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ATR: Updates from Selection Saturday

A wild evening is under way on Selection Saturday …

Updates …  Temple wins the automatic bid from the Atlantic 10 (7:45 p.m.) |  Southern Cal wins the Pac-10 automatic bid and bursts another bubble (8:15 p.m).   Missouri beats Baylor to end the Bears hopes (8:17 p.m). |  Utah edged San Diego State in the Mountain West title game (9:04 p.m.).

In and Out  …  Arizona and San Diego State are “out” pending a final review and analysis.  Creighton, Penn State, Maryland, Dayton, and Wisconsin are very nervous.  It’s looking worse for St. Mary’s, Utah State if it loses the WAC title game and Auburn after a late run.  Mississippi State is the wildcard in the SEC.

Here are some quick notes from the afternoon …

  • Michigan State likely gave up its No. 1 seed aspirations while losing to Ohio State in the Big 10 semis.  But hey, wouldn’t they rather be a potential No. 2 in the Midwest than No. 1 out West?
  • Meanwhile, Ohio State likely moved above the 8-9 game.
  • Maryland has 23 hours to worry after a loss to Duke.
  • The Blue Devils wrapped up a No. 2 seed and will begin NCAA play in Greensboro.
  • North Carolina will still be a No. 1 seed (likely No. 1 overall) even after losing to Florida State.  Remember, they rested Ty Lawson and his toe.
  • For Florida State, the win means a likely No. 4 seed in Miami.
  • Binghamton wrapped up its first-ever NCAA bid by taking out UMBC in the America East final.
  • Mississippi State is making someone very nervous until about 3:00 p.m. tomorrow – following the SEC title game.  If the Bulldogs upset Tennessee, nervousness turns to NIT.
  • Memphis made it’s case for a No. 1 seed, clobbering Tulsa in the C-USA Championship, finishing 31-3.  If they make it, they’d arguablly be the least accomplished team (in terms of quality wins) to earn a top seed (1-2 vs. Top 25 teams).  That’s not a knock on the Tigers, who could easily make a run to Detroit.

More to come later as evening championships conclude – Dave the Bracketguy.

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