Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Conference Tourney Time

This is the last week of the Top 10, because next week I will have my NCAA Bracket Predictions. Of course, there is still a lot of basketball to be played between now and then in the form of conference tournaments. Seedings are still up in the air, and the bubble is always ready to burst for somebody. It looks like it may have already burst for teams like Syracuse and Creighton, while top seeds like Duke and Memphis suffered setbacks as well. For teams that feel like they are on the outside looking in, they will be rooting for Gonzaga, Bucknell, Nevada and GW. Those teams represent one-bid conferences, and if they fail to win their conference tourney, at-large bids will essentially be wasted on them. You can never be too safe with the selection committee, so every additional win in the conference tourney is crucial The action will only get more intense from here on out, so stay tuned...

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College Hoops Top 10 (3/6)
1. UCONN (27-2) 2
2. Duke (27-3) 1
3. Villanova (24-3) 4
4. Ohio St. (23-4) 8
5. Memphis (27-3) 3
6. Gonzaga (26-3) 6
7. Washington (24-5) 9
8. Texas (25-5) 5
9. LSU (22-7) 10
10. UCLA (24-6) NR

just missed: UNC, Florida, Illinois
dropped: (7) Pittsburgh

Overrated: Oklahoma, BC, GW, Arizona, George Mason
Sleeper Teams: Hofstra, Nevada, Marquette

Automatic Bids
Winthrop (23-7) Big South
Belmont (20-10) Atlantic Sun
Murray St. (24-6) Ohio Valley
Southern Illinois (22-10) Missouri Valley
Davidson (20-10) Southern
Penn (20-8) Ivy
Gonzaga (27-3) West Coast
UNC-Wilmington (25-7) Colonial
Iona (23-7) Metro Atlantic
S. Alabama (24-6) Sun Belt
Oral Roberts (21-11) Mid-Continent
UW-Milwaukee (21-8) Horizon
Monmouth (18-14) Northeast
Montana (23-6) Big Sky
Albany (21-10) America East
Xavier (21-10) Atlantic 10
Syracuse (23-11) Big East
UCLA (27-6) Pac 10
Pacific (24-7) Big West
Memphis (30-3) Conference USA
Kent State (25-8) Metro Atlantic
Hampton (16-15) Mid-Eastern
San Diego St. (24-8) Mountian West
Bucknell (26-4) Patriot
Southern (20-12) South Western
Nevada (27-5) Western


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