Monday, February 9, 2015

Seton Hall Stumbles, Illini Fighting Hard

It's been a tough stretch of late for the Pirates of Seton Hall, losing five of their last seven, including Saturday's loss against Marquette. This slump has put the Hall among the last four in for today's bracket. And if they both break the slump soon, they'll find themselves in the NIT. Lucky for them, their remaining schedule is chock full of quality win opportunities, as five of their final seven games are against Georgetown, Providence and Villanova. They also visit fellow bubble team St. John's on February 21.

Illinois, on the other hand, has seemingly risen from the dead. And all without one of the better players in the Big Ten, Rayvonte Rice, who has been out with a broken hand. After picking up a win over the weekend at Michigan State, the Illini has risen into the field. It's still a bit away, but their March 7 date with Purdue could have huge tournament implications. Sparty, on the other hand, is falling closer to the bubble, sitting today among the last four byes.

And now, a look at where Seton Hall, Illinois, Michigan State and the other 65 teams currently in the field stack up. (Bracket Matrix)

Last Four Byes: Michigan State, Texas A&M, Old Dominion, Xavier
Last Four In: Seton Hall, George Washington, Illinois, Miami (FL)
First Four Out: Temple, St. John's, UCLA, North Carolina State
Next Four Out: Purdue, Davidson, Wyoming, Oregon

Conference Rundown

Big 12 - 7
Big Ten - 7
ACC - 6
Big East - 6
SEC - 6
American Athletic - 3
Atlantic 10 - 3
Pac 12 - 3
Conference USA - 2
Missouri Valley - 2
Mountain West - 2
One-bid leagues - 21

Now for the games that will impact Friday's bracket, as we now sit less than five weeks until Selection Sunday.


Duke at Florida State, 7:00, ESPN
Oklahoma State at Baylor, 7:00, ESPNU
Stephen F. Austin at Northwestern State, 7:30
Texas College at Sam Houston State, 7:30
UNC Asheville at Gardner-Webb, 8:00, ESPN3
Iowa State at Oklahoma, 9:00, ESPN


Kentucky at LSU, 7:00, ESPN
Notre Dame at Clemson, 7:00, ESPN2
Georgetown at Seton Hall, 7:00, FOX Sports 1
Kent State at Akron, 7:00, ESPN3
Toledo at Buffalo, 7:00, ESPN3
Western Michigan at Bowling Green, 7:00, ESPN3
Michigan State at Northwestern, 7:00, Big Ten Network
Albany at Binghamton, 7:00
Cincinnati at Temple, 7:30, CBS Sports Network
Iona at Fairfield, 8:00, ESPN3
Wisconsin at Nebraska, 9:00, ESPN
Kansas at Texas Tech, 9:00, ESPN2
Xavier at Marquette, 9:00, FOX Sports 1
Arkansas at Auburn, 9:00, ESPNU
Dayton at Saint Louis, 9:30, CBS Sports Network
New Mexico at Colorado State, 11:00, ESPNU


Kansas State at West Virginia, 7:00, ESPNU
La Salle at VCU, 7:00, CBS Sports Network
Penn State at Ohio State, 7:00, Big Ten Network
Bucknell at Navy, 7:00
Miami (FL) at Wake Forest, 7:00, ESPN3
Winthrop at High Point, 7:00
Longwood at Radford, 7:00
George Mason at Davidson, 7:00
Georgia at Texas A&M, 7:00, SEC Network
Elon at William & Mary, 7:00
George Washington at Duquesne, 7:00
Coastal Carolina at Charleston Souther, 7:30
Virginia at North Carolina State, 8:00, ESPN3
Villanova at Providence, 8:00, FOX Sports 1
Pittsburgh at Louisville, 8:00, ESPN3
Illinois State at Northern Iowa, 8:00, ESPN3
Indiana State at Wichita State, 8:00, ESPN3
TCU at Texas, 8:00, Longhorn Network
Colgate at Boston University, 8:00
Indiana at Maryland, 9:00, Big Ten Network
DePaul at St. John's, 9:00, CBS Sports Network
Oregon at USC, 9:00, ESPN2
Oregon at UCLA, 10:00, Pac 12 Network
Wyoming at San Diego State, 11:00, CBS Sports Network


Tulsa at Connecticut, 7:00, ESPN2
North Florida at South Carolina Upstate, 7:00, ESPN3
Florida Gulf Coast at Northern Kentucky, 7:00
Presbyterian at UNC Asheville, 7:00
Minnesota at Iowa, 7:00, Big Ten Network
Purdue at Rutgers, 7:00, ESPNU
Wagner at St. Francis (NY), 7:00
Ole Miss at Florida, 7:00, ESPN
Florida Atlantic at Louisiana Tech, 7:30
Arkansas State at Georgia Southern, 7:30
UAB at North Texas, 8:00
Old Dominion at Texas-San Antonio, 8:00
UL Lafayette at UL Monroe, 8:00
SIU-Edwardsville at Murray State, 8:00
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga, 9:00, ESPN3
Stanford at Utah, 9:00, Pac 12 Network
SMU at Houston, 9:00, ESPNU
Seattle at New Mexico State, 9:00, ESPN3
Michigan at Illinois, 9:00, ESPN
Sacramento State at Eastern Washington, 9:05
CS Fullerton at UC Davis, 10:00

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