>> Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Last night may have been the most boring night of championship week I can remember in a long while....The SunBelt provided us with a decent game and Seton Hall and Providence put on a show, but we're still lacking the down to the wire action that we're used to with the mid-majors.
Tonight we have the Big Sky & Northeast tournaments punching their ticket to the dance, but most of us will be watching the second round of the Big East tournament for our entertainment pleasures. Seton Hall and Notre Dame could ultimately be an at-large bid, and may be the best game of the night. Tune into ESPN at 7:00pm for that game, but onto the championship games.
Many expected to see Weber State battling Northern Colorado for the Big Sky championship tonight, but the Grizzles from Montana knocked off UNC last night and will play the Harold Arceneaux's of Weber State for a tourney bid tonight. Weber State, the regular season champion, split the regular season with Montana, but lost by 14 on the Grizzles home floor. However, Weber State has been the best team in the conference all season, and The PMB expects them to continue that trend tonight with a victory.
The battle for a sixteen seed will take place tonight between Quinnipac and Robert Morris. The Bobcats and Colonials both finished 15-3 in the regular season in possibly the worst conference in college basketball and are destined for a 40 point beatdown when they reach the NCAA tournament, but that doesn't take away the accomplishment of reaching the NCAA tournament for these programs. Honestly, I haven't seen a single game featuring either of these teams this season, but I did catch myself watching Bryant University on FSN up in Wheeling, WV earlier this year, and that is the worst D-1 team I have ever seen. Many lower division schools can compete with the programs that call this conference home, and don't expect overwhelming skillsets on the floor. We'll take the home team, Qunnipac by 7 tonight.