The Pi-Rate Ratings

March 8, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Basketball–Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Tuesday’s Conference Tournaments
Atlantic Coast Conference–1st Round
Brooklyn
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Boston CollegePittsburgh2.6
ClemsonNorth Carolina St.5.0
LouisvilleGeorgia Tech1.8
Atlantic Sun Conference–CHAMPIONSHIP
Higher Seed at Home
HomeVisitorSpread
BellarmineJacksonville6.2
Big West Conference–1st Round
Henderson, NV
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Cal St. NorthridgeCal St. Bakersfield-4.6
UC DavisCal Poly6.2
Colonial Athletic Association–CHAMPIONSHIP
Washington, D.C.
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
DelawareUNC Wilmington2.5
Conference USA–1st Round
Frisco, TX
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Florida Intl.Marshall-2.5
UTSASouthern Miss.2.9
Horizon League–CHAMPIONSHIP
Indianapolis
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Northern KentuckyWright St.-1.2
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference–1st Round
Atlantic City, NJ
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
ManhattanRider-0.5
FairfieldCanisius1.9
MaristQuinnipiac2.6
Northeast Conference–CHAMPIONSHIP
Higher Seed at Home
HomeVisitorSpread
BryantWagner-2.5
Summit League–CHAMPIONSHIP
Sioux Falls, SD
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
South Dakota St.North Dakota St.6.7
West Coast Conference–CHAMPIONSHIP
Las Vegas
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
GonzagaSaint Mary’s11.1
Western Athletic Conference–Opening Round
Las Vegas
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
California BaptistUT Rio Grande Valley6.6
Utah ValleyChicago St.14.7

Dance Tickets Punched
1Murray St.Ohio Valley27-2
2LongwoodBig South26-6
3Loyola (Chi.)Missouri Valley25-7
4ChattanoogaSouthern27-7
5Georgia St.Sun Belt18-10

March 7, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Basketball–Monday, March 7, 2022

Monday’s Conference Tournaments
Colonial Athletic Association–Semifinals
Charlotte
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
TowsonDelaware6.5
UNC WilmingtonCharleston-2.0
Horizon League–Semifinals
Indianapolis
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Cleveland St.Wright St.-0.1
Purdue Ft. WayneNorthern Kentucky-1.2
Southern Conference–CHAMPIONSHIP
Asheville, NC
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
ChattanoogaFurman-0.2
Summit League–Semifinals
Sioux Falls, SD
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
South Dakota St.South Dakota8.9
North Dakota St.Oral Roberts-1.2
Sun Belt Conference–CHAMPIONSHIP
Pensacola, FL
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Georgia St.Louisiana1.7
West Coast Conference–Semifinals
Las Vegas
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
GonzagaSan Francisco11.7
Saint Mary’sSanta Clara5.4

Dance Tickets Punched

1Murray St.Ohio Valley27-2
2LongwoodBig South26-6
3Loyola (Chi.)Missouri Valley25-7

Monday’s PiRate Ratings

#TeamPiRateConference
1Gonzaga124.6West Coast
2Arizona120.8Pac-12
3Kentucky119.4Southeastern
4Baylor119.2Big 12
5Auburn118.4Southeastern
6Duke118.1Atlantic Coast
7Houston118.1American Athletic
8Kansas118.0Big 12
9UCLA117.7Pac-12
10Purdue117.3Big Ten
11Tennessee117.2Southeastern
12Villanova117.1Big East
13Texas Tech116.9Big 12
14Iowa116.6Big Ten
15Illinois115.5Big Ten
16LSU114.9Southeastern
17Texas114.6Big 12
18Arkansas114.5Southeastern
19Connecticut114.1Big East
20Alabama113.6Southeastern
21Saint Mary’s113.3West Coast
22San Francisco112.9West Coast
23Memphis112.7American Athletic
24Ohio St.112.7Big Ten
25Michigan112.6Big Ten
26Seton Hall112.2Big East
27North Carolina112.2Atlantic Coast
28Loyola Chicago112.0Missouri Valley
29Virginia Tech111.8Atlantic Coast
30Wisconsin111.8Big Ten
31San Diego St.111.7Mountain West
32Wake Forest111.7Atlantic Coast
33Michigan St.111.5Big Ten
34USC111.4Pac-12
35Indiana111.3Big Ten
36Oklahoma St.111.3Big 12
37Providence111.2Big East
38Oklahoma111.0Big 12
39Xavier110.9Big East
40Marquette110.9Big East
41Murray St.110.6Ohio Valley
42Boise St.110.6Mountain West
43Florida110.5Southeastern
44Colorado St.110.4Mountain West
45TCU110.2Big 12
46UAB110.1Conference USA
47Notre Dame110.1Atlantic Coast
48Mississippi St.109.9Southeastern
49Washington St.109.9Pac-12
50Iowa St.109.9Big 12
51SMU109.6American Athletic
52St. John’s109.6Big East
53BYU109.3West Coast
54Dayton109.2Atlantic 10
55VCU109.2Atlantic 10
56Davidson109.2Atlantic 10
57Miami FL109.2Atlantic Coast
58Utah St.109.2Mountain West
59Texas A&M109.1Southeastern
60Saint Louis109.0Atlantic 10
61Oregon108.8Pac-12
62West Virginia108.7Big 12
63Kansas St.108.7Big 12
64Northwestern108.7Big Ten
65Toledo108.5Mid-American
66Rutgers108.4Big Ten
67Maryland108.3Big Ten
68Creighton108.3Big East
69Missouri St.108.2Missouri Valley
70North Texas108.2Conference USA
71Colorado108.2Pac-12
72Virginia108.1Atlantic Coast
73Vermont108.1America East
74Wyoming108.1Mountain West
75Clemson107.9Atlantic Coast
76Santa Clara107.9West Coast
77South Dakota St.107.8Summit
78Vanderbilt107.6Southeastern
79Penn St.107.4Big Ten
80Belmont107.4Ohio Valley
81St. Bonaventure107.3Atlantic 10
82Syracuse107.3Atlantic Coast
83Fresno St.107.3Mountain West
84Towson107.2Colonial Athletic
85Furman107.2Southern
86Chattanooga107.0Southern
87Wichita St.106.8American Athletic
88Drake106.6Missouri Valley
89Florida St.106.5Atlantic Coast
90Arizona St.106.5Pac-12
91Richmond106.5Atlantic 10
92South Carolina106.2Southeastern
93UNLV106.1Mountain West
94DePaul106.1Big East
95Iona106.0Metro Atlantic
96New Mexico St.105.8Western Athletic
97UCF105.8American Athletic
98Cincinnati105.7American Athletic
99Northern Iowa105.6Missouri Valley
100Mississippi105.6Southeastern
101Tulane105.3American Athletic
102Grand Canyon105.3Western Athletic
103Bradley105.2Missouri Valley
104Louisiana Tech105.1Conference USA
105Minnesota104.9Big Ten
106Stanford104.7Pac-12
107Princeton104.3Ivy League
108Utah104.1Pac-12
109Buffalo104.0Mid-American
110Western Kentucky103.9Conference USA
111Middle Tennessee103.8Conference USA
112Ohio103.8Mid-American
113Washington103.6Pac-12
114Nevada103.6Mountain West
115Colgate103.5Patriot League
116George Mason103.5Atlantic 10
117Temple103.3American Athletic
118UC Irvine103.3Big West
119Louisville103.2Atlantic Coast
120Stephen F. Austin103.2Western Athletic
121Wofford103.2Southern
122Butler103.0Big East
123N.C. State102.9Atlantic Coast
124Rhode Island102.8Atlantic 10
125Utah Valley102.8Western Athletic
126Liberty102.7Atlantic Sun
127Hofstra102.7Colonial Athletic
128Morehead St.102.7Ohio Valley
129Nebraska102.6Big Ten
130Southern Illinois102.5Missouri Valley
131Wagner102.5Northeast
132Florida Atlantic102.5Conference USA
133UC Santa Barbara102.5Big West
134California102.4Pac-12
135Kent St.102.3Mid-American
136Saint Peter’s102.0Metro Atlantic
137Seattle102.0Western Athletic
138Abilene Christian102.0Western Athletic
139Georgia Tech101.8Atlantic Coast
140Oral Roberts101.8Summit
141South Alabama101.8Sun Belt
142Boston College101.7Atlantic Coast
143Jacksonville St.101.6Atlantic Sun
144Akron101.6Mid-American
145Missouri101.6Southeastern
146Yale101.5Ivy League
147Texas St.101.5Sun Belt
148Montana St.101.3Big Sky
149Longwood101.2Big South
150Georgia St.101.2Sun Belt
151Charleston101.1Colonial Athletic
152Southern Utah101.0Big Sky
153Tulsa100.9American Athletic
154Appalachian St.100.8Sun Belt
155Coastal Carolina100.8Sun Belt
156Drexel100.8Colonial Athletic
157Delaware100.7Colonial Athletic
158Monmouth100.7Metro Atlantic
159North Dakota St.100.6Summit
160Hawaii100.5Big West
161Sam Houston St.100.5Western Athletic
162Saint Joseph’s100.4Atlantic 10
163Weber St.100.4Big Sky
164Georgetown100.3Big East
165Winthrop100.1Big South
166New Mexico100.1Mountain West
167UC Riverside100.0Big West
168VMI99.9Southern
169UTEP99.9Conference USA
170Oakland99.9Horizon
171Old Dominion99.9Conference USA
172Jacksonville99.8Atlantic Sun
173Navy99.8Patriot League
174Long Beach St.99.8Big West
175Wright St.99.8Horizon
176Cleveland St.99.7Horizon
177Pittsburgh99.7Atlantic Coast
178Cal St. Fullerton99.6Big West
179UNC Greensboro99.6Southern
180Norfolk St.99.5Mideastern Athletic
181East Carolina99.5American Athletic
182Louisiana99.5Sun Belt
183Portland99.3West Coast
184Charlotte99.2Conference USA
185Gardner Webb99.2Big South
186UNC Wilmington99.1Colonial Athletic
187East Tennessee St.99.1Southern
188Massachusetts99.1Atlantic 10
189Loyola Marymount99.0West Coast
190Arkansas St.98.9Sun Belt
191South Dakota98.9Summit
192Fordham98.9Atlantic 10
193Illinois St.98.8Missouri Valley
194Troy98.7Sun Belt
195Northern Kentucky98.7Horizon
196Bryant98.6Northeast
197Valparaiso98.6Missouri Valley
198Bellarmine98.5Atlantic Sun
199Georgia98.5Southeastern
200Mercer98.5Southern
201Niagara98.5Metro Atlantic
202Cornell98.5Ivy League
203Florida Gulf Coast98.4Atlantic Sun
204Marist98.3Metro Atlantic
205Northern Colorado98.3Big Sky
206Boston University98.3Patriot League
207Nicholls St.98.2Southland
208Samford98.2Southern
209UMKC98.1Summit
210Cal Baptist98.1Western Athletic
211Texas Southern98.0Southwestern Athletic
212Oregon St.98.0Pac-12
213Dartmouth97.9Ivy League
214Penn97.9Ivy League
215Brown97.8Ivy League
216Eastern Washington97.7Big Sky
217San Diego97.7West Coast
218Purdue Fort Wayne97.5Horizon
219UC Davis97.5Big West
220Rice97.5Conference USA
221James Madison97.4Colonial Athletic
222Campbell97.3Big South
223Fairfield97.3Metro Atlantic
224Tarleton St.97.3Western Athletic
225UT Arlington97.2Sun Belt
226Detroit Mercy97.2Horizon
227Southern97.2Southwestern Athletic
228Montana97.1Big Sky
229UNC Asheville97.1Big South
230Harvard96.9Ivy League
231Kennesaw St.96.9Atlantic Sun
232Indiana St.96.8Missouri Valley
233George Washington96.8Atlantic 10
234La Salle96.7Atlantic 10
235Marshall96.4Conference USA
236New Hampshire96.4America East
237UMBC96.2America East
238LIU96.2Northeast
239UMass Lowell96.1America East
240Western Illinois96.0Summit
241Howard95.9Mideastern Athletic
242Mount St. Mary’s95.9Northeast
243Stony Brook95.9America East
244Miami OH95.9Mid-American
245South Florida95.7American Athletic
246Northeastern95.7Colonial Athletic
247Siena95.6Metro Atlantic
248Eastern Kentucky95.4Atlantic Sun
249Rider95.4Metro Atlantic
250The Citadel95.3Southern
251Georgia Southern95.3Sun Belt
252Youngstown St.95.1Horizon
253Portland St.95.0Big Sky
254High Point94.9Big South
255FIU94.9Conference USA
256Elon94.9Colonial Athletic
257Quinnipiac94.9Metro Atlantic
258Canisius94.8Metro Atlantic
259Ball St.94.8Mid-American
260Southeast Missouri St.94.8Ohio Valley
261Tennessee Tech94.7Ohio Valley
262Air Force94.5Mountain West
263Loyola MD94.4Patriot League
264North Florida94.4Atlantic Sun
265New Orleans94.4Southland
266Louisiana Monroe94.4Sun Belt
267Manhattan94.3Metro Atlantic
268UC San Diego94.3Big West
269Hartford94.3America East
270Cal St. Bakersfield94.2Big West
271Texas A&M Corpus Chris94.2Southland
272Bowling Green94.2Mid-American
273Lipscomb94.0Atlantic Sun
274Tennessee St.94.0Ohio Valley
275Alcorn St.93.9Southwestern Athletic
276Presbyterian93.8Big South
277Illinois Chicago93.8Horizon
278Duquesne93.8Atlantic 10
279Pepperdine93.7West Coast
280Binghamton93.4America East
281Pacific93.4West Coast
282Albany93.4America East
283Jackson St.93.3Southwestern Athletic
284Merrimack93.2Northeast
285Radford93.1Big South
286Dixie St.92.9Western Athletic
287Southeastern Louisiana92.8Southland
288Army92.8Patriot League
289Prairie View A&M92.7Southwestern Athletic
290USC Upstate92.7Big South
291Austin Peay92.5Ohio Valley
292North Carolina Central92.5Mideastern Athletic
293North Carolina A&T92.3Big South
294Northern Illinois92.2Mid-American
295Stetson92.1Atlantic Sun
296Morgan St.92.1Mideastern Athletic
297San Jose St.92.1Mountain West
298Lehigh92.0Patriot League
299SIU Edwardsville91.9Ohio Valley
300Cal Poly91.8Big West
301Denver91.8Summit
302Western Carolina91.7Southern
303Sacramento St.91.5Big Sky
304North Alabama91.4Atlantic Sun
305UTSA91.4Conference USA
306St. Thomas91.2Summit
307UT Rio Grande Valley91.1Western Athletic
308Florida A&M91.0Southwestern Athletic
309Sacred Heart90.9Northeast
310Eastern Michigan90.9Mid-American
311Grambling St.90.8Southwestern Athletic
312Evansville90.8Missouri Valley
313Robert Morris90.8Horizon
314Tennessee Martin90.7Ohio Valley
315Coppin St.90.7Mideastern Athletic
316Maryland Eastern Shore90.7Mideastern Athletic
317Lafayette90.6Patriot League
318St. Francis PA90.6Northeast
319St. Francis NY90.5Northeast
320McNeese St.90.5Southland
321Central Michigan90.5Mid-American
322Little Rock90.3Sun Belt
323Western Michigan89.9Mid-American
324Idaho89.7Big Sky
325Cal St. Northridge89.6Big West
326South Carolina St.89.6Mideastern Athletic
327Central Arkansas89.6Atlantic Sun
328Milwaukee89.5Horizon
329American89.5Patriot League
330Idaho St.89.4Big Sky
331Alabama St.89.3Southwestern Athletic
332Hampton89.2Big South
333Northern Arizona89.1Big Sky
334Alabama A&M89.1Southwestern Athletic
335Bucknell88.8Patriot League
336Southern Miss88.7Conference USA
337Northwestern St.88.7Southland
338NJIT88.6America East
339Green Bay88.6Horizon
340Bethune Cookman88.2Southwestern Athletic
341William & Mary88.0Colonial Athletic
342Houston Baptist87.5Southland
343Holy Cross87.1Patriot League
344Central Connecticut86.9Northeast
345Chicago St.86.8Western Athletic
346North Dakota86.7Summit
347Lamar86.7Western Athletic
348Fairleigh Dickinson86.5Northeast
349Nebraska Omaha86.4Summit
350Maine85.7America East
351Charleston Southern85.7Big South
352Columbia85.5Ivy League
353Incarnate Word85.3Southland
354Arkansas Pine Bluff84.0Southwestern Athletic
355Eastern Illinois82.7Ohio Valley
356Delaware St.81.6Mideastern Athletic
357Mississippi Valley St.81.2Southwestern Athletic
358IUPUI80.4Horizon

Alphabetical

#TeamPiRateConference
138Abilene Christian102.0Western Athletic
262Air Force94.5Mountain West
144Akron101.6Mid-American
20Alabama113.6Southeastern
334Alabama A&M89.1Southwestern Athletic
331Alabama St.89.3Southwestern Athletic
282Albany93.4America East
275Alcorn St.93.9Southwestern Athletic
329American89.5Patriot League
154Appalachian St.100.8Sun Belt
2Arizona120.8Pac-12
90Arizona St.106.5Pac-12
18Arkansas114.5Southeastern
354Arkansas Pine Bluff84.0Southwestern Athletic
190Arkansas St.98.9Sun Belt
288Army92.8Patriot League
5Auburn118.4Southeastern
291Austin Peay92.5Ohio Valley
259Ball St.94.8Mid-American
4Baylor119.2Big 12
198Bellarmine98.5Atlantic Sun
80Belmont107.4Ohio Valley
340Bethune Cookman88.2Southwestern Athletic
280Binghamton93.4America East
42Boise St.110.6Mountain West
142Boston College101.7Atlantic Coast
206Boston University98.3Patriot League
272Bowling Green94.2Mid-American
103Bradley105.2Missouri Valley
215Brown97.8Ivy League
196Bryant98.6Northeast
335Bucknell88.8Patriot League
109Buffalo104.0Mid-American
122Butler103.0Big East
53BYU109.3West Coast
210Cal Baptist98.1Western Athletic
300Cal Poly91.8Big West
270Cal St. Bakersfield94.2Big West
178Cal St. Fullerton99.6Big West
325Cal St. Northridge89.6Big West
134California102.4Pac-12
222Campbell97.3Big South
258Canisius94.8Metro Atlantic
327Central Arkansas89.6Atlantic Sun
344Central Connecticut86.9Northeast
321Central Michigan90.5Mid-American
151Charleston101.1Colonial Athletic
351Charleston Southern85.7Big South
184Charlotte99.2Conference USA
86Chattanooga107.0Southern
345Chicago St.86.8Western Athletic
98Cincinnati105.7American Athletic
75Clemson107.9Atlantic Coast
176Cleveland St.99.7Horizon
155Coastal Carolina100.8Sun Belt
115Colgate103.5Patriot League
71Colorado108.2Pac-12
44Colorado St.110.4Mountain West
352Columbia85.5Ivy League
19Connecticut114.1Big East
315Coppin St.90.7Mideastern Athletic
202Cornell98.5Ivy League
68Creighton108.3Big East
213Dartmouth97.9Ivy League
56Davidson109.2Atlantic 10
54Dayton109.2Atlantic 10
157Delaware100.7Colonial Athletic
356Delaware St.81.6Mideastern Athletic
301Denver91.8Summit
94DePaul106.1Big East
226Detroit Mercy97.2Horizon
286Dixie St.92.9Western Athletic
88Drake106.6Missouri Valley
156Drexel100.8Colonial Athletic
6Duke118.1Atlantic Coast
278Duquesne93.8Atlantic 10
181East Carolina99.5American Athletic
187East Tennessee St.99.1Southern
355Eastern Illinois82.7Ohio Valley
248Eastern Kentucky95.4Atlantic Sun
310Eastern Michigan90.9Mid-American
216Eastern Washington97.7Big Sky
256Elon94.9Colonial Athletic
312Evansville90.8Missouri Valley
223Fairfield97.3Metro Atlantic
348Fairleigh Dickinson86.5Northeast
255FIU94.9Conference USA
43Florida110.5Southeastern
308Florida A&M91.0Southwestern Athletic
132Florida Atlantic102.5Conference USA
203Florida Gulf Coast98.4Atlantic Sun
89Florida St.106.5Atlantic Coast
192Fordham98.9Atlantic 10
83Fresno St.107.3Mountain West
85Furman107.2Southern
185Gardner Webb99.2Big South
116George Mason103.5Atlantic 10
233George Washington96.8Atlantic 10
164Georgetown100.3Big East
199Georgia98.5Southeastern
251Georgia Southern95.3Sun Belt
150Georgia St.101.2Sun Belt
139Georgia Tech101.8Atlantic Coast
1Gonzaga124.6West Coast
311Grambling St.90.8Southwestern Athletic
102Grand Canyon105.3Western Athletic
339Green Bay88.6Horizon
332Hampton89.2Big South
269Hartford94.3America East
230Harvard96.9Ivy League
160Hawaii100.5Big West
254High Point94.9Big South
127Hofstra102.7Colonial Athletic
343Holy Cross87.1Patriot League
7Houston118.1American Athletic
342Houston Baptist87.5Southland
241Howard95.9Mideastern Athletic
324Idaho89.7Big Sky
330Idaho St.89.4Big Sky
15Illinois115.5Big Ten
277Illinois Chicago93.8Horizon
193Illinois St.98.8Missouri Valley
353Incarnate Word85.3Southland
35Indiana111.3Big Ten
232Indiana St.96.8Missouri Valley
95Iona106.0Metro Atlantic
14Iowa116.6Big Ten
50Iowa St.109.9Big 12
358IUPUI80.4Horizon
283Jackson St.93.3Southwestern Athletic
172Jacksonville99.8Atlantic Sun
143Jacksonville St.101.6Atlantic Sun
221James Madison97.4Colonial Athletic
8Kansas118.0Big 12
63Kansas St.108.7Big 12
231Kennesaw St.96.9Atlantic Sun
135Kent St.102.3Mid-American
3Kentucky119.4Southeastern
234La Salle96.7Atlantic 10
317Lafayette90.6Patriot League
347Lamar86.7Western Athletic
298Lehigh92.0Patriot League
126Liberty102.7Atlantic Sun
273Lipscomb94.0Atlantic Sun
322Little Rock90.3Sun Belt
238LIU96.2Northeast
174Long Beach St.99.8Big West
149Longwood101.2Big South
182Louisiana99.5Sun Belt
266Louisiana Monroe94.4Sun Belt
104Louisiana Tech105.1Conference USA
119Louisville103.2Atlantic Coast
28Loyola Chicago112.0Missouri Valley
189Loyola Marymount99.0West Coast
263Loyola MD94.4Patriot League
16LSU114.9Southeastern
350Maine85.7America East
267Manhattan94.3Metro Atlantic
204Marist98.3Metro Atlantic
40Marquette110.9Big East
235Marshall96.4Conference USA
67Maryland108.3Big Ten
316Maryland Eastern Shore90.7Mideastern Athletic
188Massachusetts99.1Atlantic 10
320McNeese St.90.5Southland
23Memphis112.7American Athletic
200Mercer98.5Southern
284Merrimack93.2Northeast
57Miami FL109.2Atlantic Coast
244Miami OH95.9Mid-American
25Michigan112.6Big Ten
33Michigan St.111.5Big Ten
111Middle Tennessee103.8Conference USA
328Milwaukee89.5Horizon
105Minnesota104.9Big Ten
100Mississippi105.6Southeastern
48Mississippi St.109.9Southeastern
357Mississippi Valley St.81.2Southwestern Athletic
145Missouri101.6Southeastern
69Missouri St.108.2Missouri Valley
158Monmouth100.7Metro Atlantic
228Montana97.1Big Sky
148Montana St.101.3Big Sky
128Morehead St.102.7Ohio Valley
296Morgan St.92.1Mideastern Athletic
242Mount St. Mary’s95.9Northeast
41Murray St.110.6Ohio Valley
123N.C. State102.9Atlantic Coast
173Navy99.8Patriot League
129Nebraska102.6Big Ten
349Nebraska Omaha86.4Summit
114Nevada103.6Mountain West
236New Hampshire96.4America East
166New Mexico100.1Mountain West
96New Mexico St.105.8Western Athletic
265New Orleans94.4Southland
201Niagara98.5Metro Atlantic
207Nicholls St.98.2Southland
338NJIT88.6America East
180Norfolk St.99.5Mideastern Athletic
304North Alabama91.4Atlantic Sun
27North Carolina112.2Atlantic Coast
293North Carolina A&T92.3Big South
292North Carolina Central92.5Mideastern Athletic
346North Dakota86.7Summit
159North Dakota St.100.6Summit
264North Florida94.4Atlantic Sun
70North Texas108.2Conference USA
246Northeastern95.7Colonial Athletic
333Northern Arizona89.1Big Sky
205Northern Colorado98.3Big Sky
294Northern Illinois92.2Mid-American
99Northern Iowa105.6Missouri Valley
195Northern Kentucky98.7Horizon
64Northwestern108.7Big Ten
337Northwestern St.88.7Southland
47Notre Dame110.1Atlantic Coast
170Oakland99.9Horizon
112Ohio103.8Mid-American
24Ohio St.112.7Big Ten
38Oklahoma111.0Big 12
36Oklahoma St.111.3Big 12
171Old Dominion99.9Conference USA
140Oral Roberts101.8Summit
61Oregon108.8Pac-12
212Oregon St.98.0Pac-12
281Pacific93.4West Coast
214Penn97.9Ivy League
79Penn St.107.4Big Ten
279Pepperdine93.7West Coast
177Pittsburgh99.7Atlantic Coast
183Portland99.3West Coast
253Portland St.95.0Big Sky
289Prairie View A&M92.7Southwestern Athletic
276Presbyterian93.8Big South
107Princeton104.3Ivy League
37Providence111.2Big East
10Purdue117.3Big Ten
218Purdue Fort Wayne97.5Horizon
257Quinnipiac94.9Metro Atlantic
285Radford93.1Big South
124Rhode Island102.8Atlantic 10
220Rice97.5Conference USA
91Richmond106.5Atlantic 10
249Rider95.4Metro Atlantic
313Robert Morris90.8Horizon
66Rutgers108.4Big Ten
303Sacramento St.91.5Big Sky
309Sacred Heart90.9Northeast
162Saint Joseph’s100.4Atlantic 10
60Saint Louis109.0Atlantic 10
21Saint Mary’s113.3West Coast
136Saint Peter’s102.0Metro Atlantic
161Sam Houston St.100.5Western Athletic
208Samford98.2Southern
217San Diego97.7West Coast
31San Diego St.111.7Mountain West
22San Francisco112.9West Coast
297San Jose St.92.1Mountain West
76Santa Clara107.9West Coast
137Seattle102.0Western Athletic
26Seton Hall112.2Big East
247Siena95.6Metro Atlantic
299SIU Edwardsville91.9Ohio Valley
51SMU109.6American Athletic
141South Alabama101.8Sun Belt
92South Carolina106.2Southeastern
326South Carolina St.89.6Mideastern Athletic
191South Dakota98.9Summit
77South Dakota St.107.8Summit
245South Florida95.7American Athletic
260Southeast Missouri St.94.8Ohio Valley
287Southeastern Louisiana92.8Southland
227Southern97.2Southwestern Athletic
130Southern Illinois102.5Missouri Valley
336Southern Miss88.7Conference USA
152Southern Utah101.0Big Sky
81St. Bonaventure107.3Atlantic 10
319St. Francis NY90.5Northeast
318St. Francis PA90.6Northeast
52St. John’s109.6Big East
306St. Thomas91.2Summit
106Stanford104.7Pac-12
120Stephen F. Austin103.2Western Athletic
295Stetson92.1Atlantic Sun
243Stony Brook95.9America East
82Syracuse107.3Atlantic Coast
224Tarleton St.97.3Western Athletic
45TCU110.2Big 12
117Temple103.3American Athletic
11Tennessee117.2Southeastern
314Tennessee Martin90.7Ohio Valley
274Tennessee St.94.0Ohio Valley
261Tennessee Tech94.7Ohio Valley
17Texas114.6Big 12
59Texas A&M109.1Southeastern
271Texas A&M Corpus Chris94.2Southland
211Texas Southern98.0Southwestern Athletic
147Texas St.101.5Sun Belt
13Texas Tech116.9Big 12
250The Citadel95.3Southern
65Toledo108.5Mid-American
84Towson107.2Colonial Athletic
194Troy98.7Sun Belt
101Tulane105.3American Athletic
153Tulsa100.9American Athletic
46UAB110.1Conference USA
219UC Davis97.5Big West
118UC Irvine103.3Big West
167UC Riverside100.0Big West
268UC San Diego94.3Big West
133UC Santa Barbara102.5Big West
97UCF105.8American Athletic
9UCLA117.7Pac-12
239UMass Lowell96.1America East
237UMBC96.2America East
209UMKC98.1Summit
229UNC Asheville97.1Big South
179UNC Greensboro99.6Southern
186UNC Wilmington99.1Colonial Athletic
93UNLV106.1Mountain West
34USC111.4Pac-12
290USC Upstate92.7Big South
225UT Arlington97.2Sun Belt
307UT Rio Grande Valley91.1Western Athletic
108Utah104.1Pac-12
58Utah St.109.2Mountain West
125Utah Valley102.8Western Athletic
169UTEP99.9Conference USA
305UTSA91.4Conference USA
197Valparaiso98.6Missouri Valley
78Vanderbilt107.6Southeastern
55VCU109.2Atlantic 10
73Vermont108.1America East
12Villanova117.1Big East
72Virginia108.1Atlantic Coast
29Virginia Tech111.8Atlantic Coast
168VMI99.9Southern
131Wagner102.5Northeast
32Wake Forest111.7Atlantic Coast
113Washington103.6Pac-12
49Washington St.109.9Pac-12
163Weber St.100.4Big Sky
62West Virginia108.7Big 12
302Western Carolina91.7Southern
240Western Illinois96.0Summit
110Western Kentucky103.9Conference USA
323Western Michigan89.9Mid-American
87Wichita St.106.8American Athletic
341William & Mary88.0Colonial Athletic
165Winthrop100.1Big South
30Wisconsin111.8Big Ten
121Wofford103.2Southern
175Wright St.99.8Horizon
74Wyoming108.1Mountain West
39Xavier110.9Big East
146Yale101.5Ivy League
252Youngstown St.95.1Horizon

PiRate Ratings By Conference

America East
TeamRating
Vermont108.1
New Hampshire96.4
UMBC96.2
UMass Lowell96.1
Stony Brook95.9
Hartford94.3
Binghamton93.4
Albany93.4
NJIT88.6
Maine85.7
American Athletic
TeamRating
Houston118.1
Memphis112.7
SMU109.6
Wichita St.106.8
UCF105.8
Cincinnati105.7
Tulane105.3
Temple103.3
Tulsa100.9
East Carolina99.5
South Florida95.7
Atlantic 10
TeamRating
Dayton109.2
VCU109.2
Davidson109.2
Saint Louis109.0
St. Bonaventure107.3
Richmond106.5
George Mason103.5
Rhode Island102.8
Saint Joseph’s100.4
Massachusetts99.1
Fordham98.9
George Washington96.8
La Salle96.7
Duquesne93.8
Atlantic Coast
TeamRating
Duke118.1
North Carolina112.2
Virginia Tech111.8
Wake Forest111.7
Notre Dame110.1
Miami FL109.2
Virginia108.1
Clemson107.9
Syracuse107.3
Florida St.106.5
Louisville103.2
N.C. State102.9
Georgia Tech101.8
Boston College101.7
Pittsburgh99.7
Atlantic Sun
TeamRating
Liberty102.7
Jacksonville St.101.6
Jacksonville99.8
Bellarmine98.5
Florida Gulf Coast98.4
Kennesaw St.96.9
Eastern Kentucky95.4
North Florida94.4
Lipscomb94.0
Stetson92.1
North Alabama91.4
Central Arkansas89.6
Big 12
TeamRating
Baylor119.2
Kansas118.0
Texas Tech116.9
Texas114.6
Oklahoma St.111.3
Oklahoma111.0
TCU110.2
Iowa St.109.9
West Virginia108.7
Kansas St.108.7
Big East
TeamRating
Villanova117.1
Connecticut114.1
Seton Hall112.2
Providence111.2
Xavier110.9
Marquette110.9
St. John’s109.6
Creighton108.3
DePaul106.1
Butler103.0
Georgetown100.3
Big Sky
TeamRating
Montana St.101.3
Southern Utah101.0
Weber St.100.4
Northern Colorado98.3
Eastern Washington97.7
Montana97.1
Portland St.95.0
Sacramento St.91.5
Idaho89.7
Idaho St.89.4
Northern Arizona89.1
Big South
TeamRating
Longwood101.2
Winthrop100.1
Gardner Webb99.2
Campbell97.3
UNC Asheville97.1
High Point94.9
Presbyterian93.8
Radford93.1
USC Upstate92.7
North Carolina A&T92.3
Hampton89.2
Charleston Southern85.7
Big Ten
TeamRating
Purdue117.3
Iowa116.6
Illinois115.5
Ohio St.112.7
Michigan112.6
Wisconsin111.8
Michigan St.111.5
Indiana111.3
Northwestern108.7
Rutgers108.4
Maryland108.3
Penn St.107.4
Minnesota104.9
Nebraska102.6
Big West
TeamRating
UC Irvine103.3
UC Santa Barbara102.5
Hawaii100.5
UC Riverside100.0
Long Beach St.99.8
Cal St. Fullerton99.6
UC Davis97.5
UC San Diego94.3
Cal St. Bakersfield94.2
Cal Poly91.8
Cal St. Northridge89.6
Colonial Athletic
TeamRating
Towson107.2
Hofstra102.7
Charleston101.1
Drexel100.8
Delaware100.7
UNC Wilmington99.1
James Madison97.4
Northeastern95.7
Elon94.9
William & Mary88.0
Conference USA
TeamRating
UAB110.1
North Texas108.2
Louisiana Tech105.1
Western Kentucky103.9
Middle Tennessee103.8
Florida Atlantic102.5
UTEP99.9
Old Dominion99.9
Charlotte99.2
Rice97.5
Marshall96.4
FIU94.9
UTSA91.4
Southern Miss88.7
Horizon
TeamRating
Oakland99.9
Wright St.99.8
Cleveland St.99.7
Northern Kentucky98.7
Purdue Fort Wayne97.5
Detroit Mercy97.2
Youngstown St.95.1
Illinois Chicago93.8
Robert Morris90.8
Milwaukee89.5
Green Bay88.6
IUPUI80.4
Ivy League
TeamRating
Princeton104.3
Yale101.5
Cornell98.5
Dartmouth97.9
Penn97.9
Brown97.8
Harvard96.9
Columbia85.5
Metro Atlantic
TeamRating
Iona106.0
Saint Peter’s102.0
Monmouth100.7
Niagara98.5
Marist98.3
Fairfield97.3
Siena95.6
Rider95.4
Quinnipiac94.9
Canisius94.8
Manhattan94.3
Mid-American
TeamRating
Toledo108.5
Buffalo104.0
Ohio103.8
Kent St.102.3
Akron101.6
Miami OH95.9
Ball St.94.8
Bowling Green94.2
Northern Illinois92.2
Eastern Michigan90.9
Central Michigan90.5
Western Michigan89.9
Mideastern Athletic
TeamRating
Norfolk St.99.5
Howard95.9
North Carolina Central92.5
Morgan St.92.1
Coppin St.90.7
Maryland Eastern Shore90.7
South Carolina St.89.6
Delaware St.81.6
Missouri Valley
TeamRating
Loyola Chicago112.0
Missouri St.108.2
Drake106.6
Northern Iowa105.6
Bradley105.2
Southern Illinois102.5
Illinois St.98.8
Valparaiso98.6
Indiana St.96.8
Evansville90.8
Mountain West
TeamRating
San Diego St.111.7
Boise St.110.6
Colorado St.110.4
Utah St.109.2
Wyoming108.1
Fresno St.107.3
UNLV106.1
Nevada103.6
New Mexico100.1
Air Force94.5
San Jose St.92.1
Northeast
TeamRating
Wagner102.5
Bryant98.6
LIU96.2
Mount St. Mary’s95.9
Merrimack93.2
Sacred Heart90.9
St. Francis PA90.6
St. Francis NY90.5
Central Connecticut86.9
Fairleigh Dickinson86.5
Ohio Valley
TeamRating
Murray St.110.6
Belmont107.4
Morehead St.102.7
Southeast Missouri St.94.8
Tennessee Tech94.7
Tennessee St.94.0
Austin Peay92.5
SIU Edwardsville91.9
Tennessee Martin90.7
Eastern Illinois82.7
Pac-12
TeamRating
Arizona120.8
UCLA117.7
USC111.4
Washington St.109.9
Oregon108.8
Colorado108.2
Arizona St.106.5
Stanford104.7
Utah104.1
Washington103.6
California102.4
Oregon St.98.0
Patriot League
TeamRating
Colgate103.5
Navy99.8
Boston University98.3
Loyola MD94.4
Army92.8
Lehigh92.0
Lafayette90.6
American89.5
Bucknell88.8
Holy Cross87.1
Southeastern
TeamRating
Kentucky119.4
Auburn118.4
Tennessee117.2
LSU114.9
Arkansas114.5
Alabama113.6
Florida110.5
Mississippi St.109.9
Texas A&M109.1
Vanderbilt107.6
South Carolina106.2
Mississippi105.6
Missouri101.6
Georgia98.5
Southern
TeamRating
Furman107.2
Chattanooga107.0
Wofford103.2
VMI99.9
UNC Greensboro99.6
East Tennessee St.99.1
Mercer98.5
Samford98.2
The Citadel95.3
Western Carolina91.7
Southland
TeamRating
Nicholls St.98.2
New Orleans94.4
Texas A&M Corpus Chris94.2
Southeastern Louisiana92.8
McNeese St.90.5
Northwestern St.88.7
Houston Baptist87.5
Incarnate Word85.3
Southwestern Athletic
TeamRating
Texas Southern98.0
Southern97.2
Alcorn St.93.9
Jackson St.93.3
Prairie View A&M92.7
Florida A&M91.0
Grambling St.90.8
Alabama St.89.3
Alabama A&M89.1
Bethune Cookman88.2
Arkansas Pine Bluff84.0
Mississippi Valley St.81.2
Summit
TeamRating
South Dakota St.107.8
Oral Roberts101.8
North Dakota St.100.6
South Dakota98.9
UMKC98.1
Western Illinois96.0
Denver91.8
St. Thomas91.2
North Dakota86.7
Nebraska Omaha86.4
Sun Belt
TeamRating
South Alabama101.8
Texas St.101.5
Georgia St.101.2
Appalachian St.100.8
Coastal Carolina100.8
Louisiana99.5
Arkansas St.98.9
Troy98.7
UT Arlington97.2
Georgia Southern95.3
Louisiana Monroe94.4
Little Rock90.3
West Coast
TeamRating
Gonzaga124.6
Saint Mary’s113.3
San Francisco112.9
BYU109.3
Santa Clara107.9
Portland99.3
Loyola Marymount99.0
San Diego97.7
Pepperdine93.7
Pacific93.4
Western Athletic
TeamRating
New Mexico St.105.8
Grand Canyon105.3
Stephen F. Austin103.2
Utah Valley102.8
Seattle102.0
Abilene Christian102.0
Sam Houston St.100.5
Cal Baptist98.1
Tarleton St.97.3
Dixie St.92.9
UT Rio Grande Valley91.1
Chicago St.86.8
Lamar86.7

Coming Later Today–Updated Bracketology

March 5, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Basketball–Saturday, March 5, 2022

Saturday’s Conference Tournaments
Atlantic Sun Semifinals
Higher Seed at Home
HomeVisitorSpread
Jacksonville St.Jacksonville4.9
LibertyBellarmine7.5
Big South Conference–Semifinals
Charlotte
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
LongwoodUSC Upstate7.7
WinthropGardner-Webb1.0
Colonial Athletic Association–1st Round
Washington, D.C.
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
William & MaryNortheastern-7.7
Missouri Valley Conference–Semifinals
St. Louis (Arch Madness)
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Northern IowaLoyola (Chi.)-5.3
Missouri St.Drake1.8
Northeast Conference–Semifinals
Higher Seed at Home
HomeLower SeedSpread
BryantMount St. Mary’s5.6
Ohio Valley Conference–CHAMPIONSHIP
Evansville, IN
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Murray St.Morehead St.8.2
Southern Conference–Quarterfinals
Asheville, NC
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
ChattanoogaThe Citadel11.5
WoffordVMI3.8
FurmanMercer8.5
SamfordUNC Greensboro-1.8
Summit League–Quarterfinals
Sioux Falls, SD
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
South Dakota St.Omaha22.4
Kansas CitySouth Dakota0.1
North Dakota St.Denver8.1
Oral RobertsWestern Illinois5.3
Sun Belt Conference–Quarterfinals
Pensacola, FL
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Texas St.Louisiana2.9
TroyLittle Rock8.9
Georgia St.Arkansas St.1.9
Appalachian St.Georgia Southern5.2
West Coast Conference–Quarterfinals
Las Vegas
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
San FranciscoBYU2.9
Santa ClaraPortland7.7

Saturday’s Regularly Scheduled Games
HomeVisitorSpread
Wichita St.East Carolina11.9
DaytonDavidson2.4
Saint Joseph’sRhode Island-0.4
FordhamGeorge Washington5.2
DuquesneLa Salle-0.8
Saint LouisVCU3.4
George MasonMassachusetts9.4
LouisvilleVirginia-3.0
Georgia TechBoston College2.7
SyracuseMiami (Fla.)1.1
ClemsonVirginia Tech-2.2
Florida St.North Carolina St.6.7
Notre DamePittsburgh15.3
DukeNorth Carolina11.7
West VirginiaTCU0.8
Oklahoma St.Texas Tech-3.8
KansasTexas6.4
Kansas St.Oklahoma0.9
BaylorIowa St.14.1
ButlerVillanova-13.9
CreightonSeton Hall-1.1
ConnecticutDePaul13.1
XavierGeorgetown15.1
MarquetteSt. John’s4.5
IdahoNorthern Arizona3.4
Eastern WashingtonPortland St.5.9
Montana St.Northern Colorado7.0
Weber St.Southern Utah2.7
MontanaSacramento St.10.8
PurdueIndiana11.5
Cal St. BakersfieldUC Irvine-9.3
Long Beach St.UC Riverside2.8
Cal St. FullertonUC Davis5.7
Cal St. NorthridgeHawaii-10.5
Cal PolyUC San Diego-1.4
Old DominionMiddle Tennessee-3.2
Florida AtlanticFlorida International12.7
UTSARice-6.5
UTEPNorth Texas-8.9
Western KentuckyMarshall12.1
UABLouisiana Tech7.9
Southern Miss.Charlotte-12.1
HarvardDartmouth3.6
ColumbiaCornell-14.5
PennsylvaniaPrinceton-3.9
YaleBrown6.8
Saint Peter’sFairfield7.9
NiagaraMarist0.3
IonaQuinnipiac16.3
CanisiusSiena1.4
RiderMonmouth-5.0
WyomingFresno St.4.0
Colorado St.Boise St.3.1
NevadaSan Diego St.-6.7
New MexicoUNLV-5.5
Arizona St.Stanford4.7
Washington St.Oregon3.4
ArizonaCalifornia23.1
WashingtonOregon St.10.6
UtahColorado-0.8
UCLAUSC10.3
TennesseeArkansas6.1
LSUAlabama3.9
AuburnSouth Carolina16.8
FloridaKentucky-7.1
MissouriGeorgia6.7
MississippiVanderbilt1.0
Texas A&MMississippi St.2.0
Northwestern St.Southeast Louisiana-2.5
Nicholls St.New Orleans7.2
Incarnate WordTexas A&M-CC-10.1
Houston BaptistMcNeese St.-1.7
Florida A&MBethune-Cookman5.6
Jackson St.Mississippi Valley St.18.5
Alabama St.Grambling0.3
Alabama A&MSouthern-7.8
Texas SouthernPrairie View A&M10.1
Alcorn St.Arkansas-Pine Bluff15.8
SeattleChicago State23.1
LamarCalifornia Baptist-12.6
Grand CanyonDixie State17.5
UT Rio Grande ValleyStephen F. Austin-11.2
Abilene ChristianTarleton8.5
New Mexico St.Utah Valley5.2

March 6, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Spreads

Saturday, March 6, 2021

HomeVisitorSpread
St. BonaventureSaint Louis0.3
VCUDavidson3.9
Notre DameFlorida St.-6.7
ClemsonPittsburgh5.1
LouisvilleVirginia-0.9
North CarolinaDuke3.1
UMBCUMass-Lowell6.5
VermontHartford8.7
Wichita St.South Florida10.0
West VirginiaOklahoma St.4.3
Kansas St.Iowa St.1.4
ConnecticutGeorgetown8.6
ProvidenceVillanova-5.8
CreightonButler12.5
St. John’sSeton Hall0.9
MarquetteXavier-0.2
Montana St.Sacramento St.3.8
Weber St.Northern Colorado10.0
Portland St.Southern Utah-2.8
MinnesotaRutgers-0.4
PurdueIndiana5.9
Ohio St.Illinois-1.7
UC DavisHawaii0.3
Cal St. NorthridgeUC-Riverside-10.2
Long Beach St.UC-Irvine-9.8
UC San DiegoCal St. Fullerton3.2
UCSBCal Poly22.6
MarshallCharlotte14.2
Western KentuckyOld Dominion8.3
North TexasUAB6.4
ElonTowson4.2
William & MaryUNC-Wilmington-2.9
Delaware St.Morgan St.-11.3
Loyola (Chi.)Indiana St.10.8
DrakeMissouri St.3.9
Fresno St.Utah St.-10.5
WyomingUNLV0.2
BryantSacred Heart9.7
WagnerMount St. Mary’s3.4
BelmontMorehead St.4.8
UtahArizona St.2.8
UCLAUSC-2.8
NavyLoyola (MD)7.1
ColgateBoston U14.3
LafayetteBucknell3.6
ArmyAmerican4.4
KentuckySouth Carolina6.4
AuburnMississippi St.2.8
GeorgiaAlabama-9.4
MissouriLSU-0.5
ArkansasTexas A&M16.1
Ole MissVanderbilt5.8
Prairie ViewAlcorn St.9.9
Jackson St.Alabama St.12.6
Texas SouthernSouthern4.9
GramblingAlabama A&M5.7
UNCGThe Citadel9.7
ChattanoogaEast Tennessee St.-1.7
WoffordMercer1.7
FurmanVMI5.0
Northwestern St.Central Arkansas2.9
Abilene ChristianIncarnate Word19.5
McNeese St.Lamar-0.2
Houston BaptistTexas A&M-CC4.2
Sam Houston St.Stephen F. Austin1.6
New OrleansSoutheast Louisiana6.2
South Dakota St.Omaha16.2
South DakotaWestern Illinois10.3
LouisianaSouth Alabama2.6
Georgia St.Arkansas St.8.5
Coastal CarolinaTroy10.3
Texas St.Appalachian St.5.8
UT Rio Grande ValleyTarleton St.5.3
Dixie St.New Mexico St.-10.4
Grand CanyonUtah Valley8.3
California BaptistSeattle2.3
Saint Mary’sLoyola Marymount0.1
PepperdineSanta Clara3.2

Conference Tournament Update

Today’s Conference Tournament Games

America East Semifinals

6 U Mass-Lowell at 1 Maryland-Baltimore Co.

4 Hartford at 2 Vermont

Atlantic 10 Semifinals (Richmond)

1 St. Bonaventure vs. 4 Saint Louis

2 VCU vs. 3 Davidson

Colonial Athletic 1st Round (@ James Madison)

8 Elon vs. 9 Towson

7 William & Mary vs. 10 UNC-Wilmington

Missouri Valley Semifinals at Saint Louis

1 Loyola (Chi.) vs. 4 Indiana St.

2 Drake vs. 3 Missouri St.

Northeast Semifinals

4 Mount St. Mary’s at 1 Wagner

3 Sacred Heart at 2 Bryant

Ohio Valley Championship Game at Evansville

1 Belmont vs. 2 Morehead St. — 8 PM EST on ESPN2

Southern Quarterfinals at Asheville

1 UNC-Greensboro vs. 8 The Citadel

4 Chattanooga vs. 5 East Tennessee St.

2 Wofford vs. 7 Mercer

3 Furman vs. 6 VMI

Summit Quarterfinals 1st 2 Games at Sioux Falls

1 South Dakota St. vs. 8 Omaha

2 South Dakota vs. 7 Western Illinois

Sun Belt Quarterfinals at Pensacola

1E Georgia St. vs. 4W Arkansas St.

2W Louisiana vs. 3E South Alabama

1W Texas St. vs. 4E Appalachian St.

2E Coastal Carolina vs. 6E Troy

West Coast Quarterfinals at Las Vegas

4 Saint Mary’s vs. 5 Loyola Marymount

3 Pepperdine vs. 7 Santa Clara

Automatic Qualifiers

Liberty — Atlantic Sun 22-5

March 9, 2011

NCAA Basketball Conference Tournaments–March 9 Update

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Three More Tickets Punched

Horizon League Championship

Butler 59  Milwaukee 44

 The Bulldogs held Milwaukee to 30% shooting from the field, and Matt Howard connected on seven of nine shots to pace Butler with 18 points, as the defending National Final runner-up earned another spot in the Big Dance.

 Summit League Championship

Oakland 90  Oral Roberts 76 

The Golden Grizzlies displayed a great offensive show with the aid of numerous first half steals by Drew Valentine and Reggie Hamilton to build a double-digit lead by the break.  After withstanding an early second half run by the Golden Eagles, Oakland pulled away to win the automatic bid.  

Keith Benson topped Oakland with 28 points and 14 rebounds.  Hamilton added 25 with six assists, while Will Hudson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Sunbelt Conference Championship

U A L R  64  North Texas  63 

The Trojans won their first Sunbelt Championship and earned their first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 1990.

 

SBC Player of the Year Solomon Bozeman drove from the backcourt to the left side of the top of the key and drained a three-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining to give UALR the decisive points.  Bozeman scored a game-high 20 points. 

North Texas had led by seven points with less than two minutes to go, but the Mean Green wilted under the Trojan pressure defense.  With one last chance to try to win, UNT committed a turnover on the inbounds pass. 

11 Automatic Qualifiers To Date

Team Conference Record
Arkansas-Little Rock Sunbelt  19-16
Belmont  Atlantic South 30-4
Butler  Horizon 23-9
Gonzaga West Coast 24-9
Indiana State  Missouri Valley  20-13
Morehead State  Ohio Valley  24-9
Oakland  Summit  25-9
Old Dominion Colonial 27-6
St. Peter’s Metro Atlantic 20-13
UNC-Asheville Big South 19-13
Wofford Southern 21-12

 

Two Tickets To Be Punched Tonight

Big Sky Tournament Championship @ 9PM ET On ESPN2

#2 Montana (21-9) at #1 Northern Colorado (20-10)

 

Semifinal Round

Montana 57  Weber State 40

Northern Colorado 73  Northern Arizona 70

 

These two split their regular season series with Northern Colorado winning 63-45 in Greeley, and Montana winning 55-42 in Missoula.  Tonight’s game will be played at Butler-Hancock Hall in Greeley, so Northern Colorado will enjoy the home court advantage. 

This game is a great study in contrasts.  Northern Colorado is a quicker team, but Montana is a stronger team.  Northern Colorado has one exceptionally dominant player, while Montana has more, albeit less exceptional, weapons.

 

The Bears’ offense runs through 6-1 senior guard Devon Beitzel.  Beitzel averages a league-best 21 points per game, and he is deadly at the free throw line, where he connects on 91% of his tosses. 

The rest of the team collectively shoots under 41% from the field and commits more turnovers than assists, so if the Grizzlies can stop Beitzel, or at least limit his touches, they have a chance of defending their crown.

 

Montana has the dominant big man in the conference in 6-11/260 senior center Brian Qvale.  If the Grizzlies can keep this game a half-court affair, they stand a great chance of winning with Qvale plugging the middle on defense and controlling the boards at both ends of the court.  Qvale averages 15 points and nine boards a game, and he had a double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds in the semifinal round.  Montana likes to limit possessions, so those numbers are even more impressive than they look. 

In the win over UNC, Montana held the Bears to 23.3% shooting, while they shot just 32.6% in the loss at Greeley.

 

It is our opinion that the visiting number two seed will pull off the mild upset over the host numbone seed, but it is not a strong feeling. 

 Northeast Conference Tournament Championship @ 7PM ET On ESPN2

#3 Robert Morris (18-13) at #1 Long Island (26-5)

Semifinal Round

Long Island 69  Central Connecticut 67

Robert Morris 64  Quinnipiac 62

Brooklyn has not been this excited over one of their own sports teams since the Dodgers won the 1955 World Series.  Long Island is one of the most exciting teams in the nation, and their 26-5 record has throngs of Brooklynites cramming into the Wellness, Recreation, and Athletic Center.  The WRAC holds just 2,500 seats, but you can bet that more than that amount will find their way into the game tonight, as they “Pack the WRAC.” 

Those fans will be converging to the corner of Ashland and Dekalb tonight, dressed in all white, to watch what could be a blowout win for their team.   

LIU is on a roll.  The Blackbirds have won 12 games in a row (longest current streak in the nation) and 20 of their previous 21 games.  They average almost 83 points per game.  The Blackbirds have exceptional depth with eight players capable of scoring 15 or more points. 

 

The Blackbirds pose difficult matchups with their roster, as they rely on quick guards and medium-sized forwards with great leaping ability to play at a fast pace.  There is no center on the roster, but the two 6-7 forwards have controlled the boards in most games this year. 

Those forwards are Julian Boyd and Jamal Olasewere, who team up for 25.4 points and 15.7 rebounds per game.

 5-10 backup guard Jason Brickman plays just 22 minutes per game, but he leads the team with 5.3 assists per game.  When he comes in the game, the pace picks up, and the Blackbirds shoot a lot of threes in transition.

 

Robert Morris is definitely not cannon fodder.  The Colonials are the two-time defending NEC Tournament champions, and they believe they can three peat even on the road in hostile conditions. 

The Colonials have won eight games in a row, relying on a stellar defense that limits possessions and pressures the guards.  They are missing their leading scorer, as 5-9 guard Karon Abraham’s season ended two weeks ago with a torn Achilles Tendon.  On the positive side, Abraham missed RMU’s win at LIU on December 2, as he was serving a multi-game suspension. 

Velton Jones and Russell Johnson will have to shine tonight for the Colonials to pull off the upset.  The duo are the only double figure scorers left, but both shoot less than 39% from the field. 

Without Abraham, RMU shoots just 33.7% from behind the arc, so the only way they can possibly win tonight is to replicate the formula that was successful more than three months ago—control the tempo and prevent LIU from getting off any uncontested three-pointers. 

We believe this game will begin slowly with RMU taking the lead in the early stages.  Somewhere in the first half, LIU will go on one of their patented runs and gain the lead.  Then, a second spurt will give them a commanding lead.  RMU might cut into that lead, but we believe in the end, the Blackbirds will be celebrating at the WRAC.  We do not believe the Brooklynites will be crying “Wait ‘Til Next Year.”  This will be like October of 1955 in the borough.

 

Yesterday’s Other Tournament Results

Atlantic 10 Conference

First Round

LaSalle 75  St. Bonaventure 73  2ot

St. Joseph’s 71  George Washington 59  ot

Rhode Island 70  St. Louis 61

Dayton 78  U Mass 50

 

Big East Conference

First Round

Connecticut 97  DePaul 71

Rutgers 76  Seton Hall 70 ot

South Florida 70  Villanova 69

Marquette 87  Providence 66 

M A C

First Round

Bowling Green 74  Northern Illinois 54

Ohio U 74  Toledo 57

Akron 67  Eastern Michigan 53

Buffalo 64  Central Michigan 50

 

M E A C

First Round

MD-Eastern Shore 87  F A M U 85  2ot

S. C. State 64  Delaware State 59 

Ivy League Playoff Set

Princeton defeated rival Penn 70-58 last night in Philadelphia, forcing a one-game playoff for the Ivy League’s automatic berth.  Princeton (24-6) will take on co-champion Harvard (23-5) Saturday afternoon at 4PM Eastern Time.  The game will be played at Yale University in New Haven, CT, and it can be seen live on ESPN3.com.

Princeton has appeared in all seven Ivy League tiebreaking playoff games in the history of the league.  This is Harvard’s first Ivy League basketball championship of any kind.  The Crimson last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1946. 

There is a chance that the loser of this game could hold a slim chance of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.  Harvard is ranked #35 in the RPI, while Princeton is ranked #49.  Harvard has two wins over top 50 teams as well as three losses.  Their biggest win was at Boston College.  Princeton has just one win against the top 50 and two losses.  For the Ivy to earn two bids, the Tigers have to win Saturday and hope Harvard’s high RPI is enough to earn the second bid. 

Conference Tournaments In Action Today

Big 12 Conference

Tournament Site: Kansas City

1st Round Games

#8 Nebraska (19-11) vs. #9 Oklahoma State (18-12)  12:30 PM ET

#5 Colorado (19-12) vs. #12 Iowa State (16-15)  3 PM ET

#7 Baylor (18-12) vs. #10 Oklahoma (13-17)  7PM ET

#6 Missouri (22-9) vs. #11 Texas Tech (13-18) 9:30 PM ET 

Big East Conference

Tournament Site: New York City

2nd Round Games

#8 Georgetown (21-9) vs. #9 Connecticut (22-9)  12 Noon ET on ESPN

#5 St. John’s (20-10) vs. #13 Rutgers (15-16)  Approx. 2:15 PM ET on ESPN

#7 Cincinnati (24-7) vs. #15 South Florida (10-22)  7 PM ET on ESPN

#6 West Virginia (20-10) vs. #11 Marquette (19-13)  Approx. 9:15 PM ET on ESPN 

Conference USA

Tournament Site: El Paso, TX

1st Round Games

#8 East Carolina (16-14) vs. #9 Central Florida (19-10)  1 PM ET

#5 Southern Miss (21-9) vs. #12 Tulane (13-16)  3:30 PM ET

#6 Marshall (21-10) vs. #11 Houston (12-17)  7:30 PM ET

#7 S M U (17-13) vs. #10 Rice (13-17)  10 PM ET 

M E A C

Tournament Site: Winston-Salem, NC

Note: The MEAC has a unique way of scheduling their tournament.  As a result, one first round game will be played today as well as two quarterfinal round games.  The other two quarterfinal round games will be played Thursday. 

1st Round

#6 Norfolk State () vs. #11 Howard ()  3 PM ET

Quarterfinal Round

#1 Bethune-Cookman (20-11) vs. #9 South Carolina State (10-21)  7 PM ET

#2 Hampton (21-8) vs. #10 Maryland-Eastern Shore (9-21)  9:30 PM ET 

Mountain West Conference

Tournament Site: Las Vegas

1st Round

#8 Wyoming (10-20) vs. #9 T C U (10-21)  5 PM ET 

Pac-10 Conference

Tournament Site: Los Angeles

1st Round

#8 Stanford (15-15) vs. #9 Oregon State (10-19)  9 PM ET on Fox Sports Net

#7 Oregon (14-16) vs. #10 Arizona State (12-18)  11:30 PM ET on Fox Sports Net 

Southland Conference

Tournament Site: Katy, TX (Houston Area)

Quarterfinal Round

#2 Northwestern State (LA) (18-13) vs. #7 Texas-San Antonio (16-13)  1 PM ET

#3 Sam Houston (17-12) vs. #6 Stephen F. Austin (18-10)  3:30 PM ET

#1 McNeese State (19-10) vs. #8 Nicholls State (14-13)  7 PM ET

#4 Texas State (15-15) vs. #5 Southeastern Louisiana (15-13)  9:30 PM ET 

S W A C

Tournament Site: Garland, TX (Dallas-Ft. Worth Area) 

Quarterfinal Round

#2 Jackson State (16-14) vs. #7 Prairie View (10-21)  12:30 PM ET

#1 Texas Southern (18-11) vs. #8 Arkansas-Pine Bluff (7-23)  9 PM ET

W A C

Tournament Site: Las Vegas

1st Round

#5 Hawaii (18-11) vs. #8 San Jose State (15-14)  3 PM ET

#6 Nevada (12-18) vs. #7 Fresno State (14-16)  5:30 PM ET

March 8, 2011

NCAA Basketball Conference Tournaments–March 8 Update

 

The Four Newest Dance Invitees

Did you see those conference championship games last night?  Was this the Monday Night Fights or basketball?  There were more cut men and cut women than in your average boxing card.

 

When it is all or nothing for these smaller conferences, you get what we saw last night—teams playing like their lives were on the line.

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Old Dominion 70

Virginia Commonwealth 65

 

Old Dominion 27-6

 

The Monarchs are capable of making a semi-surprise run in the Big Dance.  They lead the nation in rebounding margin, and they can score points in the paint. 

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

St. Peter’s 62

Iona 57

 

St. Peter’s 20-13

 

The Peacocks beat Alabama earlier in the season, and their defense could keep them within striking defense in an opening round game, but we cannot see SPC advancing to the second round.

 

Southern Conference

Wofford 77

College of Charleston 67

 

Wofford 21-12

 

The Terriers finally beat the Cougars (we predicted this yesterday), and they will not roll over and play dead in the first round.  This team returns to the Dance for the second consecutive season, and they will not back down.  They may not advance, but they will not be in awe of their heavily favored first round opponent.

 

West Coast Conference

Gonzaga 75

Saint Mary’s 63

 

Gonzaga 24-9

 

This edition of Zags may not be the most talented in the Coach Mark Few era, but they are playing their best ball at the right time.  It will depend on their bracket, but this team has Sweet 16 potential.

 

Three More Invitations Go Out Tonight

By 11:15 PM Eastern Time tonight, we will know the names of three more NCAA Tournament participants.  Let’s break down these games.

 

Horizon League Championship @ 9PM ET on ESPN

Butler (22-9)  at  Milwaukee (19-12)

 

Butler defeated Cleveland State in the semifinal round Saturday evening, while Milwaukee topped Valparaiso.  During the regular season, Milwaukee swept the Bulldogs, winning 76-52 at home and 86-80 in overtime on the road.  The top-seeded Panthers host this game.

 

Both teams are red hot coming into this title match.  Milwaukee has gone 10-1 in their last 11 games, and the only loss was in the Bracketbuster to Buffalo.  Their defense is what got them here, as they shoot only 43% from the field and 65% at the foul line.

 

Three Panthers average double figures in scoring, led by Anthony Hill.  Hill averages just under 16 points per game, but he broke out with a 24-point, 11-rebound performance in the semifinal game against Valpo.  Kaylon Williams is the X-factor for Panthers.  He can score when needed, rebound with the big men, and run the offense.  He recorded a triple-double earlier in the season against Butler (10 points-10 rebounds-10 assists), and he added a double-double in the second win over the Bulldogs.

 

Butler missed Gordon Hayward even more than most experts predicted.  The Bulldogs played a tough pre-conference schedule and limped into February.  With their backs against the wall, they reeled off eight consecutive victories to get to the title game tonight.

 

Most basketball fans know Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack from last year’s team that made the surprise run to the National Championship Game.  The duo has teamed for 32 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this year.  However, it has been the emergence of 6-11 sophomore center Andrew Smith that has allowed Butler to turn things around and look like a force to be reckoned with once again.  Smith averaged 11 points per game over the second half of the season.  In the eight game winning streak, he has averaged 32 minutes per game and pulled down close to eight rebounds per game.  His 63% field goal percentage has forced defenses to stop him first, giving Howard and Mack more room to get open.  Smith was a non-factor in the two games against Milwaukee, and he is the key to tonight’s game.  If he plays 32 minutes and gets double figure points and eight rebounds, Butler will be cutting down the nets yet again.

 

Summit League Championship @ 9PM ET on ESPN2

Site: Sioux Falls, SD

Oakland (24-9)  vs. Oral Roberts (19-14)

 

If you like high-scoring, fast-paced games, you will definitely clear your schedule to view this one.  Oakland is the second best offensive team in the nation, averaging 86 points per game (92 ppg in their last 10 games).  The Grizzlies connect on close to 50% of their field goal attempts, and they tend to hit spurts where they score 10 points in two minutes.  Oral Roberts averages 81 points per game and has no qualms running with Oakland.

 

Both teams are riding major winning streaks entering tonight’s title game.  Oakland has won 17 of their last 18 games, while the Golden Eagles have won 10 in a row.  In the regular season, Oakland won both high-scoring games, but both were nail-biters that went down to the wire. 

 

Oakland has a tall and short combination that has done a lot of the damage on opponents.  6-11 center Keith Benson is the best player in the league.  Benson averages 17.7 points and 10 rebounds per game.  He showed he can do it against the big schools, as he had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a close loss to Michigan State and 26 points and 10 rebounds in a big win at Tennessee. 

 

5-11 guard Reggie Hamilton is a threat to top 20 points any night.  He is quick and can get open without help from screens.

 

Oral Roberts has a star in its own right.  Dominique Morrison averages just under 20 points per game, and he doesn’t need to heave up 25 shots per game to get those points.  Morrison shoots 51.3% from the field, 40% from behind the three-point line, and 78.4% at the foul line.  He scored 56 points in the two games against Oakland.

 

This should be a great game, and we don’t believe Oakland is that much of a favorite.  ORU has been to the Big Dance four times in the last six years, while Oakland is the defending tournament champion.  We expect the winner to top 90 points in this game, and it is too close to call.  We say Oakland has about a 54% chance and Oral Roberts a 46% chance of winning.

 

Sunbelt Conference Championship @ 7PM ET on ESPN2

Site: Hot Springs, AR

 

North Texas (22-10)  vs. U A L R (18-16)

 

On paper this looks like a mismatch, even though the teams finished one game apart in the regular season.  North Texas finished fourth in the West with an 8-8 league mark, while Little Rock finished fifth at 7-9.

 

North Texas was one of the biggest underachievers this season.  The Mean Green returned four starters from their 2010 conference champion team and were expected to win again this year with the best backcourt and one of the best frontcourts in the league.  Instead, a 3-9 swoon in the middle of the season placed them out of contention for the West crown.  Since that awful slide, UNT has recovered with five consecutive victories.

 

6-5 senior guard Tristan Thompson has led the way for the Mean Green in the tournament, scoring 80 points in the first three games.  He has done a lot of the damage at the foul line, where he is 31-35 in Hot Springs, including an unbelievable 20-20 performance in the win over top-seed Florida Atlantic.  Thompson combines a quick move to the basket with a sweet shot from outside.  Beefy forward George Odufuwa averages 11 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, and UALR has a tough matchup problem against him.

 

The Trojans dropped both regular season games to North Texas, mostly because they could not compete under the basket.  Their chance to win this game will come down to limiting possessions and trying to win 55-50.  They have won three games in the tournament by getting to the foul line and hitting foul shots, while using the clock and taking 30 seconds to shoot on most possessions.  UALR’s big star in this tournament has been senior guard Solomon Bozeman.  Like Thompson, Bozeman has gotten to the free throw line and made the most of his opportunities.  He has connected on 37 of 42 attempts including an eye-popping 19 of 22 against Middle Tennessee last night.

 

We expect a low-possession, low-scoring game.  There may be fewer than 100 field goal attempts tonight.  North Texas has been there before, while UALR has never won the Sunbelt Conference Tournament.  We think that trend will continue, but it wouldn’t surprise us if this game stays relatively close for the entire 40 minutes.  We could see North Texas winning 60-54.

 

The Other Tournaments In Action Today

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

First Round At Higher Seed Home Court

 

#9 Dayton (19-12) at #8 U Mass (15-14)  9PM ET on CBSC

#12 St. Joseph’s (9-21) at #5 George Washington (17-13)  7PM ET on CBSC

#10 LaSalle (14-17) at #7 St. Bonaventure (16-13)  5 PM ET on CBSC

#11 St. Louis (12-18) at #6 Rhode Island (18-12)  7 PM ET no TV

 

Big East Conference

Madison Square Garden in New York City

 

#16 Depaul (7-23) vs. #9 Georgetown (21-9) 12 Noon ET on ESPN2

#13 Rutgers (14-16) vs. #12 Seton Hall (13-17) Approx. 2:15 PM ET on ESPN2

#15 South Florida (9-22) vs. #10 Villanova (21-10) 7PM ET on ESPNU

#14 Providence (15-16) vs. #11 Marquette (18-13) Approx 9:15 ET on ESPNU

 

Big Sky Conference

Semifinal Round At Higher Seed Home Court

#3 Weber State (18-11) at #2 Montana (20-9)

#4 Northern Arizona (19-11) at #1 Northern Colorado (19-10)

 

Mid-American Conference

1st Round At Higher Seed Home Court  All Games At 7PM ET

 

#10 Northern Illinois (9-20) at #7 Bowling Green (13-18)

#11 Eastern Michigan (9-21) at #6 Akron (19-12)

#9 Central Michigan (10-20) at #8 Buffalo (17-12)

#12 Toledo (4-27) at #5 Ohio U (17-14)

 

Mideastern Athletic Conference

Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC

 

#9 South Carolina State (9-21) vs. #8 Delaware State (9-20)  9PM ET

#10 Maryland-Eastern Shore (8-21) vs. #7 Florida A&M (12-19)  6:30 PM ET

 

Note: One more 1st round game Wednesday plus two quarterfinal games

 

 

March 7, 2011

NCAA Basketball Conference Tournaments–March 7 Update

NCAA Tournament Qualifier #4

Congratulations to the Indiana State Sycamores, the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champions.  ISU defeated Missouri State Sunday by a score of 60-56, giving them eight wins in their last nine games.  This Sycamore team is not to be confused with the 1979 National Finalists with some guy named Larry Bird doing a lot of the scoring, but ISU (20-13) has enough talent to pull off an upset in the first round.  The last time they were in the Big Dance, ISU upset Oklahoma 70-68 in the first round of the 2001 tourney; they lost 85-68 to Gonzaga in the next round.  The Sycamores lost by nine at Notre Dame and by 13 against Purdue, so they can compete against Top 10 teams.

 

Indiana State joins UNC-Asheville, Belmont, and Morehead State as automatic qualifiers in the NCAA Tournament.

 

Four More Teams To Enter The Dance Party Tonight

The field of automatic qualifiers doubles from four to eight tonight.  Let’s take a look at the four conference championships for Monday.

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Virginia Commonwealth (23-10)  vs. Old Dominion (26-6)

7:00 PM EST on ESPN

 

In the semifinal round, VCU upset top-seed George Mason 79-63, while Old Dominion ousted Hofstra 77-69.  Bubble teams will be cheering hard for ODU because if VCU wins, the CAA could send an extra team to the Dance.  George Mason and ODU are virtually assured at-large spots, but VCU will be College Insiders, CBI or NIT-bound if they lose tonight.

 

ODU has won eight games in a row and 12 of 13.  Big forward Frank Hassell has continued to improve and impress down below, and Notre Dame can tell you how well he plays in the postseason; ODU beat the Irish in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.

 

VCU slumped at the end of the regular season, losing four of their final five games (and the one win was in the Bracketbuster) to fall from first to fourth.  The Rams won nine games in a row in the middle of the season, including a road victory over their opponent tonight. 

 

Forward Jamie Skeen will be the key man to watch.  If he can match or beat Hassell point-for-point and rebound-for-rebound, VCU should pull off the victory.  If Hassell wins the battle, then the Monarchs will live up to their preseason billing as best in the league. 

 

If the game comes down to the backcourt, then VCU has the superior tandem there with Bradford Burgess and Joey Rodriguez.  If the battle comes down to the rebounding game, ODU will win and maybe win by 10-20 points.

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

St. Peter’s (19-13)  vs.  Iona (22-10)

7:00 PM EST on ESPN2

 

St. Peter’s pulled off the big upset in this tournament, defeating #1-seed Fairfield 62-48 in yesterday’s semifinal round.  Iona slaughtered Rider 83-59 to earn their spot in the championship game.  The Gaels won their opener by 30 over Siena, so they are the clear-cut favorite tonight.

 

St. Peter’s is an experienced team.  The Peacocks’ top four players are seniors—Wesley Jenkins, Jeron Belin, Nick Leon, and Ryan Bacon.  The quartet averages a combined 45 points a game with all four averaging more than 10 points a game.  Their strongest asset is their defensive ability, and teams have a tough time scoring on SPU.  Unfortunately, the Peacocks barely top 40% shooting from the field and less than 64% at the foul line.  To win tonight, they need to connect on at least 45% of their shots and get some second chance opportunities.

 

Iona has the look of a champion.  The Gaels have won nine games in a row by an average margin of 18.6 points per game.  They swept SPU by 18 and 14 in the regular season.  Star forward Michael Glover has recorded 17 double-doubles, and the only thing that could prevent him from making it 18 tonight would be his early exit from the game due to the game being a blowout.

 

As you can surmise, we think Iona will put this game away with a big run about halfway into the opening half after a five to eight-minute period to calm the nerves.

 

Southern Conference

College of Charleston (24-9)  vs.  Wofford (20-12)

9:00 PM EST on ESPN2

 

Semifinal Scores

College of Charleston 63  Furman 58

Wofford 86  Western Carolina 72

 

The top two teams in the league meet for the third time and Charleston won the first two meetings.  The Cougars won the battle on the boards in both games and in turn took several more shots.  Andrew Goudelock was unstoppable in both games, and Wofford must do something to keep the ball out of his hands tonight and prevent him from scoring his average of 23 points per game to have a chance.

 

The Terriers are the defending SoCon Tournament champions, and they were the overwhelming pick to repeat as champions this year.  They will need a repeat of yesterday’s performance to pull off the upset.  Wofford connected on 54% of their field goals, 50% of their three-point attempts, and 80% at the foul line.  Their big three, Noah Dahlman, Jamar Diggs, and Cameron Rundles, teamed for 52 points and 16 rebounds.  Wofford also has excellent depth with three players capable of coming off the bench and scoring points and pulling down rebounds in massive numbers.

 

Charleston proved to be the better team in the regular season sweep, but we tend to believe this night will belong to Wofford.  The Terriers are playing up to their potential, while the Cougars are not. 

 

West Coast Conference

Saint Mary’s (24-7)  vs. Gonzaga (23-9)

9:00 PM EST on ESPN

 

Semifinal Round

Saint Mary’s 73  Santa Clara 64

Gonzaga 71  San Francisco 67

 

This is the game of the night.  We tend to believe both teams have done enough to punch a ticket to the tournament, but still, this will be a hard-fought rivalry game.

 

The teams split their regular season series, both winning close games on the other’s home court.  If you like offense, then this is the game for you.  Both teams routinely top 80 points per game, and both have enjoyed many nights where they shot in excess of 50% from the field.

 

Gonzaga has won eight games in a row, and the Bulldogs utilize great depth to wear down opponents.  They can go 10-deep with very little drop in talent, as no player averages over 14 points per game, and only one tops six rebounds per game. 

 

SMC relies on a trio of talented players in Mickey McConnell, Rob Jones, and Matthew Dellavedova.  They team up to average 43.3 points per game.  McConnell is one of the best outside shooters in the nation, and he is virtually automatic at the charity stripe.

 

This game is a tossup in the truest since, and we expect it to go down to the final minute for the third time this season.  They could not settle it in 40 minutes the last time they faced off, so this has to be considered a 50-50 game.  We will go with Gonzaga’s 50% chance tonight.

 

Continuing Tournaments

America East Conference

Semifinal Round

Boston U. 55  Hartford 49

Stony Brook 69  Vermont 47

 

Championship Game—Saturday, March 12@ 12 Noon on ESPN2

Stony Brook (15-16) at Boston U (20-13)

 

Northeast Conference

Semifinal Round

Long Island 69  Central Connecticut 67

Robert Morris 64  Quinnipiac 62

 

Championship Game—Wednesday, March 9 @ 7PM on ESPN2

Robert Morris (18-13) at Long Island (26-5)

 

Patriot League

Semifinal Round

Lafayette 73  American 71  2ot

Bucknell 66  Lehigh 64

 

Championship Game—Friday, March 11 @ 4:45 PM on ESPN2

Lafayette (13-18) at Bucknell (24-8)

 

Summit League

Quarterfinal Round

South Dakota State  85  I P F W  75

I U P U I  79  Missouri-KC  55 

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 7 @ Sioux Falls, SD

Oakland (23-9)  vs.  South Dakota State (19-11) @ 7:00 PM EST

Oral Roberts (18-14)  vs.  I U P U I (19-13) @ 9:30 PM EST

 

Sunbelt Conference

Quarterfinal Round

Western Kentucky 81  Louisiana-Lafayette 76

North Texas 78  Florida Atlantic 64

Middle Tennessee 73  Florida International 38

U A L R  59  Arkansas State 52

 

Semifinal Round—Monday, March 7 @ Hot Springs, AR

Western Kentucky (16-15)  vs. North Texas (21-10) @ 7:00 PM EST

Middle Tennessee (16-15)  vs.  U A L R (17-16) @ 9:30 PM EST

 

Coming Tomorrow: The Big Sky Conference and Horizon League Tournament Championships are decided, and four more conference tournaments begin.  Check back Tuesday afternoon for more coverage.

March 5, 2011

NCAA Basketball Conference Tournaments–March 6 Update

Congratulations To Three Champions

Three teams have punched their tickets to the Big Dance.

 

Big South Conference

UNC-Asheville 60  Coastal Carolina 47

 

UNC-Asheville 19-13

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

Belmont 87  North Florida 46

 

Belmont 30-4

 

Ohio Valley Conference

Morehead State 80  Tennessee Tech 73

 

Morehead State 24-9

 

Scores From Other Conference Tournaments

 

America East Conference

Vermont 57  Binghamton 46

Stony Brook 67  Albany 61

Boston U 69  New Hampshire 60

Hartford 66  Maine 63

 

Sunday, March 6 Semifinal Round

Vermont 23-7  vs. Stony Brook 14-16

Boston U. 19-13  vs. Hartford 11-19

 

Big Sky Conference

Weber State 79  Eastern Washington 70

Northern Arizona 65  Montana State 62

 

Tuesday, March 8 Semifinal Round

Montana 20-9  vs. Weber State 18-11

Northern Colorado 19-10  vs. Northern Arizona 19-11

 

Colonial Athletic Association

George Mason 68  Georgia State 45

Virginia Commonwealth 62  Drexel 60

Old Dominion 59  Delaware 50

Hofstra 72  William & Mary 56

 

Sunday, March 6 Semifinal Round

George Mason 26-5  vs.  Virginia Commonwealth 22-10

Old Dominion 25-6  vs. Hofstra 21-10

 

Horizon League

Butler 76  Cleveland State 68

Milwaukee 70  Valparaiso 63

 

Tuesday, March 8 Championship Game

Butler 22-9  vs. Milwaukee 19-12

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Fairfield 55  Marist 31

St. Peter’s 70  Loyola (MD) 60

Rider 79  Canisius 64

Iona 94  Siena 64

 

Sunday, March 6 Semifinal Round

Fairfield 24-6  vs. St. Peter’s 18-13

Rider 23-9  vs. Iona 21-10

 

Missouri Valley Conference

Missouri State 60  Creighton 50

Indiana State 61  Wichita State 54

 

Sunday, March 6 Championship Game

Missouri State 25-7  vs. Indiana State 19-13

 

Southern Conference

Western Carolina 77 UNC-Greensboro 66

Wofford 67  Appalachian State 56

Furman 61  Chattanooga 52

College of Charleston 78  Elon 60

 

Sunday, March 6 Semifinal Round

Western Carolina 18-14  vs. Wofford 19-12

Furman 22-9  vs. College of Charleston 23-9

 

Summit League

Oakland 82  Southern Utah 66

Oral Roberts 72  North Dakota State 65

 

Sunday, March 6 Quarterfinal Round Continues

I P F W  18-11  vs. South Dakota State 18-11

I U P U I  18-13  vs. Missouri-Kansas City 16-13

 

Sunbelt Conference

Western Kentucky 66  Louisiana-Monroe 50

North Texas 83  Troy 69

Florida Int’l 53  Denver 49

U A L R  82  South Alabama 68

 

Sunday, March 6 Quarterfinal Round

Louisiana-Lafayette 14-14  vs. Western Kentucky 15-15

Florida Atlantic 21-9  vs. North Texas 20-10

Middle Tennessee 15-15  vs. Florida Int’l  11-18

Arkansas State 17-14  vs. U A L R  16-16

 

West Coast Conference

Santa Clara 76  Loyola Marymount 68

San Francisco 76  Pepperdine 59

 

Sunday, March 6 Semifinal Round

St. Mary’s 23-7  vs. Santa Clara 19-13

Gonzaga 22-9  vs. San Francisco 17-13

March 4, 2011

NCAA Basketball Conference Tournaments–March 5 Update 1

Two new conference tournaments begin today (Saturday), but more importantly the first three spots in the Big Dance Card will be filled.

 

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Summit League Tournament

Tournament Site: Sioux Falls, SD

Saturday, March 5: Quarterfinal Round

G 1: #1 Oakland vs. #8 Southern Utah  7PM

G 2: #2 Oral Roberts vs. #7 North Dakota State 9:30 PM

 

Sunday, March 6: Quarterfinal Round

G 3 #4 I P F W vs. #5 North Dakota State 7 PM

G 4 #3 I U P U I vs. #6 Missouri-Kansas City 9:30 PM

 

Monday, March 7: Semifinal Round

G 5: G 1 Winner vs. G 3 Winner 7 PM

G 6: G 2 Winner vs. G 4 Winner  9:30 PM

 

Tuesday, March 8: Championship Game at 9PM on ESPN2

G 5 Winner vs. G 6 Winner

 

Hot Team:  Oral Roberts has won eight consecutive games by an average margin of 12.6 points per game.   This includes a key win over IUPUI that clinched the second seed.

 

Oakland enters the tournament riding a five-game winning streak.  The Golden Grizzlies won 15 of their final 16 regular season games.

 

Not Hot:  Missouri-Kansas City lost its last three games, but they were to three of the top four teams in the league.

 

Team Nobody Wants To Play: South Dakota State is only one hour from Sioux Falls, and the Jackrabbits will fill the arena.  Oakland would much rather play four-seed I P F W in the semifinals.  If SDSU wins their quarterfinal game, look for them to give Oakland fits in a semifinal match.

 

Oakland as Favorite:  The Golden Grizzlies finished 17-1 in league play, so they must be considered solid favorites.  Their lone league loss came at IUPUI, and in their 18 conference games they had a +14.2 scoring margin.    

 

Our Pick:  We will stick with the favorite to win here, even though we believe they will struggle to win their semifinal and final game.

 

 

Sunbelt Conference Tournament

Tournament Site: Hot Springs, AR (using Summit Arena and Convention Center Court)

 

Saturday, March 5: Opening Round

G 1: #3E Western Kentucky vs. #6W Louisiana-Monroe  7:45 PM (Convention Center)

G 2: #4W North Texas vs. #5E Troy  7:30 PM (Summit Arena)

G 3: #3W Denver vs. #6E Florida International  9:45 PM   (Summit Arena)

G 4: #4E South Alabama vs. #5W U A L R  10PM (Convention Center)

 

Sunday, March 6: Quarterfinal Round

G 5: G 1 Winner vs. #2W Louisiana-Lafayette  7:30 PM (Summit Arena)

G 6: G 2 Winner vs. #1E Florida Atlantic  7:45 PM (Convention Center)

G 7: G 3 Winner vs. #2E Middle Tennessee  10 PM (Convention Center)

G 8: G 4 Winner vs. #1W Arkansas State  9:45 PM (Summit Arena)

 

Monday, March 7: Semifinal Round (Summit Arena)

G 9: G 5 Winner vs. G 6 Winner  7PM

G10: G 7 Winner vs. G 8 Winner  9:30 PM

 

Tuesday, March 8: Championship Game (Summit Arena)

G11: G 9 Winner vs. G 10 Winner at 7PM on ESPN2

 

Hot Team: Louisiana-Lafayette has won 11 consecutive games, but seven of those wins were by five points or less or in overtime.  The Ragin’ Cajuns defeated both division winners in that stretch

 

Not Hot: Denver dropped from first to third when they lost their last three games and six of their final eight.  The Pioneers had won eight consecutive games in midseason, but they lost their offensive touch down the stretch.

 

Team That Nobody Wants To Play: After starting conference play 0-4, Western Kentucky righted the ship and won eight of their last 12 conference games.  The Hilltoppers greatly underachieved, and with two studs in Steffphon Pettigrew and Sergio Kerusch, WKU can beat anybody in the SBC.

 

Florida Atlantic As Favorite: The Owls started 8-0 in league play before faltering a bit down the stretch.  We do not feel strongly that FAU can win three games in three days.  In fact, we believe they will not even be around for the championship game. 

 

Our Pick: When UL-Lafayette takes on Western Kentucky in the quarterfinal round, we believe the winner of that game will upset FAU in the semifinal round and go on to win the league’s lone bid to the Dance.

 

The First Three Bids Go Out Today

 

The league championship games are on tap for Saturday.  Let’s look at the scores from Friday with the schedule for the three conference championship games.

 

Big South Conference— 4:00 PM on ESPN2

#3 UNC-Asheville (18-13) at #1 Coastal Carolina (28-4)

 

UNCA beat Charleston Southern 72-63 and High Point 62-45.  Coastal Carolina beat Gardner-Webb 83-72 and VMI 89-81

 

Atlantic Sun Conference—6:00 PM on ESPN2

Site: Macon, GA

#1 Belmont (29-4) vs. #6 North Florida (15-18)

 

Belmont defeated Kennesaw State 72-57 and Mercer 80-72.  North Florida defeated Jacksonville 68-64 and East Tennessee 59-55

 

Ohio Valley Conference—8:00 PM on ESPN2

Site: Nashville

#2 Morehead State (23-9) vs. #4 Tennessee Tech (20-11)

 

Morehead State beat Austin Peay 68-49.  Tennessee Tech beat UT-Martin 83-59 and Murray State 64-59.

 

Scores From Other Conference Tournaments

 

Colonial Athletic Association

#9 Georgia State 58  #8 UNC-Wilmington 52

#5 Drexel 75  #12 Towson  69

#7 Delaware 60  #10 Northeastern 58

#11 William & Mary 72  #6 James Madison 68

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday

#1 George Mason vs. #9 Georgia State

#4 Virginia Commonwealth vs. #5 Drexel

#2 Old Dominion vs. #7 Delaware

#3 Hofstra vs. #11 William & Mary

 

Horizon League

#3 Cleveland State 73  #6 Wright State 59

#4 Valparaiso 88  #5 Detroit 78

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday

#1 Milwaukee vs. #4 Valparaiso

#2 Butler vs. #3 Cleveland State

 

M A A C

#9 Marist 73  #8 Niagara 61

#7 Siena 68  #10 Manhattan 66 OT

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday

#1 Fairfield vs. #9 Marist

#4 St. Peter’s vs. #5 Loyola (MD)

#3 Rider vs. #6 Canisius

#2 Iona vs. #7 Siena

 

Missouri Valley

#1 Missouri State 58  #8 Southern Illinois 56

#5 Creighton 60  #4 Northern Iowa 57

#2 Wichita State 70  #10 Bradley 56

#3 Indiana State 52  #6 Evansville 50

 

Semifinal Round—Saturday

#1 Missouri State vs. #5 Creighton

#2 Wichita State vs. #3 Indiana State

 

Southern Conference

#5N UNC-Greensboro 71  #4S Davidson 64

#3N Appalachian State 65  #6S Georgia Southern 57

#3S Furman 61  #6N Samford 48

#4N Elon 85  #5S Citadel 74

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday

#1N Western Carolina vs. #5N UNC-Greensboro

#2S Wofford vs. #3N Appalachian State

#2N Chattanooga vs. #3S Furman

#1S College of Charleston vs. #4N Elon

 

West Coast Conference

#8 Loyola Marymount 72  #5 Portland 68

#6 Pepperdine 84  #7 San Diego 81

 

Quarterfinal Round—Saturday

#4 Santa Clara vs. #8 Loyola Marymount

#3 San Francisco vs. #6 Pepperdine

 

Ivy League Results (Princeton and Harvard)

Harvard 79  Penn 64

Princeton 77  Dartmouth 55

 

Princeton is now 11-1.  Harvard is now 11-2.  The two teams square off in Cambridge tonight.  If Princeton wins, the Tigers clinch the Ivy League title.  If Harvard wins, then Princeton must win at Penn Tuesday night to force a playoff for the Ivy League title.

March 2, 2010

And They’re Off…

Let’s Start The Partying

 

It may feel like it’s mid-January in most of the nation, but the calendar doesn’t lie.  It’s time to start the sports reality show called “Big Dancing With The Stars; Trying Not To Be The Biggest Loser.”  Yes, the conference tournaments begin to tip-off tonight.

15 conferences begin tournament play in the next four days.  Let’s take a look at the brackets.

America East Conference

Site: Hartford, CT until the Championship Game.  Championship Game on the home court of the higher seed.

Late Note:#5 seed Binghamton has withdrawn from the conference tournament, making this an 8-team tournament that will now begin Saturday.

Saturday, March 6

G1-#1 Stony Brook (21-8) vs. #9 Albany (7-24)

G2-#4 Boston U (17-12) vs. #6 Hartford (8-21)

G3-#2 Vermont (22-9) vs. #8 Maryland-Balt. Co. (4-25)

G4-#3 Maine (19-10) vs. #7 New Hampshire (12-16)

Sunday, March 7

G5-Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner

G6-Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner

Saturday, March 13

Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner at higher seed’s home court

Boston U is the hot team as tournament play begins.  The Terriers have an easy first round game thanks to Binghamton pulling out.  Look for a very interesting semifinal match between BU and Stony Brook.

Look for New Hampshire to give Maine a great game and have a great shot at the upset.  Beating Vermont in the next round won’t happen.  The Catamounts have a clear path to the title game, and if Boston can upset Stony Brook, Vermont would host the title game.

Atlantic Sun Conference

Site: Macon, GA

Wednesday, March 3

G1-#1 Lipscomb (17-12) vs. #8 Kennesaw St. (12-19)

G2-#2 Jacksonville (18-11) vs. #7 North Florida (13-17)

Thursday, March 4

G3-#3 Belmont (19-11) vs. #6 Mercer (14-16)

G4-#4 Campbell (19-10) vs. #5 East Tennessee (17-14)

Friday, March 5

Game 1 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner

Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner

Saturday, March 6

Semifinal Winners

Lipscomb won its last four games to earn a four-way tie for first.  The Bisons got the top-seed based on head to head results against the other three teams.  Their path to the championship game is not an easy one.  In the opening round, they face a Kennesaw team that gave them fits in both games, earning a split.  

Campbell has the most complete game of any team in this tournament, and they could be the team to beat from their number four seeding.  They also split with Lipscomb, and a possible semifinal match with the Bisons could be the game of the tournament.

Belmont and Jacksonville should handle their first round opponents, and in a semifinal match, the Dolphins have the upper hand when matching up.  A Jacksonville-Campbell final game would be interesting.  Both teams defended their home court in the regular season, winning by double digits.

Big Sky Conference

Site: All games played at higher seed

Saturday, March 6

#6 Portland State (12-17) at #3 Montana State (15-13)

#5 Northern Arizona (14-13) at #4 Montana (19-9)

Tuesday, March 9

Lower Remaining Seed at #1 Weber State (19-9)

Higher Remaining Seed at #2 Northern Colorado (24-6)

Wednesday, March 10

Lower Remaining Seed at Higher Remaining Seed

 

Big South Conference

Site: Quarterfinals at higher seed/Semifinals at Coastal Carolina/Finals at higher seed

Tuesday, March 2

G1-#8 VMI (10-18) at #1 Coastal Carolina (26-5)

G2-#7 Charleston Southern (13-16) at #2 Radford (18-11)

G3-#6 Liberty (15-15) at #3 Winthrop (16-13)

G4-#5 High Point (15-14) at #4 UNC-Asheville (14-15)

Thursday, March 4 (at Coastal Carolina)

Game 1 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner

Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner

Friday, March 5

Lower Remaining Seed at Higher Remaining Seed

The top two teams are clearly the two best in this league, as they dispenses of all the competition coming down the stretch.  Radford has a dominating inside player capable of causing matchup problems for a good team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Keep an eye on Art Parakhouski, a 6-11 hulk from Belarus.  He makes Radford the favorite to meet Coastal Carolina for a great rubber match worth watching.

Colonial Athletic Association

Site: Richmond, VA

Friday, March 5

G1-#8 Towson (9-20) vs. #9 UNC-Wilmington (9-21)

G2-#5 Va. Commonwealth (20-8) vs. #12 Delaware (7-23)

G3-#7 Hofstra (18-13) vs. #10 Georgia State (12-19)

G4-#6 Drexel (16-15) vs. #11 James Madison (12-19)

Saturday, March 6

G5-#1 Old Dominion (23-8) vs. Game 1 Winner

G6-#4 George Mason (17-13) vs. Game 2 Winner

G7-#2 Northeastern (19-11) vs. Game 3 Winner

G8-#3 William & Mary (20-9) vs. Game 4 Winner

Sunday, March 7

Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner

Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner

Monday, March 8

Semifinal Winners

There’s decent parity in this league, and any of the top seven seeds could emerge the victor.  Hofstra is the hottest team in the league, having finished the regular season with six consecutive wins and nine out of ten, including a double digit win at Northeastern.

Old Dominion has a road win against Georgetown this year, and the Monarchs would be a bubble team if they lost in the semifinals or finals.

Horizon League

Site: 1st Round at Higher Seed/All Others at Indianapolis

Tuesday, March 2

G1-#10 Youngstown (8-21) at #3 Green Bay (20-11)

G2-#9 Illinois-Chicago (8-21) at #4 Milwaukee (18-13)

G3-#8 Loyola (Chi) (14-15) at #5 Cleveland St. (15-16)

G4-#7 Detroit (18-13) at #6 Valparaiso (15-16)

Friday, March 5

G5-Game 1 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner

G6-Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner

Saturday, March 6

Butler (26-4) vs. Game 6 Winner

Wright St. (19-11) vs. Game 5 Winner

Tuesday, March 9

Semifinal Winners

It’s all about Butler in this tournament.  The Bulldogs are going dancing win or lose, but they could move up to a number three seed by winning on March 9.  Detroit is the only team that gave Butler any trouble this year, so it could become interesting if the Titans beat Valpo, Green Bay, and Wright State to make it to the finals.

M A A C

Site: Albany, NY

Friday, March 5

G1-#7 Canisius (14-16) vs. #10 Marist (1-28)

G2-#8 Loyola (Md) (13-16) vs. #9 Manhattan (10-19)

Saturday, March 6

G3-#1 Siena (24-6) vs. Game 2 Winner

G4-#2 Fairfield (20-9) vs. Game 1 Winner

G5-#3 Iona (21-9) vs. #6 Niagara (17-14)

G6-#4 St. Peter’s (16-13) vs. #5 Rider (16-15)

Sunday, March 7

Game 3 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner

Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner

Monday, March 8

Semifinal Winners

Siena’s resume does not allow them a Mulligan in this tournament.  The Saints have no signature wins, and they got their hat handed to them in the Bracketbuster game against Butler.  Siena has to win this tournament or it’s the NIT for them this year.

Fairfield gave Siena two close ballgames this year, and it could be hard for the Saints to beat the Stags three times.  

Iona is flying under the radar.  The Gaels won nine in a row in midseason, and they have the talent to make it to Monday night’s game.

Missouri Valley Conference

Site: St. Louis (Arch Madness)

Thursday, March 4

G1-#7 Missouri State (19-11) vs. #10 Evansville (9-20)

G2-#8 Drake (13-18) vs. #9 Southern Illinois (15-14)

Friday, March 5

G3-#1 Northern Iowa (25-4) vs. Game 2 Winner

G4-#2 Wichita State (23-8) vs. Game 1 Winner

G5-#3 Illinois State (21-9) vs. #6 Indiana St. (17-13)

G6-#4 Creighton (16-14) vs. #5 Bradley (15-14)

Saturday, March 6

Game 3 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner

Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner

Sunday, March 7

Semifinal Winners

Northern Iowa won the regular season title by three games, but don’t consider the Panthers an overwhelming favorite.  A good case could be made for any of the top five teams, and nobody wants to play Ninth-seeded Southern Illinois.

This will be a great tournament, and you should make it a point to watch these games if you have access. 

UNI is a pretty safe bet to garner an at-large bid if they don’t win the automatic bid.  Wichita State was once in the discussion for an at-large bid after a 16-2 start, but the shockers finished 7-6.

Northeast Conference

Site: All Games Played at Higher Seed

Thursday, March 4

G1-#8 Monmouth (12-18) at #1 Quinnipiac (21-8)

G2-#7 Cent. Connecticut (12-17) at #2 Robert Morris (20-11)

G3-#6 St. Francis (Pa) (11-18) at #3 Mt. St. Mary’s (15-14)

G4-#5 Fairleigh Dickinson (11-20) at #4 Long Island (13-16)

Sunday, March 7

Game 1 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner at higher seed

Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner at higher seed

Wednesday, March 10

Semifinal Winners at higher seed

Rarely is the number three seed considered the favorite, but in the NEC, Mt. St. Mary’s must be considered just that.  The Mountaineers won their final 10 games, which included victories over the two top seeds.  MSM has been in the tournament title game the last two years, winning in 2008.  Point Guard Jeremy Goode cut down on his turnovers down the stretch and played more like he was capable of playing.  Look for the 5-9 hotshot to play his best and guide the Mountaineers back to the Championship Game, where they are liable to face Quinnipiac.

Bobcat star James Feldeine was held to just four points in the last meeting with MSM; he will be ready for blood in a title match.

Ohio Valley Conference

Site: 1st Round at higher seed/All Others at Nashville

Tuesday, March 2

G1-#8 Tennessee State (9-22) at #1 Murray State (27-4)

G2-#7 Jacksonville St. (11-18) at #2 Morehead St. (21-9)

G3-#6 Tennessee Tech (14-16) at #3 Austin Peay (17-14)

G4-#5 East. Kentucky (20-11) at #4 East. Illinois (18-11)

Friday, March 5

Game 1 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner

Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner

Saturday, March 6

Semifinal Winners

Murray State won 27 games during the regular season, but even if the Racers lose in the title game, they will fall to the NIT.

Morehead State is the defending OVC Champion, and the Eagles have the league’s top player in Kenneth Faried (16.8 ppg/13.0 rpg).  Morehead won 17 of 20 down the stretch including a win over Murray St.

Austin Peay is always a force to be reckoned with in this tournament.  The Governors have been a regular in the championship round.

Patriot League

Site: All Games Played at Higher Seed

Wednesday, March 3

G1-#8 Army (14-14) at #1 Lehigh (19-10)

G2-#7 Holy Cross (8-21) at #2 Bucknell (14-16)

G3-#6 Colgate (10-18) at #3 Lafayette (17-12)

G4-#5 Navy (13-16) at #4 American (10-19)

Sunday, March 7

Game 1 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner at Higher Seed

Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner at Higher Seed

Friday, March 12

Semifinal Winners at Higher Seed

A month ago, Bucknell stood at 6-14 and looked like a possible 20-game loser.  The Bison turned it around and rebounded to go 8-2 down the stretch with a win over Lehigh.  One of the two losses was also to Lehigh, so this does not make Bucknell the favorite.

There is no clear-cut favorite in this league.  In fact, sixth-seeded Colgate has been playing as well an any team as the tournament opens.  The Raiders had Lehigh on the ropes a couple weeks ago before falling short at the end.

Southern Conference

Site: Charlotte

Friday, March 5

G1-#3N Chattanooga (14-17) vs. #6S Ga. Southern (9-22)

G2-#4N UNC-Greensboro (7-22) vs. #5S Furman (13-16)

G3-#3S Davidson (16-14) vs. #6N Elon (8-22)

G4-#4S Citadel (15-15) vs. #5N Samford (11-19)

Saturday, March 6

G5-#1N Appalachian St. (20-11) vs. Game 4 Winner

G6-#1S Wofford (23-8) vs. Game 2 Winner

G7-#2N Western Carolina (21-10) vs. Game 3 Winner

G8-#2S Charleston (20-10) vs. Game 1 Winner

Sunday, March 7

Game 5 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner

Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner

Monday, March 8

Semifinal Winners

With Davidson just a middle of the pack team, the Socon Tournament becomes a wide-open race.  The top four seeds all have the talent to run the table, but Wofford must be considered the favorite.  The Terriers won their final 10 games and 19 of 21, after starting 4-6.

Keep an eye on College of Charleston.  Coach Bobby Cremins has talent at the guard spot, and he knows how to get to the Big Dance.

Summit League

Site: Sioux Falls, SD

Saturday, March 6

G1-#1 Oakland (23-8) vs. #8 Mo.-Kansas City (12-17)

G2-#2 I U P U I (22-9) vs. #7 Western Illinois (13-16)

Sunday, March 7

G3-#3 Oral Roberts (19-12) vs. #6 N. Dakota St. (11-17)

G4-#4 S. Dakota St. (14-15) vs. #5 I P F W (15-14)

Monday, March 8

Game 1 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner

Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner

Tuesday, March 9

Semifinal Winners

Oakland’s path to the Championship Game is not all that easy.  Last place UMKC was no pushover, and the Grizzlies didn’t win all that convincingly in the regular season.  A possible semifinal match with the host team, South Dakota State, will be even harder.  The Jackrabbits have the best backcourt in the league, but they are a little weak inside.  That’s where Oakland is strongest with 6-11 center Keith Benson, the league’s top player.

IUPUI won 12 of its final 14 games and blew Oakland off the floor by 24 points.  The Jaguars have an easier path to the title game.

Sunbelt Conference

Site: Hot Springs, AR (in two separate gyms)

Saturday, March 6

G1-#4 Western Kentucky (19-12) VS. #13 New Orleans (8-21)

G2-#5 Arkansas St. (16-13) vs. #12 Ark.-Little Rock (8-21)

G3-#6 Denver (17-12) vs. #11 Florida Int’l (7-24)

G4-#7 UL-Lafayette (13-16) vs. #10 UL-Monroe (11-18)

G5-#8 Fla. Atlantic (14-15) vs. #9 South Alabama (16-14)

Sunday, March 7

G6-#1 Troy (18-11) vs. Game 5 Winner

G7-#2 North Texas (21-8) vs. Game 4 Winner

G8-#3 Middle Tennessee (19-12) vs. Game 3 Winner

G9-Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner

Monday, March 8

Game 6 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner

Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner

Tuesday, March 9

Semifinal Winners

The top four seeds enter this tournament on high notes, but none are higher than Western Kentucky.  The Hilltoppers went 7-7 during the 14-games missed to injury by beefy forward Sergio Kerusch.  WKU defeated Vanderbilt, Murray State, and Mississippi State in the pre-conference schedule, and they could be headed back to the Big Dance for the third year in a row, as they ride a six-game winning streak entering the tournament.

North Texas comes into this tournament on an eight-game winning streak.  The Mean Green edged WKU in overtime during the time Kerusch was out.

Arkansas State is coming into this tournament as a darkhorse, but watch out for Red Wolves.  Former LSU coach John Brady’s squad swept North Texas; both wins were by double digits.  

West Coast Conference

Site: Las Vegas

Friday, March 5

G1-#5 Loyola Marymount (16-14) vs. #8 Pepperdine (7-23)

G2-#6 San Diego (10-20) vs. #7 Santa Clara (11-20)

Saturday, March 6

G3-#3 Portland (19-9) vs. Game 2 Winner

G4-#4 San Francisco (12-17) vs. Game 1 Winner

Sunday, March 7

Gonzaga (24-5) vs. Game 4 Winner

St. Mary’s (24-5) vs. Game 3 Winner

Monday, March 8

Semifinal Winners

For once, this is a three-team race.  Gonzaga swept St. Mary’s and Portland and will more than likely have to face one of the two for the championship.  It’s hard to beat a good team three times in a row, but the Bulldogs have the talent to do so.

St. Mary’s and Portland split a pair of really tight games, so there is no clear cut favorite if they meet in the Semifinals.  The Gaels benefit from getting an extra day off.

If any team from the first day of play has a chance, it is Loyola Marymount.  The Lions beat Gonzaga and Portland in February.  First year coach Max Good took a team picked to be last in the league and brought them home at 7-7 in WCC play.

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