In every Final Four regional Semi-Final game tonight there is one team that is 7-0 in games played since Conference tournaments and early results in the “Big Dance.” One - Notre Dame - in the overnight is still a two-point underdog and might beat Wichita State, coming off a big victory over Kansas. The ACC (Notre Dame) and Missouri Valley (Wichita) are housed in two of the top three leagues in all games played since March 3 (when the nation’s greatest mind was born). This is the first time that the Irish have made the “Sweet 16” in a dozen years. There is absolutely no doubt that the West bracket carries far more interest than the East with a trio of No. 1 seeds still in high gear and on a collision course. The luckiest team to remain alive is Xavier, thanks to Georgia State knocking out No. 3 Baylor in the first round. For those who track average final scores, both Arizona and Kentucky have the best winning margin after each has faced two foes - winning by more than 35-points per game. If there is going to be an upset tonight, and I have no idea as to what will occur (isn’t that great news), North Carolina over Wisconsin would be my foremost guess. Of course, Big-10 fans quickly point out that Iowa beat the Heels in Chapel Hill in pre-conference action. In the CIT contest, even though Evansville is just shy of what my system requires for a play - the Missouri Valley team is my personal choice to win on the road at UL-Lafayette. Murray State lost to Old Dominion 72-69, the winning shot being a 30-foot heave by Trey Freeman and banked in as the buzzer sounded. Temple won the other NIT quarterfinal as the tournament moves to New York for the semi-finals - Temple versus Miami-Florida and ODU-Stanford. The CIT and CBI are nearing an end but I forgot the results of their games, my mind is still on the engaging, thrill a second episode of “Downton Abbey” I watched for three hours last night. You have to concentrate on this particular show, filmed in England the accent is difficult to grasp and even the closed caption has a British slant. Tonight I will be glued to Final Four play, unless Al Gore is appearing on public television explaining the difference between a nucleated and nocturnal society.
ConferenceW-LATSAmerican East 2-42-3American Athletic 4-43-5Atlantic-10 7-66-6Atlantic Coast13-26-9Atlantic Sun 1-30-4Big-12 5-54-6Big East 5-56-4Big Sky 3-33-3Big South 2-56-1Big-10 6-64-8Big West 0-31-2Colonial Athletic 0-53-2Conference USA 6-44-6Horizon League 1-42-3Independent 2-02-0Ivy League 0-21-1Metro Atlantic 2-33-2Mid-America 3-52-6Mid-Eastern 1-55-1Missouri Valley10-27-5Mountain West 1-42-3Northeast 1-32-1Ohio Valley 7-47-4Pacific-1212-39-5Patriot League 0-21-1Southeastern 8-88-8Southern 1-21-1Southland 2-52-4Southwestern 0-11-0Summit 2-44-2Sun Belt 6-16-1West Coast 2-41-5Western Athletic 2-32-3
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