Saturday, May 10, 2008

EVENING

Florida (62-2) won the SEC tournament with a 4-1 victory over Alabama. Look for the Gators to be the No. 1 national seed when the NCAA field is announced tomorrow. As has been common for SEC teams in recent years, Florida did not play the toughest possible out-of-conference schedule this year. Still, a 62-2 record is amazing, regardless of schedule.

Northwestern edged Iowa 1-0 for the Big 10 tournament championship.

Tomorrow's Big 12 tourney final pits Nebraska against Texas A&M.

[Also in the Big 12 tourney, my school Texas Tech did something unusual in its opening game against Missouri. See my Hot Hand page, which is devoted to statistical analysis of sports streakiness.]

The Pac 10 title (with no tournament) goes to Arizona State (18-3), just ahead of UCLA (17-4).

MORNING

In today's conference tournament action around the country...

Florida and Alabama will be getting underway shortly in the SEC championship game. With Arizona State stumbling a bit lately, Florida seems to be in a good position to obtain the No. 1 national seeding when the NCAA field is announced on Sunday night (via a Fresno State discussion board, I learned of these details about the NCAA selection show).

Meanwhile, Iowa and Northwestern will be playing in the Big 10 title game.

The Big 12 tourney holds two rounds on Saturday (the quarter- and semi-finals) with the title game on Sunday.

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UCLA dropped a Friday decision to Oregon State, putting the Bruins a game behind Arizona State in the Pac 10 standings. Each team has one game to play.