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Posted on: March 12, 2009 10:57 pm
 

Dantheman's Bracketology March 12th (8:30 CT)

My new bracketology is now up. I will release the seed lines here, but for the bracket you need to click here!

The Seeds (The Bracket )
1s: Connecticut, Louisville, North Carolina, Pittsburgh
2s: Memphis, Duke, Oklahoma, Michigan State
3s: Villanova, Washington, Kansas, Wake Forest
4s: Illinois, Gonzaga, Xavier, Missouri
5s: UCLA, Syracuse, Marquette, Purdue
6s: Arizona State, LSU, Florida State, West Virginia
7s: Clemson, Butler, Tennessee, Texas
8s: California, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma State
9s: Boston College, Ohio State, BYU, South Carolina
10s: Michigan, Texas A&M, San Diego State, Dayton
11s: Creighton, Siena, Penn State, Northern Iowa
12s: Florida, New Mexico, VCU, Utah State
13s: Western Kentucky, Cleveland State, North Dakota State, American
14s: Stephen F. Austin, East Tennessee State, Cornell, Buffalo
15s: Binghampton, Radford, Robert Morris, Portland State
16s: Chattanooga, Morehead State, Morgan State, CSU Northridge, Alabama State

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Bracketology
 
Posted on: March 12, 2009 7:07 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2009 7:09 pm
 

Dantheman's Bracketology March 12th (6 CT)

My new bracketology is now up. I will release the seed lines here, but for the bracket you need to click here!

The Seeds (The Bracket )
1s: Connecticut, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Pittsburgh
2s: Memphis, Duke, Louisville, Michigan State
3s: Villanova, Washington, Kansas, Wake Forest
4s: Illinois, Gonzaga, Xavier, Missouri
5s: UCLA, Syracuse, Marquette, Purdue
6s: Arizona State, LSU, Florida State, West Virginia
7s: Clemson, Butler, Tennessee, Texas
8s: Boston College, California, Wisconsin, Utah
9s: Oklahoma State, Ohio State, BYU, South Carolina
10s: Michigan, Texas A&M, San Diego State, Dayton
11s: Creighton, Siena, Penn State, Northern Iowa
12s: Florida, New Mexico, VCU, Utah State
13s: Western Kentucky, Cleveland State, North Dakota State, American
14s: Stephen F. Austin, East Tennessee State, Cornell, Buffalo
15s: Binghampton, Radford, Robert Morris, Portland State
16s: Chattanooga, Morehead State, Morgan State, CSU Northridge, Alabama State

 

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Bracketology
 
Posted on: March 12, 2009 4:44 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2009 4:46 pm
 

Great day! Answering Six Questions From Today

Today has already been busy and it's only 3:30 here in the Central Time zone. Let me clear up a few questions I'm sure are circling in your mind.

As I type this Villanova just knocked off Marqutte at the buzzer........(more on that in a minute)

1) What about Baylor's magical run to the Big 12 semifinals?

The last thing we need around here is someone stroking their ego, but I can't help but brag just a litlte now. I picked the Bears as one of my potential Cinderellas last week in my preview for conference tournaments. Don't be surprised if they win it.

2) Why does Clemson do this January/February swoon every year?

No idea. It doesn't make sense to me but congratulations to Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets may be the most improved young team from the start of the season to the end of the season. Watch out for them next year. The Tigers seed is dropping like a rock.

3) What do Kentucky & Michigan's wins mean?

Honestly not much. Beating Iowa and Ole Miss does not mean hardly anything this year. For Michigan they did knock off a team that has already won games against Wisconsin and Penn State. Earlier in the year both UK & MI lost to the teams they beat today.

4) Minnesota's win over Northwestern does ___________?

Keeps them alive but not much more. The Wildcats are mediocre at best and very inconsistent. The win gives Minnesota a great chance to get a signature win versus Michigan State tomorrow.

5) Who is done?

Miami is done after being blown out by Virginia Tech. Providence is all but done at this point depending on the showings by other bubble teams, including games in progress as I type this.

6) When's the new bracketology coming out?

Any second now. I am going to try to update it hourly.

 

Posted on: March 11, 2009 9:16 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2009 9:18 pm
 

Notre Dame will NOT be in the NCAA Tournament

Read the title again and let it sink in. At one point the Fighting Irish were ranked #7 in the entire country. Now they are going to be sitting out the NCAA Tournament.

This team lost seven straight Big East games at one point but still managed to find itself back on the bubble after a dominating performance over eventual Big East regular season champion Louisville.

Tonight they came out flat against West Virginia in the second round of the Big East Tournament and found themselves in a hole they couldn't climb out of. It was kind of like a metaphorical look at Notre Dame's season because all year it seemed they were in a hole they couldn't quite climb out of.

And now they won't be playing in the NCAA Tournament. The CBB Awards (which I will release soon) will officially bestow the honor of the most disappointing team in the country this year, but I will go ahead and tell you that it should be Notre Dame. You don't go from top ten to out of the NCAA Tournament overnight like the Irish did.

I hope Luke Harangody returns because if he does I think Notre Dame plays a lot more determined next season. This year it seems like they were stuck on losses and couldn't move past them, which led to more losses.

The happiest people on the planet tonight? The NIT board. They now get Stephen Curry (more than likely), Georgetown, and Notre Dame which are all three usually spotlights of the NCAA Tournament.

 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 11, 2009 7:52 pm
 

7 o clock update: Oklahoma State in trouble

Bubble teams everywhere are once again flipping on the television. In the first round of the Big 12 Tournament Iowa State is leading Oklahoma State, which would be devastating to the Cowboys at large chances.

A loss would not eliminate Oklahoma State from at large contention, but it's not exactly what they had planned when they ventured into Oklahoma City. A win or two in the Big 12 Tournament would probably seal the deal.

Meanwhile West Virginia is absolutely dominating Notre Dame.  The Fighting Irish will be going to the NIT if they lose. If they come back it will go down in Big East history forever. I have a feeling the NIT is a lot more likely.

More later!

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 11, 2009 2:17 pm
 

Providence Survives, Stays Alive for At Large Bid

It was looking like DePaul was going to pull off another upset before Providence went on a 15-1 run late to pull away from the Blue Demons. Now the Friars get Louisville, a game that will likely either end Providence's NCAA Tournament hopes or Louisville's hopes for a #1 seed.

In other early games Baylor is destroying Nebraska. A couple of days ago I mentioned the Bears as one of the teams that could make a Cinderella type run in its conference tournament.

Stay tuned because St. John's-Marquette is about to get underway.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 11, 2009 12:35 pm
 

Providence on the ropes, bubble teams watching

It's very early in the Big East Tournament, but we already may have the story of the entire tournament. DePaul, who went 0-18 in conference play this season knocked off Cincinnati yesterday. That ended the Bearcats NCAA Tournament hopes, a team many thought could make a serious run in this tournament.

Now they lead Providence, a team that went 10-8 in conference play and recently defeated #1 Pittsburgh. DePaul is up 25-16 with a little over seven minutes to play in the first half.

A loss would eliminate the Friars from at large contention completely, leaving other bubble teams pretty happy.

 

 

Posted on: March 11, 2009 11:50 am
Edited on: March 11, 2009 3:54 pm
 

The Complete NCAA Tournament Picture: 10 AM

Everyone wants to know who is going to the NCAA Tournament. After last night one less at large team will go, thanks to Butler. The Bulldogs stunning loss to Cleveland State moved them into the at large bid pool and moved Cleveland State into the auto bid listing below. That means things are getting really tight on the bubble, where there is no room for error. I hope to add more to this page as the day goes on, so be patient with me. My latest bracketology is out and will now be updated hourly as game results come in.

Automatic Bids:
1) East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun)
2) Radford (Big South)
3) VCU (Colonial)
4) Cleveland State (Horizon)
5) Siena (MAAC)
6) Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley)
7) Morehead State (Ohio Valley)
8) Chattanooga (Southern)
9) North Dakota State (Summit)
10) Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)
11) Gonzaga (WCC)

Locks:
At this point there are 33 projected as locks, but 9 of those are projected to win their conference tournament. That leaves 25 spots filled in the at large pool, leaving 10 to play for. This number will go up and down depending on how many Cinderella runs there are for auto bids.

1) North Carolina*
2) Duke
3) Clemson
4) Florida State
5) Wake Forest
6) Connecticut
7) Pittsburgh*
8) Villanova
9) Louisville
10) Marquette
11) West Virginia
12) Syracuse
13) Michigan State*
14) Purdue
15) Illinois
16) Wisconsin
17) Ohio State
18) Kansas
19) Oklahoma*
20) Missouri
21) Texas A&M
22) Texas
23) UCLA
24) Washington*
25) Arizona State
26) California
27) Tennessee*
28) LSU
29) Xavier*
30) Butler
31) Utah*
32) BYU
33) Memphis*

Bubblers:
Good Side (accoriding to my bracketology , these are in no particular order)
1) Boston College
2) Penn State
3) Michigan
4) Oklahoma State
5) Creighton
6) New Mexico
7) San Diego State
8) Arizona
9) South Carolina
10) Dayton

Bad Side (according to my bracketology , these are in no particular order)
1) Virginia Tech
2) Miami FL
3) Auburn
4) Rhode Island
5) Temple
6) UNLV
7) Florida
8) Davidson
9) Kentucky
10) Minnesota
11) Northwestern
12) Kansas State
13) Nebraska
14) St. Mary's
15) Maryland

Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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