WBB odds and ends: Selection Monday

March 14, 2011

Vanderbilt's men's team learned its postseason fate on Sunday evening and Monday is the women's turn. ESPN will air the women's basketball NCAA selection show at 6 p.m. CT.

The Commodores will be looking for their 12th straight appearance in the Big Dance, a tournament the team has won at least one game in each of the last 11 seasons.

2010-11 Opponents in Tournament
Four of Vanderbilt's non-conference opponents locked up NCAA Tournament bids by winning their conference tournaments. Just last week, Bowling Green (MAC) and Samford (Southern) joined Princeton and UT Martin, who had previously secured bids.

The Commodores were 3-1 against the four schools this year with the only loss coming at Bowling Green on Dec. 1. Second-seeded BGSU defeated Eastern Michigan, 51-46, in the MAC Tournament Championship.

Samford earned an automatic bid by defeating top-seeded Appalachian State in the Southern Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs were the second seed in the tournament.

Princeton locked up its bid by winning the Ivy League. Vanderbilt topped the Tigers 74-68 on Nov. 28.

UT Martin earned an automatic bid by winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. Vanderbilt beat UT Martin 72-60 on Dec. 9.

Two other non-conference opponents appear to be in the mix for at-large bids. Florida State is a lock to make the field and Duquesne is on the bubble. Vanderbilt lost at Florida State (66-72) in November, but won at Duquesne (80-59).

Conference foe Tennessee also earned an automatic bid by winning the SEC Tournament.

Shrinking the Bubble
A pair of significant upsets shrunk the bubble by two slots over the weekend. C-USA and the WAC were projected to be one-bid leagues, but tournament wins by Fresno State and UCF likely gives both leagues two bids. Louisiana Tech is expected to receive an at-large bid out of the WAC and Houston is projected to receive the same out of C-USA.

See where the prognosticators have Vanderbilt landing in the NCAA Tournament.

ESPN: 10th Seed in Durham, N.C. (Philadelphia Regional)
College RPI: Final bracket will be posted Monday afternoon
Mel Greenberg: Projected as one of four SEC teams



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