Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Major conferences breathing a sigh of relief as 3 Mid-Majors top-seeds win their tourneys

After four good championship games on Monday the anticipation of the NCAA Tournament couldn’t be higher. Saint Mary’s (CA), Old Dominion, Siena, and Wofford all received invitations on Monday night. In the biggest upset of the mid-major tournaments thus far St. Mary’s not only upset Gonzaga but they gave them a royal beatdown, and this is after the pundits on ESPN stated that their resume need a big win to be worthy of a said invitation. This is despite the fact that SM has an RPI of 45 better than all of the ‘bubble’ Big East schools. Either way, the Gaels did what every school in their position needs to do, handle your biznis’ on the hardwood and take the decision out of the geeks hands who have never laced them up in their lives. A 19-point win over perennial tournament darlings Gonzaga to win the WCC Championship should address those concerns. How about them Terriers!? For the first time in the schools history the Wofford Terriers will be dancing after winning the SoCon title. After a 23-8 season it still would have been necessary for them to take down the championship as their flagship game was a 12-point loss to Michigan State. Still more good news for the major conferences as a top seed from the ‘mids’ gets the job done and doesn’t take an at large bit away. Old Dominion also fits this description as the top seed nearly was upset in OT in the semis but rallied to win then won a tough CAA final. Now OD takes their 26-8 record on the road and open up another at-large bid. Lastly, Siena will be making another appearance in the grand ballroom after escaping against Fairfield in overtime, making them the 3rd top-seeded mid-major to win their championship simply adding to the already packed drama of the upcoming conference tourneys. Which bubble teams have benefitted the most by the ‘mids’ not crashing the party this year? Let us know here and in any of the quick links:

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