Life Lesson for 129 Teams With a Chance, 46 Eliminated Thursday

All of the 129 teams that still have a chance at an NCAA bid should take a lesson from Providence Coach Ed Cooley’s final words in Madison Square Garden, in response to a Breitbart Sports question Thursday about how to deal with the loss that ended their six-game winning streak.

“I think your question is great. We definitely don’t need to see this (tape of the 70-58 loss to Creighton). I saw it once. Right now – what I just talked to the team about is anytime you have a chance to control your own destiny, not just in basketball, in life, when you have a chance to control what you want to do and you don’t take advantage of it, don’t complain. We had an opportunity to cement ourselves clearly and we didn’t take advantage of that. It’s a great learning point for our kids.”

Thursday night saw Big East 1-seed Villanova win, but all three other semifinal teams pulled upsets, such as Xavier, Creighton and Seton Hall beating Butler, Providence and Marquette, giving the Big East a chance at seven bids to have the highest percent of teams make the tournament of any conference but a few with very shaky resumes that could be left out.

“When we lost Maurice and Xavier lost Edmond, you could take the (middle) eight and put us all in the hat and pick us out any night,” said Creighton coach McDermott. “I think that’s what you’ve seen happen in the league over the course since those two injuries.”

In other games of note, TCU shocked Kansas in the Big 12 title game. TCU would need to win the conference to make the tournament according to all 135 experts, but the loss for Kansas could let Villanova become the No. 1 overall seed. Indiana hammered Iowa in a battle of two teams that will be a long shot for an at-large bid, but the win should at least increase Indiana’s 2% chance. The teams still alive in each conference tournament (see “Next Tour” or the date of each teams next game) are still alive for the title except for Alcorn State in the semifinal of the SWAC, which is ineligible.

The at-large percentages are the percent of experts who believe the team will make the tournament even if they do not win their conference championship, but if a team has already won their conference or are picked by all 135 experts to go regardless, then they are listed at 100% and their status is “in” instead of “bubble.” The 68 teams that make it will be announced Sunday night on CBS.

Teams Ratings as of 3/3 Conf Next tour At-Large if no auto status
Davidson A10 3/10 Quar 0% bubble
Dayton A10 3/10 Quar 100% in
George Mason A10 3/10 Quar 0% bubble
George Washington A10 3/10 Quar 0% bubble
Rhode Island A10 3/10 Quar 44% bubble
Richmond A10 3/10 Quar 0% bubble
St. Bonaventure A10 3/10 Quar 0% bubble
VCU A10 3/10 Quar 97% bubble
Duke ACC 3/10 Semi 100% in
Florida St ACC 3/10 Semi 100% in
Louisville ACC out 100% in
Miami FL ACC out 88% bubble
North Carolina ACC 3/10 Semi 100% in
Notre Dame ACC 3/10 Semi 100% in
Syracuse ACC out 79% bubble
Virginia ACC out 100% in
Virginia Tech ACC out 86% bubble
Wake Forest ACC out 100% in
Albany AE 3/11 final 0% bubble
Vermont AE 3/11 final 35% bubble
Cincinnati Amer 3/10 Semi 100% in
Connecticut Amer 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
East Carolina Amer 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Houston Amer 3/10 Semi 4% bubble
Memphis Amer 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
SMU Amer 3/10 Semi 100% in
Tulsa Amer 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
UCF Amer 3/10 Semi 3% bubble
Florida Gulf Coast ASun auto 100% in
Illinois B10 out 7% bubble
Indiana B10 3/10 Quar 2% bubble
Iowa B10 out 11% bubble
Maryland B10 3/10 Quar 98% bubble
Michigan B10 3/10 Quar 63% bubble
Michigan St B10 3/10 Quar 99% bubble
Minnesota B10 3/10 Quar 100% in
Northwestern B10 3/10 Quar 70% bubble
Purdue B10 3/10 Quar 100% in
Wisconsin B10 3/10 Quar 100% in
Baylor B12 out 100% in
Iowa St B12 3/10 Semi 100% in
Kansas B12 out 100% in
Kansas St B12 3/10 Semi 33% bubble
Oklahoma St B12 out 87% bubble
TCU B12 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
West Virginia B12 3/10 Semi 100% in
Butler BE out 100% in
Creighton BE 3/10 Semi 99% bubble
Marquette BE out 99% bubble
Providence BE out 96% bubble
Seton Hall BE 3/10 Semi 99% bubble
Villanova BE 3/10 Semi 100% in
Xavier BE 3/10 Semi 97% bubble
Eastern Washington BSky 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Idaho BSky 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
North Dakota BSky 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Weber St BSky 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Winthrop BSth auto 100% in
Cal St. Fullerton BW 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Long Beach St BW 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
UC Davis BW 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
UC Irvine BW 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
North Carolina Wilmington CAA auto 100% in
Louisiana Tech CUSA 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Marshall CUSA 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Middle Tennessee CUSA 3/10 Semi 100% in
UTEP CUSA 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Northern Kentucky Horz auto 100% in
Harvard Ivy 3/11 semi 0% bubble
Penn Ivy 3/11 semi 0% bubble
Princeton Ivy 3/11 semi 99% bubble
Yale Ivy 3/11 semi 0% bubble
Iona MAAC auto 100% in
Monmouth MAAC out 1% bubble
Akron MAC 3/10 Semi 4% bubble
Ball St MAC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Kent St MAC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Howard MEAC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Maryland Eastern Shore MEAC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Norfolk St MEAC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
North Carolina Central MEAC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Illinois St MVC out 40% bubble
Wichita St MVC auto 100% in
Colorado St MWC 3/10 Semi 3% bubble
Fresno St MWC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Nevada MWC 3/10 Semi 99% bubble
San Diego St MWC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Mount St. Marys NEC auto 100% in
Belmont OVC out 1% bubble
Jacksonville St OVC auto 100% in
Arizona P12 3/10 Semi 100% in
California P12 3/10 Semi 2% bubble
Oregon P12 3/10 Semi 100% in
UCLA P12 3/10 Semi 100% in
USC P12 out 96% bubble
Utah P12 out 4% bubble
Bucknell Pat auto 100% in
Coastal Carolina SB 3/10 Quar 0% bubble
Georgia Southern SB 3/10 Quar 0% bubble
Georgia St SB 3/10 Quar 0% bubble
Louisiana Lafayette SB 3/10 Quar 0% bubble
Louisiana Monroe SB 3/10 Quar 0% bubble
Texas St SB 3/10 Quar 0% bubble
Troy SB 3/10 Quar 0% bubble
UT Arlington SB 3/10 Quar 30% bubble
East Tennessee St SC auto 100% in
Alabama SEC 3/10 Quar 4% bubble
Arkansas SEC 3/10 Quar 92% bubble
Florida SEC 3/10 Quar 100% in
Georgia SEC 3/10 Quar 2% bubble
Kentucky SEC 3/10 Quar 100% in
Mississippi SEC 3/10 Quar 1% bubble
South Carolina SEC 3/10 Quar 99% bubble
Tennessee SEC out 1% bubble
Vanderbilt SEC 3/10 Quar 88% bubble
New Orleans Slnd 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Sam Houston St Slnd 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Stephen F Austin Slnd 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Texas A&M Corpus Chris Slnd 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
South Dakota St Sum auto 100% in
Grambling St SWAC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Southern SWAC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Texas Southern SWAC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Cal St. Bakersfield WAC 3/10 Semi 1% bubble
New Mexico St WAC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
UMKC WAC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Utah Valley WAC 3/10 Semi 0% bubble
Gonzaga WCC auto 100% in
St. Marys WCC out 100% in


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