Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bracket Watch - It's All Downhill From Here

So far, it has mostly been chalk that has ruled in the conference tournaments. Last night was no exception. Butler continued to aid the good luck hopes of bubblers everywhere, routing Wright State 70-45 in the Horizon championship, Oakland cruised to a 76-64 win against IUPUI to reach the summit of the Summit, and North Texas knocked off Troy 66-63 in the Sun Belt final(OK the Mean Green were second seeded, but you get the point).

All however was not well with a few bubblers trying to hang on. Connecticut's plunge from top seed to non-factor on the bubble is complete, by way of a 73-51 late-game rout by St. John's, while Charlotte, trying to gain the fringe was denied by Massachusetts in a 59-56 decision.

The result of this carnage is the bracket is still little changed from yesterday.

Final Four pairings
Midwest(1) vs. West(4)
East(2) vs. South(3)

Midwest region

@ Oklahoma City
1-Kansas(Big 12) vs. 16-Lehigh(Patriot)
8-NORTHERN IOWA vs. 9-Notre Dame
@ Spokane
4-Vanderbilt vs. 13-Kent State(Mid-American)
5-BUTLER vs. 12-Georgia Tech*
@ Milwaukee
2-Purdue vs. 15-NORTH TEXAS
7-Texas vs. 10-Virginia Tech
@ Providence
3-Villanova vs. 14-OAKLAND
6-Xavier vs. 11-Nevada-Las Vegas*

West region

@ Jacksonville
1-Duke(Atlantic Coast) vs. 16-Quinnipiac(Northeast)
8-Texas-El Paso(Conference USA) vs. 9-California(Pacific-10)
@ Spokane
4-Pittsburgh vs. 13-Mississippi*
5-Baylor vs. 12-San Diego State
@ Buffalo
2-Ohio State(Big Ten) vs. 15-EAST TENNESSEE STATE
7-Louisville vs. 10-OLD DOMINION
@ San Jose
3-New Mexico(Mountain West) vs. 14-Weber State(Big Sky)
6-Gonzaga vs. 11-Utah State(Western Athletic)

East region

@ New Orleans
1-Kentucky(Southeastern) vs. 16-Vermont(America East)
8-Missouri vs. 9-Marquette
@ San Jose
4-Maryland vs. 13-SIENA
5-Brigham Young vs. 12-Memphis*
@ Providence
2-West Virginia vs. 15-Morgan State(Mid-Eastern)
7-Richmond vs. 10-Clemson
@ Jacksonville
3-Michigan State vs. 14-WOFFORD
6-Texas A&M vs. 11-CORNELL

South region

@ Buffalo
1-Syracuse vs. 16-Opening Round winner
Opening Round: WINTHROP vs. Jackson State(Southwestern)
8-Wake Forest vs. 9-Oklahoma State
@ New Orleans
4-Tennessee vs. 13-Arizona State*
5-Temple(Atlantic 10) vs. 12-MURRAY STATE
@ Oklahoma City
2-Kansas State vs. 15-UC Santa Barbara(Big West)
7-Florida State vs. 10-SAINT MARY'S
@ Milwaukee
3-Wisconsin vs. 14-Sam Houston State(Southland)
6-Georgetown vs. 11-Florida*

New to the field: North Texas
Out: Troy

Procedural moves: Cornell(up 1), Notre Dame(up 1), Texas-El Paso(up 1), Clemson(down 1), Georgia Tech(down 1), Oklahoma State(down 1)

Last four in the field: Memphis, San Diego State, Arizona State, Mississippi
First four left out: Illinois, Washington, South Florida, Uab
Next four left out: Rhode Island Dayton, Mississippi State, Minnesota
Also on board: Saint Louis, Seton Hall, Marshall, Wichita State, Nevada

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