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STILL TO PLAY
Georgia at Alabama (RPI: 68, KenPom: 61, next four teams), 7:00 p.m.
Nebraska at Michigan State (RPI: 43, KenPom: 55, No. 10 seed), 7:00 p.m.
Towson at UNC Wilmington (RPI: 41, KenPom: 57, No. 12 seed), 7:00 p.m.
Jim Boeheim was on the DP Show on Thursday morning, and he admitted that John Gillon’s 23-foot banked-in three at the buzzer was (shocker!) a lucky shot.
But that wasn’t the most interesting thing that he said on the show.
Patrick asked him about his future in Syracuse, and Boeheim had an interesting response.
“I don’t know what’s etched in stone these days,” Boeheim said. “I really don’t. There’s a plan in place, and we’re going to see what happens. But basically right now, I might be done this year. You just don’t know. You just have to wait until the season’s over.”
Boeheim also responded to a column written by Pete Thamel in SI that speculated on when his time in Syracuse would come to an end, saying the only accurate part of the story was that “he spelled my name right”, before adding that, like anyone else nearing the end of a career, when he has a bad day or a bad week, he thinks about calling it a career.
Creighton announced on Wednesday that injured point guard Mo Watson Jr. was suspended from the program on Feb. 13th for “alleged actions that are contrary to university policies and core values.”
The reason for that suspension, according to a report from the Omaha World-Herald, is that he is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault that happened in Omaha this month.
No charges have been filed and Watson was not arrested as of Wednesday night, according to the paper.
Watson was having an all-american season and leading the nation in assists when he tore his ACL on Jan. 16th in a win at Xavier. He underwent surgery in his hometown of Philadelphia a couple of weeks later, but he has not been a part of a Creighton team activity since his return.
Creighton is 4-5 since Watson’s injury, losing on Wednesday night at home against Providence. They’ll likely make the NCAA tournament still.
Watson is not going to participate in Senior Night festivities in Omaha next week, per the OWH.
Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham was arrested and booked into Douglas County Jail late on Wednesday night on a failure to appear for court charge, according to jail records.
The charge was a result of an unpaid ticket for an expired tag that Graham had received. It dates back to June of last year.
Graham released a statement on the matter.
“This is my fault,” Graham said. “I was driving an ex-teammate’s car and I thought the ticket was paid so I didn’t pay attention to the notice to appear that I got. That’s on me, and I apologize to everyone. I learned a lesson the hard way.”
The arrest was a damper on what should have been a great night for Graham. He had 17 points and seven assists in a home win over TCU that clinched the 13th straight Big 12 regular season title for the Jayhawks. It was also his 22nd birthday.
He was released on $196 bond Wednesday night. Bill Self said he will not be suspended for the arrest.
The bank was open Wednesday night in Syracuse. John Gillon’s three-pointer at the buzzer lifted Syracuse over Duke at the Carrier Dome and back (again) into the bracket.
It’s been a wild month for the Orange who now need to close the deal. It was also a big night for Providence, who used a Kyron Cartwright trey to knock off Creighton in Omaha. And then Dillon Brooks nailed a long-distance dagger to beat California, leaving the Bears teetering for bracket survival as February comes to a close. Are we ready for March?
No changes on the No. 1 seed line. By a whisker, Villanova holds onto the overall No. 1 seed after its second loss to Butler, a team whose profile is far better than its AP ranking. Kansas, North Carolina, and Gonzaga round out the group. UNC moves up to No. 3 after dispatching Louisville.
If last night was any indication, it’s going to be fun ride toward Selection Sunday.
UPDATED: February 23, 2017
Regarding bracketing principles, can read them for yourself at http://www.ncaa.com. For example: teams from the same conference may now meet before a Regional final, even if fewer than eight teams are selected. The goal is to keep as many teams as possible on their actual seed line.
FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)
- Seton Hall vs. Kansas State | East Region
- Providence vs. California | Midwest Region
- MT. ST. MARY’S vs. NC-CENTRAL | East Region
- UC-IRVINE vs. NEW ORLEANS | Midwest Region
BRACKET PROJECTION …
|EAST – New York||MIDWEST – Kansas City|
|1) VILLANOVA||1) KANSAS|
|16) NC-CENTRAL / M.S. MARY’S||16) NEW ORLEANS / UC-IRVINE|
|8) South Carolina||8) Northwestern|
|9) VCU||9) Xavier|
|5) Virginia||5) Notre Dame|
|12) UNC-WILMINGTON||12) ILLINOIS STATE|
|4) PURDUE||4) Butler|
|13) PRINCETON||13) VALPARAISO|
|6) Saint Mary’s||6) SMU|
|11) Seton Hall / Kansas State||11) Providence / California|
|3) Kentucky||3) Florida State|
|14) AKRON||14) BELMONT|
|Indianapolis||Salt Lake City|
|7) Maryland||7) Iowa State|
|10) Marquette||10) Wichita State|
|2) Louisville||2) ARIZONA|
|15) BUCKNELL||15) NO. DAKOTA ST|
|WEST – San Jose||SOUTH – Memphis|
|Salt Lake City||Greenville|
|1) GONZAGA||1) NORTH CAROLINA|
|16) NORTH DAKOTA||16) TX-SOUTHERN|
|8) Miami-FL||8) Dayton|
|9) Michigan||9) Arkansas|
|5) CINCINNATI||5) Wisconsin|
|12) MONMOUTH||12) UT-ARLINGTON|
|4) West Virginia||4) UCLA|
|13) VERMONT||13) NEVADA|
|6) Creighton||6) Minnesota|
|11) MID TENNESSEE ST||11) Syracuse|
|3) Duke||3) FLORIDA|
|14) FLA GULF COAST||14) E. TENNESSEE ST|
|7) Oklahoma State||7) Virginia Tech|
|10) Michigan State||10) USC|
|2) Oregon||2) Baylor|
|15) CSU-BAKERSFIELD||15) UNC-ASHEVILLE|
NOTES on the BRACKET: Villanova is the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Kansas, North Carolina, and Gonzaga.
Last Four Byes (at large): Michigan State, Wichita State, Marquette, Syracuse
Last Four IN (at large): Seton Hall, California, Providence, Kansas State
First Four OUT (at large): Wake Forest, TCU, Georgia Tech, Rhode Island
Next four teams OUT (at large): Vanderbilt, Clemson, Alabama, Houston
Breakdown by Conference …
ACC (9): NORTH CAROLINA, Louisville, Florida State, Duke, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami-FL, Syracuse
Big 10 (7): PURDUE, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maryland, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State
Big East (7): VILLANOVA, Butler, Creighton, Xavier, Marquette, Seton Hall, Providence
Big 12 (6): KANSAS, Baylor, West Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State
Pac 12 (5): OREGON, Arizona, UCLA, USC, California
SEC (4): FLORIDA, Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas
Atlantic 10 (2): VCU, Dayton
American (2): CINCINNATI, SMU
West Coast (2): GONZAGA, Saint Mary’s
Missouri Valley (1): ILLINOIS STATE, Wichita State
Mountain West (1): NEVADA
ONE BID LEAGUES: Monmouth (MAAC), Middle Tennessee State (C-USA), UT-Arlington (SBELT), Princeton (IVY), North Dakota (BSKY), Valparaiso (HORIZON), New Orleans (SLND), East Tennessee State (STHN), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Akron (MAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), UNC-Wilmington (CAA), Winthrop (BSO), NC-Central (MEAC), North Dakota State (SUM), CSU-Bakersfield (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Mt. St. Mary’s (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)