Big Ten Nudges Out A10 with 6 Teams Alive; No Other Conference Close

Big Ten Nudges Out A10 with 6 Teams Alive; No Other Conference Close

The Big Ten has been the top conference all year, and Minnesota’s blowout of UCLA to close out the second round Friday kept them on top. The following is the list of all 32 schools still alive by conference, and the only two conferences with more than three teams are the Big Ten (6) and the Atlantic 10 (5). In ranking the conferences by teams in the field of 32 with tournament winning percentage as the tie-breaker, the standings so far are; 1) Big Ten, 2) A10, 3) ACC, 4) Pac12, 5) Big East, 6) SEC, 7) Big 12, and 8) Mountain West.

Other Mid-Major Conferences have four teams left after going 6-5 to date, led by both Missouri Valley teams (Creighton and Wichita State) winning to advance to games this weekend. The big surprise has been the two Low-Major teams, Harvard and Florida Gulf Coast who are alive as 15- and 14-seeds, though overall the Low Majors are just 3-15 in games.

The only head-to-head between the A10 and Big Ten this weekend will pit the A10s second lowest seed Temple facing the Big Ten’s highest seed Indiana. During the season the only conference close to the Big Ten in the computer rankings was the Big East, but five of their eight teams were eliminated and Marquette barely survived against Davidson. However, Louisville and Syracuse did win lopsided games to give them three teams in the field of 32.

Team, Seed Conf W L
Indiana 1 B10 – 6 left 6 1
Ohio St. 2 B10    
Michigan St. 3 B10    
Michigan 4 B10    
Illinois 7 B10    
Minnesota 11 B10    
St. Louis 4 A10 – 5 left 6 0
VCU 5 A10    
Butler 6 A10    
Temple 9 A10    
La Salle 13 A10    
Duke 2 ACC – 3 left 3 1
Miami FL 2 ACC    
North Carolina 8 ACC    
Arizona 6 P12 – 3 left 3 2
California 12 P12    
Oregon 12 P12    
Louisville 1 BE – 3 left 3 5
Marquette 3 BE    
Syracuse 4 BE    
Florida 3 SEC – left 2 1
Mississippi 12 SEC    
Kansas 1 B12 – 2 left 2 3
Iowa St. 10 B12    
San Diego St. 7 MWC – 2 left 2 3
Colorado St. 8 MWC    
Memphis 6 Mid (CUSA) 6 5
Creighton 7 Mid (MVC)    
Wichita St. 9 Mid (MVC)    
Gonzaga 1 Mid (WCC)    
Florida Gulf Coast 15 Low (Asun) 3 15
Harvard 14 Low (Ivy)  

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