Monday, March 03, 2008

Bracket Update 3/3

Sorry for the little hiatus last week. I was traveling for an education conference, and it was a PACKED schedule on Thurs/Fri. No time to blog, although I did get to hear Robert Kennedy, Jr., speak.

Today's bracket is up. I know I sound like a broken record, but the bottom is really, really bad. There are a number of slots just waiting to be taking by ANY team willing to finish strong.

At the very nasty bottom, I took Illinois State, Maryland, Florida, Kentucky, Saint Joseph's, New Mexico, and Texas A&M. I took them over teams like Syracuse, Oregon, Temple, Ohio State, Rhode Island, UAB, Villanova, Creighton, VA Tech, Villanova, Houston, OK State (watch out for the red-hot Cowboys!), Dayton, WKU, Ohio and SIU. I want to address the Bubble more thoroughly tomorrow or Wed.

The One Stop Shop has been cleaned up a bit (thanks to a couple of very nice, helpful readers) and I have the Sun Belt and Horizon brackets set. I'll work on more of those today. By the end of the week, all 30 conference tourney brackets will be ready to go.

Congrats to Cornell, the first auto qualifier in the 2008 Bracket!

Multi-Bid Conference Breakdown
Big East (8): Georgetown, Louisville, UConn, Notre Dame, Marquette, Pitt, Villanova, West Virginia
Pac-10 (6): UCLA, Stanford, Washington State, Arizona, Southern Cal, Arizona State
Big XII (6): Texas, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas A&M
ACC (5): Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Miami-FL, Maryland
SEC (5): Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Kentucky
Big Ten (4): Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State
Mountain West (3): BYU, UNLV, New Mexico
Atlantic 10 (3): Xavier, Saint Joseph's, UMass
West Coast (2): St. Mary's, Gonzaga
Missouri Valley (2): Drake, Illinois State

Tonight's GOI
--Texas Tech at Kansas. Raiders are mostly dead, but this Miracle Pill could allow them wiggle their fingers and toes a bit and have a little head jiggle.
--Pittsburgh at West Virginia. Both are likely going to Dance, but WVA needs to hold serve at home here. Do that, and I think the 'Eers will be in pretty good shape.