It is with great regret that I inform you… that I have begun red-texting teams in the EBS who have lost in their conference tournaments and are far from the bubble. Muy triste. (I suppose I’ll have to come back around to catch the teams that didn’t qualify for their conference tournaments, too.)
Not a ton of movement in the top half of the bracket with the mid-week games; most interestingly, the RPI was impressed with Saint Mary’s win in Moraga over WAC regular season champ Grand Canyon (who is, alas, still “transitioning” to D1 ((except in terms of on-court results!)) and is not NCAA-eligible) and their shiny 24-6 record. That popped the Gaels up to the 8-line from the 10-line, which is a pretty nice ancillary benefit to staying sharp in the week-long layoff between the end of the WCC slate and their Las Vegas tournament.
San Diego State also spanked New Mexico 83-56 in the Pit, which is impressive in itself. But it’s also a B-tier win for the Aztecs, who could use the help in case the MWC tourney (also in Vegas…) doesn’t shake out as hoped. Their 22-8/15-2 mark to this point is marred by non-conference losses to San Diego on a neutral court and hosting… Grand Canyon. The EBS boosted SDSU from a 13 to an 11.
The bubble rests at the end of the 12 line in this iteration of the EBS (see here). I’ll rattle off the first few teams out, then get the seed lists down after the jump.
First Four Out: Yale, St. Bonaventure, Michigan, Florida State
1s: Kansas, Villanova, Virginia, Oklahoma
2s: North Carolina, Michigan State, Miami, Xavier
3s: West Virginia, Oregon, Kentucky, Duke
4s: Maryland, Purdue, Utah, Indiana
5s: California, Iowa State, Iowa, Arizona
6s: Texas A&M, Wichita State, Baylor, Texas
7s: Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Saint Joseph’s, Seton Hall
8s: Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Dayton
9s: Valparaiso, Cincinnati, Arkansas-Little Rock, Connecticut
10s: Tulsa, Pittsburgh, VCU, Colorado
11s: Princeton, Oregon State, San Diego State, Butler
12s: South Carolina, USC, Syracuse, Gonzaga, Florida, Providence
13s: South Dakota State, Monmouth, Akron, Stephen F. Austin
14s: Hofstra, Stony Brook, Hawaii, Chattanooga
15s: UAB, Belmont, New Mexico State, Weber State
16s: Winthrop, North Florida, Lehigh, Wagner, Texas Southern, Hampton