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March Madness: Big 12 off to sluggish start

by Berry Tramel Published: March 22, 2014
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The Big 12, courtesy mostly of the Oklahoma schools, is off to a sluggish start in the NCAA Tournament. The Big 12 went 4-3 in the first round (sorry; pig-tail games in Dayton are not the first round).

Not bad, but not great. Here are the standings going into the regional quarterfinals:

1. SEC 4-0: Tennessee’s two victories were an unseen bounty.

2. American 3-1: Strong opening. Memphis, Connecticut and Louisville won. Only Cincinnati lost.

3. ACC 5-2: Mike Krzyzewski took on the Atlantic-10, saying the ACC needed more bids than the A-10. Turns out the Atlantic Sun should have been on Duke’s mind — the A-Sun’s Mercer upset the Blue Devils, keeping the ACC from an even better start.

4. Pac-12 4-2: Texas’ victory over Arizona State really helped the Big 12, else the Pac-12 would have been off to a super start.

5. Big 12 4-3: Key game for the Big 12 in the regional quarterfinals — Baylor vs. Creighton.

6. Big Ten 3-3: Strong games from Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin, but all came against overmatched competition.

7. Big East 2-2: I know it’s hard to remember who’s in the league anymore. So here goes. Creighton and Villanova were winners; Providence and Xavier were losers.

8. Mountain West 1-1: San Diego State won, New Mexico lost. Just like last year.

8. West Coast 1-1: Gonzaga won, BYU lost.

10. Atlanta-10 2-4: Almost a disastrous first round for the A-10. Dayton beat Ohio State and Saint Louis beat North Carolina State in overtime. Either could have lost.

 

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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