Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015

-Kentucky managed to hold off Georgia last night to start their season 30-0.
-Notre Dame travels to Louisville tonight in what will likely be a battle for a 3-seed.
-Providence plays at Seton Hall, who desperately needs quality wins to move onto the bubble.

Conference tournament play has begun, and the first few teams (outside the Ivy League) have been officially eliminated from NCAA tournament play.
-Ohio Valley conference will be the first to crown an auto-bid, on Saturday. Murray State is the heavy favorite there, with big help from a double-bye bracket where they begin play in the semifinal.
-Big South, Missouri Valley, and Atlantic Sun all hold their championship on Sunday. High Point is the favorite in the Big South, and North Florida in the Atlantic Sun. In the MVC tourney we should see a fantastic rubber match in the Wichita State-Northern Iowa battle; each team won by double digits on their home court. The winner will likely be a 3 or 4 seed, and the loser a 5 or 6.
-Speaking of the Ivy League, they hold their de-facto championship on Friday, as Yale plays at Harvard. The two teams are currently tied atop the conference standings, and Harvard won their home meeting in early February - a two-point nailbiter. Without a conference tournament, the Ivy League regular season champion is awarded the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Although both teams will have one remaining game on Saturday, both will be heavy favorites.

1's: Kentucky, Virginia, Villanova, Duke
2's: Kansas, Wisconsin, Arizona, Gonzaga
3's: Maryland, Iowa State, Baylor, Louisville
4's: Wichita State, Oklahoma, Utah, Notre Dame
5's: Northern Iowa, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgetown
6's: SMU, Arkansas, VCU, Butler
7's: Colorado State, Dayton, Iowa, San Diego State
8's: Ohio State, Providence, Indiana, Saint John's
9's: Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Boise State, Oregon
10's: Texas, North Carolina State, Xavier, Michigan State
11's: Georgia, Temple, Texas A&M, Illinois, Cincinnati
12's: Davidson, LSU, Old Dominion, Wofford, Stephen F. Austin
13's: Buffalo, Green Bay, Iona, Harvard
14's: Murray State, UC Davis, Georgia State, High Point
15's: South Dakota State, Eastern Washington, Northeastern, Albany
16's: North Carolina Central, New Mexico State, Florida Gulf Coast, Bucknell, Texas Southern, Saint Francis (NY)

FFO: Ole Miss, UCLA, Syracuse, Connecticut
NFO: Purdue, Pittsburgh, BYU, Richmond
...and just for fun...
NNFO: Stanford, Miami (FL), Minnesota, Kansas State
NNNFO: Seton Hall, George Washington, Wyoming, Rhode Island

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