Wednesday, January 26, 2011

B101's Bracket Banter - Wednesday

Bracket Banter is our daily open thread to discuss all things bracket. Readers can post comments and questions during the night's games, and we will answer those questions as the night goes on.

Wednesday's Games
It's not often that a game can be accurately hyped as the biggest game in the history of a conference. But that's what's on tap tonight in Provo as ninth-ranked BYU hosts fouth-ranked and still-unbeaten San Diego State. Both of these teams are locks for the NCAA tournament, but this game is still ginormous for a number of reasons. If the Aztecs win, they would have only three more obstacles standing between them and the first undefeated regular season since UNLV in 1990. They'd also make a very strong case to be a 1 seed in our next bracket. If the Cougars win, they'd jump up to the 2 line, and more importantly, they would get a early leg up in the race for the MWC regular season title. You also may have heard of Jimmer Fredette, who could stake his claim to the POY award with another Jimmeresque performance in front of a large TV audience. The country also gets a chance to watch SDSU's Kawhi Leonard, who looks every bit like a lottery pick in June. Other than that, this game's not that big, really.

Elsewhere, there are two key games in the Big East, as West Virginia plays at Louisville and St. John's plays at Georgetown. The Red Storm, who have now lost four of their last five games after a a 3-0 Big East start, are playing for the bracket lives against the Hoyas. A loss tonight would mean they'd have to upset Duke in the Garden on Sunday to avoid falling out of the field on Monday.

In the Big XII, Oklahoma State hosts new No. 2 seed Texas in what is a make-or-break game for the Cowboys. The Big XII bubble is a mess right now, and with Kansas State winning Monday against Baylor, Oklahoma State can't afford to miss out on chances like this one. In the ACC, Miami begins its quest to get back on the right side of the bubble at home against North Carolina. A 2-0 week for the Tar Heels would keep them even for the moment with Duke and Florida State in the ACC title race. UNC hosts N.C. State on Saturday.

There are also some imporant games tonight in the MVC and Conference USA. Wichita State, our last team in this week, will try to get a bid-saving win at Southern Illinois, and in Conference USA, UAB hosts Marshall and Memphis hosts UCF. C-USA was back to a one-bid league this week after all its contenders beat up on each other last week. Memphis looks like the best team in the league right now after winning at Southern Miss and at UAB last week. They can go a long way in securing that status with a win over the free-falling Knights tonight and a victory at Marshall on Saturday.

Also keep an eye on: Villanova at Providence, Northwestern at Minnesota, Iowa at Penn State, LSU at Tennessee, Rutgers at Cincinnati, George Washington at Xavier, Charlotte at Temple, Old Dominion at Georgia State, Air Force at Colorado State, Tulane at UTEP

17 comments:

AG said...

"You also may have heard of Jimmer Fredette, who could stake his claim to the POY award with another Jimmeresque performance in front of a large TV audience."

Because *SOOOOO* many people get CBS College Sports! The Mountain West should be embarrassed by their TV deal, its no wonder BYU wants out, the WCC bottom-feeders get more national tv time than this game!

Bracketology 101 said...

It is unfortunate that CBS College Sports doesn't reach too many homes, but every college basketball fan that gets it should be watching. At least the BYU-SDSU matchup in February will be on CBS.

Anonymous said...

I just found this site it is my new bracketology home. What does Virginia Tech need to do to create a good enough profile to earn a bid, and if Oklahoma state beats Texas how much doea that help VT win over Oklahoma State?

edgeinducedcohesion said...

I imagine Villanova's loss is going to hurt its seeding a bit. Providence is definitely not a good loss, but it's impressive just how good even the bad teams in the Big East are.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I think that Villanova is probly a 3 seed and Texas A&M would move up possibly.

AG said...

The Big East homers never cease. This is one of the most embarrassing weeks for the Big East for the whole season, and all they think it means is the Big East is so awesome.

It is *NOT* awesome when your best teams lose to objectively bad teams like Providence and Seton Hall. It is not good when so many of your ranked teams lose at home.

And whatever the hell you call that WVU/Louisville game, good isn't among the terms I'd use to describe it!

Bracketology 101 said...

If we did a bracket tomorrow, Villanova would drop to the 3 line. (What's gotten into Providence, btw??) BYU will replace 'Nova on the 2 line if they beat SDSU tonight.

The first thing Virginia Tech needs to do is stop losing to teams like Georgia Tech. On the bright side, the Hokies' schedule is pretty favorable from here on out, so they should be able to make a run at 10-6 in conference. If they do that, they'll be right in the mix for a bid. A 9-7 finish with their mediocre OOC resume (wins over Oklahoma State and Penn State) might not get the job done.

Anonymous said...

Being a VaTech basketball fan is depressing, going for 4 straight years on the wrong side of the bubble.

DavidATL said...

Yes, Anon, but at least VaTech is out of the Big East. As a Big East fan, I consider that a blessing. Now if we could just trade away South Florida to the ACC in order to bring BC back, things would be just a little more bright in the world. That is before we anger the gods of all things proper by bringing on TCU. Ugh. TCU? Big East? No. Nooooooooooooooooooooo. Oh, the horror.

Anonymous said...

Jimmer Fredette is better than I thought!!, INCREDIBLE

Anonymous said...

Where does Penn State stand now? Anywhere close?

Anonymous said...

Penn state has won just 4 of its last 10 and 7 of 15. Doesn't sound bid-worthy to me.

Bracketology 101 said...

Beat Wisconsin this weekend and we'll talk.

auto diagnostic tool said...

Skilled mechanics usually have use of far more advanced visitors. Regardless of the kind of code reader you might have just how it is actually utilised is really much the identical.

Chinese Products said...

In 1990s, China was a major trading nation a member of the Planet Trade Organisation (WTO). Trade and investment, together with totally free market reforms inside the domestic economic climate, specifically agriculture, transformed the Chinese economy, was not in doubt.

obd2s online store said...

Check it out today: Is there any way I can edit the product I've added?There is a mistake on the description but can't find a way to change it. a couple products sk_uk!I have enabled your EDIT access. You should now be able to edit the products you uploaded. Be sure to add any mm7 module update for micronas obd tool other OBD-II products you sell, or any other OBD-related products.sks-3058 auto eecs you come across. The problem does not exist at idle, only when the car is under acceleration (taking off from a start or accelerating for a pass).I'll check the things you mentioned and post back with results, or lack thereof. is the converter plugged again? Thanks for the question, but its not possible.

windowsanyway said...

In accordance on the supply, common confusion all over what Windows RT office for mac 2011 product key actually is, and Microsoft failing to speak the differences in windows 7 enterprise activation key between the ARM and x86 editions of Home windows, has “significantly broken demand” for Windows RT. This would seem to jibe with Samsung’s shift not to start a Windows RT pill within the US and also to pull its Home windows RT pill outside of numerous European marketplaces citing an absence of desire.