Sunday was day seven of Championship Fortnight, and although there weren’t a lot of championship games — Monday is actually a better night for that — we still eliminated another 15 teams from national title contention. Yesterday also brought us to our first quandary of what to do with bubble teams from small conferences with Top 50 RPI ratings. We’d rather be more inclusive at this point rather than less, so for that reason we’re keeping MAAC regular season champion Iona (RPI: #38) and Sun Belt regular season champion Middle Tennessee State (RPI: #44) in the Circle of March. Their fates are in the Selection Committee’s hands now, but we’re not willing to eliminate them just yet.
That leaves us with 201 schools still alive heading into tonight’s action. Monday is a relatively light night beyond the four championship games in the CAA, MAAC, SoCon and WCC, but we’ll be back tomorrow as always with an updated CoM.