It’s 11 p.m. — just 15 hours (including the loss of one hour for daylight savings) until the NCAA selection committee unveils the 68-team tournament field.
Here’s the latest:
Joe Lunardi still envisions two from the Pac-12 — tournament champ and automatic bid winner Colorado, and Cal. The Bears are not among his “last four in”, so perhaps they can breathe a bit easier.
Lunardi has Washington as the “first team out,” which means they are very close.
Long Beach State won the Big West tournament tonight — good news for Cal and UW, because the 49ers probably would have stolen an at-large had they lost to UC Santa Barbara.
Elsewhere . . .
Two teams from New Mexico with featured players from the Bay Area earned automatic bids tonight.
— Richmond’s Wendell McKines had 27 points and 14 rebounds for his 20th double-double of the season and New Mexico State (26-9) routed Louisiana Tech 82-57 to win the WAC bid. McKines won MVP honors for the tournament after averaging 21.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in three games.
— San Jose’s Drew Gordon had 12 points and 12 rebounds and New Mexico (27-6) topped San Diego State 68-59 for the Mountain West tournament title. Gordon also was named MVP after averaging 15.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in three wins.