3 teams punched their tickets last night to the Big Dance
MAAC - Iona
Colonial - UNC-Wilmington
SoCon - East Tennessee State
4 more go out tonight
Horizon - 4. Northern Kentucky vs 10. UW-Milwaukee - gross. 16 seed city
NEC - 1. Mt. St. Mary vs 4. St Francis - PA - these RPI's are as bad the Horizon's 10 seed
Summit - 3. Neb-Omaha vs 4. South Dakota St - better RPI's but still nowhere near a 15 seed
WCC - 1. Gonzaga vs 2. St.Mary's - finally some solid teams. Gonzaga locks up a 1 seed with a win but with a loss a PAC-12 team could rise up and grab it. St. Mary's is currently the #1 6 seed. A win bumps them up to a 12 seed, and knowing the NCAA Tournament Committee, a match up against the best 12 seed Mid-Major so they can thin out the ranks for the Big Conferences.
Other action tonight
The other 3 games of note are in the opening round of the ACC tournament. Wake Forest is one of my last 4 in and need to avoid a slip up against Boston College to stay there. They might not need a 2nd round win over Va Tech but it wouldn't hurt. Clemson and Georgia Tech are a different story. They are both in the Next 4 Out group and need not only today's win but at least a 2nd round win over Virginia and Duke to be considered.