It has been exactly 10 years since the Big East Conference set a record by sending 11 of its 16 members to the NCAA tournament. A lot has changed. Syracuse, Pitt, Notre Dame and Ucino left. Villanova stopped and took full command of the league. UConn decided to return.
It is therefore a separate Big East looking into the possibility of earning just three berths in the 2021 NCAA tournament. This would tie the record for the least number of schools sent to the tournament by the league after an expansion to 64 teams in 1985. It was only the second time in 1993 that Pitt, Seton Hall and St. John had represented the league.
Villanova and Creighton are locks at the moment. Connecticut is an all-in-one bid assurance. Seton Hall and Xavier, both playing their final regular-season games on Saturday, are trapped in one side or another of the bubble as a result of this weekend’s defeat.
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Since 2013, the Big East flourished as a basketball-first league after long-time members Syracuse, Pitt and Notre Dame flee the ACC, followed by West Virginia’s departure for the Big 12 and those not sponsoring FBS football There was a split between private schools. And whose athletic futures depended on it.
This year is flourishing a little less.
Seton Hall and Xavier still have time for a change, though, as we’ll see in Saturday’s Bubble Watch (all-time Eastern):
Rutgers Minnesota, noon, at Fox. This is too much for Minnesota, whose injuries wreaked havoc. The Rutgers (13–10, No. 37) were once solidly fielded, even tampering with a sprouted seed, but an aggressive slump in the last three weeks resulted in four defeats in six games. The Goffers are good enough to win this game – especially in The Barn – and the Scarlet Knights cause real problems.
In south florida Wichita State, 1pm, ESPN +. Other than the win last month in Houston, which was a good achievement, there is not much to recommend the Shockers (12-4, No. 63) as a big selection. There is not much to hold against them, however. There is no bad loss to them. His every defeat has been classified as a Quad 1 game, except for Missouri, which is the No. 7 seed in the bracket projection of Ryan Fagan for Sporting News. The way it’s going for many bubble teams, Wichita can’t help but make it. Until it loses a game such as this one.
Old Dominion at wCanton kentucky, 5 pm, CBS Sports Network on Facebook. The Hiltopers (17-5, No 79) are in favor of claiming the automatic bid for Conference USA, but such a result cannot be assured until the final buzzer of the league tournament. They can still position themselves for a big bid, and their case is actually stronger than Wichita’s. But he has received consecutive days of games against ODU, entering the last six matches with a 14-6 record and five wins. Westerners cannot afford to lose a single.
The ruler On North Carolina, 6 pm, ESPN. It is hard to believe that this game is stuck in a list of games involving bubble teams. It is doubly surprising that both teams are fighting for their NCAA tournament existence. The Duke is more desperate; It is a victory for the Blue Devils (11–10, No. 58). For tar heels (15–9, no. 44), a positive result can include all but assure their inclusion. There has never been a Carolina-Duke game!
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Saint Louis Vs St Bonventure, 6 pm, CBS Sports Network. Although the Bonnies (13-4, No. 29) were able to claim the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title, the inability to get on the floor for a quorum of the game is difficult to understand how the committee will evaluate them. They may very well be on the field, but this is another quality win – this is a Quad 1 game for both sides – maybe sealing the case for the Bonnies. This is a bit tricky for the Billikens (13-5, No. 40) as they dropped two Quad 3 games after returning from a lengthy COVID halt.
On vanderbilt Ole miss, 7 pm, SEC Network. The Rebels (14-10, No. 56) are like Jason from “Friday the 13th Friday”. They just seem to go away no matter what is done for them. Swept by georgia? Ruined by Mississippi State? Fed up with Vandi? Yet here they stand, with a combined record of 7-8 against quads 1 and 2. They are behind the line of the bubble, but are not dead. still.
Seton Hall St. John’s, 7 pm, FS1. Seton Hall (13-11, No. 57) hung on the edge of the bracket, waiting for a chance to secure a quality win in the Big East as teams like Marquette and Providence have fallen short . The Pirates’ game against Connecticut was an absolutely necessary opportunity, but they let it go away. It is now about the loss and is expected to achieve something extraordinary in the Big East tournament.
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Xavier Marquette, 9pm, FS1. We warned you that Xavier (13-6, No. 53) was in a vulnerable position as the Musketeers recorded their needed wins against Crayton with road games against Georgetown and Marquette. This was the worst possible scheduling fate; Both teams are good enough to defeat tournament-quality opponents, but neither was often enough to represent quality wins or excusable losses. It hurt the Musketeers to lose at Georgetown. He could then be eliminated as a big candidate with a defeat at Marquette.
Utah State At Fresno State, 11pm, FS1. Fresno already led the NCAA case of a Mountain West partner, Boise State, with a win earlier this week. The Bulldogs could make it two, closing their season with a home win over the Aggies (17-7, No. 48). Utah State has revived their case by winning three in a row after Boise was swept away, but Fresno sophomore wing Deon Stroud is on a good roll – for 9 of his 3 pointers in his last three games. 5 is – and will be a challenge.