Sunday, March 12, 2006

'Cuse Wins

8. Cincinnati1. UConnSyracuse
Syracuse
Syracuse
9. Syracuse9. Syracuse
5. Georgetown4. MarquetteGeorgetown
12. Notre Dame5. Georgetown
6. Pitt3. West VirginiaPitt
Pitt
11. Louisville6. Pitt
7. Seton Hall2. VillanovaVillanova
10. Rutgers10. Rutgers


A few unexpected turns, but it ended up favorably. Syracuse was certainly the most inspiring story of the tournament, taking their 9th seed all the way, taking down the net following a victory over Pitt. This momentum is just what they needed entering the tournament, where they're looking to avenge their 2005 first-round loss to Vermont.

Tonight should be of great interest, since the Big East could receive eight bids, possibly nine if everything goes thier way. That is highly unlikely, however, as I have discussed before. Had George Washington won the A-10, bids for Cincinnati AND Seton Hall could have been in the offing. But since Xavier won and thus clinched a bid, one of those two teams could be out. In any event, the Big East should be sending eight to the tourney, which is a monstrous number. But remember, they're a 16 team conference that doubles as the best in the nation. Hence, it's logical that they should receive eight bids.

I might not be live for Selection Sunday after all, but I'll try to work out a table for the tournament later on. Hope your team makes it.