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TOURNEY WATCH: 3/21/2011

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So let me get this straight: If there's minimal contact near the rim at the end of the Butler-Pittsburgh game, it's a foul both ways, but if it's the Arizona-Texas game, we just let them play on? Yeah, that's consistent...
So let me get this straight: If there's minimal contact near the rim at the end of the Butler-Pittsburgh game, it's a foul both ways, but if it's the Arizona-Texas game, we just let them play on? Yeah, that's consistent...

Sunday brought a mixed tournament bag for both the ACC and the Big 12.

The Atlantic Coast Conference dodged a PR bullet when Michigan's final shot rolled off the rim and Duke avoided what would have been a second embarrassing loss by a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

On the flip side, the ACC endured possibly an even bigger embarrassment when Virginia Tech couldn't put little ol' Wichita State away, either in regulation or in overtime, and lost at home to the Shockers in the NIT's second round.

As for the Big 12, Kansas took a big step forward by beating ninth-seeded Illinois, the highest-seeded team the Jayhawks will face before reaching Houston, which they are almost certain to do barring another shocking upset.

Meanwhile, Texas fell short of making any sort of discernible impact on this tournament by starting slow against Arizona, then not finishing the game when they had a chance to put it away late with a two-point lead.

In other words, it was a typical Rick Barnes-in-March performance. But still better than losing in the NIT, right?

Associated Press Ranking = 21

ESPN/USA Today Ranking = 24

Overall Record = 23-11

Big 12 Record = 10-6

Top 50 Record = 4-7

Big 12 Seed = 4

NCAA Seed = 5

RPI = 23

SOS = 11

Region (Site) = Southeast (Tucson)

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

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 (22-12, 9-7 ACC) | RPI = 62: Loss to No. 4* seed Wichita State (76-79 in overtime in the NIT)
  • Presbyterian (13-18, 7-11 Big South) | RPI = 204
  • Gonzaga (24-10, 11-3 WCC) | RPI = 56
  • No. 1 seed Duke (32-4, 13-3 ACC) | RPI = 4: Win over No. 8 seed Michigan (73-71 in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament)
  • Texas Southern (19-13, 16-2 SWAC) | RPI = 192
  • Emporia State (16-14, 12-10 MIAA**)
  • No. 2* seed Washington State (20-12, 9-9 Pac-10) | RPI = 82
  • Alcorn State (4-24, 4-14 SWAC) | RPI = 337
  • Loyola-Chicago (16-15, 7-11 Horizon League) | RPI = 197
  • No. 2 seed Florida (28-7, 13-3 SEC) | RPI = 8
  • UNLV (24-9, 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 (23-13, 8-8 Big 12) | RPI = 65
  • Texas Tech (13-19, 5-11 Big 12) | RPI = 165
  • Missouri (23-11, 8-8 Big 12) | RPI = 37
  • No. 24 Texas A&M (24-9, 10-6 Big 12) | RPI = 30
  • Baylor (18-13, 7-9 Big 12) | RPI = 94
  • No. 1 seed Kansas (34-2, 14-2 Big 12) | RPI = 1: Win over No. 9 seed Illinois (73-59 in the Southwest Region of the NCAA Tournament)
  • Nebraska (19-13, 7-9 Big 12) | RPI = 89
  • Iowa State (16-16, 3-13 Big 12) | RPI = 138
  • Oklahoma (14-18, 5-11 Big 12) | RPI = 126
  • No. 4 seed Texas (28-8, 13-3 Big 12) | RPI = 11: Loss to No. 5 seed Arizona (69-70 in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament)
  • No. 19 Utah State (30-4, 15-1 WAC) | RPI = 15
  • No. 4 seed Wisconsin (25-8, 13-5 Big Ten) | RPI = 16

*NIT
**Division II