Tuesday, March 6, 2018

3/6 Nightly Recap and Look Ahead

A lot of teams are making their case for inclusion in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.  Five more automatic bids were handed out today, bringing the total to twelve tickets punched for the tournament.

Champions Crowned (Auto-Bids)

Horizon League- Wright State

CAA- Charleston

Northeast- LIU-Brooklyn

WCC- Gonzaga (Fans of bubble teams can breathe a sigh of relief)

Summit- South Dakota State

Bubble Watch

Notre Dame survived a late push by league dweller Pitt to remain in the hunt for an at-large bid.  Notre Dame is another interesting case because of the Bonzie Colson situation.  A top player gets hurt, then comes back, reshaping the outlook of the team.  The question is, how will the committee judge them?  Will they look at total profile, or look at potential?  I tend to think Notre Dame needs at least one more, and probably two more wins in the ACC tournament to grab an at-large bid.

Syracuse held on to beat a pesky Wake Forest team, who would just not give in.  After dominating the first ten minutes of the game, the Orange fell apart on both ends of the court, allowing Wake to pull within 6 at the half.  Eventually the Cuse pulled away in the second half to grab a much needed win for their tourney resume.  Jim Boeheim and the Orange moves on to face North Carolina in the 2nd round of the ACC tournament tomorrow night in a huge game for their tournament bid.

Look Ahead

Tomorrow, the action really picks up with 30+ games on the schedule, and several more conference tournaments starting.  Check back in the morning for a roundup of high impact games.  New seed list coming Thursday.

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