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Saturday, March 12, 2011

March 12th Madness

No championship games yesterday but that didn't stop things from getting crazy. Several teams have been bumped off the bubble, seed places have changed, and underdogs have emerged.
  • The top 4 seeds in the Big Ten were all nearly eliminated yesterday. Only Ohio St. escaped with a win in OT. MSU plays PSU today.
  • Notre Dame's quest for a #1 seed ended yesterday when they lost to Louisville in OT. They'll likely be the best 2 seed.
  • Alabama defeated Georgia in OT.  This was likely an elimination game for the Bulldogs.
  • New Mexico was unable to beat BYU for a third time this season. BYU now faces SDSU (who squeaked by UNLV) in the Mountain West Championship. Both teams are going to be 2 seeds.
  • Big winners from Thursday include Michigan St., Penn St., Michigan, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Michigan.
  • These teams may have seen their bubble chances slip through their fingers: Georgia, USC, Boston College.  
  • I don't know what to do with Illinois.

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
MAC: TBD
MEAC: TBD
Missouri Valley: Indiana St.
Northeast: Long Island
Ohio Valley: Morehead St.
Patriot: TBD
Southern: Wofford
Southland: TBD
SWAC: TBD
Summit: Oakland
Sun Belt: Arkansas Little-Rock
WAC: TBD
West Coast: Gonzaga

Locks (35)
Cincinnati,Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Syracuse, Villanova, 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, Washington, BYU, San Diego St., UNLV, George Mason, Temple, Xavier, Utah St.

Should Be In (2)
Illinois, Marquette

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 St
  3. Michigan
  4. Richmond
  5. Colorado
  6. Virginia Tech
  7. Clemson
  8. Alabama
  9. Boston College
  10. Georgia
  11. Missouri St.
  12. USC
  13. UAB
  14. UTEP
  15. Memphis
  16. Penn St. 
  17. VCU
  18. Baylor
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