We're really getting into the tight season of college basketball. Teams have already clinched no worse than NIT bids by winning their conferences, and by this time next week half a dozen conference tournaments will be underway. In the meantime, there are about four dozen teams trying to solidify seeding or at-large resumes in the two and a half weeks left between now and Selection Sunday.
|3||OKLAHOMA||Kansas||WICHITA ST.||Northern Iowa|
|4||North Carolina||Ohio St.||Baylor||Iowa St.|
|5||Michigan St.||Georgetown||Notre Dame||Louisville|
|7||SAN DIEGO ST.||Xavier||Iowa||VCU|
|8||Oklahoma St.||North Carolina St.||Arkansas||LSU|
|11||Texas A&M||Purdue||UCLA||Boise St.|
|12||STEPHEN F. AUSTIN||Arizona St.||Cincinnati||Indiana|
|13||HARVARD||MURRAY ST.||OLD DOMINION||GEORGIA ST.|
|14||UC DAVIS||WOFFORD||IONA||NEW MEXICO ST.|
|15||SOUTH DAKOTA ST.||WILLIAM & MARY||NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL||VERMONT|
|16||NORTH FLORIDA||EASTERN WASHINGTON||ST. FRANCIS NY||COASTAL CAROLINA|
|First 4 out||Florida||Vanderbilt||Alabama||Rhode Island|
|Next 4 out||TCU||Dayton||Miami FL||Richmond|
No dream matchup against Dayton here for Xavier, largely because my other dream - Dayton missing the tournament entirely - is being realized. Xavier rides in on that seven line for KenPom, but the real world isn't nearly as kind. The only remaining must-not-lose game is @Creighton; I think if the Muskies get that one and either their home date against Nova or their first-round Big East Tournament game, they're in when Selection Sunday rolls around.
In other interesting news, the Mountain West picks up a second KenPom bid with Boise St. making it to the field via at-large consideration. They're currently one of the last four in, but even that play-in game earns you a nice bonus check from the NCAA. Congratulations to Broncos, who I'm assuming play on an all blue home floor. They're in only about a dozen of the 93 brackets on the Bracket Matrix, so - like Xavier - they're getting a KenPom boost that isn't likely to carry them in real life.