For some, the regular season comes to a close this weekend. For others, the dreams of an NCAA bid might just end today or tomorrow. Here’s a look at where things stand on this Saturday, as I move to daily (at a minimum) projections from now until Selection Sunday.
While some conferences finally get around to wrapping their regular seasons up over the next two days, bids are already up for grabs in a few others. Besides tonight’s first title game of the season, there are a couple key bubble games on this Saturday’s conference tourney slate.
Fans of bubble teams will turn their attention to St. Louis this afternoon and Evansville and Las Vegas tonight.
A trio if conferences begin their tournaments tonight, while the No. 1 seeds in three other leagues play their first games of March.
On February’s final Saturday, the top six teams in the AP poll all lost on the same day for the first time ever. If that’s a preview of what’s to come between now and April 4th, college basketball fans will experience a great month.
Even though it’s the final day of February, the first conference tournament game of the 2021-22 men’s Division I basketball season tips off tonight. Here’s a quick look at what’s changed since 2021’s Championship Fortnight and basic info for following the action over the next 14 days and nights.
The top four lines of Friday’s bracket largely resembled the Selection Committee’s top 16, revealed one day later. The differences (and similarities, for that matter) will guide this exercise over the remaining three weeks of the season.
The Selection Committee will reveal who it has placed on the top four seed lines on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS. What they reveal will guide my projections the rest of the way.
Things have started to get crowded near the cut line after a very busy four days.
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.
The Wildcats have looked largely dominant of late, but some of their rise is due to the struggles of Baylor, Duke, Kansas, and UCLA.
The new Pac-12 leader jumped Kentucky, who struggled a bit at home against Vanderbilt on Wednesday, to stay on seed line No. 2.
Further down the bracket, while the SEC won its challenge series against the Big 12, the latter conference has a slight edge in bids as February begins.
This weekend’s slate features what are likely to be the most meaningful non-conference games until March Madness tips off.
Kansas and Michigan State haven’t managed to crack the top seed line yet, but this weekend’s results pushed both ever closer.
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.
How will these defeats shape the at-large picture?
The defending national champions are the class of this season so far.
A regularly updated list of the 2021-22 men’s college basketball season’s exempt multiple-team events (MTEs) and non-exempt tournaments, which will eventually include schedule and TV information. 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.
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.