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March Madness: Here We Go!

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calst.jpgThis is the first installment of March Madness posts (6 hours to the pickin’s!)

Conference Tournament Winners (with Sagarin Ratings): American – 73.14 (21-11, 10-4 Patriot), Austin Peay – 73.29 (24-10, 16-4 OVC), Belmont – 75.10 (25-8, 14-2 A-Sun), Boise St. – 77.01 (25-8, 12-4 WAC), Butler – 86.35 (29-3, 16-2 Horizon), CS Full. – 78.92 (24-8, 12-4 B. West), Coppin St. – 64.12 (16-20, 7-9 MEAC), Cornell – 76.88 (22-5, 14-0 Ivy), Davidson – 85.58 (26-6, 20-0 Southern), Drake – 87.62 (28-4, 15-3 MVC), G. Mason – 78.33 (23-10, 12-6 CAA), Kent St. – 82.75 (28-6, 13-3 MAC), Memphis 94.41 (33-1, 16-0 C-USA), MVSU – 61.89 (17-15, 12-6 SWAC), O. Roberts – 80.19 (24-8, 16-2 Summit), Pittsburgh – 87.44 (26-9, 10-8 B. East), Portland St. – 75.87 (23-9, 14-2 B. Sky), Mt. St. Mary’s – 71.27 (18-14, 11-7 Neast), San Diego – 76.70 (21-13, 11-3 WCC), Siena – 77.55 (22-10, 13-5 MAAC), Temple – 80.56 (20-12, 11-5 A-10), UCLA – 94.61 (31-3, 16-2 Pac-10), UMBC – 75.28 (24-8, 13-3 AEast), UNLV 82.57 (26-7, 12-4 MWC), W. Kentucky – 82.16 (27-6, 16-2 S. Belt), Winthrop – 76.71 (22-11, 10-4 Big South), UT-Arling. – 72.45 (21-11, 7-9 Southland), North Carolina – 95.39 (32-2, 14-2 ACC), Wisconsin – 91.56 (29-4, 16-2 Big 10), Kansas – 94.32 (31-3, 13-3 Big 12), Georgia – 77.70 (16-16, 4-12 Southeastern)

These are the teams from the top 13 conferences with Sagarin ratings over 80.00 (unless they are the conference champ)… Some over 80.00 rated teams are left off the list because their records are barely over .500 and will not be considered by the Big Dance Committee. From the following list will come the at-large teams….

How would you pick the best of the rest?

1. Pac 10
UCLA – 94.61 (Champ)
Stanford – 89.42
Wash St. – 88.69
USC – 86.62
Zona – 85.09
Or. St- 83.86
Az. St. – 83.06

2. Big 12
KU – 94.32 (Champ)
Texas – 90.20
A&M – 85.78
Ok – 84.26
K St. – 84.24
Baylor – 83.65
Neb- 81.57

3. ACC
UNC – 95.39 (Champ)
Duke – 93.67
Clemson – 87.49
Mia – 83.47
Va. Tech – 82.04
Fl. St – 81.29
Ga. Tech – 80.85
Maryland – 80.14

4. Big East
G town – 90.11
Ville – 88.17
Marq – 87.98
Pitt – 87.44 (Champ)
W Va. – 86.98
UConn – 86.85
ND – 86.82
Cuse – 82.17
Nova – 81.65

5. Big 10
Wisc – 91.56 (Champ)
MSU – 87.32
Ind – 87.02
Purdue – 84.75
OSU – 83.44
Minn – 80.85

6. SEC
Tenn – 90.98
Vandy – 83.85
Ark – 83.79
Miss St. – 83.14
Miss – 82.12
UF – 81.61
Ky – 81.02
Georgia 77.70 (Champ)
7. MVC
Drake – 87.62 (Champ)
Ill St. – 82.44
Creighton – 81.91

8. A-10
Xavier – 88.24
St. Joe’s – 81.76
UMass – 81.07
Temple – 80.56 (A-10) (Champ)
Dayton – 80.53
R. Island – 80.45

9. Mtn. West
BYU – 84.61
N. Mexico – 82.68
UNLV – 82.57 (Champ)

10. Horizon
Butler – 86.36 (Champ)

11. C-USA
Memphis – 94.91 (Champ)
UAB – 80.20

12. MAC
Kent St. – 82.75 (Champ)

13. WCC
Gonzaga – 86.03
St. Mary’s – 84.17
S. Diego – 76.59 (Champ)

14. CAA
VCU – 80.78
GMU – 78.37 (Champ)

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Written by dwil

March 16, 2008 at 11:01 am

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