Friday, February 13, 2015

Grip's Bracket - Friday, February 13

Automatic Bids

America East - Albany
Make it 12-0 for the Great Danes, who have a nonconference game that really should be a conference game at NJIT tonight before Stony Brook comes in on Tuesday.  Seriously A-East, expand your footprint in to New Jersey and round off your league at an even 10 by adding the Highlanders.
Atlantic Sun - Florida Gulf Coast
North Florida got thumped at USC Upstate last night so winning at Northern Kentucky gave Dunk City first place all by itself.  The Ospreys are now only a game ahead of the Spartans for second and would likely be underdogs in a potential conference tournament semifinal.
Big Sky - Eastern Washington
It was played more at Sacramento State's pace even in Cheney but EWU protected its home court with a 64-61 win last night that vaults them ahead of the Hornets and back alone in first place.  Now they just have to protect their players from transferring to Oregon (that wasn't nice.)
Big South - Radford
There was a SEVEN WAY TIE FOR FIRST after Coastal Carolina beat High Point last Friday but good things can't last forever.  UNC Asheville missed a golden chance to go a half game in front but then they went and lost at home to Presbyterian last night.  So it's High Point, Radford and Charleston Southern tied at 9-4.  High Point has the best RPI but the Panthers don't have a win over either of the other two.  The Highlanders and Buccaneers split and the former is 18 spots better in RPI.
Big West - UC Davis
Long Beach State got nipped by a point by UC Irvine on Saturday before fading in the second half at the Alan Williams Project to fall two games back in advance of next Thursday's showdown with the Aggies.  The Anteaters remain a game back of Davis and those two meet on Senior Night in Davis.
CAA - William & Mary
The Tribe went to Wilmington and slogged out a 56-53 win over the Seahawks on Saturday night to go alone atop the conference after Northeastern got shocked at home by Delaware earlier in the day.  However, the Huskies rebounded to win at Hofstra last night and remain a game back along with Wilmington.
Horizon - Green Bay
Trap games are real.  The Phoenix trailed at Youngstown State very late but found a way to pull out a one point win and now it's all about the showdown at Valparaiso tonight.  Meanwhile, Cleveland State has a potential trap of its own at Detroit tonight.
Ivy - Harvard
It was 16-11 at the half and 52-50 at the end - but the Crimson led both times, winning the rock fight at Yale on Saturday night to tie things up atop the conference.  They shouldn't have any problems with the New York schools coming to Cambridge and will be hoping Princeton can take down the Bulldogs tomorrow night (assuming Penn can't tonight.)
MAC - Toledo
Bowling Green actually has the best RPI in the league now (52 - Buffalo's fallen to 54) but their three losses are each to the two teams they're tied with atop the league.  Akron swept them and Toledo won the only meeting on January 24.  Of those two, the Rockets have both the better RPI (75 vs 83) and the head to head victory back on January 9.
MAAC - Iona
Survived Siena without AJ English on Friday, stomped Marist on Sunday and then started a four game road trip with an easy win at Fairfield on Tuesday.  They remain two clear of Rider and three games up on everyone else.
MEAC - North Carolina Central
Norfolk State got whacked by 18 on its home floor on Monday night by third placed Maryland Eastern Shore, who may be the biggest surprise in the entire country, to give the Eagles some breathing space atop the conference.  They're now two up on the Spartans and four clear of the rest.  
NEC - St. Francis (NY)
While they were busy sweeping a back to back with Wagner, everyone chasing them was losing.  Bryant, St. Francis (PA), Robert Morris and Mount St. Mary's all lost Saturday or last night and now the Terriers find themselves two games ahead of the pack.
OVC - Murray State
Austin Peay put up some resistance at the weekend.  SIU Edwardsville did not last night.  Make it an even 20 in a row for the Racers.  The 2-5 start back in November feels like it happened in November of 1982.
Patriot - Colgate
While Bucknell was busy shooting 28.6% but still finding a way to win by a point at Navy, the Raiders were surviving at a Boston University team hot off whooping Lafayette at Lafayette on Sunday.  Lehigh...
SoCon - Wofford
The Terriers lost at home to Chattanooga last night to draw the Mocs within a game of first place.  Mercer would be a game back as well but the defending champs lost to fourth place Western Carolina.  Amazingly, Wofford still has a top 50 RPI so they're still very much in play for a coveted 12/13 sed.
Southland - Stephen F. Austin
January 3 at McNeese State - an 80-75 win - was the last time anyone came within single digits of the Jacks to give an idea of how dominant they've been.  Sam Houston State continues to stay hot on their heels however, having not lost in the league other than when SFA pasted them on January 24.
Summit - North Dakota State
Five in a row now for the Bison, who went to preseason favorite Denver and won (and were underdogs for some reason) to stay a game up on South Dakota State, whom they face tomorrow in Brookings after winning the home leg by just 3.
Sun Belt - UL Monroe
Five in a row for the Indians Warhawks as well, with the latest two coming Saturday at previous leader Georgia Southern and then last night over rival UL Lafayette to stay a half game up on Mark Byington's men, whom they salvaged a split with after Saturday's triumph in Statesboro.
SWAC - Texas Southern
After fighting their way to .500 overall after a 3-10 start, the Tigers lost at home to Prairie View A&M on Saturday to fall to 11-12 but they remain on top of all the academically eligible teams thanks to Southern's home loss to Jackson State on Monday.
WAC - New Mexico State
They've won six straight, the latest of which a 73-47 pasting of Cameron Dollar's Seattle.  They won by 15 at closest challenger UMKC on Saturday to firmly establish themselves as the huge favorites they've been in seemingly the past 18 WAC seasons.

S Curve

Kentucky Virginia Duke Wisconsin
Villanova Gonzaga Kansas Arizona
Louisville Utah Oklahoma Butler
North Carolina Iowa State Northern Iowa Wichita State
Notre Dame Arkansas Maryland Oklahoma State
Baylor VCU Providence Georgetown
West Virginia Ohio State Georgia SMU
Indiana Xavier Ole Miss San Diego State
Texas Temple Iowa Illinois
Cincinnati Colorado State Dayton Stanford
Oregon St. John's Michigan State Boise State/Texas A&M
UCLA/LSU Wofford Green Bay Eastern Washington
Harvard Iona Murray State Toledo
Louisiana Tech William & Mary Stephen F. Austin UC Davis
North Carolina Central UL Monroe Florida Gulf Coast Albany
North Dakota State New Mexico State St. Francis (NY)/Radford Texas Southern/Colgate


MIDWEST (Cleveland)

(1) Kentucky (SEC)
(16) Texas Southern (SWAC)/Colgate (Patriot)

(8) San Diego State (MWC)
(9) Iowa

(5) Notre Dame
(12) Eastern Washington (Big Sky)

(4) Iowa State
(13) Harvard (Ivy)

(6) Georgetown
(11) Oregon

(3) Louisville
(14) UC Davis (Big West)

(7) West Virginia
(10) Dayton

(2) Arizona (Pac-12)
(15) North Carolina Central (MEAC)

WEST (Los Angeles)

(1) Wisconsin (Big Ten)
(16) North Dakota State (Summit)

(8) Ole Miss
(9) Temple

(5) Oklahoma State

(4) North Carolina
(13) Toledo (MAC)

(6) VCU (A-10)
(11) St. John's

(3) Oklahoma
(14) Louisiana Tech (C-USA)

(7) Georgia
(10) Colorado State

(2) Villanova (Big East)
(15) Albany (AE)

EAST (Syracuse)

(1) Virginia (ACC)
(16) St. Francis (NY) (NEC)/Radford (Big South)

(8) Xavier
(9) Illinois

(5) Arkansas
(12) Green Bay (Horizon)

(4) Northern Iowa (MVC)
(13) Iona (MAAC)

(6) Providence
(11) Boise State/Texas A&M

(3) Utah
(14) Stephen F. Austin (Southland)

(7) Ohio State
(10) Cincinnati

(2) Kansas (Big 12)
(15) UL Monroe (Sun Belt)

SOUTH (Houston)

(1) Duke
(16) New Mexico State (WAC)

(8) Indiana
(9) Texas

(5) Maryland
(12) Wofford (SoCon)

(4) Wichita State
(13) Murray State (OVC)

(6) Baylor
(11) Michigan State

(3) Butler
(14) William & Mary (CAA)

(7) West Virginia
(10) Stanford

(2) Gonzaga (WCC)
(15) Florida Gulf Coast (A-Sun)

Last 4 In - Boise State, Texas A&M, UCLA, LSU
First 4 Out - Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Tulsa, Pittsburgh
Next 4 Out - Miami (FL), Alabama, BYU, Seton Hall

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