Championship Week Notebook: Thursday, March 14th

152 TEAMS REMAIN!!! The breakdown is below

Check out Chad’s Conference Tournament Viewing Guide to follow all the actoin….


-ACC – 12 (Miami, FL (at-large), Duke (at-large), North Carolina (at-large), NC State (at-large), Virginia (under consideration), Maryland (under consideration), Florida State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia Tech)

-AMERICA EAST – 2 (Albany, Vermont)

-ATLANTIC TEN – 12 (Saint Louis (at-large), VCU (at-large), La Salle (under consideration), Temple (under consideration), UMass (under consideration), Xavier (under consideration), Charlotte (under consideration), Saint Joseph’s, Richmond, Dayton, George Washington)

-ATLANTIC SUN – 1 (FGCU – champion)

-BIG TWELVE – 8 (Kansas (at-large), Kansas State (at-large), Oklahoma State (at-large), Oklahoma (at-large), Iowa State (under consideration), Baylor (under consideration), Texas, Texas Tech)

-BIG EAST – 9 (Louisville (at-large), Georgetown (at-large), Marquette (at-large), Pittsburgh (at-large), Notre Dame (at-large), Syracuse (at-large), Villanova (under consideration), Cincinnati (under consideration), Saint John’s (under consideration))

-BIG SKY – 7 (Montana, Weber State, North Dakota, Montana State, Northern Colorado, Southern Utah, Northern Arizona)

-BIG SOUTH – 1 (Liberty, (champion))

-BIG TEN – 12 (Indiana (at-large), Michigan (at-large), Michigan State (at-large), Ohio State (at-large), Wisconsin (at-large), Illinois (at-large), Minnesota (at-large), Iowa (under consideration), Purdue, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State)

-BIG WEST – 8 (Long Beach, Cal Poly, Pacific, UC Irvine, Hawaii, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fullerton)

-COLONIAL – 1 (James Madison (champion)

-CONFERENCE USA – 8 (Memphis (at-large), Southern Miss (under consideration), UTEP, East Carolina, Tulsa, Houston, UAB, Tulane)

-HORIZON LEAGUE – 1 (Valparaiso (champion))

-IVY – 1 (Harvard (champion))

-MAC – 6 (Akron (under consideration), Ohio, Western Michigan, Kent State,, Eastern Michigan, Buffalo)

-METRO ATLANTIC – 1 (Iona (champion))

-MEAC – 6 (Hampton, Savannah State, Morgan State, Delaware State, North Carolina A&T, Bethune Cookman)

-MISSOURI VALLEY – 2 (Creighton (at-large), Wichita State (at-large)

-MOUNTAIN WEST – 5 (New Mexico (at-large), Colorado State (at-large), UNLV (at-large), San Diego State (at-large), Boise State (under consideration))

-NORTHEAST – 1 (LIU Brooklyn (champion))

-OHIO VALLEY – 1 (Belmont (champion)

-PAC TWELVE – 8 (UCLA (at-large), California (at-large), Arizona (at-large), Oregon (under consideration), Colorado (under consideration), Arizona State (under consideration),Washington, Utah)

-PATRIOT LEAGUE – 1 (Bucknell (champion))

-SEC – 12 (Florida (at-large), Missouri (under consideration), Kentucky (under consideration), Ole Miss (under consideration), Alabama (under consideration), Tennessee (under consideration), Arkansas (under consideration), Georgia, LSU, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, South Carolina)

-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE – 1 (Davidson (champion))

-SOUTHLAND – 6 (Stephen F Austin (under consideration), Northwestern State, Oral Roberts, Southeast Louisiana, Sam Houston State, McNeese State)

-SUMMIT LEAGUE – 1 (South Dakota State (champion)

-SUN BELT – 2 (Western Kentucky (champion), Middle Tennessee (under consideration))

-SWAC – 6 (Southern, Jackson State, Alcorn State, Prarie View A&M, Alabama State, Alabama A&M)

-WAC – 8 (Louisiana Tech (under consideration) Denver (under consideration), New Mexico State, Utah State, Texas Arlington, Idaho, Texas State, TX San Antonio)

-WEST COAST – 2 (Gonzaga (champion), Saint Mary’s (under consideration)



-All of the major tournaments should get underway today, and many teams playing won’t need the automatic bid.

-Southern Miss is listed as under consideration, but anything short of making the CUSA final will all but knock them out. They face UAB today.

-Saint John’s is still under consideration, but I think they’re outside the bubble, not in it. They’ll have to sit and wait and root for the consensus top 37 teams to win conference tournaments.

-Saint Mary’s is still right on the bubble. Unfortunately for them they’re not playing anymore.

-Boise State trailed most of the game against San Diego State, but did come back to make it exciting. They just couldn’t get their shots to fall. They’re listed as under consideration, but I have a feeling they’ll get in and that their status will change as consensus top 37 teams begin winning conference tournaments.

-Xavier is under consideration, but anything short of playing their way into the final probably won’t be enough, and even that may not be enough. They need to win to stay alive.

-The SEC is fascinating because of all the bubble teams that are in that tournament. The knockout structure of a tournament should force the issue. Those that win and advance will build their profile. Those that get knocked out won’t. As ugly as the league has been throughout the season, it is one of the more important conference tournaments.

-Bucknell is in. They won the Patriot Championship after leading Lafayette pretty much the entire way. I’m happy that they made it because they were clearly the most deserving team. They’re also the most capable of winning a game in the round of 64.

-The MEAC had no at-large caliber teams, but they did appear to have two teams that were somewhat formidable. Norfolk State went unbeaten in conference play. They also beat Missouri in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, but underwent a roster overhaul. NC Central wasn’t that far behind them. Unfortunately, both lost in the quarterfinals. The semifinals will feature four weak teams with the winner undoubtedly getting a spot in Dayton.

-The Southland resumes today. SFA is listed as under consideration, but I really don’t see enough spots opening up for them to get in without winning the automatic bid.

-The WAC has Denver and Louisiana Tech under consideration, but like SFA, I just don’t think enough spots will open up. I actually like Denver a little better, both on the court and on paper and think that if it comes down to it the committee will favor them. A loss prior to the championship game will knock both of them out of what little consideration they may get if they lose in the final.

-The Big East quarterfinals are today with #1 seed implications for Louisville and Georgetown. Georgetown will face a Cincinnati team that’s close to the bubble, but probably in the field. Louisville will go up against Villanova, who is currently on the bubble, but can kick the door down with a win today.

-Iowa State, who is extremely bubblicious, will face Oklahoma in a very important Big Twelve quarterfinal game.

-Iowa will face Northwestern in a game that they simply cannot afford to lose. If they do, I think they’re all the way out.

-Oregon has been slipping. I don’t know if they’ll slip all the way out of they lose to Washington today, but they certainly wouldn’t be doing themselves any favors.


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