Saturday, March 3, 2012

Championship Week Status?!?!?!

Well, we are finally here, Championship Week.  A possible four champions could be crowned today with automatic bids going with them.  Championship games to be played in the Atlantic Sun, Big South, and Ohio Valley Conferences.  Harvard also has a chance to win the Ivy League with a win and a Pennsylvania loss.  But we also have to recognize the teams that lost their title chances on Friday.  A total of 24 teams blew their chance yesterday.  Those teams are:

Missouri Valley - Indiana State, Northern Iowa, Drake, Missouri State
Southern - College of Charleston, The Citadel, Samford, Chattanooga
Colonial - James Madison, Towson, William & Mary, Hofstra
Atlantic Sun - East Tennessee State, Mercer
Horizon - Youngstown State, Milwaukee
Ivy - Princeton, Yale
Ohio Valley - Tennessee Tech, Morehead State
Mid Atlantic - St. Peters, Canisius
West Coast - Loyola Marymount, San Diego

That puts us at a total of 94 teams out and 250 remaining in this thing.  We have yet to add a zombie team.  No team has lost in their tourney but still have a shot at making the big dance.  That's probably a good thing for your "bubble teams" because no one has stolen a bid yet.  Don't worry though, it'll happen soon, and probably frequently.  Here is your breakdown for your records...

ALIVE                     250
ZOMBIE                    0
AUTO BID                0

DEAD                       94

TOTAL                    344

Three more tourneys kick off their tourneys today.  Here are my quick predictions....

I'll go with Montana in this one.  Weber State is really good and can definitely win it, but Montana beat Weber State in the last game of the regular season to capture homecourt for this tournament.  Because of that advantage, I see Montana taking care of business as the one seed.

Not much insight here, just going to take Denver.  I watched them play Middle Tennessee State a few weeks ago and they worked them pretty good.  It was at home though, and Denver is only the three seed in this tourney so maybe they aren't the favorite.  But beating the top seed earlier in the year should give you some confidence, we'll see.  Oh, and I'm a Broncos fan, so I have a soft spot for Denver.

Oral Roberts is the one seed but South Dakota State beat them earlier in the year and they play this tourney in South Dakota.  For that reason I'll go with SDSU. 

And to update my predictions so far.  I have UNC Asheville winning the Big South today.  I also have Murray State in the OVC.  But I had Mercer in the Atlantic Sun, they were ousted yesterday.  Hoping to shoot over 50% in the 30 tourneys, probably won't happen.  Enjoy Saturday's games, full slate.


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