CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK – Quick Look (3-5-2012)

As slots get filled up and the field takes shape (note this is a “should”, not trying to predict necessarily), we’ll just go with the quick listing.  Rankings we use to determine the field are here.  So how did last night’s championship games affect things (the last four teams in are in red, clinched teams are underlined)?

  1. Syracuse
  2. Kentucky
  3. North Carolina
  4. Duke
  5. Kansas
  6. Michigan State
  7. Ohio State
  8. Missouri
  9. Wichita State
  10. Marquette
  11. Indiana
  12. Temple
  13. Baylor
  14. Georgetown
  15. Saint Louis
  16. Michigan
  17. Wisconsin
  18. Memphis
  19. Creighton
  20. New Mexico
  21. Gonzaga
  22. Florida State
  23. UNLV
  24. Vanderbilt
  25. Murray State
  26. Florida
  27. Iowa State
  28. Louisville
  29. Saint Mary’s
  30. Alabama
  31. California
  32. San Diego State
  33. Harvard
  34. Virginia
  35. Southern Miss
  36. Notre Dame
  37. Kansas State
  38. VCU
  39. Oral Roberts
  40. Oregon
  41. Connecticut
  42. Nevada
  43. Purdue
  44. West Virginia
  45. South Dakota State
  46. Long Beach State
  47. Belmont
  48. Cincinnati
  49. BYU
  50. Northwestern
  51. Texas
  52. Iona
  53. Drexel
  54. NC State
  55. Washington
  56. Davidson
  57. Akron
  58. Montana
  59. Loyola-MD
  60. Bucknell
  61. Valparaiso
  62. Long Island
  63. Texas-Arlington
  64. UNC-Asheville
  65. Stony Brook
  66. Western Kentucky
  67. Mississippi Valley State
  68. Savannah State

Last Four In: Texas, Iona, Drexel, NC State

First Four Out: Xavier, Seton Hall, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State

Next Four Out: Miami-FL, Ohio, Dayton, Saint Joseph’s

With Iona sneaking in right now, indeed Loyola-MD did steal one of the at-large bids that were being counted on.  Also, this model has been carrying Middle Tennessee State as the Sun Belt’s representative, and on the fringes of at-large consideration.  As of now, they are not in – and depending on carnage about, maybe the Sun Belt tournament will steal another bid.  But sadly for MTSU, Iona and Drexel, they are done with games and the major conferences still have a number of ways to pile up brownie points.



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