Thursday, March 12, 2009

About Thursday

By conference so I can keep things in order(updated as of 9:23 PM CT):

Atlantic Coast
We can boot Miami(FL) from all bubble discussion after Virginia Tech dropped the Ibis 65-47. Clemson's seed will drop after letting Georgia Tech win 86-81. That note that said Maryland was playing itself out? Skip that, the Terps toppled NC State.

Big East
Providence is really hurting now, as the Friars lose to Louisville 73-55. Villanova almost let a 16-point lead slip away into the clutches of Marquette, but they escape in the final moments with a 1-point win. Pittsburgh's chances of gaining a #1 seed were hurt significantlly by losing to West Virginia.

Big Ten
Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State all took care of bidness in the 1st round in Indy. Of the three, the Gophers had the toughest test, pulling away from Northwestern in the final 3 minutes.

Big 12
Does anyone want to win this tourney? Kansas fell to Baylor, who now must be let back onto the fringe, whilst hurting the Jayhawks' top line hopes and Oklahoma let Oklahoma State escape with a win, ending the Sooners #1 quest. Meanwhile, Kansas State drops off after losing to Texas.

Conference USA
Memphis had trouble putting away Tulane, winning only by 10 points. UAB had to go to overtime to defeat Southern Miss. Tulsa had no such problem in their dispatching of Rice.

Mountain West
Brigham Young had it's hands full trying to eliminate Air Force, winning only by 11. San Diego State ran UNLV out of the tourney on the Rebels' home court. As of this update, Utah is losing to Texas Christian.

Arizona State may have just ended Arizona's long streak of tourney appearances, winning by 12. Washington pulled away from Stanford late. California was trailing Southern California by 15, but have since rallied to trail by 5.

Kentucky's win did nothing to improve their standing. They must beat LSU tomorrow to have any chance. Same for Mississippi State. The real action takes place tomorrow.

Western Athletic
Utah State cruises to a win over hapless Fresno State.

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