Big XII = 6-0; they got 'em all (Tex., Okla., A&M, OklaSt., Mizzou, KU) through to the first weekend. Well done. A real good, deep, underappreciated league.
Big East = 5-1 with L'ville awaiting certain W over Morehead St later tonight. A predictably impressive run for the media's most appreciated league.
Big Ten = 2-2 with Wisky, Ohio St and Mich St coming up tonight. Of course, the team that some thought didn't deserve a bid (Michigan) went out and handed the equally-deep ACC their only loss so far. Illinois had injury issues many suspected would hurt 'em against a perennial tourney-tested team in the 'Toppers from Bowling Green,Ky.
ACC is 3-1 with Wake, BC and FSU tonight
Pacific-10 is 3-1 with 'Zona and Southern Cal tonight
19 of the 24 teams to advance so far are from the above five conferences. Dayton, LSU, WKU, Gonzaga and Memphis are the interlopers. Says a lot about the powerfully powerful power conferences, to borrow a turn of phrase from renown, former WOR Channel 9 talk show host Joe Franklin.
All other leagues had three or fewer teams in the field.
The small conferences are gettin' resoundly crushed, but hey they're putting up some nice halftime scores in spots and taking some elite teams deep into the second half (American, North Dakota St., E. Tenn. St. for example).
Not a ton of excitement or even dramatic finishes this year so far, but it's semi-early still. But I can't imagine CBS Execs are totally thrilled to this point. Even if the ratings turn out to be solid, they actually do care as much about the competition. They really are sports people first and foremost.