Monday, March 6, 2023

March 6, 11:30 PM Bracket Notes

What happened tonight was simple: The No. 1 seeds in the CAA (Hofstra) and Horizon League (Youngstown St.) both lost. What isn't simple is how those results affect the bracket. Hofstra lost in the first CAA semifinal, but the College of Charleston held off a hard-charging Towson team in the second game in Washington, DC. That means the Cougars are currently the CAA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, removing Pat Kelsey's squad from the No. 1 seed position that it held in the NIT earlier today.

This results in every other team in the top four seed lines (plus one lucky five seed) moving up a little bit. Congrats Seton Hall, you're now a No. 3 seed! That puts the Pirates in perfect position to host the Pride in a game that would have a lot of local buzz in the New York area. Congrats Nebraska, you're now a No. 4 seed! The Cornhuskers would get to host a game in this scenario. (Though Villanova is a little geographically implausible.)

Dayton was the team I dropped from the bracket after Youngstown St. fell to Northern Kentucky in the Horizon League semifinals. The Flyers still have a chance to sneak into the NIT somewhere depending on what happens in Brooklyn this week, but besides a NET in the high 70s there's not a ton there. (Dayton is 2-7 against Quads I and II.) Other teams in real danger? San Jose St., Wake Forest, Utah, and Cincinnati.

That's about it for tonight. There's basketball all day tomorrow. I'm sure more changes will be on their way.

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