March 4th Update
by Gus Elvin
-Seton Hall slides from 11 seed to Last 4 in after losing 85-58 to Big East bottom dweller DePaul
-Texas drops out with loss to Kansas but moves back in after Arizona loses to ASU
-Xavier slides back in heading to A-10 tourney with work to do after avoiding a bad loss against Charlotte
-Northwestern bounce back and stay in field after winning at Iowa 70-66
-USF despite 12 conference wins is still out for me as Louisville only real good win, decent wins vs bubble teams Cincy and Seton Hall
-Oregon smashes Utah and is the bubble team playing the best basketball right now…first team out right now but next team to move in with a last 4 in team loss
-Arizona crushing loss to ASU probably means at least 2 more wins needed for Wildcats to feel good about their chances.
-Miami still ahead of NC State despite getting swept by them because of wins vs Duke and Fla State + only 1 100+ loss.
-NC State gets needed win vs Virginia Tech but still have no top 50 wins and have bad losses to stanford, clemson and georgia tech
-Saint Joseph’s, heartbreaking OT loss to St. Bonaventure really hurts Joe Lunardis boys ….need to do a lot of work in a-10 tourney. Here because of wins vs Temple, Creighton and Drexel
-VCU-Great record(26-6) but low RPI(64) and best win against South Florida? I say no at large as the Rams need to win the CAA title game on Monday if they want to return to the dance.
-Iona joins bubble watch after MAAC semi-final loss to Fairfield. I don’t know how you can put this team in based on their resume. Gaels are just taking up space here.
-Middle Tennessee State-SEE IONA. Loss to Arkansas State ends MTSU’s Tournament dreams. Great year by the Blue Raiders with wins against Akron, Belmont and UCLA but who are we kidding the Sun Belt was always going to be a 1 bid league.
Tennessee- Out of left field trots Cuonzo Martin and the Volunteers. Tennessee is somehow in the conversation with 13 losses, 4 sub 100 losses, and an RPI of 75. Tennessee’s saving grace right now is their SOS (7) and wins against Florida(twice) and Vanderbilt. Still need to do some work but Tennessee is peaking at the right time.
-Dayton/Ole Miss- Both of these teams got stay alive wins over the weekend but both need to do a lot of work in their conference tourneys to “really” be in consideration for an at large. Ole Miss best win Alabama? Going to need to do a lot of work in SEC and wins against Auburn and then Tennessee in SEC tourney 1st 2 rounds are not the kind of wins that Ole Miss needs right now.
*Tomorrow Night I will post my entire Bracketology with updated seeds and the addition of conference auto bid winners Asheville, Murray State, Belmont and Creighton.