The Pi-Rate Ratings

March 11, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Monday, March 11, 2019

Today’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

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Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

Savannah State

85.2

0.0

Delaware State

79.5

5.7

Hofstra

106.3

0.0

Delaware

95.0

11.3

Wofford

113.2

0.0

UNC Greensboro

105.8

7.4

North Dakota State

97.8

0.0

Western Illinois

92.6

5.2

Central Michigan

101.9

2.5

Western Michigan

94.6

9.8

Wright State

102.9

0.0

Green Bay

97.8

5.1

Eastern Michigan

100.3

3.0

Ball State

102.8

0.5

Akron

103.5

2.5

Miami (OH)

101.2

4.8

Charleston

103.4

1.5

Northeastern

105.8

-0.9

Gonzaga

124.4

0.0

Pepperdine

100.6

23.8

Iona

98.0

0.0

Monmouth

93.9

4.1

Northern Illinois

101.1

2.5

Ohio

98.4

5.2

Northern Kentucky

104.4

0.0

Oakland

98.3

6.1

Omaha

100.1

0.0

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.5

0.6

Saint Mary’s

110.4

0.0

San Diego

105.5

4.9

 

PiRate Ratings  (1-353)

Rk

Team

PiRate

Conf

1

Gonzaga

124.4

West Coast

2

Virginia

123.3

ACC

3

Duke

123.2

ACC

4

North Carolina

121.0

ACC

5

Michigan St.

120.5

Big Ten

6

Tennessee

118.9

SEC

7

Kentucky

118.3

SEC

8

Texas Tech

118.3

Big 12

9

Michigan

118.1

Big Ten

10

Purdue

117.6

Big Ten

11

Virginia Tech

116.5

ACC

12

Wisconsin

115.7

Big Ten

13

Auburn

115.7

SEC

14

Nevada

115.0

Mtn West

15

Houston

115.0

AAC

16

Kansas

114.9

Big 12

17

Florida St.

114.7

ACC

18

Iowa St.

114.1

Big 12

19

Louisville

114.0

ACC

20

LSU

114.0

SEC

21

Buffalo

113.6

MAC

22

Maryland

113.4

Big Ten

23

Mississippi St.

113.4

SEC

24

Villanova

113.3

Big East

25

Kansas St.

113.2

Big 12

26

Wofford

113.2

SoCon

27

North Carolina St.

112.9

ACC

28

Marquette

112.6

Big East

29

Clemson

112.2

ACC

30

Texas

112.0

Big 12

31

Florida

111.7

SEC

32

Cincinnati

111.4

AAC

33

Oklahoma

111.3

Big 12

34

Syracuse

111.3

ACC

35

Virginia Commonwealth

111.1

Atl 10

36

Iowa

110.9

Big Ten

37

Indiana

110.6

Big Ten

38

Baylor

110.6

Big 12

39

Central Florida

110.6

AAC

40

Nebraska

110.5

Big Ten

41

Saint Mary’s

110.4

West Coast

42

Ohio St.

110.3

Big Ten

43

Penn St.

110.2

Big Ten

44

Mississippi

110.1

SEC

45

Creighton

110.0

Big East

46

Utah St.

110.0

Mtn West

47

TCU

110.0

Big 12

48

Minnesota

109.3

Big Ten

49

Oregon

109.3

Pac-12

50

Belmont

109.0

Ohio Val

51

Murray St.

109.0

Ohio Val

52

Lipscomb

108.8

A-Sun

53

Arkansas

108.7

SEC

54

Seton Hall

108.4

Big East

55

Dayton

108.4

Atl 10

56

Arizona St.

108.4

Pac-12

57

Butler

108.2

Big East

58

Alabama

108.0

SEC

59

Toledo

107.9

MAC

60

Furman

107.8

SoCon

61

St. John’s

107.8

Big East

62

New Mexico St.

107.7

WAC

63

Miami (Fla)

107.5

ACC

64

Fresno St.

107.5

Mtn West

65

Northwestern

107.2

Big Ten

66

Temple

107.2

AAC

67

Xavier

107.2

Big East

68

San Francisco

107.0

West Coast

69

Colorado

107.0

Pac-12

70

Davidson

106.8

Atl 10

71

Memphis

106.8

AAC

72

South Carolina

106.8

SEC

73

Providence

106.7

Big East

74

Hofstra

106.3

Colonial

75

East Tennessee St.

106.3

SoCon

76

Georgetown

106.3

Big East

77

Liberty

106.2

A-Sun

78

Illinois

106.2

Big Ten

79

Oregon St.

106.2

Pac-12

80

Missouri

106.1

SEC

81

Rutgers

106.0

Big Ten

82

Yale

106.0

Ivy

83

Vermont

106.0

Amer East

84

Notre Dame

105.9

ACC

85

Arizona

105.9

Pac-12

86

UNC Greensboro

105.8

SoCon

87

Northeastern

105.8

Colonial

88

USC

105.7

Pac-12

89

South Dakota St.

105.6

Summit

90

BYU

105.6

West Coast

91

Washington

105.5

Pac-12

92

UC Irvine

105.5

Big West

93

San Diego

105.5

West Coast

94

Texas A&M

105.4

SEC

95

Connecticut

105.2

AAC

96

Pittsburgh

105.1

ACC

97

West Virginia

104.9

Big 12

98

DePaul

104.9

Big East

99

UCLA

104.9

Pac-12

100

Oklahoma St.

104.8

Big 12

101

Wichita St.

104.8

AAC

102

Grand Canyon

104.7

WAC

103

Georgia Tech

104.6

ACC

104

Georgia Southern

104.6

Sun Belt

105

Northern Kentucky

104.4

Horizon

106

Boston College

104.3

ACC

107

SMU

104.2

AAC

108

Utah

104.2

Pac-12

109

Utah Valley

104.0

WAC

110

Stanford

103.9

Pac-12

111

San Diego St.

103.8

Mtn West

112

Loyola (Chi)

103.8

Missouri Val

113

Old Dominion

103.8

CUSA

114

Penn

103.6

Ivy

115

Georgia St.

103.6

Sun Belt

116

Georgia

103.5

SEC

117

Akron

103.5

MAC

118

Charleston

103.4

Colonial

119

Southern Miss

103.4

CUSA

120

Saint Louis

103.3

Atl 10

121

South Florida

103.2

AAC

122

Texas St.

103.2

Sun Belt

123

Jacksonville St.

103.2

Ohio Val

124

Tulsa

103.2

AAC

125

Western Kentucky

103.1

CUSA

126

Austin Peay

103.0

Ohio Val

127

Bowling Green

103.0

MAC

128

Harvard

102.9

Ivy

129

St. Bonaventure

102.9

Atl 10

130

Wright St.

102.9

Horizon

131

Ball St.

102.8

MAC

132

Drake

102.8

Missouri Val

133

Montana

102.8

Big Sky

134

Boise St.

102.6

Mtn West

135

Rhode Island

102.4

Atl 10

136

Radford

102.4

Big South

137

Loyola Marymount

102.2

West Coast

138

Colgate

102.1

Patriot

139

Bucknell

102.0

Patriot

140

Vanderbilt

102.0

SEC

141

Central Michigan

101.9

MAC

142

Louisiana Tech

101.8

CUSA

143

Southern Illinois

101.6

Missouri Val

144

Washington St.

101.6

Pac-12

145

Kent St.

101.5

MAC

146

Brown

101.4

Ivy

147

George Mason

101.4

Atl 10

148

Louisiana Monroe

101.3

Sun Belt

149

Miami (O)

101.2

MAC

150

UNLV

101.1

Mtn West

151

Northern Illinois

101.1

MAC

152

UC Santa Barbara

101.0

Big West

153

North Texas

100.9

CUSA

154

Abilene Christian

100.9

Southland

155

Coastal Carolina

100.7

Sun Belt

156

Pepperdine

100.6

West Coast

157

Samford

100.5

SoCon

158

Northern Colorado

100.4

Big Sky

159

Wake Forest

100.3

ACC

160

Eastern Michigan

100.3

MAC

161

Stony Brook

100.1

Amer East

162

UAB

100.1

CUSA

163

Gardner Webb

100.1

Big South

164

Omaha

100.1

Summit

165

Duquesne

100.1

Atl 10

166

Bradley

99.9

Missouri Val

167

UT Arlington

99.8

Sun Belt

168

Lehigh

99.8

Patriot

169

UTSA

99.8

CUSA

170

Louisiana

99.7

Sun Belt

171

Marshall

99.7

CUSA

172

Missouri St.

99.6

Missouri Val

173

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.5

Summit

174

Saint Joseph’s

99.4

Atl 10

175

Charleston Southern

99.4

Big South

176

Princeton

99.3

Ivy

177

Northern Iowa

99.3

Missouri Val

178

New Mexico

99.3

Mtn West

179

Sam Houston St.

99.2

Southland

180

Winthrop

99.2

Big South

181

Colorado St.

99.2

Mtn West

182

Richmond

99.0

Atl 10

183

Cal St. Fullerton

98.9

Big West

184

NJIT

98.8

A-Sun

185

Hartford

98.8

Amer East

186

Campbell

98.8

Big South

187

Florida Atlantic

98.7

CUSA

188

Seattle

98.6

WAC

189

Presbyterian

98.5

Big South

190

Weber St.

98.5

Big Sky

191

Ohio

98.4

MAC

192

Hawaii

98.4

Big West

193

Rider

98.4

Metro Atl

194

Oakland

98.3

Horizon

195

Mercer

98.2

SoCon

196

Illinois St.

98.1

Missouri Val

197

Hampton

98.1

Big South

198

Iona

98.0

Metro Atl

199

IUPUI

98.0

Horizon

200

Santa Clara

98.0

West Coast

201

American

98.0

Patriot

202

Lamar

98.0

Southland

203

North Florida

98.0

A-Sun

204

Appalachian St.

97.9

Sun Belt

205

Valparaiso

97.8

Missouri Val

206

Green Bay

97.8

Horizon

207

North Dakota St.

97.8

Summit

208

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.6

WAC

209

California Baptist

97.5

WAC

210

Massachusetts

97.5

Atl 10

211

Florida Int’l.

97.4

CUSA

212

Dartmouth

97.4

Ivy

213

South Alabama

97.4

Sun Belt

214

Illinois Chicago

97.3

Horizon

215

William & Mary

97.3

Colonial

216

La Salle

97.2

Atl 10

217

Indiana St.

97.2

Missouri Val

218

Columbia

97.2

Ivy

219

Pacific

97.1

West Coast

220

Fairleigh Dickinson

97.1

Northeast

221

Maryland Baltimore Co.

97.0

Amer East

222

Long Beach St.

96.9

Big West

223

Texas Southern

96.9

SWAC

224

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.7

WAC

225

South Dakota

96.7

Summit

226

Quinnipiac

96.6

Metro Atl

227

Cornell

96.4

Ivy

228

Evansville

96.4

Missouri Val

229

Boston University

96.2

Patriot

230

High Point

96.2

Big South

231

Little Rock

96.1

Sun Belt

232

Prairie View A&M

96.1

SWAC

233

Florida Gulf Coast

96.0

A-Sun

234

Holy Cross

95.9

Patriot

235

St. Francis PA

95.8

Northeast

236

Army

95.8

Patriot

237

UC Davis

95.6

Big West

238

Troy

95.6

Sun Belt

239

Sacred Heart

95.5

Northeast

240

Eastern Washington

95.5

Big Sky

241

Eastern Kentucky

95.4

Ohio Val

242

Middle Tennessee

95.2

CUSA

243

Fordham

95.2

Atl 10

244

Drexel

95.2

Colonial

245

Montana St.

95.2

Big Sky

246

Siena

95.1

Metro Atl

247

Norfolk St.

95.1

MEAC

248

California

95.0

Pac-12

249

Long Island

95.0

Northeast

250

Delaware

95.0

Colonial

251

Missouri Kansas City

95.0

WAC

252

Robert Morris

94.9

Northeast

253

UMass Lowell

94.9

Amer East

254

Air Force

94.8

Mtn West

255

Morehead St.

94.8

Ohio Val

256

Southeastern Louisiana

94.7

Southland

257

Portland St.

94.7

Big Sky

258

Western Michigan

94.6

MAC

259

Canisius

94.6

Metro Atl

260

UNC Wilmington

94.6

Colonial

261

Arkansas St.

94.5

Sun Belt

262

North Dakota

94.5

Summit

263

The Citadel

94.5

SoCon

264

Jacksonville

94.4

A-Sun

265

Detroit

94.4

Horizon

266

Marist

94.4

Metro Atl

267

Rice

94.3

CUSA

268

Chattanooga

94.3

SoCon

269

Sacramento St.

94.2

Big Sky

270

New Orleans

94.0

Southland

271

Towson

94.0

Colonial

272

Albany

94.0

Amer East

273

Loyola (MD)

93.9

Patriot

274

St. Francis (BKN)

93.9

Northeast

275

Monmouth

93.9

Metro Atl

276

James Madison

93.9

Colonial

277

Grambling St.

93.7

SWAC

278

Texas A&M-CC

93.7

Southland

279

East Carolina

93.7

AAC

280

Cal St. Northridge

93.7

Big West

281

Youngstown St.

93.5

Horizon

282

Houston Baptist

93.3

Southland

283

George Washington

93.3

Atl 10

284

Fairfield

93.2

Metro Atl

285

Navy

93.1

Patriot

286

Southern Utah

93.0

Big Sky

287

Tulane

92.9

AAC

288

Western Carolina

92.9

SoCon

289

North Carolina Central

92.8

MEAC

290

Cleveland St.

92.8

Horizon

291

Milwaukee

92.6

Horizon

292

Oral Roberts

92.6

Summit

293

Western Illinois

92.6

Summit

294

UT Martin

92.5

Ohio Val

295

UTEP

92.5

CUSA

296

Bethune Cookman

92.5

MEAC

297

Tennessee St.

92.5

Ohio Val

298

Lafayette

92.4

Patriot

299

North Carolina A&T

92.2

MEAC

300

Longwood

92.2

Big South

301

Charlotte

92.2

CUSA

302

Wagner

92.1

Northeast

303

Stephen F. Austin

92.1

Southland

304

Northern Arizona

92.1

Big Sky

305

Saint Peter’s

92.0

Metro Atl

306

VMI

91.9

SoCon

307

Niagara

91.9

Metro Atl

308

Elon

91.9

Colonial

309

Eastern Illinois

91.7

Ohio Val

310

UC Riverside

91.6

Big West

311

Central Arkansas

91.6

Southland

312

Nicholls St.

91.5

Southland

313

Howard

91.4

MEAC

314

North Alabama

91.2

A-Sun

315

Southeast Missouri St.

91.2

Ohio Val

316

Denver

91.1

Summit

317

Manhattan

90.8

Metro Atl

318

Idaho St.

90.7

Big Sky

319

Wyoming

90.3

Mtn West

320

Arkansas Pine Bluff

90.2

SWAC

321

Central Connecticut

90.0

Northeast

322

Jackson St.

89.9

SWAC

323

Binghamton

89.8

Amer East

324

Mount St. Mary’s

89.7

Northeast

325

Portland

89.6

West Coast

326

Florida A&M

89.6

MEAC

327

Tennessee Tech

89.5

Ohio Val

328

Bryant

89.3

Northeast

329

McNeese St.

88.9

Southland

330

Alabama St.

88.8

SWAC

331

Maine

88.6

Amer East

332

Cal Poly

88.4

Big West

333

SIU Edwardsville

88.0

Ohio Val

334

Stetson

87.9

A-Sun

335

USC Upstate

87.7

Big South

336

Morgan St.

87.6

MEAC

337

Southern

87.3

SWAC

338

South Carolina St.

87.3

MEAC

339

Northwestern St.

86.4

Southland

340

New Hampshire

86.2

Amer East

341

Kennesaw St.

86.1

A-Sun

342

San Jose St.

85.4

Mtn West

343

Savannah St.

85.2

MEAC

344

Idaho

85.0

Big Sky

345

Coppin St.

84.9

MEAC

346

Incarnate Word

84.6

Southland

347

Alabama A&M

84.6

SWAC

348

UNC Asheville

84.1

Big South

349

Alcorn St.

84.0

SWAC

350

Mississippi Valley St.

82.8

SWAC

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

81.1

MEAC

352

Delaware St.

79.5

MEAC

353

Chicago St.

79.3

WAC

PiRate Ratings (Alphabetical)

Rk

Team

PiRate

154

Abilene Christian

100.9

254

Air Force

94.8

117

Akron

103.5

58

Alabama

108.0

347

Alabama A&M

84.6

330

Alabama St.

88.8

272

Albany

94.0

349

Alcorn St.

84.0

201

American

98.0

204

Appalachian St.

97.9

85

Arizona

105.9

56

Arizona St.

108.4

53

Arkansas

108.7

320

Arkansas Pine Bluff

90.2

261

Arkansas St.

94.5

236

Army

95.8

13

Auburn

115.7

126

Austin Peay

103.0

131

Ball St.

102.8

38

Baylor

110.6

50

Belmont

109.0

296

Bethune Cookman

92.5

323

Binghamton

89.8

134

Boise St.

102.6

106

Boston College

104.3

229

Boston University

96.2

127

Bowling Green

103.0

166

Bradley

99.9

146

Brown

101.4

328

Bryant

89.3

139

Bucknell

102.0

21

Buffalo

113.6

57

Butler

108.2

90

BYU

105.6

332

Cal Poly

88.4

224

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.7

183

Cal St. Fullerton

98.9

280

Cal St. Northridge

93.7

248

California

95.0

209

California Baptist

97.5

186

Campbell

98.8

259

Canisius

94.6

311

Central Arkansas

91.6

321

Central Connecticut

90.0

39

Central Florida

110.6

141

Central Michigan

101.9

118

Charleston

103.4

175

Charleston Southern

99.4

301

Charlotte

92.2

268

Chattanooga

94.3

353

Chicago St.

79.3

32

Cincinnati

111.4

29

Clemson

112.2

290

Cleveland St.

92.8

155

Coastal Carolina

100.7

138

Colgate

102.1

69

Colorado

107.0

181

Colorado St.

99.2

218

Columbia

97.2

95

Connecticut

105.2

345

Coppin St.

84.9

227

Cornell

96.4

45

Creighton

110.0

212

Dartmouth

97.4

70

Davidson

106.8

55

Dayton

108.4

250

Delaware

95.0

352

Delaware St.

79.5

316

Denver

91.1

98

DePaul

104.9

265

Detroit

94.4

132

Drake

102.8

244

Drexel

95.2

3

Duke

123.2

165

Duquesne

100.1

279

East Carolina

93.7

75

East Tennessee St.

106.3

309

Eastern Illinois

91.7

241

Eastern Kentucky

95.4

160

Eastern Michigan

100.3

240

Eastern Washington

95.5

308

Elon

91.9

228

Evansville

96.4

284

Fairfield

93.2

220

Fairleigh Dickinson

97.1

31

Florida

111.7

326

Florida A&M

89.6

187

Florida Atlantic

98.7

233

Florida Gulf Coast

96.0

211

Florida Int’l.

97.4

17

Florida St.

114.7

243

Fordham

95.2

64

Fresno St.

107.5

60

Furman

107.8

163

Gardner Webb

100.1

147

George Mason

101.4

283

George Washington

93.3

76

Georgetown

106.3

116

Georgia

103.5

104

Georgia Southern

104.6

115

Georgia St.

103.6

103

Georgia Tech

104.6

1

Gonzaga

124.4

277

Grambling St.

93.7

102

Grand Canyon

104.7

206

Green Bay

97.8

197

Hampton

98.1

185

Hartford

98.8

128

Harvard

102.9

192

Hawaii

98.4

230

High Point

96.2

74

Hofstra

106.3

234

Holy Cross

95.9

15

Houston

115.0

282

Houston Baptist

93.3

313

Howard

91.4

344

Idaho

85.0

318

Idaho St.

90.7

78

Illinois

106.2

214

Illinois Chicago

97.3

196

Illinois St.

98.1

346

Incarnate Word

84.6

37

Indiana

110.6

217

Indiana St.

97.2

198

Iona

98.0

36

Iowa

110.9

18

Iowa St.

114.1

199

IUPUI

98.0

322

Jackson St.

89.9

264

Jacksonville

94.4

123

Jacksonville St.

103.2

276

James Madison

93.9

16

Kansas

114.9

25

Kansas St.

113.2

341

Kennesaw St.

86.1

145

Kent St.

101.5

7

Kentucky

118.3

216

La Salle

97.2

298

Lafayette

92.4

202

Lamar

98.0

168

Lehigh

99.8

77

Liberty

106.2

52

Lipscomb

108.8

231

Little Rock

96.1

222

Long Beach St.

96.9

249

Long Island

95.0

300

Longwood

92.2

170

Louisiana

99.7

148

Louisiana Monroe

101.3

142

Louisiana Tech

101.8

19

Louisville

114.0

112

Loyola (Chi)

103.8

273

Loyola (MD)

93.9

137

Loyola Marymount

102.2

20

LSU

114.0

331

Maine

88.6

317

Manhattan

90.8

266

Marist

94.4

28

Marquette

112.6

171

Marshall

99.7

22

Maryland

113.4

221

Maryland Baltimore Co.

97.0

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

81.1

210

Massachusetts

97.5

329

McNeese St.

88.9

71

Memphis

106.8

195

Mercer

98.2

63

Miami (Fla)

107.5

149

Miami (O)

101.2

9

Michigan

118.1

5

Michigan St.

120.5

242

Middle Tennessee

95.2

291

Milwaukee

92.6

48

Minnesota

109.3

44

Mississippi

110.1

23

Mississippi St.

113.4

350

Mississippi Valley St.

82.8

80

Missouri

106.1

251

Missouri Kansas City

95.0

172

Missouri St.

99.6

275

Monmouth

93.9

133

Montana

102.8

245

Montana St.

95.2

255

Morehead St.

94.8

336

Morgan St.

87.6

324

Mount St. Mary’s

89.7

51

Murray St.

109.0

285

Navy

93.1

40

Nebraska

110.5

14

Nevada

115.0

340

New Hampshire

86.2

178

New Mexico

99.3

62

New Mexico St.

107.7

270

New Orleans

94.0

307

Niagara

91.9

312

Nicholls St.

91.5

184

NJIT

98.8

247

Norfolk St.

95.1

314

North Alabama

91.2

4

North Carolina

121.0

299

North Carolina A&T

92.2

289

North Carolina Central

92.8

27

North Carolina St.

112.9

262

North Dakota

94.5

207

North Dakota St.

97.8

203

North Florida

98.0

153

North Texas

100.9

87

Northeastern

105.8

304

Northern Arizona

92.1

158

Northern Colorado

100.4

151

Northern Illinois

101.1

177

Northern Iowa

99.3

105

Northern Kentucky

104.4

65

Northwestern

107.2

339

Northwestern St.

86.4

84

Notre Dame

105.9

194

Oakland

98.3

191

Ohio

98.4

42

Ohio St.

110.3

33

Oklahoma

111.3

100

Oklahoma St.

104.8

113

Old Dominion

103.8

164

Omaha

100.1

292

Oral Roberts

92.6

49

Oregon

109.3

79

Oregon St.

106.2

219

Pacific

97.1

114

Penn

103.6

43

Penn St.

110.2

156

Pepperdine

100.6

96

Pittsburgh

105.1

325

Portland

89.6

257

Portland St.

94.7

232

Prairie View A&M

96.1

189

Presbyterian

98.5

176

Princeton

99.3

73

Providence

106.7

10

Purdue

117.6

173

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.5

226

Quinnipiac

96.6

136

Radford

102.4

135

Rhode Island

102.4

267

Rice

94.3

182

Richmond

99.0

193

Rider

98.4

252

Robert Morris

94.9

81

Rutgers

106.0

269

Sacramento St.

94.2

239

Sacred Heart

95.5

174

Saint Joseph’s

99.4

120

Saint Louis

103.3

41

Saint Mary’s

110.4

305

Saint Peter’s

92.0

179

Sam Houston St.

99.2

157

Samford

100.5

93

San Diego

105.5

111

San Diego St.

103.8

68

San Francisco

107.0

342

San Jose St.

85.4

200

Santa Clara

98.0

343

Savannah St.

85.2

188

Seattle

98.6

54

Seton Hall

108.4

246

Siena

95.1

333

SIU Edwardsville

88.0

107

SMU

104.2

213

South Alabama

97.4

72

South Carolina

106.8

338

South Carolina St.

87.3

225

South Dakota

96.7

89

South Dakota St.

105.6

121

South Florida

103.2

315

Southeast Missouri St.

91.2

256

Southeastern Louisiana

94.7

337

Southern

87.3

143

Southern Illinois

101.6

119

Southern Miss

103.4

286

Southern Utah

93.0

129

St. Bonaventure

102.9

274

St. Francis (BKN)

93.9

235

St. Francis PA

95.8

61

St. John’s

107.8

110

Stanford

103.9

303

Stephen F. Austin

92.1

334

Stetson

87.9

161

Stony Brook

100.1

34

Syracuse

111.3

47

TCU

110.0

66

Temple

107.2

6

Tennessee

118.9

297

Tennessee St.

92.5

327

Tennessee Tech

89.5

30

Texas

112.0

94

Texas A&M

105.4

278

Texas A&M-CC

93.7

223

Texas Southern

96.9

122

Texas St.

103.2

8

Texas Tech

118.3

263

The Citadel

94.5

59

Toledo

107.9

271

Towson

94.0

238

Troy

95.6

287

Tulane

92.9

124

Tulsa

103.2

162

UAB

100.1

237

UC Davis

95.6

92

UC Irvine

105.5

310

UC Riverside

91.6

152

UC Santa Barbara

101.0

99

UCLA

104.9

253

UMass Lowell

94.9

348

UNC Asheville

84.1

86

UNC Greensboro

105.8

260

UNC Wilmington

94.6

150

UNLV

101.1

88

USC

105.7

335

USC Upstate

87.7

167

UT Arlington

99.8

294

UT Martin

92.5

208

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.6

108

Utah

104.2

46

Utah St.

110.0

109

Utah Valley

104.0

295

UTEP

92.5

169

UTSA

99.8

205

Valparaiso

97.8

140

Vanderbilt

102.0

83

Vermont

106.0

24

Villanova

113.3

2

Virginia

123.3

35

Virginia Commonwealth

111.1

11

Virginia Tech

116.5

306

VMI

91.9

302

Wagner

92.1

159

Wake Forest

100.3

91

Washington

105.5

144

Washington St.

101.6

190

Weber St.

98.5

97

West Virginia

104.9

288

Western Carolina

92.9

293

Western Illinois

92.6

125

Western Kentucky

103.1

258

Western Michigan

94.6

101

Wichita St.

104.8

215

William & Mary

97.3

180

Winthrop

99.2

12

Wisconsin

115.7

26

Wofford

113.2

130

Wright St.

102.9

319

Wyoming

90.3

67

Xavier

107.2

82

Yale

106.0

281

Youngstown St.

93.5

 

PiRate Ratings (Conference)

#

America East

PiRate

83

Vermont

106.0

161

Stony Brook

100.1

185

Hartford

98.8

221

Maryland Baltimore Co.

97.0

253

UMass Lowell

94.9

272

Albany

94.0

323

Binghamton

89.8

331

Maine

88.6

340

New Hampshire

86.2

 

 

#

American Athletic

PiRate

15

Houston

115.0

32

Cincinnati

111.4

39

Central Florida

110.6

66

Temple

107.2

71

Memphis

106.8

95

Connecticut

105.2

101

Wichita St.

104.8

107

SMU

104.2

121

South Florida

103.2

124

Tulsa

103.2

279

East Carolina

93.7

287

Tulane

92.9

 

 

#

Atlantic 10

PiRate

35

Virginia Commonwealth

111.1

55

Dayton

108.4

70

Davidson

106.8

120

Saint Louis

103.3

129

St. Bonaventure

102.9

135

Rhode Island

102.4

147

George Mason

101.4

165

Duquesne

100.1

174

Saint Joseph’s

99.4

182

Richmond

99.0

210

Massachusetts

97.5

216

La Salle

97.2

243

Fordham

95.2

283

George Washington

93.3

 

 

#

Atlantic Coast

PiRate

2

Virginia

123.3

3

Duke

123.2

4

North Carolina

121.0

11

Virginia Tech

116.5

17

Florida St.

114.7

19

Louisville

114.0

27

North Carolina St.

112.9

29

Clemson

112.2

34

Syracuse

111.3

63

Miami (Fla)

107.5

84

Notre Dame

105.9

96

Pittsburgh

105.1

103

Georgia Tech

104.6

106

Boston College

104.3

159

Wake Forest

100.3

 

 

#

Atlantic Sun

PiRate

52

Lipscomb

108.8

77

Liberty

106.2

184

NJIT

98.8

203

North Florida

98.0

233

Florida Gulf Coast

96.0

264

Jacksonville

94.4

314

North Alabama

91.2

334

Stetson

87.9

341

Kennesaw St.

86.1

 

 

#

Big 12

PiRate

8

Texas Tech

118.3

16

Kansas

114.9

18

Iowa St.

114.1

25

Kansas St.

113.2

30

Texas

112.0

33

Oklahoma

111.3

38

Baylor

110.6

47

TCU

110.0

97

West Virginia

104.9

100

Oklahoma St.

104.8

 

 

#

Big East

PiRate

24

Villanova

113.3

28

Marquette

112.6

45

Creighton

110.0

54

Seton Hall

108.4

57

Butler

108.2

61

St. John’s

107.8

67

Xavier

107.2

73

Providence

106.7

76

Georgetown

106.3

98

DePaul

104.9

 

 

#

Big Sky

PiRate

133

Montana

102.8

158

Northern Colorado

100.4

190

Weber St.

98.5

240

Eastern Washington

95.5

245

Montana St.

95.2

257

Portland St.

94.7

269

Sacramento St.

94.2

286

Southern Utah

93.0

304

Northern Arizona

92.1

318

Idaho St.

90.7

344

Idaho

85.0

 

 

#

Big South

PiRate

136

Radford

102.4

163

Gardner Webb

100.1

175

Charleston Southern

99.4

180

Winthrop

99.2

186

Campbell

98.8

189

Presbyterian

98.5

197

Hampton

98.1

230

High Point

96.2

300

Longwood

92.2

335

USC Upstate

87.7

348

UNC Asheville

84.1

 

 

#

Big Ten

PiRate

5

Michigan St.

120.5

9

Michigan

118.1

10

Purdue

117.6

12

Wisconsin

115.7

22

Maryland

113.4

36

Iowa

110.9

37

Indiana

110.6

40

Nebraska

110.5

42

Ohio St.

110.3

43

Penn St.

110.2

48

Minnesota

109.3

65

Northwestern

107.2

78

Illinois

106.2

81

Rutgers

106.0

 

 

#

Big West

PiRate

92

UC Irvine

105.5

152

UC Santa Barbara

101.0

183

Cal St. Fullerton

98.9

192

Hawaii

98.4

222

Long Beach St.

96.9

237

UC Davis

95.6

280

Cal St. Northridge

93.7

310

UC Riverside

91.6

332

Cal Poly

88.4

 

 

#

Colonial Athletic

PiRate

74

Hofstra

106.3

87

Northeastern

105.8

118

Charleston

103.4

215

William & Mary

97.3

244

Drexel

95.2

250

Delaware

95.0

260

UNC Wilmington

94.6

271

Towson

94.0

276

James Madison

93.9

308

Elon

91.9

 

 

#

Conference USA

PiRate

113

Old Dominion

103.8

119

Southern Miss

103.4

125

Western Kentucky

103.1

142

Louisiana Tech

101.8

153

North Texas

100.9

162

UAB

100.1

169

UTSA

99.8

171

Marshall

99.7

187

Florida Atlantic

98.7

211

Florida Int’l.

97.4

242

Middle Tennessee

95.2

267

Rice

94.3

295

UTEP

92.5

301

Charlotte

92.2

 

 

#

Horizon

PiRate

105

Northern Kentucky

104.4

130

Wright St.

102.9

194

Oakland

98.3

199

IUPUI

98.0

206

Green Bay

97.8

214

Illinois Chicago

97.3

265

Detroit

94.4

281

Youngstown St.

93.5

290

Cleveland St.

92.8

291

Milwaukee

92.6

 

 

#

Ivy

PiRate

82

Yale

106.0

114

Penn

103.6

128

Harvard

102.9

146

Brown

101.4

176

Princeton

99.3

212

Dartmouth

97.4

218

Columbia

97.2

227

Cornell

96.4

 

 

#

Metro Atlantic

PiRate

193

Rider

98.4

198

Iona

98.0

226

Quinnipiac

96.6

246

Siena

95.1

259

Canisius

94.6

266

Marist

94.4

275

Monmouth

93.9

284

Fairfield

93.2

305

Saint Peter’s

92.0

307

Niagara

91.9

317

Manhattan

90.8

 

 

#

Mid-American

PiRate

21

Buffalo

113.6

59

Toledo

107.9

117

Akron

103.5

127

Bowling Green

103.0

131

Ball St.

102.8

141

Central Michigan

101.9

145

Kent St.

101.5

149

Miami (O)

101.2

151

Northern Illinois

101.1

160

Eastern Michigan

100.3

191

Ohio

98.4

258

Western Michigan

94.6

 

 

#

Mideastern Athletic

PiRate

247

Norfolk St.

95.1

289

North Carolina Central

92.8

296

Bethune Cookman

92.5

299

North Carolina A&T

92.2

313

Howard

91.4

326

Florida A&M

89.6

336

Morgan St.

87.6

338

South Carolina St.

87.3

343

Savannah St.

85.2

345

Coppin St.

84.9

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

81.1

352

Delaware St.

79.5

 

 

#

Missouri Valley

PiRate

112

Loyola (Chi)

103.8

132

Drake

102.8

143

Southern Illinois

101.6

166

Bradley

99.9

172

Missouri St.

99.6

177

Northern Iowa

99.3

196

Illinois St.

98.1

205

Valparaiso

97.8

217

Indiana St.

97.2

228

Evansville

96.4

 

 

#

Mountain West

PiRate

14

Nevada

115.0

46

Utah St.

110.0

64

Fresno St.

107.5

111

San Diego St.

103.8

134

Boise St.

102.6

150

UNLV

101.1

178

New Mexico

99.3

181

Colorado St.

99.2

254

Air Force

94.8

319

Wyoming

90.3

342

San Jose St.

85.4

 

 

#

Northeast

PiRate

220

Fairleigh Dickinson

97.1

235

St. Francis PA

95.8

239

Sacred Heart

95.5

249

Long Island

95.0

252

Robert Morris

94.9

274

St. Francis (BKN)

93.9

302

Wagner

92.1

321

Central Connecticut

90.0

324

Mount St. Mary’s

89.7

328

Bryant

89.3

 

 

#

Ohio Valley

PiRate

50

Belmont

109.0

51

Murray St.

109.0

123

Jacksonville St.

103.2

126

Austin Peay

103.0

241

Eastern Kentucky

95.4

255

Morehead St.

94.8

294

UT Martin

92.5

297

Tennessee St.

92.5

309

Eastern Illinois

91.7

315

Southeast Missouri St.

91.2

327

Tennessee Tech

89.5

333

SIU Edwardsville

88.0

 

 

#

Pac-12

PiRate

49

Oregon

109.3

56

Arizona St.

108.4

69

Colorado

107.0

79

Oregon St.

106.2

85

Arizona

105.9

88

USC

105.7

91

Washington

105.5

99

UCLA

104.9

108

Utah

104.2

110

Stanford

103.9

144

Washington St.

101.6

248

California

95.0

 

 

#

Patriot

PiRate

138

Colgate

102.1

139

Bucknell

102.0

168

Lehigh

99.8

201

American

98.0

229

Boston University

96.2

234

Holy Cross

95.9

236

Army

95.8

273

Loyola (MD)

93.9

285

Navy

93.1

298

Lafayette

92.4

 

 

#

Southeastern

PiRate

6

Tennessee

118.9

7

Kentucky

118.3

13

Auburn

115.7

20

LSU

114.0

23

Mississippi St.

113.4

31

Florida

111.7

44

Mississippi

110.1

53

Arkansas

108.7

58

Alabama

108.0

72

South Carolina

106.8

80

Missouri

106.1

94

Texas A&M

105.4

116

Georgia

103.5

140

Vanderbilt

102.0

 

 

#

Southern

PiRate

26

Wofford

113.2

60

Furman

107.8

75

East Tennessee St.

106.3

86

UNC Greensboro

105.8

157

Samford

100.5

195

Mercer

98.2

263

The Citadel

94.5

268

Chattanooga

94.3

288

Western Carolina

92.9

306

VMI

91.9

 

#

Southland

PiRate

154

Abilene Christian

100.9

179

Sam Houston St.

99.2

202

Lamar

98.0

256

Southeastern Louisiana

94.7

270

New Orleans

94.0

278

Texas A&M-CC

93.7

282

Houston Baptist

93.3

303

Stephen F. Austin

92.1

311

Central Arkansas

91.6

312

Nicholls St.

91.5

329

McNeese St.

88.9

339

Northwestern St.

86.4

346

Incarnate Word

84.6

 

 

#

Southwestern Athletic

PiRate

223

Texas Southern

96.9

232

Prairie View A&M

96.1

277

Grambling St.

93.7

320

Arkansas Pine Bluff

90.2

322

Jackson St.

89.9

330

Alabama St.

88.8

337

Southern

87.3

347

Alabama A&M

84.6

349

Alcorn St.

84.0

350

Mississippi Valley St.

82.8

 

 

#

Summit

PiRate

89

South Dakota St.

105.6

164

Omaha

100.1

173

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.5

207

North Dakota St.

97.8

225

South Dakota

96.7

262

North Dakota

94.5

292

Oral Roberts

92.6

293

Western Illinois

92.6

316

Denver

91.1

 

 

#

Sun Belt

PiRate

104

Georgia Southern

104.6

115

Georgia St.

103.6

122

Texas St.

103.2

148

Louisiana Monroe

101.3

155

Coastal Carolina

100.7

167

UT Arlington

99.8

170

Louisiana

99.7

204

Appalachian St.

97.9

213

South Alabama

97.4

231

Little Rock

96.1

238

Troy

95.6

261

Arkansas St.

94.5

 

 

#

West Coast

PiRate

1

Gonzaga

124.4

41

Saint Mary’s

110.4

68

San Francisco

107.0

90

BYU

105.6

93

San Diego

105.5

137

Loyola Marymount

102.2

156

Pepperdine

100.6

200

Santa Clara

98.0

219

Pacific

97.1

325

Portland

89.6

 

 

#

Western Athletic

PiRate

62

New Mexico St.

107.7

102

Grand Canyon

104.7

109

Utah Valley

104.0

188

Seattle

98.6

208

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.6

209

California Baptist

97.5

224

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.7

251

Missouri Kansas City

95.0

353

Chicago St.

79.3

 

Conference Tournaments Update

Atlantic Sun Conference

*** Championship Game–Sunday, March 10 ***

Liberty

74

Lipscomb

68

 

 

Big South Conference

*** Championship Game–Sunday, March 10 (at Radford) ***

Gardner-Webb

76

Radford

65

 

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Site: North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC

Quarterfinals–Sunday, March 10

Hofstra

76

James Madison

67

Delaware

85

William & Mary

79

Northeastern

80

UNC Wilmington

59

Charleston

73

Drexel

61

 

Semifinals–Monday, March 11

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Hofstra (26-6)

5

Delaware (17-15)

2

Northeastern (21-10)

3

Charleston (24-8)

 

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Site: Times Union Center, Albany, NY (Siena)

Semifinals–Sunday, March 10

Iona

73

Siena

57

Monmouth

73

Canisius

59

Championship Game–Monday, March 11

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Iona (16-15)

6

Monmouth (14-20)

 

 

Mid-American Conference (MACtion)

Site: 1st Rd @ Higher Seeds/ Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

First Round–Monday, March 11

Seed

Home Team

Seed

Visitors

8

Akron (16-15)

9

Miami (O) (15-16)

5

Central Michigan (21-10)

12

Western Michigan (8-23)

7

Northern Illinois (15-16)

10

Ohio (14-16)

6

Eastern Michigan (15-16)

11

Ball St. (15-16)

 

 

Missouri Valley Conference (Arch Madness)

Site: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MO

*** Championship Game–Sunday, March 10 ***

Bradley

57

Northern Iowa

54

 

 

Patriot League

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Semifinals–Sunday, March 10

Colgate

80

Navy

70

Bucknell

97

Lehigh

75

 

*** Championship Game–Wednesday, March 13 ***

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Colgate (23-10)

2

Bucknell (21-10)

 

 

Southern Conference

Site: US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC

Semifinals–Sunday, March 10

Wofford

81

East Tennessee St.

72

UNC Greensboro

66

Furman

62

 

*** Championship Game–Monday, March 11 ***

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Wofford (28-4)

2

UNC Greensboro (28-5)

 

 

Summit League

Site: Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Quarterfinals

North Dakota St.

86

Oral Roberts

73

Purdue Ft. Wayne

96

South Dakota

70

 

Semifinals–Monday, March 11

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Western Illinois (10-20)

4

North Dakota St. (16-15)

2

Omaha (20-10)

3

Purdue Ft. Wayne (18-14)

 

West Coast Conference

Site: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Semifinals–Monday, March 11

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

2

Saint Mary’s (20-11)

6

San Diego (21-13)

1

Gonzaga (29-2)

8

Pepperdine (16-17)

 

Teams With Automatic Bids

Team

Conf

W-L

Liberty

Atlantic Sun

28-6

Gardner-Webb

Big South

23-11

Murray St.

Ohio Valley

27-4

Bradley

Missouri Valley

20-14

 

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March 12, 2018

Selection Committee Got It Right–Only Because The Criteria Was Wrong

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee is under fire today for how teams like Oklahoma, Arizona State,  and Syracuse made the tournament, while teams like Saint Mary’s, Middle Tennessee State, and USC did not.

Don’t blame this Committee.  They did not create the criteria that they use to select the teams.  You wouldn’t blame a jury if the judge orders them not to consider the most convincing evidence in a trial, and it produces the opposite verdict.

We are hearing interesting rumors that Louisville and USC received punitive treatment due to the impending FBI probe, but we do not buy into this rumor.

The reality is that Oklahoma, Arizona State, and Syracuse are in the field, and USC, Saint Mary’s, and Middle Tennessee are not.

The PiRate Bracket Gurus correctly picked 67 of the 68 teams, missing on USC versus Syracuse.  They don’t want to make this sound like sour grapes here, and they are not responsible in the least for our comments, but we find it a laughing joke that the Trojans did not make the tournament, while Arizona State did make the tournament.

Again, it is not the Committee’s fault that the most convincing evidence that would show the superior team was not admissible in this case.  USC finished in 2nd place in the Pac-12, while Arizona State finished tied for 8th place, with only three teams below the Sun Devils in the standings.  USC bested ASU by four games in the conference standings!

How can a team finish 22.2% better in the majority part of an identical schedule than another team and see the weaker team make the tournament, while they did not?  This is why March Madness is more mad due to inferior selection criteria.

We repeat a comparison we made earlier this season.  Take the NFL Playoffs.  Let’s say that during the first month of the season, The New York Giants beat Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh and lead the NFC East at 4-0, while The Eagles are 2-2, with victories over Washington and Tampa Bay.

At this point in the season, the Giants are the best team in the NFL, while Philly is in the bottom half.  Now, from this point on, the Giants finish 5-7 for a 9-7 record.  The Eagles go 9-3 for an 11-5 record.

So, in the playoffs, the Giants are selected by the NFL Selection Committee due to their Quadrant 1 NFL wins in September, while the Eagles have to go to the Bert Bell Playoff Bowl in Miami (Google It–There really was a bowl game in the NFL).

If the NFL stages its playoffs this way, the league would be the laughingstock of sports.  The playoffs would be a big joke.  Yet, in college basketball, the public is brainwashed into believing that this giant tournament of mostly mediocrity is can’t miss entertainment.

The PiRates can easily miss seeing almost all these games where one or more of the combatants fared so poorly in the regular season that in decades past, their coaches might have been fired or put on a hot seat.

Allowing the 8th best team in a rather weak conference to have a chance to play for the national championship is par for the course in this everybody gets a trophy society.  When it comes down to it, neither USC nor Arizona State should have been invited to the NCAA Tournament.  Likewise, no team that did not win a conference championship should have been invited.  There are 32 conferences.  There should be 32 teams invited to the tournament, the 32 champions.

Before you say, “Hey Bucakroo, you cannot be serious about including Radford but not Duke,” let us preface that we favor just the 32 conference champions, but we also would favor handicapping the tournament so that the top 10 conference champions would receive byes to the Sweet 16, while the other 22 conference champions would have to compete in a play-in tournament to narrow from 22 to 12 to 6.  The 6 play-in winners would fill out the Sweet 16.

This is exactly how the NCAA Tournament used to be conducted.  Back in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, six to eight conference champions received automatic byes to the Sweet 16, while 14 to 18 other conference champions (and top Independents) were forced to play-in to the Sweet 16.  The bye conferences were determined by the past 5 years results in prior NCAA Tournaments.

Four plus decades ago, over half of the division 1 teams in the East were independents, playing in a loosely-knit organization called the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference).  Prior to 1975, the ECAC was guaranteed two spots in the NCAA Tournament, while other Independents from the South, Midwest, and West could only be selected as at-large entries if and when the NCAA determined they were worthy.

Usually, 24 teams were selected for the NCAA Tournament.  There were eight teams that received byes and 16 teams that played into the Sweet 16.  On the third Saturday of March, the play-in games were played on neutral sites.  Then, on the following Thursday night (Friday night until 1968), the Sweet 16 Round was played, and the Elite 8 Round was played on Saturday.  There were regional consolation games to give each region four total games.

Then, the Final Four was played the following Thursday night with a consolation game and National Championship Game played on Saturday afternoon.  Starting in 1973, the Final Four moved to its present Saturday afternoon-Monday night format.

The explanation that the tournament became huge when it moved to 64 and then 68 teams is not actual fact.  The tournament was already big before it began to expand.  It would have continued to gain fan support if it had stayed exactly the same, and it is our opinion that it would be even bigger than it is today had it remained a tournament of conference champions.

With today’s format, a lot of really fantastic marquee games never happen.  The so-called media darling long shots that pull off a first round upset or sneak into the Sweet 16 eventually get blown out by a power conference team, giving the power conference team somewhat of a breather to the next round.  With 32 first round games, there are going to be a handful of upsets when a power team either overlooks the smaller school or comes out flat, while the other team plays the game of its lives.

The 1927 New York Yankees occasionally had an off day and lost to the Washington Senators (8 times that year).  They even lost a game to the St. Louis Browns.  There is always that odd day or night where things just don’t go the way they should 99% of the time.  It actually hurts the tournament when a #2 seed loses to a #15 seed, because the #15 seed isn’t going anywhere, while the #2 seed could have given the public a really incredible Elite 8 game against a #1 seed.

With that in mind, the PiRates have two separate ideas that would make the NCAA Basketball Tournament much better than it is now.  It would still give the Radford’s a real chance to compete for the title, and it would eliminate the ridiculous, human-error-laced, Selection Committee trying to create a reason why the 12-6 number two team from a power conference stays home, while the 8-10 number eight place (tied for 8th) team from that same conference makes the field.

Option A: Split Division 1 into D1 Large and D1 Small.  D1 Large would be the top 16 conferences, while D1 Small would be the bottom 16 conferences.

Conduct separate 16-team playoffs in the same manner that the NBA now uses.  4 rounds of best of 7 playoffs with the higher-ranked team getting home court advantage.  This option allows the home town fans a chance to see their team play on its home court, whereas only a handful of fans can afford to travel all over the map to watch them play in far away outposts.  How many Buffalo Bulls fans will make the trip to Boise, Idaho?

You could add a twist to the playoff formats and incorporate the relegation and promotion rules from soccer, where the conference of the Small Champion is promoted to Large, and the conference with the weakest-rated Large Champion being relegated to Small.

Imagine a Final Four with Arizona playing Kansas in a best of 7, and Virginia playing Michigan State in a best of 7.  What would the TV ratings be on these series rather than seeing a Sweet 16 game between one of these powers and a long shot low-major team that will lose by 20+ in the Sweet 16?  The two series would dwarf the ratings of today’s earlier rounds where teams are forced to play in the mornings and afternoons of weekdays.

Option B would be to revert back to how the tournament was conducted in the 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Take the 22 weakest conferences and send their champions to a 22 to 12 to 6 play-in.  Send the other 10 top conference champions expressly to the Sweet 16.

Sure, teams like North Carolina, Villanova, and Michigan would not be in the tournament, but then neither would be 8-10 Arizona State or 8-10 Syracuse.  Villanova, Michigan, Purdue, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas Tech, West Virginia, and USC among others would give the 16-team (like it was when it was great) NIT a great group of teams, so great that they could return to playing all 15 games at Madison Square Garden.

Most of you reading this today are wondering what our schedule will be for the NCAA Tournament.  Usually, today is the day we release our annual Bracketnomics report showing what back-tested data has been successful in isolating past NCAA Tournament winners.

The PiRates have made some sweeping changes this year, as advanced metrics have made our past bracket-picking criteria somewhat obsolete.  We still have our exceptional R+T weighted rating, and it still represents a huge chunk of what works for us, but we have dropped a lot of the other former data.  With advanced metrics like true shooting% and a better way to compare teams based on strength of schedule, we will be releasing an all-inclusive, somewhat explanatory reveal Tuesday afternoon.

March 11, 2018

PiRate Ratings’ Bracket Gurus’ Final Predictions For the Field of 68

That Darn Davidson
Call it the Steph Curry Effect. It would happen that the one bid-stealing team in the Conference Tournament part of March Madness would be a team from a conference that played its championship game on Selection Sunday afternoon.

 
At least the Selection Committee had to deal with this contingency as well. If our Bracket Gurus know their stuff, they believe that bubble burst popping sound you just heard emanated from Moraga, California, and Saint Mary’s just became a number one seed in the NIT.

What about the other near miss teams?  Our gurus believe (but not unanimously) the bubbles had already burst on Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, Syracuse, Marquette, Baylor, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma St.

Now, with Davidson getting in with the automatic bid, some non-guru bracketologists might simple place the Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament and remove A-10 member St. Bonaventure. It doesn’t work like that. All of our Gurus already locked the Bonnies into the field. Saint Mary’s had the bottom score of the 68 teams, and with the Gaels sulking as they prepare to host an NIT game (or if our Gurus miss), now the #68 team is Arizona St. The Sun Devils are not really affected by the upset in D.C., if our Gurus have it right. They were already headed to Dayton as one of the Last Four in.

The team other than Saint Mary’s that suffered from Davidson’s win is the former last team in with a bye. USC was the number 64 team on the seed line, but after Davidson removed Saint Mary’s from the 11-seed line, it knocked the Trojans down to the fourth weakest Guru score. Thus, the Trojans are picked to join Arizona State, St. Bonaventure, and Texas in First Four games in Dayton.

Our Gurus had a difficult time narrowing the field of 68 from a field of 71. Word leaked out of the Selection Committee early Sunday morning, that all but one at-large spot had been determined prior to any games this afternoon. Our Gurus took that as a slap across 14 faces. If the Committee had it down to 69, then they could too. Between 8AM and Noon Eastern Time today, the Gurus agreed to vote Louisville, Middle Tennessee St., Marquette, and Syracuse off the Madness Island. Pending the outcome of the Davidson-Rhode Island game, the Gurus had the teams selected. A couple of late games might have affected a couple of seeds, as Cincinnati and Tennessee could swap with a Volunteer win and Bearcat loss. Tennessee lost to Kentucky in the SEC Championship, so Cincinnati should stay where they are, win or lose in the AAC Championship Game, which is about to tip off.
Since we are going to press before the American Athletic Conference Tournament ends, we told our Gurus to assume that Cincinnati wins the game and keeps their high seed.  There is a chance a Cinti loss could elevate another team from three to two seed, but we believe the Committee doesn’t want to mess with this contingency this late in the game.  We figured that time was more of the essence than waiting for the last game to finish.
So, with that in mind, here is the PiRate Ratings Bracket Gurus’ Final Prediction. If we get 68 out of 68 again this year, it will be a minor miracle. It wasn’t easy for the Gurus to come close to a consensus. Middle Tennessee, Louisville, Syracuse, Marquette, and Baylor all received at least one vote out of 14 Guru lists. Saint Mary’s, Arizona St., and Texas were left off at least 3 of the 14 ballots.

 

Seed Team Conference
1 Virginia ACC
1 Villanova B-EAST
1 Xavier B-EAST
1 Kansas B12
2 Duke ACC
2 Purdue B-TEN
2 North Carolina ACC
2 Cincinnati AAC
3 Michigan St. B-TEN
3 Tennessee SEC
3 Michigan B-TEN
3 Auburn SEC
4 West Virginia B12
4 Arizona PAC-12
4 Texas Tech B12
4 Wichita St. AAC
5 Clemson ACC
5 Gonzaga WCC
5 Kentucky SEC
5 Ohio St. B-TEN
6 Houston AAC
6 Florida SEC
6 Miami (Fla.) ACC
6 Arkansas SEC
7 Texas A&M SEC
7 TCU B12
7 Rhode Island A-10
7 Seton Hall B-EAST
8 Nevada MWC
8 Virginia Tech ACC
8 Missouri SEC
8 Providence B-EAST
9 Alabama SEC
9 Butler B-EAST
9 Florida St. ACC
9 Creighton B-EAST
10 North Carolina St. ACC
10 Kansas St. B12
10 UCLA PAC-12
10 Oklahoma B12
11 USC PAC-12
11 Texas B12
11 St. Bonaventure A-10
11 Arizona St. PAC-12
11 Loyola (Chi.) MVC
11 San Diego St. MWC
12 New Mexico St. WAC
12 South Dakota St. SUMMIT
12 Buffalo MAC
12 Davidson A-10
13 Murray St. OVC
13 UNC-Greensboro SOCON
13 Marshall CUSA
13 Charleston CAA
14 Bucknell PATRIOT
14 Montana B-SKY
14 Wright St. HORIZON
14 Georgia St./UT-Arlington SBC
15 Stephen F. Austin SLC
15 Lipscomb A-SUN
15 Iona MAAC
15 Penn IVY
16 MD-Baltimore Co. A-EAST
16 Cal St. Fullerton B-WEST
16 Long Island NEC
16 Radford B-SOUTH
16 UNC-Central MEAC
16 Texas Southern SWAC

Our Gurus’ Additional Picks

First Four Round in Dayton

11-seed line: Texas vs. Arizona St.

11-seed line: USC vs. St. Bonaventure

16-seed line: Long Island vs. Texas Southern

16-seed line: Radford vs. UNC-Central

 

Last 4 Byes

61. North Carolina St.

62. Kansas St.

63. UCLA

64. Oklahoma

 

First Four Out

69. Saint Mary’s

70. Middle Tennessee St.

71. Louisville

72. Syracuse

March 5, 2018

PiRate Ratings Conference Tournament Update–March 5, 2018

Today’s PiRate Rating Spreads for Conference Tournament Games 

Home Team Visitor  
or Higher Seed Lower Seed Spread
Charleston William & Mary 4.1
Northeastern UNC-Wilmington 9.6
Oakland Cleveland St. 8.4
Wright St. Milwaukee 4.0
Iona Fairfield 4.7
Central Michigan Bowling Green 7.6
Kent St. Northern Illinois 5.5
Miami (O) Ohio 2.7
Western Michigan Akron 7.8
North Carolina A&T Delaware St. 10.4
Norfolk St. Md. Eastern Shore 12.2
UNC-Greensboro East Tennessee St. -0.3
South Dakota St. North Dakota St. 6.4
South Dakota Denver 10.5
Gonzaga San Francisco 14.5
Saint Mary’s BYU 4.5

Yesterday’s Championship Games

Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament
Lipscomb 108 Florida Gulf Coast 96
Big South Conference Tournament
Radford 55 Liberty 52
Big Ten Conference Tournament
Michigan 75 Purdue 66
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
Loyola (Chi.) 65 Illinois St. 49

Teams Already In The Field

Team Conf. W-L
Murray St. OVC 26-5
Radford B-South 22-12
Loyola (Chi.) MVC 28-5
Lipscomb A-SUN 23-9
Michigan BTen 28-7

Conference Tournament Championship Games Today

All Times EST

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament
Championship–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #4 Iona #6 Fairfield ESPN
Southern Conference Tournament
Championship–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
9:00 PM #1 UNC-Greensboro #2 East Tennessee St. ESPN2

 

Other Conference Tournaments In Action Today

Colonial Athletic Association Tournament
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #1 Charleston #4 William & Mary CBSSN
8:30 PM #2 Northeastern #6 UNC-Wilmington CBSSN
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM Chas/W&M NE/UNCW CBSSN

 

Horizon League Tournament
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #4 Oakland #8 Cleveland St. ESPNU
9:30 PM #2 Wright St. #6 Milwaukee ESPNU
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM Oak/CSU WSU/Milw ESPN

 

Mid-American Conference Tournament
Cleveland (First Round at Higher Seeds)
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 5
Time Home Visitors TV
7:00 PM #8 Central Michigan #9 Bowling Green ESPN3
7:00 PM #5 Kent St. #12 Northern Illinois ESPN3
7:00 PM #7 Miami (O) #10 Ohio U ESPN3
7:45 PM #6 Western Michigan #11 Akron ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Buffalo CMU or BGU ESPN3
2:30 PM #4 Ball St. Kent or NIU ESPN3
6:30 PM #2 Toledo Mia or Ohio ESPN3
9:00 PM #3 Eastern Michigan WMU or Akron ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM Buff/CMU/BGU Ball/Kent/NIU CBSSN
9:00 PM Tol/Mia/Ohio EMU/WMU/Akron CBSSN *
* This game will be available at cbssports.com
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     ESPN2

 

Mideastern Athletic Conference Tournament
Norfolk, VA
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM #4 North Carolina A&T #13 Delaware St. ESPN3
9:00 PM #5 Norfolk St. #12 Md-Eastern Shore ESPN3
       
First Round–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:00 PM #8 Howard #9 Florida A&M ESPN3
6:30 PM #6 UNC-Central #11 Coppin St. ESPN3
9:00 PM #7 Morgan St. #10 South Carolina St. ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #1 Hampton Howard or FAMU ESPN3
8:00 PM #2 Bethune-Cookman MSU or SCSU ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #3 Savannah St. UNCC or Coppin ESPN3
8:00 PM NCAT or Dela St. Norf St or UMES ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM Hampton/Howard/FAMU NCAT/DelSt/NorfSt/UMES ESPN3
8:00 PM BCU/MSU/SCSU Sav/UNCC/Coppin ESPN3
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM     ESPN2

 

Summit League Tournament
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #1 South Dakota St. #5 North Dakota St. ESPN3
9:30 PM #2 South Dakota #3 Denver ESPN3
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
9:00 PM SDSU/NDSU USD/Denver ESPN2

 

West Coast Conference Tournament
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
9:00 PM #1 Gonzaga #4 San Francisco ESPN
11:00 PM #2 Saint Mary’s #3 BYU ESPN2
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
9:00 PM  Gonzaga/USF SMU/BYU  ESPN

PiRate Ratings Bracket Gurus Report Coming Later Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 4, 2018

PiRate Ratings Conference Tournament Update–March 4, 2018

Spreads For Sunday’s Games

Home Team Visitor Spread
Wichita St. Cincinnati -0.9
South Florida SMU -11.0
Tulsa Temple 1.0
Memphis East Carolina 11.0
Houston Connecticut 15.2
Central Florida Tulane 8.3
Florida Gulf Coast Lipscomb 6.5
Radford Liberty 3.8
Purdue Michigan 3.9
Charleston Drexel 9.8
William & Mary Towson -1.6
Northeastern Delaware 8.9
Hofstra UNC-Wilmington 6.4
Illinois-Chicago Milwaukee 0.1
Oakland IUPUI 7.3
Iona St. Peter’s 5.1
Fairfield Quinnipiac 3.7
Loyola (Chi.) Illinois St. 7.9
Colgate Holy Cross 4.8
Bucknell Boston U 9.2
UNC-Greensboro Wofford 4.9
East Tennessee St. Furman -0.3
Fort Wayne North Dakota St. 0.9
Denver Oral Roberts 1.5
Gonzaga San Francisco 14.5
Saint Mary’s BYU 4.5

Note:  Games in Bright Red are for Automatic NCAA Tournament Bids

Automatic NCAA Tournament Bids Awarded to Date

Murray State (26-5) 

Ohio Valley Conference Tournament
Murray St. 68 Belmont 51

Conference Tournaments Scores From Saturday with Updated Brackets

America East Conference Tournament
Quarterfinals–March 3
UMBC 89 UMass-Lowell 77
Hartford 71 New Hampshire 60
Vermont 75 Maine 60
Stony Brook 69 Albany 60
Semifinals–March 6
Time Home Visitors TV
7:00 PM #1 Vermont #5 Stony Brook ESPN3
7:30 PM #2 UMBC #3 Hartford ESPN3
       
Championship–March 10
Time Home Visitors TV
11:00 AM Higher Seed Lower Seed ESPN2

 

Big Ten Conference Tournament
Michigan 75 Michigan St. 64
Purdue 78 Penn St. 70
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:30 PM #3 Purdue #5 Michigan CBS

 

Colonial Athletic Association Tournament
First Round–March 3
Drexel 70 James Madison 62
Delaware 86 Elon 79
Quarterfinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 College of Charleston #8 Drexel CAA TV
2:30 PM #4 William & Mary #5 Towson CAA TV
6:00 PM #2 Northeastern #7 Delaware CAA TV
8:30 PM #3 Hofstra #6 UNC-Wilmington CAA TV
       
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM CofC/Drex/JMU W&M or Towson CBSSN
8:30 PM NE/Del/Elon Hofstra or UNCW CBSSN
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     CBSSN
Horizon League Tournament
Wright St. 87 Green Bay 72
Cleveland St. 89 Northern Kentucky 80
Quarterfinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #3 UIC #6 Milwaukee ESPN3
7:30 PM #4 Oakland #5 IUPUI ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM Oakland or IUPUI #8 Cleveland St. ESPNU
9:30 PM #2 Wright St. UIC or Milwaukee ESPNU
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     ESPN

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament
Fairfield 90 Niagara 77
Iona 72 Manhattan 60
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #4 Iona #9 St. Peter’s ESPN3
9:30 PM #6 Fairfield #7 Quinnipiac ESPN3
       
Championship–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     ESPN

 

Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
Loyola (Chi.) 62 Bradley 54
Illinois St. 76 Southern Illinois 68
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM #1 Loyola (Chi.) #3 Illinois St. CBS

 

Northeast Conference Tournament
Wagner 75 Robert Morris 64
Long Island 78 Fairleigh-Dickinson 77
Championship–March 6
Time Home Team Visitors TV
7:00 PM #1 Wagner #4 Long Island ESPN2

 

Southern Conference Tournament
UNC-Greensboro 72 The Citadel 58
Wofford 73 Mercer 53
East Tennessee St. 77 Chattanooga 59
Furman 97 Western Carolina 73
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:00 PM #1 UNC-Greensboro #5 Wofford ESPN3
6:30 PM #2 East Tennessee St. #3 Furman ESPN3
       
Championship–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
9:00 PM     ESPN2

 

Summit League Tournament
Quarterfinals–March 3
South Dakota St. 66 Western Illiois 60
South Dakota 87 Omaha 73
Quarterfinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #4 Fort Wayne #5 North Dakota St. ESPN3
8:30 PM #3 Denver #6 Oral Roberts ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #1 South Dakota St. Ft.Wayne or NDSU ESPN3
8:30 PM #2 South Dakota Denver or ORU ESPN3
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
8:00 PM     ESPN2

 

West Coast Conference Tournament
BYU 85 San Diego 79
San Francisco 71 Pacific 70 ot
Gonzaga 83 Loyola Marymount 69
Saint Mary’s 69 Pepperdine 66
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #1 Gonzaga #4 San Francisco ESPN
8:00 PM #2 Saint Mary’s #3 BYU ESPN2
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM     ESPN

Other Conference Tournaments Resuming Today

Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament
Championship–March 4
Time Home Visitors TV
3:00 PM #1 Florida Gulf Coast #2 Lipscomb ESPN
Big South Conference Tournament
Championship–March 4
Time Home Visitors TV
1:00 PM #2 Radford #5 Liberty ESPN
Semifinals–March 4
Time Home Visitors TV
12:00 PM #2 Colgate #6 Holy Cross CBSSN
2:00 PM #1 Bucknell #5 Boston U CBSSN
       
Championship–March 7
Time Home Visitors TV
7:30 PM     CBSSN

Bids That Will Be Awarded on Sunday

Big South Conference:  Radford or Liberty   1:00 PM EST on ESPN

Even with 2-seed Radford’s home court advantage, this game should be considered close to a toss-up.   Earlier in the season, these two teams had to play an extra five minutes to determine the outcome, as Radford won by a bucket 59-57.  Of the 20 players that appeared in that game, only one could find the basket consistently that night, as Radford’s Ed Polite, Jr. finished a perfect 7 for 7 from the field in that game.  It was no fluke, as in the return game at Liberty, Polite, Jr. went 7 for 10 from the field with a three-pointer and a perfect 8 for 8 at the line for 23 points, as Radford cruised to an easy win.  Any chance Liberty has of winning will come from limiting Radford’s ability to get second chance baskets and getting to the foul line, where they lead the Big South with a 78.5% accuracy rate.

Missouri Valley Conference:  Loyola (Chi.) or Illinois St.  2:00 PM EST on CBS

Loyola is the top seed, while Illinois State is the 3-seed.  During the regular season, Loyola won by identical 68-61 scores in a season sweep.  The Ramblers have won nine consecutive games and would be a formidable foe as an underdog in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  They rank third nationally in field goal percentage at 51% per game, and they play competent defense without fouling.

Atlantic Sun Conference:  Florida Gulf Coast or Lipscomb   3:00 PM EST on ESPN

These are the top two seeds, and they split the season series, winning on the other team’s home floor.  This game will be played at FGCU, where Lipscomb beat the Eagles 90-87, despite being forced into 23 turnovers at the hands of 19 FGCU steals.  Lipscomb has won seven games in a row and 11 out of 12, but FGCU is tournament tough and has been there before.  The Eagles have owned this league since Belmont left for the OVC, while Lipscomb has never been to the NCAA Tournament and only appeared in one previous A-Sun Tournament Championship Game.  This game should be exciting.

Big Ten: Purdue or Michigan  4:30 PM EST on CBS

Obviously, both teams are going to the NCAA Tournament, as will be Michigan State and Ohio State.  Nebraska has little or no chance, while Penn State’s chances of getting in are only marginally better.

 

 

 

March 7, 2017

Conference Tournament Update–Sunday, March 7, 2017

New Dance Partners

UNC-Wilmington won the Colonial Athletic Association once again, and the Seahawks seem to have recovered from their February swoon that saw them lose four times.  UNCW will be a formidable seed, be it from the 11, 12, or 13 hole.  Coach Kevin Keatts has established himself as a future star in the business, destined to end up at a power conference school.

 

Steve Forbes is quickly developing into a top-flight coach as well.  The former assistant at Tennessee under Bruce Pearl guided his East Tennessee State Buccaneers to the Southern Conference title last night, and this ETSU team has a lot of the traits that the Volunteers possessed when Pearl and Forbes were in Knoxville.  The Bucs will be a hard team for a 3 or 4-seed to get past in the second round.

 

Iona repeats as conference champions, as the Gaels fought off Siena in a close game to win the MAAC title on the loser’s home court.  The Gaels will be a 14 or 15-seed, but they look like a one and done team this year.

Tickets Punched So Far

Ohio Valley Conference: JACKSONVILLE ST. (20-14)
Big South Conference: WINTHROP (26-6)
Missouri Valley Conference: WICHITA ST. (30-4)
Atlantic Sun Conference: FLORIDA GULF COAST (26-7)
Colonial Athletic Association: UNC-WILMINGTON (29-5)
Southern Conference: EAST TENNESSEE ST. (27-7)
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: IONA (22-12)

 

Surprise Surprise–Last Place Team One Win Away From Dancing

The Horizon League had a couple of worthy teams this year that could have won an opening game in the NCAA Tournament.  Valparaiso looked like a Sweet 16 dark horse in early February, but the Crusaders lost a couple of games and then lost their version of Lebron and quickly exited the tournament in the opening game.  Oakland appeared to have an easy road to the Horizon championship, but the Grizzlies fell to a feisty Youngstown State team in their first game.

What’s left for the title game tonight?  Last-place and 23-loss Milwaukee has advanced to the championship game to face a Northern Kentucky team that picked the right time to play its best ball of the year.  The Norse ended the regular season on a roll and have parlayed that into where they are now one win away from making their first ever NCAA Tournament berth at the Division 1 level.  They were a dominant Division II team for more than a dozen years before moving up to the big time.

 

Today’s Tournament Schedule

Championship Games–NCAA Bid on the Line

Time (ET) Network Conference Team vs. Team
7:00 PM ESPN Horizon Northern Kentucky vs. Milwaukee
7:00 PM ESPN2 Northeast Mount St. Mary’s vs. St. Francis (PA)
9:00 PM ESPN2 Summit South Dakota St. vs. Omaha
9:00 PM ESPN West Coast Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary’s

Other Tournament Games

Time (ET) Network Conference Team vs. Team
12:00 PM ESPN2 ACC Clemson vs. North Carolina St.
2:00 PM ESPN2 ACC Wake Forest vs. Boston College
4:00 PM ESPN3 MEAC Delaware St. vs. Bethune-Cookman
5:35 PM Watch Big Sky Big Sky Portland St. vs. Northern Arizona
6:00 PM ESPN3 MEAC South Carolina St. vs. Florida A&M
7:00 PM ESPNU ACC Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh
7:00 PM Radio Only SWAC Alcorn St. * vs. Mississippi Valley
8:30 PM Radio Only SWAC Texas Southern vs. Alabama St.
8:30 PM Radio Only SWAC Southern vs. Jackson St.
8:35 PM Watch Big Sky Big Sky Sacramento St. vs. Idaho St.
9:00 PM Radio Only SWAC Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling
11:05 PM Watch Big Sky Big Sky Montana St. vs. Southern Utah

* Alcorn State is ineligible for postseason play, and if the Braves win the SWAC Tournament, regular season champion Texas Southern will get the automatic bid.

 

The Bubble

Keep an eye on the ACC Tournament opening round in Brooklyn.  All three games involve teams on the Bubble–Clemson plays in the first game, Wake Forest plays in the second game, and Georgia Tech plays in the third game.  All three must win today to stay on the Bubble, but a win will not get any of the three into the field.  They all need multiple wins to earn at-large bids.

 

Game of the Night

Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s face off for a third time tonight, when the two Pacific powers meet in the West Coast Conference Tournament Championship Game yet again.  Gonzaga has not looked like a Final Four team since losing to BYU in their regular season finale, while SMC looks like a team ready to make a long run in the NCAA Tournament with a stifling defense and improving offense.  If SMC pulls the upset tonight, Gonzaga could fall to a 2-seed, allowing Kentucky or Oregon to move up to a 1-seed.  SMC could move up to a 5 or even 4-seed with a win tongiht.

 

 

 

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