Over the next few days I will be dispensing all the up-to-the-minute info you’ll need to know before you fill out your 2014 NCAA Tournament brackets next week.
Earlier today I covered many of the teams from the traditional one-bid conferences that have already secured automatic entry into the 2014 NCAA Tournament. In this piece, the second of a ongoing series, I will continue to give you insight into all the possible tournament Cinderellas.
These teams may seem unimportant, but don’t be so sure about that. Bracket busters over the last five years such as Northern Iowa, Bucknell, Savannah State, Davidson, and George Mason all came from one-bid conferences. Any one of the teams in this column could pull off the same feat!
Remember to check back on Saturday as I continue my predictions and help you fill out that perfect bracket!
Let’s keep the good times rolling…
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE:
Regular Season Champion: Wichita State
Automatic Bid: Wichita State
Wichita State (34-0, RPI 5, SOS 94)
vs. RPI top 50: 3-0
vs. RPI under 200: 8-0
Quality wins: at (92) Tulsa, vs. (31) BYU at Kansas City, at (19) St Louis, vs. (43) Tennessee, at (88) Missouri State, (73) Indiana State, at (73) Indiana State, vs.(73) Indiana State at St Louis
Bad losses: NONE
Projected Seed: 1
With Creighton now in the Big East, the Shockers follow up their unlikely Final Four run of 2013 with a regular season for the ages. They become the first team since the 1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels to enter the tournament undefeated. With Kansas losing last weekend, the Shockers are all but assured a number one seed. How will they react being the giant instead of the giant killer?
Regular Season Champion: Robert Morris
Automatic Bid: Mount St. Mary’s
Mount St. Mary’s (16-16, RPI 191, SOS 241)
vs. RPI top 50: 0-3
vs. RPI under 200: 10-7
Quality wins: NONE
Bad losses: at (328) UMBC, at (347) Maryland Eastern Shore, vs. (324) Binghamton, at (272) Fairleigh Dickinson, at (299) Long Island, at (219) Wagner, vs. (339) Sacred Heart
Projected Seed: 16
The Mount took out regular season champion Robert Morris, a team that had bea10 them twice in the regular season, in the conference tournament finals to earn their first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2008. The Mount will undoubtedly end up in the play-in game, same as they did in 2008 when they beat Coppin State for the right to get mauled by a number No. 1 seed.