March 16, 2008


SUNDAY'S TOP BUBBLE GAMES

Arkansas vs. Georgia
SEC Tournament final, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
This is the SEC final. Arkansas is a lock. But like Illinois, Georgia only gets in if it wins the tourney. The Bulldogs hammered the Hogs 82-69 when they played in the regular season in Athens. Again, if Georgia wins, a bubble team's hopes are dashed.

SUNDAY'S OTHER BUBBLE GAME
Wisconsin vs. Illinois, Big Ten final, 3:30 p.m., CBS: This is the Big Ten final. Wisconsin is an NCAA lock, but Illinois gets in only if it pulls the upset. If that happens, a bubble team's dreams are dashed.

TEAMS WITH LEGIT BUBBLE HOPES
Listed in order of likelihood of a bid. RPI figures from collegerpi.com.
Arizona
19-14, RPI of 37th, 5-8 vs. RPI top 50, 10-12 vs. RPI top 100, 7-7 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 4th, league RPI strength of 2nd
Baylor
21-10, 42nd in RPI, 3-8 vs. RPI top 50, 7-9 vs. RPI top 100, 6-4 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 127th, league RPI strength of 3rd
Illinois State
24-9, 33rd in RPI, 2-5 vs. RPI top 50, 5-5 vs. RPI top 100, 7-5 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 115th, league RPI strength of 8th
Villanova
20-12, RPI of 51st, 4-7 vs. RPI top 50, 7-8 vs. RPI top 100, 4-7 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 158th, league RPI strength of 5th
South Alabama
26-6, RPI of 38th, 3-2 vs. RPI top 50, 4-3 vs. RPI top 100, 7-4 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 69th, league RPI strength of 15th
Virginia Tech
19-12, RPI of 53rd, 1-7 vs. RPI top 50, 6-9 vs. RPI top 100, 4-8 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 136th, league RPI strength of 1st
Saint Joseph's
21-11, RPI of 45th, 5-6 vs. RPI top 50, 8-8 vs. RPI top 100, 9-6 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 116th, league RPI strength of 7th
Oregon
18-13, RPI of 58th, 4-9 vs. RPI top 50, 8-11 vs. RPI top 100, 5-8 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 169th, league RPI strength of 2nd
Ohio State
19-13, RPI of 49th, 2-10 vs. RPI top 50, 7-11 vs. RPI top 100, 4-8 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 13th, league RPI strength of 6th
Arizona State
19-12, RPI of 83rd, 5-7 vs. RPI top 50, 7-10 vs. RPI top 100, 4-6 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 294th, league RPI strength of 2nd
Virginia Commonwealth
24-7, RPI of 54th, 0-2 vs. RPI top 50, 3-3 vs. RPI top 100, 9-3 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 83rd, league RPI strength of 13th
Dayton
21-10, RPI of 32nd, 4-4 vs. RPI top 50, 9-6 vs. RPI top 100, 6-6 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 27th, league RPI strength of 7th
Massachusetts
21-10, RPI of 43rd, 1-5 vs. RPI top 50, 6-7 vs. RPI top 100, 7-6 in road games, non-conference schedule strength of 89th, league RPI strength of 7th
NCAA TOURNAMENT LOCKS
ALREADY IN
American, Austin Peay, Belmont, Boise State, Butler, Cal State Fullerton, Coppin State, Cornell, Davidson, Drake, George Mason, Kent State, Memphis, Mississippi Valley State, Mount St. Mary's, North Carolina, Oral Roberts, Pittsburgh, Portland State, San Diego, Siena, Temple, Texas-Arlington, UCLA, UMBC, UNLV, Western Kentucky, Winthrop
ACC
Clemson, Duke, Miami.
BIG EAST
Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, West Virginia.
BIG TEN
Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin.
BIG 12
Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M.
PAC-10
Stanford, USC, Washington State.
SEC
Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt.
OTHERS
BYU (Mountain West), Gonzaga (West Coast), Illinois State (Missouri Valley), Saint Mary's (West Coast), Xavier (A-10).
ONE-BID LEAGUES
Southland
SELECTION COMMITTEE
WHO THEY ARE
In case you were wondering, six of the 10 people on this season's NCAA Tournament Selection Committee are from non-"Big Six" leagues. George Mason athletic director Thomas O'Connor is the chairman. The other members: UCLA AD Dan Guerrero, Connecticut AD Jeff Hathaway, Texas-San Antonio AD Lynn Hickey, Utah AD Chris Hill, Kent State AD Laing Kennedy, Horizon League commissioner Jonathan LeCrone, UC Riverside AD Stan Morrison, SEC commissioner Mike Slive and Ohio State AD Gene Smith.




 

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