Welcome to Championship Week! It’s the last possibility for groups to play their way into the NCAA Tournament. A few groups truly need this opportunity.
None of those are at the highest point of the section, where Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Illinois live. Those four look pretty strong notwithstanding the Wolverines losing at Michigan State on Sunday.
The fourth spot is the Illini’s to lose. That could occur in the Big Ten Tournament, where two different contenders for that spot will likewise play. Ohio State or Iowa, as Big Ten Tournament champions, would have a solid case for that fourth No. 1 seed..
Loyola Chicago beat Drake for the Missouri Valley title, guaranteeing the Ramblers a spot in the field and forgetting about the Bulldogs to perspire it for seven days.
The Mountain West competition is quite effervescent also, and the Atlantic 10 last on Sunday could be for one spot in the competition.
One group dropping down the section that we have not needed to stress over of late is Maryland. The Terrapins rode a five-game series of wins over groups close to the lower part of the alliance to a 14-10 record toward the finish of February. They glanced easily in the field, particularly with games at Northwestern and at home to Penn State left. Notwithstanding, Maryland dropped both of those, blowing a lead late on Sunday to the Nittany Lions. Presently, they sit 14-12 with a gathering competition opener against the Spartans. A 14-13 in general record might be intense for the NCAA Tournament choice board to swallow, even in a pandemic season.
I did a smidgen of seed-cleaning for the time being, so a few seeds may have changed for groups that didn’t play.