On the heels of their first loss of the season, Baylor responded with a 94-89 overtime victory over West Virginia on Tuesday night.
The Bears (19-1, 11-1) not only clinched their first Big 12 regular season title, they also locked up a No.1 seed in the NCAA Men’s Tournament with the boost. the summary.
Even with two games to go – home clashes with Oklahoma State and Texas Tech this week – and the Big 12 Tournament on tap, there’s nothing Baylor can do in the next 11 days before the selection on Sunday to lose the first in the series. The Bears have the second-best NET scoring behind undefeated Gonzaga and enough quality Big 12 wins.
The same can’t be said for Michigan – at least. The Wolverines (18-2, 13-2) met their Big Ten game on Tuesday in a 76-53 loss to Illinois. The Fighting Illini (19-6, 15-4) climbed to the No.1 seed earlier this week in bracketology after the current No.2 seeds, Ohio State and Villanova fell.
While Tuesday’s win for Illinois will bolster the profile of a higher ranking line, because the Big Ten have these three main contenders – Michigan, Illinois and Ohio State – the Wolverines still need a little more. their wallet to fully lock a top seed. Michigan remains comfortably ahead of Illinois with its credentials.
Back-to-back clashes with rival Michigan State, a bubble team fighting for inclusion in the 68 squad, will provide Michigan with an opportunity to lock in a No.1 seed long before the selection on Sunday, March 14.
The NCAA tournament kicks off March 18.
No. 1 seeds
Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan, Illinois.
Last four in
Boise State, Georgia Tech, VCU, Connecticut.
The first four out
Michigan State, Duke, St. Johns, Syracuse.
Next four releases
SMU, Memphis, Stanford, State of Utah.
Others considered for general offers: Saint Louis.
On the support of life: Marquette, Providence, Marshall, State of North Carolina, Dayton, Pittsburgh, UAB, Georgia, Ole Miss, Minnesota, Richmond, Indiana.
Multi-offer conferences: Big Ten (8), Big 12 (7), ACC (7), SEC (6), Big East (5), Pac-12 (4), Mountain West (3), Atlantic 10 (2), American Athletic ( 2), Missouri Valley (2), West Coast (2).
Leaders or highest NET of the projected single-entry conferences – (20 in total): America East – UMBC, Atlantic Sun – Liberty, Big Sky – Eastern Washington, Big South – Winthrop, Big West – UCSB, CAA – Northeastern, C-USA – UAB, Horizon – Cleveland State, MAAC – Siena, MAC – Toledo, MEAC – State of Norfolk, North East – Bryant, OVC – Belmont, Patriot – Marine, South – UNC Greensboro, Southland – Abilene Christian, SWAC – Prairie View A&M, Summit – South Dakota, Sun Belt – State of Texas, WAC – Grand Canyon.
- Forbidden to participate: State of Alabama, Alabama A&M, State of Delaware, Auburn, Arizona
- Transition schools, not eligible for the tournament: Cal Baptist, North Alabama, Merrimack, Dixie State, Tarleton State, Bellarmine, UC San Diego
- COVID-19[female[feminine: Ivy League, Bethune-Cookman, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Howard, Maine
NCAA Tournament Language Explanation:
- NET stands for NCAA Evaluation Tool, which is the barometer of the selection committee. It includes match results, schedule strength, match location, scoring margin (capped at 10 points per game) and the offensive and defensive effectiveness of the net.
- Quadrant 1 wins: home games against 1 to 30 NET teams; Games on neutral sites vs 1-50 NET; Away games against 1-75 NET
- Quadrant 2 victory: home games against NET 31-75; Games on neutral sites against 51-100 NET; Away games against 76-135 NET
- Quadrant 3 victory: home games against 76-160 NET; Games on neutral sites against 101-200 NET; Away games against 136-240 NET
- Quadrant 4 wins: home games against 161+ NET; Games on neutral sites against 201-plus NET; Away games against more than 241 NET
To note: Most of the statistical data comes from WarrenNolan.com. NET rankings (NCAA Evaluation Tool) are also a point of reference.
About our bracketologist: Shelby Mast has been projecting the pitch since 2005 on its website, Bracket WAG. He joined USA TODAY in 2014. In his eighth season as a National Bracketologist, Mast has finished as one of the top three bracketologists in the last seven follies of March. He has also predicted for The Indianapolis Star, collegeinsider.com and is an inaugural member of the Super 10 selection committee. Follow him on Twitter @BracketWag.
Follow college basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson