6 p.m. Selection Show: Is Drexel Out? Where Will Temple Go? Did the A-10 Get Four Bids?

6 p.m. Selection Show: Is Drexel Out? Where Will Temple Go? Did the A-10 Get Four Bids?

The WolfPack may have just ousted the DACPack.
Thanks to conference Player of the Year Andrew Nicholson's 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks, St. Bonaventure just won its first ever Atlantic 10 championship, defeating the at-large-hopeful Xavier Musketeers. They will be going to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000.
The Bonnies' win may have just assured the A-10 (a surprising) four bids to the field of 68. Just a week ago, it was reasonable to assume Temple and St. Louis would have been the conference's only representatives. That extra berth, or two extra berths (if St. Louis and Xavier are both taken), obviously means one or two fewer spots for the Drexel Dragons, who failed to win the final game of the CAA tournament last Monday night and have been sitting squarely on the bubble all week.
Right around 1 p.m., just as Xavier and Bonaventure were tipping off the in A-10 title game, Joe Lunardi offered his final "Last Four Outs" and "First Four Ins." Clearly, he believes there to be a correlation between Drexel's chances and St. Bonaventure's autobid:
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@ESPNLunardi
Joe Lunardi Final "Last Four In:" South Florida, N.C. State, Seton Hall and Drexel (or St. Bonaventure).
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Fortunately for the Dragons, Lunardi isn't on the committee, nor is he the only authority in predicting the actions of those "in the room." The Inquirer's Mike Jensen, who Lunardi claims to have actually coined the term "bracketologist" years ago, is citing Stewart Mandel and Andy Glockner (both of Sports Illustrated fame) who "can't imagine Drexel in" and have them in "with a couple spots to spare," respectively. Moreover, we should clarify that there is no necessary correlation between Drexel and Bonaventure, i.e. the Bonnies could have eliminated really any bubble team, including Xavier.
As for Drexel's resume, the Dragons would have, by far, the lowest strength of schedule of any team to make the tournament. Still, it will make you wonder just what the polls are good for if  the committee turns down a Top 30 team. The Dragons were ranked "28th" and "30th" in the most recent AP and coaches polls released Mar. 5.  
You can do all the conjecturing you wish over the next couple hours (and probably hurt your head in the process), but we'll all find out about the Dragons (for better or for worse) some time between 6 and 7 p.m. this evening.
Moving on to the Temple Owls, they'll be waiting to see where they fall in the bracket and where they'll be heading later this week. Most projections have the Owls hovering as a fifth or sixth seed. This will be the Owls' fifth consecutive tournament bid. In their last four trips to the dance, they have been seeded no higher than fifth. There was talk just two weeks ago, before the SJU loss, that Temple was in line for a four, and possibly even a three, if they were to run the table. That obviously didn't happen.
And now, if we're to have our cake and eat it too, our official Selection Sunday wish list:

1. The Drexel Dragons make their first NCAA tournament since 1996.2. The Atlantic 10 gets its four bids anyway.3. And Xavier pops up as an 11 seed directly under #6 Cincinnati.

We came dream can't we?
Hey Drexel fans -- how you feeling right now?
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@DACPack
DAC Pack welp we officially hate the A10.
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St. Bonaventure head coach Mark Schmidt's postgame press conference:

Up from 217 to 250, Ben Simmons also stronger mentally from work with LeBron

Up from 217 to 250, Ben Simmons also stronger mentally from work with LeBron

CAMDEN, N.J. — It appears Ben Simmons took the saying about having the weight of the world on your shoulders a tad literal.

The Sixers' No. 1 overall pick walked into the team's sparkling new training complex for media day sporting a much bigger frame than when his name was called on draft night.

"I'm a lot stronger. When I started getting ready for the draft I was about 217 [pounds] and now I'm around 250," Simmons said Monday.

When you're expected to be the centerpiece of an organization that managed just 10 wins a season ago, it helps to have that extra bulk to carry those expectations. 

But Simmons isn’t just being looked at as a key to help change the franchise’s fortunes. He’s also being viewed as perhaps a once-in-a-generation talent after drawing several comparisons to LeBron James, who Simmons shares an agent with in Klutch Sports Group.

So how did the incoming rookie deal with being likened to four-time MVP and three-time NBA champion James? He went to work like someone trying to achieve those same goals.

“Just being around him and learning from his habits and what he does has just helped me overall,” Simmons said of working out with James and other NBA stars during the summer. “He’ll be one of the first guys in the gym every day. It doesn’t matter what day it is. He’s one of those guys who gets the work in and enjoys the rest of his day. Just learning from him I think I can take a lot from what he’s done. ... He’s done a lot for me. He’s helped me experience things I need to learn.

“They get in the gym and work. It’s one of those things where they don’t play around. They get straight to it. Obviously in the weight room too. LeBron loves the VersaClimber and they also brought two more in here. I’m starting to learn from what these guys do, D-Wade (Dwyane Wade) also. They’re all doing the same thing, working out every day and getting ready.”

That type of work ethic will go a long way toward Simmons' earning the respect of his Sixers teammates. The group was already eager to get on the floor with him for training camp at Stockton University and get a firsthand look at the versatile forward, especially his prowess as a passer.

“The most exciting thing that I’ve seen was his passing ability,” Jahlil Okafor said of Simmons. “That’s going to help me out a lot. He’s selfless. Being with the summer league guys he was always about the team. I’ve always considered myself a good teammate and he’s a great one as well. I’m excited to work with him.”

“I think for anybody who likes to shoot or likes to score, whenever you can have a big man who is a really good ball handler, can make good decisions, has great vision, it’s always a great thing,” Gerald Henderson said. “If you can be aggressive on the offensive end you don’t always have to have the basketball to be able to be right there and score. You have somebody that can find you and really is thinking pass-first. I think it’ll be great, not only for us but just our offense in general.”

Considering that the Sixers finished 29th in scoring a season ago, Simmons knows they will need him to be more than just a facilitator. The team needs consistent scoring from everyone on the court. And while the LSU product’s jump shot was questioned during his lone year in college, he believes he has worked hard to silence those doubts.

“I usually try to take what they give me. Obviously I’ve been working on my shot a lot with all the coaches,” Simmons said. “I can shoot the ball. I’m not really worried about that. Coming into training camp, it’s one of the things I’ve been working on since LSU.”

Simmons made it clear several times that he is confident in his offensive game and that the Sixers’ logjam in the frontcourt will work itself out on the floor. One thing he’s not so sure about: that he’s even in this position.

Despite dreaming about being in the NBA since he was a kid in Australia and being groomed to be the No. 1 overall pick for years, Simmons said it’s still a bit of a surprise to be at this point.

“I think it’s still surreal for me,” he said. “I think it’ll finally hit me once I step on the court matched up against OKC the first game.”

There were Carson Wentz and Ben Simmons fans at the debate last night

There were Carson Wentz and Ben Simmons fans at the debate last night

I'm not sure if they could win nationally, but there is absolutely no doubt that a Wentz-Simmons ticket would dominate the Delaware Valley.

An intrepid Philadelphia sports fan was up at the Presidential Debate last night at Hofstra University and made a sign showing his support... for the Eagles and Sixers.

I don't know though, I'm pretty sure Simmons was born in Australia.