One day until Selection Sunday…with a few bubbles bursting across the beltway and a few eggs cracking as well for the top of the bracket as Virginia and Duke lost ACC Semifinal games.   

The Insiders:

Virginia–#1 seed in the West (ESPN) or South (CBS), headed to Charlotte in both models while facing Montana (ESPN) or UAB (CBS).  Nothing like conjuring up ghosts of Cavaliers’ tournaments past (they lost to Alabama-Birmingham in the 1982 Sweet 16).

Maryland–#3 seed in the East, headed to Pittsburgh and a matchup with Northeastern (ESPN) or Albany (CBS).  Can the Terps steal a #2 seed if they take the Big Ten?

Georgetown–CBS has the Hoyas a #5 seed in the West playing BYU or Tulsa in Jacksonville, while ESPN has Gtown a #6 seed in the East facing Texas in Pittsburgh.  Meaning they’d face Maryland in the round of 32.

VCU–CBS sends the Rams to Charlotte as the #8 seed in the South Bracket, facing Texas.  ESPN sends Shaka Smart’s team to Omaha as the #10 seed in the Midwest where they will meet Michigan State.  Unless the Rams regain their mojo in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.


Over and Out–

George Washington (21-12, 10-8 Atlantic 10) came up short in a 71-58 loss to Rhode Island.  The mystery is, what turned a 16-4 contender into this team.  Will they be invited by the NIT, CBI or CIT?

Richmond (19-13, 12-6 Atlantic 10) lost 70-67 to VCU…missing a chance to get that 20th win.  Here’s a case where finishing 4th instead of 5th in the A-10 may have hurt a team…as the Spiders didn’t have a first round game to pad their resume with another win.


On Tap Today–

1:30PM–Atlantic 10 Semifinals–VCU plays Davidson–both teams are fortunate to be here as the Rams needed a 15-7 finishing kick to bounce Richmond and Davidson needed a last-second shot to nip LaSalle.  VCU lost the regular season matchup by 27…and one would think that this game will be much closer.

3:25PM–Big Ten Quarterfinals–Maryland meets Michigan State– the Terps swept the regular season series…the win in East Lansing notable because that was the school’s first Big Ten victory.  That game was also notable because the halftime score was 17-14.