With less than a week to go before the NCAA Selection Show, the field is starting to crystallize for the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Check out our last 8 in and first 8 out update after the weekend of November 15 through 19.
Last 8 In, First 8 Out
- Losers of three straight, Ohio State dropped from a likely tournament team into our last 8 in this week. They’ve dropped two to Iowa in the last two weeks, and Iowa is starting to surge towards a late berth.
- Meanwhile Notre Dame moved up out of our last 8 in and into a more secure tourney bid after beating UNC and NC State back to back.
- We’ve got Hawaii into the tournament – they won big twice over the weekend and are surging.
- Iowa had those two key wins over Ohio State, but also dropped a bad one to Maryland over the weekend. Maryland is still struggling, falling to Nebraska the day after beating Iowa.
- A 0-3 loss to visiting UCF might be all she wrote for Temple, which also lost to USF two days later.
- SMU lost to the two best AAC teams in the last two weeks, punctuated by a sweep against champions Wichita State. It’ll be tough for two AAC teams to make the tourney, much less three.
- Cal is slumping bad, dropping its third and fourth-straight matches vs USC and UCLA, even though both are likely tourney teams.
Auto Bid Updates
21 of the NCAA’s 32 conferences determined champions over the weekend, whether by a conference tournament, a playoff in the Ivy League or outright clinching for conferences without a tournament. Here’s a look at the current status of automatic bids as of Monday morning:
|Conference||Competition Through:||Clinched Champ||Current Leader(s)|
|Mountain West||Colorado State|
|Atlantic Sun||11/16-18||Kennesaw State|
|Ohio Valley||11/16-18||Austin Peay|
|Sun Belt||11/16-19||Coastal Carolina|
|America East||11/17-18||Stony Brook|
|Big Sky||11/17-19||North Dakota|
|West Coast||11/21*||BYU/San Diego|
|Missouri Valley||11/23-25||Missouri State|
|Big Ten||11/25*||Penn State/Nebraska|
|Big West||11/25*||Cal Poly|
At present, we have all of the conference leaders in our tournament as at-large bids at least, so none of the remaining conferences are “win or go home” events.