Thursday, February 24, 2011

Around the NCAA - February 24, 2011

Nobody wants it.  Wednesday night was another night of lost opportunities.  It started with Michigan, who played like a team who wanted it and then fell victim to an all-to-familiar result.  Next was Boston College who thought a home loss to Miami would impress the selection committee.  What about a third Colonial team?  VCU's loss at Drexel means they have to win the conference tournament.  Surely Nebraska would seize the opportunity at home.  Kansas State likely punched their card, but the Cornhuskers left themselves work to do.  There will be no last ditch effort from Baylor, who went down with a wimper at Missouri.  Even Alabama needing a tip-in at the buzzer to beat Auburn isn't anything to impress, although the Tide continue to close in on the field.  Florida State, while safe for now, showed that without Chris Singleton they are 16 points worse than the most mediocre team in college basketball.

Cincinnati and Kansas State had the biggest wins of the night.  The Bearcats win at Georgetown should quiet the SOS haters for now.  The top 9 lines on the bracket are starting to take shape.  Lines 10 though 12 have 18 days to sort themselves out.

Thursday's Slate
Marquette at Connecticut - the Big East looks more and more like 11 teams are a possibility.  Marquette could still use a quality road win to make that a certainty.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Cleveland State - the Vikings have an at-large chance with an outright league title and a tourney final appearance, but have to beat the pesky Panthers to have that opportunity.
Georgia at Florida - at this point, nothing more than a seeding game.
West Virginia at Pittsburgh - the Panthers try to hold on to the last of the #1 seeds.
Gonzaga at St. Mary's - the game with the most implications tonight, Gonzaga could bolster their at-large chances with a win here.

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