With the off-season now upon us and the spring signing period well under way, this is a good opportunity to attempt to forecast some of the teams who could make the jump next season. Is there a team out there like this past season’s Drake Bulldogs, who went from ninth place to a dominating run through the Missouri Valley? Or how about Arizona State, a team that went from dead last in the Pac-10 to fifth place and could have the makings of a conference title run this season?
Leading up to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, we'll be presenting daily tips to help you fill in your bracket.
Today's Bracket Tactic
24-8 (13-3 America East)
Computer numbers (through Friday courtesy of kenpom.com): RPI 91, SOS 270.
Result today: Defeated Hartford 82-65 to win the America East Tournament.
Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers
America East (24-8, 13-3)
Big Wins: 11/17 at Richmond (70-68), 11/29 Morgan State (84-76), 12/1 at American (83-68)
Here’s a quick preview of the ESPNU O’Reilly Bracket Busters games this weekend that will not be shown on television involving northeast teams. In most cases, the organizers of this event have done a better job of limiting the travel for non-television games, with the exception of UC Davis visiting Loyola (MD) among games involving northeast leagues. Bracket Busters, originally put together to provide schools in non-BCS leagues one last opportunity to add to their resume, now involves some 100 schools from sixteen conferences.
Niagara @ Appalachian State (Saturday, 1 PM)
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Today's column is the first in a Surprise Teams series, in which I list a surprise team from each conference. Some, like Texas are, are positive surprises, while others, like Louisville, have been disappointing..
Team of the Week: Rhode Island
Results: Providence (W: 77-60), @ Syracuse (W: 91-89)
Head coach: Steve Pikiell
Returning Starters: 4- G Ricky Lucas (senior): 6-4, 215; G Mitchell Beauford (senior): 5-11, 185; G Eddie Castellanos (sophomore): 6-1, 180; F Emanuel Neto (senior): 6-9, 245.
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