Similar to Thursday, no bids will be handed out on Friday, but a large lot of semifinals will be played to setup Saturday and Sunday championships.
Seven Futility teams are still in play for breaking through. Four were knocked out today as UT Rio Grande Valley, UC Riverside, Sacramento State, and Chicago State all lost tournament games. Northwestern continued to improve their post season stock as they dismantled Rutgers. North Dakota moved into the Big Sky semifinals. Utah Valley and Missouri Kansas City picked up wins in the WAC quarterfinals. UC Davis won a Big West Tournament game to stay alive. Maryland Eastern Shore picked up their second win of the MEAC Tournament and will take on the #1 seed next. Finally Grambling State returns to action tomorrow for a game in the SWAC semifinals.
Updates to my bracket include moving in Kansas State after their win against Baylor. They move in for now at the expense of USC. Wake Forest is my last team in the field after Thursday's games. All the games below will carry some weight, but I'm still very interested to see what Houston and Rhode Island do tomorrow/this weekend.
Tomorrow's key games:
Last Four In: Seton Hall (vs Villanova), Kansas State (vs West Virginia), Rhode Island (vs St. Bonaventure)
First Four Out: Houston (vs UConn)
Next Four Out: Alabama (vs South Carolina), California (vs Oregon)