The regular season is officially over for every team involved in the chase for bids. Chris Dobbertean’s Monday bracket reflects some of the bigger results from the final day of scheduled competition, including Nebraska’s significant win over Wisconsin and St. Joe’s home setback against La Salle.
While there were some rather important bubble results on Sunday, one projected top seed all but secured its position during tournament play. Wichita State completed a 34-0 run through the regular season and Missouri Valley Championship to pretty much assure itself of top billing in the Midwest region. The Shockers are again joined by the other three No. 1’s from Sunday’s projection — Florida (South), Arizona (West) and Villanova (East).
Duke joins the two line, replacing Virginia, which was stunned at Maryland. However, Syracuse, who got Jerami Grant back for Sunday’s win over Florida State, is knocking on the door. If the Orange and Blue Devils meet on Saturday in the ACC semifinals in Greensboro, the winner will have the inside track for a No. 2 seed. Plus, if the Orange win, they may still get consideration for a spot on the top line, if the Selection Committee takes Grant’s back injury into account. If the sophomore forward continues to up numbers similar to his stat line from his return — 16 points and eight rebounds in 35 minutes, Jim Boeheim’s team will be in great position to move up.
I’ll have more on the bubble picture after this morning’s bracket and rundown.
SOURCE: Chris Dobbertean