Saturday, March 10, 2007

Conference Tournaments

Congrats to Georgetown, who just wrapped up the BET title. Jeff Green earned his Player of the Year status with another gret performance in the finals. Hibbert dominated the paint and kept Aaron Gray from producing at all.

Around the country Memphis, Oregon, and UNLV all wrapped up their championships. The Ducks thankfully destroyed USC in the Pac 10 final. Miami of Ohio needed some horrendously bad timekeeping to send it to the NCAAs.

On tap tomorrow are the SEC, Big Ten, Big XII, and ACC Championships. The only two teams who need to win to cement tourney bids are NC State and Arkansas. The other six are ranked. Should be another good day of basketball.

Of course, next for the Irish is the selection show. Fill out your brackets tomorrow at 6.

Here's how it stands right now:

Thanks to the Bracket Project, ND projects as a fringe 5/6 seed. From the bracket predictions that have been updated today, 3/18 have the Irish at a 4 seed. One analyst puts Notre Dame as low as 8. The rest fall somewhere in between. ESPN "bracketologist" Joe Lunardi is one of the three with ND at #4. His projection pits the Irish against 13 seed Wright State in the first round in the San Antonio Region. That should be the best case scenario.

Most likely ND will fall into the fives or sixes, due to a weak nonconference schedule. That is still pretty good, as long as the first round opponent is pretty weak. I would like to see the Irish as underdogs in the Second Round.

Enjoy your Selection Sunday. Don't forget to fix your clocks. The tournament officially begins in 18 hours.

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