Thursday, March 12, 2009

Peaking Ahead to Thursday's College Basketball Slate

Check out Pay's latest bracket projections.
Also check out the schedule for conference tournaments.
Last night's reactions are up too.

Tomorrow has quite a lineup. Here are some things to take note of (thanks Pay for the help):

Tubby Smith and Minnesota, Pay's third to last team in, are in action tomorrow against Northwestern, a team a little further down the bubble chart.
Credit: Yahoo! Sports

Games in RED have major bubble implications.

ACC First Round
Game 1: No. 8 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 Miami, noon
Game 3: No. 7 Maryland vs. No. 10 NC State, ESPN2, 7 p.m.

Big East Quarterfinals
Game 1: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 8 Providence, ESPN, noon
Game 2: No. 4 Villanova vs. No. 5 Marquette, ESPN, 2 p.m.
Game 3: No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 7 West Virginia, ESPN, 7 p.m.
Game 4: No. 3 Connecticut vs. No. 6 Syracuse, ESPN, 9 p.m.

Big Ten First Round
Game 1: No. 8 Minnesota vs. No. 9 Northwestern, noon
Game 2: No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 10 Iowa, ESPN2, 2:30 p.m.

Game 3: No. 6 Penn State vs. No. 11 Indiana, ESPN2, 5 p.m.

Big XII Quarterfinals
Game 6: No. 4 Kansas State vs. Texas, 3 p.m.
Game 7: No. 2 Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, 7 p.m.

PAC-10 Quarterfinals
Game 3: No. 4 Arizona State vs. No. 5 Arizona, 3 p.m.
Game 5: No. 3 California vs. No. 6 USC, 9 p.m.

SEC Opening Round
Game 1: E4 Kentucky vs. W5 Ole Miss, 1 p.m.
Game 4: E3 Florida vs. W6 Arkansas, 9:45 p.m.

Mid-major alert! Big West, MAC, MEAC, MWC, Southland, SWAC, and WAC (is that mid-major really?) games tomorrow as well. Enjoy!!!


Paymon said...

Here's the way I see each of these games ...

* VT/Miami is a play-out game

* MD/NC St is a play-out game for MD

* Providence needs a win or a fabulous showing in defeat to Louisville. They cannot have one great conference win, a good win in which the opposition was missing 2 starters, no quality OOC wins, and countless double-digit defeats.

* Minn/NW has the murkiest of scenarios. A win should get Minn in. NW needs 2 wins to be furthered in the discussion (I think they are in with a second non-home win against MSU ... looking way too far into the future).

* Michigan/Iowa is a play-out game for Michigan. If other teams choke, this may be a play-in game.

* Unless PSU loses to Indiana, they are in and/or wins ugly and lays an egg against Purdue

* Kansas State is IN with a second non-home win against Texas. Their weak RPI is bound to improve either way.

* If Arizona defeats Arizona State, they are IN.

* USC needs two wins and to hop Arizona to be in the discussion

* Florida/Kentucky may need 3 wins to advance to the NCAAs.

Anonymous said...

Bye bye Canes, Friars and Wildcats