Every whistle counts as bubble teams sit tight on the edge
What's the power of a missed call? Ask Virginia Tech, which should have had the ball down three against Duke had
Think Kentucky fans are on edge right now? After getting pounded at South Carolina, their Wildcats were warded off (literally) by LSU in Lexington and now they're trying to ward off a trip to the NIT. Kentucky was one of the final three teams in today's bracket.
Surely these aren't the only teams that have had their futures potentially impacted by a (non-)whistle, but they're the latest, and these single non-calls show just how tenuous this bubble chase is. In the bigger picture, what's the monetary value -- in tournament revenues, sponsorship, recruiting, etc. -- of making versus missing the NCAA tournament? Let's just say it's much, much more than the cost of the Fox 40s six separate officials swallowed on Saturday.
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There are two developments in the ACC this week. First, Florida State joins the lock party after finishing off a season sweep of Clemson (which should make sure it takes care of business Tuesday at home against Virginia). Second, UNC and Duke have separated from the rest as far as landing in Greensboro for the first two rounds of the NCAAs. Duke still remains very much in the mix for a No. 1 seed, as well.
The latest example of RPI comedy, unless you're a fan of
Flawed NCAA math aside, the Hokies missed a huge chance against Duke to assert themselves in the at-large hunt. Now they get UNC at home and then visit Florida State to close the regular season. A 7-9 league mark and 13 losses before the ACC tournament probably isn't going to cut it without a lot of championship week weirdness. They need to win one of those.
The comparison with
Maryland couldn't take out Duke but won at NC State to stay in the mix. The Terps get Wake Forest at home before closing at Virginia. Maryland has beaten top-two seeds Michigan State and North Carolina, but also has a host of blowout losses and a bad home loss to Morgan State.
Kansas got some revenge by smoking Missouri on Sunday, moving closer to a Big 12 regular-season crown. That could be win-win for the league, as Oklahoma still looks positioned to be a one-seed and should get credit for both league losses coming with
The game at Nebraska -- and
A comparison between those two teams remains very close.
You have to feel for Marquette, which went from thinking league title to losing
The top three teams remain the same, and they've created quite a gap between the rest.
The Big Ten tournament is going to be make or break for most of these teams. There could be a couple "two teams enter, one survives" games on tap.
What's the current order? Glad you asked.
Those two teams look to be ahead of the next batch of three, which is very closely lumped at this point. Michigan has the worst league mark but the best wins. Penn State has the league advantage but an embarrassing non-league SOS in the 320s. Minnesota is lumped in the middle. All five games so far among the three teams have been won by the home team. Michigan at Minnesota in the regular-season finale is just huge.
It wasn't easy but
UCLA's back after edging Stanford and Cal on the road. We're all good, right, Bruin Nation?
It wasn't a good idea for
Congrats to the Tigers, who captured the regular-season title in style and put a hurt on Florida and Kentucky's at-large hopes. LSU was one of the biggest upward movers in this week's bracket.
The frazzled foursome has split into two dueling duos, which means we'll bump the first one up.
Both teams now are clearly ahead of
Xavier's playing for seeding, but could have a very real impact on who else gets in from this league with a home game against Dayton on Thursday.
Utah's still in position to win the league, but BYU closed the gap on Saturday. This looks to all the world like a multi-bid league so the Cougars join the Utes in the next category.
It's pretty simple for
Butler took care of business in the Horizon League, winning the regular-season crown and moving back into lock status.
It's hard to see anyone else with a chance after