After the carnage and destruction of the last four nights —- Baylor, Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas State, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Notre Dame, Providence and Virginia Tech (among others) all lost —- things will calm down tonight.
There’s only two marginally interesting games to keep an eye on, and even then it’s a bit of a stretch.
First up, a token nod to Notre Dame playing host to St. John’s. The Fighting Irish are essentially toast, but getting swept by the Red Storm would really eliminate any reason to even provide a courtesy mention of Mike Brey‘s team in the “On the Margins” section of the at-large board. Notre Dame doesn’t help itself much with a win, but loses its last shred of credibility with a loss.
Meanwhile, at the Missouri Valley tournament, at-large possibility Creighton (25-6) begins play as the No. 2 seed against Wichita State (16-15) in St. Louis. The Bluejays have won 10 straight, and their best victories are at home against Dayton and George Mason. It isn’t a great profile, but if they happened to reach the title game and lose to Northern Iowa, the committee would be staring at a 27-7 team that had lost once since Jan. 24 and possessed a top-45 RPI. So they bear monitoring.
And that’s about it. If you’re a Maryland fan, you probably don’t much care about Notre Dame, and would probably rather see Creighton just win the Missouri Valley to ensure that’s a one-bid league, no questions asked.
More analysis to come Saturday, when a bunch of already stumbling bubble bunches head to the slaughterhouse basketball court yet again.
—- Patrick Stevens