Friday, March 13, 2009

Bracketism 209 (Stock Changers) - March 13, 2009

With quick eliminations in their conference tournaments, in all likelihood Miami (FL), Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Kansas St., New Mexico, Kentucky, and Washington St. will not receive bids to the NCAA Tournament.

Some team have not done enough damage in their conference tournament to fully secure a bid, but are still in the running and still possess a real possibility of entry. This particularly applies to the mediocre team in the Big Ten: Michigan, Minnesota, and Penn St., each team had the opportunity to play a team that would secure itself a bid, but none of the teams were able to pull through.
With a loss in the first round of the SEC tournament, South Carolina has managed to propel itself from the bottom of the locks to the top of the bubble. If several upsets occur in the remaining conference tournaments then the Gamecocks may be eliminated, but they should be safe as of now.
Arizona did not help its case in the Pac-10 with a loss to Arizona St. in its first match-up. They like South Carolina should be in, but without another concrete win, the future may turn gloom for each.

Virginia Tech hurt its chances with a loss against UNC, which was a critical game for the Hokies and could have been a big resume booster. Rhode Island and Providence were at the top of the bubble before the conference tournaments started; however, each team failed to add another formidable win which hurt each significantly. The same goes for UNLV who lost to San Diego St. in the Moutain West. If either of the Moutain West team teams receive a bid, it will most likely be SDSU because of the two recent victories over the Running Rebels.

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