Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mid-Major Monday

Besides the drubbing of North Carolina by Connecticut, Monday was a quiet day for the big conference teams. But Mondays are always busy days for teams from small conferences. The conference leaders from the Big South (Liberty), the Atlantic Sun (East Tennessee State) and the Northeast Conference (St. Francis (PA)) all lost on Monday. Their presumed automatic bids were taken over by Gardner Webb, Robert Morris, and the Camels of Campbell College.

In addition, due to daily RPI fluctuation, Charlotte and Missouri State traded places, which means the Bears are now slated for an at-large bid according to the College Women's Hoops S-Factor. Missouri State is having another good season, and they are at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference standings along with Creighton and Northern Iowa. Creighton is credited with the Valley's presumed automatic bid just because of inertia: they held the conference lead on their own more recently than the other teams.

Now in: Robert Morris, Gardner Webb, Campbell, Missouri State
Now out: East Tennessee State, St. Francis (PA), Liberty, Charlotte

Conferences with multiple bids:
Big East: 9
ACC: 7
Big Ten: 7
Big 12: 6
PAC-10: 4
SEC: 4
Atlantic 10: 2
Missouri Valley: 2

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