Monthly Archives: March 2015

Davidson rolls into the Barclays Center having won nine in a row, earning sole possession of the regular-season crown in one of the biggest surprises this season. They were picked to finish 12th in the league in the preseason. In their first year in the Atlantic 10, the Wildcats were expected to struggle, but maybe […]

ACC log5

Single-elimination basketball is always a fun time, but there’s not much at stake in the ACC tourney.  There’s some NCAA seed jockeying possible, but at this point in the season, only so much movement is possible. If N.C. State loses to Pitt in the quarterfinals, the Wolfpack will have some anxious moments on Selection Sunday, […]

SWAC log5

For the fifth consecutive season, the SWAC is rated as the worst conference in the land. The conference’s top seed is Texas Southern, who you may remember from such upsets as Michigan State and Kansas State in December. The Tigers also took Auburn and New Mexico State to the wire. But even though they went […]

MAC log5

Welcome to the MAC tournament, home of the triple-bye. If you’re one of the top two seeds, you get a free pass to the semi-finals. And if you’re not in the top four, you have to win five games to secure the automatic bid. This the fourth year of the format and the three previous […]

MEAC log5

North Carolina Central was one of three conference unbeatens this season, finishing league play at 16-0. But no team in the country can match Central’s overall winning streak against conference foes, which is an incredible 34 dating back to last year’s season-opening loss to Florida A&M. The Eagles come into the tourney with eight consecutive […]

South Dakota State dominated the Summit League in tempo-free terms, easily leading the conference in both offensive and defensive efficiency, but they only have a 12-4 record to show for it. The Jackrabbits actually were tied for the regular season crown by North Dakota State but won the tiebreaker by virtue of sweeping third-seeded Oral […]

WCC log5

This is the fourth season in a row that the top three seeds in the WCC have been Gonzaga, BYU, and Saint Mary’s in some order. (Actually, San Francisco was the 3-seed last season. Thanks, @DonsCentral.)The only reason the streak doesn’t extend farther is that BYU joined the conference then. Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s were […]

CAA log5

I must say that this week hasn’t been too exciting in the log5 department. With smaller conferences making a better effort to engineer their brackets to give their best teams the best chance at the automatic bid, there haven’t been any bonafide sleepers in most conferences. The CAA gives us a breath of fresh air […]

SoCon log5

No conference has more contrast between its fastest team and slowest team than does the SoCon. In conference play, VMI was about 16 possessions per 40 minutes faster than The Citadel. And they had to play each other twice which artificially constrains the relationship between the two. VMI gave up 6.4 more points per game […]

MVC log5

The Valley is going to produce two high-seeded teams in the NCAA tournament but the problem for the conference is that the bottom end has performed very poorly. Of the four teams playing Thursday evening, Southern Illinois is ranked #242. The winners will be fodder for the top two teams. The only realistic bid thief […]