Bubble News: Nebraska Consensus Last Team In

For the first time all season, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are in the Bracket Matrix. They’re on 31 of 78 mock brackets, which grabs them a consensus 12-seed. It’s the lowest total mock brackets of anyone else in the field. Basically that makes them the last team in the field.  That’s perfect timing with Nebraska facing Wisconsin tonight. A rousing home win puts some distance between themselves as the cut line. Here’s something else to consider. Only 39 of those brackets updated this morning. Of those, more of them had Nebraska in the field by a 19-18 count. A win gives the Huskers a chance at something close to unanimous bracketologist approval as everyone updates tomorrow. You could even argue a win today clinches a bid. Meanwhile, a loss only puts them back with everyone else fighting for last bid or two. None of those teams are necessarily ahead of Nebraska, and the Huskers can always fall back on a win in a 4/5 Big Ten Quarterfinal as the one last resume win needed to crackth the field. Either way, tonight’s game is massive. Nebraska has not made the tournament since 1998. They’ve never won an NCAA Tournament game. They’re in the middle of a surprising

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Bubble News: The Final Regular Season Weekend Edition

If the Bracket Matrix is a true barometer–and it usually is–then we’re in the middle of a too-close-call bubble race right now for the final spots in the NCAA Tournament. The latest roll call completed just before midnight last night collects 85 mocks brackets. Here’s the vote tally ranging from the last of the three at large bids in the consensus Matrix through to the final five out: 60, 42, 35, 28, 27, 25, 23 and 21. That’s eight teams for three spots all garnering somewhere between 25-75 percent support from the mock bracketology crowd. Dayton, 60 mocks: vs Richmond, 7:00 Tennessee, 42 mocks: vs Missouri, 4:00, ESPN Providence, 35 mocks: at Creighton, 8:00, CBS SN Minnesota, 28 mocks: vs Penn St, 5:30 BTN (Sunday) California, 27 mocks: vs Colorado, 6:30, Pac-12 Network Nebraska, 25 mocks: vs Wisconsin, 7:30 BTN (Sunday) Missouri, 23 mocks: at Tennessee, 4:00, ESPN Georgetown, 21 mocks: at Villanova, 200, Fox Sports 1 ** You dont need me to tell you the importance of the Tennessee-Missouri head-to-head. ** Providence, Georgetown and Nebraska can earn huge resume. Would it be enough for the on Huskers and Hoyas to jump into the field. I think the answer is yes on both counts. Can

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Mid-Major March Madness

This is always one of my favorite days of the year. We’re smack dab in the middle all of sorts of mid-majors tournaments. The winners of each get automatic bids into the NCAA field and their chance to swim with the big fishes. In just about every instance, all these teams are facing the end of the season with a loss. It’s high drama, in tightly packed small gymnasiums. I probably wont watch much major college hoops today, instead working over my remote control up and down the satellite to keep tabs on these tournaments. Here’s a quick run down of the schedule and available odds. Not every line is out yet and we’ll udpate the post as the books update their own boards. WEST COAST CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS ODDS TO WIN TOURNAMENT GONZAGA, -130 BYU, +250 ST MARY’S, +500 SAN FRANSICO, +650 SAN DIEGO, +2600 PEPPERDINE, +5500 SANT CLARA, +9500 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, +125000 TODAY’S GAME ODDS #3 SAN FRANSISCO VS #6 SAN DIEGO, 3:00. LINE, SF -4 #2 BYU VS #10 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, 5:30. LINE, BYU -11.5 #1 GONZAGA VS #9 SANTA CLARA, 9:00. LINE, ZAGS -11.5 #4 ST MARY’S VS #5 PEPPERDINE, 11:00. LINE ST MARY’S -7 Lot of happenings in this tournament. First,

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