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Bubble buster Thursday

Posted on: March 9, 2012 3:16 am
Edited on: March 9, 2012 10:26 am
A lot of bubble teams did themselves no favors today, and that has caused another shakeup at the bottom of the bracket.

Washington, Northwestern, Oregon and Mississippi State were among those that not only lost, but lost badly.  The Wildcats lost to Minnesota, but the other three all lost to triple-digit RPI teams.  Despite Northwestern's loss, I still have them in the bracket. 

South Florida also lost, in overtime, to Notre Dame.  The Bulls are also still in the bracket -- for now.

Washington is not though.  The Huskies are the regular season champion of the moribund Pac-12, but their lack of quality wins, both inside and outside the league, will make it hard for the committee to select them.  If they miss, they will be the first major-conference champion ever to do so in the 64+ team era.  They would also be the first outright champion of a top ten league to miss since Miami-Ohio did so in 2005.

Cincinnati is climbing up the bracket quickly with a win over Georgetown in the Big East tournament.  I have them in an 8-9 game today.

Ole Miss won its game, setting up an elimination clash with Tennessee in the SEC.

Iowa put the final nail in Illinois' coffin at the Big Ten tournament, not that the Illini held out realistic at-large hopes anyway.

Texas and Colorado St filled holes in their tournament resumes by winning away from home.  The Rams beat TCU for their best away win of the year, and Texas beat Iowa State to help get a good grip on their spot in the field.

Games to watch tomorrow for bubble teams include Xavier-Dayton, Tennessee-Ole Miss, and the Pac 12 semis.


Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 10:18 am

Bubble buster Thursday

Wrong.  Colorado is not a "tripple-digit RPI team".  Get your $7!& together Palm.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 10:03 am

Bubble buster Thursday

I feel for the Drexels, Ionas, ORUs etc who lost in their Conf Tourneys. Their regular season success now means squat.  The real purpose of the extra 'play-in' games seems clear give middle of the road Big 6 Conference teams their 'one more last chance' to 'earn' (ahem) a spot in the 64.
If the NCAA had any sense of doing what is right, they would move quickly to give the regular season champs the automatic bid and let the tourney champs vie for some at large spots.  But that would mean the loss of some big $$ and all that drama they tell us we need in our lives.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 10:01 am

Bubble buster Thursday

Ole Miss is getting some mention, but cautiously! They need to beat Tennessee before anybody will seriously consider placing them in the tourney!

Numbers look pretty good. Higher RPI than Miss State, Tennessee, and Alabama who they just beat down!

(19-12, 8-8, 7th SEC West) | RPI/Rank: 0.5749/53 | SOS/Rank: 0.5592/43 
 Opponent's RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-75 No. 76-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-3 1-3 2-3 2-2 11-1 3-0
Last Game Next Game
Won vs. Auburn 68-54 vs. Tennessee, March 9, 2012, 7:30 PM 
Ole Miss only has six top 100 wins, but they picked up their first over a sure tournament team this weekend when the Rebels beat Alabama. It's probably going to take more than that to get in. Biggest positive - W over Alabama. Biggest negative - L at Auburn.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:32 am

Bubble buster Thursday

Why is Ole Miss not even in the conversation?  Look at the numbers...  with a win over Tennessee tonight, they should be in.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:16 am

Bubble buster Thursday

Your tourney predictions always fall short of accurate and your inability to let go of Northwestern, who would only be put in the Big Dance as a joke, says it all. And your PAC-12'll look stupid in that regard again as well.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 7:41 am

Bubble buster Thursday

Miami and Texas winning instantly gave NC State 3 top 50 RPI wins that they didn't have yesterday. 

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