Teams with a Zero
Speaking of zero, there was no drama had with either of the two remaining undefeated programs as both cruised to twenty point wins over the weekend. Virginia went into Clemson, never trailed, and notched a 63-43 road win to move to 15-0. Clemson was held to 0.70 points per possession after posting an effective field goal percentage of 28.7%, both the lowest for the Tigers all year and the best defensive effort by the Cavaliers to date. Things ratchet up a bit for Virginia this week, with a home game against Virginia Tech before heading to Cameron Indoor on Saturday.
Michigan was at home, but enjoyed an equal amount of success with an 80-60 win over Northwestern. Michigan won’t play again until the weekend, but it’s a doozy. They will be in Madison for a game against Wisconsin.
Congratulations to the South Carolina State Bulldogs who also never trailed, but allowed an eighteen point lead to trim to 64-61 at one point late second half, before prevailing with a final score of 72-68. They escaped a monstrous 28 point, 19 rebound effort from Stanley Davis for Morgan State, both career highs, as was his six turnovers. It was the first Division I win of the season for the Bulldogs, which leaves four such teams remaining. Maryland Eastern Shore will host North Carolina A&T on Monday night. UNC Asheville will welcome Chris Clemons and the Campbell Camels on Wednesday night. Both winless teams will be underdogs, but likely in the single digits. The other two winless teams, both from the SWAC, will be on the road. Alcorn State is at Grambling State, and Southern is at Jackson State, with both games being on Monday night.
This week's top five as I see them (2-3 last week, 61-29 overall):
#5 Nebraska at Indiana, Mon – Indiana 72, Nebraska 71
#4 Wisconsin at Maryland, Mon – Maryland 72, Wisconsin 68
#3 Iowa State at Texas Tech, Wed – Texas Tech 70, Iowa State 65
#2 Michigan State at Nebraska, Thu – Nebraska 75, Michigan State 73
#1 Virginia Tech at Virginia, Tue – Virginia 67, Virginia Tech 64
My updated bracket can be found below. This bracket (as well as my previous brackets) are a projection of where I think the teams will be as of Selection Sunday. In other words, it includes their future schedule, for better or for worse.
Five automatic bids are being swapped out in this update.
Pac Twelve- Arizona (Colorado)
Big West- UC Irvine (UC Santa Barbara)
CUSA- Old Dominion (North Texas)
Big South- Winthrop (Radford)
NEC- Sacred Heart (LIU Brooklyn)
No updates to the at large teams from the last update.
My latest bracket has two bids going to a first timer, with Abilene Christian and Sacred Heart each earning a spot. Wichita State (7), Xavier (5), Providence (5), West Virginia (4), Butler (4), Seton Hall (3), Miami FL (3) and Iona (3) would see multiple year streaks of tournament appearances snapped if this bracket would hold. Rider, and Texas State would be ending droughts of at least 20 years with an automatic bid. San Francisco I have securing an at large bid, and the Dons would be earning a bid for the first time since 1998.