Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Can we say Championship Week has Started?

The results from last night didn't shock anyone. Unless you are a Morehead State fan. Then you might have awaken today a little under the weather. Morehead finished second in the regular season in the OVC but is done as Tennessee State pulled the upset. Now they must wait for a CBI Tourney invite. Don't sit by the phone. Anybody know if that CBI touney is still happening? The Gazelle Group is supposed to put it on, with teams that don't make either the NCAA or NIT field. Can't wait.

Sorry we were late getting this going today. And sincere apologies for not wishing one of my all-time favorite Mountaineers Cliff Warren and his Jacksonville Dolphins, good luck in the A-Sun tourney. The Dolphins had the quarterfinal matinee and dispatched Mercer (remember them from season opening defeat of USC fame). Warren's Dolphins are the #2 seed and have a real chance of winning the conference tournament. We know we'll be rooting for them up north. Belmont plays Campbell in the nightcap tonight. That game is on CSS if you can find it.

The Patriot League also has quarterfinals going on tonight. As expected Holy Cross and Bucknell at opposite ends of the brackets, but not as the #1 and #2 seeds, rather than #7 & #8. That's nuts. Patriot matchups are Holy Cross at American, Army at Lehigh, Bucknell at Navy, and Lafayette at Colgate. My guess is Holy Cross or Bucknell pulls an upset tonight, and I'd expect either American or Navy (whoever survives tonight) to win the auto bid.

Five games also taking place in the Sun Belt, but none involving either of the two teams that could get at-large bids. Denver and New Orleans face off with the winner to play South Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe takes on Middle Tennessee and the winner faces the Troy/Louisiana Lafayette victor, Arkansas State (pre-Nolan) battles North Texas and the winner plays the Hilltoppers, and Florida International tangles with Florida Atlantic with the winner to face Arkansas-Little Rock.

Meanwhile on the bubble.... New Mexico and Virginia Tech notched key wins last night and may both be working their way into the field.

Key games tonight are....
Texas A&M at Baylor - I think both teams are secure, but they can't flail down the stretch

Wyoming at BYU - Cougars could be one of three Mountain West teams

Tennessee at Florida - This would punch Gators ticket, wouldn't it?

Boston College at Miami - Canes keep floating between almost and lock for me.

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State - Sooners seem safe, but can't afford these type of defeats.

Mississippi State at Vanderbilt - MSU can move to lock status or close with a win.

South Florida at Villanova - Disaster if Nova loses

UCF at Houston - Cougars can't afford any more slip ups

LaSalle at UMASS - Minutemen sitting pretty at moment

Syracuse at Seton Hall - Orange must finish with flourish

Kentucky at South Carolina - Gallant run by the Cats but maybe running out of steam

Duquesne at Temple - Owls have all of a sudden gotten some respect

Tulsa at UAB - This is the type of game that can only hurt Blazers

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