Friday, March 13, 2009

Bracketology 101's Field of 65 - March 13

The Thursday of Championship Week is always exciting, as all of the big conferences get their tournaments started. This one was no different. The biggest shocker of the day was that three No. 1 seeds went down. The upsets started when Pitt got beat up by West Virginia, and that was followed by Oklahoma getting knocked off by Oklahoma State in a last-second thriller. To top it all off was the 6OT epic battle/game of the year between UConn and Syracuse. The Huskies had plenty of opportunities in just about every OT period to put the game away, but they were unable to do so. It eventually became a game of attrition and by the sixth overtime, too many UConn big men had fouled out and they just went cold from the field. Syracuse continues to have the Huskies' number in the Big East tourney the past few years.

By the end of the night, Pitt was the only team that played that was able to hold onto their 1 seed. Oklahoma dropped down to the third 2 seed and really has no chance to climb back up. UConn, on the other hand, may be able to get back on the 1 line should Louisville lose to Villanova or Michigan State go down before the Big Ten final. Duke is also in the running for a one seed if they can make a run to the final of the ACC tourney, and even Wake Forest could get itself in the mix if it won the ACC tourney. Despite what some commentators may believe, we still think that Memphis has no shot at a 1 seed.

Now onto the all important bubble talk. The bigget winners of the day were the Big Ten bubble bunch, San Diego State, and Oklahoma State. The biggest losers were Providence, Arizona, and New Mexico. Here's another conference-by-conference breakdown:

In the A-10...
Rhode Island completely knocked themselves out of at-large consideration with their loss to Duquesne. Meanwhile, Dayton is now a lock for the tourney and Temple is back in the mix. The Owls' slim tourney were revived with URI going down, but they are still on life support. If the Owls can take out Xavier on Friday they would be back in the mix for an at-large, but they would still need a lot of help and only a close loss to Dayton in the final would give them any hope. They have some nice OOC wins and a solid RPI, but simply have too many bad losses.

In the ACC...
Maryland and Virginia Tech moved on to keep their tourney hopes alive, while BC locked up their bid. Now both the Terps and the Hokies have a chance to pick up another marquee win and play their way into the field. We wouldn't go so far as saying that both would be a lock with a win on Friday, but they would be in good shape and would likely find themselves in the tourney.

In the Big XII...
One of the big winners of the day was Oklahoma State. Their win over Oklahoma erases any doubt concerning their tourney chances and also moved them up to a 8 seed. Kansas State is officially done after they went down in a close battle with Texas. Kansas became the first conference one seed to go down out of the major conferences and opened up the possibility of Baylor running the table to steal a bid.

In the Big East...
The best games of the day were played at Madison Square Garden. Early in the day, Villanova dropped Marquette on a last second lay-up, and more importantly for those on the the bubble, Providence get blown out by Louisville. The Friars will remain in the mix until Selection Sunday because of their above-.500 conference record and wins over Syracuse and Pitt, but we can't see anyway that they climb back into the field. Their OOC resume contains no wins over any tourney teams (the loss to St. Mary's really hurts right now) and they continue to get blown out by Big East tourney teams away from their home court.

In the Big Ten...
We never like the admit we were wrong, but it looks like we have no choice in this one. We finally were forced to cave and put eight Big Ten teams in the field. Minnesota, Michigan, and Penn State all won easily to move onto the Big Ten quarters and all eight teams left in the Big Ten field look like they will be dancing. If we had to pick one team that would miss out on the dance at this point we would have to say Penn State. Their RPI is 25-30 points lower than the rest of the bubble teams and if they were to get blown out by Purdue it would not be unthinkable for the Nittany Lions to be left out.

In the Pac-10...
Arizona suffered yet another loss, making it five out of six losses to end the year. This team has a ton of talent, but they really just can't seem to make that translate into wins on the court. They will now have a long wait till Sunday and their streak of 24 straight tourney appearances is in serious trouble. They have plenty of good wins on their resume, but none of them were a true road game. The one point loss that the Wildcats suffered at Texas A&M back in December must really hurt UofA fans. They let a big lead slip away late in that one and if they could of just hung on they would be in ahead of the Aggies now. They are currently our last team out so they will remain in the mix throughout the weekend and will be the focus of plenty of debate. Will their five Top 50 wins be enough to earn them a bid, or will their poor finish keep them out? USC was able to keep their slim tourney hopes alive by knocking off Cal. They will need a win over UCLA on Friday to really recieve any serious consideration.

In the MWC...
Bubble teams throughout the land couldn't be happier with the way things went in the MWC today. We have been saying all season that the conference has no chance for four bids and it looks like we'll at least get that one correct. SDSU won yet again at UNLV to keep their tourney hopes alive, and in the process, destroy UNLV's chances. In the night cap, New Mexico was stunned by Wyoming. The Lobos can start preparing for the NIT since their at-large hopes are over. They may have finished in a three-way tie for first and have won 8 of their last 10, but they also have a 65 RPI, a disgusting OOC resume, and have no good road wins. Their loss also takes some luster off of Creighton's resume. The Aztecs, on the other hand, may have been the biggest winners of the day. Not only did they pick up another road win against UNLV, which helped pump their RPI up seven spots, but they are also the clear cut third choice out of the MWC. A win over BYU in the semis would be a good idea, though. They have only one win over a team in our current bracket, which is also their only top 50 win. If they can't get by BYU then their resume will not stack up very favorably when compared with fellow bubble teams that they lost to - Arizona and St. Mary's.

In the SEC...
There were really no surprises in Tampa yesterday. Florida beat Arkansas to set up an elimination game with Auburn. A win for Florida may be enough to get them a bid, and if they can get to the finals they would be a lock. Auburn, on the other hand, will need to beat Florida and Tiger fans should actually hope Tennessee avoids another upset against Alabama. Auburn needs all the good wins it can get and they will need to beat Florida and Tennessee to really like their at-large chances heading into the SEC championship. South Carolina faces a must-win against a Mississippi State team that they recently lost to. The Gamecocks also will need a run to the final to lock down a bid. Bubble teams throughout the land will have a close eye on the SEC, since right now the third and fourth best teams are looking like teams on either the Last Four In or Last Four Out lines come Sunday.

We will post one more bracket on Friday night before going into lockdown to produce our final bracket, which will be released Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the rest of Championship Week...

Bracket Breakdown
In This Bracket
Minnesota, St. Mary's, San Diego State

Out This Bracket
Arizona, Providence, New Mexico

Last Four In
South Carolina, Creighton, St. Mary's, San Diego State

Last Four Out
Arizona, Florida, Providence, Maryland

Next Four Out
Auburn, Virginia Tech, Temple, USC

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Conference Breakdown
Big Ten (8), Big East (7), ACC (6), Big XII (6), Pac-10 (4), MWC (3), SEC (3), A-10 (2), Horizon (2), MVC (2), WCC (2)

America East - Binghamton

ACC - North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Florida State, Clemson, Boston College

Atlantic Sun - East Tennessee State

A-10 - Xavier, Dayton

Big East - Pittsburgh, Louisville, Connecticut, Villanova, Syracuse, West Virginia, Marquette

Big Sky - Portland State

Big South - Radford

Big Ten - Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State

Big XII - Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M

Big West - Cal State Northridge

Colonial - VCU

Conference USA
- Memphis

Horizon - Cleveland State, Butler

Ivy - Cornell

MAAC - Siena

MAC - Buffalo

MEAC - Morgan State

MVC - Northern Iowa, Creighton

MWC - Utah, BYU, San Diego State

Northeast - Robert Morris

Ohio Valley - Morehead State

Pac-10 - Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, California

Patriot - American

SEC - LSU, Tennessee, South Carolina

Southern - Chattanooga

Southland
- Stephen F. Austin

Summit - North Dakota State

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky

SWAC - Alabama State

WAC - Utah State

WCC - Gonzaga, St. Mary's

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The Seeds
The 1s
North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Michigan State

The 2s
Connecticut, Duke, Oklahoma, Memphis

The 3s
Wake Forest, Villanova, Washington, Missouri

The 4s
Florida State, Xavier, Syracuse, Kansas

The 5s
UCLA, Gonzaga, Illinois, Arizona State

The 6s
Purdue, Texas, West Virginia, Marquette

The 7s
Utah, California, Clemson, LSU

The 8s
Oklahoma State, Tennessee, BYU, Ohio State

The 9s
Butler, Dayton, Boston College, Michigan

The 10s
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas A&M, Penn State

The 11s
Siena, South Carolina, Creighton, Utah State

The 12s
St. Mary's, San Diego State, Cleveland State, Western Kentucky

The 13s
Northern Iowa, VCU, Buffalo, Binghamton

The 14s
North Dakota State, American, Portland State, Stephen F. Austin

The 15s
Cornell, East Tennessee State, Robert Morris, Morgan State

The 16s
Cal State Northridge, Morehead State, Radford, Chattanooga (Play-In Game), Alabama State (Play-In-Game)

The Bracket
(Bracket courtesy Matt Reeves)













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Anonymous said...

You left FSU as a 4, even though they practically have a bye to the semis against a hobbled UNC team that, when they were healthy, should have lost to FSU earlier in the year?

Bracketology 101 said...

The Seminoles will likely remain a 4 unless they can make it to the finals now that Clemson went down. The 'Noles also need to worry about getting passed by Syracuse.

Anonymous said...

I hate that the talent of Arizona is going to be wasted in the NIT but they deserve to be there. They played their way out of the tourney. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

As a Kansas fan, what do I need to hope for to avoid my team slipping to a 5 seed?

JGibson said...

This is the second year in a row under Alford that New Mexico came into the MWC tournament as a bubble team and tanked in the first game of the tournament. Ugh.

Joel said...

How high would Dayton climb if they win the A-10? I assume beating Xavier would be more beneficial than beating Temple in the finals, so how high would either outcome bump them?

I know these games don't happen in a vacuum, so it'd only be your best guess.

And also, why is Xavier seeded so much higher than Dayton?

Most people have Xavier around a 4 seed and Dayton a 9, despite both teams having basically identical overall records, conference records, records in their last 12, overall rpi, records vs the rpi top 50 and records vs the rpi top 100. They both also clobbered the other on their home court (although only one of them was on national tv).

Their sos are ~50 for Xavier and ~95 for Dayton. Xavier has wins against Memphis, Missouri and LSU (if you count LSU as a "good" win). Dayton has a win over a pre-injuried Marquette.

I agree that as of now, Xavier should absolutely have the better seed (better sos, a better ooc win), but by 5?

Lee said...

How does the Big Ten go from a 4 bid league to an 8 bid leauge by only beating big ten teams, while the ACC goes from an 8 bid leage to a six bid leauge by only losing to ACC teams? This happens EVERY SINGLE YEAR. I think the ACC should throw the Big Ten/ACC Annual Beat Down next year to get more NCAA bids.

Bracketology 101 said...

Xavier is seeded five lines higher than Dayton for two main reasons - they have three good OOC wins to Dayton's one, and they are the projected winner of the A-10 tournament. If Dayton beats Xavier and wins the A-10 tourney, they will likely be a 7 seed and Xavier a 5.

Bracketology 101 said...

In the last couple of weeks, there have been a lot of annoyed ACC fans using the result of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge as an argument against the Big Ten getting eight bids and the ACC getting 6-7 bids. These fans are forgetting (or ignoring), however, the fact that the ACC didn't exactly dominate the challenge (they won 6-5) and that the challenge took place over three months ago. A lot has changed over the last three months, and while head-to-head match-ups are important, head-to-head results from early December don't mean that one league deserves more bids than the other in March.

The Big Ten is not getting eight bids because it is a "better" league than the ACC (or the Big East). They are getting eight bids because a perfect storm of things happened and because their top-level teams lost a lot of games to the teams in the middle of the league. That wasn't the case as much in the ACC or the Big East.

Billy said...

Don't give us this perfect storm logic. Also, if you honestly think that Michigan St. deserves a 1 seed more than UConn based on losing a 6 OT thriller than that is just flat out not using common sense.

Compare the 2 teams and the 2 resumes and they aren't even close. I really hope the committe does not use this stupid logic of teams moving up and down based one 1 freakin' game.

Let's take a look at Michigan St.'s resume first. Right now they're 25-5 and they finished 13-3 in the Big Ten and let's assume they win the Big Ten tournament and finish 28-5 (which is not a lock). They got absolutely blown out against MD and UNC in OOC play. Their 2 big OOC wins came against the Big 12 against Kansas and Texas. While those are good wins, they are not great. In conference they lost at home to Northwestern and PSU, absolutely awful. Then they get blown out at Purdue and almost lose to freakin' Indiana late in the season.

Now let's move onto UConn, they have a record of 27-4, 15-3 in the Big East and lose in a 6 OT thriller in the Big East tournament against a possible 4 seed, they weren't blown out or anything. Their OOC resume was not great, but they didn't lose a game. They crushed Wisonsin and Miami and won at Gonzaga. In conference they don't lose a game on the road until the last game at Pitt. They lose twice to Pitt who is a #1 seed and they lose at home to Georgetown back in Dec where we all can admit Gtown was a lot better in Dec than they are now.

In my opinion, there is no doubt UConn is a better team, have a better resume, beat better teams and lose to A LOT better teams. You can not lose at home to Northwestern and Penn St. get crushed by MD on a neutral court and look like you don't even belong on the same court as UNC in Detroit and still be a #1 seed.

Why do you put so much stock in one game in these brackets. I thought your MO was that you "predict" what is going to happen, yet you change your bracket daily. The reality is you have no clue and put a bracket out there a few hours before the committee does and act like you have this great track record. Let's take a look at one of your brackets from February and see how "accurate" it is, since you "predict" the end of the season.

Billy said...

Did I forget to mention that UConn put a beat down on Louisville on their home court. Name me one win on Michigan St's resume that is even close to being comparable!!!!

Lee said...

If nobody thinks it's a better league than it shouldn't be getting more bids. I'm not saying your prediction is wrong, it isn't. I am saying the system is totally &^(^ed. My theory is that when you are a top 50 team and you go 1-1 in a week your stock drops while a 50-100 team that goes 1-1 has a stock that rises. The Big Ten gets beat down every year in October-December. The ACC had a combined 15 losses (spread out through 12 teams) when conference play began. So when the ACC is going 1-1 their stock is falling while the Big Ten is doing the same thing and their stock is rising. The whole system is broke. And to all the Big Ten backers, hang a respectable number of banners and get to a respectable number of final fours and come talk to me.

Lee said...

http://kenpom.com/conf.php?c=B10

So the 5th rated conference gets the most bids? That makes sense...

Billy said...

One more rant, but I have to say it, because it is driving anyone but Big Ten fans nuts.

This conference has come up with the perfect formula in both football and basketball the last 5 years or so.

It's really very simple, mediocrity trumps everything. Look at college football, Ohio St. was in the national championship 2 years in a row and got absolutely blown out, and PSU almost made it to the championship game last year if they hadn't blown it against Iowa but get dominated by USC in the Rose Bowl (which has become tradition every year, USC just kills a non-worthy Big Ten opponent). This all happens because these teams refuse to play anybody OOC and they just beat up on the god awful Big Ten (who went 1-6 in bowl games last year) and the voters just ignore the fact that strength of schedule counts for anything.

Now for college basketball, again the key word is mediocrity. A perfect example is Penn St. Their OOC resume is flat out embarassing, beat absolutely nobody and lose to A-10 teams, yet they go 10-8 in conference play beat Indiana for a 3rd time this season and they are now a "lock". They get credit for beating the "top" teams in the conference 4 times this year. OK, while they are good wins, they are not great wins. Those 3 "top" teams were a combined 0-4 against the ACC this year. Michigan St. was blown out by MD on a neutral court and was ANNILIATED against UNC in Detroit. Purdue was spanked on it's home floor against Duke and Illinois lost at home against Clemson, but somehow when Penn St. beats them, it becomes a HUGE win. How?

The bottom line is this conference has fooled everyone in sports for years, they are loaded with mediocre talent and look a lot better than what they truly are in conference play because they're playing against other mediocre talent and at some point the NCAA has to wake up and realize that winning the Big Ten in football really doesn't mean much and that going 9-9 in conference should never get you a birth in the tournament.

Bracketology 101 said...

Billy - You make some very valid points about UConn, the Big Ten, and the ACC. We aren't saying we like the "reward mediocrity system," but that's the way things are. It's our job to predict who we think the committee will put in the tournament, and if we think they are going to reward mediocrity, we have to reward it too.

Lee said...

B101, you guys are doing your job well. "We" only rant here becuase the NCAA doesn't have a board for us to rant on. Well that and there are a ton of Big Ten fans on this board who need to realize they can get all the bids in the world and they still won't have any teams in the final four. Shoot put all 11 teams in, give them a quarter of the entire bracket and they still won't get more than 1 team to the elite 8 which is a statistical miracle of suckiness.

Anonymous said...

I think the Big Ten has 8 of the 45 best teams in the country. I think MSU is in the top 5, Ilinois and Putrdue are in the the 15-25 range, and the other bubble teams are all in the 30-45 range. Does anybody disagree with that? If you don't disagree with that, how can you argue the Big Ten should get fewer teams in the tournament?

Why does the fact that the ACC and Big East are stronger at the top make make you think they are also stronger in the lower middle? They aren't!

For thew ACC lovers, please remember that your 3 seed (Duke) lost to the B10s 7seed (Michigan) and your 4 (Fla St) seed lost to the B10s 9 seed (Northwestern). So there are bad losses both ways.

To those hating on Michigan State,
If Michigan State loses early in their tournament, nobody will be arguing for them to get a number one. But if you need a lens to understand MSU's season, remember that MSU is 12-0 with their current, healthy lineup. Goran Suton is the Big Ten's top rebounder. He missed the Maryland and UNC games with knee injuries. Raymar Morgan was a preseason Wooden Award candidate. He had mono during the the Northwestern, Penn St, and Purdue losses. The committee takes these factors into consideration. When you consider how UConn looked before and after the injury to Jerome Dyson, I think it's reasonable to think MSU looks better right now.

Shankar said...

At March to Detroit, we've got an almost identical account of who's in and out at this point. The only difference is that we have Arizona instead of South Carolina.

I'm having a very hard time seeing the argument for South Carolina. They have a so-so RPI of 50, and they are 1-5 against the top 50, with the only win against fellow Bubble team Florida (which neither of us includes in our Tourney field).

I've seen other sites include them in the field too, so I'm wondering if we're just missing something. What's the argument here? Is it a couple of decent road wins? It can't be late season form, as they lost 3 of their last 6 regular season games (1 to Vanderbilt, 1 to MSU). Is it just an assumption that the Committee will go out of its way to include more than two SEC teams? But even if it's that, doesn't Florida have a marginally better resume?

When you compare to an Arizona team that has struggled a bit late, but has 5 top 50 wins (Kansas, Gonzaga, UCLA, Washington, USC), and has had a much tougher schedule, it looks pretty favorable for the Wildcats.

Shankar said...

Lee - The problem with your argument is that there is no clear metric for rating one conference "better" than another. Some people base it on depth and parity, some on top-heavyness, some on overall averages, etc. And to the extent that we could agree on a single metric for evaluating a conference as a whole, it still strictly proportional to the number of individual teams that should receive at-large bids.

If it were, you'd be using Pomeroy's ratings to argue that the PAC-10 deserves more bids than the Big East. Are you making that claim?

Shankar said...

That last post should say "it still IS NOT strictly proportional . . . ."

JAY-C said...

My favorite thing is that all these ACC backers use the fact that Michigan State has lost to Maryland and got killed by North Carolina, and Purdue got manhandled by Duke. You must have selective memories though, because you idiotic ACC backers only provide one side of the argument. Out of respect for the Big Ten, I'll provide the other: Are you going to forget about Michigan beating Duke? Are you going to forget about Michigan beating UCLA? Are you going to forget about Michigan coming within 2 minutes of beating UCONN at Storrs? How did the 9th best team in the Big Ten (Northwestern) do against the #4 team in the ACC (Florida St.)? Let me field that one. THEY MANHANDLED THEM. What about Illinois winning by 16 at Missouri, the new favorite to win the Big 12 with OK and Kansas out? Oh and I'm sorry, who did Minnesota beat? Oh yea, Louisville, the #1 SEED in the Big East. The Big Ten was TWO points away from turning that 6-5 around in their favor and winning the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the first time ever. It's also funny how the ACC seems to coincidentally avoid sending one of its bad teams to play a Big Ten team since they have 12 teams to the 11 in the Big Ten. Who was it this year? N.C. State, go figure, the 3rd worst team in the conference. So before you start freaking out about the Big Ten not getting quality out of conference wins, do some factchecking.

Bracketology 101 said...

South Carolina obviously needs to beat Mississippi State today to have any chance at an at-large and will also likely need a semifinal win as well. We think a trip to the final for a team which tied for the SEC East title will be enough. Anything less and they are likely out. It will be interesting to see how the SEC tourney plays out especially if we see a final between LSU and Tennessee. Is it really possible that only 2 SEC teams go dancing this year?!

Peter H said...

Lee,

Very few people question that the ACC is a stronger tournament than the Big Ten. Certainly, the top teams in the ACC are vastly superior to the top teams in the Big Ten. The issue is whether the mid-level teams in the Big Ten (Michigan, Penn State, Minnesota) are better than the mid-level teams (Maryland, Miami, Virginia Tech) in the ACC. I'm not saying you're necessarily wrong that the ACC deserves more bids and the Big Ten deserves less, but keep your focus as to why the bubble teams in the ACC deserve a bid and the bubble teams in the Big Ten don't.

And the Pomeroy ratings are “purely predictive”. Kenpom explicitly says that the ratings should NOT to be used to rank how good a team is:
http://kenpom.com/blog/index.php/weblog/ratings_explanation

Finally, while Big Ten football may indeed be mediocre, I see no evidence that Big Ten football teams schedule weaker OOC than other conferences. But that's an argument for a different website :)....

Anonymous said...

Better conferences don't necessarily deserve more bids. After all, bids are given to teams. Look at Pomeroy's ratings for example. Assume you just took his top 48 teams as the 1-12 seeds in the tournament (should be a good approximation as 13-16 are usually auto-bids from small conference). That would mean 7 Big Ten teams (all the ones in question except Penn State) would be taken, but only 6 ACC teams (Miami would be in, and BC would be out). Yet, he also has the ACC as the #1 conference, and the Big Ten #5. That's possible because the ACC has the stronger top, but the Big Ten has the stronger middle and sub-middle.

-JGibson

HM said...

I am in complete agreement with the folks ripping the Big Ten.

Explain to me why Wisconsin is supposedly a "lock." They lost to Minnesota twice, were destroyed by UConn, beat Idaho State and Iona by 2 in Madison, lost at Iowa.

What is their absolutely BEST win? At Michigan, at Penn State?

Arizona (while I have no love for them) has a ton of very good wins -- Gonzaga, Kansas, UCLA, Washington. Yet they are OUT when Wisconsin is clearly IN?!?!?!?!?

Anonymous said...

This is coming from someone who is by no means a Big 10 guy, but for you ACC guys: suck it up. As long as UNC, Duke, FSU, Wake, and Clemson are in, that's what matters. B.C. will get in and they suck losing to Harvard, at home. If Maryland and Miami could beat UVA and/or Ga Tech, they'd be in a lot better shape. If Va Tech would have beaten anybody out of conference, they'd be okay.

Now, the same thing can be said for Penn St in my mind. I don't really think the Big 10 is anywhere near a top conference this year, but they do have 1 top 10 team and 7 teams that are between 20th and 50th in the country. Yes, I do believe the 5th best ACC team (Clemson) would have come in 2nd in the Big 10 and the 6th/7th best Big East team (Syr/W Virgina) would have come in 2nd in the Big 10. But that's beside the point. I think teams 2-8 in the Big 10 are better than the Providences and B.C.'s of the world.

Signed,

Big East Guy

Lee said...

Is MD who beat Michigan and Michigan State better than Michigan? Umm yeah I think so...

Anonymous said...

First of all, Ken Pomeroy's rankings openly admit that margin of victory is the only thing that matters. So apparently dropping 100 on everybody until you eventually run into a team you can't get away with choosing not to play defense against is all that matters in college basketball. His "system" predicted that Michigan would end the season on a 5 game losing streak, and that clearly did not happen.

Second, winning is the criteria for making the tournament, not recruiting McDonalds All Americans. If you want to give bids based on McDonalds All Americans than by all means, give bids to Rutgers, Nevada, Virginia, and Georgia Tech.

Third, if you're going to use the "ACC won the Big Ten/ACC challenge" argument, do it in a year the ACC wins 9-2 rather than this year where it was 6-5, and only because Illinois didn't get a shot off vs. Clemson when they had the ball with 30 seconds left in a game they led for 39 minutes. Not to mention that NC State didn't play.

Fourth, since WHEN did the Big Ten stop getting teams into the final four? MSU has 4 appearances, Indiana made it, Wisconsin made it, OSU made it, Illinois made it.

The fact of the matter is, the ACC and Big East are top heavy this year, your bubble teams finished with losing records in conference. And let's face it, you don't get a losing conference record without suffering bad losses. VT lost to Georgia and UVa, Maryland lost to UVa and Morgan State, and I couldn't have been the only guy who thought Miami wouldn't get to 8-8 when their last 3 games were NC St, UVa, and Ga Tech.

Btw, I liked how you made that backhanded comment implying that Big XII teams aren't quality wins.

But the point is, the Big Ten bubble teams didn't choke while the ACC and Big East bubble teams found it very tough to play basketball with their hands around their neck.

Anonymous said...

Maryland's an interesting case. Got the screwjob by having to play Duke and UNC twice. 2 incredible wins (Mich St and UNC) and also beat Michigan. After that there's not much there though. Lost at home to Morgan St. Lost an absolutely have to win game @UVA. I actually think they're a better team than B.C. They're definitely one of the best 65 teams, but the question is if the committee thinks their actual performance indicates so.

Anonymous said...

Let's talk Syracuse. RPI is up to #13 now. Playing high RPI West Virginia tonight, so it will not drop much. 13-7 in the Big East now with 3 top wins on the season all on the road/neutral court (UConn, Memphis, and Kansas). Lunardi still has them as a 6 seed today. I think a protected seed should be locked in now (4 or above). If they win tonight against W Virginia, I almost think they're a 3. And if they do the unthinkable and beat Louisville tomorrow night....probably still a 3, maybe slight chance at a 2. What does B101 think?

Jose said...

Billy, if you are going to rant at least use correct info. All time, the ACC has 10 NCAA championships and 42 Final Four appearances. The Big Ten has 10 NCAA championships and 40 Final Four appearances. Just because the ACC is more top heavy, doesn't mean it is a better conference.

Matt J. said...

Mr.K no way robert morris is a 15.

Bracketology 101 said...

The Orange are now a lock on the 4 line and a BET championship guarantees them a 3. If they can get by WVU tonight they will certainly be in the mix for the last 3 as well and it would really depend on how well the teams ahead of them do in their conference tournies.

Boris said...

Why do people on here talk about conferences so much? No conference has ever played a game in the NCAA tournament.

If your team is left out it's because they didn't win a game they should have. It's not because the committee is overrating some other conference.

Bracketology 101 said...

Hey Matt - I assume you are saying that Robert Morris should be a 16 instead of a 15. When it comes down to seeding the 14-16 lines, the RPI of each team is usually a pretty good indicator of where thy end up. Right now, Robert Morris has an RPI of 110, which is 20 points higher than anyone on the 16 line.

Anonymous said...

Anyone see Lunardi's latest? He still has New Mexico in. What's with his love for the MWC? And I'm an MWC guy? I think three teams is resonable, but four after what New Mexico and UNLV did yesterday is not possible. Unless Wyoming wins the conference tourney, and then they probably steal SDSU's bid.

Billy said...

The tables could turn very quickly if things go right today. If VT and MD pick up wins against UNC and Wake, and Minnesota and PSU both lose, the 8-6 advantage could easily go back to the ACC!!!

NOW THAT WOULD BE HILARIOUS

Bracketology 101 said...

Lunardi has been lost when it comes to the MWC all year. He had five (five!!) MWC teams in one day last week, and he's had four in for most of the season. There is almost a zero perent chance that New Mexico makes the field after their loss to Wyoming. The only way the MWC gets four bids now (and it's about a one percent chance) is if Wyoming wins the MWCT. Even then, they Cowboys would probably get SDSU's bid and make the MWC a three-bid league.

Anonymous said...

If we're going to get angry because a team that finishes sub-500 in its conference and has fewer than 20 wins and has an RPI above 60 (Maryland) doesn't get into the tournament then I really don't know what to say. That is not a tournament team. Yes the ACC is good, but it doesn't mean Maryland is good by association. Look at the teams, not the conference.

Bracketology 101 said...

After the mention of Syracuse being a 6 seed we took a look at Lunardi's bracket. It's almost as if he didn't factor in last night's late games to his latest bracket. He still has New Mexico in when they have absolutely no chance of getting a bid and UNLV on the last four out line. He'll come around on New Mexico in the next 2 days and they will end up no where near the field in his final bracket.

Bracketology 101 said...

VT and Maryland may be in with wins today, but it won't necessarily come at the expense of the Big Ten. St. Mary's or Creighton would get the ax before Penn State would.

Anonymous said...

Would VT's win be tainted by no Ty Lawson?

Howard Salwasser said...

I think we need a new term to think of those who want to rip on the Big Ten...How 'bout BigElevenitis: The fear of admitting that members of the Big Ten actually do what they need to do, whilst denying to admit that their own teams didn't do what they needed to do.

Anonymous said...

If VT wins this game, I really think they would get a bid at Penn State's expense. I just feel like the selection committee REALLY wants Creighton and will use PSU's OOC schedule as an excuse.

Now, if Penn State beats Purdue then its a whole different story.

Anonymous said...

B101 said it right, shut up big ten haters, just because none of your teams can handle business doesnt mean you gotta be all pist off about it. Michigan deserves a bid and Minnesota deserves a bid. Just accept the fact that the Big 10 is a good conference, not an elite conference, but I would take Northwestern the 9th best team in the B10 against any other 9th best team in the ACC or Big East.

BIG 10 IS GETTING 8 OR AT LEAST 7, ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON. JUST BECAUSE YOUR TEAMS COLLAPSED COME BUBBLE TIME WHEN MICHIGAN MINNY AND PSU WERE TAKIN CARE OF THEIR BUSINESS.

STOP HATING AND SHUT UP!

Anonymous said...

Bye bye Va Tech.

Lee said...

oh la la. the big ten is awesome at getting bids. they have 3 national titles in the last 25 years. impressive impressive stuff...

Howard Salwasser said...

I'm with 12:56 here, teams in the Big Ten did what they needed to do to get, they will get at least 7, if not 8 in the field. Oh and VPI can lobby for some home games in the NIT, though they may sneak in the back door.

Lee said...

Ok Terps, handle your business against Wake and your in. Lots of tough losses VT, maybe you should've joined the Big Ten instead of the ACC and you would've been 10-8 in conference and in...

Anonymous said...

Wisconsin beat VT, please VT fans shut up!! You guys could never win a single close game, proving today no matter how much Seth Greenberg cries YOU ARE N.I.T. bound again!!! VT coulda beat Duke, UNC twice but the fact is they didnt. HAVE FUN IN THE N.I.T.

Mattlion said...

VT went 18-14. Unless you played one of the top 5-10 schedules in the country, 18-14 just doesn't cut it.

Anonymous said...

thank you at least some people on here have some sense. 18-14 does not cut it. NIT. beat N.D. in the NIT

Anonymous said...

Lee...I'm more sympathetic to your side of the argument, but your comment about Virgina Tech joining the Big 10 is off base. Va Tech has losses to Seton Hall, Georgia, and Virginia this year. Those are bottom of the barrel major conference teams. Their best win out of conference win is Fairfield. Fairfield!!! I'm pretty sure they'd probably be under .500 in any conference this year.

Kyle B. said...

Hokie hokie hokie hi!

See you later, VPI.

Matt said...

VT = good at losing close games.

Since EVERY Big Ten game is close, they'd find a way to go... oh, 8-10 in Big Ten play, just like NW. Keep in mind that NW actually beat FSU.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why this is so difficult for everyone to understand. The number of bids that a conference gets is in no way a function of conference strength. The number of bids is determined by how many teams you have that are at least pretty good. The Big Ten has 1 great team, and 8 that are at least pretty good. The ACC has 5 great teams, and 6 that are at least pretty good. The fact that the Big Ten will get more bids has nothing to do with which conference is stronger overall.

Another misconception I keep hearing, regarding the Big Ten. The fact that the games are low scoring does not mean the quality of play is worse. If that were true, ACC and Big East games would be played in the 90s and 100s, while Southland and Big Sky games would be played in the 30s and 40s. Number of total points is not directly related to quality of play.

Anonymous said...

I could care less about the Big Ten getting 8 teams, which I think they will, and I'm an ACC guy (but not the wine and cheese type of the Tobacco Road kind).

The Big Ten will lose 6 of those 8 by the Sweet Sixteen. So who cares? Michigan State is the only one that's actually a top 16 team, but I'm sure some BT team will get a lucky bounce and make it 2.

Anonymous said...

ACC and Big East fools, it's time to stop whining. It's hard to find 34 quality teams to be in the at-large pool. The only real metric down the stretch for the committee to evaluate is who hasn't lost. The Kentuckys and Arizonas with less than a .333 winning percentage over their last 7 games are clearly unworthy. So too are these middling teams in the "power conference" ACC. Hey ACC, when was the last time "the great" Duke got out of Round 2? 3 years ago? How many national titles has "the great" UNC won lately? 1, 3 years ago? The ACC isn't that different than the Big 10. A Big East argument is a little different, but both will get 7-8 teams in. In the final analysis, enough bubble teams lost down the stretch while the Big 10 teams won the big games they had to. That seems to be the only useful metric this year.

Or, alternatively, how about a compromise: no one who doesn't finish at least 5th or better in their conference should get in. Why should a #7 or 8 from ANY conference have the right to play for a national title?

Lee said...

I wish the "big games" that my team "had to win" were against a team so pathetic they were suiting up and giving quality minutes to a manager...

MattLion said...

Lee said...
I wish the "big games" that my team "had to win" were against a team so pathetic they were suiting up and giving quality minutes to a manager...


Hey, if your team had a winning conference record, road wins against 2 RPI top 20 teams, 6 wins against the top 50, and only 1 bad loss, maybe that would be all they needed.

Anonymous said...

what benefits the bug ten bubble (psu, minn., mich.) more, an ohio state loss or wisconsin loss?

Anonymous said...

*sorry, big ten, not bug ten

Anonymous said...

Really think that Wisconsin is getting a pass for being good in past years... they did not defeat any of the big 3 in the Beg Ten and to be honest...everyone will find out how weak the Big Ten minus Mich State really is...

If the Big Ten gets 8 bid then that is sad because they really deserve 5-6... if you look inside the numbers a little more...

Anonymous said...

The Big 10 is a joke...sorry but it will all come out in the wash next Thursday and Friday...Mich State is quality and everyone else a little better than average which does not cut it in March...

I love how people consider "big wins" in Conference tourney play against the same teams that are over-rated in their own conference...not really a good way to compare resumes...resumes are built in Nov and Dec for me...

Enjoy your laughable 8 teams Big Ten as the expense of truly great stories like Illinois State, Davidson, St Marys etc...

Oh and your basketball...some of the must putrid viewing ever....

Anonymous said...

anyone else think wisconsin is the 8th best team in the big 10?

Anonymous said...

i actually think the big ten had some of the most exciting games of the season. penn state over illinois last week was a great game. teams like michigan state, ohio state, michigan, and penn state can run and play in transition when the time comes in the NCAA tourney. there is no reason to whine about the big ten. wisconsin should be 8th in the big ten, like the above person posted. they lost 6 in a row at one point. can everyone just stop complaining and enjoy the basketball?

Anonymous said...

All I see here is a bunch of jealous fans of all the other supposed BIG conferences...don't blame it on the Big Ten. It's not their faults the conference was very competitive this year. Please, stop the bitterness.

Anonymous said...

South Carolina goes down hard. Does that mean they are toast?

Howard Salwasser said...

To all Big Ten haters, the comment at 4:04 is right. If you're team doesn't make the big dance, don't take it out on Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, etc. Take it out on your own team who didn't do enough to get in.

Bracketology 101 said...

Our condolences to Kyle B. and the rest of Gamecock Nation. South Carolina is done.

Anonymous said...

I just want to lay it all out for you guys... There are different tiers of teams in the conferences, and the big issue between the big 10 and the ACC is that a big 10 team plays, 1 or 2 at the most teams that no questions asked are top teams in the country... These games should be written in as losses in the schedule, because a team, in order to be considered one of the top 34 teams not recieving automatic bids doesnt not need to beat top 10 teams on a consistent basis.
So... i looked through the conference and tiered them up, based on what was the top tier, that should win all of there games against anyone but the same tier, and who are the lower tiers...

In the big 10, the top tier is MSU.
MSU, and thats it... That means that a team that wants to be known as a top 34 team in the country has a legitimate chance to win every game in conference BUT the MSU games... That means that almost every team thats in the lower tiers, like your purdues, your illinois, your PSU, and minnesota, michigan and most of the rest of the conference should be hovering around the .500 mark, or just higher...

The top tier of the ACC is 5 teams... These are all top 10 teams that SHOULD beat any other team on any given night, and should be written into the record books as losses...
UNC, Duke, Wake, Clemson, and FSU

BC played 6!!!! games agianst those teams in conference... 6!
how can you possibly hope to get 9 or 10 conference wins when the top of your conference is so dominant that almost half of your conference games are such that a win by your team would be a "massive" upset? BC was 9-7 in the acc, and if you dont count the losses to those dominant, top teams was 9-4...
Miami played 7 games in conference in which a loss was pre-assumed... 7 games in which they were huge underdogs, 7 games in which a win would have made huge national waves... Outside of those 7, Miami was 5-4 in the ACC

Va Tech played 8!!! games against the dominant top 5 of the conference, including 5 in a row to end the season... That means that they were heavy underdogs in 50% of their conference games... How could they possibly be expected to finish 9-7 or 8-8conference when they only played 8 games where they had a decent chance of winning?
Maryland played 7 games against such competition, and the arguments are the same...
In the big 10, there is only 1 top team, so every team has at least a decent shot of winning every game except for the one or 2 against MSU... in the ACC, it is far harder, and commands almost perfect play.


THAT IS WHY THE FACT THAT THE ACC IS A BETTER CONFERENCE MATTERS! WHEN YOU LOOK AT RESUMES INSTEAD OF POWER RANKINGS, THE CONFERENCE's STRENGTH MUST BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. MIAMI, VT, and MARLYAND ALL DESERVE BIDS OVER MINNESOTA, MICHIGAN, NW, or Wisconsin.

Anonymous said...

How does a team( Penn St) with the 66th best RPI, a mediocre conference season, a 93rd ranked schedule, and no OOC to speak of merit a bid?
For that matter, how is SC(49th) a top 34 team deserving of a bid, with no OOC?

Anonymous said...

I think the ACC is better than the Big 10. However, the top tier of the ACC does not include FSU and Clemson. Clemson is staring at a 7 seed right now. FSU is a 4. That would be like saying the top tier of the Big East includes West Virginia and Syracuse.

Konrad said...

Creighton now probably doesn't even need Dayton's help tonight against Duquesne. Any shot at a move up a line to the 10 at this point, or do too many other things have to happen for the Jays?

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 4:51...you made about this much sense to me...ZERO...you completely baffled and furthur complicated the situation so much to say that I read the first two paragraphs and stopped reading...DUDE, you're forgetting that as much as the supposed ACC toughness you speak of does actually exsist the BIG 10 was solid all year and actually almost won the Big 10/ACC challenge...so to say that ACC teams were more deserving of the Big Ten supposed bids is just plain foul to me...also if you switch around a couple of the matchups in the challenge Big Ten wins it this past year...Thats just the way it is...quit your whining...frankly nobody gives a crap!! Win the games and then you don't have to argue your case as hard...its really that simple!

Road to Omaha said...

Wow, this board has really heated up today! I could care less about the BTN, I'm just glad that my Noles didn't lose to a hot GT today. If MD wins today, they deserve to be in, that's about all I have to say. VT has a very good team, but the fact is that you've got to actually have to win close games. Their season reminds me of FSU 3 years ago when we "almost" beat a bunch of teams. Miami just plain loss, so they don't even have and argument.

MattLion said...

"How does a team( Penn St) with the 66th best RPI, a mediocre conference season, a 93rd ranked schedule, and no OOC to speak of merit a bid?
For that matter, how is SC(49th) a top 34 team deserving of a bid, with no OOC?"

They (PSU) have 5 real road wins (including 2 places where only 2 other teams have won), 6 top 50 rpi wins, and only 1 "bad" loss that was a fluke. This year, that puts you on the bubble. If they lose tonight, they will be right on the edge.

JGibson said...

Clemson and Florida State are top tier teams, while Illinois and Purdue are just mediocre? I don't think so. That apparently means that bottom of the barrel Big Ten teams (NWU) are capable of pounding top tier ACC teams (F$U).

Bracketology 101 said...

Konrad you are getting a little ahead of yourself with Creighton. They are certainly having a good day today with South Carolina and Virginia Tech going down. The Bluejays still need all the help they can get though and you should be a huge Dayton fan this weekend. South Carolina will likely just end up getting replaced by another SEC team and you still have to worry about Maryland in the ACC who is currently beating Wake Forest.

Virginia Tech isn't going to miss the tourney because of all their losses to UNC, Duke, and FSU. They will be missing the tournament because of losses @ Virginia, @ Georgia and neutral to Seton Hall. The Hokies had an absoluetely brutal schedule to finish the season but also had plenty of opportunities to get big wins on their home court to prove they are a tourney team. They played tough but lost games on their home floor to FSU, Duke, and UNC, and then to UNC today on a neutral floor. All we are asking is to win one of those games and they couldn't do it. All Maryland need to do was win @ Virginia and they would be in our current bracket.

MattLion said...

I just read that awful post by "anonymous" at 4:51 -

"BC played 6!!!! games agianst those teams in conference... 6!
how can you possibly hope to get 9 or 10 conference wins when the top of your conference is so dominant that almost half of your conference games are such that a win by your team would be a "massive" upset? BC was 9-7 in the acc, and if you dont count the losses to those dominant, top teams was 9-4..."


HUH? BC was 2-0 against UNC and Duke combined, 7-7 against everyone else in conference. Are we not going to count the wins against those said teams? What the heck?

Anonymous said...

B101, Michigan still a lock, they avoided a blow out with that comeback to lose by 10. Is Michigan still in?

MattLion said...

Temple beats X... they are looking like a bid stealer.

Bracketology 101 said...

The Wolverines should be good, but I don't know if we would go so far as to call them a lock. For good measure if I were you I would root for Purdue tonight. Like we've said all along the 8th position in the Big Ten pecking order is a precarious position. Also, it is looking like some spots are going to disappear with the results of some ongoing games.

Anonymous said...

NW is hardly a bottom barrel team... but yeah, just like NW beat MSU, purdue and minnesota, NW was capable of beating FSU for one night before FSU grew up and started playing well, at home.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't you say if PSU loses, Michigan would be above Minnesota and PSU??

Anonymous said...

"BC played 6!!!! games agianst those teams in conference... 6!
how can you possibly hope to get 9 or 10 conference wins when the top of your conference is so dominant that almost half of your conference games are such that a win by your team would be a "massive" upset? BC was 9-7 in the acc, and if you dont count the losses to those dominant, top teams was 9-4..."


HUH? BC was 2-0 against UNC and Duke combined, 7-7 against everyone else in conference. Are we not going to count the wins against those said teams? What the heck?

He was right... They were 3-3 vs those teams

Anonymous said...

Clemson and Florida State are top tier teams, while Illinois and Purdue are just mediocre?

FSU was 8-1 against teams not in the top tier
Clemson was 8-2...
Illinois was 11-5 against everyone but michigan state
Purdue was 10-6, good, but hardly stellar.

Bracketology 101 said...

If Penn State losses tonight they are the 8th team from the Big Ten. Spots 5-7 are a very tough call but right now I'd say the order is Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. You could easily make a case to reverse that order though. All three teams will likely be seperated by no more than one seed line unless the committee needs to move one team around for some reason.

BenjiF said...

Re: Miss St. My thinking is they still have to win the tournament to get in. But what if they get to the finals and lose? That's a tough call.

Re: Penn State. Not a PSU fan, but I agree with MattLion, who I assume is. I think their entry to the tournament may be more dependent on what happens around them, than whether or not they beat Purdue tonight. I've seen PSU live and while they are pesky, they don't really have much of an ability to do anything in the tournament, in my opinion. A team like VTech would probably be more dangerous for a tourney run, but it's hard to take them over PSU since they haven't pulled any of those close contests out.

Competitively speaking, I agree with those who say the big ten's mediocrity benefits their member teams, as some teams are simply bound to put up good records. The amount of NBA talent however, is scarce in the conference(Manny Harris/maybe Sims/Mullens down the road/Turner/maybe Lucas/Morgan/Sampson III/McCamey?).

Anonymous said...

B101 IS TEMPLE IN??

MattLion said...

"Re: Penn State. Not a PSU fan, but I agree with MattLion, who I assume is."

Yes, my alma mater is getting blown off the court right now... NIT here we come!

JGibson said...

FSU was 8-1 against teams not in the top tier
Clemson was 8-2...
Illinois was 11-5 against everyone but michigan state
Purdue was 10-6, good, but hardly stellar.

All that does is completely demonstrate why the Big Ten has so much bubble talk. The ACC's mid-range is completely incapable of beating its own upper echelon. The Big Ten's mid-range can beat its own upper echelon. And thanks to Michigan and Northwestern, we know the Big Ten's mid-range can beat the ACC's upper echelon.

Bracketology 101 said...

Does anybody hear that giant sucking sound...it's the sound of at-large bids disappearing. Maryland is in with their win and Baylor and Temple are still alive as bid stealers. Temple put itself in the at-large discussion but they will likely need to win the auto bid to get in the field.

JGibson said...

Despite all the bad loss, Maryland has now beaten Michigan State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Michigan. Despite my defense of the Big Ten earlier in this thread, I think that really is more than any of Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan, Minnesota, or Penn State.

I'd guess both conferences get 7 in the end.

Anonymous said...

What big ten team is out then?? Minnesota or Penn State?

Anonymous said...

As a Creighton fan I nowhere near had the faith of Konrad, but things were going swimmingly. But Baylor, Temple and Maryland have turned the tide. If Dayton doesn't win it may be game over.

Bracketology 101 said...

The only change to our current bracket is Maryland in over South Carolina.

NickP said...

Is Maryland considered a lock now?

Howard Salwasser said...

Sorry NickP, Maryland may need one more win to lock it up, but they will be near the cut line.

MattLion said...

Anyone who thinks the big ten plays "ugly" basketball should watch Purdue tonight.

Much to my chagrin, they are shooting lights out and scored 51 points in a half against a team that normally gives up about 62 a game.

dave said...

lol, maryland is in now. look a the bubble performances

Bracketology 101 said...

Halftime thoughts...

SDSU leads by 3 and would lock up their bid with a win

Utah State is getting worked by NMSU down 13. They can't afford a loss in the semis for sure. They will be out with a loss.

Dayton down 6 at the half. They should be safe regardless. A loss for Dayton hurts Creighton more than anyone since it is the Bluejays best win and their other good OOC wins don't look so good after this week since George Mason lost in their final and New Mexico lost yesterday. Bluejay fans need to pull very hard for Dayton or they may find their team out tomorrow. That's just how close of a call they are.

Penn State down 16!! They better make it close or they will drop to the last 4 line.

Bracketology 101 said...

Maryland will only be a "lock" with another win.

Anonymous said...

All that does is completely demonstrate why the Big Ten has so much bubble talk. The ACC's mid-range is completely incapable of beating its own upper echelon. The Big Ten's mid-range can beat its own upper echelon. And thanks to Michigan and Northwestern, we know the Big Ten's mid-range can beat the ACC's upper echelon.

And thanx to Maryland, Duke, UNC and Clemson, we know that the big 10 sucks, and is not near as good as the ACC... The Big 10 reg season champ is 0-2 against the acc, and 0 for 2 in good showings...

Bracketology 101 said...

Utah State is fighting back. It's looking like a bid stealer out of the A-10 with Dayton down big still.

Konrad said...

Sure didn't count on either Temple or Baylor winning. That's why they play the games...

Ryan West said...

So how many "bids" would you say are open right now. I'm thinking like 6ish?

JGibson said...

Duke lost to Michigan. How does that prove the Big Ten sucks?

Bracketology 101 said...

Probably around 6 open bids right now. St. Mary's surely isn't playing very well in the early going against Eastern Washington.

Ryan West said...

Duke also beat Michigan

Anonymous said...

Duke also beat michigan, and beat purdue into a bloody pulp.

MattLion said...

Fans of Big Ten hoops should check out the BC/Duke game (29-22 at the half) and Okie St/Mizzou (23-21 at the half).

Oh wait, the Big Ten sucks because they have games like that.

At last check, Purdue was still shooting 60% from 3 while sending PSU to the edge of the bubble.

Ryan West said...

I don't think Penn State is going to be in. They are losing by 20 and all of these other "bid stealers" are showing up.

My final 4 in right now are:
Penn State, Arizona, SDSU (in if they win), Temple.

First four OUT:
Creighton, St. Mary's, Florida, New Mexico (not going to make it)

What do you think?

Anonymous said...

Say what you want, but Maryland only beat Michigan because it was a home game. Play it at Crisler and Michigan finishes the beat down they were laying on Maryland in the first half.

Bubble teams have to be annoyed that Baylor chose TODAY to snap their 24 game losing streak to Texas.

R.W.McGee said...

And thanx to Maryland, Duke, UNC and Clemson, we know that the big 10 sucks, and is not near as good as the ACC... The Big 10 reg season champ is 0-2 against the acc, and 0 for 2 in good showings...
----------------


That doesn't mean ANYTHING. Minnesota beat Louisville, who is #1 in the Big East...does that mean the Big 10 is better than the Big East? You have to go on a team by team basis...the committee will.


Also, PSU is gone, I think. Big 10 will probably get 7, I hope that makes the ACC fans happy, heh.

JGibson said...

Duke still lost to Michigan, even if they also beat Michigan. Among ACC teams, only the locks beat Duke. That's good enough for me to place Michigan ahead of any ACC bubble teams.

Ryan West said...

Too bad there aren't really any ACC bubble teams. Maryland is the only one, who will probably be in.

Bracketology 101 said...

Nittany Lions never were really in the game against Purdue. Not good.

Looks like A-10 will be a 3 bid league. This was the absolute best case scenario for the league to get 3 bids.

R.W.McGee said...

BYU just pulled ahead of SDSU! Also, East Washington is giving St. Marys a game. Good for bubble teams.

MattLion said...

PSU is one of the tougher cases for the committee in recent years. Insanely awful OOC schedule and a very low RPI for an at-large out of a BCS league, but, they went 4-3 against the top 3 in their league. 6 Top 50 RPI wins as well. And, depending on when you watch them, they can either pass the "look" test or fail it miserably.

R.W.McGee said...

Unfortunately for PSU they just failed it two times in a row (Iowa/Purdue) with an uninspiring win over Indiana not adding much.

I don't know if the Big 10 get's 7 or 8...but if it gets 7, I think PSU just played their way into the 8th slot.

dave said...

"The ACC's mid-range is completely incapable of beating its own upper echelon. "

except the terps, with wins over unc and now wake, right?

Bracketology 101 said...

HUGE game between SDSU and BYU coming down to the wire. Bubble teams need BYU to pull this one out.

Ryan West said...

Utah St just took the lead with 3 seconds left. 71-70! Bubble Teams are happy!

Bracketology 101 said...

What a comeback for Utah State. This will only be good for bubble teams if the Aggies win tomorrow in the finals. If they go down tomorrow then bubble teams would rather of had them lose tonight. If they had lost tonight we think they would of had little chance of an at-large. Now if they lose tomorrow to Nevada they will be in the mix.

Anonymous said...

B101 IS PENN STATE IN OR OUT???

Bracketology 101 said...

PSU is still in, but are by no means a lock. They will be on the last 4 in line.

MattLion said...

Duquesne/Temple for the A-10 title tomorrow. Who knew?

The A-10 might get more bids than the SEC.

R.W.McGee said...

Looks like BYU is blowing it.

Anonymous said...

B101 You do a great job with the site was wondering if you could rank these teams in order of a bid

Michigan, Minny, PSU, Wisconsin.

Thanks!

R.W.McGee said...

what is the justification for Wisconsin ahead of Minnesota? Minnesota swept Wisconsin, won the same amount of games in the Big 10...and won a bigger OOC game (Louisville) I don't see Wisconsin's argument.

Billy said...

Well....it looks like MD will be playing Duke tomorrow as they are pulling away from BC

If they lose a close one, I have to believe they should get a bid.

What are your thoughts?

Ryan West said...

I'd have to say the way Minnesota has played in their last 12 games. They've really struggled down the stretch. Only reason I can see it.

MattLion said...

"Well....it looks like MD will be playing Duke tomorrow as they are pulling away from BC"

oh... um....

Bracketology 101 said...

Huge win for SDSU; theyy are very close to lock status at this point.

In an earlier post we ranked it Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State and said how close it was. Penn State is clearly last on that list, but the other three you can go either way with. Michigan earns the top spot because of their OOC wins and sweep of Minnesota. Wisconsin gets the second spot because of their 10-8 conference record and 7-3 finish. Minnesota is last of those 3 because they have lost 7 out of 11.

Maryland should be good with a good performance against Duke.

R.W.McGee said...

In Big 10 games, now, Wisconsin is 10-9 and Minnesota is 10-10. Committee counts conference tourney games, right?

Anonymous said...

A lot of people point to Minny's record the last 11 games, but all those losses except one was on the road. (Six of seven losses).

I don't think you can penalize a team for having seven of their last 11 games on the road.

Of those seven losses, six were against definite tournament teams, with the 7th being Penn State, a bubble team.

Minnesota's record against top 25 and Top 50 teams with ZERO bad losses should keep them in.

Ryan West said...

I know Texas A&M is pretty high up in terms of Bubble teams, but with their first round exit...could the start falling? If Baylor wins could it hurt them?

Bracketology 101 said...

Baylor won't affect A&M, because if the Bears win the Big XII tourney, they will be no higher than a 12 seed. The way bubble teams are losing right now and bid stealers are creeping up, the Aggies' 10 seed looks pretty safe.

Anonymous said...

'Cuse is going to OT again? Are you kidding me?

MattLion said...

BC loses a close one, they should still be in though. They've proven they can play with (and actually beat) anyone.

It's probably better for Maryland to get a crack at Duke though.

R.W.McGee said...

Auburn wins...the SEC is screwed.

Anonymous said...

so what's the best case scenario for penn state now?

R.W.McGee said...

The best case for any bubble team has to be Missouri winning and Duke winning.

Bracketology 101 said...

The SEC just took another step closer to being a two-bid league. If Auburn can't be Tennessee tomorrow, they won't make it. If the Tigers do pull the upset, they'll in, but barely.

Penn State needs Missouri to beat Baylor in the Big XII final, Utah State to win the WAC final, and Auburn to lose tomorrow to Tennessee. If any of those things don't happen, the Nittany Lions' at-large chances will continue to diminish.

Anonymous said...

any possible chance Arizona can steal an at large bid?

TheVelvetFog said...

You really think AU has NO chance of getting a bid if they lose tomorrow? C'mon! 9 wins out of there 10 last games? no possibility even?

mike said...

what do penn state's chances look like in %-form??

Bracketology 101 said...

Penn State also needs USC to lose at some point (up early over UCLA)

Anonymous said...

Big 10 Basketball is awful. When they go to the tourney and face offenses who CAN ACTUALLY MAKE SHOTS..They'll be thrown to the dogs easily. They won't be able to hold all the teams in the tourney to 38 and 48 points.

Anonymous said...

Fans of Big Ten hoops should check out the BC/Duke game (29-22 at the half) and Okie St/Mizzou (23-21 at the half).

Oh wait, the Big Ten sucks because they have games like that.

At last check, Purdue was still shooting 60% from 3 while sending PSU to the edge of the bubble.

BC had 29 points in the first half, 4 less that illinois put up in that entire game

Bracketology 101 said...

If Auburn had done anything OOC, they'd be solid right now. But the reality is, they didn't. Their best OOC win is at Virginia (111 RPI) and their OOC SOS is 202. To overcome that, a team needs needs to do a lot in conference play and make a deep conference tourney run. Auburn has a good but not great SEC resume (their two big conference wins in the regular season came at home), and they'll need to get to the final to get a bid.

Anonymous said...

What seed will Cuse be with a win/loss? Also, what seed will WVU be?

Bracketology 101 said...

Auburn still needs to beat Tennessee tomorrow. OOC they have nothing and they have no solid wins on the road, so a neutral court win over a tourney team will go a long way. The Tigers also need to cheer for LSU because a final loss to Miss st would be bad.

Anonymous said...

If both Syracuse and FSU win their conference tourney, who is higher seeded? If both lose the final, who is higher?

Bracketology 101 said...

Syracuse is looking like a solid candidate to be a 3 seed. There's plenty of room on that line, as Wake, Villanova, and Washington all lost tonight.

West Virginia will be a 6 or 7 when all is said and done.

Bracketology 101 said...

Arizona is still in the mix and will remain there until Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Wake, Nova, washington all lost and lawson is out tomorrow, which makes FSU a slight favorite, id think, are they a 3 on tomorrows bracket?

Anonymous said...

Can the cuse make a deep tourney run or will they be like Cuse '06 and Pitt last year and lose early from being so worn out?

Bracketology 101 said...

If FSU wins tomorrow, they'll be be a 3.

Bracketology 101 said...

What has gotten overlooked tonight is St. Mary's win. They did what they had to do winning by 20 as Mills scored 19 on 6-14 shooting. They also got helped by SDSU winning since it makes their win over the Aztecs look better. They also have a win over Utah State without Mills that is looking better too.

Creighton suffered a brutal night. The SEC results were favorable for them, but Maryland and SDSU winning hurts. The A-10 being a three bid league now is also devastating, especially since it meant Dayton going down which was their best win.

St. Mary's is actually starting to look better than the Bluejays. It's not necessarily going to be one or the other on Sunday but it's much easier to compare the teams resumes since they are both mid-majors.

MIKE said...

sucks being a penn state fan tonight. nobody even cares about the NIT. i love penn state bball but i do not expect them to make the ncaa tourney. it would be great if they did. it just seems like too many things have to fall in place. they had 2 chances to make it as a lock and they didn't. i hope 6 top 50 wins and 4-2 against the top 3 in the conference pull a lot of weight. B101, do you think those stats will strongly convince the committee?

Anonymous said...

Sorry FSU fans. They haven't beaten a RPI top 25 team all year. Now, that could change tomorrow. However, even with a win, there's no way they're ahead of Syracuse on the S curve. SU has 5 rpi top 25 wins with a possible #6 tomorrow. Additionally, 4 of those wins have been on road/neutral courts.

Bracketology 101 said...

We don't buy the argument that winning your conference tourney can be a bad thing. It gives you momentum going into the tourney and gives you a better draw.

Anonymous said...

Sorry FSU fans. They haven't beaten a RPI top 25 team all year. Now, that could change tomorrow. However, even with a win, there's no way they're ahead of Syracuse on the S curve. SU has 5 rpi top 25 wins with a possible #6 tomorrow. Additionally, 4 of those wins have been on road/neutral courts.

FSU lost 2 rpi top 25 wins when clemson went from 25 to 26, and they are 5-0 against the top 50, and both teams are 10-8 against the top 100

Anonymous said...

Hasn't worked lately... winning your conf. Plus, it lets the secret out of the hat(that your team is for real)

Bracketology 101 said...

That 4-2 record against the big three in the Big Ten is Penn State's best stat. In most years that would hold up. Heck, it held up just yesterday, but tonight was just brutal for the Nittany Lions. There is a possibility of bid-stealers galore tomorrow, which is not good news for the eighth bid out of a league.

Anonymous said...

i hope 6 top 50 wins and 4-2 against the top 3 in the conference pull a lot of weight. B101, do you think those stats will strongly convince the committee?

It shouldnt be... 68 RPI, 93 SOS, 7-9 vs top 100... And how exactly do you justify scheduling NJIT? Come on, youve got to do better than that, PSU

Anonymous said...

Any teams that you thought were final four material that you are now having 2nd thoughts about? Any teams really popping up on your radar to make a run? Cuse and Gonzaga are playing the best basketball... look out.

Bracketology 101 said...

Penn State has some nice positives..10-8 B10 regular season and plenty of good wins in conference. But it would be completely understandable if they were left out and with the way things are going no one would be able to argue to committee on the issue. All they would have to do is point to their OOC resume, #68 RPI and 5-5 finish.

Anonymous said...

B101...what's your opinion on who's ahead on the s-curve between FSU and Syracuse?

Anonymous said...

Looks like FSU, they were 2 spots ahead going into today, and both took care of busines...

Bracketology 101 said...

We like Gonzaga to make a deep run as well. If there is one Final Four "favorite" that we are down on, it's UConn. Jerome Dyson's injury has left A.J. Price as the Huskies only outside scoring threat, and if Hasheem Thabeet gets into foul trouble in the tourney, the Huskies have no capable back-up (sorry, Gavin Edwards) to replace him. Syracuse was able to drive to the basket at will after Thabeet fouled out last night.

Ryan West said...

If you had to pick: Arizona or Penn State?

Anonymous said...

Cuse had a much better win tonight beating the #19 RPI team on a neutral court.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Diehard FSU fan, and I'd probably put the Cuse over us at this point.

Bracketology 101 said...

To anonymous at 11:22...I don't know the stat off hand but if you look at all of the national champs a very large majority of them won their conference tourney.

Anonymous said...

Cuse had a much better win tonight beating the #19 RPI team on a neutral court.

FSU beat a team who was coming off beating the #16 team in the country, and beat them on their home court.

Anonymous said...

How many played 4 in 4 games? Esp. that 6 Ot game. I'm a Cuse fan but I'm not sold on whether or not we'll make it past the S16 or even Rd. 2. We are also a pretty young team.

Anonymous said...

MSG is hardly a neutral court for Syracuse and WVU

Anonymous said...

Seriously, FSU isn't in the discussion with Cuse anymore. Beating another top 25 RPI team in OT after last night? What more must this team do to pass the Seminoles? If 4 road/neutral court wins over top 25 RPI teams (Seminoles have 0) don't get us a 3 seed, what would it take?

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Uh-oh. Wyoming up at the half. There be dragons!

Bracketology 101 said...

Penn State is still over Arizona.

Syracuse will be ahead of FSU on tonights S-curve and if they beat L'ville tomorrow the only way that FSU could possibly be ahead of them is if they beat both UNC and Duke.

Anonymous said...

sorry, Wyoming close at the half. I misread the score. Still, MWC could steal another bid.

Anonymous said...

Are we comparing beating Ga Tech and beating West Virgina??? Serious?

And MSG is not home court for Syracuse. It's about 5 hours away from campus if you guys have never been to NY. Just to give you an idea, Nova, UConn, St Johns, Rutgers, and Providence are all closer to NY City.

Anonymous said...

How many played 4 in 4 games? Esp. that 6 Ot game. I'm a Cuse fan but I'm not sold on whether or not we'll make it past the S16 or even Rd. 2. We are also a pretty young team.

Anonymous said...

whoever made the brackets have #6 texas and #3 Missouri both in Minnesota playing in the second round and they are both big 12 teams...not gonna happen

Bracketology 101 said...

Bubble team fans need to pull hard for UCLA and Utah right now...

bahostetter said...

If Duquesne wins the A-10, will Temple still squeeze in and give the league 4 bids? And what seeds do you expect for Xavier and Dayton?

Anonymous said...

Seriously, FSU isn't in the discussion with Cuse anymore. Beating another top 25 RPI team in OT after last night? What more must this team do to pass the Seminoles? If 4 road/neutral court wins over top 25 RPI teams (Seminoles have 0) don't get us a 3 seed, what would it take?

Since 25 is an arbitrary number, why dont you extend it to 26, and that gives FSU 2 instead of 0, and FSU is only 1 down in top 50 wins, and theyre tied in top 100 wins

Anonymous said...

When is your new bracket coming out?

Bracketology 101 said...

Our next bracket will be our final bracket, which will be released on Sunday afternoon

Bracketology 101 said...

Bubble team fans should also pull for La Tech over Nevada...Utah State may be able to get an at-large should they lose to Nevada, but a loss to La Tech would probably eliminate them

Bracketology 101 said...

Lunardi finally moves New Mexico way down on his bracket and out and surprisingly moves PSU down to last team in.

Anonymous said...

Since 25 is an arbitrary number, why dont you extend it to 26, and that gives FSU 2 instead of 0, and FSU is only 1 down in top 50 wins, and theyre tied in top 100 wins

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Cuse has beaten 6,8 and 9 at road/neutral sites, along with a two wins over 19 (one on a neutral site.) You really want to claim that beating 26 is even comparable to 5 superior wins, 4 away from home. Hahaha.

Ryan West said...

I'm finding that available bids are shrinking and shrinking. I think the Big Ten is only going to get 7 in.

evenues said...

Is Minnesota in for sure? How close to the bubble are they?

Ryan West said...

I disagree with Lunardi. I believe Arizona and Penn State and St. Mary's are all in better shape than Creighton.

what about you B101?

evenues said...

I would say Minnesota has to be in before Penn State and Wisconsin in the Big Ten. They beat Wisconsin twice this year and Penn State was already on the bubble.

Maryland and Temple should both be in after today, putting Penn St. out.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with Lunardi. I believe Arizona and Penn State and St. Mary's are all in better shape than Creighton.

what about you B101?

Penn state cant be.
Creighton is 26 spots higher in the RPI, with a terrible... everything.

Ryan West said...

Only problem with Minnesota is the way they finished the year.

I have my big ten rankings as:

Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State.

I think Big Ten gets 7 bids.

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