Wednesday's action was largely uninteresting, with favorites dominating the opening rounds of Big East and Pac-12 Tournaments and second round of the ACC Tournament – with the Big Ten and SECOND events not offering games of any importance. Still, you can still find some noticeable results in the middle of all this chalk.
- In the first game of the day in Charlotte, the NC State Wolfpack defeated Clemson Tigers, 59-58, to all but relegate their rivals to then he. Clemson's record in the Quad 1 games is now 1-10 after the loss. That will probably not be enough to get the Tigers in, even with a Net record of 35 and 19-13. As for the 22-10 Wolfpack, the team ranked 32nd in NET still has a lot of work to do because it is now the first team to come out of this projection.
- the Oklahoma Sooners could second victim of Wednesday's bubble, falling to death. Mountaineers from West Virginia, 72-71, in heartbreaking circumstances. Star Swingman Christian James thought he had sent the match in overtime with a ringing beating three, but he had one foot on the three-point line. It was the first 20-3 defeat of the Sooners 19-13 Quads, so they should remain on the field, especially with four wins in Quad 1, but that defeat could cost them a spot on the list of seeded players.
- Otherwise, the bubble teams took care of the business. the Horned frogs TCU escaped their Big 12 tournament opens by holding back a furious Oklahoma State gathering, 73-70. In ACC, both Cardinals of Louisville (more than our Lady) and Syracuse Orange (against Pitt, even with Tyus Battle injured) advanced to Thursday's quarter-finals. the St. John's Red Storm finally managed to beat From Paul in the Big East, while the Ducks of Oregon erased State of Washington in the last part of the first round of the Pac-12.
After today's debate, I will take a look at the many highlights of Thursday's program, many of which could significantly blur the image that had become temporarily stable.
Note: Automatic auction holders in this section are denoted by conference names in parentheses. The arrows indicate the upward or downward movement of the starting lines compared to the Tuesday projection. New entrants are marked with an asterisk. The winning teams are in capital letters.
Updated 3/14 12:12 ET to correct clashes 7/10 in the West and the Midwest.
1. East (Washington, DC)
Columbia, South Carolina (Friday / Sunday)
San Jose, California (Friday / Sunday)
Des Moines, Iowa (Thu / Sat)
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Friday / Sunday)
4. West (Anaheim, California)
Salt Lake City, Utah (Thu / Sat)
Hartford, Connecticut (Thu / Sat)
Tulsa (Friday / Sunday)
Jacksonville, Florida (Thu / Sat)
2. South (Louisville, Kentucky)
Columbus, Ohio (Friday / Sunday)
Salt Lake City (Thurs / Sat)
Hartford (Thu / Sat)
Jacksonville (Thu / Sat)
3. Midwest (Kansas City, Missouri)
Columbia (Friday / Sunday)
San Jose (Friday / Sunday)
Des Moines (Thurs / Sat)
Columbus, (Friday / Sunday)
The last four farewells: Minnesota, St. John's, TCU, Florida
Last four in: Texas, Temple, Indiana, State of Ohio
Four first on: State NC, Belmont, Creighton, Clemson
Next Four OUT: Lips, Oregon, Alabama, Furman
Auctions by conference: 9 Big Ten, 8 Big 12, 7 ACC, 7 SEC, 4 Americans, 4 Big East, 2 Mountain West, 2 Pac-12, 2 West Coast, 23 Conferences at one offer
From noon, Eastern Time, until midnight on the West Coast, Thursday's slate offers many opportunities for teams to strengthen their rankings or play their full role.
Beginning of the afternoon
Two of the biggest bubble games of the day are among the initial tips. First, the Indiana Hoosiers and Buckeyes State of Ohio face in what amounts to a elimination match in the second round of the Big Ten (12:30, BTN). Half an hour later, the Florida Gators meet a must-win on their side against the Arkansas Razorbacks SEC first game of the afternoon (13:00, SEC Network). In CCA, the NC State can consolidate its place by upsetting the Virginia Cavaliers in the quarterfinals (12:30 pm, ESPN / Raycom). Elsewhere, Providence Brothers will aim to play Bubble spoiler when they take the top-seeded Villanova Wildcats first quarter-final of the Big East (12 pm, FS1), while the Bear Baylor and Iowa State Cyclones encounter (12h30, ESPN2), each hoping to consolidate his seeding in the NCAA.
Bubbles teams will want to pay close attention to what is happening in Cleveland; However, as the first seed of MAC, the Buffalo bulls, plays his quarterfinal against the Akron Zips at noon (ESPN + ($)). If the Nate Oats team loses at one point until Saturday, the MAC will receive two bids and a place in the general standings will disappear.
Drama in late afternoon
Bubble observers will remain glued to their screens over the afternoon, as the top seeds of Mountain West and Pac-12 speak for the first time – the Nevada Wolf Pack take the Broncos Boise State (3am, CBSSN) while the Washington Huskies meet the USC Trojans (15 hours, Pac-12 network). The defeats of one or the other of these teams would further complicate the situation as a whole, the Huskies likely to come closer to the dividing line thanks to their incoherent play after having sealed the season's crown. regular Pac-12.
Back to the east, the Xavier Mousquetaires–Creighton Bluejays The clash in the second quarter-final of Big East (14:30, FS1) has implications, especially with the Bluejays sitting off the field. In Kansas City, TCU can gain some respite by eliminating Big 12 at the top of the rankings. Kansas State (15h, ESPN2), while the Virginia Tech Hokies and Seminoles of the State of Florida to meet for the second time in 10 days with places among the group of protected seeds on the line (15h, ESPN / Raycom).
Early evening madness
Five games with impact stick will switch all around 19 hours. AND. On the front of the bubbles, the Golden Gophers of Minnesota will try to avoid picking up a late defeat defeat at ages 14-17 Penn State Nittany Lions, although Pat Chambers' team ranks 49th in NET (BTN), while Scarlet tide of Alabama must defeat the Ole Miss Rebels have a chance at the selection (SEC network). St. John's attempt to defeat the Marquette Golden Eagles (FS1) is not quite a bubble game after Red Storm's win on Wednesday, but Big East's # 2 seed has to come out of a four-game funk that has deflated its seed. In the Big 12, West Virginia will look to play spoiler against a Texas Tech Red Raider team (ESPN2) in search of two or three seeded nationwide, while the first quarternight of the CAC between Louisville and North Carolina (ESPN / Raycom) is an intriguing match in rubber – especially with UNC in the thick of race number 1.
While the highlight of the late-night window could be Zion WilliamsonReturn potential for the Duke Blue Devils in their quarterfinal of ACC against Syracuse (9:30 pm, ESPN / Raycom), there are enough games on the calendar to make you carry your remote. To begin with, the first games of the Mountain West and Pac-12 evening double titles offer even more dramatic potential, such as the State of Utah Aggies meet the New Mexico Lobos (21h, CBSSN) and the Arizona State Sun Devils meet the UCLA Bruins (9 am, Pac-12 network). The Aggies and Sun Devils must avoid late mistakes to stay in the field.
In the Big 12, a loss for the Kansas Jayhawks, playing on what amounts to their second home, would hit the 16-15 Texas Longhorns at 500 and almost certainly out of the field (9:30 pm, ESPN2). the Pirates of Seton Hall can break out Georgetown Hoyas'Bulle in the last quarterfinals of Big East (9:30 pm, FS1). the Hawkeyes from Iowa will try to break a skid of four games against the Illinois Fights Illini final match of the second round of the Big Ten (9:30 pm, BTN), while the Mississippi Bulldogs will seek to avoid a bad loss to the Texas A & M Aggies (9:30 pm, SEC network).
Last but not least, even though Oregon is the sixth-seeded Pac-12 group, the Ducks are more likely to succeed than the third-seeded. Utah Utes (11:30, ESPN). But that chance would vanish with a defeat in Vegas.
While my next full parenthesis will be released on Friday morning, I will have updates on Thursday as events warrant.