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Thursday, March 26

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.    

Conference Records

Conference W-L ATS American East  2-4 2-3 American Athletic  4-4 3-5 Atlantic-10  7-6 6-6 Atlantic Coast 13-2 6-9 Atlantic Sun  1-3 0-4 Big-12  5-5 4-6 Big East  5-5 6-4 Big Sky  3-3 3-3 Big South  2-5 6-1 Big-10  6-6 4-8 Big West  0-3 1-2 Colonial Athletic  0-5 3-2 Conference USA  6-4 4-6 Horizon League  1-4 2-3 Independent  2-0 2-0 Ivy League  0-2 1-1 Metro Atlantic  2-3 3-2 Mid-America  3-5 2-6 Mid-Eastern  1-5 5-1 Missouri Valley 10-2 7-5 Mountain West  1-4 2-3 Northeast  1-3 2-1 Ohio Valley  7-4 7-4 Pacific-12 12-3 9-5 Patriot League  0-2 1-1 Southeastern  8-8 8-8 Southern  1-2 1-1 Southland  2-5 2-4 Southwestern  0-1 1-0 Summit  2-4 4-2 Sun Belt  6-1 6-1 West Coast  2-4 1-5 Western Athletic  2-3 2-3
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