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March 12, 2020

The Greatest NCAA Basketball Tournament That Never Was

No, not 2020, but the National Champions Since 1960 with the 24 best non-champions

 

You are looking live at a website, your 2020 basketball simulation network.   During the 1981 and 1994 Major League Baseball seasons, simulated games replaced the real ones. In 1982, The Greatest Baseball Game Never Played featured all-stars from National League History playing all-stars from American League History.

 

This website will hold a simulated NCAA Basketball Tournament featuring 68 of the greatest teams between 1960 and 2019. We would have added the top team this year, the Kansas Jayhawks, but they didn’t rate as highly as other non-Tournament Champions.

 

How did we choose the 68 teams? We simulated our own Selection Committee. Okay, we quickly looked at the top ranked teams according to Simple Rating System and took the 26 best non-champions from this list. The remaining 42 teams are national champions. We did not choose any team that won the National Championship in consecutive seasons, so it eliminated Four UCLA teams and one team from Cincinnati and Duke.

 

How are we going to simulate these games? Actually, these games will not be simulated. They will be played on a tabletop board strategy game. In the 1960’s through the 1980’s, Avalon Hill and Sports Illustrated featured a professional basketball game called, “Statis-Pro Basketball.” The PiRate Captain cracked the code used to rate the players in all the basketball statistics–shooting, getting open for shots, drawing and committing fouls, passing, rebounding, committing turnovers, blocking shots, stealing the ball, defense against shots, and how many minutes players could play before having fatigue.

 

The Captain made some improvements and did thorough research to determine the pace of play his favorite college teams played in certain seasons. Over the course of a couple years, The Captain refined his game until he felt good with the product he had. He made hundreds of teams from the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s, and played games by establishing game plans based on what the particular team’s coach might have planned.

 

Then, in 1986-1987, when the three-point shot and shot clock were both instituted in college basketball across the board for all teams, he began to estimate how teams in years before the three-point shot might have been able to score from behind the arc. Based on knowing who the top outside shooters were on these great teams and looking at available video, he was able to estimate the percentage and frequency with which these pre-three-point shot teams could use. FWIW, players like Pistol Pete Maravich, Rick Mount, Jerry West, Austin Carr, and Larry Bird would have made their teams considerably better had the three-point shot been in place when they played college ball.

 

How are we seeding the teams? There won’t be any 14-19 conference tournament champions from low-major conferences. So, the seedings will be true — 1 to 68. The bottom eight teams will all be #16 seeds and forced to play opening round games in Dayton for the privilege of playing the top four teams in the last 60 years!

 

We will debut the field of 68 on Sunday to help you have something to read and look forward to when there will be no real Selection Sunday.

 

Then, we will commence playing on Tuesday Night with the first two play-in games. Hopefully, you will be entertained enough. Maybe, when you see some teams before your time, you will read more about them from the past and discover new enlightenment.

March 10, 2018

PiRate Ratings Bracketology Late Night Update–March 10-11 , 2018

The Bracket Gurus are burning the midnight oil and pouring more coffee as they try to determine who the NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee will invite into the Dance, and who will not hear the phone ring on Sunday.

At this point last year, most of the gurus were 100% in agreement on about 66 teams with only three teams really fighting for the final two spots.

There is a bit more dissension this season.  There are six teams seriously in the final discussion for three spots, but this will all change is Davidson beats Rhode Island on Sunday.  The Gurus are 100% in agreement in their belief that St. Bonaventure is in, so the Atlantic 10 could move from two to three teams if the Wildcats upset the Rams.

The teams that need to be worried about Davidson winning include Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Saint Mary’s, Louisville, and Middle Tennessee State.  The Gurus are close to eliminating Marquette, Baylor, and Syracuse, but these teams still appear on exactly one Guru list (three different Gurus have one each of the three).

Check back tomorrow after the conclusion of the Atlantic 10 Championship Game.  Within about 30 minutes of the outcome, we will publish our final Bracket Gurus report in full.  The pressure is on our Gurus.  Last year, they correctly picked all 68 teams in the field, and also correctly picked 61 teams on the correct seed line or just one seed off.

Teams In The Field as of Saturday Night, 11:59 PM EST

Team Bid Conf. W-L
Bucknell AUTO Patriot 25-9
Buffalo AUTO MAC 26-8
Charleston AUTO CAA 26-7
Gonzaga AUTO WCC 30-4
Iona AUTO MAAC 20-13
Kansas AUTO B12 27-7
Lipscomb AUTO A-SUN 23-9
Long Island AUTO NEC 18-16
Loyola (Chi.) AUTO MVC 28-5
Marshall AUTO CUSA 24-10
MD-Baltimore Co. AUTO AE 24-10
Michigan AUTO BTen 28-7
Montana AUTO BSky 26-7
Murray St. AUTO OVC 26-5
New Mexico St. AUTO WAC 28-5
Radford AUTO B-South 22-12
San Diego St. AUTO MWC 22-10
South Dakota St. AUTO Summit 28-6
Stephen F. Austin AUTO SLC 28-6
Texas Southern AUTO SWAC 15-19
UNC-Central AUTO MEAC 19-15
UNC-Greensboro AUTO SoCon 27-7
Villanova AUTO BE 30-4
Virginia AUTO ACC 31-2
Wright St. AUTO Horizon 25-9

March 12, 2017

Selection Sunday Ayem–March 12, 2017

Like Xmas Day For A Basketball Junkie

5:30 PM Eastern DAYLIGHT Time cannot come quickly enough.  Today is the day fans of 68 teams get to open their March Madness presents.  Most of the teams that will be dancing know they are in, be it with an automatic bid or a for sure at-large bid.  The Bubble has shrunk to just a few teams, and our Bracketology Gurus believe they have the 68 teams this morning before any games are played today.  Only the seeding may be altered by today’s games, but they agree in 100% unison that the teams we will list are the 68 teams that will continue to pursue their National Championship dreams.

THE FINAL BUBBLE

California

Illinois St.

Iowa

Kansas St.

Rhode Island

Syracuse

USC

Vanderbilt

Wake Forest

Xavier

Room at the Inn for six of these 10 teams, so which six make it, and which 4 are number one seeds in the NIT?

The six we have in are (alphabetically): Kansas State, Rhode Island, USC, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Xavier.

The four that will need tissues to wipe their tears are: California, Illinois State, Iowa, and Syracuse

The one that the Gurus believe should be in over one that should be out is Illinois State rather than USC.  However, the Gurus are selecting based on how they predict the Selection Committee will select, and even through the rules state that teams are not chosen within a conference by conference basis, subconsciously the members will look and see that they cannot exclude both Cal and the Trojans.  USC’s win over SMU is the reason the men of Troy get in over the men of Berkeley.

 

There are six games left to be played, and the seed lines could change based on who wins, but the Committee does not change their final seedings within the last two hours, so the final scores of some of the games will be official after the final seeding has been done.  Thus, the AAC and Big Ten Championship Games will still be underway when the final seeds are completed.  Only the name of the Sun Belt Conference Champion will have to be added late, and the Committee can already put the first letter of that champion on the board–a “T” (Texas State or Troy).

 

Here is today’s schedule.

American Athletic Conference Championship
Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 SMU 29-4 vs. 2 Cincinnati 29-4 3:15 PM ESPN
                 
Atlantic 10 Conference Championship
Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
4 Rhode Island 23-9 vs. 2 VCU 26-7 12:30 PM CBS
                 
Big Ten Conference Championship
Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
8 Michigan 23-11 vs. 2 Wisconsin 25-8 3:00 PM CBS
                 
Ivy League Conference Championship
Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 Princeton 22-6 vs. 3 Yale 18-10 12:00 PM ESPN2
                 
Southeastern Conference Championship
Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 Kentucky 28-5 vs. 3 Arkansas 25-8 1:00 PM ESPN
                 
Sun Belt Conference Championship
Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
4 Texas St. 20-12 vs. 6 Troy 21-14 2:00 PM ESPN2
                 
Selection Sunday
5:30 PM EDT on CBS
 
NCAA Tournament
First Four: March 14-15
                 
Second Round: March 16-17
                 
Third Round: March 18-19
                 
Sweet 16: March 23-24
                 
Elite Eight: March 25-26
                 
Final Four: April 1
                 
National Championship: April 3

The Bracketology Gurus Field of 68

  1. Villanova, Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina
  2. Duke, Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon
  3. Baylor, Louisville, Florida St., UCLA
  4. West Virginia, Butler, Notre Dame, Cincinnati
  5. Florida, Iowa St., Virginia, Purdue
  6. Wisconsin, SMU, Minnesota, Michigan
  7. Creighton, Arkansas, Saint Mary’s, Wichita St.
  8. Maryland, Miami (Fla.), VCU, Virginia Tech
  9. Northwestern, Oklahoma St., Dayton, Seton Hall
  10. Michigan St., South Carolina, Marquette, Providence
  11. Middle Tennessee, Xavier, Vanderbilt, USC, Wake Forest
  12. UNC-Wilmington, Nevada, Vermont, Rhode Island, Kansas St.
  13. Bucknell, Princeton, Winthrop, East Tennessee St.
  14. Florida Gulf Coast, New Mexico St., Iona, Northern Kentucky
  15. Texas Southern, Kent State, Jacksonville St., North Dakota
  16. Texas St., UNC-Central, New Orleans, South Dakota St., UC-Davis, Mount St. Mary’s

Last Four Byes: Marquette, Providence, Vanderbilt, Xavier

Last Four In (Dayton Bound): USC vs. Wake Forest, Rhode Island vs. Kansas St.

First Four Out (#1 Seeds in NIT): California, Illinois St., Iowa, and Syracuse

 

Coming Next:  We go dark for 48 hours.  Tuesday morning, we will premier PiRate Bracketnomics for 2017 with a total primer on how we handle our bracket picking and outright winners of games for you that failed to heed our warnings and chose to wager your hard-earned dollars in Vegas or offshore.  FWIW, we have heard from a half-dozen of you that you have found something in our Blue Ratings that have made you handsome profits this year.  We hope that continues for you, but please do not rely on just our ratings to wager money with books in Vegas.  We don’t want the guilt trip when you cannot pay your April Mortgage or car payment.

In addition to Bracketnomics, we will also give you all the raw data to use for yourself.  We will have a spreadsheet of all 68 teams with their Four Factors, their PiRate Specific Ratings, and then follow that up with how the teams fit in our Final Four footprint.  We have backtested the data we use as far back as each statistic allows us to do, and we will include that in our preview.

Tell all your friends to check us out.  The Tuesday preview is our most visited entry of the year, even more than our Super Bowl and College Playoff National Championship football editions.

 

But remember our axiom: We are just a bunch of math nerds doing this for fun.  Please wager responsibly, or like us just wager a lunch with your friend.  Also, remember that you have a better chance of being abducted by aliens from space while being struck by lightning, as you hold the winning Power Ball and Mega Millions lottery tickets while getting a kiss from a supermodel (all at the same time) than you do of picking a perfect bracket.

Note: Special Congrats go to Renato Nunez on his impressive home run at Hohokam Park yesterday against the Rangers.

March 16, 2014

PiRate Ratings Bracketology Report for Sunday, March 16, 2014

Last Updated: March 16, 2014 7:45 AM EDT

 

Note: This will be the last update prior to the Selection Show on CBS-TV.  Our next update will be our bracketnomics report late Monday night/Tuesday morning.

 

Already In The Field of 68 

1. Harvard (26-4)

2. Eastern Kentucky (24-9)

3. Mercer (26-8)

4. Wichita St. (34-0)

5. Coastal Carolina (21-12)

6. Delaware (25-9)

7. Manhattan (25-7)

8. Wofford (20-12)

9. Mount St. Mary’s (16-16)

10. North Dakota St. (25-6)

11. Milwaukee (21-13)

12. Gonzaga (28-6)

13. American (20-12)

14. Louisville (29-5)

15. Albany (18-14)

16. Iowa St. (26-7)

17. Providence (23-11)

18. Weber St. (19-11)

19. Tulsa (21-12)

20. Western Michigan (23-9)

21. UNC-Central (28-5)

22. New Mexico (26-6)

23. U C L A (26-8)

24. Stephen F. Austin (31-2)

25. Texas Southern (19-14)

26. New Mexico St. (26-9)

27. Cal Poly (13-19)

 

Mount St. Mary’s and Cal Poly are virtually assured of going to Dayton for the First Round.  Albany and Texas Southern or Weber St. are the most likely teams to fill the other two #16 seed spots forced to play in the opening round.

 

The Bubbler

The higher up each team is on this bubble list, the better.  Providence moved off the Bubble with their Big East Championship Game win.  They cannot be an opening round team.  As of Sunday morning, the Bubble has shrunk to eight teams that will make the field and ten other Bubble teams hoping that the Committee will find some reason to include them in the field.  Teams five through eight are the last four in, and teams nine through 12 are the first four out.

 

1. Nebraska

2. Iowa

3. Tennessee

4. Oklahoma St.

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5. Xavier

6. Dayton

7. S M U

8. B Y U

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9. Minnesota

10. Missouri

11. Green Bay

12. Florida St.

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13. Arkansas

14. Louisiana Tech

15. Clemson

16. North Carolina St.

17. California

18. St. John’s

 

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

Tournament Championships Today

All times are Eastern Daylight

 

Atlantic 10

#2 V C U (12-4/26-7) vs. #4 St. Joseph’s (11-5/23-9)—1:00 PM on CBS

 

Atlantic Coast

#1 Virginia (16-2/27-6) vs. #3 Duke (13-5/26-7)—1:00 PM on ESPN

 

Big Ten

#1 Michigan (15-3/25-7) vs. Michigan St. (12-6/25-8)—3:30 PM on CBS

 

Southeastern

#1 Florida (18-0/31-2) vs. #2 Kentucky (12-6/24-9)—3:15 PM on ESPN

 

Sun Belt

#1 Georgia St. (17-1/25-7) vs. #3 UL-Lafayette (11-7/22-11)—1:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Previous Results

 

American Athletic Conference

Location—Fedex Forum, Memphis

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #7 Rutgers 72  #10 South Florida 68

G2: #9 Central Florida 94  #8 Temple 90  2 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #6 Houston 68  #3 S M U 64  

G4: #2 Louisville 92  #7 Rutgers 31

G5: #1 Cincinnati 61  #9 Central Florida 58

G6: #4 Connecticut 72  #5 Memphis 53

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #2 Louisville 94  #6 Houston 65

G8: #4 Connecticut 58  #1 Cincinnati 56

 

Championship

#2 Louisville 71   #4 Connecticut 61

 

America East Conference

Location—SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G1: #1 Vermont 77  #8 New Hampshire 60

G2: #4 Albany 86  #5 UMBC 56

G3: #2 Stony Brook 80  #7 Maine 54

G4: #3 Hartford 69  #6 Binghamton 42

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G5: #4 Albany 67  #1 Vermont 58  

G6: #2 Stony Brook 64  #3 Hartford 61

 

Championship

#4 Albany 69  #2 Stony Brook 60

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

Location—Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #13 Fordham 70  #12 George Mason 67

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G2: #9 St. Bonaventure 82  #8 La Salle 72  

G3: #5 Dayton 87  #13 Fordham 74

G4: #7 Richmond 76  #10 Duquesne 64

G5: #6 U Mass 65  #11 Rhode Island 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G6: #9 St. Bonaventure 71  #1 St. Louis 68

G7: #4 St. Joseph’s 70  #5 Dayton 67

G8: #2 V C U 71  #7 Richmond 53

G9: #3 George Washington 85  #6 U Mass 77

 

Semifinals

G10: #4 St. Joseph’s 67 #9 St. Bonaventure 48 

G11: #2 V C U 74  #3 George Washington 55

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Location—Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #12 Wake Forest 81  #13 Notre Dame 69

G2: #10 Miami 57  #15 Virginia Tech 53

G3: #11 Georgia Tech 73  #14 Boston College 70 ot

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #9 Florida St. 76  #8 Maryland  65  

G5: #5 Pittsburgh 84  #12 Wake Forest 55

G6: #7 North Carolina St.  67  #10 Miami 58

G7: #6 Clemson 69  #11 Georgia Tech 65 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 Virginia 64  #9 Florida St. 51

G9: #5 Pittsburgh 80  #4 North Carolina 75 

G10: #7 North Carolina St. 66  #2 Syracuse 63  

G11: #3 Duke 63  #6 Clemson 62

 

Semifinal Round

G12: #1 Virginia 51  #5 Pittsburgh 48

G13: #3 Duke 75  #7 North Carolina St. 67

 

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites of Higher Seed

 

Quarterfinal Round—Tuesday, March 4

G1: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 77  #8 Stetson 55

G2: #4 East Tennessee 89  #5 Lipscomb 88 2ot

G3: #2 Mercer 85  #7 Jacksonville 64

G4: #3 USC-Upstate 80  #6 North Florida 74

 

Semifinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G5: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 69  #4 East Tennessee 64

G6: #2 Mercer 78  #3 USC-Upstate 75 2ot

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#2 Mercer 68  #1 Florida Gulf Coast 60

 

Big 12 Conference

Location—Sprint Center, Kansas City

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Oklahoma St. 80 (8-10/21-11)  #9 Texas Tech 62

G2: #7 Baylor 76  #10 T C U 68

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Iowa St. 91  #5 Kansas St. 85

G4: #1 Kansas 77  #8 Oklahoma St. 70 ot

G5: #7 Baylor 78  #2 Oklahoma 73

G6: #3 Texas 66  #6 West Virginia 49

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #4 Iowa St. 94  #1 Kansas 83

G8: #7 Baylor 86  #3 Texas 69

 

Championship

#4 Iowa St. 74 (11-7/26-7)  #7 Baylor 65

 

Big East Conference

Location—Madison Square Garden, New York City

 

All Games Televised on Fox Sports 1

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Seton Hall 51 (6-12/16-16)  #9 Butler 50

G2: #10 DePaul 60  #7 Georgetown 56  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Seton Hall 64  #1 Villanova 63

G4: #4 Providence 79  #5 St. John’s 74

G5: #2 Creighton 84  #10 DePaul 62

G6: #3 Xavier 68  #6 Marquette 65

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #4 Providence 80  #8 Seton Hall 74 

G8: #2 Creighton 86  #3 Xavier 78

 

Championship

#4 Providence 65  #2 Creighton 58

 

Big Sky Conference

Location: Dee Events Center (Weber St.), Ogden, UT

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #2 North Dakota 79  #7 Sacramento St. 76

G2: #6 Northern Colorado 62  #3 Northern Arizona 60 

G3: #5 Portland St. 70  #4 Montana 63   

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G4: #2 North Dakota 79  #5 Portland St. 63

G5: #1 Weber St. 66  #6 Northern Colorado 63

 

Championship

#1 Weber St. 88  #2 North Dakota 67

 

Big South Conference

Location—The HTC Center, Conway, SC (Myrtle Beach)

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #4S Winthrop 77  vs. #5N Liberty 65

G2: #3N Radford 78  vs. #6S Presbyterian 73

G3: #5S Chas. Southern 81  #4N Campbell 71

G4: #3S Gardner-Webb 81  #6N Longwood 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #4S Winthrop 62  #1N High Point 60

G6: #2S UNC-Asheville 96  #3N Radford 87

G7: #1S Coastal Carolina 73  #5S Chas. Southern 68 2ot

G8: #2N VMI 90  #3S Gardner-Webb 77

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G9: #4S Winthrop 80  #2S UNC-Asheville 79

G10: #1S Coastal Carolina 66  #2N V M I 62

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1S Coastal Carolina 76  #4S Winthrop 61 

 

Big Ten Conference

Location—Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #9 Illinois 64  #8 Indiana 54

G2: #5 Ohio St. 63   #12 Purdue 61

G3: #7 Minnesota 63   #10 Penn St. 56

G4: #11 Northwestern 67  #6 Iowa 62  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Michigan 64  #9 Illinois 63

G6: #5 Ohio St. 71  #4 Nebraska 67

G7: #2 Wisconsin 83  #7 Minnesota 57

G8: #3 Michigan St. 67  #11 Northwestern 51

 

Semifinals

G9: #1 Michigan 72 (15-3/25-7)  #5 Ohio St. 69

G10: #3 Michigan St. 83 (12-6/25-8)  #2 Wisconsin 75 

 

Big West Conference

Location—Honda Center, Anaheim

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #7 Cal Poly 69  #2 U C S B 38  

G2: #3 Long Beach St. 66 (10-6/15-16)  #6 Cal St. Fullerton 56

G3: #1 UC-Irvine 63  #8 UC-Riverside 43

G4: #5 Cal St. Northridge 87  #4 Hawaii 84

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #7 Cal Poly 61 (6-10/12-19)  #1 UC-Irvine 58 

G6: Cal St. Northridge 82  #3 Long Beach St. 77

 

Championship

#7 Cal Poly 61  #5 Cal St. Northridge 59

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Location—Baltimore Arena, Baltimore

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Hofstra 78  #9 UNC-Wilmington 70

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G2: #1 Delaware 87 (14-2/23-9)  #8 Hofstra 76

G3: #5 Northeastern 90 (7-9/11-20) #4 Drexel 81

G4: #2 Towson 80 (13-3/23-9) #7 James Madison 71

G5: #3 William & Mary 70 (10-6/19-11) #6 Charleston 59

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G6: #1 Delaware 87  #5 Northeastern 74

G7: #3 William & Mary 75  #2 Towson 71

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#1 Delaware 75  #3 William & Mary 74

 

Conference USA

Location—Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G1: #10 North Texas 63  #15 Rice 62 ot

G2: #14 Marshall 63  #11 Florida Atlantic 59

G3: #12 East Carolina 79  #13 U T S A 76

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G4: #7 Tulane 66  #10 North Texas 61

G5: #6 Old Dominion 73  #14 Marshall 58

G6: #5 U T E P  77  #12 East Carolina 68

G7: #9 Charlotte 80  #8 U A B 70 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G8: #2 Tulsa 70 (13-3/19-12)  #7 Tulane 49

G9: #3 Middle Tennessee 62 (13-3/24-8)  #6 Old Dominion 48

G10: #4 Southern Miss. 64 (13-3/27-5)  #5 U T E P 56

G11: #1 Louisiana Tech 86  #9 Charlotte 65

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14 (both games televised on CBS SN)

G12: #2 Tulsa 76  #3 Middle Tennessee 69

G13: #1 Louisiana Tech 88  #4 Southern Miss. 70

 

Championship

#2 Tulsa 69  #1 Louisiana Tech 60 

 

Horizon League

Location—First Round Games played at the higher seed.  The quarterfinal and semifinal round games will be played at Green Bay, and the championship game will be played at the higher seed.

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 4

G1: #5 Milwaukee 83  #8 Detroit 73

G2: #4 Valparaiso 73  #9 Illinois-Chicago 63

G3: #6 Oakland 96  #7 Youngstown St. 92 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G4: #3 Wright St. 73  #6 Oakland 57

G5: #5 Milwaukee 74  #4 Valparaiso 57

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G6: #3 Wright St. 68 (10-6/20-13) #2 Cleveland St. 63

G7: #5 Milwaukee 73  #1 Green Bay 66   ot

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Milwaukee 69  #3 Wright St. 63  

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Location—Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #8 Rider 71  #9 Monmouth 60

G2: #7 St. Peter’s 65  #10 Fairfield 62 ot

G3: #11 Niagara 78  #6 Marist 76

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Iona 94  #8 Rider 71

G5: #4 Canisius 71  #5 Siena 69

G6: #2 Manhattan 72  #7 St. Peter’s 58

G7: #3 Quinnipiac 89  #11 Niagara 80

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #1 Iona 75  #4 Canisius 72

G9: #2 Manhattan 87  #3 Quinnipiac 68

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#2 Manhattan  71  #1 Iona 68

 

Mid-American Conference

Location—Opening Round at higher seed; all other rounds at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10

G1: #5 Ohio 76  #12 Ball St. 64

G2: #8 Miami (O) 71  #9 Kent St. 64

G3: #6 Eastern Michigan 72  #11 Central Michigan 60

G4: #7 Northern Illinois 54  #10 Bowling Green 51 ot

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12

G5: #5 Ohio 63  #8 Miami (O) 55

G6: #6 Eastern Michigan 53  #7 Northern Illinois 48

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G7: #4 Akron 83  #6 Ohio 77

G8: #6 Eastern Michigan 69  #3 Buffalo 64 

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Western Michigan 64  #4 Akron 60

G10: #2 Toledo 59  #6 Eastern Michigan 44

 

Championship

#1 Western Michigan 98  #2 Toledo 77

 

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Location: Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10 & Tuesday, March 11

G1: #4 Norfolk St. 78  #13 Maryland-Eastern Shore 74

G2: #5 Savannah St. 61  #12 South Carolina St. 47

G3: #8 Howard 53  #9 North Carolina A&T 47

G4: #7 Coppin St. 75  #10 Bethune-Cookman 68

G5: #6 Florida A&M 65  #11 Delaware St. 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G6: #1 UNC-Central 92  #8 Howard 46

G7: #7 Coppin St. 83  #2 Hampton 77 

G8: #3 Morgan St. 81  #6 Florida A&M 68

G9: #4 Norfolk St. 57  #5 Savannah St. 47

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G10: #1 UNC-Central 68  #4 Norfolk St. 45

G11: #3 Morgan St. 79  #7 Coppin St. 64

 

Championship

#1 UNC-Central 71  #3 Morgan St. 62

 

Missouri Valley Conference (Arch Madness)

Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis

 

All Games until the Championship on MVC TV Network

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #9 Evansville 69  #8 Drake 61  

G2: #10 Loyola (Chi) 74 (4-14/10-21) #7 Bradley 72  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G3: #1 Wichita St. 80  #9 Evansville 58

G4: #4 Missouri St. 53  #5 Illinois St. 48

G5: #2 Indiana St. 75  #10 Loyola (Chi) 62

G6: #6 Southern Illinois 63  #3 Northern Iowa 58 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Wichita St. 67  Missouri St. 42

G8: #2 Indiana St. 62  #6 Southern Illinois 59

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1 Wichita St. 83  #2 Indiana St. 69

 

Mountain West Conference

Location—Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah St. 73 (7-11/18-13)  #9 Colorado St. 69

G2: #7 Fresno St. 61  #10 Air Force 59

G3: #6 Boise St. 83  #11 San Jose St. 52

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #1 San Diego St. 73  #8 Utah St. 39

G5: #4 U N L V 71   #5 Wyoming 67

G6: #2 New Mexico 93  #7 Fresno St. 77

G7: #6 Boise St. 75  #3 Nevada 62  

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 San Diego St. 59  #4 U N L V 51

G9: #2 New Mexico 70  #6 Boise St. 67

 

Championship

#2 New Mexico 64  #1 San Diego St. 58 

 

Northeast Conference

Location—All Games Played On Campus Sites of Higher Seeds

Tournament Re-seeds teams after quarterfinal round (like NFL Playoffs)

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 5 (All Games at 7:00 PM)

G1: #1 Robert Morris 60  #8 Fairleigh-Dickinson 53

G2: #2 Wagner 83  #7 Central Connecticut 59

G3: #6 St. Francis (PA) 55  #3 Bryant 54 

G4: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 72  #4 St. Francis (NY) 71 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G5: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 77  #2 Wagner 52

G6: #1 Robert Morris 60  #6 St. Francis (PA) 57

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Mount St. Mary’s 88  #1 Robert Morris 71

 

Ohio Valley Conference

Location—Municipal Auditorium, Nashville

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #5 Tennessee Tech 74  #8 SIU-Edwards. 67

G2: #6 Southeast Missouri 79  #7 E. Illinois 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G3: #4 Morehead St. 76  #5 Tennessee Tech 61

G4: #3 Eastern Kentucky 84  #6 S.E. Missouri 76

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #1 Belmont 86  #4 Morehead St. 63

G6: #3 Eastern Kentucky 86  #2 Murray St. 83  

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 8

#3 Eastern Kentucky 79  #1 Belmont 73

 

Pac-12 Conference

Location—MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah 67  #9 Washington 61

G2: #5 Colorado 59  #12 Southern Cal 56

G3: #7 Oregon 88  #10 Oregon St. 74

G4: #6 Stanford 74  #11 Washington St. 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G5: #1 Arizona 71  #8 Utah 39

G6: #5 Colorado 59   #4 California 56 

G7: #2 U C L A 82  #7 Oregon 63

G8: #6 Stanford 79  #3 Arizona St. 58

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Arizona 63 (15-3/30-3)  #5 Colorado 43

G10: #2 U C L A 84  #6 Stanford 59

 

Championship

#2 U C L A 75  #1 Arizona 71 

 

Patriot League

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites at Higher Seed

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 3

G1: #9 Lafayette 84  #8 Loyola (MD) 71

G2: #7 Colgate  #10 Navy 51

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 5

G3: #1 Boston U. 91  #9 Lafayette 54

G4: #5 Army 72  #4 Bucknell 71

G5: #3 Holy Cross 54  #6 Lehigh 48

G6: #2 American 59  #7 Colgate 50

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Boston U 91  #5 Army 70

G8: #2 American 57  #3 Holy Cross 46

 

Championship Game—Wednesday, March 12

#2 American 55  #1 Boston U 36

 

Southeastern Conference

Location—Georgia Dome, Atlanta

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #13 South Carolina 74 (5-13/13-19)  #12 Auburn 56  

G2: #14 Mississippi St. 82  #11 Vanderbilt 68 

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Missouri 91  #9 Texas A&M 83 2ot

G4: South Carolina 71  #5 Arkansas 69

G5: #7 L S U 68  #10 Alabama 56

G6: #6 Ole Miss 78  #14 Mississippi St. 66

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #1 Florida 72  #8 Missouri 49

G8: #4 Tennessee 59  #13 South Carolina 44

G9: #2 Kentucky 85  #7 L S U 67

G10: #3 Georgia 75  #6 Ole Miss 73

 

Semifinals

G11: #1 Florida 56  #4 Tennessee 49

G12: #2 Kentucky 70  #3 Georgia 58

 

Southern Conference

Location—U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, NC

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Samford 70  #9 Appalachian St. 56

G2: #7 Georgia Southern 65  #10 Furman 50

G3: #11 Citadel 86  #6 UNCG 76 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Davidson 77  #8 Samford 54

G5: #5 Western Carolina 66  #4 Elon 64 

G6: #7 Georgia Southern 62  #2 Chattanooga 55 

G7: #3 Wofford 68  #11 Citadel 51

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #5 Western Carolina 99  #1 Davidson 97  ot  

G9: #3 Wofford 71  #7 Georgia Southern 57 

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#3 Wofford 56  #5 Western Carolina 53

 

Southland Conference

Location—Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Nicholls St. 71  #5 Southeast Louisiana 64 

G2: #6 Oral Roberts 66  #7 McNeese St. 62

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Northwestern St. 88  #8 Nicholls St. 72

G4: #3 Sam Houston St. 70  #6 Oral Roberts 61

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Stephen F. Austin 85  #4 Northwestern St. 78

G6: #3 Sam Houston St. 69  #2 Texas A&M—C.C. 62

 

Championship

#1 Stephen F. Austin 68  #3 Sam Houston St. 49

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Location—Toyota Center, Houston

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11

G1: #10 Grambling 84  #7 Jackson St. 75  

G2: #8 Prairie View 79  #9 Mississippi Valley 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G3: #2 Texas Southern 79  Grambling 54

G4: #8 Prairie View 64  #1 Southern 46  

G5: #3 Alabama St. 64  #6 Alcorn St. 51

G6: #5 Alabama A&M 69  #4 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 50

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #2 Texas Southern 73  #3 Alabama St. 61

G8: #8 Prairie View 55   #5 Alabama A&M  49

 

Championship

#2 Texas Southern 78  #8 Prairie View 73

 

Summit League

Location—Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8 & Sunday, March 9

G1: #2 IPFW 85  #7 IUPUI 47

G2: #4 Denver 71 (8-6/16-14)  #5 S. Dakota 55

G3: #3 S. Dakota St. 71  #6 W. Illinois 50

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G4: #1 N. Dakota St. 83  #4 Denver 48

G5: #2 IPFW 64  #3 S. Dakota St. 60

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 North Dakota St. 60  #2 IPFW 57

 

Sun Belt Conference

Location—Lakefront Arena, New Orleans

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #5 U A L R 74  #8 Troy 61

G2: #6 UT-Arlington 68 (9-9/15-16)  #7 UL-Monroe 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G3: #4 Arkansas St. 116  #5 U A L R 114 4ot

G4: #3 UL-Lafayette 91  #6 UT-Arlington 85

 

Semifinals

G5: #1 Georgia St. 72  #4 Arkansas St. 45

G6: #3 UL-Lafayette 73  #2 Western Kentucky 72

 

West Coast Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #10 Loyola Marymount 67  #7 Portland 64 

G2: #9 Santa Clara 81  #8 Pacific 64

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G3: #3 San Francisco 69  #6 San Diego 60

G4: #2 B Y U 85  #10 Loyola Marymount 74

G5: #1 Gonzaga 77  #9 Santa Clara 75

G6: #4 St. Mary’s 80  #5 Pepperdine 69

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G7: #2 B Y U 79 ot  #3 San Francisco 77

G8: #1 Gonzaga 70  #4 St. Mary’s 54

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 Gonzaga 75  #2 B Y U 64

 

Western Athletic Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #1 Utah Valley 83  #8 Texas-Pan American 63

G2: #5 Idaho 73  #4 Mo.-Kansas City 70

G3: #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield 68  #3 Chicago St. 62

G4: #2 New Mexico St. 70  #7 Seattle 68

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #5 Idaho 74  #1 Utah Valley 69  

G6: #2 New Mexico St. 69  #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield 63  

 

Championship

#2 New Mexico St. 77  #5 Idaho 55

 

March 15, 2014

PiRate Ratings Bracketology Report for Saturday, March 15, 2014

Last Updated: March 15, 2014 7:55 AM EDT

Bubble Headlines

North Carolina St. moves into position to make a push to the Bubble

 

St. Bonaventure stays alive as a possible Bubble Buster.

 

Providence moves up the Bubble to last 4 in with Big East win

 

Clemson misses out on big upset to fall into NIT pool

 

St. Joe’s knocks off Dayton to solidify their hold on a bid and jeopardize the Flyers’ chances

 

Nebraska’s collapse against Ohio St. sends Cornhuskers down a few notches but still in the Dance

 

Louisiana Tech’s semifinal defeat of Southern Miss. gives Bulldogs a shot at an at-large should they lose

 

Toledo gets into Bubble mix with semifinal win in the MAC

 

LSU completely out of the mix after blowing early lead versus Kentucky

 

Georgia is an enigma—Bulldogs should be in the discussion with their record since November

 

Already In The Field of 68 

1. Harvard (26-4)

2. Eastern Kentucky (24-9)

3. Mercer (26-8)

4. Wichita St. (34-0)

5. Coastal Carolina (21-12)

6. Delaware (25-9)

7. Manhattan (25-7)

8. Wofford (20-12)

9. Mount St. Mary’s (16-16)

10. North Dakota St. (25-6)

11. Milwaukee (21-13)

12. Gonzaga (28-6)

13. American (20-12)

 

The Bubbler

The higher up each team is on this bubble list, the better.  St. Joseph’s has now moved from The Bubble to Safe status.  As of Saturday morning, just 10 teams on The Bubble will make the NCAA Tournament, while teams 11 through 20 are on the outside, looking in.  Teams listed at numbers 7 through 10 are the last four in.  Teams listed at numbers 11 through 14 comprise the first four out.  Keep an eye on St. Bonaventure, as the Bonnies could burst a bubble if they win the A-10 title.  North Carolina St. could do the same thing with a win over Duke today in the ACC Semifinals.  A Georgia win over Kentucky today has to get the Bulldogs moved into the discussion.  UGA finished tied for second in the SEC with a 12-6 record, and the Committee has to give that some serious thought.

 

1. Nebraska

2. Iowa

3. Tennessee

4. Oklahoma St.

5. Xavier

6. Oklahoma St.

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7. Dayton

8. S M U

9. Providence

10. B Y U

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11. Minnesota

12. Missouri

13. Green Bay

14. Florida St.

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15. Arkansas

16. Louisiana Tech

17. Clemson

18. North Carolina St.

19. California

20. St. John’s

 

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

Tournaments Playing Today

All times are Eastern Daylight

 

American Athletic—Championship

#2 Louisville (15-3/28-5) vs. #4 Connecticut (12-6/26-7)—6:00 PM on ESPN

 

America East—Championship

#4 Albany (9-7/17-14) vs. #2 Stony Brook (13-3/23-9)—11:30 AM on ESPN2

 

Atlantic 10—Semifinals

G10: #9 St. Bonaventure (6-10/18-14) vs. #4 St. Joseph’s (11-5/22-9)—1:30 PM on CBSSN

G11: #2 V C U (12-4/25-7) vs. #3 George Washington (11-5/24-7)—4:00 PM on CBSSN

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner—1:00 PM on CBS

 

Atlantic Coast—Semifinals

G12: #1 Virginia (16-2/26-6) vs. #5 Pittsburgh (11-7/25-8)—1:00 PM on ESPN

G13: #7 North Carolina St. (8-8/21-12) vs. #3 Duke (13-5/25-7)—3:00 PM on ESPN

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN

 

Big 12—Championship

#4 Iowa St. (11-7/25-7) vs. #7 Baylor (9-9/24-10)—9:00 PM on ESPN

 

Big East—Championship

#4 Providence (10-8/22-11) vs. #2 Creighton (14-4/26-6)—8:30 PM

 

Big Sky—Championship

#1 Weber St. (14-6/18-11) vs. #2 North Dakota (12-8/17-15)—8:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Big Ten—Semifinals

G9: #1 Michigan (15-3/24-7) vs. #5 Ohio St. (10-8/25-8)—1:40 PM on CBS

G10: #2 Wisconsin (12-6/26-6) vs. #3 Michigan St. (12-6/24-8)—4:20 PM on CBS

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner—3:30 PM on CBS

 

Big West—Championship

#7 Cal Poly (6-10/12-19) vs. #5 Cal St. Northridge (7-9/17-17)—10:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Conference USA—Championship

#1 Louisiana Tech (13-3/27-6) vs. #2 Tulsa (13-3/20-12)—11:35 AM on CBS

 

Mid-American—Championship

#1 Western Michigan (14-4/22-9) vs. #2 Toledo (14-4/27-5)—6:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Mideastern Athletic—Championship

#1 UNC-Central (15-1/27-5) vs. #3 Morgan St. (11-5/15-15)—6:00 PM on ESPNU

 

Mountain West—Championship

#1 San Diego St. (16-2/29-3) vs. #2 New Mexico (15-3/25-6)—6:00 PM on CBS

 

Pac-12—Championship

#1 Arizona (15-3/30-3) vs. #2 U C L A (12-6/25-8)—6:00 PM on Fox Sports 1

 

Southeastern—Semifinals

G11: #1 Florida (18-0/30-2) vs. #4 Tennessee (11-7/21-11)—1:00 PM on ABC

G12: #2 Kentucky (12-6/23-9) vs. #3 Georgia (12-6/19-12)—3:30 PM on ABC

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner—3:15 PM on ESPN

 

Southland—Championship

#1 Stephen F. Austin (18-0/30-2) vs. #3 Sam Houston St. (13-5/23-9)—8:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Southwestern Athletic—Championship

#2 Texas Southern (12-6/18-14) vs. #8 Prairie View (6-12/11-22)—4:30 PM on ESPN2

 

Sunbelt—Semifinals

G5: #1 Georgia St. (17-1/24-7) vs. #4 Arkansas St. (10-8/19-12)—3:00 PM on Sun Belt Network

G6: #2 Western Kentucky (12-6/20-11) vs. #3 UL-Lafayette (11-7/21-11)—5:30 PM on Sun Belt Network

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 16

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner—1:00 PM on ESPN2

 

Western Athletic—Championship

#5 Idaho (7-9/16-17) vs. #2 New Mexico St. (12-4/25-9)—10:00 PM on ESPNU

 

 

Previous Results

 

American Athletic Conference

Location—Fedex Forum, Memphis

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #7 Rutgers 72  #10 South Florida 68

G2: #9 Central Florida 94  #8 Temple 90  2 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #6 Houston 68  #3 S M U 64  

G4: #2 Louisville 92  #7 Rutgers 31

G5: #1 Cincinnati 61  #9 Central Florida 58

G6: #4 Connecticut 72  #5 Memphis 53

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #2 Louisville 94  #6 Houston 65

G8: #4 Connecticut 58  #1 Cincinnati 56

 

America East Conference

Location—SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G1: #1 Vermont 77  #8 New Hampshire 60

G2: #4 Albany 86  #5 UMBC 56

G3: #2 Stony Brook 80  #7 Maine 54

G4: #3 Hartford 69  #6 Binghamton 42

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G5: #4 Albany 67  #1 Vermont 58  

G6: #2 Stony Brook 64  #3 Hartford 61

 

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

Location—Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #13 Fordham 70  #12 George Mason 67

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G2: #9 St. Bonaventure 82  #8 La Salle 72  

G3: #5 Dayton 87  #13 Fordham 74

G4: #7 Richmond 76  #10 Duquesne 64

G5: #6 U Mass 65  #11 Rhode Island 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G6: #9 St. Bonaventure 71  #1 St. Louis 68

G7: #4 St. Joseph’s 70  #5 Dayton 67

G8: #2 V C U 71  #7 Richmond 53

G9: #3 George Washington 85  #6 U Mass 77

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Location—Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #12 Wake Forest 81  #13 Notre Dame 69

G2: #10 Miami 57  #15 Virginia Tech 53

G3: #11 Georgia Tech 73  #14 Boston College 70 ot

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #9 Florida St. 76  #8 Maryland  65  

G5: #5 Pittsburgh 84  #12 Wake Forest 55

G6: #7 North Carolina St.  67  #10 Miami 58

G7: #6 Clemson 69  #11 Georgia Tech 65 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 Virginia 64  #9 Florida St. 51

G9: #5 Pittsburgh 80  #4 North Carolina 75 

G10: #7 North Carolina St. 66  #2 Syracuse 63  

G11: #3 Duke 63  #6 Clemson 62

 

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites of Higher Seed

 

Quarterfinal Round—Tuesday, March 4

G1: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 77  #8 Stetson 55

G2: #4 East Tennessee 89  #5 Lipscomb 88 2ot

G3: #2 Mercer 85  #7 Jacksonville 64

G4: #3 USC-Upstate 80  #6 North Florida 74

 

Semifinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G5: #1 Florida Gulf Coast 69  #4 East Tennessee 64

G6: #2 Mercer 78  #3 USC-Upstate 75 2ot

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#2 Mercer 68  #1 Florida Gulf Coast 60

 

Big 12 Conference

Location—Sprint Center, Kansas City

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Oklahoma St. 80 (8-10/21-11)  #9 Texas Tech 62

G2: #7 Baylor 76  #10 T C U 68

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Iowa St. 91  #5 Kansas St. 85

G4: #1 Kansas 77  #8 Oklahoma St. 70 ot

G5: #7 Baylor 78  #2 Oklahoma 73

G6: #3 Texas 66  #6 West Virginia 49

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #4 Iowa St. 94  #1 Kansas 83

G8: #7 Baylor 86  #3 Texas 69

 

Big East Conference

Location—Madison Square Garden, New York City

 

All Games Televised on Fox Sports 1

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Seton Hall 51 (6-12/16-16)  #9 Butler 50

G2: #10 DePaul 60  #7 Georgetown 56  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Seton Hall 64  #1 Villanova 63

G4: #4 Providence 79  #5 St. John’s 74

G5: #2 Creighton 84  #10 DePaul 62

G6: #3 Xavier 68  #6 Marquette 65

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #4 Providence 80  #8 Seton Hall 74 

G8: #2 Creighton 86  #3 Xavier 78

 

Big Sky Conference

Location: Dee Events Center (Weber St.), Ogden, UT

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #2 North Dakota 79  #7 Sacramento St. 76

G2: #6 Northern Colorado 62  #3 Northern Arizona 60 

G3: #5 Portland St. 70  #4 Montana 63   

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G4: #2 North Dakota 79  #5 Portland St. 63

G5: #1 Weber St. 66  #6 Northern Colorado 63

 

Big South Conference

Location—The HTC Center, Conway, SC (Myrtle Beach)

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #4S Winthrop 77  vs. #5N Liberty 65

G2: #3N Radford 78  vs. #6S Presbyterian 73

G3: #5S Chas. Southern 81  #4N Campbell 71

G4: #3S Gardner-Webb 81  #6N Longwood 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #4S Winthrop 62  #1N High Point 60

G6: #2S UNC-Asheville 96  #3N Radford 87

G7: #1S Coastal Carolina 73  #5S Chas. Southern 68 2ot

G8: #2N VMI 90  #3S Gardner-Webb 77

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G9: #4S Winthrop 80  #2S UNC-Asheville 79

G10: #1S Coastal Carolina 66  #2N V M I 62

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1S Coastal Carolina 76  #4S Winthrop 61 

 

Big Ten Conference

Location—Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #9 Illinois 64  #8 Indiana 54

G2: #5 Ohio St. 63   #12 Purdue 61

G3: #7 Minnesota 63   #10 Penn St. 56

G4: #11 Northwestern 67  #6 Iowa 62  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Michigan 64  #9 Illinois 63

G6: #5 Ohio St. 71  #4 Nebraska 67

G7: #2 Wisconsin 83  #7 Minnesota 57

G8: #3 Michigan St. 67  #11 Northwestern 51

 

Big West Conference

Location—Honda Center, Anaheim

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #7 Cal Poly 69  #2 U C S B 38  

G2: #3 Long Beach St. 66 (10-6/15-16)  #6 Cal St. Fullerton 56

G3: #1 UC-Irvine 63  #8 UC-Riverside 43

G4: #5 Cal St. Northridge 87  #4 Hawaii 84

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #7 Cal Poly 61 (6-10/12-19)  #1 UC-Irvine 58 

G6: Cal St. Northridge 82  #3 Long Beach St. 77

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Location—Baltimore Arena, Baltimore

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Hofstra 78  #9 UNC-Wilmington 70

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G2: #1 Delaware 87 (14-2/23-9)  #8 Hofstra 76

G3: #5 Northeastern 90 (7-9/11-20) #4 Drexel 81

G4: #2 Towson 80 (13-3/23-9) #7 James Madison 71

G5: #3 William & Mary 70 (10-6/19-11) #6 Charleston 59

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G6: #1 Delaware 87  #5 Northeastern 74

G7: #3 William & Mary 75  #2 Towson 71

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#1 Delaware 75  #3 William & Mary 74

 

Conference USA

Location—Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G1: #10 North Texas 63  #15 Rice 62 ot

G2: #14 Marshall 63  #11 Florida Atlantic 59

G3: #12 East Carolina 79  #13 U T S A 76

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G4: #7 Tulane 66  #10 North Texas 61

G5: #6 Old Dominion 73  #14 Marshall 58

G6: #5 U T E P  77  #12 East Carolina 68

G7: #9 Charlotte 80  #8 U A B 70 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13 (all games televised online @ C-USA DN)

G8: #2 Tulsa 70 (13-3/19-12)  #7 Tulane 49

G9: #3 Middle Tennessee 62 (13-3/24-8)  #6 Old Dominion 48

G10: #4 Southern Miss. 64 (13-3/27-5)  #5 U T E P 56

G11: #1 Louisiana Tech 86  #9 Charlotte 65

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14 (both games televised on CBS SN)

G12: #2 Tulsa 76  #3 Middle Tennessee 69

G13: #1 Louisiana Tech 88  #4 Southern Miss. 70

 

Horizon League

Location—First Round Games played at the higher seed.  The quarterfinal and semifinal round games will be played at Green Bay, and the championship game will be played at the higher seed.

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 4

G1: #5 Milwaukee 83  #8 Detroit 73

G2: #4 Valparaiso 73  #9 Illinois-Chicago 63

G3: #6 Oakland 96  #7 Youngstown St. 92 ot

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G4: #3 Wright St. 73  #6 Oakland 57

G5: #5 Milwaukee 74  #4 Valparaiso 57

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G6: #3 Wright St. 68 (10-6/20-13) #2 Cleveland St. 63

G7: #5 Milwaukee 73  #1 Green Bay 66   ot

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Milwaukee 69  #3 Wright St. 63  

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Location—Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #8 Rider 71  #9 Monmouth 60

G2: #7 St. Peter’s 65  #10 Fairfield 62 ot

G3: #11 Niagara 78  #6 Marist 76

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Iona 94  #8 Rider 71

G5: #4 Canisius 71  #5 Siena 69

G6: #2 Manhattan 72  #7 St. Peter’s 58

G7: #3 Quinnipiac 89  #11 Niagara 80

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #1 Iona 75  #4 Canisius 72

G9: #2 Manhattan 87  #3 Quinnipiac 68

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#2 Manhattan  71  #1 Iona 68

 

Mid-American Conference

Location—Opening Round at higher seed; all other rounds at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10

G1: #5 Ohio 76  #12 Ball St. 64

G2: #8 Miami (O) 71  #9 Kent St. 64

G3: #6 Eastern Michigan 72  #11 Central Michigan 60

G4: #7 Northern Illinois 54  #10 Bowling Green 51 ot

 

2nd Round—Wednesday, March 12

G5: #5 Ohio 63  #8 Miami (O) 55

G6: #6 Eastern Michigan 53  #7 Northern Illinois 48

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G7: #4 Akron 83  #6 Ohio 77

G8: #6 Eastern Michigan 69  #3 Buffalo 64 

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Western Michigan 64  #4 Akron 60

G10: #2 Toledo 59  #6 Eastern Michigan 44

 

 

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Location: Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 10 & Tuesday, March 11

G1: #4 Norfolk St. 78  #13 Maryland-Eastern Shore 74

G2: #5 Savannah St. 61  #12 South Carolina St. 47

G3: #8 Howard 53  #9 North Carolina A&T 47

G4: #7 Coppin St. 75  #10 Bethune-Cookman 68

G5: #6 Florida A&M 65  #11 Delaware St. 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G6: #1 UNC-Central 92  #8 Howard 46

G7: #7 Coppin St. 83  #2 Hampton 77 

G8: #3 Morgan St. 81  #6 Florida A&M 68

G9: #4 Norfolk St. 57  #5 Savannah St. 47

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G10: #1 UNC-Central 68  #4 Norfolk St. 45

G11: #3 Morgan St. 79  #7 Coppin St. 64

 

 

 

Missouri Valley Conference (Arch Madness)

Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis

 

All Games until the Championship on MVC TV Network

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #9 Evansville 69  #8 Drake 61  

G2: #10 Loyola (Chi) 74 (4-14/10-21) #7 Bradley 72  

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 7

G3: #1 Wichita St. 80  #9 Evansville 58

G4: #4 Missouri St. 53  #5 Illinois St. 48

G5: #2 Indiana St. 75  #10 Loyola (Chi) 62

G6: #6 Southern Illinois 63  #3 Northern Iowa 58 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Wichita St. 67  Missouri St. 42

G8: #2 Indiana St. 62  #6 Southern Illinois 59

 

Championship Game—Sunday, March 9

#1 Wichita St. 83  #2 Indiana St. 69

 

Mountain West Conference

Location—Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah St. 73 (7-11/18-13)  #9 Colorado St. 69

G2: #7 Fresno St. 61  #10 Air Force 59

G3: #6 Boise St. 83  #11 San Jose St. 52

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G4: #1 San Diego St. 73  #8 Utah St. 39

G5: #4 U N L V 71   #5 Wyoming 67

G6: #2 New Mexico 93  #7 Fresno St. 77

G7: #6 Boise St. 75  #3 Nevada 62  

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G8: #1 San Diego St. 59  #4 U N L V 51

G9: #2 New Mexico 70  #6 Boise St. 67

 

 

Northeast Conference

Location—All Games Played On Campus Sites of Higher Seeds

Tournament Re-seeds teams after quarterfinal round (like NFL Playoffs)

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 5 (All Games at 7:00 PM)

G1: #1 Robert Morris 60  #8 Fairleigh-Dickinson 53

G2: #2 Wagner 83  #7 Central Connecticut 59

G3: #6 St. Francis (PA) 55  #3 Bryant 54 

G4: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 72  #4 St. Francis (NY) 71 

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G5: #5 Mount St. Mary’s 77  #2 Wagner 52

G6: #1 Robert Morris 60  #6 St. Francis (PA) 57

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#5 Mount St. Mary’s 88  #1 Robert Morris 71

 

Ohio Valley Conference

Location—Municipal Auditorium, Nashville

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 5

G1: #5 Tennessee Tech 74  #8 SIU-Edwards. 67

G2: #6 Southeast Missouri 79  #7 E. Illinois 61

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 6

G3: #4 Morehead St. 76  #5 Tennessee Tech 61

G4: #3 Eastern Kentucky 84  #6 S.E. Missouri 76

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 7

G5: #1 Belmont 86  #4 Morehead St. 63

G6: #3 Eastern Kentucky 86  #2 Murray St. 83  

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 8

#3 Eastern Kentucky 79  #1 Belmont 73

 

Pac-12 Conference

Location—MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Utah 67  #9 Washington 61

G2: #5 Colorado 59  #12 Southern Cal 56

G3: #7 Oregon 88  #10 Oregon St. 74

G4: #6 Stanford 74  #11 Washington St. 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G5: #1 Arizona 71  #8 Utah 39

G6: #5 Colorado 59   #4 California 56 

G7: #2 U C L A 82  #7 Oregon 63

G8: #6 Stanford 79  #3 Arizona St. 58

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G9: #1 Arizona 63 (15-3/30-3)  #5 Colorado 43

G10: #2 U C L A 84  #6 Stanford 59

 

Patriot League

Location—All Games Played on Campus Sites at Higher Seed

 

Opening Round—Monday, March 3

G1: #9 Lafayette 84  #8 Loyola (MD) 71

G2: #7 Colgate  #10 Navy 51

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 5

G3: #1 Boston U. 91  #9 Lafayette 54

G4: #5 Army 72  #4 Bucknell 71

G5: #3 Holy Cross 54  #6 Lehigh 48

G6: #2 American 59  #7 Colgate 50

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G7: #1 Boston U 91  #5 Army 70

G8: #2 American 57  #3 Holy Cross 46

 

Championship Game—Wednesday, March 12

#2 American 55  #1 Boston U 36

 

Southeastern Conference

Location—Georgia Dome, Atlanta

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #13 South Carolina 74 (5-13/13-19)  #12 Auburn 56  

G2: #14 Mississippi St. 82  #11 Vanderbilt 68 

 

2nd Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #8 Missouri 91  #9 Texas A&M 83 2ot

G4: South Carolina 71  #5 Arkansas 69

G5: #7 L S U 68  #10 Alabama 56

G6: #6 Ole Miss 78  #14 Mississippi St. 66

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #1 Florida 72  #8 Missouri 49

G8: #4 Tennessee 59  #13 South Carolina 44

G9: #2 Kentucky 85  #7 L S U 67

G10: #3 Georgia 75  #6 Ole Miss 73

 

 

Southern Conference

Location—U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, NC

 

Opening Round—Friday, March 7

G1: #8 Samford 70  #9 Appalachian St. 56

G2: #7 Georgia Southern 65  #10 Furman 50

G3: #11 Citadel 86  #6 UNCG 76 

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G4: #1 Davidson 77  #8 Samford 54

G5: #5 Western Carolina 66  #4 Elon 64 

G6: #7 Georgia Southern 62  #2 Chattanooga 55 

G7: #3 Wofford 68  #11 Citadel 51

 

Semifinal Round—Sunday, March 9

G8: #5 Western Carolina 99  #1 Davidson 97  ot  

G9: #3 Wofford 71  #7 Georgia Southern 57 

 

Championship Game—Monday, March 10

#3 Wofford 56  #5 Western Carolina 53

 

Southland Conference

Location—Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

 

Opening Round—Wednesday, March 12

G1: #8 Nicholls St. 71  #5 Southeast Louisiana 64 

G2: #6 Oral Roberts 66  #7 McNeese St. 62

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G3: #4 Northwestern St. 88  #8 Nicholls St. 72

G4: #3 Sam Houston St. 70  #6 Oral Roberts 61

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #1 Stephen F. Austin 85  #4 Northwestern St. 78

G6: #3 Sam Houston St. 69  #2 Texas A&M—C.C. 62

 

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Location—Toyota Center, Houston

 

Opening Round—Tuesday, March 11

G1: #10 Grambling 84  #7 Jackson St. 75  

G2: #8 Prairie View 79  #9 Mississippi Valley 63

 

Quarterfinal Round—Wednesday, March 12 & Thursday, March 13

G3: #2 Texas Southern 79  Grambling 54

G4: #8 Prairie View 64  #1 Southern 46  

G5: #3 Alabama St. 64  #6 Alcorn St. 51

G6: #5 Alabama A&M 69  #4 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 50

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G7: #2 Texas Southern 73  #3 Alabama St. 61

G8: #8 Prairie View 55   #5 Alabama A&M  49

 

Summit League

Location—Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8 & Sunday, March 9

G1: #2 IPFW 85  #7 IUPUI 47

G2: #4 Denver 71 (8-6/16-14)  #5 S. Dakota 55

G3: #3 S. Dakota St. 71  #6 W. Illinois 50

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G4: #1 N. Dakota St. 83  #4 Denver 48

G5: #2 IPFW 64  #3 S. Dakota St. 60

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 North Dakota St. 60  #2 IPFW 57

 

Sun Belt Conference

Location—Lakefront Arena, New Orleans

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #5 U A L R 74  #8 Troy 61

G2: #6 UT-Arlington 68 (9-9/15-16)  #7 UL-Monroe 65

 

Quarterfinal Round—Friday, March 14

G3: #4 Arkansas St. 116  #5 U A L R 114 4ot

G4: #3 UL-Lafayette 91  #6 UT-Arlington 85

 

West Coast Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Opening Round—Thursday, March 6

G1: #10 Loyola Marymount 67  #7 Portland 64 

G2: #9 Santa Clara 81  #8 Pacific 64

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday, March 8

G3: #3 San Francisco 69  #6 San Diego 60

G4: #2 B Y U 85  #10 Loyola Marymount 74

G5: #1 Gonzaga 77  #9 Santa Clara 75

G6: #4 St. Mary’s 80  #5 Pepperdine 69

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 10

G7: #2 B Y U 79 ot  #3 San Francisco 77

G8: #1 Gonzaga 70  #4 St. Mary’s 54

 

Championship Game—Tuesday, March 11

#1 Gonzaga 75  #2 B Y U 64

 

Western Athletic Conference

Location—Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

 

Quarterfinal Round—Thursday, March 13

G1: #1 Utah Valley 83  #8 Texas-Pan American 63

G2: #5 Idaho 73  #4 Mo.-Kansas City 70

G3: #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield 68  #3 Chicago St. 62

G4: #2 New Mexico St. 70  #7 Seattle 68

 

Semifinal Round—Friday, March 14

G5: #5 Idaho 74  #1 Utah Valley 69  

G6: #2 New Mexico St. 69  #6 Cal St.-Bakersfield 63  

 

 

March 16, 2013

NCAA Basketball Conference Tournament Update–Selection Sunday Morning

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

Bucknell 28-5

Albany 24-10

Memphis 30-4

Kansas 29-5

Akron 26-6

North Carolina A&T 19-16

New Mexico 29-5

Southern 19-14

Northwestern State 23-8

Louisville 29-5

Montana 25-6

Pacific 22-12

Oregon 26-8

N. Mexico St. 24-10

 

 

Today’s Conference Tournaments in Action

Championship Game

Atlantic Coast

Atlantic 10

Big Ten

Southeastern

 

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

21-11

128

3

Hartford

10-6

17-13

171

4

Albany

9-7

24-10

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

 

 

 

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  53  2-Vermont  49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.americaeast.com

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Miami (Fl)

15-3

26-6

4

2

Duke

14-4

27-5

1

3

North Carolina

12-6

24-9

18

4

Virginia

11-7

21-11

68

5

N. Carolina St.

11-7

24-10

28

6

Florida St.

9-9

18-15

84

7

Maryland

8-10

22-12

83

8

Boston College

7-11

16-17

119

9

Georgia Tech

6-12

16-15

129

10

Wake Forest

6-12

13-18

163

11

Clemson

5-13

13-18

175

12

Virginia Tech

4-14

13-19

170

 

Conference Tournament—Greensboro, NC

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

1

8-Boston College  84  9-Georgia Tech  64

 

 

2

5-North Carolina St.  80  12-Virginia Tech  63

 

 

3

7-Maryland  75  10-Wake Forest  62

 

 

4

6-Florida St.  73  11-Clemson  69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

5

1-Miami (Fl)  69  8-Boston College  58

 

 

6

5-N. Carolina St.  75  4-Virginia  56

 

 

7

7-Maryland   83  2-Duke  74

 

 

8

3-North Carolina  83  6-Florida St.  62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

1-Miami (Fl)  81  5-N. Carolina St.  71

 

 

10

3-North Carolina  79  7-Maryland  76

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

 

 

11

1-Miami (Fl) vs. 3-North Carolina

1:00 PM

ESPN

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

St. Louis

13-3

26-6

26

2

Va. Commonwealth

12-4

26-7

25

3

Temple

11-5

23-9

37

4

La Salle

11-5

21-9

39

5

Butler

11-5

26-8

20

6

U Mass

9-7

21-11

57

7

Xavier

9-7

17-14

80

8

Richmond

8-8

18-14

81

9

Charlotte

8-8

21-11

63

10

St. Joe’s

8-8

18-13

86

11

Geo. Washington

7-9

13-18

134

12

Dayton

7-9

17-14

108

 

Conference Tournament—Brooklyn

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

1

9-Charlotte  68  8-Richmond  63

 

 

2

5-Butler  73  12-Dayton  67

 

 

3

10-St. Joe’s   58  7-Xavier  57

 

 

4

6-U Mass  77  11-Geo. Washington  72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

5

1-St. Louis  72  9-Charlotte  55

 

 

6

5-Butler  69  4-La Salle 58

 

 

7

2-Va. Commonwealth  82  10-St. Joe’s  79

 

 

8

6-U Mass 79  3-Temple  74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

1-St. Louis  67  5-Butler  56

 

 

10

2-Va. Commonwealth  71  6-U Mass  62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

 

 

11

1-St. Louis vs. 2-Va. Commonwealth

1:00 PM

CBS

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.atlantic10.com

 

 

 

 

Big East Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Georgetown

14-4

25-6

9

2

Louisville

14-4

29-5

3

3

Marquette

14-4

23-8

10

4

Pittsburgh

12-6

24-8

40

5

Syracuse

11-7

26-9

16

6

Notre Dame

11-7

25-9

44

7

Villanova

10-8

20-13

51

8

Providence

9-9

17-14

81

9

Cincinnati

9-9

22-11

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

 

 

 

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  62  9-Cincinnati  43

 

 

8

5-Syracuse   62  4-Pittsburgh  59

 

 

9

2-Louisville  74  7-Villanova  55

 

 

10

6-Notre Dame  73  3-Marquette  65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

11

5-Syracuse  58  1-Georgetown  55 ot

 

 

12

2-Louisville  69  6-Notre Dame  57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

13

2-Louisville  78  5-Syracuse  61

 

 

 

Online Site: www.bigeast.org

 

Big Sky Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Montana

19-1

25-6

89

2

Weber St.

18-2

26-6

96

3

North Dakota

12-8

16-16

231

4

Montana St.

10-10

13-17

311

5

N. Colorado

10-10

13-18

275

6

S. Utah

8-12

11-20

306

7

N. Arizona

8-12

11-21

260

 

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

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

1

2-Weber St.  84  7-N. Arizona  58

 

 

2

3-N. Dakota   69  6-S. Utah  52

 

 

3

5-N. Colorado  69  4-Montana St.  56

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

4

2-Weber St.  76  3-North Dakota  74

 

 

5

1-Montana  70  5-N. Colorado  65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 –Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

6

1-Montana  67  2-Weber St.  64

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Big Ten Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Indiana

14-4

27-6

5

2

Ohio St.

13-5

25-7

14

3

Michigan St.

13-5

25-8

7

4

Wisconsin

12-6

23-10

43

5

Michigan

12-6

26-7

12

6

Iowa

9-9

21-12

76

7

Purdue

8-10

15-17

114

8

Illinois

8-10

22-12

41

9

Minnesota

8-10

20-12

23

10

Nebraska

5-13

15-18

101

11

Northwestern

4-14

13-19

159

12

Penn St.

2-16

10-21

181

 

Conference Tournament—Chicago

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

Time

TV

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

1

8-Illinois  51  9-Minnesota  49

 

 

2

5-Michigan  83  12-Penn St.  66

 

 

3

10-Nebraska  57  7-Purdue  55

 

 

4

6-Iowa  73  11-Northwestern  59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

5

1-Indiana  80  8-Illinois  64

 

 

6

4-Wisconsin  68  5-Michigan  59

 

 

7

2-Ohio St.  71  10-Nebraska  50

 

 

8

3-Michigan St.  59   6-Iowa  56

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 –Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

4-Wisconsin  68  1-Indiana  56

 

 

10

2-Ohio St.  61  3-Michigan St.  58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

 

 

11

2-Ohio St. vs. 4-Wisconsin

3:30 PM

CBS

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.bigten.org

 

 

 

Big 12 Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Kansas

14-4

29-5

6

2

Kansas St.

14-4

27-7

21

3

Oklahoma St.

13-5

24-8

24

4

Oklahoma

11-7

20-11

34

5

Iowa St.

11-7

22-11

47

6

Baylor

9-9

18-14

62

7

Texas

7-11

16-17

114

8

West Virginia

6-12

13-19

120

9

Texas Tech

3-15

11-20

227

10

T C U

2-16

11-21

226

 

Conference Tournament: Kansas City

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

 

 

 

 

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

5-Iowa St.  73  4-Oklahoma  66

 

 

 

4

1-Kansas  91  Texas Tech 63

 

 

 

5

2-Kansas St.  66  7-Texas  49

 

 

 

6

3-Oklahoma St.  74  6-Baylor  72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

 

7

1-Kansas  88  5-Iowa St.  73

 

 

 

8

2-Kansas St.  68  3-Oklahoma St.  57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

 

9

1-Kansas vs. 2-Kansas St.

6:00 PM

ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 
 

Big West Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Long Beach St.

14-4

19-13

112

2

Pacific

13-5

22-12

111

3

Cal Poly

12-6

18-13

166

4

UC-Irvine

11-7

20-15

151

5

Hawaii

10-8

17-14

211

6

UC-Davis

9-9

14-17

228

7

U C S B

7-11

11-20

239

8

Cal St. Fullerton

6-12

14-18

258

 

Conference Tournament—Anaheim

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

1

2-Pacific  71  7-U C S B  68

 

 

2

3-Cal Poly  64  6-UC-Davis  41

 

 

3

1-Long Beach St.  75  8-Cal St. Fullerton  66

 

 

4

4-UC-Irvine  71  5-Hawaii  60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

5

4-UC-Irvine   67  1-Long Beach St.  60

 

 

6

2-Pacific  55  3-Cal Poly  53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 –Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

7

2-Pacific  64  4-UC-Irvine  55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.bigwest.org

 

 

 

 

Conference USA

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Memphis

16-0

30-4

17

2

Southern Miss

12-4

25-9

37

3

U T E P

10-6

18-14

98

4

East Carolina

9-7

18-12

92

5

Tulsa

8-8

17-15

152

6

Houston

7-9

18-12

194

7

U A B

7-9

16-17

149

8

Tulane

6-10

19-14

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

 

 

 

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  81  7-U A B  66

 

 

5

3-U T E P  80  6-Houston  69

 

 

6

1-Memphis  81  8-Tulane  68

 

 

7

5-Tulsa   79  4-East Carolina  72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

7

2-Southern Miss.  85 vs.  3-U T E P  67

 

 

8

1-Memphis  85  5-Tulsa  74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

1-Memphis  91  2-Southern Miss.  79 2ot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Mid-American Conference

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Akron

14-2

26-6

53

2

Ohio U

14-2

24-9

74

3

Western Michigan

10-6

20-12

132

4

Kent St.

9-7

20-13

145

5

Ball St.

8-8

15-15

225

6

Bowling Green

7-9

13-19

254

7

Eastern Michigan

7-9

16-18

235

8

Buffalo

7-9

14-20

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

 

 

 

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.  70  8-Buffalo  68

 

 

7

3-W. Michigan  70  7-Eastern Michigan  55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

8

1-Akron  62  4-Kent St.  59

 

 

9

2-Ohio  74  3-Western Michigan  61

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

10

1-Akron  65  2-Ohio  46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

14-17

282

4

Savannah St.

11-5

19-14

155

5

Morgan St.

10-6

17-15

251

6

Delaware St.

8-8

15-18

276

7

North Carolina A&T

8-8

19-16

253

8

Bethune-Cookman

7-9

14-20

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)

 

 

 

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

6-Delaware St.  63  3-Hampton  60

 

 

9

5-Morgan St.  64  4-Savannah St.  61 ot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

10

5-Morgan St.  82  8-Bethune-Cookman  71

 

 

11

7-North Carolina A&T  84  6-Delaware St.  78

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6 – Championship Game

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

12

7-North Carolina A&T  57  5-Morgan St.  54

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.MEACsports.com

 

 

 

 

Mountain West Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

New Mexico

13-3

29-5

2

2

Colorado St.

11-5

25-8

15

3

U N L V

10-6

25-9

22

4

San Diego St.

9-7

22-10

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  60  4-San Diego St.  50

 

 

7

3-U N L V  75  2-Colorado St.  65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

8

1-New Mexico  63  3-U N L V  56

 

 

 

Online Site: www.themwc.com

 

Pac-12 Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

U C L A

13-5

25-9

30

2

California

12-6

20-11

48

3

Oregon

12-6

26-8

53

4

Arizona

12-6

25-7

13

5

Colorado

10-8

21-11

35

6

Washington

9-9

18-15

87

7

Southern Cal

9-9

14-18

106

8

Stanford

9-9

18-14

63

9

Arizona St.

9-9

21-12

90

10

Utah

5-13

15-18

171

11

Washington St.

4-14

13-19

183

12

Oregon St.

4-14

14-18

179

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

 

 

 

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  80  9-Arizona St. 75

 

 

6

4-Arizona  79  5-Colorado  69

 

 

7

10-Utah   79  2-California  69 ot

 

 

8

3-Oregon  80  6-Washington  77 ot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

9

1-U C L A  66  4-Arizona  64

 

 

10

3-Oregon  64  10-Utah  45 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

11

3-Oregon  78  1-U C L A  69  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Southeastern Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Florida

14-4

26-6

9

2

Kentucky

12-6

21-11

50

3

Ole Miss

12-6

25-8

56

4

Alabama

12-6

21-12

60

5

Tennessee

11-7

20-12

54

6

Missouri

11-7

23-10

32

7

Arkansas

10-8

19-13

78

8

Georgia

9-9

15-17

124

9

L S U

9-9

19-12

91

10

Vanderbilt

8-10

16-17

127

11

Texas A&M

7-11

18-15

95

12

South Carolina

4-14

14-18

208

13

Mississippi St.

4-14

10-22

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

9-L S U  68  8-Georgia  63

 

 

4

5-Tennessee  69  13-Miss. St.  53

 

 

5

10-Vanderbilt   75  7-Arkansas  72

 

 

6

6-Missouri  62  11-Texas A&M  50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Quarterfinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

7

1-Florida  80  9-L S U  58

 

 

8

4-Alabama  58  5-Tennessee  48

 

 

9

10-Vanderbilt   64  2-Kentucky  48

 

 

10

3-Ole Miss  64  6-Missouri  62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Semifinals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

11

1-Florida  61  4-Alabama  51

 

 

12

3-Ole Miss   64  10-Vanderbilt  52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Finals

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

 

 

13

1-Florida vs. 3-Ole Miss

1:00 PM

ABC

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Southland Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Stephen F. Austin

16-2

27-4

68

2

Northwestern St.

15-3

23-8

102

3

Oral Roberts

13-5

18-14

140

4

Southeast Louisiana

10-8

13-18

237

5

Nicholls St.

8-10

9-21

293

6

Sam Houston St.

8-10

17-17

238

7

Central Arkansas

7-11

13-17

282

8

McNeese St.

7-11

14-17

241

 

Conference Tournament: Katy, TX

 

Game #

Day 1 – 1st Round

 

 

 

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  85  8-McNeese St.  65

 

 

4

6-Sam Houston St.  58  3-Oral Roberts  55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

5

1-Stephen F. Austin  68  4-SE Louisiana  57

 

 

6

2-Northwestern St.  55  6-Sam Houston St.  52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

7

2-Northwestern St.  68  1-S. F. Austin  66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.southland.org

 

 

 

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Southern

16-2

19-14

191

2

Jackson St.

9-9

11-18

312

3

Alcorn St.

8-10

10-24

307

4

Prairie View

8-10

15-19

323

5

Alabama St.

8-10

10-22

326

6

Alabama A&M

6-12

11-20

329

7

Grambling

0-18

0-28

347

 

Conference Tournament—Garland, TX

 

Game #

Day 1 – Quarterfinals (Day 1)

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

 

 

1

6-Alabama A&M  59  7-Grambling  51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2-Quarterfinals (Day 2)

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

 

 

2

4-Prairie View  67  3-Alcorn St.  59

 

 

3

2-Jackson St.  66  5-Alabama St.  59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

4

1-Southern  72  6-Alabama A&M  59

 

 

5

4-Prairie View  88  2-Jackson St.  75   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 –Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

7

1-Southern  45  4-Prairie View  44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Western Athletic Conference

 

Seed

Team

Conference

Overall

RPI

1

Louisiana Tech

16-2

26-6

49

2

Denver

16-2

21-9

58

3

New Mexico St.

14-4

24-10

59

4

UT-Arlington

11-7

19-13

137

5

Utah St.

11-7

21-10

105

6

Idaho

7-11

12-18

196

7

Texas St.

5-13

12-22

287

8

San Jose St.

3-14

9-20

244

9

U T S A

3-14

10-22

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

 

 

 

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.  65  6-Idaho  49

 

 

4

7-Texas St.  72  2-Denver  68

 

 

5

9-U T S A  73  1-Louisiana Tech  67

 

 

6

4-UT-Arlington  83  5-Utah St.  78

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Semifinals

 

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

 

 

7

3-N. Mexico St.  74  7-Texas St.  65

 

 

8

4-UT-Arlington  69  9-U T S A  53

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 – Finals

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

 

 

9

3-N. Mexico St.  64  4-UT-Arlington  55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Site: www.wacsports.com

 

 

 

As The Bubble Blows

 

The four teams that could have popped some bubbles all lost Saturday, which is good news for teams like Middle Tennessee, BoiseState, and Ole Miss.  U Mass, Southern Mississippi, and Alabama are on the bad side of The Bubble after falling, while Vanderbilt’s season is over.

 

Maryland will have to wait it out to see if they get a bid after falling to North Carolina.  The Terps have probably done enough to get in, but the Selection Committee could choose someone like BoiseState ahead of them.

 

Akron’s winning the MAC Championship Game was another beneficial factor for the Bubble teams, because the Zips would have earned an at-large bid had they lost to Ohio.

 

Stephen F. Austin lost in the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament to NorthwesternState, but even at 27-4, the Lumberjacks are not going to be okay.

 

Other

Coming later today—we will publish our award-winning bracket-picking rules known as “Bracketnomics.”  This system has been deadly accurate selecting NCAA Tournament winners through the years, and it has been back-tested for decades with exemplary results.

 

Coming Monday—we will help you pick your bracket winners with the results of our PiRate Bracketnomics Formula.  Find out why some of the top teams in the country will not make it to the second weekend of the tournament.  See who we pick to be the next Butler.  See who we pick to be the Kentucky of 2013.

 

March 11, 2012

NCAA College Basketball Tournaments — March 11 Update

Here is the up-to-date (as of Saturday Night, March 10) results of all conference tournaments as well as the pairings for today’s games.

 

America East

Preliminary Round

#9 Binghamton 73  #8 Md.-Balt. Co. 67

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Stony Brook 78  # 9 Binghamton 69

#4 Albany 63  #5 New Hampshire 45

#2 Vermont 50  #7 Maine 40

#6 Hartford 53  #3 Boston U 49 

 

Semifinals

#1 Stony Brook 57  #4 Albany 55

#2 Vermont 77  #6 Hartford 73 2OT

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Vermont 51  #1 Stony Brook 43

 

Automatic Bid – VERMONT 23-11

At-Large – None

Bubble – None

 

This is a one-bid league.  Vermont destroyed Stony Brook by 19 points during the regular season, and yesterday showed that the earlier game was not a fluke.

 

A C C

Opening Round

#8 Maryland 82  #9 Wake Forest 60

#5 North Carolina St. 78  #12 Boston College 57

#10 Virginia Tech 68  #7 Clemson 63

#6 Miami (FL) 54  #11 Georgia Tech 36

 

Quarterfinals

#1 North Carolina 85  #8 Maryland 69

#5 North Carolina St. 67  #4 Virginia 64

#2 Duke 60  #10 Virginia Tech 56

#3 Florida St. 82  #6 Miami (FL) 71

 

Semifinals

#1 North Carolina 69  #5 North Carolina St. 67

#3 Florida St. 62  #2 Duke 59  

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 North Carolina (29-4) vs. #3 Florida St. (23-9)

 

 

At-Large: North Carolina, Duke, Florida St., Virginia

Upper Bubble: North Carolina St.

Lower Bubble: Miami (FL)

 

North Carolina already has a number one seed to the NCAA Tournament, but the Tar Heels will play all out today.  UNC usually fares best in the Big Dance when they win the ACC Tournament.

 

 

Atlantic Sun

Quarterfinals

#1 Belmont 76  #8 Jacksonville 62

#4 East Tennessee 68  #5 N. Florida 66

#2 Mercer 61  #7 Lipscomb 53

#6 Florida Gulf Coast 71  #3 S. Carolina Upstate 61

 

Semifinals

#1 Belmont 69  #4 East Tennessee 61

#6 Florida Gulf Coast 62 #2 Mercer 58

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Belmont 83  Florida Gulf Coast 69

 

Automatic Bid – BELMONT 27-7

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – None

 

Atlantic 10

1st Round

#8 Massachusetts 92  #9 Duquesne 83

#5 St. Joe’s 80  #12 Charlotte 64

#7 LaSalle 80  #10 Richmond 72

#6 Dayton 67  #11 George Washington 50

 

Quarterfinals

#8 Massachusetts 77  #1 Temple 71

#4 St. Bonaventure 71  #5 St. Joe’s 68

#2 St. Louis 78  #7 LaSalle 71

#3 Xavier 70  #6 Dayton 69

 

Semifinals

#4 St. Bonaventure 84  #8 Massachusetts 80

#3 Xavier 71  #2 St. Louis 64  

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#3 Xavier (21-11) vs. #4 St. Bonaventure (19-11)

 

At-Large: Temple, St. Louis

Upper Bubble:

Lower Bubble: Xavier

 

There will be one less bubble team getting an at-large bid thanks to the A-10.  Neither Xavier nor St. Bonaventure would have received a bid, so the winner becomes a bid-thief.

 

Big East

Opening Round

#9 Connecticut 81  #16 Dayton 67

#13 Pittsburgh 73  #12 St. John’s 59

#10 Seton Hall 79  #15 Providence 47

#14 Villanova 70  #11 Rutgers 49

 

2nd Round

#9 Connecticut 71  #8 West Virginia 67 OT

#5 Georgetown 64  #13 Pittsburgh 52

#7 Louisville 61 #10 Seton Hall 55

#6 South Florida 56  #14 Villanova 47

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Syracuse 58  #9 Connecticut 55

#4 Cincinnati 72  #5 Georgetown 70 2OT

#7 Louisville 84  #2 Marquette 71

#3 Notre Dame 57 #6 South Florida 52

 

Semifinals

#4 Cincinnati 71  #1 Syracuse 68  

#7 Louisville 64  #3 Notre Dame 50

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#7 Louisville 50  #4 Cincinnati 44

 

Automatic Bid – LOUISVILLE 26-9

At-Large Teams – Syracuse, Marquette, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Connecticut

Bubble – Seton Hall, South Florida

 

Big Sky

Quarterfinals

#3 Portland St. 75  #6 Montana St. 53

#4 Eastern Washington 81  #5 Idaho St. 75

 

Semifinals

#1 Montana 74  #4 Eastern Washington 66

#2 Weber St. 69 #3 Portland St. 63

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Montana 85 #2 Weber St. 66

 

Automatic Bid: MONTANA 25-6

At-Large: None

Bubble: None

 

This is a one-bid league, but both Montana and Weber State are talented enough to win an opening round game in the NCAA Tournament. With an RPI around 70, the Wildcats are probably not on the bubble.

 

Big South

Preliminary Round

#8 High Point 68  #9 Gardner-Webb 58

#7 VMI 55  #10 Radford 53

 

Quarterfinals

#1 UNC-Asheville 86  #8 High Point 61

#4 Charleston Sou. 88  #5 Liberty 74

#6 Winthrop 71  #3 Campbell 55

#7 VMI 85  #2 Coastal Carolina 68

 

Semifinals

#1 UNC-Asheville 91  #4 Charleston Sou. 64

#7 VMI 75  #6 Winthrop 55

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 UNC-Asheville  80  #7 VMI 64

 

Automatic Bid – UNC-ASHEVILLE 24-9

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – None

 

Big Ten

Opening Round

#8 Iowa 64  #9 Illinois 61

#5 Indiana 75  #12 Penn State 58

#10 Minnesota 75  #7 Northwestern 68

#6 Purdue 79  #11 Nebraska 61

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Michigan St. 92  #8 Iowa 75

#4 Wisconsin 79  #5 Indiana 71

#2 Michigan 73  #10 Minnesota 69

#3 Ohio St. 88  #6 Purdue 71

 

Semifinals

#1 Michigan St. 65 #4 Wisconsin 52

#3 Ohio St. 77  #2 Michigan 55  

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Michigan St. (26-7) vs. #3 Ohio St. (27-6)

 

At-Large: Ohio St., Michigan St., Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue

Upper Bubble:

Lower Bubble: Northwestern

 

The two best teams in the league face off for the final conference championship.  All bids will be decided by the final horn.

 

Big 12

Opening Round

#9 Texas A&M 62  #8 Oklahoma 53

#7 Oklahoma St. 76  #10 Texas Tech 60

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Kansas 83  #9 Texas A&M 66

#4 Baylor 82  #5 Kansas St. 74

#2 Missouri 88  #7 Oklahoma St. 70

#3 Iowa St. 65  #6 Texas 71

 

Semifinals

#4 Baylor 81  #1 Kansas 72  

#2 Missouri 81  #6 Texas 67

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Missouri 90  #4 Baylor 75

 

Automatic Bid – MISSOURI 30-4

At-Large Teams – Kansas, Baylor, Iowa St., Kansas St.,

Bubble – Texas

 

Missouri has a decent shot at moving up to a number one seed, but not as much as if they had defeated Kansas instead of Baylor for the title.

 

Big West

Quarterfinals

#1 Long Beach St. 80  #8 UC-Davis 46

#4 Cal Poly SLO 66  #5 UC-Riverside 54

#7 UC-Irvine 65  #2 Cal State Fullerton 59

#3 U C S B 72  #6 Pacific 52

 

Semifinals

#1 Long Beach St. 68  #7 UC-Irvine 57

#3 U C S B 64  #4 Cal Poly SLO 52

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Long Beach St. 77  #3 U C S B 64

 

Automatic Bid – LONG BEACH ST. 25-8

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – None

 

Long Beach State deserves a number 12 seed.  The 49ers will be a dangerous opponent in the first two rounds.

 

Colonial Athletic

Opening Round

#9 UNC-Wilmington 70  #8 James Madison 59

#5 Delaware 72  #12 Towson St. 65

#6 Georgia St. 85  #11 Hofstra 50

#7 Northeastern 57  #10 William & Mary 49

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Drexel 59  #9 UNC-Wilmington 47

#4 Old Dominion 88  #5 Delaware 74

#3 George Mason 61  #6 Georgia St. 59

#2 Virginia Commonwealth 75  #10 William & Mary 65

 

Semifinals

#1 Drexel 68  #4 Old Dominion 51

#2 Virginia Commonwealth 74  #3 George Mason 64

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Virginia Commonwealth 59 #1 Drexel 56

 

Automatic Bid – VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 28-6

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – Drexel

 

 

Drexel has a chance of earning an at-large bid, but their RPI is on the low side at 68.

 

Conference USA

Opening Round

#5 U A B 72  #12 Tulane 64

#8 U T E P 67 #9 Houston 62 OT

#10 East Carolina 68  #7 Rice 66 

#6 Marshall 74  #11 S M U 56

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Memphis 65  #8 U T E P 47

#4 Central Florida 51  #5 U A B 43

#2 Southern Mississippi 81  #10 East Carolina 78

#6 Marshall 105  #3 Tulsa 100  3 OT

 

Semifinals

#1 Memphis 83  #4 Central Florida 52

#6 Marshall 73  #2 Southern Mississippi 62

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Memphis 83  #6 Marshall 57

 

Automatic Bid – MEMPHIS 26-8

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – Southern Miss

 

Memphis’s blowout win over Marshall definitely kept the Thundering Herd out of any discussion.  Southern Miss is not a high bubble team.  The Golden Eagles could be disappointed around 7 PM EDT today.

 

Horizon League

Opening Round

#4 Milwaukee 68  #9 Illinois-Chi. 55

#5 Butler 70  #8 Wright St. 52

#3 Detroit 80  #10 Loyola (Chi) 71

#6 Youngstown 77  #7 Green Bay 60

 

Quarterfinals

#5 Butler 71 #4 Milwaukee 49

#3 Detroit 93 #6 Youngstown St. 76

 

Semifinals

#1 Valparaiso 65  #5 Butler 46

#3 Detroit 63  #2 Cleveland St. 58

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#3 Detroit 70  #1 Valparaiso 50

 

Automatic Bid – DETROIT 22-13

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – None

 

This is a one-bid league.  Neither Valpo, Cleveland State nor Butler will  earn at-large bids.

 

M A A C

Preliminary Round

#8 Marist 64 #9 St. Peter’s 57

#7 Niagara 80 #10 Canisius 70

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Iona 87  #8 Marist 63

#4 Fairfield 65  #5 Rider 63

#2 Loyola (MD) 86  #7 Niagara 73

#6 Siena 84  #3 Manhattan 82

 

Semifinals

#4 Fairfield 85  #1 Iona 75

#2 Loyola (MD) 70  #6 Siena 60

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Loyola (MD) 48  #4 Fairfield 44

 

Automatic Bid – LOYOLA (MD) 24-8

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – None

 

This is a one-bid league.  Iona played their way out of the Big Dance and into the NIT.

 

M A C

Opening Round

#12 Northern Illinois 55  #5 Eastern Michigan 52  

#8 Western Michigan 69  #9 Ball St. 63

#7 Toledo 60  #10 (Miami (O) 53

#11 Central Michigan 54  #6 Bowling Green 53  

 

2nd Round

#8 Western Michigan 71  #12 Northern Illinois 54

#7 Toledo 75  #11 Central Michigan 72

 

Quarterfinals

#4 Kent St. 76  #8 Western Michigan 72

#3 Ohio 65  #7 Toledo 57

 

Semifinals

#1 Akron 78  #4 Kent St. 74

#3 Ohio 77  #2  Buffalo 74

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#3 Ohio 64  #1 Akron 63

 

Automatic Bid – OHIO 26-7

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – Akron

 

Akron fell to #58 in the RPI, so the Zips have a chance to get an at-large bid.

 

M E A C

Opening Round

#8 Hampton 69 #9 Morgan St. 65

#5 North Carolina Central 60 #12 Md. Eastern Shore 43

#4 Bethune-Cookman 62 #13 South Carolina St. 53

#11 Florida A& M 74  #6 Coppin St. 72

#10 Howard 51  #7 North Carolina A&T 50

 

Quarterfinals

#8 Hampton 59  #1 Savannah St. 46

#4 Bethune-Cookman 60  #5 North Carolina Central 59

#2 Norfolk St. 71 #7 Howard 61

#11 Florida A&M 65  #3 Delaware St. 55  

 

Semfinals

#4 Bethune-Cookman 81  #8 Hampton 72

#2 Norfolk St. 58  #11 Florida A&M 46

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Norfolk St. 73  #4 Bethune-Cookman 70

 

Automatic Bid – NORFOLK ST. 25-9

At-Large – None

Bubble – None

 

Norfolk State makes its first trip to the NCAA Tournament, and the Spartans have a chance to avoid the first round in Dayton.

 

Missouri Valley

Opening Round

#8 Indiana St. 66  #9 Southern Illinois 51

#7 Drake 65  #10 Bradley 49

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Wichita St. 72 #8 Indiana St. 48

#4 Illinois St. 54 #5 Northern Iowa 42

#2 Creighton 68 vs. #7 Drake 61

#3 Evansville 72 vs. #6 Missouri St. 64

 

Semifinals

#4 Illinois St. 65  #1 Wichita St. 64

#2 Creighton 99  #3 Evansville 71

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Creighton 83  #4 Illinois St. 79 OT

 

Automatic Bid – CREIGHTON 27-5

At-Large – Wichita St. 27-5

Bubble – None

 

Mountain West

Quarterfinals

#1 San Diego St. 65  #8 Boise St. 62

#4 Colorado St. 81  #5 T C U 60

#2 New Mexico 79  #7 Air Force 64

#3 U N L V 56  #6 Wyoming 48

 

Semifinals

#1 San Diego St. 79  #4 Colorado St. 69

#2 New Mexico 72  #3 U N L V 67

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 New Mexico 68  #1 San Diego St. 59

 

Automatic Bid – NEW MEXICO 27-6

At-Large – San Diego St., U N L V

Bubble – Colorado St.

 

Anything other than four bids would be disappointing and even ridiculous.  Colorado State’s RPI is #24, and the Rams are tournament-worthy.

 

Northeast

Quarterfinals

#1 Long Island 80  #8 Sacred Heart 68

#5 Quinnipiac 80  #4 St. Francis (NY) 72

#3 Robert Morris 87  #6 Monmouth 68

#2 Wagner 87  #7 Central Conn. St. 77

 

Semifinals

#1 Long Island 78 #5 Quinnipiac 75

#3 Robert Morris 71  #2 Wagner 64

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Long Island 90  #3 Robert Morris 73

 

Automatic Bid: LONG ISLAND 25-8

At-Large: None

Bubble: None

 

Wagner’s slim chances for getting in as a wildcard team went bye-bye with their semifinal loss to RMU.

 

LIU enters the Big Dance winning 20 of their last 22 games.

 

Ohio Valley

Opening Round

#5 Southeast Missouri 75  #8 E. Kentucky 65

#7 Jacksonville St. 75  #6 Austin Peay 70

 

Quarterfinals

#4 Tennessee Tech 77 #5 Southeast Missouri 73

#3 Morehead St. 68  #7 Jacksonville St. 54

 

Semifinals

#1 Murray St. 78  #4 Tennessee Tech 58

#2 Tennessee St. 59 #3 Morehead St. 52

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Murray St. 54  #2 Tennessee St. 52

 

Automatic Bid – MURRAY ST. 30-1

At-Large – None

Bubble – None

 

Murray State should receive a #4 or #5 seed, a #6 at worst.

 

Pac-12

Opening Round

#9 Oregon St. 69  #8 Washington St. 64

#5 U C L A 55  #12 U S C 40

#7 Stanford 85  #10 Arizona St. 65

#6 Colorado 53  #11 Utah 41

 

Quarterfinals

#9 Oregon State 86  #1 Washington 84

#4 Arizona 66  #5 U C L A 58

#2 California 77  #7 Stanford 71

#6 Colorado 63  #3 Oregon 62  

 

Semifinals

#4 Arizona 72  #9 Oregon St. 61

#6 Colorado 70  #2 California 59

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#6 Colorado 53  #4 Arizona 51

 

Automatic Bid – COLORADO 23-11

At-Large – None

Bubble – California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona

 

Colorado is the only sure bid in this league.  However, we believe that no ‘Big Six” conference will receive just one bid.  Politics must be considered, even if “they” claim that all at-large teams are considered as independents.  Look for at least one from the bubble above to make the Dance.

 

Patriot League

Quarterfinals

#1 Bucknell 87  #8 Navy 63

#5 Lafayette 84  #4 Holy Cross 76

#2 Lehigh 70 #7 Colgate 57

#3 American 57  #6 Army 40

 

Semifinals

#1 Bucknell 79 #5 Lafayette 52

#2 Lehigh 85 #3 American 66

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Lehigh 82  #1 Bucknell 77  

 

Automatic Bid: LEHIGH 26-7

At-Large: None

Bubble: None

 

The Mountain Hawks search for the first NCAA Tournament win in their fifth trip to the Big Dance, and they have the one-two punch in C J McCollum and Gabe Knutson.  Lehigh lost at Michigan State by just nine points earlier in the year, and they enter the NCAA Tournament having won eight games in a row and 12 of 13.

 

Southern

Opening Round

#5N Appalachian St. 93  #4S College of Charleston 81

#3N Western Carolina 68  #6S Citadel 56

#5S Furman 75  #4N Samford 66

#3S Georgia Southern 76  #6N Chattanooga 70

 

Quarterfinals

#1N UNC-Greensboro 65  #5N Appalachian St. 55

#3N Western Carolina 82 #2S Wofford 59

#1S Davidson 73  #5S Furman 54

#2N Elon 65  #3S Georgia Southern 58

 

Semifinals

#3N Western Carolina 82  #1N UNC-Greensboro 77

#1S Davidson 83  #2N Elon 67

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1S Davidson  93 #1N UNC-Greensboro 91

 

Automatic Bid – DAVIDSON 25-7

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – None

 

Davidson might not have earned a ticket as an at-large team.  Tell that to Kansas coach Bill Self, and he would say you were crazy.

 

S E C

Opening Round

#8 L S U 70  #9 Arkansas 54

#5 Alabama 63  #12 South Carolina 57

#7 Ole Miss 68  #10 Auburn 54

#11 Georgia 71  #6 Mississippi St. 61 

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Kentucky 60  #8 L S U 51

#4 Florida 66  #5 Alabama 63

#7 Ole Miss 77  #2 Tennessee 72 OT

#3 Vanderbilt 63  #11 Georgia 41

 

Semifinals

#1 Kentucky 74  #4 Florida 71

#3 Vanderbilt 65  #7 Ole Miss 53

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Kentucky (32-1) vs. #3 Vanderbilt (23-10)

 

At-Large: Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt

Upper Bubble: Alabama

Lower Bubble: Ole Miss, Mississippi St.

 

The two teams picked to finish one-two at the beginning of the year meet for the tournament championship.  Kentucky won two close games during the year.  The Wildcats are just one last second jump shot away from being undefeated and considered the best team since Bill Walton’s 1973 UCLA Bruins went 30-0.  Look for the Wildcats to turn Royal Street into Royal Blue Street around 2:30 PM today.

 

Southland

Quarterfinals

#1 UT-Arlington 96  #8 Nicholls St. 48

#4 McNeese St. 78  #5 TX-San Antonio 74 OT

#2 Stephen F Austin 68  #7 Sam Houston 46

#3 Lamar 76  #6 Northwestern State (LA) 69

 

Semifinals

#4 McNeese St. 92  #1 UT-Arlington 72  

#3 Lamar 55  #2 Stephen F Austin 44  

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#3 Lamar 70 #4 McNeese St. 49

 

Automatic Bid – LAMAR 23-11

At-Large – None

Bubble – None

 

Lamar probably has a date in Dayton in two or three days.

 

S W A C

Quarterfinals

#1 Mississippi Valley St. 63  #8 Jackson St. 60

#5 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 60  #4 Alabama St. 56  

#2 Texas Southern 75  #7 Alabama A&M 62

#6 Alcorn St. 103  #3 Prairie View 79

 

Semifinals

#1 Mississippi Valley St. 71  #5 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 64

#2 Texas Southern 60  #6 Alcorn St. 55

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Mississippi Valley St. 71  #2 Texas Southern 69

 

Automatic Bid – MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ST. 21-12

At-Large – None

Bubble – None

 

The Delta Devils began the season 1-11 but have gone 20-1 since.  Still, they most likely will be forced to play in Dayton.

 

Summit League

Quarterfinals

#1 Oral Roberts 71  #8 I P F W 67

#4 Western Illinois 58  #5 North Dakota St. 53

#2 South Dakota St. 77  I U P U I 56

#6 Southern Utah 84  #3 Oakland 82

 

Semifinals

#4 Western Illinois 54  #1 Oral Roberts 53

#2 South Dakota St. 63  #6 Southern Utah 47

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 South Dakota St. 52  #4 Western Illinois 50

 

Automatic Bid – SOUTH DAKOTA ST. 27-7

At-Large Teams –None

Bubble – Oral Roberts

               

Had South Dakota St. and Oral Roberts advanced to the Championship Game, and Oral Roberts’ lost instead of losing to WIU in the semis, ORU would be on the at-large line and not the bubble.  With an RPI of 55, the Golden Eagles are in a precarious position. 

 

Sunbelt

Opening Round

#6 South Alabama 87  #11 Troy 81

#7 Western Kentucky 67 #10 Florida Int’l 63

#9 Arkansas St. 70 #8 Florida Atlantic 55

 

Quarterfinals

#9 Arkansas St. 64  #1 Middle Tennessee 61

#5 North Texas 65  #4 Louisiana-Lafayette 62

#7 Western Kentucky 68  #2 U A L R  63 

#3 Denver 61  #6 South Alabama 50

 

Semifinals

#5 North Texas 76  #9 Arkansas St. 72

#7 Western Kentucky 67  #3 Denver 63

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#7 Western Kentucky 74  #3 Denver 70

 

Automatic Bid –WESTERN KENTUCKY 15-18

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – Middle Tennessee

 

This is probably a one-bid league. The top two seeds lost in their first games in this unique tournament played in two separate gyms in the same building.  Middle Tennessee may still be on the bubble with an RPI of 65, but they are more than likely headed to the NIT.  Western Kentucky will be headed to the first round in Dayton.  However, their 15-18 record is very misleading.  The Hilltoppers were supposed to contend for the regular season championship; however, major dissension led to a poor start and a dismissal of head coach Ken McDonald.  Since Ray Harper assumed command, WKU has sported a 10-7 record, and a 7-4 finish.  This team cannot be overlooked in Dayton and could very well advance to the second round.

 

W A C

Quarterfinals

#1 Nevada 54  #8 San Jose St. 44

#5 Louisiana Tech 72  #4 Utah St. 70

#2 New Mexico St. 65  #7 Fresno St. 49

#6 Hawaii 72  #3 Idaho 70

 

Semifinals

#5 Louisiana Tech 78  #1 Nevada 73  

#2 New Mexico St. 92  #6 Hawaii 81

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 New Mexico St. 82  #5 Louisiana Tech 57

 

Automatic Bid – NEW MEXICO ST. 26-9

At-Large – None

Bubble – Nevada.

 

Nevada fell to #63 in the RPI, and the Wolfpack are on the cusp of falling off the bubble. 

 

West Coast

Opening Round

#8 Portland 74 #9 Santa Clara 70

 

2nd Round

#5 San Francisco 87  #8 Portland 66

#6 San Diego 76  #7 Pepperdine 54

 

Quarterfinals

#5 San Francisco 67  #4 Loyola Marymount 60

#3 B Y U 73 vs. #6 San Diego 68

 

Semifinals

#1 Saint Mary’s 83  #5 San Francisco 78

#2 Gonzaga 77  #3 B Y U 58

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Saint Mary’s 78  #2 Gonzaga 74 OT

 

Automatic Bid – SAINT MARY’S 26-5

At-Large Teams – Gonzaga

Bubble – B Y U

 

This has the look of a three-bid league, with the two behemoths and BYU all headed to the Big Dance.  Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga are now the true powers of the West.  If you remember UCLA versus USC or Oregon State in the 1970’s and 1980’s, this is what this rivalry has become.  Both teams could easily advance to the Elite 8.

 

March 10, 2012

NCAA College Basketball Conference Tournaments–March 10 Update

Here is the up-to-date (as of Friday Night, March 9) results of all conference tournaments as well as the pairings for today’s games.

 

America East

Preliminary Round

#9 Binghamton 73  #8 Md.-Balt. Co. 67

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Stony Brook 78  # 9 Binghamton 69

#4 Albany 63  #5 New Hampshire 45

#2 Vermont 50  #7 Maine 40

#6 Hartford 53  #3 Boston U 49 

 

Semifinals

#1 Stony Brook 57  #4 Albany 55

#2 Vermont 77  #6 Hartford 73 2OT

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Stony Brook (21-8) vs. Vermont (22-11)

 

This is a one-bid league.  Stony Brook has won 19 of its last 21 games, but one of those two losses was a 19-point humiliation at the hands of Vermont.  The Sea Wolves defeated the Catamounts at Stony Brook Arena earlier in the season, and that is where this game will be played Saturday afternoon.

 

A C C

Opening Round

#8 Maryland 82  #9 Wake Forest 60

#5 North Carolina St. 78  #12 Boston College 57

#10 Virginia Tech 68  #7 Clemson 63

#6 Miami (FL) 54  #11 Georgia Tech 36

 

Quarterfinals

#1 North Carolina 85  #8 Maryland 69

#5 North Carolina St. 67  #4 Virginia 64

#2 Duke 60  #10 Virginia Tech 56

#3 Florida St. 82  #6 Miami (FL) 71

 

Semifinals

#1 North Carolina (28-4) vs. #5 North Carolina St. (22-11)

#2 Duke (27-5) vs. #3 Florida St. (22-9)

 

At-Large: North Carolina, Duke, Florida St., Virginia

Upper Bubble: North Carolina St.

Lower Bubble: Miami (FL)

 

The North Carolina St.-Virginia game lived up to our predicted billing.  We believe the Wolf Pack have a better than 50-50 chance of getting into the Big Dance.

 

North Carolina knocked off the Wolf Pack by 19 and by 12 during the regular season.  Duke and Florida State split during conference play, with the Seminoles winning in Durham and the Blue Devils winning in Tallahassee.

 

Atlantic Sun

Quarterfinals

#1 Belmont 76  #8 Jacksonville 62

#4 East Tennessee 68  #5 N. Florida 66

#2 Mercer 61  #7 Lipscomb 53

#6 Florida Gulf Coast 71  #3 S. Carolina Upstate 61

 

Semifinals

#1 Belmont 69  #4 East Tennessee 61

#6 Florida Gulf Coast 62 #2 Mercer 58

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Belmont 83  Florida Gulf Coast 69

 

Automatic Bid – BELMONT 27-7

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – None

 

Atlantic 10

1st Round

#8 Massachusetts 92  #9 Duquesne 83

#5 St. Joe’s 80  #12 Charlotte 64

#7 LaSalle 80  #10 Richmond 72

#6 Dayton 67  #11 George Washington 50

 

Quarterfinals

#8 Massachusetts 77  #1 Temple 71

#4 St. Bonaventure 71  #5 St. Joe’s 68

#2 St. Louis 78  #7 LaSalle 71

#3 Xavier 70  #6 Dayton 69

 

Semifinals

#4 St. Bonaventure (18-11) vs. #8 Massachusetts (22-10)

#2 St. Louis (25-6) vs. #3 Xavier (20-11)

 

At-Large: Temple, St. Louis

Upper Bubble:

Lower Bubble: Xavier, St. Joe’s, and Dayton

 

As we told you a couple days ago, the eight quarterfinal teams were not that far apart talent-wise.  All four games were close, exciting contests, and the number one seed was sent home by the number eight seed.  Temple and St. Louis are sure locks for bids, and if one of the other three remaining semifinalist win the tournament, there will be one less at-large bid going to the bubble.

 

Big East

Opening Round

#9 Connecticut 81  #16 Dayton 67

#13 Pittsburgh 73  #12 St. John’s 59

#10 Seton Hall 79  #15 Providence 47

#14 Villanova 70  #11 Rutgers 49

 

2nd Round

#9 Connecticut 71  #8 West Virginia 67 OT

#5 Georgetown 64  #13 Pittsburgh 52

#7 Louisville 61 #10 Seton Hall 55

#6 South Florida 56  #14 Villanova 47

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Syracuse 58  #9 Connecticut 55

#4 Cincinnati 72  #5 Georgetown 70 2OT

#7 Louisville 84  #2 Marquette 71

#3 Notre Dame 57 #6 South Florida 52

 

Semifinals

#4 Cincinnati 71  #1 Syracuse 68  

#7 Louisville 64  #3 Notre Dame 50

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#4 Cincinnati (24-9) vs. #7 Louisville (25-9)

 

At-Large: Syracuse, Marquette, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Louisville, Cincinnati

Upper Bubble: West Virginia, Seton Hall, Connecticut

Lower Bubble: South Florida

 

This is definitely one championship game to watch.  Both teams are playing their best ball of the year, and this rivalry goes back a very long way through multiple conferences.

 

Big Sky

Quarterfinals

#3 Portland St. 75  #6 Montana St. 53

#4 Eastern Washington 81  #5 Idaho St. 75

 

Semifinals

#1 Montana 74  #4 Eastern Washington 66

#2 Weber St. 69 #3 Portland St. 63

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Montana 85 #2 Weber St. 66

 

Automatic Bid: MONTANA 25-6

At-Large: None

Bubble: None

 

This is a one-bid league, but both Montana and Weber State are talented enough to win an opening round game in the NCAA Tournament. With an RPI around 70, the Wildcats are probably not on the bubble.

 

Big South

Preliminary Round

#8 High Point 68  #9 Gardner-Webb 58

#7 VMI 55  #10 Radford 53

 

Quarterfinals

#1 UNC-Asheville 86  #8 High Point 61

#4 Charleston Sou. 88  #5 Liberty 74

#6 Winthrop 71  #3 Campbell 55

#7 VMI 85  #2 Coastal Carolina 68

 

Semifinals

#1 UNC-Asheville 91  #4 Charleston Sou. 64

#7 VMI 75  #6 Winthrop 55

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 UNC-Asheville  80  #7 VMI 64

 

Automatic Bid – UNC-ASHEVILLE 24-9

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – None

 

Big Ten

Opening Round

#8 Iowa 64  #9 Illinois 61

#5 Indiana 75  #12 Penn State 58

#10 Minnesota 75  #7 Northwestern 68

#6 Purdue 79  #11 Nebraska 61

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Michigan St. 92  #8 Iowa 75

#4 Wisconsin 79  #5 Indiana 71

#2 Michigan 73  #10 Minnesota 69

#3 Ohio St. 88  #6 Purdue 71

 

Semifinals

#1 Michigan St. (25-7) vs. #4 Wisconsin (24-8)

#2 Michigan (24-8) vs. #3 Ohio St. (26-6)

 

At-Large: Ohio St., Michigan St., Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue

Upper Bubble:

Lower Bubble: Northwestern

 

The folks in Indianapolis can claim their final four is as good as the Big East’s.  They might be wrong, because this one could be better!

 

The top four seeds advanced, and this is definitely the toast of the tournaments.  Any of these four could cut down the nets Sunday.  The cherry on top is that yesterday’s games were high-scoring shootouts reminiscent of the old run and gun days of Big Ten days of yore.

 

Big 12

Opening Round

#9 Texas A&M 62  #8 Oklahoma 53

#7 Oklahoma St. 76  #10 Texas Tech 60

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Kansas 83  #9 Texas A&M 66

#4 Baylor 82  #5 Kansas St. 74

#2 Missouri 88  #7 Oklahoma St. 70

#3 Iowa St. 65  #6 Texas 71

 

Semifinals

#4 Baylor 81  #1 Kansas 72  

#2 Missouri 81  #6 Texas 67

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Missouri (29-4) vs. #4 Baylor (27-6)

 

At-Large: Kansas, Missouri, Iowa St., Baylor, Kansas St.

Upper Bubble: Texas

Lower Bubble: None

 

Missouri has a lot to play for today.  A win over Baylor more than likely moves the Tigers to a number one seed.  However, Baylor will be tough to defeat three times in one season.  MU beat BU by 15 and by one during the regular season.

 

Big West

Quarterfinals

#1 Long Beach St. 80  #8 UC-Davis 46

#4 Cal Poly SLO 66  #5 UC-Riverside 54

#7 UC-Irvine 65  #2 Cal State Fullerton 59

#3 U C S B 72  #6 Pacific 52

 

Semifinals

#1 Long Beach St. (23-8) vs. #7 UC-Irvine (12-19)

#3 U C S B (19-9) vs. #4 Cal Poly SLO (18-15)

 

At-Large: None

Upper Bubble: Long Beach St.

Lower Bubble: None

 

Long Beach State could possibly earn an at-large bid if they lose today or tomorrow, but the 49ers should have minimal competition in the semifinals and not much more in the finals.

 

Colonial Athletic

Opening Round

#9 UNC-Wilmington 70  #8 James Madison 59

#5 Delaware 72  #12 Towson St. 65

#6 Georgia St. 85  #11 Hofstra 50

#7 Northeastern 57  #10 William & Mary 49

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Drexel 59  #9 UNC-Wilmington 47

#4 Old Dominion 88  #5 Delaware 74

#3 George Mason 61  #6 Georgia St. 59

#2 Virginia Commonwealth 75  #10 William & Mary 65

 

Semifinals

#1 Drexel 68  #4 Old Dominion 51

#2 Virginia Commonwealth 74  #3 George Mason 64

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Virginia Commonwealth 59 #1 Drexel 56

 

Automatic Bid – VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 28-6

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – Drexel

 

 

Drexel has a chance of earning an at-large bid, but their RPI is on the low side at 68.

 

Conference USA

Opening Round

#5 U A B 72  #12 Tulane 64

#8 U T E P 67 #9 Houston 62 OT

#10 East Carolina 68  #7 Rice 66 

#6 Marshall 74  #11 S M U 56

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Memphis 65  #8 U T E P 47

#4 Central Florida 51  #5 U A B 43

#2 Southern Mississippi 81  #10 East Carolina 78

#6 Marshall 105  #3 Tulsa 100  3 OT

 

Semifinals

#1 Memphis 83  #4 Central Florida 52

#6 Marshall 73  #2 Southern Mississippi 62

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Memphis (25-8) vs. #6 Marshall (21-12)

 

At-Large: Memphis

Upper Bubble: None

Lower Bubble: Southern Miss

 

 

Central Florida will be placed in the lower bubble with a win today against the top seed in the conference tournament.  Should Central Florida and Marshall meet in tomorrow’s championship game, the bubble will burst for somebody else.

 

Horizon League

Opening Round

#4 Milwaukee 68  #9 Illinois-Chi. 55

#5 Butler 70  #8 Wright St. 52

#3 Detroit 80  #10 Loyola (Chi) 71

#6 Youngstown 77  #7 Green Bay 60

 

Quarterfinals

#5 Butler 71 #4 Milwaukee 49

#3 Detroit 93 #6 Youngstown St. 76

 

Semifinals

#1 Valparaiso 65  #5 Butler 46

#3 Detroit 63  #2 Cleveland St. 58

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#3 Detroit 70  #1 Valparaiso 50

 

Automatic Bid – DETROIT 22-13

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – None

 

This is a one-bid league.  Neither Valpo, Cleveland State nor Butler will  earn at-large bids.

 

M A A C

Preliminary Round

#8 Marist 64 #9 St. Peter’s 57

#7 Niagara 80 #10 Canisius 70

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Iona 87  #8 Marist 63

#4 Fairfield 65  #5 Rider 63

#2 Loyola (MD) 86  #7 Niagara 73

#6 Siena 84  #3 Manhattan 82

 

Semifinals

#4 Fairfield 85  #1 Iona 75

#2 Loyola (MD) 70  #6 Siena 60

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Loyola (MD) 48  #4 Fairfield 44

 

Automatic Bid – LOYOLA (MD) 24-8

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – None

 

This is a one-bid league.  Iona played their way out of the Big Dance and into the NIT.

 

M A C

Opening Round

#12 Northern Illinois 55  #5 Eastern Michigan 52  

#8 Western Michigan 69  #9 Ball St. 63

#7 Toledo 60  #10 (Miami (O) 53

#11 Central Michigan 54  #6 Bowling Green 53  

 

2nd Round

#8 Western Michigan 71  #12 Northern Illinois 54

#7 Toledo 75  #11 Central Michigan 72

 

Quarterfinals

#4 Kent St. 76  #8 Western Michigan 72

#3 Ohio 65  #7 Toledo 57

 

Semifinals

#1 Akron 78  #4 Kent St. 74

#3 Ohio 77  #2  Buffalo 74

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Akron (22-10) vs. #3 Ohio (25-7)

 

Akron is now #52 in the RPI and Ohio is #60.  The loser of this game will fall a few spots, but they should have a small chance of getting in as one of the last four in.  That small chance is close to a slim and none chance.

 

M E A C

Opening Round

#8 Hampton 69 #9 Morgan St. 65

#5 North Carolina Central 60 #12 Md. Eastern Shore 43

#4 Bethune-Cookman 62 #13 South Carolina St. 53

#11 Florida A& M 74  #6 Coppin St. 72

#10 Howard 51  #7 North Carolina A&T 50

 

Quarterfinals

#8 Hampton 59  #1 Savannah St. 46

#4 Bethune-Cookman 60  #5 North Carolina Central 59

#2 Norfolk St. 71 #7 Howard 61

#11 Florida A&M 65  #3 Delaware St. 55  

 

Semfinals

#4 Bethune-Cookman 81  #8 Hampton 72

#2 Norfolk St. 58  #11 Florida A&M 46

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Norfolk St. (24-9) vs. #4 Bethune-Cookman (18-16)

 

This is a one-bid league.  With Savannah State suffering an early exit, only Norfolk State can possibly avoid a trip to Dayton for the first round.

 

Missouri Valley

Opening Round

#8 Indiana St. 66  #9 Southern Illinois 51

#7 Drake 65  #10 Bradley 49

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Wichita St. 72 #8 Indiana St. 48

#4 Illinois St. 54 #5 Northern Iowa 42

#2 Creighton 68 vs. #7 Drake 61

#3 Evansville 72 vs. #6 Missouri St. 64

 

Semifinals

#4 Illinois St. 65  #1 Wichita St. 64

#2 Creighton 99  #3 Evansville 71

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Creighton 83  #4 Illinois St. 79 OT

 

Automatic Bid – Creighton 27-5

At-Large – Wichita St. 27-5

Bubble – None

 

Mountain West

Quarterfinals

#1 San Diego St. 65  #8 Boise St. 62

#4 Colorado St. 81  #5 T C U 60

#2 New Mexico 79  #7 Air Force 64

#3 U N L V 56  #6 Wyoming 48

 

Semifinals

#1 San Diego St. 79  #4 Colorado St. 69

#2 New Mexico 72  #3 U N L V 67

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 San Diego St. (26-6) vs. #2 New Mexico (26-6)

 

At-Large: San Diego St., UNLV, New Mexico

Upper Bubble: Colorado St.

Lower Bubble: None

 

Anything other than four bids would be disappointing and even ridiculous.  Colorado State’s RPI is #24, and the Rams are tournament-worthy.

 

Northeast

Quarterfinals

#1 Long Island 80  #8 Sacred Heart 68

#5 Quinnipiac 80  #4 St. Francis (NY) 72

#3 Robert Morris 87  #6 Monmouth 68

#2 Wagner 87  #7 Central Conn. St. 77

 

Semifinals

#1 Long Island 78 #5 Quinnipiac 75

#3 Robert Morris 71  #2 Wagner 64

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Long Island 90  #3 Robert Morris 73

 

Automatic Bid: LONG ISLAND 25-8

At-Large: None

Bubble: None

 

Wagner’s slim chances for getting in as a wildcard team went bye-bye with their semifinal loss to RMU.

 

LIU enters the Big Dance winning 20 of their last 22 games.

 

Ohio Valley

Opening Round

#5 Southeast Missouri 75  #8 E. Kentucky 65

#7 Jacksonville St. 75  #6 Austin Peay 70

 

Quarterfinals

#4 Tennessee Tech 77 #5 Southeast Missouri 73

#3 Morehead St. 68  #7 Jacksonville St. 54

 

Semifinals

#1 Murray St. 78  #4 Tennessee Tech 58

#2 Tennessee St. 59 #3 Morehead St. 52

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Murray St. 54  #2 Tennessee St. 52

 

Automatic Bid – Murray St. 30-1

At-Large – None

Bubble – None

 

Murray State should receive a #4 or #5 seed, a #6 at worst.

 

Pac-12

Opening Round

#9 Oregon St. 69  #8 Washington St. 64

#5 U C L A 55  #12 U S C 40

#7 Stanford 85  #10 Arizona St. 65

#6 Colorado 53  #11 Utah 41

 

Quarterfinals

#9 Oregon State 86  #1 Washington 84

#4 Arizona 66  #5 U C L A 58

#2 California 77  #7 Stanford 71

#6 Colorado 63  #3 Oregon 62  

 

Semifinals

#4 Arizona 72  #9 Oregon St. 61

#6 Colorado 70  #2 California 59

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#4 Arizona (23-10) vs. #6 Colorado (22-11)

 

At-Large:

Upper Bubble: California

Lower Bubble: Colorado, Washington, Arizona, Oregon

 

The only sure thing is that today’s championship game winner will get an automatic bid.  California’s RPI is #36, and that should be enough to get a bid, but stranger things have happened before.  We cannot call them a lock for an at-large bid.

 

The RPIs for the other four teams are iffy.  Oregon is #66; Washington is #68, Colorado is #70, and Arizona is #76.  Today’s loser will stay in the 70’s, which is the lowest range possible for an at-large bid.

 

Colorado’s defense has been swarming in the first three games, and the Buffaloes have not played this type of defense since the 1960’s.  CU is our bet to cut down the nets Saturday.

 

Patriot League

Quarterfinals

#1 Bucknell 87  #8 Navy 63

#5 Lafayette 84  #4 Holy Cross 76

#2 Lehigh 70 #7 Colgate 57

#3 American 57  #6 Army 40

 

Semifinals

#1 Bucknell 79 #5 Lafayette 52

#2 Lehigh 85 #3 American 66

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 Lehigh 82  #1 Bucknell 77  

 

Automatic Bid: LEHIGH 26-7

At-Large: None

Bubble: None

 

The Mountain Hawks search for the first NCAA Tournament win in their fifth trip to the Big Dance, and they have the one-two punch in C J McCollum and Gabe Knutson.  Lehigh lost at Michigan State by just nine points earlier in the year, and they enter the NCAA Tournament having won eight games in a row and 12 of 13.

 

Southern

Opening Round

#5N Appalachian St. 93  #4S College of Charleston 81

#3N Western Carolina 68  #6S Citadel 56

#5S Furman 75  #4N Samford 66

#3S Georgia Southern 76  #6N Chattanooga 70

 

Quarterfinals

#1N UNC-Greensboro 65  #5N Appalachian St. 55

#3N Western Carolina 82 #2S Wofford 59

#1S Davidson 73  #5S Furman 54

#2N Elon 65  #3S Georgia Southern 58

 

Semifinals

#3N Western Carolina 82  #1N UNC-Greensboro 77

#1S Davidson 83  #2N Elon 67

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1S Davidson  93 #1N UNC-Greensboro 91

 

Automatic Bid – DAVIDSON 25-7

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – None

 

 

Davidson might not have earned a ticket as an at-large team.  Tell that to Kansas coach Bill Self, and he would say you were crazy.

 

S E C

Opening Round

#8 L S U 70  #9 Arkansas 54

#5 Alabama 63  #12 South Carolina 57

#7 Ole Miss 68  #10 Auburn 54

#11 Georgia 71  #6 Mississippi St. 61 

 

Quarterfinals

#1 Kentucky 60  #8 L S U 51

#4 Florida 66  #5 Alabama 63

#7 Ole Miss 77  #2 Tennessee 72 OT

#3 Vanderbilt 63  #11 Georgia 41

 

Semifinals

#1 Kentucky (31-1) vs. #4 Florida (23-9)

#3 Vanderbilt (22-10) vs. #7 Ole Miss (20-12)

 

At-Large: Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt

Upper Bubble: Alabama

Lower Bubble: Ole Miss, Mississippi St.

 

Ole Miss is the hot team that could surprise and make it to the championship game on Sunday.  The Rebels would move to the upper bubble with a win today over an inconsistent Vanderbilt team.

 

Florida does not match up well with Kentucky.  If the Gators pull off the big upset, it will be because the Wildcats did not show up to play for a second consecutive day.

 

Tennessee is now NIT-bound, and Mississippi State is probably headed that way as well.  We cannot see the committee taking the Bulldogs if they do not take their rival Rebels as well.

 

Southland

Quarterfinals

#1 UT-Arlington 96  #8 Nicholls St. 48

#4 McNeese St. 78  #5 TX-San Antonio 74 OT

#2 Stephen F Austin 68  #7 Sam Houston 46

#3 Lamar 76  #6 Northwestern State (LA) 69

 

Semifinals

#4 McNeese St. 92  #1 UT-Arlington 72  

#3 Lamar 55  #2 Stephen F Austin 44  

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#3 Lamar (22-11) vs. #4 McNeese St. (17-14)

 

At-Large: None

Upper Bubble: None

Lower Bubble: None

 

The top two seeds fell in the semifinals, and now the Southland champion may be looking to make reservations in Dayton.

 

S W A C

Quarterfinals

#1 Mississippi Valley St. 63  #8 Jackson St. 60

#5 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 60  #4 Alabama St. 56  

#2 Texas Southern 75  #7 Alabama A&M 62

#6 Alcorn St. 103  #3 Prairie View 79

 

Semifinals

#1 Mississippi Valley St. 71  #5 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 64

#2 Texas Southern 60  #6 Alcorn St. 55

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Mississippi Valley St. (20-12) vs. #2 Texas Southern (15-17)

 

At-Large: None

Upper Bubble: None

Lower Bubble: None

 

Today’s championship game winner will be headed to Dayton for the opening round.  At least, the top two seeds advanced to the finals, and it gives the SWAC a fighting chance to compete in the “play-in.”

 

Summit League

Quarterfinals

#1 Oral Roberts 71  #8 I P F W 67

#4 Western Illinois 58  #5 North Dakota St. 53

#2 South Dakota St. 77  I U P U I 56

#6 Southern Utah 84  #3 Oakland 82

 

Semifinals

#4 Western Illinois 54  #1 Oral Roberts 53

#2 South Dakota St. 63  #6 Southern Utah 47

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 South Dakota St. 52  #4 Western Illinois 50

Automatic Bid – SOUTH DAKOTA ST. 27-7

At-Large Teams –None

Bubble – Oral Roberts

               

Had South Dakota St. and Oral Roberts advanced to the Championship Game, and Oral Roberts’ lost instead of losing to WIU in the semis, ORU would be on the at-large line and not the bubble.  With an RPI of 55, the Golden Eagles are in a precarious position. 

 

Sunbelt

Opening Round

#6 South Alabama 87  #11 Troy 81

#7 Western Kentucky 67 #10 Florida Int’l 63

#9 Arkansas St. 70 #8 Florida Atlantic 55

 

Quarterfinals

#9 Arkansas St. 64  #1 Middle Tennessee 61

#5 North Texas 65  #4 Louisiana-Lafayette 62

#7 Western Kentucky 68  #2 U A L R  63 

#3 Denver 61  #6 South Alabama 50

 

Semifinals

#5 North Texas 76  #9 Arkansas St. 72

#7 Western Kentucky 67  #3 Denver 63

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#7 Western Kentucky 74  #3 Denver 70

 

Automatic Bid –WESTERN KENTUCKY 15-18

At-Large Teams – None

Bubble – Middle Tennessee

 

This is probably a one-bid league. The top two seeds lost in their first games in this unique tournament played in two separate gyms in the same building.  Middle Tennessee may still be on the bubble with an RPI of 65, but they are more than likely headed to the NIT.  Western Kentucky will be headed to the first round in Dayton.  However, their 15-18 record is very misleading.  The Hilltoppers were supposed to contend for the regular season championship; however, major dissension led to a poor start and a dismissal of head coach Ken McDonald.  Since Ray Harper assumed command, WKU has sported a 10-7 record, and a 7-4 finish.  This team cannot be overlooked in Dayton and could very well advance to the second round.

 

W A C

Quarterfinals

#1 Nevada 54  #8 San Jose St. 44

#5 Louisiana Tech 72  #4 Utah St. 70

#2 New Mexico St. 65  #7 Fresno St. 49

#6 Hawaii 72  #3 Idaho 70

 

Semifinals

#1 Nevada (26-5) vs. #5 Louisiana Tech (17-15)

#2 New Mexico St. (24-9) vs. #6 Hawaii (16-15)

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 New Mexico St. (25-9) vs. #5 Louisiana Tech (18-15)

 

At-Large: None

Upper Bubble: None

Lower Bubble: Nevada.

 

Nevada fell to #63 in the RPI, and the Wolfpack are on the cusp of falling off the bubble.  New Mexico State is at #69, so their chances to get in as an at-large if they lose today are nil.

 

West Coast

Opening Round

#8 Portland 74 #9 Santa Clara 70

 

2nd Round

#5 San Francisco 87  #8 Portland 66

#6 San Diego 76  #7 Pepperdine 54

 

Quarterfinals

#5 San Francisco 67  #4 Loyola Marymount 60

#3 B Y U 73 vs. #6 San Diego 68

 

Semifinals

#1 Saint Mary’s 83  #5 San Francisco 78

#2 Gonzaga 77  #3 B Y U 58

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

#1 Saint Mary’s 78  #2 Gonzaga 74 OT

 

Automatic Bid – SAINT MARY’S 26-5

At-Large Teams – Gonzaga

Bubble – B Y U

 

This has the look of a three-bid league, with the two behemoths and BYU all headed to the Big Dance.  Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga are now the true powers of the West.  If you remember UCLA versus USC or Oregon State in the 1970’s and 1980’s, this is what this rivalry has become.  Both teams could easily advance to the Elite 8.

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