Monday, March 7, 2011

Fifth Through Eighth Teams Into the Dance

All four of tonight's automatic qualifiers can win at least one tournament game.

Old Dominion: The Monarchs upset Notre Dame in the first round last year and figure to be a 10-seed this year. They lack meaningful size, but that is to be expected coming out of the Colonial.

St. Peter's: Offer good balance with four players scoring in double-digits, but their tallest rotation player is 6'7. If they get a nice matchup against a short-ish Big 6 team, they could surprise.

Wofford: The Terriers will make their second straight appearance in the Big Dance after knocking off Charleston in the Southern Conference title game. They almost beat Wisconsin in the first round of last year's Dance and shouldn't be taken lightly despite what figures to be a low seed.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs - a team that I overrate every single year - took care of business again in the West Coast Conference. To date, they are the only team in the Dance with an actual center...which means I am bound to overrate them again in 2011. Believe at your own risk, but don't let them break your heart.

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