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 4, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Basketball–Friday, March 4, 2022

Friday’s Conference Tournaments

Big South Conference–Quarterfinals
Charlotte
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
LongwoodNorth Carolina A&T10.3
USC UpstateCharleston Southern9.2
WinthropHigh Point6.0
Gardner-WebbCampbell3.4
MIssouri Valley Conference–Quarterfinals
St. Louis (Arch Madness)
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Northern IowaIllinois St.8.7
Loyola (Chi.)Bradley6.8
Missouri St.Valparaiso12.5
DrakeSouthern Illinois4.1
Ohio Valley Conference–Semifinals
Evansville, IN
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Murray St.Southeast Missouri19.6
BelmontMorehead St.6.1
Southern Conference–1st Round
Asheville, NC
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
East Tennessee St.The Citadel6.0
MercerWestern Carolina7.4
West Coast Conference–2nd Round
Las Vegas
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
BYULoyola Marymount12.2
PortlandSan Diego1.4

Friday’s Regular Season Games

HomeVisitorSpread
St. BonaventureRichmond3.7
Western MichiganBall St.-4.6
Kent St.Buffalo0.4
ToledoBowling Green19.2
Miami (O)Eastern Michigan7.9
AkronCentral Michigan18.4
Northern IllinoisOhio-12.6
San Jose St.Utah St.-17.8

March 3, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Basketball–Thursday, March 3, 2022

Thursday’s Conference Tournaments
Atlantic Sun Conference–Quarterfinals
Higher Seed Team at Home
HomeVisitorsSpread
JacksonvilleCentral Arkansas12.8
Jacksonville St.Kennesaw St.7.4
BellarmineFlorida Gulf Coast1.4
LibertyLipscomb12.4
Horizon League–Quarterfinals
Higher Seed Team at Home
HomeVisitorsSpread
Purdue Ft. WayneIllinois Chicago6.6
Northern KentuckyDetroit3.3
Wright St.Oakland1.4
Cleveland St.Robert Morris11.6
Missouri Valley Conference–1st Round
St. Louis
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Illinois St.Indiana St.2.1
ValparaisoEvansville6.8
Ohio Valley Conference–Quarterfinals
Evansville, IN
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Southeast MissouriTennessee St.-0.1
Morehead St.Tennessee Tech7.8
Patriot League–Quarterfinals
Higher Seed at Home
HomeVisitorsSpread
ColgateBucknell16.7
NavyAmerican13.6
Boston ULoyola (MD)6.1
LehighArmy1.0
Sun Belt Conference–1st Round
Pensacola, FL
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
LouisianaUT-Arlington1.6
South AlabamaLittle Rock13.0
Arkansas St.Louisiana-Monroe4.7
Coastal CarolinaGeorgia Southern6.0
West Coast Conference–1st Round
Las Vegas
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Loyola MarymountPacific5.0
San DiegoPepperdine4.2
Thursday’s Regularly Scheduled Games
HomeVisitorsSpread
HartfordUMass Lowell-0.1
HoustonTemple17.8
IllinoisPenn St.11.6
Ohio St.Michigan St.4.5
SMUCincinnati7.2
Florida Intl.Florida Atlantic-4.1
MonmouthQuinnipiac9.1
ManhattanIona-9.3
NiagaraSiena3.5
CanisiusMarist-2.7
UNC CentralSouth Carolina St.6.2
Norfolk St.Howard4.2
Coppin St.Morgan St.2.9
Maryland-Eastern ShoreDelaware St.13.4
Sam HoustonTarleton4.8
FairfieldRider5.0
KansasTCU12.3
TulaneCentral Florida1.0
Arizona St.California5.4
Alabama A&MGrambling-0.3
UTSANorth Texas-15.3
Abilene ChristianDixie St.11.2
Jackson St.Arkansas-Pine Bluff11.7
Alcorn St.Mississippi Valley St.15.8
ArizonaStanford18.7
MichiganIowa-0.5
Alabama St.Southern-6.7
South FloridaMemphis-13.6
UTEPRice4.3
Montana St.Sacramento St.13.1
MontanaNorthern Colorado2.7
Idaho St.Southern Utah-9.1
IdahoPortland St.-2.4
Eastern WashingtonNorthern Arizona11.2
Grand CanyonUtah Valley4.2
WashingtonOregon-3.5
Long Beach St.UC Davis5.4
UC Santa BarbaraHawaii5.0
Cal St. BakersfieldUC San Diego2.4
Cal PolyUC Irvine-11.0
San Diego St.Fresno St.7.5
Washington St.Oregon St.15.4
Cal St. FullertonUC Riverside3.0

February 17, 2022

February Madness

This is the time of year where college basketball starts to get really interesting.  2022 is more interesting than normal.  Teams that were almost locks to be at-large tournament teams have lost multiple games and have moved down into Bubbleville.  Teams that were on the Bubble for the NIT two weeks ago have played themselves into at-large contention in just a couple weeks.  Then, there are a plethora of Mid-Major conferences where the best team has moved into contention for an at-large possibility if they do not win their conference tournament, and there are a few mid-major leagues where two or more teams have resumes worthy of consideration.  The first conference tournaments tip off in 12 days.  Here’s a quick look at the leagues for basketball fans that haven’t had the time to follow as closely as this maniac does.

Power Conferences

ACC

North Carolina lost against lowly Pittsburgh this week, and the Tar Heels are now fighting for a last 4 in spot with a dozen other teams.

Notre Dame has won 9 out of 10 games, basically against the lower half of the league but with wins over Miami and Virginia, to move to the good side of the Bubble.  The Irish have two critical road games left that can move their resume into safe territory with wins.  If they beat Wake Forest and Florida State, they will break through the Bubble and enter safe territory.

Virginia and Virginia Tech have considerable work to do to get into consideration.  UVa is 10-6/16-10, which in most years in the ACC would be enough, but not this year.

Big 12

Kansas, Baylor, Texas Tech, and Texas are safe, while TCU is close to being safe.  Kansas State is making a late charge in the league, moving from last place in January to 5th place today.  Their final 5 games are tough, and a 3-2 finish might give them enough resume boost to get the Wildcats into the field.  

Oklahoma and Iowa State are both 4-9 in the league.  I cannot remember any team 5 games under .500 in a power conference that ever got into the field of 68.  It looks like 7-11 is the ceiling for both teams.  Yet, their team sheets, as seen by the Selection Committee, still show them in strong contention for an at-large bid.

Big East

Providence, Villanova, and UConn are safe at this point, but there is a logjam after that.  Creighton, Marquette, and Xavier are on the good side of the Bubble today, but Seton Hall is 3-4 in their last 7 games and now has work to do to secure an at-large spot.

Big Ten

Rutgers is the hottest team in the nation other than Gonzaga.  From being hopeful to sneak into the NIT three weeks ago, the Scarlet Knights have knocked off Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Illinois in succession combined with prior wins over Purdue, Iowa, and Michigan.  RU is now 10-5 in the Big Ten and facing a really tough 4-game stretch, where if they split these games, they have to be moved into the at-large field and high enough to avoid having to go to Dayton for a First Four game.

Indiana has fallen off the mat with four consecutive losses to drop to 7-8 in the league.  They are now in the danger field.

Pac-12

This is an interesting process.  First-year Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd might be the national Coach of the Year, and he makes the Mark Few coaching tree look sturdy.  The Wildcats are vying for a #1 seed,  UCLA, Oregon, and USC should also be in the field, but they still need to win some games.  Unless another team wins the automatic bid, it doesn’t appear like the Pac-12 will go beyond four teams, and it could fall to three if Oregon drops some games in the final fortnight.  Washington, Washington State, Colorado, and Stanford sit just below the threshold of contention.  If one of these teams were to win out in the regular season, they could get into contention with a couple of conference tournament wins.

SEC

The big news here is that Florida has played itself out of the field for now after losing at home to Texas A&M.  The Gators are now 6-7 in the league and have a tricky closing schedule and just one big win all season.  Michael White’s job security is getting thinner and thinner as his teams tend to underachieve again and again.  Following Billy Donovan has been tough, and this could be the year the Gators decide to move on to another situation.

The rest of the league is pretty well set.  Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, and Alabama are safe.  None of the rest of the league can work themselves into an at-large situation and can only get into the field as an automatic bid.

Mid-Majors (and Low-Majors)

American Athletic

Houston has been safely in the field for weeks.  Their seed line has dropped from a 2 to maybe a 5 or 6.  SMU is on the Bubble but likely looking at a high NIT seed unless the Mustangs can beat Memphis at home and then knock off Houston on the road.  Memphis has worked themselves back into contention after suffering through a horrific January.

America East

This is a one-bid leage (OBL), and if anybody other than Vermont wins the conference tournament, it will be a big shame.  Stony Brook has been banned from the post-season tournament for announcing its move out of the league.  If the Catamounts don’t win the bid, whoever does is likely looking at a #16 play-in game in Dayton.

Atlantic 10

Davidson has not done enough to guarantee themselves an at-large spot should they not win the automatic bid.  Dayton, VCU, Saint Louis, and St. Bonaventure are co-contenders with the Wildcats for the possible one bid.  Keep an eye on the Billikens; they probably have the most complete team in the A-10.

Atlantic Sun

If you are a basketball maniac like me, you should cheer for Bellarmine to win the automatic bid in this OBL.  The Knights, with long-time coach Scott Davenport.  I know Scott from the past.  He was Allan Houston’s high school coach at Louisville Ballard, and I think he is the last former Denny Crum assistant to be in college basketball.  He also worked for Rick Pitino at UL.  He took over the Bellarmine program when the Knights were still Division 2, and he won a national championship.  The Knights have a unique playing style, a five-out motion offense similar to the old Princeton offense under Pete Caril.  They put a big scare in close losses to Saint Mary’s and UCLA and are battle-tested with other games against Gonzaga, Murray State, and Purdue.  

Liberty was leading the A-Sun for most of the year until a couple losses moved the Flames down to third place.  Jacksonville State (from Alabama not Florida) is currently in first in the league.  Their coach, Ray Harper, has had a controversial career, where he was accused of verbal and other abuse during his tenure at Western Kentucky, but he won big there.  He’s stayed out of the headlines at JSU, and the Gamecocks are the team to beat in the league tournament.

Keep an eye on Jacksonville (The one in Florida where Artis Gilmore played).  First-year coach Jordan Mincy has done an admirable job with the Dolphins.  He’s just 35 years old and has a rep for being a great recruiter.  He probably has an long and successful career ahead. and JU has to be considered the Dark Horse to win the league tournament.

Florida Gulf Coast is playing their best ball at the present, and they have sneaked into the upper division.  

Big Sky

The league has five teams that are rather evenly matched and all talented enough to play a high-seeded favorite close enough to put a scare in them.  Montana State is 16-1 since early December, but the Bobcats begin a rough three-game road trip tonight.  Weber State and Southern Utah could sneak past MSU if the road trip proves to be trouble.

Big South

This is a two-team race between Longwood and perpetual contender Winthrop.  The best the Big South can hope for this year is a #16 seed that avoids a play-in game in Dayton.  Winthrop has a road win against Washington, but the Huskies were not in great shape at the time of that game.

Big West

Covid affected this league more than most other leagues, and thus the conference standings have been overly skewed.  This is an OBL, so it will be all about the conference tournament.  Defending champion UCSB is in 7th place with a 4-5 league mark, but they have won three games in a row.  Perpetual contender UC-Irvine started 1-3 but has reeled off six consecutive wins to move to 7-3 and 4th place.  I’d put my money on the Anteaters as the top contender for the bid.  The three teams ahead of UCI in the standings, Long Beach State, Cal St. Fullerton, and Hawaii have decent talent, but UCI is the superior team.

Colonial Athletic

Considering this is another OBL, it has been an interesting race to this point with four equally talented teams emerging as the co-favorites.  Towson looked like a potential runaway winner in the conference race into late January, but in the last three weeks, UNC-Wilmington has been the hot team, and the Seahawks have won 15 of their last 17 games.  They are a small team, mostly guards and a tough matchup for bigger teams that cannot match UCW’s quickness.

Speedy Claxton is one incredible gentleman.  He was a big star at Hofstra, playing for a conference championship team under coach Jay Wright before Wright went to Villanova.  After having a semi-successful NBA career, Claxton returned to his alma mater as head coach.  When the Pride needed a better arena, Claxton wrote a sizable check to make it happen.  When longtime coach Joe Mihalich retired last year, Claxton took over the Hofstra program and has the Pride in 3rd place in the CAA.

Conference USA

North Texas and UAB are both potential Bubble teams at this point.  UNT has won 10 games in a row and sits at 11-1/18-4.  The Mean Green has a tough man-to-man defense that forces opponents to use all of the shot clock on many possessions.  The Blazers are the better offensive team but not as consistent at UNT.  There are at least four other CUSA teams strong enough to win the automatic bid. 

Middle Tennessee State has a nice history of upsetting big teams in the Dance, and current Coach Nick McDevitt took UNC-Asheville to a Big Dance from about the same spot the Blue Raiders sit today.

Sixth place UTEP and seventh place Western Kentucky cannot be ignored in the conference tournament.  The Miners, under first year coach Joe Golding, are a team nobody wants to play.  Their pressing defense has become stronger and stronger as the players gain the experience playing it.  Golding made Abilene Christian a tough out.

Horizon

Oakland appeared to be running away with the league championship in January, but they came back to the rest of the pack.  This is another OBL, and the conference tournament should be quite exciting, because there are at least six teams that can win it.  Third place Northern Kentucky has won 9 of their last 10, and I think they are the team to beat in March.

Ivy

This league only invites the top 4 teams to its fledgling postseason tournament.  Yale, Penn, and Princeton are rather secure at this point, but the fourth spot is still up for grabs between Cornell, Brown, and Harvard.  If any team other than Yale wins the tournament, they are looking at a #16 seed.  Yale is probably a #15 seed.  Princeton has the most talent.

Metro Atlantic

Rick Pitino is doing it again.  He has taken Iona back to the heights it enjoyed under Jim Valvano 40+ years ago.  The Gaels looked to possibly run the table in the MAAC until they fell in consecutive road games to Niagara and Siena.  Iona still has a multi-game lead over the rest of the league and will be the #1 seed in the MAAC Tournament.  If you are looking for a potential upset team, it has to be Monmouth, where Coach King Rice tends to have his undermanned team playing in peak form in March.

Mid-American

Toledo and Ohio will be the number one seeds out of the two divisions, and one of the two should win MACtion in Cleveland.  Both teams have just enough talent to pull off a first round upset in the Big Dance.

Mid-Eastern Athletic

The MEAC has been wounded by defections to other conferences and now has just eight teams left.  Norfolk State has quietly dominated this league the last 11 years, winning more than 78% of their conference games, but the Spartans have only won two conference tournaments in that time.  They did once beat Missouri in the NCAA Tournament.  Usually, the MEAC champion automatically goes to Dayton to play a first four game as a #16 seed, but Norfolk has the potential to work up to one of the top two 16-seeds this year if they can keep winning.  Of course, that means instead of having a chance to win a tourney game against another 16-seed, they will get blasted against a #1 seed in their only game.

Missouri Valley

Arch Madness in St. Louis is always fun, and the league championship game is always the first big one televised by CBS on the first Sunday of Championship Fortnight.  Loyola (Chi.) is ending their membership in the league at the end of this season, but the folks in the MVC, led by a long-time acquaintance in Commissioner Jeff Jackson, didn’t ban the Ramblers from Arch Madness.  Loyola is firmly an at-large candidate if they do not win Arch Madness, and this year, the tournament will be loaded with good teams capable of cutting down the nets.  

Drake, Missouri State, and Bradley have already defeated the Ramblers, while Northern Iowa has beaten those same three teams and still gets Loyola at home to conclude the regular season.  These five teams will make Arch Madness Madnificent.

Mountain West

Might the MWC get more teams in the Big Dance than the Pac-12?  The answer is most likely “no,” but this league will put three teams in the field with the possibility of a fourth getting in.  Boise State, Wyoming, Colorado State, and San Diego State are within one game in the loss column of each other.  If the Aztecs can finish the regular season 5-1 in their six games in two weeks dash, then all four could be in line for a bid if there aren’t many Power Conference upset winners. All four of these teams have Sweet 16 talent.

Northeast

Wagner has been rated highly in the NET Rankings this year, as they have a signature road win against VCU, but this is another OBL.  The Seahawks beat second place Bryant at home in overtime and still have to play the Bulldogs in Rhode Island.  One of these two should win the automatic bid.

Ohio Valley

Could the OVC be a two-bid league this year, as they have been multiple times in the past?  Murray State has the best overall record in D1 basketball at 24-2 and is 14-0 in the league.  Should the Racers be upset in the OVC Tournament, then yes, this is definitely a two-bid league.  Additionally, if Murray State wins the league tourney, and they beat Belmont in the Championship Game, and Belmont has a record of 26-7 or 27-6, then the Bruins might sneak into the field as an 11 or 12-seed playing in a First Four game.  Belmont has wins over Drake, Iona, and Saint Louis, all away from Nashville, plus a win at home over Chattanooga.  The Bruins still must play at Murray.

Patriot League

Colgate is 12-1 in their last 13 games, and the Raiders look to have returned to their lofty elite position they enjoyed last year in the PL.  They do have one nice road win, topping Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, but this is most likely a one and done team if they win the automatic bid, even if the Raiders are one of the most efficient offensive teams in the nation.  They will get manhandled in the paint by a bigger opponent.

Navy and Boston U have enough talent to win the automatic bid.  If either does win, they will most likely be a 16-seed or at best, the weakest 15-seed.

Southern

The SoCon has frequently been overlooked in the past, especially once Davidson left the league.  Chattanooga is definitely a team that must be shown respect, as the Mocs have an above average offense and defense.  UC has swept second place Furman in the regular season, and there is the old saying that it is hard to beat a good team three times in one season.  The Mocs might have to do just that to get a Dance ticket.

Southland

This poor league was decimated by the loss of its best teams to the WAC, and now, this may be the weakest of the D1 conferences.  New Orleans, Nicholls State, and Southeast Louisiana are the only three teams with winning conference records, but 6th place Texas A&M-Corpus Christi may actually be the best team.  Regardless of the eventual winner, they will play in Dayton in a First Four game.

Summit League

Do you remember last year?  Fourth place Oral Roberts finished the regular season at 10-6 in the league and just 13-10 overall.  The Golden Eagles then upset South Dakota State in the Summit Semis and topped North Dakota State in the Summit Championship Game to sneak into the field as a 15-seed.  They then upset 2-seed Ohio State and 7-seed Florida to make the Sweet 16, where they faced a heavily favored Arkansas team and took the Razorbacks to the buzzer, losing by two.

ORU is in second place in the league at the present time at 11-3, but three games behind what looks like a potential Sweet 16 team in South Dakota State.  Even with the 2021 success, this league is an OBL, because neither team has the strength of schedule or strength of record to get an at-large bid.  

From deep in the pack, keep an eye on Western Illinois.  The Leathernecks’ style of play will keep them loose in tournament action, and if they can pull off a quarterfinal upset, they will get the confidence and have the momentum to do more.

Sun Belt

Of the Low-major leagues, this one has the most parity, and it will be a crap shoot to predict the automatic bid winner in this OBL.  Nine of the 12 teams can make it to the SBC Championship Game.  If I had to choose one team in the bottom half of any conference to win their league’s conference tournament, it would be here in the SBC.  Coastal Carolina is in 8th place at 5-7 in the league and 13-11 overall, but this is the deep dark horse in my opinion.  Aged veteran coach Cliff Ellis has been coaching college basketball for 50 years, and I was there watching his tiny Cumberland College in Lebanon, TN, in the early 1970’s.   He’s been the head coach at South Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, and CCU and has taken all four schools to the NCAA Tournament, a combined 10 times.  

The actual co-favorites for this conference are Texas State, Appy State, and Troy.  Texas State has won a lot of close games, and the Bobcats lead the race at the moment.  Appy State has the best backcourt, but they lack inside muscle.  Troy has the best inside muscle but is lacking in the backcourt.

Southwestern Athletic

The SWAC teams must schedule a lot of paycheck games to fund their basketball programs, so their records are never great.  In fact, some past NCAA Tournament teams have lost 10 more games than they won out of conference.  With the addition of two former MEAC teams and the expansion in the number of conference games, the SWAC overall records are a little better this year.  15-10 Southern could actually avoid Dayton if they win out.  Texas Southern is 11-11, but in their numerous paycheck games, they own a 15-point win at Florida.  The Tigers kept it close in road games against Oregon, Saint Mary’s, Washington, BYU, and North Carolina State.  Coach Johnny Jones has taken three different schools to the Dance and has the favorite to do so again this year.

Western Athletic

If I was offered a free tournament pass to see all the games in a Mid-Major league this year, the WAC would be the one I chose.  Of course, the tournament is in Las Vegas, but there is another reason to make this one my choice.

The WAC gained a bunch of quality teams when they raided the Southland, and now this 13-team league has seven rather strong teams competing for the league’s one bid.  There are interesting little stories to each of the teams.

Seattle is leading the league today with a record of 11-2 in the WAC and 20-6 overall.  The Redhawks are playing under an interim head coach, Chris Victor, after their former coach was forced to resign after making racist statements.  Seattle has actually made it to the National Championship in the distant past, as one of the 10 greatest players in the game’s history, Elgin Baylor, took the school to the finals, where they fell to Adolph Rupp’s “Fiddlin’ Five” last national champions at Kentucky.

New Mexico State is a year removed from being a travel squad, as the Aggies had to leave New Mexico and hole up in a motel in Arizona for months just to play a handful of games.  NMSU is 10-2/21-4 led by my #1 Mid-Major head coach in Chris Jans, and the Aggies present significant matchup problems with their size and quickness.

Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin dominated the Southland Conference for many years, and the two Lone Star State teams are doing just fine playing in the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones, even better playing their new rivals at home.  Ask Kansas and Bill Self about playing SFA.  He wants nothing more of them after watching the Lumberjacks come into Allen Fieldhouse and take KU to the final minutes.

Grand Canyon, Abilene Christian, and Utah Valley might be leading five or six other Mid-Major/Low-Major leagues this year.  ACU still has the great pressure defense they had under former coach Joe Golding when they won last year’s Southland Tourney.  GCU may be a tad stronger this year than last year, after they won both the regular season and conference tournament.  Utah Valley has the top big man in the league in Fardaws Aimaq, who averages 19.2 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.

West Coast

Should this league still be considered a Mid-Major?  Along with the AAC, the WCC is one of the top eight leagues and should be considered a power conference.  Gonzaga is number one in the nation, looking at another 1-seed.  Saint Mary’s and San Francisco are also at-large worthy, while Santa Clara and BYU both have the potential to get back into the at-large discussion.  

Look out for USF in the NCAA Tournament.  Todd Golden’s Dons have senior leadership along with a team that knows how to take care of the ball and play cohesively as a team.  USF played Gonzaga tough in Spokane and gets a rematch with the Bulldogs a week from today.  Golden might be on an expedited path to a big time job.  With his past ties to Bruce Pearl, he could easily coach east of the Mississippi River as well as west.

March 4, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Spreads

Thursday, March 4, 2021

HomeVisitorSpread
RichmondDuquesne6.7
MassachusettsSaint Joseph’s4.7
DaytonRhode Island0.8
George MasonGeorge Washington6.6
East CarolinaCentral Florida-1.7
CincinnatiVanderbilt2.0
LibertyKennesaw St.19.1
North FloridaNorth Alabama2.0
BellarmineStetson4.6
LipscombFlorida Gulf Coast3.9
BaylorOklahoma St.11.0
West VirginiaTCU14.2
Texas TechIowa St.15.8
OklahomaTexas0.3
KansasUTEP15.3
Weber St.Northern Colorado10.6
Portland St.Southern Utah-2.0
RadfordCampbell1.7
WinthropLongwood11.8
MichiganMichigan St.13.7
IowaNebraska15.8
Florida AtlanticMiddle Tennessee7.1
QuinnipiacSaint Peter’s-2.7
RiderMonmouth-5.0
ManhattanFairfield4.4
SienaCanisius6.8
North Carolina CentralFlorida A&M-0.4
BradleySouthern Illinois4.2
Northern IowaIllinois St.2.5
Utah St.Wyoming14.7
Jacksonville St.Murray St.-0.1
Eastern KentuckyAustin Peay3.3
ColoradoArizona St.11.0
McNeeseNicholls-7.6
Prairie View A&MSouthern5.7
Texas SouthernAlcorn St.9.8
GramblingAlabama St.8.4
Jackson St.Alabama A&M7.9
San FranciscoSan Diego7.4
Santa ClaraPortland12.5

Conference Tournament Update

America East

Semifinals, Saturday, March 6 at higher seed home court

#1 UMBC vs. #6 U Mass-Lowell

#2 Vermont vs. #4 Hartford

Atlantic Sun

Quarterfinal Round Tonight (All Games in Jacksonville)

#1 Liberty vs. #8 Kennesaw St.

#4 North Florida vs. #5 North Alabama

#2 Bellarmine vs. #7 Stetson

#3 Lipscomb vs. #6 Florida Gulf Coast

Atlantic 10

2nd Round Tonight (All Games in Richmond)

#8 Richmond vs. #9 Duquesne

#5 Massachusetts vs. #13 Saint Joseph’s

#7 Dayton vs. #10 Rhode Island

#6 George Mason vs. #11 George Washington

Big South

Semifinals Tonight at Higher Seed Home Floor

#1 Winthrop vs. #5 Longwood

#2 Radford vs. #3 Campbell

Colonial Athletic

First Round, Saturday, March 6 at Harrisonburg, VA

#8 Elon vs. #9 Towson

#7 William & Mary vs. #10 UNC-Wilmington

Horizon League

Semifinals, Monday, March 8 at Indianapolis

#1 Cleveland St. vs. #8 Milwaukee

#3 Oakland vs. #4 Northern Kentucky

Missouri Valley

1st Round, Tonight at Saint Louis

#8 Bradley vs. #9 Southern Illinois

#7 Northern Iowa vs. #10 Illinois St.

Northeast

Semifinals, Saturday, March 6, at higher seeds home court

#1 Wagner vs. #4 Mount St. Mary’s

#2 Bryant vs. #3 Sacred Heart

Ohio Valley

Quarterfinals continue, Tonight at Evansville, IN

#4 Jacksonville St. vs. #5 Murray St.

#3 Eastern Kentucky vs. #6 Austin Peay

Patriot League

Quarterfinals, Saturday, March 6 at Higher Seed Home Courts

#1 Navy vs. #9 Loyola (MD)

#4 Army vs. #5 American

#2 Colgate vs. #7 Boston U

#3 Lafayette vs. #6 Bucknell

Southern

1st Round, Friday, March 5, at Asheville, NC

#8 The Citadel vs. #9 Western Carolina

#7 Mercer vs. #9 Samford

Summit League

1st Round, Saturday March 6 and Sunday March 7 at Sioux Falls, SD

#1 South Dakota St. vs. #8 Omaha

#4 Oral Roberts vs. #5 North Dakota

#2 South Dakota vs. #7 Western Illinois

#3 North Dakota St. vs. #6 Kansas City

Sun Belt Conference

1st Round, Friday, March 5, at Pensacola, FL

#4W Arkansas St. vs. #5E Georgia Southern

#3E South Alabama vs. #6W Louisiana-Monroe

#4E Appalachian St. vs. #5W Little Rock

#3W UT-Arlington vs. #6E Troy

West Coast

1st Round, Tonight at Las Vegas

#8 San Francisco vs. #9 San Diego

#7 Santa Clara vs. #10 Portland

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.

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