ATR: Tech, Irish and updates …
Mike Singletary of Texas Tech scored 29 straight points in the second half to help Texas Tech rally and upset Texas A&M in the Big 12’s opening round late last night. How does the loss affect A&M? Right now, the Aggies’ non-conference wins over LSU and Arizona, combined with league wins over Missouri and Oklahoma State (split with OSU) are helping – as is an RPI of 34. However, losing so early (when not a lock) could prove costly. The picture will be more clear after quarterfinals today in the Big East, Mountain West, and Pac-10, and opening rounds in the Big Ten and ACC. Several other potential bubble teams play. If they all keep winning, resume comparisons change.
Also of note last night … Portland State (Big Sky) and Robert Morris (NEC) punched dance cards.
Several key games ahead today … please check Schedule to see the list.
Notre Dame officially says goodbye to the NCAAs and hello to the NIT. The Irish had to beat West Virginia. The Big 10 will be especially noteworthy today. Northwestern, Minnesota, Michigan, and Penn State (all bubble teams) play opening round games. Northwestern and Penn State are most at risk. Minnesota will be sweating, too, if they lose to Northwestern in the 8-9 game. In the Mountain West, the UNLV–San Diego State game is likely an elimination. The game is on the Rebels’ home floor.
The latest bracket projection will be updated today (later) – as will Bubble Banter. Thanks, and as always – Send a Rebound: Dave the Bracketguy.