Bracketology 201: Everyone Else Into The Pool

Northern Kentucky wins in the Horizon League, and yes–Gonzaga is back for the 19th consecutive year

The Norse of Northern Kentucky have only been in Division One for five years.  This was their first year of true NCAA eligibility, and they made the most of it in squeaking past Wisconsin-Milwaukee 59-53.  In becoming the second school to make their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Lavone Holland II led the way with 20 points.

In the NEC final, The Mount is back…and in a big way.

Trailing 31-23 at halftime to St. Francis of Pennsylvania, they broke a tie with 14:22 left in the game on a left corner trey by Miles Wilson.  With the school north of Baltimore and their really cute gym by today’s standards, it was really neat to see the fans join with the cheerleaders as the players are celebrated on the floor and holding the trophy so close to the ground before finally doing the traditional exalting with the arms pointed upward to adoring fans, students, and alumni.  This will be the Mountaineers first trip back to the Big Dance since 2014 and their fifth trip overall.

The Summit League featured a wild crowd for the Jackrabbits from South Dakota State.  Nebraska-Omaha on the other hand was trying for their very first trip to the Big Dance, but was defeated in a close game 79-77.  South Dakota State is more than likely heading to Dayton with a 18-16 record, while Omaha closed out a memorable season for the program with a respectable 18-14 mark.

Finally, Gonzaga did it again and thoroughly beating up on St. Mary’s of California mostly by running and gunning against the slightly slower Gaels 74-56 in Las Vegas.  The man of the hour was Nigel Williams-Goss, whose flashy play and big-time three point shooting earned him game high honors with 22 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists.

Tonight, the 12th automatic bid will be decided on CBSSN in the Patriot League:

No. 3 Lehigh at No. 1 Bucknell, 7:30 p.m. Eastern time

Here are the other games, as many of the Power 5 Conferences begin play today:
ACC Second Round (Brooklyn, NY)

No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 9 Miami, 12:00, ESPN
No. 5 Duke vs. No. 12 Clemson, 2:00, ESPN
No. 7 Virginia Tech vs. No. 10 Wake Forest, 7:00, ESPN2
No. 6 Virginia vs. No. 14 Pittsburgh, 9:00, ESPN2

Atlantic 10 First Round (Pittsburgh, PA)

No. 12 Massachusetts vs. No. 13 Saint Joseph’s, 6:00
No. 11 Saint Louis vs. No. 14 Duquesne, 8:30

Big 12 First Round (Kansas City, MO)

No. 8 TCU vs. No. 9 Oklahoma, 7:00, ESPNU
No. 7 Texas Tech vs. No. 10 Texas, 9:00, ESPNU

Big East First Round (New York, NY)

No. 8 St. John’s vs. No. 9 Georgetown, 7:00, FS1
No. 7 Xavier vs. No. 10 DePaul, 9:30, FS1

Big Ten First Round (Washington, D.C)

No. 12 Nebraska vs. No. 13 Penn State, 4:30, ESPN2
No. 11 Ohio State vs. No. 14 Rutgers, 7:00, Big Ten Network

Conference USA First Round (Birmingham, AL)

No. 8 Western Kentucky vs. No. 9 Texas-San Antonio, 12:30
No. 5 Rice vs. No. 12 Southern Miss, 3:00
No. 7 UAB vs. No. 10 Charlotte, 6:30
No. 6 Marshall vs. No. 11 Florida Atlantic, 9:00

MEAC Quarterfinals (Norfolk, VA)

No. 1 North Carolina Central vs. No. 9 Bethune-Cookman, 6:00, ESPN3 online
No. 2 Norfolk State vs. No. 7 South Carolina State, 8:00, ESPN3 online

Mountain West First Round (Las Vegas, NV)

No. 8 Utah State vs. No. 9 San Jose State, 2:00
No. 7 Wyoming vs. No. 10 Air Force, 4:30
No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 UNLV, 7:00

Pac-12 First Round (Las Vegas, NV)

No. 8 Arizona State vs. No. 9 Stanford, 3:00,  Pac-12 Network
No. 5 California vs. No. 12 Oregon State, 5:30, Pac-12 Network
No. 7 Colorado vs. No. 10 Washington State, 9:00, Pac-12 Network
No. 6 USC vs. No. 11 Washington, 11:30, Pac-12 Network

SEC First Round (Nashville, TN)

No. 12 Mississippi State vs. No. 13 LSU, 7:00, SECN
No. 11 Auburn vs. No. 14 Missouri, 9:25, SECN

Southland First Round (Katy, TX)

No. 5 Sam Houston State vs. No. 8 Central Arkansas, 6:00, ESPN3 online
No. 6 Lamar vs. No. 7 Southeastern Louisiana, 8:30, ESPN3

Sun Belt First Round (New Orleans, LA)

No. 8 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 9 South Alabama, 12:30, ESPN3 online
No. 5 Arkansas State vs. No. 12 Louisiana-Monroe, 3:00, ESPN3
No. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 10 Arkansas-Little Rock, 6:00, ESPN3
No. 6 Troy vs. No. 11 Appalachian State, 8:30, ESPN3



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