Joe Lunardi currently has his last four in as Northwestern (hard to pull against them, really), Seton Hall (you have to respect Herb Pope's will to live and play ball), Drexel (seriously?) and Xavier. Last four out: Texas, Tennessee, Oregon, N.C. State. The next four out are Miami, Iona, Arizona and St. Joe's.
|Ohio Valley||Murray State|
|Colonial Athletic Association||VCU|
|Metro Atlantic Athletic||Loyola|
|West Coast||Saint Mary's|
|Summit League||South Dakota State|
|Sun Belt||Western Kentucky|
Jerry Palm disagrees and has his last four in as South Florida, California, Colorado State and Miami and last four out as Texas, North Carolina State, Oregon and Mississippi. His reasoning for reversing Lunardi's ACC priorities is that Miami beat Duke and Florida State.
Currently the folowing automatic bids are set. In the MVC, Wichita State is likely to get a bid despite losing in their tournament.
In the Colonial, Drexel's record works against them, but Paul Hewitt has Mason on the cusp. Interesting point: both Hewitt and Frank Haith struggled to make the tournament in the ACC yet might do so immediately in new conferences. What does that point to? Poor recruiting? A more competitive ACC than people thought?
Former Gary Williams assistant Jimmy Patsos has done the near-impossible, getting Loyola in.
Butler's run may be over: Detroit won the Horizon and several other schools finished ahead of the Bulldogs.
And in the Sun Belt, Western Kentucky, just 14-18, took the conference title and bid. Middle Tennessee is 25-6 and may be left sitting at home.
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