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Thursday, March 10, 2005
Championship Week Thursday: Part I.

The bubble burst for Maryland today, as they lost to Clemson by double digits.  I think it's safe to say that they're NIT-bound, as everyone has agreed that losing three times to Clemson cannot be ignored by the selection committee.

Meanwhile, West Virginia stamped their ticket today by upsetting ACC-bound Boston College, and rather impressively.  West Virginia led by as much as 25 early in the game, and when BC made their run, they were able to endure it and eventually put it away in the final minutes of the game.

Will the Big East be able to get seven teams into the tournament?  It's still possible.  Notre Dame certainly has a problem, but there's a lot of basketball to be played between now and Friday night.  I'm sure they won't be the only bubble team that will flounder before it's all said and done.

In other news, Louisville keeps their outside shot at a #1 seed alive by handling TCU in the first round of the C-USA Tourney.  Buffalo kept their bubble alive by handling Toledo.  St Joseph's is alive too by beating Richmond

The key afternoon games pit NC State vs. Florida State, Villanova vs. Pitt (winner could sneak a #3 seed after BC's flounder), Utah vs. Colorado State, mid-major bubble Akron vs. Western Michigan, mid-major bubble UTEP vs. Hawaii and Iowa St. vs. Baylor.

Posted at 03:17 pm by Expertise



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