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Feb. 21 bracket: Big Ten loses some ground

Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:36 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 5:10 pm
 

Today's bracket is posted.  The top two lines remain the same.  A lot of shuffling happened below that.

The biggest news, I guess, is that I finally have a bracket with less than nine Big Ten teams in it.  Minnesota's most recent loss has the Gophers on the outside looking in.  Illinois is just a train wreck.  Nobody has looked less like an NCAA tournament team than the Illini in the last few weeks.

They were replaced by Iowa State and Washington.  Both teams are lacking in quality wins.  They each have only three RPI top 100 wins.  It's been nine years since the last time the committee took such a team, but of course, the season isn't over yet.  They have never taken a team with just three top 100 wins and none in the top 50, but that's Washington at the moment.  The field is bigger now.  They have to take somebody.

The team making the biggest move up the bracket lately has been New Mexico. The Lobos had a great week last week, beating San Diego State on the road and UNLV at home.  They now lead the Mountain West by two games.

Notre Dame continues its climb up the bracket as well.  The Irish extened their winning streak to eight games with an overtime win at Villanova.

It was a rough weekend in Conference USA as both Southern Miss and Memphis suffered their worst losses of the season.  The Golden Eagles fell at Houston, while the Tigers blew a big lead at home to UTEP.

Mississippi State is also falling apart at the wrong time.  The Bulldogs lost three in a row, including games to non-tournament teams Georgia and Auburn.  Those are their worst losses of the season.

The bracket buster took place last weekend, and as usual, no brackets were actually busted.  Murray State picked up an impressive win over St. Mary's, which will give the Racers a bit of a cushion should it need an at-large bid.  Long Beach State could have done the same, but couldn't hold on at Creighton.


Comments

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:25 am
 

Feb. 21 bracket: Big Ten loses some ground

Agreed.  20-8, 10-5 in the Big 12 and a play in?!  Also, Northwestern is a joke.....



Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:30 am
 

Feb. 21 bracket: Big Ten loses some ground

So Iowa State wins over K State and Kansas are not quality wins and in 4th place in the Big 12, but you give Purdue a 10 seed with all wins in Big Ten from the bottom half and only good win is Temple.


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