Tourney Watch, Part 3

Our final look at the tournament in a conference by conference breakdown. Will the Pac-10 get three? Can the MAC send two?

MAC

In: none
Cusp: (2) Kent State, Western Michigan
Bubble: none

This is a two team race. Both schools should be in if the committee is paying attention. The league is pretty good, but only the top-two teams are in a hunt for bids.

OHIO VALLEY

In: Murray State

Murray State edged a pretty good Austin Peay team in the Ohio Valley finals. Austin Peay has no shot now.

PAC-10

In: Stanford
Cusp: Arizona
Bubble: Washington
Climbing: Washington

Stanford is a No. 1 seed, while the Wildcats should be making their 20th straight appearance in the Big Dance. Washington is another story. The Huskies are hot, but probably need to either beat Stanford this weekend or make it to the Pac-10 Tournament finals.

PATRIOT LEAUGE

A one-bid league. Four teams are within a game of first place and any could win the conference tourney.

SEC

In: (2) Mississippi State, Kentucky
Cusp: (2) South Carolina, Vanderbilt
Bubble: (2) LSU, Alabama, Florida, Georgia
Climbing: LSU
Slipping: Georgia

One of the best conferences in the nation, the SEC could land six or seven bids. The league has a lot of parity, as only MSU and UK are sure locks for the dance.

SOUTHERN

In: E. Tennessee State

East Tennessee State won the conference tournament. Had they not win they would have been on the bubble, but on the outside looking in.

SOUTHLAND

One bid conference, with a few teams that have a shot at the bid. SE Louisiana is the best of the bunch, but that isn't saying much.

SWAC

Another one-bid league. Mississippi Valley State is the best of the bunch. They are a 20-win team that won the league by four games, but they have no shot at an at-large bid.

SUN BELT

One bid league. Jesse Evans' Louisiana-Lafayette is the best of the bunch, but their failure to hold off Rice in an ESPN Bracket Buster game cost them any hope of an at-large bid.

WCC

In: Gonzaga
Cusp: none
Bubble: none

The Zags are in regardless. Anyone else needs to win the WCC Tournament.

WAC

In: none
Cusp: UTEP
Bubble: Nevada, Boise State, Rice, Hawaii

Climbing: UTEP
Slipping: Hawaii

Can the WAC get a second bid? If UTEP wins the conference tourney the answer may be no. Nevada is the best of the bubble teams.


Wildcat Authority Top Stories