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Blind Test: Which bubble team is more deserving of an NCAA bid?

by | CBSSports.com staff
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Do you want to be a part of the NCAA men's basketball selection committee?

Well we can't grant you that, but we can offer you the next best alternative.

Tasked with constructing the NCAA Tournament brackets on March 17, the 10-member selection committee will sift through contenders for 37 at-large spots. Leading up until Selection Sunday, CBSSports.com will present blind resume tests in which you will have the option to select between two teams vying for those available tournament bids.

Team
Record
Conf. Rec.
SOS
Rec. vs. Top 50
Rec. vs. Top 51-100
Team A
19-8
10-4
49
1-4
5-4
Team B
24-5
12-2
124
1-2
4-1

The identity of the teams will be withheld, while providing a table of vital statistics and data to help you make your selection. There will be an explanation of the figures in a key below. To make your selection, pick your choice in the poll on the left-hand side of the page.

The team identities will be revealed via a link at the bottom of this page.

To kick off the first edition of the test, we look at a pair of squads ranked very closely in terms of RPI (Rating Percentage Index), which orders teams based on wins, losses and strength of schedule. One of these teams has had success in the past, but is from a smaller league, while the other is from a larger conference.

Fan Poll

Which team is more deserving for an NCAA bid?

Team A
47%
Team B
53%

Total Votes: 3,391

In Jerry Palm's latest bracket prediction, one of these squads is in the field of 68, while the other is projected to be left out.

Chart Key

Record: Indicates the team's overall record this season.

Conf. Record: Indicates the team's record in its respective conference this season.

SOS Rank: Indicates a ranking of the team's strength of schedule this season. This is compiled by generating the average winning percentage of opponents the team has faced this season. That figure is then ranked out of the 347 Division I teams.

Record vs. Top 50 RPI: Indicates the team's record against opponents ranked in the Top 50 in RPI.

Record vs. 51-100 RPI: Indicates the team's record against opponents ranked 51-100 in RPI.

Click here to reveal the identities of the teams. Team A will appear in the left column, while Team B will be on the right. Then choose your own teams to compare.

Check back Wednesday for another installment of the blind resume test.

Follow Lorenzo Reyes @LReyesCBS

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