Oklahoma State and TCU dared to dream … but lost anyway.
Miami (Ohio) made a 20-point second-half comeback … but couldn’t make free throws in the overtimes and lost in double-OT.
Arkansas made a similarly improbable comeback … but couldn’t finish against Tennessee.
They were among the 38 teams that were dismissed from the national championship chase on a busy tournament elimination day. Several losers remain in the hunt for NCAA tournament at-large bids, but many more saw their long-shot hopes of "One Shining Moment" end with finality. We’ve now eliminated more than 200 teams and are down to 107.
The full list of the dearly departed for Thursday:
ACC: Virginia (somehow blew a 10-point lead against Miami in the final 42 seconds of regulation and lost in overtime); Wake Forest (put out of its misery by Boston College); North Carolina State (put out of its misery by Maryland); Georgia Tech (put out of its misery by Virginia Tech).
Big 12: Oklahoma State (which didn’t go quietly against Kansas); Oklahoma (which did go quietly against Texas). Kansas State and Missouri lost, but both are safe bets to dance.
Big East: All losers will make the NCAA tourney, so none were eliminated from title contention Thursday.
Big Ten: Minnesota (beaten by Northwestern); Iowa (beaten by Michigan State); Indiana (beaten by Penn State).
Big West: UC Irvine (beaten by Long Beach State); Pacific (beaten by UC Santa Barbara); Cal Poly (beaten by UC Riverside); Cal State Fullerton (beaten by Cal State Northridge).
Conference USA: Southern Mississippi (beaten by Memphis); Marshall (beaten by UTEP); Rice (beaten by Tulsa). Top seed UAB was upset by East Carolina in OT, but the Blazers are still the first team out according to Joey Brackets, so we won’t eliminate them just yet.
MEAC: Coppin State (beaten by Norfolk State); North Carolina A&T (beaten by Morgan State).
MAC: Bowling Green (beaten by Western Michigan); Miami (beaten by Akron in double OT); Buffalo (beaten by Kent State); Ohio (beaten by Ball State in OT).
Mountain West: TCU (beaten by BYU); Colorado State (beaten by New Mexico); Utah (beaten by San Diego State); Air Force (beaten by UNLV).
Pac-10: California (beaten by USC); Oregon State (beaten by Arizona). UCLA was embarrassed by Oregon, but is still fine tourney-wise. Washington State (despite 43 from Klay Thompson) couldn’t beat Washington for a third time, but we’ll be generous and keep the Cougs on the bubble for now.
SEC: Auburn (beaten by Georgia); South Carolina (beaten by Ole Miss); Arkansas (beaten by Tennessee); LSU (beaten by Vanderbilt)
Southland: Sam Houston State (beaten by Texas-San Antonio); Texas State (beaten by McNeese State).
SWAC: Mississippi Valley State (upset by Grambling); Alabama A&M (beaten by Alabama State).
WAC: Idaho (beaten by San Jose State); Nevada (beaten by New Mexico State).