 11-21 219
9 Loyola Marymount 1-15 9-22 253

 

Conference Tournament: Las Vegas

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

 

 

1

9-Loyola Marymount  65  8-Portland  54

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 2nd Round

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

 

 

2

9-Loyola Marymount  61  5-San Francisco  60

 

 

3

6-San Diego  62  7-Pepperdine  59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

 

 

4

4-Santa Clara vs. 9-Loyola Marymount

8:00 PM

ESPNU

5

3-B Y U vs. 6-San Diego

10:30 PM

ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

 

 

6

1-Gonzaga vs. Winner Game 4

8:00 PM

ESPN2

7

2-St. Mary’s vs. Winner Game 5

10:30 PM

ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Finals

 

 

8

MONDAY, MARCH 11

8:00 PM

ESPN

 

Online Site: http://www.wccsports.com

 

As The Bubble Blows

Pop goes the bubble for a couple of major conference schools.  Kentucky lost by double digits for the third consecutive time away from Rupp Arena, and the Wildcats face a must-win game at home against Florida tomorrow.  You have to figure that politics will play a large role when their resume comes forth by the Selection Committee.  Like the heavyweight champion of the world, you have to have a knockout to knock the champ off the throne, especially when that champ is the Joe Louis of basketball.  If the Cats lose to Florida and then fail to make it to at least Saturday in the SEC Tournament, then you have your knockout.

 

Virginia’s loss to Florida State moves the Cavs from definitely in to possibly out if they fail to beat Maryland and depart early in the ACC Tournament.

 

Butler’s win over UMass insured the Bulldogs’ ticket to the Dance and forced the Minutemen to win the A-10 Tournament to get in.

 

Colorado moved to the top level of the bubble with a 23-point win over Pac-12 Conference leader Oregon, sweeping the Ducks.  They did so without the services of the nation’s leading scorer Andre Roberson, who sat out with a virus.  The Buffs are now 4-2 against Top 25 teams, and if their jerseys said, “Kentucky,” CU would be looking at a 6-seed.

 

It wasn’t a bad loss since it came to a team that was 12-4 in league play entering the night, but Louisiana Tech’s loss to New Mexico ended any possible at-large possibilities for the Bulldogs.

 

Other Big Games of Note for Friday, March 08, 2013

Princeton at Yale:  The Tigers lost at home to Yale and cannot afford to get swept.  Princeton holds a half-game lead over Harvard for the Ivy League title, and the Tigers close with three road games.  They must sweep the weekend tilts at Yale and Brown, because the finale at Penn will be much more difficult, even though the Quakers have a worse record than either of this weekend’s opponents.

 

Columbia at Harvard:  The Crimson have a much easier path to close out the regular season.  They host Columbia and Cornell, the sixth and seventh place teams in the Ivy.  Count on Harvard winning both to finish Ivy League play at 11-3.  One Princeton loss means there will be a playoff for the NCAA bid.

 

Kent State at Akron: The Zips have the regular season MAC title already in their pockets, but they have major troubles at the wrong time.  Point guard Alex Abreu, the quarterback on the floor, has been suspended indefinitely following his felonious arrest for traffic marijuana.  The Zips have won 20 of 21 games and appeared to be safe as an at-large team if they did not win the MAC Tournament.  KentState provides Akron with stiff competition, and the Golden Flashes have enough talent to pull off the upset tonight and to also win the conference tournament.  Losing Abreu is like the Denver Broncos losing Peyton Manning.  Expect the Zips to be about 12-15 points weaker per game without him.

 

 

September 19, 2011

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

#

Team

PiRate

1

Oklahoma

133.8

2

Alabama

130.7

3

Stanford

130.4

4

L S U

128.7

5

Texas A&M

128.4

6

Oregon

125.3

7

Boise St.

125.0

8

Oklahoma St.

122.7

9

Wisconsin

122.5

10

Florida St.

121.3

11

Notre Dame

120.6

12

Arkansas

119.9

13

Florida 

119.2

14

S. Carolina

116.8

15

Nebraska

116.3

16

Miss. State

115.9

17

Miami

115.1

18

Va. Tech

114.7

19

Arizona St.

114.4

20

Utah

114.2

21

Missouri

114.0

22

Southern Cal

113.0

23

Michigan

112.8

24

Texas

112.5

25

Michigan St.

111.8

26

Georgia 

111.5

27

Clemson

111.2

28

Penn State

110.8

29

Washington

110.4

30

California

110.2

31

Auburn

109.9

32

T C U

109.1

33

W. Virginia

108.9

34

Tennessee

108.9

35

Arizona

108.7

36

Illinois

108.6

37

Texas Tech

108.3

38

Maryland

107.6

39

Baylor

107.4

40

Iowa

107.2

41

Cincinnati

107.1

42

Pittsburgh

106.6

43

N.C. State

106.4

44

N. Carolina

106.3

45

S. Florida

105.3

46

Georgia Tech

104.9

47

Oregon St.

104.8

48

Washington St.

104.5

49

Ohio State

104.2

50

Vanderbilt

103.9

51

B Y U

103.8

52

Air Force

103.6

53

S.D. State

103.2

54

Tulsa

102.7

55

Navy

102.6

56

Iowa State

102.4

57

U C L A

102.2

58

Wake Forest

101.8

59

Colorado

101.5

60

Kansas St.

100.8

61

Connecticut

100.3

62

Northwestern

100.1

63

Nevada

99.6