As the Eastern United States goes through a deep freeze, the basketball is getting hotter. The first conference tournament begins in just THIRTEEN days.
The Ohio Valley and the Atlantic Sun begin Tuesday, March 3rd, then most of the smaller conferences have their tournaments that week. The next week is when most of the big boys play.
West Virginia upset Kansas on Monday night in a big win for the Mountaineers, one they badly needed. Virginia keeps winning, with a big W over Pittsburgh Monday night. Kentucky now has the best start in school history, 26-0 with a win over Tennessee Tuesday night, while Georgia suffered a bad home loss to South Carolina, dropping them to the bubble.
Radford lost at home to Coastal Carolina Monday night to further muddle the Big South race. High Point and Charleston Southern are now tied for 1st at 10-4, while Coastal and Radford are 10-5. Texas Southern continues to be the top eligible team from the SWAC, winning over Jackson State in OT Monday night.
Here is my new NCAA and NIT seed list:
1: Kentucky (SEC, Cleveland Regional), Virginia (ACC, Syracuse), Wisconsin (Big Ten, Houston), Villanova (Big East, Los Angeles)
2: Kansas (Big 12), Gonzaga (WCC), Duke, Arizona (Pac 12)
3: Utah, North Carolina, Iowa State, VCU (Atlantic 10)
4: Maryland, Baylor, Louisville, Wichita State (MVC)
5: Northern Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgetown
6: SMU (AAC), Butler, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame
7: San Diego State (MWC), Providence, West Virginia, Temple
8: Colorado State, Indiana, Dayton, Ohio State
9: Michigan State, Texas, Ole Miss, Massachusetts
10: Xavier, UCLA, Cincinnati, Texas A&M
11: Wofford (SoCon), St. John’s, Boise State, NC State
12: Illinois, Stanford, Georgia, Pittsburgh, Iona (MAAC), Harvard (Ivy)
13: Valparaiso (Horizon), Murray State (OVC), Bowling Green (MAC), Louisiana Tech (Conference USA)
14: UC Davis (Big West), Sam Houston State (Southland), South Dakota State (Summit), Eastern Washington (Big Sky)
15: Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun), Georgia Southern (Sun Belt), North Carolina Central (MEAC), High Point (Big South)
16: UNC Wilmington (CAA), Albany (America East), New Mexico State (WAC), Bucknell (Patriot), Texas Southern (SWAC), St. Francis (NY) (NEC)
Last Four In: Illinois, Stanford, Georgia, Pittsburgh
First Four Out: LSU, Green Bay, Tulsa, Old Dominion
1: LSU, Green Bay, Tulsa, Old Dominion
2: Iowa, St. Mary’s, BYU, Oregon
3: Yale, Miami (FL), Davidson, Purdue
4: Buffalo, UTEP, La Salle, Rhode Island
5: Seton Hall, Stephen F. Austin, George Washington, Alabama
6: Central Michigan, Clemson, Wyoming, Minnesota
7: Oregon State, Tennessee, Connecticut, Kent State
8: California, Georgia State, Penn State, Memphis
Bubble teams: Illinois State, Arizona State, UNLV, Washington, South Carolina, ULM, Richmond, William & Mary, Western Kentucky, Northeastern, Vanderbilt, Nebraska
Enjoy the basketball!