Our quick thoughts on Friday's results:
The first night of BracketBuster weekend couldn't have gone much worse for the Colonial. Old Dominion - the league's best chance at an at-large bid - lost 71-62 at Northern Iowa, and William & Mary laid a huge egg on the road against Iona, getting blown out 83-69 by the relatively unknown but pretty underrated Gaels. The Tribe's loss is a critical blow to their already fleeting at-large hopes and it puts them in a position where they would have to make the final of the CAA tourney to have even a sliver of hope for a bid. ODU, meanwhile, is still very much alive for an at-large, but they will have to win their final two conference games (at Georgia State, vs. VCU) and get to at least the CAA semis to get a bid. A trip to the final should be enough for them to sneak in, but a lot will depend on what happens around the bubble during Championship Week.
The team that doesn't have to worry very much anymore is UNI, who is now all but assured an at-large bid after its performance Friday night. The sharpshooting Panthers didn't seem to miss Jordan Eglseder much against the Monarchs, as they made 10 threes (five by Ali Farokmanesh) and hit 17 of their 21 free throws in what was a very efficient offensive performance. The Panthers will be a solid 6 seed in our bracket on Monday, and even if they lose in the MVC tourney, they probably won't fall further than the 8 line on Selection Sunday.
Of note: Cornell won at Harvard (Ryan Wittman had 27 points and eight boards for the Big Red); Princeton beat Yale at home (the Tigers trail Cornell by a half game in the Ivy).