Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bracket Update- 3/11

1 seeds
Pitt (Big East)
UNC (ACC)
UConn
Louisville

2 seeds
Michigan St. (Big Ten)
Oklahoma (Big 12)
Duke
Memphis (C-USA)

3 seeds
Washington (Pac-10)
Wake Forest
Kansas
Villanova

4 seeds
Florida St.
UCLA
Missouri
Syracuse

5 seeds
Clemson
Arizona St.
Illinois
Xavier (A-10)

6 seeds
Purdue
Gonzaga (WCC)
LSU (SEC)
West Virginia

7 seeds
Marquette
Texas
Utah (Mt. West)
Cal

8 seeds
Ohio St.
BYU
Butler
BC

9 seeds
Minnesota
Tennessee
Texas A&M
Wisconsin

10 seeds
Oklahoma St.
Dayton
Michigan
Siena (MAAC)

11 seeds
South Carolina
Arizona
UNLV
Providence

12 seeds
St. Mary’s
Utah St. (WAC)
VCU (CAA)
Northern Iowa (MVC)

13 seeds
Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)
Cleveland St. (Horizon)
American (Patriot)
Binghamton (Am East)

14 seed
SFA (Southland)
Buffalo (MAC)
North Dakota St. (Summit)
Robert Morris (NEC)

15 seeds
East Tennessee St. (A-Sun)
Portland St. (Big Sky)
Cornell (Ivy)
Radford (Big South)

16 seeds
Morgan St. (MEAC)
CSU Northridge (Big West)
Morehead St. (OVC)
Chattanooga (Southern)*
Alabama St. (SWAC)*

*- play-in game

Big East- 8
Big Ten- 7
ACC- 6
Big 12- 6
Pac-10- 5
Mt. West- 3
SEC- 3
A-10- 2
Horizon- 2
WCC- 2

In
Cleveland St.
Portland St.

Out
Florida
Weber St.

At-Large Locks (29)- UConn, Oklahoma, Pitt, Michigan St., UNC, Marquette, Xavier, Missouri, Memphis, Louisville, Kansas, Purdue, Washington, Villanova, Illinois, Clemson, Arizona St., Duke, LSU, Utah, Wake Forest, Butler, UCLA, Cal, Florida St., Syracuse, Texas, West Virginia, BYU

Last Four In
Arizona, UNLV, Providence, St. Mary’s

First Four Out
Florida, Miami Fl., Maryland, Penn St.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's why Creighton SHOULD be in...

Over the last ten years, 133 teams have finished with a Top-50 RPI and 25 or more D-1 wins.

All 133 of those teams made the NCAA tournament. ALL of them.

Creighton has 26 wins and currently sits comfortably inside the RPI top 50 (they're at #39). If the selection committee's recent history proves anything, it's that Creighton should be dancing, no questions asked.

If you look at the 17 teams this year that currently fit the 25+ wins and Top-50 profile, 15 of those teams are already considered to be locks for the Dance, with only Utah State and Creighton on the proverbial bubble.

That means at LEAST 148 of the 150 teams in the 25+ win and Top-50 RPI profiles over the last 11 years will have made the field, save Utah State (who's still got their WAC tourney coming up) and Creighton.

Also, every MVC regular conference champ this decade who didn't win their auto-bid has gotten an at-large. A perfect 9 for 9.

And every MVC team who won at least 14 games in conference play this decade got an at-large if they didn't win the auto-bid. A perfect 9 for 9 again.

Oh, what else... in the last six years, 50 teams in the RPI top 50 closed out their seasons with a 9-1 mark or better... and ALL 50 made the NCAAs.

Creighton closed out their season with an 11-1 run.

At this point, Creighton's also got more top-100 wins this year (10) than a projected two-thirds of the NCAA field.

They've got 26 wins, they're co-champs of the #9 conference in the nation, they've won 10 top-100 games, They're in the RPI top 40, and they went 11-1 down the stretch. What more can you ask for?

Don't you think the MVC's been trying to schedule games against the BCS? Don't continue to penalize the MVC because of the lack of quality wins, when the big boys don't ever want to schedule against them.

3:27 PM  

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