NCAA Tournament Bracketology 2014: One-Bid Conferences, Part Two

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It’d be un-American not to root for American University (Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE:

Regular Season Champion: Belmont

Automatic Bid: Eastern Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky (24-9, RPI 109, SOS 227)

vs. RPI top 50: 0-2

vs. RPI under 200: 15-3

Quality wins: vs. (56) Belmont, vs. (56) Belmont at Nashville

Bad losses: vs. (236) Youngstown State at Kennesaw, GA, at (319) SIU-Edwardsville, at (211) Tennessee Tech

Projected Seed: 14

The Colonels only claim to fame this year is knocking off conference champ Belmont — twice — but they hung with a very good Virginia Commonwealth team before falling by three.  Belmont, with their 56 RPI, will go off to the NIT to represent the OVC.  Eastern Kentucky beat the Bruins in the OVC final to earn their first tourney trip since 2007.

 

PATRIOT LEAGUE:

Regular Season Champion: Boston University

Automatic Bid: American

American (20-12, RPI 120, SOS 223)

vs. RPI top 50: 0-1

vs. RPI under 200: 14-4

Quality wins: at (86) Boston University

Bad losses: vs. (228) Brown, at (275) Loyola-Maryland, vs. (255) Colgate, at (257) Lafayette

Projected Seed: 15

Is it un-American not to root for the American Eagles?  It is the most patriotic name in all the land, and is named after a popular clothing company (for those of you that don’t remember the pre-American Eagle apparel days, I can assure you the university was around long before)!  Novelties aside, the Eagles have done little to turn heads this year.  Their only “quality win” came in the Patriot League Championship Game, so I guess they are peaking at the right time.  As for regular season champ Boston University, they are another regular-season champion heading for the NIT.  American is back in the dance for the first time in five years.

 

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE:

Regular Season Champion: Davidson

Automatic Bid: Wofford

Wofford (20-12, RPI 154, SOS 251)

vs. RPI top 50: 0-2

vs. RPI under 200: 14-3

Quality wins: NONE

Bad losses: at (245) Chattanooga, vs. (245) Chattanooga, vs. (300) UNC-Greensboro

Projected Seed: 16

The Terriers don’t really have a signature win.  They didn’t beat conference champion and 127 RPI Davidson in two meetings this year.  Fifth-seed Western Carolina took the Wildcats out of the conference tourney to clear the way for Wofford.  The Terriers are back in the NCAA tournament for the third time in five years, which are all of the tourney berths in school history!

 

SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE:

Regular Season Champion: Stephen F Austin

Automatic Bid: TBD

Stephen F. Austin (29-2, RPI 66, SOS 324)

vs. RPI top 50: 0-1

vs. RPI under 200: 16-1

Quality wins: NONE

Bad losses: at (201) East Tennessee State

Projected Seed: 13

The Lumberjacks have not lost since before Thanksgivingterrorizing the Southland conference in the process.  In fact, only two teams managed to come within five points of them.  Their advancement to the NCAA Tournament seems like a sure thing, but we all know that in March, nothing is certain in the world of college basketball.  The Lumberjacks have only made the big tourney once before, and that was in 2009.

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