Monday, February 13, 2006

Bracket Notes/Monday Recap

At-large teams
Every at-large team after Missouri St. is barely in the field. That leaves ten teams that are on the right side of the bubble and 18 teams on the other side of it. Some of those teams are pretty much done like Nebraska and Kansas St. but still have a chance because of the weakness of the at-large teams. A big win and they could be in next week.

The teams that occupy the one through six seeds are pretty much assured a spot in the field unless something drastic happens.

The seven through nine seeded teams are looking good, but have to win the games that they’re supposed to.

Missouri St. is looking good after their big win at Northern Iowa. Their RPI and SOS are very good and their Non-Conference RPI is awesome.

Automatic Bids
Georgia Southern takes control of the Southern but are in the play in game because they have the lowest RPI and SOS of any team in the field.

Montana is in over Northern Arizona because they have a better resume overall which indicates they are likely a better team. They play Northern Arizona on the 27th and the winner of that game will be my pick to win the Big Sky automatic bid.

Kent St. is the pick over Akron because of a head to head win. Same thing with Winthrop.

Belmont is in over Lipscomb because of a slightly better RPI, but a much better SOS. Although I think East Tennessee St. at a half-game back might be the best team.

Recap
Uconn-Villanova
The Wildcats played an absolute great game against the Huskies. The much smaller Wildcats had 6 block shots and out hustled the Huskies for loose balls and steals all night. It looked like they were done early in the second half after an early Uconn run, but dominated the rest of the game especially when Marcus Williams was sitting with foul trouble. There is no doubt that they are a one seed right now and might even be the number two seed overall. The rematch should be great in less than two weeks.

Chattanooga-Elon
The Phoenix clinch the Southern north conference and a one seed for the conference tournament.

La Tech-Nevada
Nevada trailed for most of the game but Nick Fazekas in a play reminiscent of Lorenzo Charles put back an airball and then broke up the inbounds pass to give the Wolf Pack the victory. The win gives Nevada a season sweep of former WAC leader La Tech, puts them in first by a game, and most importantly keeps them in the hunt for an at-large bid should they not get the auto bid.

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