Two of those "mid-majors to watch out for in the tournament" - Monmouth and Valparaiso - lost in their respective conference tournaments. Monmouth fell to Iona in the MAAC finals while Valpo was upended by Wright State in the Horizon semifinals.
All in all, it allows us to debate: Should a team like Monmouth (27-7, wins over Notre Dame, USC, Georgetown, UCLA) be rewarded and invited to the dance over a team with a .500 conference record and twice as many losses (see Syracuse at 19-12 overall, 9-9 in the ACC)?
Here's our updated bracket, which is sure to change tonight and into tomorrow morning...
|LAST FOUR IN: UConn, Wichita State, St. Bonaventure, Monmouth; FIRST FOUR OUT: Valparaiso, Michigan, Gonzaga, Syracuse|