Saturday, March 11, 2006


Selection Eve

Here's my penultimate projection for this season. I'll post another during the Big Ten championship game tomorrow afternoon.

On College Gameday...Jay is joking with Digger about still having 174 teams in his bracket. I don't have that problem.

Duke is back as the number one overall seed after losses by Villanova and UConn. I keep the Wildcats as the number two overall seed. I'm not going to punish them too much for losing to Pitt while Allan Ray was unavailable for most of the second half. Thankfully his eye injury is not at all as bad as feared. If Duke loses to Wake today, the one seeds will probably be jumbled tomorrow. Pitt and UCLA move up to the three line, while Illinois and Tennessee drop to the four line after their results yesterday. BC moves onto the fourth line, replacing West Virginia.

At the bottom of the bracket, watch out for some changes on lines 15 and 16 if there are some upsets in the conference championship games today and tomorrow. Three teams with area code like RPIs are in their league finals: Vermont (America East), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC), and Hampton (MEAC). Wins by one or more of those teams could shakeup the play-in game, and cause a ripple effect on the last couple of lines.

The bubble is still in flux, especially with South Carolina still alive in the SEC, Nebraska in the Big 12, and Wake Forest in the ACC. The A-10 getting a second bid and Syracuse's run through the Big East reduced the number of remaining spots, and a Utah State win in the WAC tonight would do the same. Seton Hall and Florida State are casualties from Thursday. George Mason is probably going to be the next team to fall out. Texas A&M, Bradley, Michigan, and Creighton also can't feel too safe either.

Conference Breakdown
Big East 8
Big Ten 7
Missouri Valley 5
Big 12 4
Pac 10 4
Colonial 2
Conference USA 2

Last Four In
Missouri State
Texas A&M

First Four Out
Florida State
Seton Hall

Next Four Out
Air Force
Utah State

Out and In
Out ---> In
Fairleigh Dickinson --> Monmouth
Northern Arizona --> Montana
Manhattan --> Iona
Western Kentucky --> South Alabama
Missouri State --> Creighton
Seton Hall --> Syracuse
Florida State --> St. Joseph's

Go Gators!!!!!!!
Go Gators!!!!!!!
Dobber - if the Gators win today, it would be ridiculous if we get anything less than a 3-seed.
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