TOURNEY WATCH: 3/17/2011 (NCAA Open Thread)

Feel free to use this story's comments section as a gathering place to discuss the early afternoon NCAA Tournament action, especially if you were clever like me and took a vacation day today.

I'll recap Wednesday night's NIT action in seed order, starting with the two No. 1 seeds, Colorado and Virginia Tech.

Either squad would have been justified in showing up without caring, considering the snubs they suffered, but CU seems to have a little more pride than that and VPI has to be getting used to this by now.

The Buffaloes easily dispatched a familiar opponent, Texas Southern, which ended its historical season on a disappointing two-game losing streak and with no postseason hardware.

Virginia Tech, meanwhile, crushed upstart Bethune-Cookman, which had an equally surprising season behind hits father-son/head coach-star player tandem.

No. 2 seed Washington State defeated Long Beach State and will advance to play Oklahoma State, which was a winner at home Tuesday night. I'll be curious to see what happens in that game in Pullman.

Finally, No. 4 seed Wichita State just manhandled some crappy Big Ten team by 27 points. I sure would hate to be a fan of a school that exhibited that pathetic of a performance.

The Shockers now will fly to Blacksburg, Va., to take on the Hokies.

Associated Press Ranking = 21

ESPN/USA Today Ranking = 24

Overall Record = 22-10

Big 12 Record = 10-6

Top 50 Record = 3-6

Big 12 Seed = 4

NCAA Seed = 5

RPI = 23

SOS = 11

Region (Site) = Southeast (Tucson)

Signature Wins (RPI 1-30) = Kansas, Texas

Quality Wins (RPI 31-100) = James Madison, Virginia Tech, Gonzaga, Washington State, Baylor, Nebraska (2), Missouri

Bad Losses (RPI 101 or greater) = none

  • James Madison (21-12, 10-8 CAA) | RPI = 88
  • No. 1* seed Virginia Tech (22-11, 9-7 ACC) | RPI = 62: Win over No. 8* seed Bethune-Cookman (79-54 in the NIT)
  • Presbyterian (13-18, 7-11 Big South) | RPI = 204
  • No. 11 seed Gonzaga (23-9, 11-3 WCC) | RPI = 56
  • No. 1 seed Duke (30-4, 13-3 ACC) | RPI = 4
  • No. 8* seed Texas Southern (19-13, 16-2 SWAC) | RPI = 192: Loss at No. 1* seed Colorado (74-88 in the NIT)
  • Emporia State (16-14, 12-10 MIAA**)
  • No. 2* seed Washington State (20-12, 9-9 Pac-10) | RPI = 82: Win over No. 7* seed Long Beach State (85-74 in the NIT)
  • Alcorn State (4-24, 4-14 SWAC) | RPI = 337
  • Loyola-Chicago (16-15, 7-11 Horizon League) | RPI = 197
  • No. 2 seed Florida (26-7, 13-3 SEC) | RPI = 8
  • No. 8 seed UNLV (24-8, 11-5 Mountain West) | RPI = 25
  • UMKC (16-14, 9-9 Summit League) | RPI = 212
  • North Florida (15-19, 10-10 Atlantic Sun) | RPI = 149
  • Savannah State (12-18) | RPI = 252
  • No. 3* seed Oklahoma State (20-13, 6-10 Big 12) | RPI = 61
  • No. 1* seed Colorado (22-13, 8-8 Big 12) | RPI = 65: Win over No. 8* seed Texas Southern (88-74 in the NIT)
  • Texas Tech (13-19, 5-11 Big 12) | RPI = 165
  • No. 11 seed Missouri (23-10, 8-8 Big 12) | RPI = 37
  • No. 7 seed Texas A&M (24-8, 10-6 Big 12) | RPI = 30
  • Baylor (18-13, 7-9 Big 12) | RPI = 94
  • No. 1 seed Kansas (32-2, 14-2 Big 12) | RPI = 1
  • No. 5* seed Nebraska (19-13, 7-9 Big 12) | RPI = 89: Loss at No. 4* seed Wichita State (49-76 in the NIT)
  • Iowa State (16-16, 3-13 Big 12) | RPI = 138
  • Oklahoma (14-18, 5-11 Big 12) | RPI = 126
  • No. 4 seed Texas (27-7, 13-3 Big 12) | RPI = 11

*NIT
**Division II

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