Showing posts with label KU NCAA tournament. Show all posts
Showing posts with label KU NCAA tournament. Show all posts

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Previewing the Last Weekend of Big 12 Play

The Big 12 regular season comes to a close this weekend, and there is still a lot to be decided. The current Big 12 standings have KU sitting alone in first, and the Jayhawks have already clinched a share of the regular season title. Texas will attempt to snap out of its annual tailspin for a shot at a share of the title as well, although it must go through Baylor in Waco, with the Bears fighting for their tournament lives.

In ESPN's current Bracketology, Joe Lunardi has Baylor and Colorado in his first four out grouping, while Nebraska is in his next four out. All three teams have a chance to boost their tournament stock this weekend. Colorado and Nebraska fittingly will face each other, as the Buffs will try to recover from a disasterous 95-90 loss to last place Iowa State. Colorado appeared in after its comeback win over Texas, however the Buffs tournament hopes are on life support at the moment. CU needs to beat Nebraska (who can only get in with a win today and a deep Big 12 tournament run) and make some noise in the conference tournament for a spot. Baylor's position is pretty simple: beat Texas and win its opening Big 12 tournament game, and the Bears are back in good shape. Anything less, and a talented Baylor team that reached the Elite 8 last year will be watching March Madness from home.

With all the bubble drama, fans can find a nice distraction in what should be another great Border War. Missouri has been unbeatable at home, and equally terrible on the road. The game should be a great opening for what looks like the best regular season weekend of the year.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Latest NCAA Bracket Updates

Joe Lunardi's latest Braketology has KU, KState and Missouri all in the big dance. While Kansas continues to build momentum towards a one seed, KState and Missouri's struggles have planted them on the bubble for the time being.

Kansas' success this season puts them in a favorable position. Barring an epic collapse, the Jayhawks cannot do worse than a two seed, and will likely be a one seed yet again in the tournament. The only question remaining is if Kansas can avoid another Northern Iowa type upset and make a deep run in the postseason. Lunardi currently has KU as a one seed.

Missouri is currently a six seed in Lunardi's projections, but falling fast. The Tigers haven't won a Big 12 road contest this season, and is fresh off a beatdown in Lawrence at the hands of KU. Missouri should make the tournament, but it will likely be a much lower seed than many predicted before the season.

Finally showing signs of life are the KState Wildcats. KSU has emerged as a 10 seed in Lunardi's mock bracket and has an opportunity to cement its status in its next two games: a road trip to Colorado and a home contest against KU. A win in each would put the cats in the tourny, but that is a huge if given the opponents.


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