The Badgers have been racking up quality wins and passed Purdue following the Boilermakers’ Thursday night loss at Indiana.
Both the Tigers and Gonzaga jumped the Bears, who lost two home games after ascending to the top spot in the bracket and the polls. Note that I’m trying a couple of new things in today’s post, so your feedback is welcome.
A regularly updated list of the 2021-22 men’s college basketball season’s non-exempt neutral-site games and other special events that are not tournaments. (You’ll find tournament info on this page.) If you have any additions (non-Rothstein tweets, I already see those), email them to bloggingthebracket at gmail dot com or tweet them to me @ChrisDobbertean.
How will these defeats shape the at-large picture?
The defending national champions are the class of this season so far.
Feast Week is starting to wind down, but there’s still plenty on the menu to enjoy as you avoid your nearest mall or big box store.
Let’s feast on basketball, all!
It’s Thanksgiving Eve and that means it’s time for the relocated Maui Invitational conclude not long after the Battle 4 Atlantis begins. However, the game of the day may very well occur in Fort Myers.
Today’s biggest game is in Las Vegas, but not part of this season’s relocated Maui Invitiational.
Now, the real fun begins, as things tip off in Las Vegas for a relocated Maui Invitational, the Legends and Hall of Fame Classics return, and teams take the floor for some brand new events.
This Sunday’s slate features an impressive set of tournament championship games, stretching from early afternoon to late night.
Thanks to college football, this is a lightly-scheduled day, but the semifinal doubleheader for one of this November’s biggest events is set for the afternoon.
It’s semifinal day in South Carolina and in the first Las Vegas event of 2021, while the Paradise Jam tips off in the American Caribbean.
Who’s ready for 11 straight days of high-quality tournament-heavy college basketball?
With all due respect to the last three evenings and the Champions Classic, tonight feels like the real opening of the season.
Tonight’s slate is a bit more manageable than Opening Night’s phone book of a schedule, which apparently set a record for most games featuring a Division I team in a single day.
It’s heavy on quantity and light on quality. Even the 2021 version of the venerable Champions Classic doesn’t look so great on paper, if we are to go by last year’s results anyway.
Typically, the national semifinals tip off a little after 6 p.m. Eastern. Thanks to the unique circumstances and requirements of 2021, they start one hour earlier this time around.
You’re an April fool if you don’t check out today’s show.
Don’t turn to CBS looking for tonight’s doubleheader. It’s on TBS instead. Saturday will feature a Southwest Conference reunion with Houston and Baylor advancing to one national semifinal. Might we get an all-Pac-12 matchup in the other? Or will top seeds Gonzaga and Michigan conspire to prevent it?
I would imagine that if ratings are decent for this experiment, we’ll see more weeknight regional finals in the future. First up, the Midwest and South on CBS.
As on Saturday, CBS will carry the first two games of the day (both of which feature No. 1 seeds), while TBS gets the night session (which is Pac-12 heavy).
In another first, each regional semifinal game will be broadcast in its own telecast window. Note that the first two games of the schedule for both today and Sunday will be on CBS, with TBS picking up the night contests.
With the South and Midwest second round in the books, it’s time for the East and West regions to set their matchups for next weekend.
For the first time, 15 of the 16 seeds will be represented in this round with 14 taking the court today alone.
The round of 64 ends tonight with eight contests, including No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga’s 2021 tournament debut.
First-round Friday saw the ninth 15-over-2 upset ever and 13-over-4, 12-over-5, and 11-over-6 wins, along with three overtime games. Usually, when one first-round day is thrilling, the other ends up being a bore. Hopefully, that won’t be the case on this Saturday.
Start your weekend with a lot of college basketball.
Pretend it’s a Thursday.
Typically, this round takes place over two nights and at the University of Dayton Arena. In 2021, it’s two venues over one night.
Plus, a look at the regions and pods based on the NET and seed list.