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Temple beat both Syracuse and Villanova away from home, but now has three head-scratching home losses, most recently to Duquesne. They have won nine of ten (that Duquesne game the only loss) though, including the season-ender vs VCU.
The Cyclones still have a bad record against good teams and are mostly a home court hero, but they have won two of their last three road games. They beat Oklahoma in the conference tournament opener for their best away from home win of the year.
Cal doesn't have a great record against better teams and took its first bad loss of the season in the Pac-12 tournament against Utah. They have shown an ability to win away from home though, so they should be safe.
The Sooners have wins over Kansas and Oklahoma State at home and are about .500 against the top 100. Their two most recent losses though are their worst losses of the season, including a real howler at TCU. They lost the rubber match with Iowa State in the Big 12 tournament.
Villanova let a great chance get away at Pitt. They knocked off Georgetown at home though. The Hoyas join Louisville, Marquette and Syracuse as teams the Wildcats beat at home. They didn't look good against Louisville in the Big East tournament.
The Minutemen picked up a big win over Temple in the A-10 tournament. They also won on the road at La Salle earlier. Not many teams have good wins away from home, however they also lost to fellow bubbler Tennessee on a neutral floor.
Kentucky picked up a big win at Florida to end the regular season. I said when Nerlens Noel got hurt that the Wildcats would probably have to do better without him than they did with him. They have picked up their two best wins of the year since then, but they have not done well away from home at all. They looked especially bad in their SEC tournament loss to Vandy.
Alabama has four bad losses, three at home, and has beaten a couple bubble teams, but nobody that's a sure thing. Also, most of their best work has been done at home. That's a lot to fix. They blew a great chance to fix some of that when they let a second half lead get away from them at Florida. The Tide gets another shot at Florida today.
Middle Tennessee took a bad loss to FIU in the Sun Belt semis. The Blue Raiders have just one top 100 RPI win, at home vs Ole Miss. No team has received an at-large bid with fewer than three top 100 wins. The media is campaigning hard for them, but this is not the kind of team that usually gets picked.
I can't seem to get rid of these guys. After three straight blowout losses, they came back to beat St. Joseph's. They have a win at Butler, which is one of the better road wins anyone on this page has.
The Cavs have some nice wins, especially Duke at home and at Wisconsin, but some bigger negatives. They have seven bad losses, including one to 300+ RPI Old Dominion. Nobody has ever received an at-large bid with that many. They also played a bad non-conference schedule and are bad away from home. Teams with their positives get left out sometimes, but teams with any one of their negatives rarely get in.
Like their in-state rival Iowa State, the Hawkeyes are a home-court hero. They have a bad record against good teams, with all the wins at home, and three bad losses. They also have the worst non-conference schedule of anyone on this list.