"It's All About The Game"
The Basketball Report
Robert Stephens II, Featured Writer
Stephens informs about postseason play.
March 6, 2012 - March Madness is upon us and the tournaments and the selection committee will handle the rest. I know here we go again. The first thing we know everybody won’t be satisfied so here goes.
This is what we do know as of Tuesday afternoon the following teams
are in. Belmont from the Atlantic Sun Conference, Creighton from the Missouri
Valley, Davidson from the Southern, Loyola. Md. from the MAAC, St. Mary’s
from the West Coast, and UNC-Asheville from the Big South, Murray State
from the Ohio Valley, Virginia Commonwealth from the Colonial, Harvard
from the Ivy, Detroit from the Horizon, South Dakota State from the Summit,
and Western Kentucky from the Sun Belt as they improve their record to
15-18.What did you just
The Sun Belt conference fell right into my wheel house
Local product Markel Starks and the Hoyas have solidified their place in the NCAA tourney.
In the quarterfinals of that tournament the number one seed,
Question number one. Does Drexel who finished as the regular season champ at 27-6 receive an at large berth from the powers to be. It would appear that George Mason with a record of 24-9 has a hard sell despite the conference’s success.
Will Gonzaga at 25-6 receive an at large berth out of the West Coast conference? The bet here is yes.
My guess is that Wichita State 27-5 will make the Missouri Valley a two bid conference joining Creighton.
The Georgetown Hoyas will face Pittsburgh at 2pm. Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Hoyas suffered a 72-60 defeat at the hands of the Panthers in their only match up this season.
The Big East also features NCAA bound Syracuse 30-1,
The ACC conference features four teams that are in UNC 27-4, Duke 26-5,
Florida State 21-9, and UVA at 22-8.
The winner of the Maryland-Wake Forest match up meets UNC.
The Howard Bison are all in to win the MEAC a one bid league as the Bison surprised North Carolina A&T 51-50 in the first round behind Calvin Thompson’s 15 points. Prince Okoroh chipped in with 10 points as the Bison controlled the boards out rebounding the Aggies 43-36.
Kevin Nickleberry leads the HU Bison into MEAC post season play. To make the Big Dance, they must win it.
The Bison face Norfolk State Thursday night at 8pm.
The North Carolina Central match up against
The Big Ten features Ohio St. 25-6, Michigan St. 24-7, and
The Big Ten are six strong and that’s the limit for this
The Atlantic Ten should get two with Temple 24-6 and
The Colonials of George Washington lost to Dayton 67-50
Is Conference USA a one team league? Memphis 23-8
The PAC 12 is another league whose post season tournament could provide a mild upset or two. Washington 21-9, California 23-8 and Oregon 22-8 should be safe. Arizona (12-6, 21-10) is always dangerous, UCLA (11-7, 18-13) and Stanford (10-8, 20-10) may need wins in their post season tournament.
The Mountain West looks solid with New Mexico 24-6,
The SEC, with college powers Kentucky 30-1, Florida 22-9, and Vanderbilt 21-10 are locked with Tennessee 18-13, Alabama 20-10, and Mississippi St. 21-10 is trying to knock down the NCAA door.
Bucknell and Lehigh will battle for the Patriot league’s spot.
In the SWAC Mississippi Valley has dominated all season. If
In Maryland high school hoops this weekend:
On Thursday at the Comcast Center
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