Friday, March 11, 2005

Conference Tournament Watch - 3/11/2005

(All times Central. RPI in parentheses, courtesy Ken Pomeroy)
Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the
Madrid train bombing. Today, of course, marks the first anniversary.

Yesterday's Qualifiers

No conference championships, but a lot of major conference teams eliminated themselves.

Already in

  • Atlantic Sun: Central Florida
  • Big South: Winthrop
  • Big Sky: Montana
  • Colonial: Old Dominion
  • Horizon: Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Ivy League: Penn
  • Metro Atlantic: Niagara
  • Mid Continent: Oakland
  • Missouri Valley: Creighton
  • Northeast: Farleigh Dickinson
  • Ohio Valley: Eastern Kentucky
  • Sun Belt: Louisiana-Lafayette
  • SoCon: Chattanooga
  • West Coast: Gonzaga

Waiting on the committee
"The waiting is the hardest part" - Tom Petty

  • Boston College (9)
  • Southern Illinois (18)
  • Cincinnati(22)
  • Charlotte (28)
  • St. Mary's(CA) (29)
  • UCLA(33)
  • Pittsburgh (34)
  • Northern Iowa (36)
  • Texas (37)
  • Wichita State (44)
  • Maryland (52)
  • DePaul (55)
  • Kent State (61)
  • Miami(FL) (63)
  • Arizona State (64)
  • Notre Dame (66)
  • Texas A&M (68)
  • Akron (69)
  • Georgetown (72)
  • Western Kentucky (73)

(note: 74 (New Mexico in 1999) is the highest RPI ever to get an at-large bid, so if their RPI drops below that, they get dropped from the above waiting list. Today, Davidson(78) and Arkansas-Little Rock(80) have dropped off)

The Rest of the Conferences

America East

Tomorrow, Tomorrow
The game is tomorrow
It's only a day away!
(Vermont(26) vs. Northeastern(56) for the championship tomorrow, finally!)

ACC

Yesterday's Games:

  • Upset Alert: Clemson 84, Maryland(52) 72
  • NC State 70, Florida State 54
  • Upset Alert: Virginia 66, Miami(63) 65

Today's Games:

  • North Carolina(3) vs. Clemson (11:00 AM ESPN2)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech(31) (1:00 PM ESPN2)
  • Wake Forest(2) vs. NC State (6:00 PM ESPN2)
  • Duke(5) vs. Virginia (9:00 PM ESPN2)

Atlantic 10

Yesterday's Games:

  • St. Joseph's(58) 63, Richmond 51
  • Xavier 83, La Salle, 70
  • George Washingto(63) 79, Fordham 63
  • Temple 61, Dayton 51

Today's Games:

  • St Joseph's-Xavier
  • George Washington-Temple

Big East

Yesterday's Games:

  • Upset Alert: West Virginia(40) 78, Boston College(9) 72
  • Upset Alert: Villanova(13) 67, Pittsburgh(34) 58
  • UConn(12) 66, Georgetown 62 (Georgetown Eliminated?)
  • Syracuse(20) 81, Rutgers 57

Today's games:

  • West Virgina-Villanova (6:00 PM ESPN)
  • Conneticut-Syracuse (8:00 PM ESPN)

Big 10

No upsets yesterday. Iowa(45), the only real tournament contender, survived.

Today's games

  • Illinois(4)-Northwestern (11:00 AM, ESPN)
  • Indiana(49)-Minnesota(42) (1:00 AM ESPN)
  • Michigan State(19)-Iowa
  • Wisconsin(16)-Ohio State(47, but banned from the NCAA Tournament)

Big XII

Yesterday's Games:

  • Missouri 70, Nebraska 66 (OK, so I was wrong...)
  • Iowa State(51) 77, Baylor 67 (Tech's next opponent: ISU)
  • Upset Alert: Kansas State 68, Texas A&M(68) 62 (Adios, Aggies)
  • Upset Alert: Colorado 81, Texas(37) 69 (Texas may be either a 9 or 10 seed now.)

Today's Games:
All games regionally televised or on ESPNU, check local listings

  • Oklahoma(14)-Missouri (11:30 AM)
  • Texas Tech(35)-Iowa State (1:30 PM, ISU needs this one to get in)
  • Kansas(1)-Kanas State (6:00 PM)
  • Oklahoma State(7)-Colorado (8:00 PM)

Big West

Today's Games:

  • Pacific(24)-Cal State Northridge
  • Utah State(74)-Cal State Fullerton

Conference USA

Yesterday's games:

  • Louisville(17) 85, TCU 61
  • UAB(50) 59, DePaul(55) 56
  • Upset Alert: Memphis 83, Charlotte(28) 73
  • Upset Alert: South Florida 80, Cincinnati(22) 68

Today's Games:

  • Louisville-UAB
  • Memphis-South Florida

Mid-American

Yesterday's games:

  • Upset Alert: Buffalo(46) 85, Toledo 72
  • Western Michigan 66, Akron(69) 62
  • Miami of Ohio (32) 85, Bowling Green 65
  • Ohio U.(71) 62, Kent State (61) 55

Today's Games

  • Miami (OH)-Ohio U.
  • Western Michigan-Buffalo

MEAC

Today's Games:

  • South Carolina State-Bethune-Cookman
  • Hampton-Coppin State(141)

Mountain West

Today's Games:

  • Utah(23)-UNLV (8:00 PM, regional TV)
  • New Mexico-San Diego State (11:00 PM ESPN)

Pac-10

Yesterday's Games:

  • Arizona(8) 88, Cal 63
  • Upset Alert: Oregon State 79, UCLA(33) 72
  • Washington(6) 95, Arizona State(64) 90
  • Stanford (39), Washington State 58

Today's Games
(Games on Fox Sports Net, check local listings for times and availability)

  • Arizona-Oregon State
  • Washington-Stanford

Sports and Bremertonians is providing tournament updates if you want more details.

Patriot

Today's Championship: Holy Cross(60) vs. Bucknell (3:30 ESPN)

SEC

Upset Alert: Auburn 77, Vanderbilt(70) 73
No other NCAA tournament hopefuls were playing

Today's Games:

  • Alabama(15)-Ole Miss (noon, regional TV)
  • Florida(25)-Mississippi State(27) (2:15 PM, regional TV)
  • Kentucky(10)-Tennessee
  • LSU(21)-Auburn

Southland

Sunday's Championship: Northwestern State(119) hosts Southeast Louisiana

SWAC

Today's Games:

  • Jackson State-Alabama A&M (8:30 PM ESPNU - tape delayed)
  • Southern-Alabama State (7:00 PM ESPNU - tape delayed)

WAC

Yesterday's Games:

  • Upset Alert: Boise State 73, Nevada(30) 72
  • Rice (54) 63, SMU 47
  • UTEP (41) 80, Hawaii 62
  • Fresno State 84, Louisiana Tech 81

Today's Games:

  • Fresno State-Boise State
  • UTEP-Rice

Tomorrow: CTW

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