March 11, 2009
At least, just as soon as that Miller jerk gets up.
Teams who have experienced a status change since yesterday are highlighted. Green is good. Blue is bad.
On The Good Side of the Bubble (currently looking at a 7-spot bubble):
Creighton, Minnesota, Michigan, South Carolina, Maryland, Penn State, Arizona
On the Bad Side of the Bubble:
San Diego State, St. Mary's, Miami (FL), New Mexico, Florida, Temple, Virginia Tech, Rhode Island, Davidson, UAB, Providence, Kentucky, Illinois State, George Mason, UNLV, Notre Dame, Auburn
In There Like Swimwear (40 teams):
Atlantic 10: Xavier, Dayton
ACC: North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson, Florida State, Boston College
Big 12: Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M
Big East: Connecticut, Pitt, Louisville, Villanova, Marquette, Syracuse, West Virginia
Big Ten: Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State
Horizon: Cleveland State, Butler
Missouri Valley: Northern Iowa
Mountain West: Brigham Young, Utah
Pac-10: Washington, UCLA, Cal, Arizona State
SEC: Louisiana State, Tennessee
WAC: Utah State
The Likely One-Bid Conferences (18 teams):
East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun), Radford (Big South), Virginia Commonwealth (Colonial), Cornell (Ivy), Siena (MAAC), Morehead State (Ohio Valley), Chattanooga (Southern), North Dakota State (Summit), Western Kentucky (Sun Belt), Binghamton (America East), Weber State (Big Sky), Cal State Northridge (Big West), Bowling Green (MAC), Morgan State (MEAC), Robert Morris (Northeast), American (Patriot), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Alabama State (SWAC)
Of bubble relevance this evening:
Nooner: DePaul vs. Providence. I don't know if DePaul's shocking victory yesterday is a good thing for Providence or not. It gives them a much better shot of winning this game, but if this win came against Cincinnati, it would add a little more street cred. A win's a win, though, and it's going to be hard to deny anyone who is three games above .500 in the Big East.
7:00. Notre Dame vs. West Virginia. I'll include this one for those of you still clinging to a belief that Notre Dame can get in. They can't. But I'll humor you.
7:00. Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State. With an RPI of 25, I've got to think that Oklahoma State is pretty safe, but you never know. There are those that have them closer to the bubble than I do.
9:30. Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M. Same deal with Texas A&M, even though I think their footing is a little more solid than Oklahoma State's.
Notes and Changes:
• Cleveland State didn't do the bubble teams any favors last night by beating Butler in the finals of the Horizon League tournament. Butler was getting in either way, but Cleveland State, with an RPI of 66, likely wasn't. Now they're both in. Who's it hurt? On my board, San Diego State. Tough break, Aztecs. But at least LaDainian Tomlinson is staying in town, right?
• Welcome back, Big Red. I love it when you make the tournament. Go ahead and eat that thing if you want.