A hectic Friday saw the overwhelming majority of bubble teams in action fall. Florida State started out the day by losing to Virginia in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, where Clemson also tasted defeat, a particularly bitter one at the hands of Duke. On the other hand, Pittsburgh secured its place in the field of 68 with a win over North Carolina, and N.C. State moved closer by knocking off sliding Syracuse. St. Joseph's grounded Dayton for the third time this season at the Atlantic 10 Tournament, though the Flyers just remain in the bracket. However, bubble teams everywhere will hope the Hawks can knock off potential bid stealer St. Bonaventure in today's semifinals.
In the Big Ten Tournament, Minnesota was blown out by Wisconsin in the evening session, the second lousy result for a conference bubble team on the day, as Nebraska could not hold on against Ohio State in the second quarterfinal of the day. As a result, the Cornhuskers are in today's First Four. Meanwhile, in the SEC Tournament, Florida put the clamps on Missouri in the second half of their game, keeping the Tigers from locking up a late high-quality win. LSU found themselves in a similar situation later on, as Kentucky ran them off the floor in the second half of the first game of the evening session. Tennessee, however, improved its position by simply defeating South Carolina. They'll get a third chance to defeat the top-ranked Gators this afternoon.
At Madison Square Garden, the night's results were mixed for the Big East Tournament's two remaining bubble teams. Providence can book its own place in the field by defeating Creighton in tonight's final, while Xavier must wait after falling to the Bluejays.
So, many of Friday's big winners actually didn't play. BYU remains in, despite a Kyle Collinsworth's knee injury and some serious selection sheet questions. Plus, Arkansas, California and Green Bay all remain in the picture because of the failings of their competition.
I'll have a look at what to watch out for on Saturday after this morning's bracket and rundown.
|(1) SOUTH |
|Orlando (Thu/Sat)||San Diego (Fri/Sun)|
|1||Florida (SEC)||1||Arizona (Pac-12)|
|16||COASTAL CAROLINA/Texas Sthn.||16||Weber State (Big Sky)|
|↑ 8||Colorado||8 88||New Mexico|
|↑ 9||Pittsburgh||9||GONZAGA (WCC)|
|Spokane (Thu/Sat)||Spokane (Thu/Sat)|
|↓ 5||North Carolina||5||Kentucky|
|12||BYU/Dayton||122||NORTH DAKOTA STATE (Summit)|
|↑ 4||Michigan State||4||San Diego State (MW)|
|13||Stephen F. Austin (Southland)||13||DELAWARE (CAA)|
|San Antonio (Fri/Sun)||Orlando (Thu/Sat)|
|6||Ohio State||666||VCU (A 10)|
|11||Providence||↓ 11||Kansas State|
|3||Iowa State (Big 12)||↑ 3||Louisville (AAC)|
|14||Western Michigan (MAC)||14||EASTERN KENTUCKY (OVC)|
|Raleigh (Fri/Sun)||Milwaukee (Thu/Sat)|
|↓ 7||Saint Louis||↓ 7||Texas|
|↑ 10||Xavier||10||St. Joseph's|
|↑ 2||Duke||2||Michigan (Big Ten)|
|15||AMERICAN (Patriot)||15||Stony Brook (AmEast)|
|(4) EAST |
New York (Fri/Sun)
|Milwaukee (Thu/Sat)||St. Louis (Fri/Sun)|
|1||Wisconsin||1||WICHITA STATE (MVC)|
|16||WOFFORD (SoCon)||16||CS Northridge/MT. ST. MARY'S|
|9||Arizona State||↓ 9||Oregon|
|San Diego (Fri/Sun)||Buffalo (Thu/Sat)|
|↑ 12||Louisiana Tech (C-USA)||12||HARVARD (Ivy)|
|*13||New Mexico State (WAC)||↓ 13||MANHATTAN (MAAC)|
|Raleigh (Fri/Sun)||San Antonio (Fri/Sun)|
|↑ 6||Baylor||↑ 6||Connecticut|
|3||Virginia (ACC)||3||Creighton (Big East)|
|14||Georgia State (Sun Belt)||↓ 14||MERCER (A-Sun)|
|Buffalo (Thu/Sat)||St. Louis (Fri/Sun)|
|7||George Washington||↓ 7||UMass|
|15||N.C. Central (MEAC)||↑ 15||MILWAUKEE (Horizon)|
|FIRST FOUR (Dayton)|
|Tuesday: To Orlando||Tuesday: To Spokane|
|16||COASTAL CAROLINA (Big South)||12||BYU|
|16||Texas Southern (SWAC)||↓ 12||Dayton|
|Wednesday: To St. Louis||Wednesday: To Raleigh
|16||Cal State Northridge (Big West)||↓ 11||Nebraska|
|16||MOUNT ST. MARY'S (NEC)||↓ 11||SMU|
|BIDS BY CONFERENCE||AVOIDING DAYTON||ARRIVALS||DEPARTURES|
|Big 12: 7||Tennessee||Cal State Northridge||UC Irvine|
|A 10: 6||Kansas State||New Mexico State||Utah Valley|
|Big Ten: 6||Providence|
|AAC: 5||LAST FOUR IN|
|Big East: 4||SMU|
|WCC: 2||FIRST FOUR OUT|
|1-Bid Conferences: 22||Arkansas|
|NEXT FOUR OUT|
Also considered: Southern Mississippi, Toledo, Iona, Georgia
For a more detailed look at the Last Four In and First Four Out, here are their capsules for Saturday.
Today's schedule is not quite as overwhelming as Friday's, though 14 bids will be handed out before Selection Sunday arrives on the west coast.
- N.C. State can take a big step toward inclusion by defeating Duke in the second ACC semifinal (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ACC Network), while Virginia and Pitt meet in the early game (1 p.m. ET, ESPN/ACC Network).
- Eyes of bubble fans from coast to coast will be focused on Brooklyn this afternoon as St. Bonaventure takes on St. Joseph's in the first Atlantic 10 semifinal (1 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network), while the second game features two teams who should be wearing home whites during the Round of 64 on Thursday or Friday -- George Washington and VCU (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network).
- The top three seeds and fifth-seeded Ohio State are all in action in the Big Ten's semifinals. The Buckeyes take on No. 1 seeded Michigan in game one (1:30 p.m. ET, CBS), while Wisconsin, the final top seed in this bracket, matches up with Michigan State in game two (4 p.m. ET, CBS).
- Surprisingly, the top four all made the SEC semifinals in Atlanta where Tennessee can all but book its place by knocking off No. 1 Florida in the opening game of the doubleheader (1 p.m. ET, ABC). On the other hand, Georgia has to cut down the nets in Atlanta to make the field. So, bubble teams will be cheering for Kentucky when the pair meet in the second semifinal (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).
- Connecticut and Louisville will square off for the AAC's inaugural championship (6 p.m. ET, ESPN). The Cardinals are in line for a No. 3 seed right now, while the Huskies would love to avenge the blowout defeat Louisville handed them one week ago.
- In the Mountain West Tournament final (6 p.m. ET, CBS), New Mexico takes on San Diego State, a potential three or four seed, with memories of last Saturday's defeat surely on the Lobos' minds.
- We didn't get two UCLA-Arizona games during the regular season, so a meeting for the Pac-12 Tournament crown (6 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1) will have to do. The Wildcats are in position to potentially secure the No. 1 overall seed with a victory.
- Providence can take matters out of the Committee's hands by securing the Big East's auto bid (8:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1) by grabbing a second win over Creighton this season. The Bluejays might rise up to a No. 2 seed with a victory.
- Iowa State, who knocked off Kansas last night, will look to cool down streaking Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament championship (9 p.m. ET, ESPN). The Cyclones are in position to earn a No. 3 seed with a win.
Only two full bracketology updates will remain, with both coming Sunday. However, I will provide shorter updates here as Saturday unfolds. As always, I'll also be active during the day's action on Twitter @ChrisDobbertean. Also, for a full TV preview head over Blogging the Bracket.