Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Syracuse Continues To Fall, More Tournaments Begin

Jim Boeheim's club really needs to get things going before Selection Sunday. The Orange suffered yet another bad home loss, this time to Georgia Tech. That loss has dropped Syracuse to the three-line and moved Virginia up to a 2-seed.

On the other side of the bracket, Baylor solidified their spot in the field by defeating Iowa State. The Bears sit as a No. 7 seed in today's bracket. Iowa State fell to a four.

A pair of Big East teams picked up huge wins Tuesday. Providence won a double-overtime thriller against Marquette and Georgetown knocked off Creighton to just about end the Blue Jays' hopes of winning the Big East crown. The Friars jumped Tennessee for the final spot in the field and Georgetown is now the first team out.

Let's take a look at the bracket, then check out the schedule of games for tonight.
Last Four Byes: Pittsburgh, California, Xavier, Arkansas
Last Four In: Oregon, BYU, Dayton, Providence
First Four Out: Georgetown, Tennessee, Missouri, Minnesota
Next Four Out: Nebraska, Florida State, St. John's, Southern Miss

Conference Rundown:
7: Big 12, Pac-12
6: Atlantic 10
5: ACC, American, Big Ten
4: Big East
3: SEC
2: Mountain West, West Coast
22 one-bid leagues

Today brings the start of three more conference tournaments (one has already started at the time of this post). Here are the schedule of games for those three tournaments.

Big South First Round (all games at the campus of Coastal Carolina):
No. 5N Liberty at No. 4S Winthrop, 12:00
No. 6S Presbyterian vs. No. 3N Radford, 2:00
No. 5S Charleston Southern vs. No. 4N Campbell, 6:00
No. 6N Longwood vs. No. 3S Gardner-Webb, 8:00

Ohio Valley First Round (all games in Nashville):
No. 8 SIU-Edwardsville vs. No. 5 Tennessee Tech, 7:00
No. 7 Eastern Illinois vs. No. 6 Southeast Missouri State, 9:00

Northeast Quarterfinals (higher seed hosts, all games 7:00):
No. 8 Fairleigh Dickinson at No. 1 Robert Morris
No. 7 Central Connecticut State at No. 2 Wagner
No. 6 St. Francis (PA) at No. 3 Bryant
No. 5 St. Francis (NY) at No. 4 Mount St. Mary's

Tonight also features the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament, and here is the schedule

Patriot League Quarterfinals (higher seed hosts):
No. 9 Lafayette at No. 1 Boston University, 7:00
No. 5 Army at No. 4 Bucknell, 7:00
No. 6 Lehigh at No. 3 Holy Cross, 7:00
No. 7 Colgate at No. 2 American University, 7:30

Other games of note for tonight:
Rutgers at Connecticut, 7:00, ESPNU
Massachusetts at Duquesne, 7:00
Nebraska at Indiana, 7:00, Big Ten Network
Louisville at SMU, 7:00, CBS Sports Network
Duke at Wake Forest, 7:00, ESPN3
Mississippi at Arkansas, 8:00, ESPN3
Tennessee at Auburn, 8:00, ESPN Full Court
Texas Tech at Kansas, 8:00, ESPN Full Court
Texas A&M at Missouri, 8:00, ESPN3
TCU at Texas, 8:00, Longhorn Network
St. Joseph's at George Washington, 9:00
Air Force at New Mexico, 9:00, ESPN3
West Virginia at Oklahoma, 9:00, ESPNU
Dayton at Saint Louis, 9:00, CBS Sports Network
Colorado at Stanford, 9:00, ESPN2
Purdue at Wisconsin, 9:00, Big Ten Network
Utah at California, 11:00, ESPNU
Arizona at Oregon State, 11:00, Fox Sports 1
San Diego State at UNLV, 11:05, CBS Sports Network

Tomorrow's post will include the start of tournaments in the MAAC, West Coast and Missouri Valley, as well as the Ohio Valley quarterfinals and Atlantic Sun semifinals. Until then, take care and I'll see you tomorrow.

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