Kansas State and Xavier make last minute push

Bubble suddenly expands after last second upset win over Butler and some gutsy offensive plays as Baylor again loses when the chips are down

Again, for those who missed my blog from Thursday afternoon–please take this information with a grain of salt.

It is about a 90 percent certainty that the top 2 seeds in each of the four regions will remain the same.  The order may be different, at least according to ESPN expert bracketologist Joe Lunardi:

1 seed line–Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas, and Gonzaga

2 seed line–Kentucky, Oregon, Louisville, and Baylor

The questions entering Friday’s action in my mind are these:

Will Purdue handle the Michigan pressure defense, unlike last time when they seemed dazed and confused in Ann Arbor?

Also, after Northwestern had a relatively easy win over Rutgers–how will the Wildcats be able to handle the new home court advantage enjoyed by Maryland, playing only 10 miles away from campus at the Verizon Center?

The losses by Butler and Baylor signal that there may be some more jockeying for seed position, not what the Selection Committee originally anticipated.

Bottom line, if the lower seeds keep winning–every bubble team is going to get very antsy.  Prayers or tarot readings may not help at this point with only three days of games remaining before the draw is released at the earliest time ever since CBS began televising the draw nationwide back in 1985.

That is why they are studying with every bell and whistle with those large Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and poring over tons of statistics–some known to the media and bloggers, but other ones we probably will never know.  Even if you are fortunate enough to visit the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis, it does feel like a different place.  At least, that is what many people have told me over the years.

Continue to enjoy the games, and I will give you the Friday schedule later in the morning.  Please have a good night, everyone.

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