Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Landscape

Bracket radio talk on 1340 AM The Ticket in Bowling Green today at 5 pm CT.

If I had known that The Cuse and UConn were going to play SIX (!) overtimes, I would have taken a nap and then awakened to watch the end instead of losing my battle with sleep in a commercial break somewhere in the middle of those OT's. WOW.

Lockbox Changes
--Oklahoma State has done enough. They are IN.
--I swapped New Mexico OUT and San Diego State IN. That may be temporary, as I will do a full bracket update later today. The Lobos finished strong, but lost to Wyoming last night. That's not a terrible sin, but their lack of success away from home coupled with their inability to take care of a first-round opponent on a neutral court really hurts the Lobos.
--3/4 of the Big Ten Bubble Boys won, so that league still has 8 teams very much in play and I'm pretty confident all 8 will be in the bracket update later.

--I mentioned New Mexico, but MtWest mate UNLV lost on their home court to a fellow Bubbler from their own conference. San Diego State finished two games ahead of them in the regular season, is now nearly 30 slots in front of them in the RPI, and beat them in the conference tourney. UNLV also finished by losing 4/6. They had a good season, but probably not good enough to overcome all that.
--Arizona needed a win. They turn in their resume having lost 5/6 to close.
--Rhode Island gave way to Duquesne. They follow their red-hot stretch in February by losing home to UMass and neutral to Duquesne. That kills.

--All four SEC Bubble teams are in action today. Auburn and Florida play one another; Kentucky gets LSU; South Carolina faces Mississippi State. Every team on that list except LSU feels like they MUST win. Should make for high drama.
--Big Ten is in a similar state. All the games are quite meaningful, although most of the Big Ten Bubble Boys have a little more room for error.
--ACC has Maryland and VA Tech playing for their lives with BC trying to seal a bid vs Duke.
--San Diego State could really make a push with a win over BYU.
--Temple makes a stand vs Xavier in a must win for the Owls.