Time for another compilation of data from Basketball State's NCAA Tournament teamsheets. Before we start, though, I think it's worth taking a moment to lay out where the blog is headed over the next few weeks.
First of all, because of Villanova's game tonight at Notre Dame, the Schuylkill 16 poll will be held over until tomorrow. After that, I'll be spending a good bit of time working on a project for the site, so I will not be live-blogging the St. Joe's-Temple game on Thursday.
I am still debating whether to go to the Penn-Cornell game on Friday in Ithaca, N.Y., at which the Ivy League title could be clinched if the Big Red win and Princeton loses at Columbia. The weather will play a major role in my decision, as you can imagine.
If I go to Cornell, I would follow that by going to Penn at Columbia on Saturday, March 7. I'll be back in Philadelphia on Sunday the 8th, at which time I'll do another set of RPI tables.
Monday, March 9, will feature the Schuylkill 16's RPI table and the City Six Crunchy Numbers table, but not the Schuylkill 16 poll itself. That will hold until Wednesday so that it can include the Princeton-Penn game, which concludes the college basketball regular season. On Wednesday morning, I will head to Atlantic City for live-blogging of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
You should be aware that live-blogging rights are restricted at the tournament so I will not be doing chats as usual during games. But we will find time to interact via more than just comments on blog posts, probably between sessions.
And then we will throw a really big party on Selection Sunday the likes of which this blog has never seen before.
That may seem like a lot to digest. But there is far less time between now and then than you think, and it's going to go by really fast.
Okay, onto the stats. This week's wild card conference is the Big 12, in honor of my counterpart at the Houston Chronicle, Zachary Levine. Zach does a job quite similar to mine for the Chronicle's website, where he writes a blog about sports statistics called The Unofficial Scorer.
Yesterday afternoon, Zach wrote about how many Big 12 teams might make the NCAA Tournament, and gave me a shoutout at the end of the post. So here's one back to him and his readers as we all make the journey towards the Big Dance together.
(Ignore that part at the end about Brad Lidge's old team, though.)
By the way, if any of you reading this blog today are doing so from Houston, I have to call you out for reportedly panicking over 30-degree temperatures down there over the weekend. We'll see your cold and raise you the foot of snow, that fell here in Philadelphia overnight.
Try having a rodeo in that.