Selection Sunday: Open post
I'm juggling the blog with page duty, so the best way to make this work is going to be to update this post throughout the night with postseason information, especially if it pertains to MAAC teams.
UPDATE, 6:03: No. 1 seeds, as expected, are Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse and Duke. Seemed to be broad consensus on Syracuse over West Virginia in spite of the Orange having lost two straight. Seth Davis says the Orange as the No. 4 overall seed -- behind Duke -- is a mistake. Tough call, but hard to have too much sympathy for Cuse on this one.
UPDATE, 6:10: Lehigh -- which got blown out in November by Rider -- will get fed to Kansas as a 16 seed. ... Northern Iowa, which routed Siena, is a No. 9 seed in the same region.
UPDATE, 6:12: Thought Georgetown might have played its way on to the 2 line with run in the Big East tournament. These guys did, afterall, beat Syracuse and come within 5 seconds of taking West Virginia. Shows, though, that ALMOST winning games doesn't do you a whole lot of good.
UPDATE, 6:21: How about the Cuse-UVM rematch in the 1-16 game? ... A couple of bubbles burst when Florida and Minnesota got bids.
UPDATE, 6:26: So Temple wins the A-10 title and has to play Cornell in the first round? That's a very rough draw.
UPDATE, 6:35: Tough draw seed-wise for Siena. Saints get a 13, which is a spot lower than most thought they'd get. I thought they had an outside shot at an 11. The good news, though, is they get a banged-up Purdue team in a winnable first-round game.
UPDATE, 6:38: Seth Davis has been on the Siena bandwagon all year, ranking the Saints in his preseason top 20, then being the lone AP voter to rank them late in the year before the Niagara loss. So it's no surprise that he now has them going to the Sweet 16. ... Sure would be great for the MAAC if he's right.
UPDATE, 6:41: Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury was adamant earlier today that his team had played its way into the field by taking Kentucky to overtime. ... Rick, next time you want a tournament bid, don't lose by 14 to Rider in your opener. ... That was a great win for Rider, but the fact remains Lehigh is the only team in this field that lost to Rider, and the Mountain Hawks are a 16 seed.
UPDATE, 6:47: John Templeton of chicagonow.com is tracking CIT and CBI bids. Seems like most teams accepting CIT bids aren't waiting to hear from the CBI. The CBI field probably won't be done till much later tonight, since they'll have to wait till after the NIT selection show to start building the field. ... When Rider was in it two years ago, the bracket wasn't completed until after 2 a.m.
UPDATE, 9:42: It's on to CBI/CIT watch for Fairfield, which wasn't included in the NIT field. There are a few intriguing NIT first-round matchups, including one between Jim Calhoun's former team (Northeastern) and his current team.
UPDATE, 10:50: Chris Elsberry reports that Fairfield will play George Mason in the opening round of the CIT. Not exactly what the Stags had been hoping for, but given the number of No. 1 seeds that lost in conference tournaments, not a big surprise either. And hey, when you haven't been to the postseason since 2003, you're happy to be playing in mid-March.
UPDATE, 12:16: Central New Jersey will have postseason basketball. Princeton has accepted a bid to the CBI and will lost Duquesne Tuesday.