This is the final major day of Championship Week, you guys! A few big tournaments will be decided tomorrow, but the picture of who’s in and who’s out of the Corenament is really starting to take shape. Let’s take a look:
Kamen Joshi (defending champion)
POP iD Café
Bold are regular season conference winners
You know what’s interesting? So far, not a single regular season champion has doubled up, which means that we’ll have fewer at-large bids available for some of the heavyweights who’ve fallen so far. And you think, Maniac, that’s going to make for a crappy Corenament. But is it? For instance, Avandoned is letting in Dots; Pour Lui made way for Chitti. And there may yet be some repeat champions! But for now, we’re looking at a very deep and very diverse field, with many of the surprising regular season champs getting crappy seeds because they never mustered the votes to stand out.
Fun! And watch out for some curveballs coming up; if George Mason could advance all the way to the Final Four in 2006 as a #11 seed, just imagine what could happen with the likes of Su-metal and First Summer Uika potentially lurking in the back of the pack.
And now for today’s matchups, split in half for what I hope is the last time (here’s part 2):