Good afternoon, BBN!
I goofed last week with Oregon. I was looking up what their record was, and for some reason thought it was 9-4 and tossed them. Welp, they’re way better than that (17-5) and nowhere near elimination territory. So, due to a “system error”, they were wrongly eliminated and thus I’ve put them back in this week. No more teams “coming back from the grave” though. Once you’re out, yer out.
Like the last couple of weeks we are going to look at which teams are NOT eliminated yet, since there are far more eliminated than uneliminated for an at-large berth at this point. For each conference that has an uneliminated team, listed are all the teams that are STILL ALIVE in their quest for one of the precious 36 at-large berths.
Let’s get to it.
AAC: Houston, Wichita State, SMU
A-10: VCU, Saint Louis
Big 12: Baylor, West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Kansas
Missouri Valley: Drake, Loyola Chicago
SEC: Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama, LSU, and Florida
West Coast: Gonzaga, BYU
Teams Eliminated Since Last Week: 3
Richmond is gone. The Spiders, a few months after winning in Rupp, have had their bubble pop. They’re going to need an A-10 tourney miracle now. Minnesota’s also gone at 13-12.
Also, Belmont is unfortunately out. A third loss is one too many for the Bruins, who fell to Morehead State in overtime last week.
On the bright side, Belmont should be heavily favored to win the OVC Tournament—unless Eastern Kentucky steals the show.
Everyone else is still alive and getting ready for conference tournaments. Drake, Saint Louis, UConn, Utah State, and Indiana are playing with fire and need to be very careful in their next couple games. You might not see all of them in this column next week.
Teams Remaining: 45
That’s all for this week! Only 12 more days until Selection Sunday! I’m so excited for the bracket reveal. Next week or so we’ll eliminate some more teams. Until then, go ‘Cats!