CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Two of the last four in Jerry Palm's bracket this morning were Penn State and Rhode Island.
That's another way of saying neither could afford a bad loss in the final weekend of the regular season.
And that's why it's safe to say Penn State and Rhode Island really screwed-up today.
The Nittany Lions lost to Iowa (i.e., a bad team).
The Rams lost to UMass (i.e., a bad team).
By RPI standards, that's Penn State's worst loss of the season and Rhode Island's second-worst loss of the season. Both schools' RPIs subsequently dropped into the 60s (Rhode Island is 63; Penn State is 64). And when you consider that no team with an RPI of 60 or worse received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament last season, it's fair to assume Penn State and Rhode Island will enter their conference tournaments with some work to do.