NCAA tournament 2011: No No. 1 seed for BYU
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What mattered Wednesday:
Miami 80, Maryland 66: That's it. The Terps now need to win the ACC tournament to return to the NCAA tournament. This was indeed the transition year that many expected after losing Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne. The Terps have a solid foundation with Jordan Williams and Terrell Stoglin, and they beat everyone they should have beaten this season, but they could not beat an elite team -- not one.
American 69, Colgate 53: American takes the first step toward a bid with a commanding victory. No. 2 seed American advanced to play No. 6 seed Lafayette in Sunday's semifinal. Vlad Moldoveanu had 31 points for American, including 18 in the second half.
New Mexico 82, BYU 64: Forward Brandon Davies was dismissed and BYU suddenly looks awful. And this outcome occurred at BYU. There goes the No. 1 seed. And the Cougars could continue to fall. Is anyone still going to pick this team to make a deep run?
North Carolina 72, Florida State 70: This was a valiant effort by the Seminoles, but Harrison Barnes had the last shot. He may not be a first-team all-American -- as some thought before the season -- but he has blossomed into the player many thought he'd be. Carolina has got a lot of the pieces to advance to at least the second weekend of the NCAA tournament.
Duke 70, Clemson 59: This sets up a Bubble Buster this weekend between Clemson and Virginia Tech. It would also help both to have some success in the ACC tourney regardless of who wins this weekend.
East Carolina 68, Memphis 67: Shame on me. Seriously shame on me for believing even for a second that Memphis wanted to play in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers went belly up against UTEP the other day. Now they fall at East Carolina. I won't make that mistake again, and neither will the committee that matters. Get them out of the bracket.
Alabama-Birmingham 67, Southern Mississippi 66: Southern Miss had a resume as bland as cold oatmeal. It remains bland. They needed this one, didn't get it. UAB is proving to be the class of a mediocre league.
Iowa State 95, Colorado 90: Colorado is capable of beating most teams near the top of the standings and capable of losing to most teams at the bottom of the standings. They picked the wrong time to lose to the worst team in the league.
| March 3, 2011; 8:32 AM ET
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