After Championship Saturday, 27 of 31 bids to the dance are locked up. Rubio tears ACL, out for the season
A dozen more teams punched their tickets to the big dance as THIS IS Selection Sunday. With the last four guaranteed spots decided today. Here is a quick recap starting with tournament action that is yet yet to be decided.
Michigan State and Ohio State slapped Wisconsin and Michigan around in the Big Ten semis. The Buckeyes are -1.5 favorites in the 3:30 PM EST final. North Carolina edged NC State by three to lock up their sot in the ACC tournament final. The Heels will be six-point favorites over Florida State who beat Duke for the second time this year in the other semi. Top-ranked Kentucky survived a scare from Florida and will meet Vandy, the Commodores 65-53 victors over Ole Miss. The Cats are 7.5 point favorites. Bubble teams will be rooting on Xavier today in the A-10 final vs St Bonaventure. The Muskateers sent St Louis packing, the Bonnies edged UMass and will be catching +3.5 today.
Th Memphis came into the season highly touted but got off to a slow start and have flown most of conference play under-the-radar. The Tigers are playing their best ball of the season now and it showed in an 83-57 rout in the CUSA final. Memphis will be a tough out as a 4-6 seed. The #5 Missouri Tigers completed a 3-0 season sweep of Baylor to take down the Big 12 title. Mizzou will be no worse than a two seed. Louisville topped Cincinnati 50-44 in a Big East brickfest. The games was won at the foul line where the Cardinals went 11-12 and the Bearcats just 1-7. Somebody had to win the Pac Ten title and it turned out to be the new-kid-in-town Colorado. The Buffs survived a late scoreless run to hold off Arizona 53-51 pretty much guaranteeing that the Pac Ten will only get the one bid. New Mexico stopped San Diego State from winning their third straight Mountain West title. The Lobos have a big chance to make it to the second weekend.
In small school tournament finals where you have to win to get in, Vermont beat Stoney Brook 51-43 in the America East final. Norfolk State beat Bethune-Cookman 73-70 to take down the MEAC title. The Mississippi State Delta Devils made Jerry Rice proud with a 71-69 over Texas Southern to win the SWAC. The Pat Knight led Lamar Cardinals will dance for the first time since 1989 winning the Southland.
The mid-majors will be represented by the Ohio in the MAC. The 27-7 Bobcats beat Akron 64-63 to punch their ticket. In late action, bubble teams let out a sigh of relief when Long Beach State beat Santa Barbara 77-64. The 49ers would likely have still danced with an at large bid based on their big non-conference schedule. New Mexico State rolled to a 38-20 halftime lead over La Tech and cruised to an 82-57 jog over the Bulldogs. The Aggies just might be an upset special to put in the memory bank for Thursday or Friday.
Heat win 12th straight in South Beach, T-Wolves lose Rubio for the season
The Heat had spanked the Pacers by a combined 58 points in two prior meetings this year but the third tome was almost the charm for Indiana. A late Lebron trey sent the game to OT and the Heat won the xtra stanza 8-6 for their 12th straight home win. DWade had 28/4/7 for the homies. Minnesota lost at home to New Orleans and also lost rookie sensation Ricky Rubio for the season with an ACL tear. Chris Kaman led the way for the Hornets with 20 points and should draw some interest as we near the trade deadline. OKC and Chicago rebounded from rare home losses by pounding Charlotte and Utah. Portland and Houston were road winners. Detroit, Phoenix, and Golden State defended home court in last night’s Association nine-game card.
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(CBB) Kentucky -7 over Vanderbilt
(NBA) Philadelphia +3 over NY Knicks
(NHL) Chicago -138 over LA Kings