Well here we are, Selection Sunday. A lot happened yesterday and we’ve got two championship games today before the brackets are announced.
UNC 67 NC State 65: Yeah…NC State is not happy. It would be a shame if the Wolfpack miss the NCAA tournament because of a terrible call like that, but it’s the ACC. What do you expect?
FSU 62 Duke 59: The Seminoles blew a big second half lead, but held off a late charge to make their second ever appearance in the ACC Tournament Final.
UNC takes on FSU for the title at 1:00 today. John Henson is still questionable and the Tar Heels will need him if they want to avenge the 33 point beatdown FSU gave them earlier this year. UNC has likely clinched a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament win or lose, but we know those guys love to hang up banners in Chapel Hill.
Missouri 90 Baylor 75: The Tigers leave the Big 12 for the SEC next season and did so with their middle finger in the air. Rude.
It will be interesting tonight to see if Missouri did enough to earn a #1 seed with this win. Some think Kansas is still deserving of a 1 seed, while it’s also possible that the Big Ten winner could come in and steal a top seed.
Big East Tournament
In their quest to become Conference USA, the Big East Tournament Championship game featured two former CUSA members. Louisville defeated Cincinnati 50-44 in an extremely ugly game. The Cardinals played good defense and Cincinnati appeared to be a little worn out from playing their 4th game in 4 days.
The win likely gets Louisville up to a 4 seed in the NCAA tournament, something no one expected after the Cardinals lost 4 of their last 6 regular season games. Cincy likely makes it in as an 8 or 9 seed.
Big Ten Tournament
In probably the least exciting tournament this year, both Ohio State and Michigan State cruised to a third meeting between the teams this year. The Buckeyes easily knocked off Michigan 77-55 and the Spartans beat Wisconsin 65-52.
Today’s championship game should be a good one, with the road team winning the first two matchups this year. The winner of this game could also find themselves as a #1 seed this evening. Tip off is at 3:30 on CBS.
Vanderbilt ended Mississippi’s run towards an NCAA bid, defeating the Rebels 65-53. The win gives Vandy their first title game appearance since 1951. Seriously, 1951.
Top ranked Kentucky survived a hot shooting effort from Florida for a 74-71 victory. The Gators hit 11-22 from 3 point range, usually a recipe for victory, but it wasn’t enough to knock off the Cats. Even with another sluggish performance, Kentucky found a way to win. Something that is critical in the NCAA tournament.
The Wildcats and Commodores play for the title at 1:00 today on ABC. Kentucky has the #1 overall seed locked up, but many are suggesting Kentucky will end up playing in the Midwest region rather than the preferred South region.
Enjoy the basketball and Selection show. We’ll have a Sports Dump Bracket Challenge that anyone is invited to join. Details will be posted later today.