Friday, March 5, 2010

Bracket - March 5

Congrats to Cornell for clinching the Ivy League championship and the automatic bid to the NCAAs. 4 more automatic bids will be claimed this weekend in the following conferences:

Atlantic Sun (Mercer or East Tennessee State)
Big South (Coastal Carolina or Winthrop)
Ohio Valley (Murray State or Morehead State)

Missouri Valley (Northern Iowa, Wichita State, Illinois Sate, or Bradley)

As for today's bracket, Notre Dame's win over UConn meant they switched places on the bracket as the Irish are the last team in while UConn's back outside. The Huskies can't get in with a 7-10 Big East record and certainly can't with a 7-11 record if they lose to USF. Notre Dame's place is not assured, but a win over Marquette would provide a lot of breathing room.

Mississippi State looked awfully shaky against Auburn and fall back while their rival Ole Miss move into the bracket on the heels of a 3-game winning streak.

Two other teams also lost key games this week to fall out of the bracket: UAB lost to Memphis and fell to 3rd in the CUSA. Illinois fell to Ohio State, which is a respectable loss, but their RPI is now 73 and their record against Big Ten teams above them in the standings is 2-5. They are the first team out.

To replace them, Washington has won 8 of 10 and has a win over conference leader California, something Arizona State doesn't have, and Rhode Island, which was helped not only by their win over Charlotte but also by the loss by Dayton.

In NIT land, Jacksonville clinched the NIT auto bid for the Atlantic Sun after advancing furthest in the tourney but falling to Mercer in the semifinals.

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