Missouri vs Drake : Missouri State returns to JQH Arena Saturday at 3 p.m. for its regular-season finale against MVC co-leader Drake. The Drake Bulldogs and the Missouri State Bears will lock horns in the Valley showdown from JQH Arena in Springfield, Missouri, that could decide who will win the regular-season conference title.
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The committee has been telling us for years that the RPI is one of the tools it uses, but not always as the end-all, be-all metric. The Knights’ seed backs that up.
As a No. 12 seed, UCF was the last at-large team chosen for the field, despite the fact that the Knights finished the season at No. 15 in the RPI. This is the worst seed for a team that high in the RPI in history. As an automatic qualifier out of the West Coast Conference in 2012, Gonzaga, which was 12th in the RPI, received an 11-seed. That’s the best comparison.
Had it not made the committee’s cut, UCF would have been by far the highest-rated RPI team ever left out of the field. USC, with an RPI of 36 in 2010, was the last team in a remotely similar scenario that did not get selected.
The Knights had one of the most unusual profiles in recent memory. Despite the high RPI, they didn’t play an exceptional schedule (ranked 49th) that still included six sub-200 RPI opponents. Beating Quinnipiac in December was their only win over a tournament-bound team. The No. 15 RPI got UCF on the table for discussion, and the committee felt the Knights were just good enough for inclusion in the field.Tired of Busted Brackets? Play SI’s Realtime Brackets game. Make the switch and host your tournament pool here. Click here to learn more.
ESPN apologized after it leaked the women’s NCAA tournament bracket on Monday afternoon ahead of the official reveal.
According to screenshots first from Blake DuDonis, the bracket appeared on ESPNU. The selection show was then moved up to 5 p.m. ET after the bracket appeared to be leaked. ESPN then released a statement, extending an apology to the NCAA and women’s basketball community.
“In working with the NCAA to prepare for tonight’s Women’s Selection Special we received the bracket, similar to years past. In the midst of our preparation, the bracket was mistakenly posted on ESPNU. We deeply regret the error and extend our apology to the NCAA and the women’s basketball community. We will conduct a thorough review of our process to ensure it doesn’t happen in the future. We will now broadcast the full bracket at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and the regularly-scheduled show on ESPN at 7 p.m.”The 64-team field for the 2019 NCAA women’s basketball tournament was unveiled Monday.
The defending champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Louisville Cardinals, Baylor Lady Bears and Mississippi State Bulldogs occupy the four No. 1 seeds. Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State are all looking to return to the Final Four in Tampa, Florida.
Here are each of the four regions in the tournament bracket.The mistake revealed one of the biggest surprises in this year’s bracket: the Connecticut Huskies fell to the second seed in the Albany Regional. It’s the first time since 2006 the Huskies aren’t a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance.UConn sits second in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, while ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme projected the team to be the top seed in Albany.
The Albany Regional sets up a potential rematch between UConn and the Louisville Cardinals. The two teams have split their regular-season meetings the last two years, with the Cardinals most recently winning 78-69 at home in January.
Notre Dame received a relatively favorable draw. In the Chicago Regional, the Fighting Irish will stay close to home assuming they advance beyond the second round. They also avoided the two most dangerous No. 2 seeds: UConn and the Oregon Ducks.Stanford reeled off a 28-4 record in the regular season and earned wins over Oregon, Baylor and the Arizona State Sun Devils. With only three seniors—of whom Alanna Smith is the only key contributor—the Cardinal might come unraveled against a team with the experience Notre Dame boasts.
The Fighting Irish are effectively the same squad that defeated Mississippi State in the 2018 title game.
Whether Sabrina Ionescu can lead Oregon to its first-ever Final Four is one of the bigger stories in the 2019 tournament. The Ducks reached the Elite Eight in 2017 and 2018, and this might be their best chance to get to the semifinals over the next few years.