Friday, February 25, 2011

B101's Questions For The Weekend

Here's what we're wondering heading into this weekend's games:

Saturday's Games
Who would have ever thought the best game of the year, based on RPI, would be between San Diego State and BYU? When was the last regular season game between two top 4 RPI teams?

If the winner of SDSU-BYU wins out, what's the percent chance they get a 1 seed?

Can Virginia Tech jump into the bracket (for good?) with a win over Duke in Blacksburg?

Can Texas avoid a second straight weekend loss to a Big XII bubble team? (Is Colorado still a bubble team...?)

Will Georgetown (vs. Syracuse) or Villanova (vs. St. John's) go 0-2 at home this week?

Can Arizona complete a season sweep of UCLA? Can Florida do the same to Kentucky?

Will Kansas State cement its spot in the bracket with a home win over Missouri?

Is Baylor done? Is there any chance the Bears upset Texas A&M in Waco to stay in the hunt for an at-large?

Did VCU and BC see their at-large bubbles burst this week? Can they bounce back with wins over James Madison and Virginia?

Does Minnesota still deserve a bid even if they beat Michigan at home? How will the Wolverines play in the wake of Wednesday's brutal buzzer-beating loss to Wisconsin?

Was Wednesday night's beatdown at Maryland a blip on the radar for Florida State, or is it a sign of things to come? Can the 'Noles take care of Miami at home?

Did Alabama really need a last second tip-in to beat Auburn? Can they shake off that awful performance and win at Mississippi?

Is Gonzaga in the bracket for good after their enormous win at St. Mary's? Can they do what the Gaels could not do and win at San Diego?

Will a trip to the WCC final be enough for St. Mary's to get in?

Should the loser of Wichita State at Missouri State start printing NIT tickets?

Is winning a share of the Horizon regular season title enough to get Butler an at-large?

Could Conference USA be more of a mess? If Memphis hands UTEP its third loss of the week, will it be hard to deny the Tigers an at-large?

Can UAB and Southern Miss stay alive in the race for the C-USA regular season title with road wins over Houston and UCF?

Can Vanderbilt and Temple win on the road and avoid 0-2 weeks?

Will Nebraska keep its slim at-large hopes alive with a road win at Iowa State?

Will a win at Air Force be enough to keep Colorado State in the bracket on Monday?

Can Utah State avoid a season sweep at the hands of Idaho?

Sunday's Games
Does Pitt need to win at Louisville to stay on the 1 line?

If Michigan State beats Purdue, is there any chance they don't get an at-large?

If UConn loses at Cincinnati, will the Bearcats have a better seed than the Huskies on Monday?

Can Maryland win at North Carolina? Will one Top 50 win be enough for them to climb into the bracket?

Can West Virginia avoid an upset at Rutgers (and the big seed drop that would follow)?

Marquette picked up a ticket-punching win at UConn this week; they couldn't possibly give their ticket back by losing at home to Providence, right?

155 comments:

GoBlue1980 said...

If Michigan beats Minnesota today and beat MSU next Saturday and finishes 9-9 in the 2nd hardest RPI conference in the country and finishes in 5th place with that record depending upon what happens with PSU and MSU and plays Illinois on Friday, are they on the right side of the bubble? Do they have to win 2 Big Ten tourney games to get on the right side of the bubble if they finish in 5th place?

Anonymous said...

Who would have thought that in this day and age of valuable objective measures we still sabotage the selection process by caring about RPI?

Bracketology 101 said...

Two Big Ten tourney wins would guarantee Michigan a bid. One Big Ten tourney win would put them in good shape, but it wouldn't guarantee them a spot.

Dan said...

What does Illinois have to do to work their way out of the field? For that matter, them and Minnesota are falling very very hard. Beware a loss to Iowa/Michigan today!

Todd Lucas said...

If the RPI used a more sound formula, it would be a valuable objective measure. In fact, most everything else would be more subjective.

Bracketology 101 said...

If Illinois just beats Iowa and Indiana at home, they'll be in.

Minnesota needs to win its last three games and get to 9-9. If they finish 8-10, they'll need to make a run to the Big Ten final.

Todd Lucas said...

"If Illinois just beats Iowa and Indiana at home, they'll be in."

Yeah, what a ringing endorsement that'd be. I'm in. One year, and it's already apparent that 68 teams are too many.

Anonymous said...

How many victories does Baylor need from here out to get in the tourney?

I'm hoping it's one plus one in the tourney....my gut says it's 4

Dan said...

Baylor probably needs to hold serve against the 2 bad teams (Okie St and the first round of the B12 Tourny), and then get 1 win, or maaaaaybe 2, of the 3 games against the good teams, Texas/A+M/2nd round of the tourny. At the current rate, 1 will be enough, but if bubble teams start finding wins, that 2nd good win might be important.

edgeinducedcohesion said...

Any chance that with a sweep of the Washington Schools next week (and taking care of Arizona State this weekend) that USC goes on the Bubble Watch list?

AG said...

I'm still convinced the selection committee will be generous to the mid-majors considering the expanded field and the weak bubble. Missouri State and Witchita State should both be in, whichever doesn't win the regular season title just needs to get to the title game of the MVC Tournament.

VCU had a chance at an at-large but not losing at home to James Madison they don't. Although I think that might open the door for Hofstra.

I still think there's a good chance 2 out of UTEP, UAB, Memphis, and USM get in.

Butler's getting an at-large, especially if they make it to the Horizon League final.

Heck, even Utah State could get an at-large at this point.

That being said, I still wonder about Gonzaga, if Alabama's RPI is too low to consider them, how come the Zags isn't too low?

Anonymous said...

Butler's getting an at-large, especially if they make it to the Horizon League final.
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really...? no one seems to be talking about the Horizon being a 2 bid league....?

That being said.....Butler and Wisc Mil are in dogfights on the last day of the season so far.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!

Will said...

The RPI is supposed to settle the SOS conflict when comparing records. Nothing else. There are humongous holes, the first of which are that BYU and SDSU are in the top 4 currently, when neither of them are top 10 teams in the country.

Will said...

@2:30 anonymous.

The Horizon league is NOT getting in 2 teams. That would be INSANE. We're talking about the ACC only getting in 3, but the Horizon getting a second bid? Has the world gone insane?

Howard Salwasser said...

To will and the latest anoymous, and to everyone else for that matter, repeat after me.

Conferences do not receive bids, teams do. That basically means if there are only 3 teams from the ACC that deserve bids, so be it. The ONLY time conference afilliation comes into play(other than the Automatic qualifier) is when it comes time to fill out the bracket(even there the Big East rules apply).

Anonymous said...

Howard Salwasser said...
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Other than the auto bid from the Horizon, where does one find info on what teams are considered to have bids right now?

I'm curious to know who has a bid right now and who doesn't? Don't tell me that you only KNOW if you have a bid once the final season games are over?

Howard Salwasser said...

To the last anonymous,

I was not trying to infer on what will eventually happen(for the record, I see Duke, North Carolina, and Florida as getting in out of the ACC, with VA Tech, Boston College, Clemson and Maryland around the cut line), my point is that there is no language in the principles and procedures that states that bids are to be given out by conference, and not by team. As for when a team feels itself a lock to make the NCAA's, it depends on when a team has done enough to ensure that a long losing streak will not knock them out.

Will said...

If VT, Maryland, Clemson and BC gt left out of the bracket, and all of these ridiculously bad teams with 13-14 losses like Michigan and PSU gt in, or these horrible teams from bad conferences get in, they should just shoot the committee members and start from scratch.

I feel like, as a country, we have all gotten RIDICULOUSLY snarky about the lower-level conferences. We can't stand to admit to ourselves that NCAA basketball is run by the six major conferences, because it's unfair that the 7th best ACC team would very likely beat George Mason on a neutral court. Or that Richmond is actually a terrible team with losses to Iona, Bucknell, and Georgia Tech.

Anonymous said...

Is BYU higher in the bracket than SDSU now that they have beaten them twice?

Howard Salwasser said...

To Will,

On the Big Ten teams you mentioned, neither Penn State nor Michigan would be in my field if you I were to project out(they aren't in my current field either). Oh and with the win over Virginia, Boston College moved back in to my field at Wichita State's expense.

Anonymous said...

In a doomsday scenario where FSU loses to UNC, @NC State, and in their first game of the ACC Tourney (Quarterfinals vs. Maryland/Clemson/VT/BC), is there any way they could sneak into the play-in game?

Bracketology 101 said...

What a performance by BYU today. They'll be at worst the top 2 seed on Monday and if Duke loses to Virginia Tech tonight, the Cougars could be on the 1 line. Texas would be an obvious candidate to move up as well.

FSU won't make it if they lose three in a row to end the season.

Anonymous said...

If USC wins out any chance they can be a bubble team?

Howard Salwasser said...

If USC wins out, any chance they can be a bubble team?

+++++

Of course they can. Just don't metion this to Will.

Anonymous said...

Maryland may have already gotten an RPI top 50 win with Penn State: they're not top 50 yet, but even if they split Ohio State and Minnesota, they probably will be.

Anonymous said...

If alabama loses to ole miss today will they be out

Bracketology 101 said...

If USC wins their final three games, they'll be in the mix, but they'll still need to do some serious damage in the Pac-10 tourney to get an at-large. The Trojans have four very nice wins on their resume (Texas, at Tennessee, UCLA, Arizona), but they have almost twice as many bad losses.

Anonymous said...

If alabama loses to ole miss today will they be out

Bracketology 101 said...

Depends on what some other bubble teams do. The Tide can still fnish 12-4 in conference even with a loss today, and we think those 12 wins might be enough for a bid.

Ben said...

B101,

Does BC sneak back into your last 4 in with a 19 point road win @ Virginia?

Andrew said...

@Anonymous at 5:06pm -- I think Alabama is already out. Okay, so they eked out a win at home over Kentucky; they've also lost repeatedly to teams that aren't anywhere near the bubble (Providence, Okla St, Seton Hall, Arkansas, and -- most hilariously -- St. Peter's). They're just not a good team.

Put it this way: if Alabama were scheduled to play BC or Maryland tomorrow, on a neutral court, where would you put your money?

Anonymous said...

Whats your take on Memphis? I am guessing with the blowout loss by memphis that they wont be in the bracket next week

Anonymous said...

Interesting situation brewing in C-USA. Memphis was just destroyed by an overrated UTEP team. UAB has an interesting scenario that could turn their current 0-4 against 26-50 teams in RPI to a 3-1 within the next week and a half, making a strong at-large resume if they won't win the conference outright. If Memphis drops out of the top 50 (with today's loss), Marshall (currently 54th which UAB beat twice) wins 2 of the 3 remaining games against SMU (202nd), UTEP (78th), and UCF (68th), they could move into the top 50, and UAB beats Southern Miss (41st) Tuesday. This is the extreme best case, but does seem likely some of these will fall in place. Strongly think UAB will make the tournament with the way things are falling now.

Anonymous said...

Correction: Meant to say UAB plays So. Miss Wednesday, not Tuesday. And also that would be 3-2 with losses to Georgia and So. Miss, which Georgia could also possibly drop before then. Just alot of scenarios that does look to improve UAB's resume.

Anonymous said...

I am guessing Colorado will be in your bracket next week with their win over texas

BracketologyMAGIK said...

^Uh.... hell no this will merely put them in the converation.

Anonymous said...

Colorado is not automatic just bc they beat Texas, they have work left to do.

Todd Lucas said...

Will wrote:

"I feel like, as a country, we have all gotten RIDICULOUSLY snarky about the lower-level conferences. We can't stand to admit to ourselves that NCAA basketball is run by the six major conferences, because it's unfair that the 7th best ACC team would very likely beat George Mason on a neutral court."

You probably said the same thing about Butler, last year.

Anonymous said...

Colorado has 2 winnable games left @ISU and Nebraska at home. That gets them to 9-7 in Big 12 play with wins over Missouri, Texas, & fellow bubble team Kansas St. twice. With the way other bubble teams are playing their ways out (Baylor, Nebraska, VCU, Michigan, Minnesota, etc.), I wouldn't be surprised if Colorado found their way in the bracket

Anonymous said...

Hi guys ... Just echoing Ben's question. Is BC back in? Played pretty well at Virginia.

edgeinducedcohesion said...

Minnesota looks like their at-large hopes are toast, like Memphis' hopes.

Bracketology 101 said...

BC might hang on, but it's too early to tell. Depends on how VT, Baylor, Maryland, Penn State, Colorado State, etc. do.

Marty said...

Hey Will did you forget that Michigan went into littlejohn and beat mighty Clemson on their home court?

Anonymous said...

How far does Arizona drop?
Is Syracuse the #2 team in the BE?

Anonymous said...

hmmmmmm... ESPN has the Butler game today in their "bubble watch" section.


VERY INTERESTING INDEED.

Bracketology 101 said...

Arizona will be a low 6/high 7 next week.

Notre Dame is the #2 team in the Big East. Syracuse will be third, seed-wise, next week.

Anonymous said...

Arizona is way overrated they have beaten 0 ranked teams and their best win is at home by one point the only two good teams they played out of conference they lost to both of them not to mention they have a sub 200 rpi loss

Anonymous said...

Does San Diego St drop to a 3?

Texas still safe as a 2?

Is St Johns a 4?

How close is Syracuse to a 2?

edgeinducedcohesion said...

@Anonymous:

Let's look at Arizona. They have five losses (@BYU, @Kansas, @Oregon St, @USC, @UCLA)--only the Oregon St. loss looks "bad" as the other teams are at either locks or bubble contenders.

As far as their best wins, here goes: sweeping Washington State, Washington, USC, UCLA, @Oregon, @Rice, NC State, Oklahoma). It's not a great resume, but it's hardly Alabama.

edgeinducedcohesion said...

Correction: Make that six losses for Arizona and add @Washington (hardly a bad loss) to the loss column. They look a little better than Harvard, I suppose.

AG said...

Should Tennessee be worried about making the tournament after losing at home to Mississippi State? You just can't lose at home to SEC West teams, period.

If VT wins tonight (which they won't) their game vs. BC is a bubble elimination game.

With a win @ MSU, I think its time to start talking about Purdue as a #1 seed.

Anonymous said...

Arizona's losses to both BYU and Kansas were neutral site games. Kansas @Vegas, BYU @ SLC.

edgeinducedcohesion said...

Fair enough, anonymous, but losing to potential #1 seeds in the NCAA tournament on a neutral site is hardly a profile killer.

What is a profile killer? Being a bubble team and getting beat by the likes of Air Force (I'm talking to you, Colorado St.) or Iowa State (I'm talking to you, Nebraska), or James Madison (I'm talking to you, VCU). Way to make room for the teams that actually want to be there.

Anonymous said...

Purdue will be lucky to be a 2 seed. They have exactly 2 top 25 wins, both at home. They won't win at MSU either.

Andrew EC said...

B101 -- Are you sure the BE is Pitt, ND, Syracuse? Right now St. John's looks pretty unstoppable. It sort of reminds me of the fantastic run the '03 Syracuse team (minus Melo, of course) in February and of course in the NCAAs. Once they got in the tourney, pretty much everyone was asking "why are these guys only a 3 seed?"

Bracketology 101 said...

St. John's isn't far behind Syracuse, but the Orange will be higher on the S-curve on Monday. Remember, Syracuse won at St. John's back on Jan. 12.

Anonymous said...

Even the other ESPN guys are laughing at Lunardi for still having Memphis in his bracket after today's results.

Bracketology 101 said...

Early guesses on seeds: SDSU a 3, Syracuse a 3 (maybe a 2 if Purdue loses), St. John's a 3, Texas a 2.

Tennessee is fine. They'll be a 9/10 seed next week.

A lot would have to happen for Purdue to get a 1. They'll likely be a 2 or 3 seed in the end.

AG said...

BYU's not #1 seed worthy, not with their defense.

Colorado State's loss to Air Force is the end of their at-large hopes.

Bracketology 101 said...

Wow, the Gameday crew's reaction to Lunardi was priceless.

Marty said...

Michigan now has 5 true road victories @Clemson, Penn State, Michigan ST., Iowa and Minnesota. This is something the commitee seems to like. I wonder if the fluke 1 point loss to Wisconsin and the overtime loss to Kansas will get any consideration?

Bracketology 101 said...

Fill in the blanks: Minnesota, Nebraska, and Colorado State are out.

_________, __________, and __________ are in.

Howard Salwasser said...

A zillion point loss in El Paso and Lunardi still has them in? I can't stop chuckling inside.

Howard Salwasser said...

Boston College, Colorado, and Clemson are in.

Bracketology 101 said...

Lunardi had Colorado State still in too. Laughable.

edgeinducedcohesion said...

VT (if it beats Duke), or else Clemson (?), Missouri State (replacing Wichita State as the MVC autobid, perhaps?), Michigan, and whichever team out of Butler/Cleveland State/Wisconsin-Milwaukee doesn't get the autobid in the Horizon?

Maryland gets promoted to the top 8 out lists, and maybe USC gets added to the watch lists, especially if it can win a game on the Washington road trip next week. Colorado gets added to the watch list as well but still has plenty of work to do. Maybe reserve a spot on the bubble for the #2 Conference USA team, whichever one makes the finals but doesn't get the autobid (UAB, Southern Miss?).

This is a dreadful bubble.

Anonymous said...

What happened amongst Lunardi and the GameDay gang?

GoBlue1980 said...

Fill in the blanks: Minnesota, Nebraska, and Colorado State are out.

_________, __________, and __________ are in.

To answer your question: Michigan, Clemson and Missouri State are in.

Bracketology 101 said...

They showed his "up-to-the-second" Last Four In and Last Four Out and he had Memphis and Colorado State still in.

Bilas: "Memphis? They lost by a HUNDRED today. No way."

Digger: "Yeah, no way."

Rece Davis: "Yeah, they don't have much of a resume. We'll have to see what the committee has to say about that."

Anonymous said...

Question. Don't Ohio State and Pittsburgh have the top 2 resumes by a fair margin? I also think a case could be made the BYU's resume is superior to both Duke and Kansas.

Anonymous said...

^ That is awesome. Lunardi is off his rocker.

Hell, UCF looks like the hottest team in C-USA. I won't be surprised if they get the auto-bid.

I am also very upset with Harvard losing by 1 @ Yale.

Anonymous said...

Is it too late to just go back to only 64 teams? There will be some teams who shouldn't even be allowed to host an NIT game that are in the NCAA Tourney. And people wanted to expand to 96 or even 128????? Hopefully this year ends all that talk.

Anonymous said...

64? Hell, I'll start the campaign for 48.

Bracketology 101 said...

Pitt has a tough one coming up tomorrow at Louisville, but right now, the Panthers and Ohio State have the two best resumes.

The ways things are shaping up, it looks like five teams for four spots on the 1 line - Ohio State, Pitt, Kansas, Duke, and BYU.

Howard Salwasser said...

Duke goes down in Hokietown. Will is elated. This is a terrible haiku.

edgeinducedcohesion said...

Now that VT has won it looks like it's going to be in the bracket--how does the loss hurt Duke's profile?

AG said...

Talk about having an at-large bid giftwrapped by the scheduling gods. I wonder how many other bubble teams could beat Duke at home in prime time in a packed house.

I still think Tech needs to beat Boston College at home to be safe.

BracketologyMAGIK said...

AG you can suck a fat one, HOKIES WIN!!! HOKIES WIN!!!

edgeinducedcohesion said...

Well, Baylor gets a good win against A & M--now it can make itself look a little better on the Big 12 Bubble, along with Colorado.

Anonymous said...

1 seeds:

Ohio St., Pitt, Kansas, Duke/BYU/Texas


Waiting in the wings: Purdue, Notre Dame, Wisconsin

Marty said...

Lunardi now has Michigan in his bracket as last four in..Road wins carry some weight.

Anonymous said...

If UAB wins 1 out of their last 2, they will win at least a share of the CUSA title.

If they win both games, they win the CUSA title outright.

UAB is in the best position for an at-large out of all the CUSA teams. Memphis, despite having a couple wins over UAB, has a bad road record, several bad losses, low Sagarin rating, and may very well finish lower than UAB in the league ratings. And of course Memphis still has a tough road game at ECU which they could also lose. Not an easy road for them.

SamE said...

I know this sounds crazy but Villanova could easily end the season 9-9 (0-1) in the Big East and on a 5-game losing streak to end the year. Is there any chance they could either end up in the play-in game or god forbid the NIT?

Obviously they have some good wins, but when you get to play 12 top 50 teams with only 2 of those 12 games on the road, of course you're gonna have some good wins. You'd have to be pretty bad not to. With expected losses to ND and Pitt they'd be 6-8 vs. the top 50, with 2 bad losses to Rutgers and Providence. Call me crazy, but I could see Villanova sweating on Selection Sunday.

Shaudius said...

With Duke's loss at VaTech, what does this do to Purdue's outside chances for a 1 seed, I know people might laugh, but if Purdue wins out and Duke loses at UNC(which is not that shocking of an idea), and somehow loses the ACC tournament to them, that will mean that both will have 5 losses and Purdue will have presumably beat Ohio State once more and possibly Wisconsin once more.

That combination of things would likely push Purdue to a top 4 RPI, with the same number of losses, with similar numbers of top 50 RPI wins, would Duke still have the edge cuz they're Duke?

BracketologyMAGIK said...

^All I got to say is that that is a lot of ifs

Anonymous said...

Can we please stop this Purdue as a 1 seed talk? Not gonna happen.

Anonymous said...

Even if all that happened for Purdue, they'd still be behind BYU.

Brian Reinthaler said...

That's a pretty big IF, Shaudius. Why don't you guys beat MSU on the road today before you start asking about 1-seeds?

As for Duke, I'm no expert, but I tend to agree with you that Duke's resume is looking a lot less 1-seed worthy than a handful of other teams (possibly including Purdue). I think a Duke loss as UNC should remove them from 1-seed consideration (unless they win the ACC tourney, but even that won't be a spectacular feat this year).

They have all of 2 Top 25 wins (home vs. UNC and neutral court vs. KSU before Thanksgiving). Of Duke's other 4 T50 RPI wins, 3 were at home and one was neutral vs. #50 Butler. They've lost all 3 of their road games vs. T50 competition, and aside from surging St. John's (RPI #19) who whacked them at the Garden, the other two were against #44 and #48.

They beat Big East "bubble" team Marquette by 5 on a neutral court. Something tells me they'd have at least 4 more losses if they played in the Big East (and perhaps 2 more in the Big Ten).

Outside of Duke, Notre Dame still has a better resume than Purdue, and just as much shot as the Boilers at picking up a few more quality wins (Nova, @UConn, then 2-3 more Top20 RPI Big East opponents in the BET.

You've also got BYU, Texas, and SDSU still to deal with, along with presumptive 1-seeds Pitt, OSU, and Kansas.

Anonymous said...

I think Michigan is not getting enough credit for its true road wins. @ Clemson, @ PSU, @MSU, @Minnesota...and @ Iowa (I know, no big deal) but still I believe road wins do carry some weight.

Bracketology 101 said...

Michigan will get some serious consideration tonight and will either be one of the last times in or out. If they can beat MSU this week it would likely mean a top 5 Big 10 finish and one Big 10 tourney win would be enough. The problem with Michigan's resume is that there are plenty of wins over bubble teams but no marquee wins.

AG said...

I still don't trust BYU's defense enough to think they warrant a #1 seed. Jimmer Fredette is special, but if you saw the way they gave up uncontested layup after uncontested layup to UCLA and New Mexico you'd question it too.

By that same respect, Texas is doing everything it can to ensure that KU wins its umpteenth straight Big XII regular season title by literally losing to anyone. You just can't trust a Rick Barnes coached team, ever. If Baylor beats them at home they're not getting a #1.

Anonymous said...

Nova is a lock.

Hard to find a team with better road wins than Syr: @Nova, @UConn, @St Johns, @Gtown. Also got WVU and ND at home.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one unimpressed with Virginia Tech? They're now 1-5 against the RPI Top 50. They better beat Boston College and Clemson.

Bracketology 101 said...

Contrary to what Dick Vitale says, Virginia Tech is still no lock. The Duke win will get them into the bracket tomorrow, but if they don't go 2-0 next week, there's no guarantee that they're on the right side of the bubble heading into the ACC tourney.

Bracketology 101 said...

Villanova a bubble team? Wait...what?

It's going to take some pretty crazy results over the next two weeks for Purdue to get a 1 seed. They are 7th or 8th in line right now, and that's a lot of ground to make up with a couple of weeks to play.

mattlion said...

I think VT is in, but they might want to make sure they don't finish 0-3.

As a Penn State grad, here's my take - if we somehow get to 10-8 in conference, we'll be in the discussion (just like 2 years ago). 9-9 isn't going to cut it considering how we did inside and conference play.

It's too bad, because much like the 2008 team, this current PSU team would give people fits and could be a legit sweet 16 outfit. Too many goofy losses and poor coaching did us in. If we had at least beaten Maine, or split with Michigan, or beaten an ACC team (we had 2 shots) who knows where we'd be now.

AG said...

It was touched on before but I wanted to know just how legit are UAB's chances for an at-large bid? USM probably hurt themselves pretty bad with a loss to UCF but UAB's on top of the standings and have a Top 40 RPI. I don't think they'd win the C-USA Tournament because its @ UTEP and UAB is coached by Mike Davis, but a regular season title could be enough to get them in.

BracketologyMAGIK said...

^ just like every team, what if Virginia Tech had beaten Georgia Tech, and Virginia tice, we would be looking at 14-2 in the ACC and a conference championchip. Oh and we were up 15 on UNC at half. If won that too we would be like a 5 seed and if we beat Purdue in overtime mabye a 3 or 4. We cannot live in the world of What ifs.

Bracketology 101 said...

It's going to be fascinating to see what the committee does with Missouri State and UAB (assuming the Blazers win the C-USA regular season title) if either lose in their conference tourney final. Neither team, at the moment, has a Top 50 win, neither did anything OOC, but both will have RPIs around 40 when all is said and done. Will a regular season title in the 8th-best (C-USA) or 12th-best (MVC) league be enough for an at-large? In a year with three extra bids to give out and an awful bubble?

Our gut feeling is that neither would get an at-large. There are too many other big conference bubble teams in the mix that will have chances to pick up quality wins in their conference tournies. Missouri State and UAB won't have that luxury. Throw in another bid-stealer or two and we think the Bears and Blazers would be off to the NIT.

mike said...

Colorado and Baylor in over Penn State? Really?

Dan said...

1) Better resume right now, and 2) Best guess for end of season better resume between these pairs of teams:

Purdue or Notre Dame?

MSU or Minnesota?

Alabama or Colorado or Nebraska?

Anonymous said...

@Dan --

a) Notre Dame > Purdue

b) MSU > Minnesota

c) All of those teams suck. Go with VT, BC, or Maryland instead.

Dan said...

I think VT is likely on the right side for the time being. BC/Maryland I suppose should enter that group. Let's revise the game. Based on WHAT THEY HAVE DONE RIGHT NOW (no more Purdue fans saying "if we win our next 6 games and move up to a #2 RPI"), rank...:

1) If Kansas/Pitt/OSU are your top 3 teams, put the next 7 in order for who's waiting for the top few to slip: BYU, Duke, Texas, ND, Purdue, SDSU, Wiscy. Throw Syracuse/UNC in there if you so please.

2) Just BCS conference bubbles: MD, BC, VT, Colorado, Nebraska, Alabama, MSU, Penn St, Minnesota, USC. Rank them (on what they've done right now) on order they should be included.

mike said...

1) If Kansas/Pitt/OSU are your top 3 teams, put the next 7 in order for who's waiting for the top few to slip: BYU, Duke, Texas, ND, Purdue, SDSU, Wiscy. Throw Syracuse/UNC in there if you so please.

I would rank them TODAY as.

Pitt/OSU/BYU/Kansas/Texas/Duke/Purdue/ND/Wiscy/SDSU/UNC/CUSE/UF.

2) Just BCS conference bubbles: MD, BC, VT, Colorado, Nebraska, Alabama, MSU, Penn St, Minnesota, USC. Rank them (on what they've done right now) on order they should be included.

VT/MSU/PSU/BC/BAMA/COLO/MD/MINN/NEB/USC.

Anonymous said...

So lets say they gophers magically remember how to play basketball and win their final two games. How far would they need to go in conference tourney to be in the mix (not a lock), semifinal, final???

(None of this will probably happen since we have forgotten that the goal in basketball is to score more points than the opponent)

Anonymous said...

VT/MSU/BC/BAMA/MD/USC/COLO/MINN/NEB/PSU/Mich

Andrew EC said...

VT/MSU/BC/UMD/USC/Colo/Minn/PSU/Neb/Alabama

BracketologyMAGIK said...

VT/MD/BC/MSU/MICH/COLO/NEB/BAMA/MINN/PSU/

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 3:57 do you really think USC has a better resume as of right now than Colorado Nebraska Minnesota Penn state and Michigan what with their 3 bottom 200 losses and 6 sub 100 losses they got swept by Oregon they kinda suck

Andrew EC said...

B101 -- Okay, now that Pitt has lost (what a game that was), now who are the 4 #1s?

Brian Reinthaler said...

@mike: Pitt/OSU/BYU/Kansas/Texas/Duke/Purdue/ND/Wiscy/SDSU

Please defend Texas' resume vis-a-vis Purdue and ND. I don't see it. I've got Duke/ND/Purdue very tight, and Texas as the clear 4th in that group.

FWIW, my tops are probably same as you, but bump Kansas ahead of BYU.

Dan said...

OSU/Kansas/BYU, then Duke/ND/Purdue/Texas very close together, and SDSU/Wiscy/UNC waiting in the wings for other screw ups.

Rick said...

How big of a factor is the fact that Chris Wright will be back for the tournament in your projection of Georgetowns seed?

edgeinducedcohesion said...

Let's look at USC:

The Good: Wins @Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Washington St., Arizona, swept Stanford, @Cal

The Bad: Swept by Oregon, home loss to Cal, loss @Nebraska

The Ugly: Loss Rider, @Bradley, @TCU, @Oregon State

The Verdict--quite a few ugly losses, but some marquee wins too. If they take care of business in Washington this next week, they would be hard to deny in a year with a baby-soft bubble.

BracketologyMAGIK said...

Dan you forgot PITT

Bracketology 101 said...

Pitt's still a 1. The 1 line order will probably be Ohio State, Kansas, Pitt, BYU.

Bracketology 101 said...

Since all indications are that Chris Wright will be back for the NCAA Tournament, the injury won't play much into Georgetown's seeding.

They're probably looking at a 5 seed in tomorrow's bracket.

Rick said...

But doesn't the fact he's coming back help discount these losses a little bit and place a bit more focus on their games with him? At least that's how I thought the committee treated similar circumstances

ivarngizteb said...

I'm trying to create a power ratings system for ranking teams, so I'd like some answers to these questions (fill in the blank)
1) An SOS of 25 is as valuable as an RPI of _____
2) A win over a team ranked RPI 1-50 is _____ times more valuable than a win over a team ranked RPI 51-100
3) A loss to a team ranked RPI 201-347 is _____ times worse than a loss to a team ranked RPI 1-50
4) A road neutral mark of 5-5 playing the #25 schedule is as good as a road neutral mark of 8-2 playing the #____ schedule
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that some people are saying USC has a good chance at an at large, when was the last time someone lost To three sub 200 hundred schools with an rpi in the 80's and a 65th ranked SOS got an at large assuming they don't Win out and win the PAC 10 tourney they'll have at least 13 losses and unless a team with 13 losses has a top 25 SOS they shouldn't be looked at

Bracketology 101 said...

Keep in mind he did play more than half of the Cincinnati game. The Syracuse loss will be a little more forgiven because he didn't play at all.

The bottom line is that the Hoyas won't be hurt too much seed-wise by their 0-2 week. They'll be at worst a 5 seed tomorrow, and depending on how the rest of the night goes, they may hang onto a 4.

edgeinducedcohesion said...

@Anonymous--if Alabama is worthy of an at-large USC is at least worthy of being on the bubble.

Brian Reinthaler said...

Re: Gtown, Chris Wright and how the committee might evaluate, lots of teams have experienced losses while suffering key injuries this year. In ND's example, 2 of their 4 conference losses (@Marquette and @St. John's) took place with Carleton Scott (ND's 2nd most important player) out of the lineup. They also beat UConn without Scott.

I doubt anyone's going to soften their critique of these two ND losses because of that injury.

Anonymous said...

OU/KU/BYU/Pitt

Purdue/SDSU/Duke/ND

Tx/SJ/Wis/Fl

BracketologyMAGIK said...

Alabama is not worth of an at large after that lose to Ole Miss unless they beat Florida.

Todd Lucas said...

"2) A win over a team ranked RPI 1-50 is _____ times more valuable than a win over a team ranked RPI 51-100"

Depends on where the game is played. A road win over the #75 team is better than a home win over the #50 team.

A home win over the #51 team is almost exactly as good as a home win over the #50 team.

Anonymous said...

I dont think USC is worthy of an at large bid but they are more worthy then Colorado, PSU, Minn, Mich, and Nebraska.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 6:27 can you please explain to me how you think USC is more deserving than Penn state

Anonymous said...

Well we can start with USC has a winning conference record and PSU does not (both in down years for their conferences).

USC 3-1 vs top 25 .75%
PSU 3-5 vs top 25 .375%

USC's win vs Tex > PSU vs Wisc
USC's win vs AZ > PSU vs Ill
USC's win vs Tenn = PSU vs MSU

Anonymous said...

First of all I think everyone will agree that The big ten is quite a bit better than the PAC 10 with their one way overrated ranked team and you also seemed to neglect that USC has 6 sub 100 losses and Penn state has 1 6 and 1 is a big difference, so they have the same number of losses but Penn states strength of schedule is 60 rankings ahead of USC and their rpi is thirty points higher and Penn state has more top 100 wins it's really not even close who has the better resume

mattlion said...

Well we can start with USC has a winning conference record and PSU does not (both in down years for their conferences).


LMFAO. The Big Ten, despite a few teams not living up to preseason billing, are still #2 in conference RPI. The Pac-10 is 7th. The Big Ten will have 3 teams end up with #4 seeds or higher in the tournament, the Pac-10 will be lucky to end up with 1.

USC's profile could end up being better than Penn State's, especially if PSU stumbles in their last 2 games. As of right now though, the committee would likely take a 15-12 team with a #6SOS as opposed to a 17-12 team with a #55SOS. Neither team is really anywhere near the bubble yet, though.

Brian Reinthaler said...

Anon @6:57pm

I'm no BigTen fan, and so I'll note that my opinion is that the conference (after OSU, PU and Wisc.) is overrated, but they're not having a "down year." They are the 2nd rated conference in America.

By contrast, the Pac10 is atrocious. Arizona, far and away the class of the conference, is a joke. The Cats wouldn't be in the top 4 in BigTen this year. They'd be under .500 in the Big East.

There are 3 Big Ten teams and 10 Big East teams with better RPIs that the 2nd best Pac 10 team.

Anonymous said...

Hypothetical if the season ended today. Who would get a single bid, Alabama or Minnesota?

Anonymous said...

Alabama

Anonymous said...

The Penn State - USC argument is pointless at this time because at this point neither team is in. However, I agree with a couple of the people above that rank USC higher than Penn State. Just my opinion and its funny how defensive this pro big10 board gets whenever someone doesnt pick their team. Cut the field back to 65 and end this non-sense.

Anonymous said...

So 8-9 vs. the RPI Top 200 and a #86 RPI rating can get you an at-large bid now?

BracketologyMAGIK said...

The arguement was USC versus PSU and not wether they were in the field. They are both wayyyyyy off

Anonymous said...

^ Re: Alabama

AG said...

Seriously, drop the USC/Penn State thing. We're not here to argue the #74th team into a 68 team field.

While we're at it, we're 8 mins away from Maryland being in the same boat as those two.

Anonymous said...

When your comparing it to a team that has lost 7 of 8 and is 6-10 in its conference then YES.

Alabama being 11-3 and first in the SEC West is looks much better then 6-10 regardless of who they play.

plus vs RPI top 150:
Alabama 8-8
Minnesota 7-10

Anonymous said...

Finally no more Maryland talk after this performance....thank god

BracketologyMAGIK said...

How many team can have no chances. Apparently, Alabama, VCU, UTEP, Penn State, Minnesota, Clemson, Maryland, Memphis, Wichita State, USC and Nebraska all have no chance after what happened this weekend. You guys still know that we have to find enough for a 68 team field right?

Anonymous said...

B101, every year the committee says during the selection show that the conference tournaments don't play much of a factor in who is getting in because by the time they get going the committee has moved past who is getting in to dealing with seeding. The exception in my opinion would be the Missouri Valley since its tournament is a week early.

With that in mind, I can't help but feel like whatever quality wins the major conference bubble teams will get in their conference tournaments won't push them ahead of Missouri State or Wichita State.

BracketologyMAGIK said...

The only teams that improved their cases are VT, Colorado, UAB, Butler, Gonzaga, and Kansas State, that is all I can think of off the top of my head

BracketologyMAGIK said...

@ Anon 9:23 I don't think that they meet until Saturday to discuss the bracket and I know that the late championchip games on Sunday they make two brackets to account for the outcomes

Anonymous said...

I know no one wants to hear this but
USC over AZ helped too.

Anonymous said...

UNC has the home game against Duke for the ACC title. How things have changed since the first couple weeks when UNC seemed like they could miss the tourny.

mattlion said...

"B101, every year the committee says during the selection show that the conference tournaments don't play much of a factor in who is getting in because by the time they get going the committee has moved past who is getting in to dealing with seeding. The exception in my opinion would be the Missouri Valley since its tournament is a week early."


Actually, this is not true. The first committee meeting to discuss teams is either the Friday or Saturday before Selection Sunday. The games that have limited impact are the title games of the big conferences that happen late Saturday into Sunday, unless there is a "bid stealer" in play. Most of Sunday is spent piecing together the bracket per the rules and regulations.

Part of the reason a few leagues moved their title games to Saturday is because they felt they were getting screwed by having a game while the selection committee was really wrapping things up.

An interesting case to watch this season could be everyone's favorite conference here (the Big Ten, of course ;) )... their conference title game is Sunday at 3:30. Potentially, there may be a team in that game (Michigan, PSU, Minnesota, perhaps even Illinois) that will be either on the edge of the bubble or playing their way in.

(I'm not including MSU in that group because odds are if they make the BT Title game, they will be safely in by that point.)

Tomas said...

The Comcast Center will make a great venue for the NIT

Anonymous said...

I guess all the Maryland fans can stop saying they belong with a win over UNC

Anonymous said...

wolverines about to be dangerous. if they get into the tourney they will be 20-12ish winning 9 of last 13. with a losses @OSU close 9pt game, @ILL buzzer beater away, WISC buzzer beater away

AG said...

Wow they play some really awful basketball in the Pac-10. Its no wonder USC has a winning record in that conference.

Dan said...

It makes me sick to say it, but Michigan is currently residing on the better side of the bubble, thanks to every team within 10 slots of the bubble losing badly this weekend.

Remember last year when Lunardi did his "if we had a 96 team field" gag and showed how UNC and Sister Mary of the Blind both were included in the 96 team field? This year feels every bit as bad, with 28 less teams. Can we trim this down to like 50 and just play it out from there?

Anonymous said...

Washington...seriously??

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