March 4, 2015 |
THE MADNESS is a little more palpable now, especially up on the Main Line, where Villanova has put itself in the conversation for a No. 1 seed. Gonzaga's loss to BYU on Saturday has opened things up a bit. And when the conference tournaments get rolling in another week or so, there are bound to be more upsets. So why is getting a No. 1 seed important? * Since 1985, 18 of the 30 national championships have been won by No. 1 seeds. Four No. 2 seeds have won it. * A No. 1 seed has never lost to a No. 16 in 120 meetings.
March 17, 2015 |
They were so close to the Big Dance, and the disappointment was evident Sunday evening for the Temple Owls, left out of the NCAA tournament as the 69th choice in a 68-team field. The Owls instead must settle for their NIT consolation prize. They are a No. 1 seed and will host Bucknell (19-14) in their NIT opener Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Liacouras Center The players vowed to be ready for the NIT, but Temple's senior leader, point guard Will Cummings, spilled his guts when he was asked if it would take a while to realize that the opportunity to be part of March Madness is gone.
March 9, 2009 |
It may have been a case of professorial college basketball knowledge (my vote) or maybe just punch-drunkenness (Dick Jerardi's vote), but when it came down to picking the final few teams to make our mock bracket, bubbles had to be burst. And the final four teams that were so close to dancing at our party but will be left sitting on the sidelines were New Mexico, Illinois, South Carolina and Auburn. Here's the breakdown: Although it has gone 10-2 in its last 12 games, New Mexico (21-10)
January 10, 2012 |
Now that conference play has begun for the Big Five and Drexel, it's possible to take an early look at what must be done to get to the NCAA tournament. One gauge is the ratings percentage index that the NCAA tournament committee uses to pick the 33 at-large teams and seed the field. Among the immediate locals, Villanova has made the most strides off of last season. With an 11-4 record, the Wildcats have an RPI of 15 and strength of schedule index of 13 as of Sunday. But aside from a game against Penn, Villanova will be in the rugged Big East the rest of the way. The Wildcats today would be almost a lock for an at-large bid, which may be their only hope.
February 29, 2012
March Madness is approaching - the dramatic conclusion to what has been an interesting season in college basketball. How could anybody have forecast in November that Villanova would be the city's biggest long shot for earning an NCAA bid? To get a further look at the chances of the area teams, we talked to Joe Lunardi, who put the word bracketologist into the hoops lexicon. Lunardi is ESPN's forecaster as it regards who will make the NCAA tournament. Here is a look at the local teams, with comments by Lunardi about their chances.
January 9, 2009 |
As the Atlantic 10 season got under way Wednesday and kicks into full gear this weekend, just four of the league's teams appear to be in play for at-large NCAA Tournament berths, following a nonconference season that was not nearly as productive as last season's. Xavier, Dayton, Rhode Island and Temple are the only league teams in the top 50 of the RPI. In fact, nine are below 100, many of them well below 100. And Saint Joseph's is No. 99. Tomorrow's URI-St. Joe's game at the Palestra and Sunday night's Temple-La Salle game at Gola Arena are not only the early A-10 games with the most intrigue locally; they also will matter in the bigger picture.
March 17, 2013 |
The overwhelming majority of folks who make up 'Nova Nation think the Wildcats have done enough to merit a trip to the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately for them, none of the 10 members of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, the people who are entrusted with selecting the 37 at-large teams to complete the 68-team field that will be unveiled Sunday, is a card-carrying member. On paper, it would appear that the Wildcats (20-13), who were eliminated from the Big East tournament in the quarterfinals by No. 4 Louisville, have some strong evidence meriting an NCAA berth.
March 12, 2010 |
Pared down to eight teams following Tuesday's first round held at campus sites, the Atlantic Ten Conference tourney resumes with quarterfinals today at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Some topics to consider while trying to extricate saltwater taffy from your teeth: What does it mean? Temple, Xavier and Richmond are essentially playing for seeding in the NCAA tourney. All three are locks for at-large bids. If the Owls win the tourney for the third straight year, they could be seeded as high as No. 3. For St. Louis, Rhode Island and Dayton, the tourney means everything.
March 10, 2002 |
For some college basketball teams, today is the most wonderful day of the year. For others, it's slow torture to see bracket after bracket appear without being included. Sometime after 6 p.m. in Indianapolis, the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee will reveal the names of the 34 at-large teams that will join 31 conference champions in the annual postseason tournament affectionately known as the Big Dance. Once and for all, the committee will reveal what teams survived the "bubble" and what teams fell off. Will Boston College get in?
March 6, 1994 |
March Madness is upon us. It's the time when every team plays any angle hoping to be one of the 64 selected for the NCAA tournament, when terms like RPI and bubble predominate, when Coppin State and Wisconsin-Green Bay try to take their places alongside Duke and North Carolina. All sorts of fun stuff happens this month, and not all of it happens on the court. For example: West Virginia coach Gale Catlett, trying desperately to stay on the NCAA bubble, wanted a big, feverish crowd for his team's last home game.