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Friday, March 11, 2011

March 11th Madness

All the major conference tournaments are now underway and the bubble is feeling the effects.  There were no championship games Thursday but there will be a few today. Stay tuned, there's sure to be some upsets along the way.
  • UConn's win over Pitt will rectify their late season-slide and will probably bump them up a seed.
  • Pitt on the other hand slips a little bit and if Notre Dame and Duke win their conference tournaments they'll knock Pitt out of a 1 seed.
  • UAB's loss likely eliminates them from bubble consideration. Conference USA will not get two bids this year unless the committee likes UTEP more than I think.
  • New Mexico moved back into bubble consideration by beating Colorado St. They'll face BYU in their next game, whom they've already beaten twice this season.
  • Big winners from Thursday include Georgia, New Mexico, and Colorado

Automatic Bids (13 + 9 one bid-conferences TBD)
America East: TBD
Atlantic Sun: Belmont
Big Sky: Nothern Colorado
Big South: UNC-Asheville
Big West: TBD
Colonial: Old Dominion
Horizon: Butler
Ivy: TBD
MAAC: St. Peter's
Missouri Valley: Indiana St.
Northeast: Long Island
Ohio Valley: Morehead St.
Patriot: TBD
Southern: Wofford
Southland: TBD
Summit: Oakland
Sun Belt: Arkansas Little-Rock
West Coast: Gonzaga

Locks (33)
Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Syracuse, West Virginia, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M, Ohio St., Purdue, Wisconsin, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Duke, Florida St., North Carolina, Arizona, UCLA, BYU, San Diego St., UNLV, George Mason, Temple, Xavier, Utah St.

Should Be In (4)
Illinois, Marquette, Villanova, Washington

Bubble (9 spots to fill)
Alabama, Baylor, Boston College, Clemson, Colorado, Georgia, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan St., Richmond, UAB, USC, Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia Tech, Washington St., Missouri St., Wichita St., St. Mary's

Ranking the Bubble (first 9 are in):
  1. St. Mary's
  2. Michigan
  3. Richmond
  4. Colorado
  5. Michigan St.
  6. Virginia Tech
  7. Boston College
  8. Alabama
  9. Georgia
  10. Missouri St.
  11. Clemson
  12. USC
  13. Washington St.
  14. UAB
  15. VCU
  16. Baylor 
  17. UTEP
  18. Memphis
  19. New Mexico
  20. Penn St.
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