March Madness Daily Guide
Atlantic 10 First Round
The dregs of the A-10 play today as George Mason meets Fordham and Saint Louis takes on Duquesne. All four teams have losing records and will have to rely on a conference tournament championship to have a hope of making the dance. Two dreams die today.
ACC Second Round
Some of the most anticipated conference tournaments begin today and the ACC is definitely one of them. Georgia Tech and Wake Forest already saw an end to their tournament hopes at the hands of Boston College and Virginia Tech, but the real carnage begins today with Clemson vs. Florida State, North Carolina vs. Boston College, N.C. State vs. Pitt, and Miami vs. Virginia Tech. In their house at R'lyeh, dead Virginia and Duke wait dreaming.
Big 12 First Round
TCU vs. Kansas State. Texas Tech vs. Texas. You're familiar with these teams. Let the butchery begin.
Big East First Round
Marquette will continue to mourn the departure of Jameel McKay against Seton Hall and Creighton, a wispy shadow of its former self, will face DePaul. The Big East as a whole isn't what it used to be, and the first round certainly isn't representative of what it still is, but this is quality basketball: proud programs on down years who desperately want a trip to the tourney.
Big 10 First Round
Two B1G teams featuring today actually have winning records. Penn State is favored over Nebraska, a team that Baylor eliminated from national title contention last year. Minnesota will be heavily favored over a Rutgers squad that had very little to brag about after conference play began.
Conference USA Second Round
Florida International vs. UTSA, Charlotte vs. Middle Tennessee, Marshall vs Western Kentucky, and Rice vs. North Texas. Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky are the safest bets today, but CUSA is remarkably even in terms of team records.
MAC Second Round
This is interesting. All four teams in this round of the MAC tournament have winning records and all would likely be bubble teams if they played in a more prestigious conference. Eastern Michigan vs. Bowling Green and Western Michigan vs. Akron in two games that are too even to make an educated pick on. Snaps for the Directional Michigans if they manage to pull of a Directional Michigan sweep.
An abysmal Coppin State vs. a quality N.C. Central and a weak South Carolina State vs. a decent Norfolk State. MEAC quarters are split over two days.
Mountain West First Round
Air Force vs. New Mexico and Nevada vs. UNLV. The Nevada Derby is the main talking point here. These two games make you appreciate just how vast the geographical territory of the Mountain West is.
Pac-12 First Round
There are a whole lot of NIT teams playing in this round of the Pac-12 tournament. The matchups include Wazzu vs. Cal, Arizona State vs. USC (may Lane Kiffin rest in peace), Colorado vs. Oregon State, and Washington vs. Stanford.
Patriot League Championship
The Patriot League doesn't carry enough clout to get more than one bid, so everything is on the line for American and Lafayette. American actually played a respectable half of basketball against Wisconsin last year, so don't count out the winner of this tournament that's bound to claim a 15 seed.
SEC First Round
The weaklings of the Southeastern Conference get their chance to fight for survival today. Bruce Pearl's Auburn is matched with Mississippi State and league runt Mizzou is paired with a semi-respectable South Carolina. None of these teams are going to beat Kentucky, but what's the harm in letting half of them live to see another day?
SWAC First Round
The most peppy of the conference acronyms is home to a salty Texas Southern team that upset more than one Power 5 opponent this year. Texas Southern will play Alcorn State (6-25) and Alabama State will play Mississippi Valley State (6-25). Please let one of these two 6-25 teams make the dance. Please, Sports Gods.
Men's Tennis Shuts Down Ole Miss
Ole Miss only had three indoor courts available to play on, so in a match that took twice as long as usual, Baylor put down the Rebels at home, taking the doubles point but seeing the end of Julian Lenz's winning streak.
FULL RECAP from Baylor's 4-1 victory over Ole Miss. http://t.co/wjUTeDef4Z— BaylorMTennis (@BaylorMTennis) March 11, 2015
Softball Falls to UCLA
Baylor nearly pulled the upset in California, but the loss did give us one gem: a home run from Shelby Friudenberg that would land her in prison in most European countries.
Baseball Mutilated by Dallas Baptist
This is an embarrassment. Three garbage time runs avoided the shutout, but Baylor was absolutely insulted by DBU in Dallas. The pitching was bad, the offense was nonexistent, and it's not a good look for Steve Smith's program. Big 12 play is next.
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