Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Saturday Setup

As I explained in yesterday's projection post, I'm not doing a full field projection today, just a rundown of how the seeds of the field would be. Before that, though, here's what happened yesterday:

In the Big East, West Virginia held off Notre Dame to secure a spot in the championship game where they'll faced Georgetown, a 78-50 conqueror of Marquette. In the ACC, the higher-seed-goes-down-to-defeat syndrome hit seeds 2 through 4, but Duke avoided it and should be heavily favored to knock off Miami(FL), an avowed enemy of the bubble. NC State is also an enemy and faces Georgia Tech, whose victory over Maryland secured it's spot. The Big Ten had 4 great finishes, kicked off by Evan Turner's last second desperation heave to lift Ohio State over hated Michigan, finished off by resillient Minnesota's OT triumph over Michigan State to help the Gophers stay in the chase. The Mountain West had one exciting finish and some officiating controversy, all in the same game. That game was San Diego State's 72-69 triumph over New Mexico, which secured the Aztecs' spot on the guest list. They'll face UNLV who beat BYU in semi #2. Chalk held up for the most part in the Atlantic 10, SEC, Pac-10, Big 12 and WAC(save for Nevada's loss to New Mexico State).

Thus it brings me to the seeds of the field; enjoy;

1: Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse
2: Ohio State, West Virginia, Kansas State, Purdue
3: Villanova, Tennessee, Georgetown, Michigan State
4: New Mexico, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Temple
5: BUTLER, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Baylor
6: Maryland, Richmond, Xavier, Gonzaga
7: Brigham Young, Texas, Notre Dame, California
8: Unlv, Utep, NORTHERN IOWA, Clemson
9: Florida State, SAINT MARY'S, Marquette, Oklahoma State
10: Georgia Tech, Utah State, San Diego State, OLD DOMINION
11: Wake Forest, Missouri, Louisville, CORNELL
12: Virginia Tech, Florida, SIENA, Washington
13: Illinois, Minnesota, MURRAY STATE, OAKLAND
14: MONTANA, Akron, WOFFORD, Sam Houston State
15: Morgan State, UC Santa Barbara, Vermont, NORTH TEXAS
16: ETSU, ROBERT MORRIS, LEHIGH, Opening Round winner
Opening Round: WINTHROP vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

New to the field: Minnesota
Out of the field: Mississippi
Last five to make it: Virginia Tech, Florida, Washington, Illinois, Minnesota
First four on the waiting list: Mississippi State, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Arizona State
Next four on the waiting list: William & Mary, Seton Hall, South Florida, Memphis
The enemies: Miami(FL), NC State, Houston, New Mexico State

1 comment:

  1. Howard, Could Virginia Tech's pathetic OOC performance leave them out? They remind me a lot of Penn State last year.