Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The Bounce on postseason state hoops

On the heels of VCU’s dramatic comeback win last night over George Mason, this week’s sports column at Richmond.com, The Bounce, looks at the developing postseason picture for Division I schools in the commonwealth.

“...At this writing, VCU is among the nine teams which have punched their own tickets to the NCAA tournament by wining their conference tournaments. After the 31 conference championships have been claimed, the NCAA will then hand out 34 at-large bids. The bulk of which will be awarded to the top six conferences, which include the Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Pacific-10, Big Ten, Big East and Big 12.

“A quick look at the standings of all 31 conferences tells me that once the top six conferences get their supposedly deserving teams in, there won't be more than six, maybe seven other spots available for the other 25 leagues. Then a second glance suggests the Missouri Valley, the Atlantic 10 and Conference USA are very likely to get at least one extra bid, each. At best, that leaves just three or four more slots for the remaining 22 conferences.

“Which puts the CAA's Old Dominion (24-8) on the March Madness bubble.”

Click here to read The Bounce.

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