OK, one more "pre"-Lockbox and then an actual bracket (Monday) and Lockbox (probably Wed) come next week. I have 49 potential AL teams listed, 12 in black. That means 37 teams are left for 22 spots, so fifteen "blue" teams would have to be cut to make 34 AL's. Again, for pre-Lockbox purposes, I am only using two designations: likely going (black), and work to do (blue). We will evaluate the landscape with more precision next week.
In the Belt
Conference divisional leaders WKU and Denver squared off in Colorado yesterday and, as they usually do, the Pioneers won at home (11-1 this season). They shot a mind-blowing 83.3% on their 2-pt FG's. WKU won practically every other statistical measure, but it was not enough to overcome that inconceivable percentage and the Toppers fell by 5. Denver as 8/12 remaining conference games on the road, while WKU has 8/12 at home before closing their slate with a 3-game road swing at season's end.
--Villanova at Louisville. There are three teams unbeaten in Big East conference play. Here are two of them.
--Oklahoma State at Oklahoma. In-state rivalry alert!