Monday, March 7, 2005

Conference Tournament Watch - 3/7/2005

(All times Central. RPI of top seeds and bubble teams in parentheses, courtesy Ken Pomeroy)

Yesterday's Qualifiers

No tournament championships yesterday.

Already in

  • Atlantic Sun: Central Florida
  • Big South: Winthrop
  • Ivy League: Penn
  • Ohio Valley: Eastern Kentucky
  • SoCon: Chattanooga

Waiting to hear from the committee

  • Northern Iowa(36)
  • Arkansas-Little Rock(60)
  • Davidson(62)

The Rest of the Conference tournaments

America East

Vermont(23)'s Taylor Coppenrath is unreal.
He drops 34 on Binghamton in a 76-65 rout just one day after scoring 33 on Maryland-Baltimore County. Unfortunately, Coppenrath has plenty of time to cool off. The Catamounts take on Northeastern University(43), the school that launched the careers of both Jim Calhoun and Rick Pitino, Saturday in the America East finals.


The ACC kicks off it's tournament on Thursday, but the seeds are now in place. North Carolina(4) clinched the top seed in the upcoming tournament with a close win against arch-rival Duke.

Bubble team Georgia Tech(37) and alleged bubble team Virginia Tech (120) have byes. Miami(58) and Maryland(49) play first-round games Thursday.

The complete bracket can be found

(Note to VA Tech: Fat chance, Turkeys. there's no way you can sneak an RPI that high by the committee even if you are 4th in the ACC)

Atlantic 10

T minus 2 days until the tournament kicks off. More tomorrow.

Big East

Tournament starts Wednesday. Boston College, of course, is the #1 seed. We'll see if 8 Big East teams are playing well enough to be in the field.

Unfortunately, one of the downsides of the conference tournaments, from a major conference perspective, is that it helps eliminate the middle-of-the-pack teams from NCAA tournament contention.

Big Sky

Portland State(160) takes on Weber State, who's most famous victory was against Georgetown in the NCAA tournament some years back, tomorrow. The Vikings were projected as a #16 seed in the latest Lunardi bracket.

Big 10

Despite a
great performance from a spirited Ohio State team with nothing to play for except knocking off the last unbeaten, Illinois is still the #1 seed in the tournament, which kicks off thursday.


Cheap Seats' Big XII Tournament Preview, Part 1


Old Dominion(33) extracts a measure of revenge on Hofstra and advances to the tournament final. The Monarchs take on Virginia Commonwealth in the championship today. (6:00 P.M. ESPN)


Top seed Wisconsin-Milwaukee takes on Detroit (as in "The University of", not the NBA champion Pistons) tomorrow.

Metro Atlantic

Niagra survives a scare against Iona and advances to today's championship against Rider. (8:00 P.M. ESPN2)


Tournament starts today at campus sites. Bubble teams Buffalo, Akron, Kent State, and Ohio are all in action, but not on TV.


Maybe God likes Oral Roberts this week. The Tulsa televangelist's eponymous school, the #1 seed in the Mid-Con, watched the #2, #3, and #4 seeds lose in the first round and now have to get by #5 seed IUPUI today and the winner of #6 Oakland(MI) and #7 Chicago State tomorrow to get to the dance.

(I hope the religious among us realize that I'm making a joke here. I personally don't believe God favors anyone in an athletic contest, even if He does give the participants the requisite talent)


As I'm typing this, the MEAC Tournament is getting underway in Richmond, Virginia. The winner is projected to play the Play-In Game.

Missouri Valley

Wow! What happened here?
da bomb
Upset Alert #1:
Southwest Missouri State (50) scalps another tournament hopeful, ousting Southern Illinois(16).
Upset Alert #2: Creighton(48) knocks off #2 seed and bubble team Wichita State(46).

As soon as they can clear out the wreckage of Wichita State's tournament dreams, the Bluejays and Bears will square off in the Missouri Valley final tonight. (8:05 P.M. ESPN)

And don't try and tell me that you had a Creighton-SMS tournament final to begin with. I'm not buying it.


As soon as I try to pump up Monmouth's(182) coolness by mentioning the school's brief cameo in the movie Clerks, they go out and
lose to Wagner. *sigh*

#2 seed Farleigh Dickinson(165) survives a challenge from LIU-Brooklyn and will face Wagner in the championship game.


Lehigh takes #1 seed Holy Cross(45) to overtime,
but fails to pull off the upset. Holy Cross now hosts Bucknell Friday for the Patriot League title and automatic bid.


Florida upset Kentucky yesterday, but Kentucky's top seed in the upcoming tournament was assured.

Tournament kicks off Thursday.


Tournament starts tomorrow. Top seed and top RPI: Northwestern State, who take on Texas-Arlington. #2 seed Southeast Louisiana, who tied Northwestern State for the regular season title, faces Texas State.

Sun Belt

No major upsets yesterday. Top seed Denver(98) plays Western Kentucky(56) today. WKU won the last meeting 82-79, so Denver U. will be looking to extract some revenge. Louisiana-Lafayette(44), the top remaining RPI, takes on Florida International in the other semifinal.

Speaking of Denver U,
their defending NCAA Champion hockey team clinched the top seed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament. As far as I can research, DU has never won basketball and hockey conference championships in the same season.

West Coast

The two best teams in the WCC, Gonzaga(10) and St. Mary's of California(28) square off tonight. (11:00 P.M. ESPN)

By the way, is there another St. Mary's that plays Division I sports? I know there's 3 Loyolas, 2 St. Francises, and 2 Miamis in Division I, which is why you have to put the state in parentheses when you list the school. (although for Miami (FL), you can leave it off the "(FL)" and everyone will know which one you are talking about).


The Tournament begins today, but neither Nevada(26) or UTEP(52) are in action until the Second Round on Thursday.

Tomorrow: Big XII Tournament Preview (AM), Conference Tournament Watch (PM)
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