The Atlantic 10 Tournament is often one of the most fun in the mid-major ranks. That is, unless you are a fan of a bubble team, thanks to Davidson.
Those fans can blame one team in particular if they turn out to be the last one out: Davidson. The Wildcats pulled two huge upsets in consecutive days.
On Saturday, the one-time Cinderella knocked off St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies could still potentially get in as an at-large, but are on the bubble now.
Today, Davidson pulled an even bigger upset. Rhode Island is safely in the NCAA Tournament field, and just lost the A-10 title game to Davidson 58-57. The Rams had a shot to win the game with under 10 seconds left, but the play that Danny Hurley drew up resulted in an air-balled three by Jeff Dowtin.
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Davidson is going dancing, which means another bubble team won’t.
In a few hours, we’ll know which teams were victimized by this big upset. The list includes some big-name programs.
ESPN‘s Joe Lunardi’s bubble includes Texas, Oklahoma, Saint Mary’s, Arizona State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Syracuse, and Marquette. CBS’s Jerry Palm has a similar list, though he has USC out, while Lunardi has the Trojans as one of the last four teams with a bye.
The Bracket Matrix compiles dozens of brackets from all over the internet. The first four out there is Arizona State, Louisville, Syracuse, and Middle Tennessee.
Changes to the NCAA Tournament selection show have been made, which have been controversial. The show will roll out the 68-team field, and then go into the seedings and match-ups.
It takes away some of the fun, but some could argue that it will rip off the band-aid for the teams whose bubbles have popped. We’ll find out pretty soon.
The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will begin at 6 p.m. E.T. It’s being televised on TBS this year.