Bracketology Vol. 2

 

By: Harris Hicks

We are just two weeks away from Selection Sunday. After an eventful 3.5 months, we have been witness to one of the most tumultuous and unpredictable seasons in recent memory. Right now, eleven of the twenty five ranked teams were not even on the AP’s radar before the year. Some of the nation’s top squads came into the season without even being projected to finish in the top half of their conference; such as Texas Tech, Clemson, Tennessee and Houston.

 

BUBBLE WATCH

Last 4 In

Missouri Tigers (SEC)

(8-8 Conf 18-11 Overall) 29 SOS +5.2 Pt Diff 40th RPI 52nd BPI 49th SOR 4.58 QWI

Last week, seeing Missouri on the bubble seemed undeserving. But this week, the wheels fell off. The Tigers have suffered a three game losing streak that included a 21 point loss to Kentucky and an unexpected flame out against a sub RPI 100 Ole Miss team.

However, the Tigers’ body of work allows them to clamber to the edge without fully falling off the cliff. Mizzou’s RPI remains in the top 40 while their BPI and SOR sit in the top 55 which is just enough to justify their full body of work to the committee.

The Tigers close out their season with two costly games against sneaky Vanderbilt and conference rival, Arkansas. If they drop either of these game, their seat will only get hotter.

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Baylor Bears (Big 12)

(7-9 Conf 17-12 Overall) 18 SOS +5.7 Pt Diff 62nd RPI 36th BPI 45th SOR 3.47 QWI

After a gritty win over Texas Tech, things were trending upward for the Bears. It looked like the Baylor had bought the clout needed to escape the bubble and lock themselves into the field for a 6th NCAA Tournament Appearance in the last eight years.

At that point, the Bears hiccuped. A two game skid with losses at the hands of TCU and West Virginia placed the Baylor right back smack-dab in the middle of the bubble race. Because of this win drought, in order for the Bears to dodge Dayton and stay out of the first four, Baylor must find a way to elevate their RPI. However, their BPI, SOR and a beefy slate of quality wins are anchoring Baylor’s tournament résumé.

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Baylor

Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC)

(8-8 Conf 17-12 Overall) 8 SOS +3.7 Pt Diff 42nd RPI 49th RPI 58th SOR 5.86 QWI

Double digit wins against potentially top four seeded Tennessee and LSU had Alabama thinking they were in the clear for selection Sunday, but, like most of these bubble teams, their momentum has dissolved. The Tide are riding a three game losing streak in which two of their games were double digit losses.

The big thing that’s holding Alabama in the first four is that their RPI, BPI and SOR all sit outside the top 40. If Alabama can close the season strong against Florida and Texas A&M, you won’t see the Crimson Tide in Dayton, but for now, things aren’t looking so hot in T-Town.

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Syracuse Orange (ACC)

(7-9 Conf 18-11 Overall) 13 SOS +4.2 Pt Diff 44th RPI 51st BPI 52nd SOR 3.06 QWI

The Orange tell the same sob story that the rest of these bubble teams do: a tournament body of work, but a cold slump over the last week or so. The Orange have dropped three of their last four games including a performance in which they only mustered 44 points against Duke at Cameron on Saturday. The Orange also lack a stockpile of quality wins to hang their hat on like many bubble teams this year as they have yet to record a single win against the current top six seeds.

What Cuse’ does have is a top 55 RPI, BPI and SOR- something that only Missouri boasts out of all of these bubble teams. Even better news comes with opportunity as the Orange close the season out against top four seeded, Clemson. That game could decide their tournament fate.

NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at Syracuse

First 4 Out

Providence Friars (Big East)

(9-7 Conf 18-11 Overall) 21 SOS +1.5 Pt Diff 41st RPI 74th BPI 46th SOR 4.91 QWI

Boise State Broncos (Mountain West)

(12-4 Conf 22-6 Overall) 143 SOS +9.6 Pt Diff 47th RPI 53rd BPI 48th SOR 1.15 QWI

UCLA Bruins (Pac 12)

(10-6 Conf 19-9 Overall) 68 SOS +6.1 Pt Diff 48th BPI 61st BPI 55th SOR 3.92 QWI

Mississippi State Bulldogs (SEC)

(9-7 Conf 20-8 Overall) 135 SOS +7.3 Pt Diff 60th RPI 57th BPI 44th SOR 3.49 QWI

Next 4 Out:

Notre Dame, Western Kentucky, Penn State, Washington Fringe One: Utah, Nebraska, Marquette, Temple

The Rest:

Maryland, LSU, Oregon, Georgia, Old Dominion, South Carolina, Murray State, Davidson, SDSU

 

SOUTH REGION

1

Virginia

16

Harvard/Savannah State

8

Butler

9

Saint Mary’s

4

Michigan

13

New Mexico State

5

West Virginia

12

Vermont

6

Arizona

11

Kansas State

3

Cincinnati

14

Rider

7

Creighton

10

Texas

2

Michigan State

15

UC Santa Barbara

WEST REGION

1

Duke

16

Lipscomb

8

Middle Tennessee

9

Virginia Tech

4

Wichita State

13

South Dakota State

5

TCU

12

Missouri/Syracuse

6

Gonzaga

11

Louisiana-Lafayette

3

Tennessee

14

Belmont

7

Florida State

10

Louisville

2

Purdue

15

Stephen F. Austin

EAST REGION

1

Xavier

16

Wagner

8

Arkansas

9

Oklahoma

4

Ohio State

13

Buffalo

5

Rhode Island

12

Baylor/Alabama

6

Nevada

11

Arizona State

3

Auburn

14

Bucknell

7

Seton Hall

10

USC

2

North Carolina

15

Northern Kentucky

MIDWEST REGION

1

Villanova

16

Winthrop/Grambling State

8

Texas A&M

9

Saint Bonaventure

4

Texas Tech

13

East Tennessee State

5

Kentucky

12

Loyola-Chicago

6

Houston

11

North Carolina State

3

Clemson

14

Northeastern

7

Miami (FL)

10

Florida

2

Kansas

15

Montana

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