March 7 Seed Watch: Cornell Wraps Up Season

Cornell finished up the regular season with a 79-59 win at Yale last night to finish 27-4 overall and 13-1 in the Ivy League.

Throughout Championship Week, we’ll be here to break down the action as it pertains to the Big Red’s seeding expectations.

Let’s start with the 14 conference tournaments (with current leaders in parentheses and winners in bold) that should remain irrelevant unless the Big Red falls during the league’s final weekend:

America East Conference (Stony Brook)
Atlantic Sun Conference (East Tennessee State)
Big South Conference (Winthrop)
Big Sky Conference (Weber State)
Big West Conference (UC Santa Barbara)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (Morgan State)
Northeast Conference (Quinnipiac)
Ohio Valley Conference (Murray State)
Patriot League (Lehigh)
Southern Conference (Wofford)
Southland Conference (Sam Houston State)
Southwestern Athletic Conference (Jackson State)
Sun Belt Conference (Troy)
The Summit League (Oakland)

The following two conference tournaments have regular season leaders who would likely be close to Cornell on the S-Curve, making them potential enemies:

Mid-American Conference (Kent State)
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Siena)

That leaves 14 conference tournaments where the Big Red has allies that could bump it up the S-Curve. Any upset winners of these conferences not otherwise in at-large consideration would grab a bid and a seed below Cornell and take one away from an at-large team that possibly would have been seeded above the Big Red. The enemies in each conference are listed in parentheses for all conferences except those with more than four teams who potentially would fail to help Cornell by capturing the title.

Atlantic 10 Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference
Big 12 Conference
Big East Conference
Big Ten Conference
Colonial Athletic Association (Old Dominion, William and Mary, VCU)
Conference USA (UAB, UTEP, Memphis)
Horizon League (Butler)
Missouri Valley Conference (Northern Iowa, Wichita State)
Mountain West Conference (New Mexico, BYU, UNLV, San Diego State)
Pacific 10 Conference (California, Washington, Arizona State)
Southeastern Conference
West Coast Conference (Gonzaga, St. Mary’s)
Western Athletic Conference (Utah State, New Mexico State)

UPCOMING GAMES (E=Enemy, e=Relatively Less of an Enemy)

March 3, 2010

March 4, 2010

March 5, 2010
Northern Iowa 55 (E), Drake 40
Wichita State 73 (E), Missouri State 63
VCU (E) 66, Delaware 49

March 6, 2010
Northern Iowa (E) 57, Bradley 40
Wichita State (E) 65, Illinois State 61
Butler (E) 68 vs. UW-Milwaukee 59
VCU (E) 75, George Mason 60
Old Dominion (E) 86, Towson 56
William & Mary (E) 70, James Madison 65
Siena (E) 78, Manhattan 61

March 7, 2010
Old Dominion (E) vs. VCU (e)
Northeastern vs. William and Mary (E)
Northern Iowa (E) vs. Wichita State (e)
Siena (E) vs. Rider
Gonzaga (E) vs. Loyola-Marymount
St. Mary’s (E) vs. Portland

March 8, 2010

March 9, 2010
Butler (E) vs. Wright St.

March 10, 2010

March 11, 2010
Kent State (E) vs. Ball State/Ohio


61-65 (16s)
Stony Brook
Jackson State

57-60 (15s)
Morgan State
UC-Santa Barbara
East Tennessee State

53-56 (14s)
Weber State
Sam Houston State

52 (13s)
Murray State

45-51 (12/13s)
Kent State
Utah State
At-Large (1)
At-Large (2)
At-Large (3)

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