Following one of the most impressive stretches by a team in college hoops this season, MI basketball was going to jump up in the polls and bracket projections.
If St. Mary's wants to stop finding itself on the NCAA Tournament bubble, the Gaels can either earn an automatic bids by winning the West Coast Conference tournament every season, or head coach Randy Bennett can start scheduling tougher opponents.
According to Ken Pomeroy's ratings, Gonzaga has the 10th-best adjusted offensive efficiency. There hasn't been a game decided by one possession since 1996, before many of today's college players were alive.
Simpson finished with 10 points, five assists and five rebounds and Moe Wagner led MI with 17 points, despite playing only 17 minutes because of foul trouble - which plagued him all tournament. Therefore, the SEC bubble teams will be rooting for the Hokies in that contest.
In the ACC, Louisville and Notre Dame took care of business in their respective second-round games, while Syracuse lost to North Carolina.
TENNESSEE: The Volunteers were picked 13th in the SEC in the preseason poll.
Since then, the Gators have won three straight including home wins over Auburn and Kentucky. When the league landscape wasn't as broad or "swelled", these neutral sites were pretty good at staying, well, neutral. Which makes Chiozza, Florida's senior point guard, a very risky player.
Like Florida, Texas A&M has had an odd year. Farrell missed the first game with a bad ankle. He was strong down the stretch, even after the allegations surfaced, capping off his regular season with 26 points and 20 rebounds against USC. Defense, though, is what makes the Aggies formidable. Most teams would be a bit anxious about facing that defense with their season on the line.
Xavier won the league because Villanova's injuries and depth issues popped up several times in February, but when these teams met, it was all Villanova. Really? On the surface, Missouri may not seem that menacing. Already a risky team in their first season under head coach Cuonzo Martin, the Tigers could get a major boost if freshman Michael Porter Jr. returns to the rotation. It has that name a for reason and this season will be what makes the definition of the name. "If that means we lose one or two reaction shots from teams, that's a small price to pay for doing what's best for the viewer and the teams in the tournament". The same rules apply when you're viewing games through the NCAA March Madness site. As such, they aren't going the way of the dinosaur anytime soon. This year, there won't be as much suspense regarding the bubble teams.
The Wolfpack would then go on to win the NCAA Championship as well by beating top-seeded University of Houston; a team that was on a 26-game winning streak and led by future Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon. "Now all this money they're talking about it is going to go real quickly if we start paying everybody", Barkley said during a CBS-Turner event here previewing tournament coverage. As expressed earlier, that isn't an exact science.