We speculated yesterday about how many at-large bids were still up for grabs and warned that a UNC Wilmington loss in the CAA tournament would take one more at-large spot off the board for bubble teams. Sure enough, the Seahawks were bounced by George Mason yesterday, 11-9, which means the CAA will be a two-bid league. Bad new for bubble teams like Baylor.
More bad news for the Bears? They were pounded yesterday by Oklahoma State, 14-3, and Nebraska beat Kansas State, 5-2. That means every team on that side of the Big 12 tournament bracket is 1-1, so to reach the title game Baylor needs to beat Kansas State today and hope Nebraska beats Oklahoma State, because the Bears have the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Cornhuskers.
In the Big East, Louisville and Cincinnati cruised unblemished to today’s championship game, and it’s worth considering whether the Cardinals’ strong week and decent RPI (54) could land them an at-large spot even if the Bearcats win today. It’s a possibility, and it would give the Big East three bids, taking away another spot for a bubble team elsewhere.
One other note: Game One of the West Coast Conference championship series between San Diego and Pepperdine was rained out yesterday, and there could be more rain in the forecast today, which could affect the scheduled doubleheader. If today’s action is washed out, then whoever wins tomorrow’s game would be the champion. If two games are played and split, the tie-breaker would go to regular-season champ USD. For what it’s worth, San Diego Union-Tribune writer Kirk Kenney called to say this is the first time he can ever remember it raining in May in San Diego, and he’s lived there all his life. Strange days, indeed.
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