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First NCAA Tournament Berth Goes to Cornell (Ever Heard of It?)


Cornell clinched the Ivy League championship with its win over Dartmouth tonight. More importantly — from a national perspective, anyway — the Big Red earned the conference’s automatic berth in the 2008 NCAA tournament by improving to 11-0 in the Ivy League, which does not hold a post-season conference tournament.

It will be Cornell’s first appearance in the tournament since 1988, when it was defeated by #1 seed Arizona by a 90-50 count in the round of 64. After the jump, a brief look at Cornell’s season to this point.

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Amateur Bracketology: Midwest Region

Please feel free to post your comments regarding my first attempt at projecting the field and pairings of this year’s NCAA tournament. Keep in mind that these projections reflect games through February 24.

First and Second Rounds:
Omaha, Nebraska:
#1 Kansas vs. #16 Portland State
#8 Florida vs. #9 St. Joseph’s

Tampa, Florida:
#5 Miami vs. #12 USC
#4 Michigan State vs. #13 Robert Morris

Denver, Colorado:
#6 Wake Forest vs. #11 Villanova
#3 Gonzaga vs. #14 Cornell

Raleigh, North Carolina:
#7 Washington State vs. #10 Syracuse
#2 Clemson (yeah, I know) vs. #15 Belmont

Midwest Regional to be played in Detroit, Michigan. Winner of Midwest Regional to meet winner of South Regional in Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

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In An Effort To Keep Those Negative Hits Coming, We Follow Up On Our Earlier Post


The Tennessee Volunteers will replace the Memphis Tigers as the #1 ranked team in the country next week following their 66-62 win over the team that currently holds that title. The game certainly lived up to the hype, evolving from a high-scoring track meet early on to an every-possession-is-crucial dog fight down the stretch. From the looks of things, both teams left everything they had out on the floor Saturday night, and it so happened that the team entering the game as the second-ranked team in the nation was slightly better than the previously undefeated Tigers. That may or may not be the case again if and when these two teams meet down the road, with, frankly, a lot more on the line.

Being the top-ranked team in the Associated Press poll is surely a great honor for any college basketball program, but in the end, a team can be the consensus best in the land for the whole year. It doesn’t much matter if they don’t get the job done in March (and April).

To that end, I earlier proposed that there were a few games on Saturday’s slate that had to the potential to, in reality, be bigger — or at least more significant — in terms of the Big Dance than the Tennessee-Memphis encounter. After the jump, we follow up on the outcomes of those games.

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In An Effort To Generate Negative Hits, We Point Out Saturday’s Smaller Big Games


Everyone that cares even a little bit about college basketball knows by now that the undefeated, top-seeded Memphis Tigers are facing their toughest test to date on Saturday night when they host the second-ranked Tennessee Volunteers. In fact, the Bottom Line on ESPN has already started to count down the seconds until the big game. It’s going to be hard to avoid hearing about it if you flip your TV on to any sporting event during the day on Saturday — particularly since you’re likely to be limited to hoops and hockey, and the NHL announcers, in an effort to be relevant, might give the big game a shout-out.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I think it’s going to be a hell of a game, and I’m sure to be watching tomorrow night. But, it’s far from the only interesting game on tomorrow’s slate, and it may not even have the biggest impact on the tournament. Let’s face it, if Memphis loses tomorrow, unless they go in the tank — pretty darn unlikely in that conference — they’ll end up with a #1 seed in an NCAA tournament bracket. If the Vols lose, they could conceivably fall to a #2 seed, but losing to the top team in the country isn’t exactly something that’s going to kill them. It’s not going to help, but Tennessee will probably have to stumble again during its regular season slate or early in the SEC tournament to fall precipitously in the tournament seedings.

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