Friday, March 06, 2009

LOCKS, Tourneys, Weekend Forecast

Bracket coming later today.

After wins last night, I LOCKed UCLA and Cal in the Lockbox. I also LOCKed West Virginia and Syracuse.

The A-Sun's top 4 are through as are the Big South's top two (bid game on Sat!). The higher seeds are now 27-5 this season and we are still waiting on the first big upset. See all the brackets in the One Stop Shop.

Last Night's GOI
--Cal 83, at Arizona 77. Bad time of the year to lose four in a row, Zona. They must hold at home vs Stanford this weekend and should probably win a Pac 10 tourney game to be safe.
--at Penn State 64, Illinois 63. A Bubble who wins when the chips are down does mucho goodness for themselves right now.
--Tennessee 86, at South Carolina 70. Vols win the East #1 seed and may have knocked out the Gamecocks. USC East lacks ANY wins against the RPI top 50 or any team projected to be in the bracket!!! They also lacked any semblance of discipline, rebounding or shot selection. With the nation (and the committee) watching, they looked terrible. Gamecocks will need to win at Georgia and make a run in the SEC tourney.
--at Temple 68, Saint Joseph's 59. Owls keep their hopes on life support.
--at Villanova 97, Providence 80. Friars may not have lost much ground with this loss, but they missed a chance to solidify themselves. They will need some Big East tourney wins.
--at Xavier 76, Dayton 59. X clinched a share of the A10 title. Flyers are probably OK if they hold serve vs Duquesne this weekend and avoid a bad loss in the A10 tourney.


--Penn at Cornell. The Big Red play two games this weekend. Win both and they get the Ivy bid. Princeton is one game back while Yale and Dartmouth are two behind.
--St. John's at Notre Dame. Irish need to win out to the Big East final for any hope.
--Conference tourneys in action: America East, A-Sun, Colonial, Horizon, MAAC, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, Southern and West Coast.
--VMI at Radford. Big South Auto Bid!
--Stanford at Arizona. Cats need to stop the bleeding.
--Conference tourneys: AmEast, Big Sky, Colonial, Horizon, MAAC, Southern, Summit, West Coast
--Cal at Arizona State. Devils are also on a skid that needs to end.
--LSU at Auburn. A win by the Tigers could get them some attention, although the non-conf train wreck is probably too much to overcome.
--Georgia Tech at Boston College. Eagles cannot afford a slip of this magnitude.
--Seton Hall at Cincinnati. Bearcats are going to need several in a row.
--Duquesne at Dayton. Flyers need to hold serve to stay away from the Bubble.
--Kentucky at Florida. Both playing for their lives...and both probably need more than this win.
--Temple at George Washington. Owls slim hopes rest on winning out to the A10 final.
--South Carolina at Georgia. Gamecocks are in must-win mode.
--Penn State at Iowa. Lions need to consolidate that big win over Illinois.
--Texas at Kansas. Both need it for seeding purposes.
--Syracuse at Marquette. Seeding.
--Purdue at Michigan State. Sparty has designs on a 1-seed.
--Michigan at Minnesota. Wolverines need it more, but this would put Minnesota in great shape.
--Oklahoma State at Oklahoma. Sooners try to hold their 1-seed while the Cowboys play to lock themselves IN.
--UConn at Pitt. HUGE Big East and 1-seed implications. Your Harry Hamlin Clash of the Titans Game of the Weekend.
--UMass at Rhode Island. Red-hot Rams need to keep stacking up wins to have hope.
--UNLV at San Diego State. Tough game for the very Bubbly Rebels. Aztecs could get into the convo with a win.
--Missouri at Texas A&M. Seeding mostly.
--TCU at Utah. Utes can clinch a share of MWC.
--Maryland at Virginia. Terps cannot afford a loss here.
--Louisville at West Virginia. Cards are playing for a piece of the Big East title and a 1-seed.
--Indiana at Wisconsin. Badgers have to hold this one.
--Washington State at Washington. Huskies can clinch the Pac 10 title.
--Virginia Tech at Florida State. Hokies need a very strong finish.
--Duke at North Carolina. ACC title and 1-seed implications.
--Northwestern at Ohio State. Classic Bubble game, with NWern needing it more.
--Clemson at Wake Forest. ACC and high seed implications.
Conference tourneys: Northeast, Patriot, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast