Sunday, March 05, 2006


One week 'til Selection Sunday

We're one week from Selection Sunday, meaning this week's bracket was quite difficult to put together. There was a lot of flipping the seeds on lines 7 through 12 to avoid early intraconference matchups. There were a few significant shifts in the at-large pool as well. Five at-large teams were replaced; however, with good showings in the conference tournament, they could all return. There are going to be a lot of bubble teams cheering for Bucknell, Gonzaga, Nevada, and San Diego State to make their leagues one-bid. (Utah State and Air Force won't be among those rooting for the last two.)

I think the top four lines are becoming pretty stable. Memphis is the shakiest one seed right now, and they are very solid. Gonzaga, Ohio State, and Texas all have a case should they falter in the C-USA tournament (at home). UNC is now a two after their big win at Duke. LSU could've gone that high, but not after they struggled with Ole Miss in Baton Rouge. I think Florida and Pittsburgh are the shakiest fours. Florida's impressive win at Rupp Arena today keeps them above GW for the moment. The Gators will have a hard quarterfinal matchup and a chance to avenge a tough loss if Arkansas makes it out of the first round Thursday.

Last Four In
Florida State
Northern Iowa (I had to flip Indiana, a true 11 seed, with the Panthers.)
Texas A&M

Last Four Out
Air Force

Next Four Out
Brigham Young
Texas-El Paso
Utah State

Banana Peel List
I can officially close this year's Banana Peel List since the remaining one-bid leagues determined their regular season champs this week. Now the test will be to see if they can build on their NIT bids.

Big West: Pacific
Metro Atlantic: Manhattan
Mid-American: Kent State
Northeast Conference: Fairleigh Dickinson
Southwestern Athletic: Southern

Pennsylvania doesn't need to worry about the NIT. They won the Ivy League Friday night to become the first team to book a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Tonight I'll be watching the CAA and MAAC semifinals on Full Court, and the WCC semis on the Deuce. Currently, I'm watching Fairleigh Dickinson battle Robert Morris in the NEC semis.

I'll be updating autobids as the week goes on. Hopefully, I'll have some time to get a bracket out on Wednesday night. (It all depends on my day job.) If not, I'll post my second to last bracket of the year on Friday night.

Enjoy Championship Week!

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