Before they burst, a rundown of resumes for every bubble team
We thought you'd want these all in one place. Here are the cases for every team on the bubble. We contacted the schools and asked them to stump. Here's what they've sent us. And, as always, you can/should use our comparison tool to get a full statistic rundown of how one team lines up against another.
We thought you'd want these all in one place. Here are the cases for every team on the bubble. We contacted the schools and asked them to stump. Here's what they've sent us. And as always, you can/should use our comparison tool to get a full statistic rundown of how one team lines up against another.
Here's how they line up.
Tennessee 20-12, 11-7 SEC (tied for fifth)
Non-Conference SOS: 43
Best Wins: Florida, Missouri, Wichita State, UMass, Kentucky, Alabama
Worst Losses: Georgia (twice)
-- Won nine of last 11.
-- Went 4-1 in last five true road games.
-- Two losses came in games that starting point guard Trae Golden missed due to a hamstring injury (Georgia, at Arkansas).
-- Team had to adjust to playing without All-SEC forward Jeronne Maymon this season. He redshirted due to knee injury.
-- Eight straight seasons of top-six attendance nationally; fans will travel.
Alabama 21-12, 12-6 SEC (tied for second)
Non-Conference SOS: 118
Best wins: Villanova, Kentucky, Tennessee (twice), South Dakota State
Worst Losses: at Auburn, Tulane, Mercer, Dayton
-- Went 1-5 in December and were without lone senior Andrew Steele, who had surgery to repair a sports hernia. Missed seven games from Nov. 23-Dec. 30. Starting center Carl Engstrom was also lost for the season with a knee injury on Dec. 1.
-- Team is 3-6 in games that Steele has not played. Crimson Tide are 18-6 with him in the lineup.
-- Alabama was second in the SEC with a 12-6 mark, ahead of Missouri and Ole Miss.
-- Crimson Tide won 13 of their last 19.
-- Alabama played just two games at home -- Kentucky and Tennessee - against the top five teams in the league. Crimson Tide won both.
-- Alabama is 8-8 against top-100 RPI teams and 7-9 in road contests.
UMass 21-11, 9-7 A-10 (tied for sixth)
Non-Conference SOS: 72
Best wins: Temple, La Salle, Ohio, Saint Joe's, Xavier
Worst losses: George Washington, St. Bonaventure, Charlotte
-- 10-3 non-conference record with four games on the road and three neutral.
-- Played 12 true road games and was 12-7 in road/neutral site games.
-- Seven of the 11 losses came to top-50 teams.
-- Defeated nine top-100 teams.
-- No losses below 149 in the RPI.
-- Played the final 18 games without second-leading scorer Jesse Morgan.
La Salle 21-9, 11-5 A-10 (tied for third)
Non-Conference SOS: 101
Best wins: Butler, VCU, Villanova
Worst losses: Central Connecticut State, Xavier
-- Two top-30 RPI wins, over Butler and at VCU.
-- Six top-100 wins.
-- Eight true road wins.
-- Only one loss outside top 75 of RPI.
-- Lost to Central Connecticut without Tyrone Garland, the team's third-leading scorer, who was sitting due to transfer.
-- The last two losses came without injured Steve Zack -- who could be back for NCAAs.
Virginia 21-11, 11-7 ACC (tied for fourth)
Non-Conference SOS: 303
Best wins: Duke, North Carolina, Wisconsin, NC State, Tennessee, Maryland (twice)
Worst losses: Old Dominion, Clemson, Wake Forest, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Delaware, Boston College
-- 3-0 against other bubble teams (2-0 vs. Maryland and 1-0 vs. Tennessee).
-- Did not have starting point guard Jontel Evans in losses to George Mason and ODU, and he played just three minutes in loss to Delaware -- all due to injury.
-- Eight of the 11 losses have been by an average of 3.3 points.
-- Have lost 22 games due to injury from top eight players in rotation (Evans with 9, Darion Atkins with 8, Mike Tobey with 5).
-- Have won eight games against top-100 teams.
-- Have lost seven games against teams below 100.
Maryland 22-12, 8-10 ACC (seventh)
Non-Conference SOS: 305
Best wins: Duke (twice), NC State
Worst losses: Georgia Tech, Boston College
-- Two wins against Duke -- including the lone team to beat the Blue Devils with Ryan Kelly.
-- Combined home/neutral mark of 19-5.
-- Seven of 10 players are underclassmen, and 80 percent of scoring comes from freshmen and sophomores.
Southern Miss 25-9, 12-4 C-USA (second)
Non-Conference SOS: 79
Best wins: Denver, UTEP (twice)
Worst losses: Marshall, Central Florida
-- 13 wins away from home, including nine true road victories.
-- Of the 13 non-league games, 10 were on the road.
-- Five top-100 wins.
-- No wins against NCAA tourney teams.
-- 12 league wins.
-- Took Memphis to double overtime in C-USA title game.
-- Least experienced team in Division I, with just six years of experience.
Middle Tennessee State 28-5, 19-1 Sun Belt (first)
Non-Conference SOS: 9
Best wins: Ole Miss, Central Florida
Worst losses: Arkansas State, FIU
-- Lost to FIU in Sun Belt semifinals.
-- No team with at least 28 D-I wins has ever been left out of the tournament.
-- Won the Sun Belt Conference (No. 15 in RPI, No. 19 in KenPom) by five games.
-- Lost once between Dec. 14 and March 1.
-- Is just 1-3 vs. the top 50.
-- Led its league in points scored and fewest points allowed.
-- 11 road wins, third nationally.
-- Three losses were to conference champions; vs. Florida, at Akron in OT, and at Belmont.
St. Mary's 27-6, 14-2 WCC (second)
Non-Conference SOS: 113
Best wins: Creighton, BYU (twice)
Worst losses: Georgia Tech, Pacific, Northern Iowa
-- Three losses since Dec. 23 have only come against Gonzaga; went undefeated against the rest of the WCC.
-- 11 road/neutral wins.
-- Have three wins over NCAA tournament teams: Creighton, Pacific and Harvard.
-- Creighton has not lost since it fell to St. Mary's.
Kentucky 21-11, 12-6 SEC (tied for second)
Non-Conference SOS: 59
Best wins: Florida, Missouri, Ole Miss
Worst losses: Georgia, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M
-- With one of the youngest teams in the country, Kentucky has overcome the adversity of losing its starting point guard (Ryan Harrow) in November, then having its starting forward (Willie Cauley-Stein) out for four games in SEC play before losing its best player (SEC Freshman of the Year Nerlens Noel) for the season. Team was 4-4 after Noel injury but defeated Florida and Missouri without him.
-- Kentucky beat Maryland on a neutral site, Ole Miss on the road and split with Tennessee. UK had a 3-1 record against the SEC's most likely NCAA teams (Florida, Missouri and Ole Miss) and Kentucky's 4-3 record against the top six teams in the SEC was the league's best.
-- All losses since Noel injury came away from home.
-- 1-3 against Top 25 teams in the RPI and 9-0 against teams ranked below 200.
-- 3-3 against the top 50.
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