Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ninth Through Twelfth Teams Into the Dance

[I am writing this from a plane so apologies for the brevity.]

As of midnight tonight, a dozen teams have officially locked up a berth in the Big Dance. Of those, about half have a chance to win a game. Of tonight's bunch, only one has a shot (Oakland).

Oakland: Intriguing because of center Keith Benson.

Arkansas Little Rock: Blah. Finished middle-of-the-pack in the Sun Belt.

Long Island: After some early season failure, the Blackbirds have won 21 of 22. They are balanced offensively with five players scoring between nine and 13 points per game.

Northern Colorado: Devon Beitzel can fill it up, and they are a very good offensive rebounding team. Interesting squad.

No conference tournaments have their finals tomorrow (which makes no sense; one of the "lesser" conferences should have used Thursday as an exposure opportunity on ESPN) so we'll have to wait until Friday before any other team punches a ticket.

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