Andy Mac: Musketeers Waiting, Watching, and Hoping as Selection Sunday Approaches
Andy Mac Williams,
Xavier TEAM 100's NCAA hopes are seemingly hanging up a thread as I write this mid-afternoon Friday. Muskies held form at #40 NET Friday AM. Their resume' is frozen due to their OT loss to Butler WED. in BET. We saw how vulnerable PC can be when they barely squeaked by Butler 65-61 at MSG Thursday. Shoulda, woulda, coulda!! A win over Butler and X is home free NCAA wise, but close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and corn hole. Joe Lunardi (ESPN bracket guru) had XU among his last 4 "ln" this AM (i.e. Tuesday or Wednesday play-in game at Dayton). The Athletic had X playing Indiana at UD Arena with the winner playing Texas in Buffalo. Bracketmatrix listed Xavier in 83 of 129 brackets surveyed with an average seed of 11.61 (trending toward Dayton). Then Indiana punched itself a certain NCAA ticket with a 65-62 upset of Illinois at BIG TEN Tourney in Indy.
IU had beaten Michigan last night. Texas A and M improved its resume' dramatically with a 67-62 win over Auburn in SEC Tourney. Double dose of bad news for XU. North Texas (Conference-USA) was upset by La. Tech today in C-USA Semis so maybe N. Texas is out as an at large (were #39 NET-just 1 Quad 1 win), but somebody has to get the automatic from that league, hopefully UAB dropping them out of at large poll.
This all above my meager pay grade. X has to hope Atlantic 10 is a one bid league with Dayton and VCU losing and Davidson getting the auto. Same w/ AAC-Houston wins and SMU and Memphis get knocked out.
Oklahoma needs to lose to Texas Tech tonight in Big 12. Virginia Tech has to lose to North Carolina in ACC this evening. BYU can't get a 4th big from WCC in addition to Gonzaga, St Mary's and San Francisco. Rutgers lost to Iowa today in Big Ten. They are on the bubble.
So many variables, and X is just twisting in the wind! Time for Muskies to thread the needle here, but Selection Committee holds the needle and thread and the fabric.
Oral Roberts used to say "EXPECT a MIRACLE That was written on their basketball court. X needs some luck- a few Hail Marys and a mini-miracle to get a chance at redemption in the NCAA. IMHO TEAM 100 deserves a shot at it.
Lastly, some practical advice and a friendly reminder from Andy Mac - don't forget to turn back your clocks on Sunday morning for the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.