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A Look at the Conferences After 2 Rounds

Big East (8 Teams)

Average Seed:  4.0 (1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 6, 6, 9)

Tournament Record:  6-6 (50%)

Notes:  I would say the Big East had a rough second round…but after their poor opening round, it doesn’t really seem that bad.  They technically SHOULD have 5 teams left according to their seeding and are down to just 2.  WVU and the Orange have both looked good and might go deep, but at this point, they need at least one of them to or the tournament will be a complete disaster for the Big East.

Big 12 (7 Teams)

Average Seed:  5.1 (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10)

Tournament Record:  7-5 (58%)

Notes:  Just like that the Big 12 went from looking good to disappointing.  Baylor and KSU have made it through, but the Jayhawks loss is devastating for the conference.  Baylor or KSU will need to make the Final Four for the conference to not be disappointed.

ACC (6 Teams)

Average Seed:  6.7 (1, 4, 7, 9, 9, 10)

Tournament Record:  5-5 (50%)

Notes:  The ACC crashed down with their second round showing.  Duke remains as the final team playing for ACC pride.  As I stated before, the poor seeds for the conference have really made things tough for them.

Big Ten (5 Teams)

Average Seed:  5.2 (2, 4, 4, 5, 11)

Tournament Record:  7-2 (78%)

Notes:  Survive and advance is the name of the game and that’s exactly what the Big Ten finds themselves doing.  With the Midwest bracket being blown up, MSU and OSU have a great chance to meet one another in the Elite Eight, which would clinch a Big Ten team advancing to the Final Four.

SEC (4 Teams)

Average Seed:  5.3 (1, 4, 6, 10)

Tournament Record:  4-2 (67%)

Notes:  Both Kentucky and Tennessee cruised in their games and the SEC finds themselves with 2 teams in the Sweet 16 despite the disappointing showing from Vandy.

Pac Ten (2 Teams)

Average Seed:  9.5 (8, 11)

Tournament Record:  3-1 (75%)

Notes:  Washington manhandled New Mexico and made their way into the sweet 16…which is well beyond where the Pac 10 was expected to have their teams finish.

The Mid-Majors (32 Teams)

Average Seed:  11.6 (3, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12×4, 13×4, 14×4, 15×4, 16×4)

Tournament Record:  16-27 (37%)

Notes: The Mid-Majors had a  pretty good second round, going 5-6 with their 11 teams remaining.  Looking at the match ups for next round, I do not really see any of them advancing, but they’ve already exceeded my expectations, so who knows at this point.  It has been a great year for the mid-majors and even if they all drop out next round, it will still have been a success.

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