Rising faster than the sun on Daylight Savings Time (*=moving into the field of 68):
+12: Ohio, Cincinnati
+10: St. Bonaventure
+9: New Mexico State, Xavier, Louisville
+7: South Dakota State, New Mexico, Florida State
Dropping faster than the sun when Daylight Savings Time ends (*=moving out of the field of 68):
-12: Mississippi State* (also ineligible at 8-9 in SEC), Washington
-5: Oral Roberts, West Virginia, Purdue, Virginia, St. Louis, Gonzaga (making room for all these surprise conference tourney runs)
UConn, Seton Hall, Northwestern and Minnesota miss out on spots with those pesky losing conference records, although UConn at least made a valiant effort to dig out of the hole.
Your final full S-Curve:
|Kentucky||N. Carolina||Syracuse||Ohio St.|
|Michigan||New Mexico||Florida St.||Florida|
|UNLV||Murray St.||Temple||St. Mary's|
|California||Alabama||Iowa St.||Kansas St.|
|Long Beach St.||Texas||Cincinnati||San Diego St.|
|Belmont||Notre Dame||Southern Miss||BYU|
|Iona||West Virginia||Xavier||NC State|
|Miami (FL)||Arizona||S. Dakota St.||MTSU|
|South Florida||New Mexico St.||Marshall||Drexel|
|St. Bonaventure/Colorado||LaSalle/Tennessee||Akron/Oral Roberts||St. Joseph's/Davidson|
And click here for the final BIT bracket.
--Given how they were tickling the lower edges of the BII's top 68 all month, maybe we shouldn't be all that surprised by St. Bonaventure winning the A-10 tourney.
--With my only stipulation being that teams from the same conference should not play in the first round, you're damn right one region has Big Ten teams as its top four seeds. And I still think a Michigan State/Washington first-round game could be epic.
--As payback for that kind of good karma, I give you a first-round meeting between Baylor and South Florida, two teams who occasionally act like the game is a gaudy pair of socks that they're dying to give away.
While a tournament like this will never come off, I hope you have the kind of fun I do speculating about what might have been.