Monday, March 9, 2009

MMPG - Tournament Selection

The Monday Morning Point Guard crew undertook the enormous task of selecting the 34 at-large teams that, as of now, we believe will be dancing in a couple of weeks. Below is a list of every conference that, in our selection committee, received multiple tournament bids.

Each conference has listed next to it the teams that will make the tournament. We then put a (1+X) next to that conference, where any one of those teams will win the conference tournament and the remaining X number of teams will receive at-large bids. Complex math? Not really.

ACC: UNC, Wake Forest, Duke, Florida State, Clemson, Boston College (1+5)
Big East: Louisville, Pitt, UConn, Villanova, Marquette, Syracuse, WVU (1+6)
Big 10: Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan (1+6)
Big 12: Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma State (1+5)
Pac 10: Washington, UCLA, Cal, Arizona State, Arizona (1+4)
SEC: South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn (1+3)
MWC: Utah, BYU, UNLV (1+2)
A10: Xavier, Dayton (1+1)
WCC: Gonzaga, St. Mary's (1+1)
MVC: Northern Iowa, Davidson (1+1)

First Four Out: Auburn, Arizona, Michigan, UNLV
*If any of these three teams lose in the first round, they are eliminated from contention.
Snubs: Providence, Minnesota, Kansas State, Florida, SDSU, New Mexico, Creighton

We also took the liberty of naming our 1-4 seeds:
No. 1 Seeds:
Pitt (#1 overall)

No. 2 Seeds:
Michigan State

No. 3 Seeds:
Wake Forest
(*If Washington wins Pac-10 Tourney, it will be a 3 seed)

No. 4 Seeds:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am not sure that West Virginia should be in. They really don't have any notable wins other than Villanova and Ohio St. Otherwise, WVU has lost to every notable and some non-notables such as Cincy and Kentucky (likely to miss the tourney).

Also, what is the compelling reason for including Auburn? They have plenty of bad losses (Dayton, N. Iowa, Mississippi) and only one notable win (LSU). In a conference that is relatively weaker, if the committee selects Auburn it will be obvious it was purely for financial reasons, not because Auburn is actually a good basketball team.