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16 March 2008

All down to Selection Sunday

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
3/16/2008 03:38:00 AM
[Join LetsGoNova.com for a special live blog shortly before the selection show at 6 p.m.]

It wasn't a perfect day Saturday for Villanova's bubble hopes, but it was good enough that the Wildcats are still in fine shape to receive an at-large bid tonight.

The good news: Kent State and Memphis won, preserving two crucial at-large bids. UNC defeated the late-surging Virginia Tech, which has beaten absolutely no one this year and will find itself in the NIT.

The bad news: Temple knocked off St. Joe's, taking the A10 championship and an available bid. Georgia won two games in one day, and the Bulldogs will threaten to steal a bid tomorrow afternoon.

There are just two games left that will affect Villanova's chances:
  • Arkansas vs. Georgia (3:30 p.m., ESPN2)
  • Wisconsin vs. Illinois (3:30 p.m., CBS)
I would feel great going into the selection show tonight if both Arkansas and Wisconsin won; in that scenario, the Wildcats would very likely get into the field. I would even be comfortable if just one of those two teams won, because the numbers still work out for Villanova to be invited.

If both Arkansas and Wisconsin lose, the bubble shrinks from three at-large spots to just one (assuming Arizona and Kentucky are already in), and then Villanova fans will really be sweating it out.

It would still be possible for 'Nova to get the last at-large bid with upsets in the Big Ten and the SEC, especially if the committee snubs Arizona or Kentucky, but it would be a lot safer for all three Wildcat teams if the Badgers and Razorbacks can get the job done.

Join LetsGoNova.com for a special live blog shortly before the selection show at 6 p.m. Be sure to participate and let your feelings be known as the brackets are unveiled this evening.

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At 8:47 AM, March 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete - I think you do a great job with this site but I think you are too optimistic. I think the Temple win killed our chances.

We are totally done if either Illinois or Georgia win.

I love the optimism but I fear our bubble burst yesterday.

BTW - I cannot be Kentucky is going to get in over us.

At 9:23 AM, March 16, 2008, Anonymous Gregg said...

Kentucky has been playing great as of late, but the real shocker would be if Va tech or Illinois state get in over us. Amazingly, Joe Lunardi has them in over us.

At 9:52 AM, March 16, 2008, Anonymous Webcam said...

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At 12:43 PM, March 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no live blogs, i think they are single handedly killing our season

At 12:48 PM, March 16, 2008, Blogger Jamie said...

Lunardi this morning on College Gameday has us as one of the last 4 in.

At 1:31 PM, March 16, 2008, Anonymous Gregg said...

Oh yeah, now he updates it more than once a day.


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