Brackets busted?

When we first posed the idea of the Patriot League getting to bids to the Big Dance, we did it to make a case, not because we actually thought anyone in Big Time Media of on the committee would consider the idea.

But Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology piece on seems to validate our contention. Lunardi has Holy Cross in the tournament as a 13 seed, replacing Bucknell. But he listed Bucknell, along with Temple, Princeton as among the last eight left out.

He also projects St. Joe's and George Washington both getting bids out of the A-10, which makes us a little skeptical, since it looks like GW's stock has fallen more than that the last few weeks.

Still, it makes us wonder, had Bucknell not stumbled twice last weekend, was our two-bid scenario a possibility? And could it still happen if Holy Cross wins out, then loses to Bucknell or American (or even Lehigh) in the conference final?

At the very least, it would seem like Bucknell or Holy Cross, should they lose in the conference final, ought to have a shot at an NIT bid, which would be a big step forward for this league.

By the way, we should also point out that Lunardi is not the only one who projects brackets. Over at Bracketology 101, they are still picking Bucknell as the Patriot League's representative. We mention that only becausethose guys have had a better record picking the field than any of the Big Time Media folks.

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