Monday, February 16, 2015

Entering the Final Four...Weeks of the Season

In just less than four weeks, the official NCAA Tournament bracket will be unveiled, which means time is quickly running out for teams to make their move and solidify their spot in the Field of 68.

After another crazy weekend of hoops, two teams are back in the field after key victories. North Carolina State shoots right back into the picture, among the Last Four In, after their win at Louisville on Saturday. The Wolfpack already has strong computer numbers (49th in RPI, 36th in non-conference schedule ranking) and now they add a key victory away from home to a resume that included a home win over Duke and another home win over fellow bubble team Boise State.

Also moving in is UCLA. The Bruins essentially took Oregon's spot in the field after defeating the Ducks on Saturday. Like NC State, UCLA has strong computer numbers (39th in RPI, 48th in NC SOS), which as we know, is something the committee always enjoys seeing, aiding both of these teams despite having 21 losses combined. But with this bubble, it could be all the difference they need to play meaningful basketball in late-March.

Here's the full bracket update. (Bracket Matrix)

Last Four Byes: Temple, St. John's, LSU, Texas A&M
Last Four In: Stanford, North Carolina State, UCLA, Miami (FL)
First Four Out: Oregon, Tulsa, Purdue, Boise State
Next Four Out: Old Dominion, George Washington, BYU, Pittsburgh

Conference Rundown

ACC - 7
Big 12 - 7
Big Ten - 7
Big East - 6
SEC - 6
Pac 12 - 4
American Athletic - 3
Atlantic 10 - 2
Missouri Valley - 2
Mountain West - 2
One-bid Leagues - 22

Games to Watch


Miami (FL) at Boston College, 3:00, ESPNU
Pittsburgh at Virginia, 7:00, ESPN
Seton Hall at Villanova, 7:00, FOX Sports 1
Abilene Christian at Sam Houston State, 7:30
Coastal Carolina at Radford, 8:00
Stephen F. Austin at Incarnate Word, 8:00
North Carolina Central at Florida A&M, 8:00
Texas Southern at Jackson State, 8:30
Kansas at West Virginia, 9:00, ESPN
Butler at Creighton, 9:15, FOX Sports 1


Kentucky at Tennessee, 7:00, ESPN
Baylor at Texas Tech, 7:00, ESPN2
St. John's at Georgetown, 7:00, FOX Sports 1
Stony Brook at Albany, 7:00
South Carolina at Georgia, 7:00, SEC Network
Saint Louis at VCU, 7:30, CBS Sports Network
Wake Forest at Notre Dame, 7:00, ESPNU
Wichita State at Southern Illinois, 8:05, ESPN3
Texas at Oklahoma, 9:00, ESPN2
Michigan State at Michigan, 9:00, ESPN
LSU at Texas A&M, 9:00, SEC Network
San Diego State at New Mexico, 9:30, CBS Sports Network


Wisconsin at Penn State, 7:00, Big Ten Network
Louisville at Syracuse, 7:00, ESPN
East Carolina at Tulsa, 7:00, ESPNU
Xavier at Cincinnati, 7:00, ESPN2
Loyola (MD) at Bucknell, 7:00
Miami (OH) at Bowling Green, 7:00
Virginia Tech at Miami (FL), 7:00, ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at High Point, 7:00
Davidson at George Washington, 7:00
William & Mary at Northeastern, 7:00
Massachusetts at Rhode Island, 7:00
Presbyterian at Charleston Southern, 7:30
Northern Iowa at Loyola (IL), 8:00, ESPN3
South Dakota State at Western Illinois, 8:00
North Carolina at Duke, 9:00, ESPN
Missouri at Arkansas, 9:00, SEC Network
Providence at DePaul, 9:00, CBS Sports Network
UCLA at Arizona State, 9:00, ESPN2
Northwestern at Minnesota, 9:00, Big Ten Network
Colorado State at Fresno State, 10:00, ESPN3
Boise State at UNLV, 11:00, CBS Sports Network
Colorado at Oregon, 11:00, ESPNU


Southern Miss at Old Dominion, 5:30
St. Joseph's at Dayton, 6:00, ESPNU
Nebraska at Maryland, 7:00, Big Ten Network
Temple at SMU, 7:00, ESPN2
Kennesaw State at Florida Gulf Coast, 7:00, ESPN3
UNC Greensboro at Wofford, 7:00
Louisiana Tech at Charlotte, 7:00, CBS Sports Network
Fairleigh Dickinson at St. Francis (NY), 7:00
Purdue at Indiana, 7:00, ESPN
UNC Wilmington at Delaware, 7:00
Troy at North Dakota State, 8:00
Rutgers at Iowa, 8:00, ESPNU
USC at Arizona, 9:00, Pac 12 Network
Eastern Washington at Southern Utah, 9:00
New Mexico State at Utah Valley, 9:00
Ole Miss at Mississippi State, 9:00, ESPN2
San Diego at BYU, 10:00, ESPNU
UC Davis at Long Beach State, 10:00
Gonzaga at Pacific, 11:00
Utah at Oregon State, 11:00, Pac 12 Network
Portland at St. Mary's, 11:00

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