I've been doing a lot of thinking, and I've concluded that I'm a big giant idiot. I am completely and totally amped up for the Purdue game tomorrow (preview later today if I feel like it). As in, I can't stop thinking about it and getting excited. Why? What has this team done to make me think they have a prayer against a Purdue team ranked in the top five which has won at both Ohio State and Michigan State in the last two weeks? This is going to be a romp for the Boilers, and yet I can't stop being optimistic - and I'm not even remotely an optimistic person. I really hate myself sometimes.
Anyway, last night UCONN got the big win they needed, knocking off #7 West Virginia 72-63 and suddenly vaulting themselves back into the NCAA bracket. Hmmm, let's take a look at UCONN's season:
1. Preseason projections have the team easily making the NCAA Tournament
2. Team fails to live up to projections
3. Team has to deal with off the court drama
4. Team whiffs on chances for good non-conference wins early in the season.
5. Team struggles in conference
6. Team loses on the road to a bottom of the conference foe
7. Team loses to Michigan
8. Team seems to be hitting their stride and gelling just as a top 10 team comes to town
9. Team beats said top 10 team in order to strengthen NCAA bid chances
Sound familiar? If they can do it, why not the Gophers?
Aside from the obvious, I mean.
BUBBLE GAMES OF NOTE:
New Mexico @ Colorado State - The Lobos are pretty much a guaranteed lock, but if anything can hurt them a loss against Colorado State could.
Georgetown @ Louisville - The Hoyas are already in, but Louisville needs to keep winning. They're in very good shape so a loss won't hurt and a win probably moves them into lock status.
Tennessee @ Florida - This is a very big game for Florida since they don't have much in the way of marquee wins. Beating the Vols probably moves them from the middle of the bubble to the top.
Northern Iowa @ Evansville. The only way UNI doesn't get an at-large is if they crash and burn coming down the stretch here. And losing to Evansville would be th every definition of crashing and burning.
Illinois @ Michigan. This is suddenly a very important game for the Illini because it's their last chance and getting an easy win (other than against the Gophers, obviously).
Old Dominion @ Georgia State. ODU probably has the resume to get in, but they can't afford a loss before the CAA tournament semis.
Seton Hall @ Rutgers. A loss here ends the Hall's chances.
Hofstra @ Northeastern. The Bracket Busters loss to Louisiana Tech probably killed them, but if they win out and then lose in the CAA tournament final they'd be in the conversation.