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Saturday, March 12, 2011

March 13th Madness

No bubble spots were lost during Saturday's action but teams did solidify their standing in the eyes of the committee.
  • Marquette is now a lock. There's no doubt in my mind that 11 teams from the Big East will make the tournament. 
  • I currently have Alabama as the last team IN. With only three tournament finals in action Sunday, there's a decent chance they're safe.
  • One scenario where Alabama fails to qualify is if Dayton upsets Richmond in the Atlantic 10 final. Richmond's win over Temple solidified their status as an at-large team.
  • I'm really not too confident in the last two teams I have as IN. Alabama won the SEC West but has too many bad losses and no good wins in non-conference play. The same can be said for Penn St. who has a chance to improve their profile considerably in their bout with Ohio State.

Automatic Bids (28/31)
America East: Boston
Atlantic 10: TBD
Atlantic Sun: Belmont
Big 12: Kansas
Big East: Connecticut
Big Sky: Nothern Colorado
Big South: UNC-Asheville
Big Ten: TBD
Big West: UC-Santa Barbara
Colonial: Old Dominion
Conference USA: Memphis
Horizon: Butler
Ivy: Princeton
MAAC: St. Peter's
MAC: Akron
MEAC: Hampton
Missouri Valley: Indiana St.
Mountain West: San Diego St.
Northeast: Long Island
Ohio Valley: Morehead St.
Pac 10: Washington
Patriot: Bucknell
Southern: Wofford
Southland: Texas-San Antonio
SWAC: Alabama St.
Summit: Oakland
Sun Belt: Arkansas Little-Rock
WAC: Utah St.
West Coast: Gonzaga

Locks (31)
Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia, Kansas St., Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M, Ohio St., Purdue, Wisconsin, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Duke, Florida St., North Carolina, Arizona, UCLA, BYU, UNLV, George Mason, Temple, Xavier

Should Be In (5)
Clemson, Illinois, Michigan St., Richmond, St. Mary's

Bubble (5 spots to fill)
Alabama, Boston College, Colorado, Georgia, Harvard, Michigan, Missouri St., Penn St., UAB, USC, UTEP, Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia Tech

Ranking the Bubble (first 5 are in):

1. Michigan - done
2. Colorado - done
3. Virginia Tech - done
4. Penn St. - in Big 10 final
5. Alabama - done
6. Boston College - done
7. USC- done
8. Georgia - done
9. Missouri St. - done
10. Harvard - done
11. UAB - done
12. UTEP - done
13. VCU - done

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