--Congrats, Northern Iowa! The Panthers escaped an Osiris Eldridge barrage from Illinois State and will rep the Valley.
--WKU held FIU at arms length and pulled away late in the first of four Sun Belt quarters today.
--Michigan State leaned on Purdue in the 2nd half and is really pushing for a 1-seed now.
--VA Tech lost to FSU, so they are going to need a monster ACC tourney run.
--Tennessee kept up the absolute staunch mediocrity of the SEC East by losing at home to Alabama to close this season. This may help South Carolina since they finish in a tie with the Vols, even though Tennessee wins the tie breaker.
--There are four bids taken now as East Tennessee State (ASUN), Morehead State (OVC), and Radford (Big South) all won auto bids yesterday. They join Cornell at the party. The OSS is up to date.
--After wins yesterday, I LOCKed Utah and BYU in the Lockbox. I also moved Rhode Island out and Michigan in. That's the only sure-fire change I can make today before further evaluation. Full bracket tomorrow a/noon.
--Louisville is your Big East champ, and with a strong tourney, they are going to be in the 1-seed mix.
--One bid game today: MVC championship. Illinois State ripped Creighton by 24 yesterday, sending the Jays into an 8-day sweat and causing Bubble Nation to get even more nervy. ISU will take on 1-seed Northern Iowa who disposed of Bradley by 16 in the other semi.
--Sun Belt starts quarterfinal action today and the America East, CAA, MAAC, Patriot, Southern and West Coast have semis going. There are also two quarterfinal games in the Summit.