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Road to Selection Sunday for March 12

The Jimmer got 52 last night

Welcome to the Road to Selection Sunday for March 12

News and Notes:

Top 3 Games to Watch:

1. Jimmer and BYU against San Diego State at 7:00 ET on Versus

2. UConn and Louisville at 9:00 ET on ESPN

3. Texas and Kansas at 6:00 ET on ESPN

Winners:

Automatic Qualifiers:

  • Patriot: Bucknell

Dayton: The Flyers pulled an upset over their rivals, Xavier, yesterday and will play 12 seed St. Joe’s this afternoon. The Flyers have disappointed for two consecutive years now and have a chance at redemption if they can win two more games in AC.

Alabama: Is back-to-back wins over Georgia good enough for the Tide? The SEC West champs are only 1-2 against top 25 RPI teams. In comparison, mid-major VCU is 2-3 against the same group. The issue with Alabama is that they are in the very weak SEC West and took advantage of 200+ RPI games against LSU and Auburn. They are only 9-10 against the top 200.

Michigan: You have to like how the Wolverines have done almost everything that they could to win their way into an at-large bid. They started 1-6 in the Big Ten and looked dead but rallied to finish at 9-9 and are now a win away from the Big Ten championship game. It’s amazing to think, but they will be wearing their white jerseys in their first NCAA game if they win the Big Ten tourney.

Clemson: The Tigers might have clinched an at-large bid by eliminating BC yesterday. This game wasn’t even close and they should be good as long as UNC doesn’t destroy them this afternoon.

UTEP: The Miners will play on their home court this morning for the CUSA championship and it should be rocking. It will be interesting if their profile is good enough if they were to lose.

Michigan State: The real Spartans finally showed up as they blasted Purdue last night. That should eliminate any of the bubble talk for Tom Izzo’s club and if Sparty can continue to play like that, they will be a tough out.

Connecticut: The Huskies appear to be a solid 3 seed and are probably just playing to maneuver on that line for Sunday. It’s tough to see how they move up to a 2 seed, but they shouldn’t fall to a 4 either.

Texas: The Longhorns might have reemerged as a possible 2 seed by making the Big 12 championship game. If they win, they should be a solid 2 seed, if they lose, then they could drop back to a 3 seed.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies are close, if not in the tournament after their lucky win last night. Their RPI is still not too good and their profile isn’t impressive, save the Duke win. A win over Duke today and they WILL be good.

Penn State: I guess somebody had to win this game, certainly not the viewers. The Lions should be close if they can beat Michigan State tomorrow to play again on Sunday.

BYU and San Diego State: The Jimmer went for 52 last night and DJ Gay drained a floater in the lane with 4 seconds left and these MWC heavyweights will meet for a third time. Fair minded people would think that a #1 seed would be the reward for the winner. But the national media has anointed BYU as damaged goods without Brandon Davies and SDSU lost to the Cougars twice. In a year with only two apparently dominant teams, Ohio State and Kansas, the winner of this game deserves to be a #1 seed.

Losers:

Xavier: The Musketeers were beaten by Dayton outside of UD Arena for the first time since 1981 yesterday in AC. The Musketeers could have been as high as a 5 seed if they won the A10 tournament, now they are looking at a possible 7 or even an 8-9 game situation. That doesn’t represent the easiest route to the Sweet 16.

Georgia: The Dawgs lost to the very weak bubble dwelling Alabama yesterday and now are squarely on the bubble themselves. They’re hoping that mediocrity prevails.

Boston College: Mercifully, their at-large hopes are over. Too many blowout losses in the last month and an RPI that has fallen into the 50’s should be enough to send the Eagles to the NIT.

Illinois: The Illini continued their Jekyll & Hyde season with another up and down performance in the first and only Big Ten tourney game. They led Michigan by double digits with less than 10 minutes left in the game and blew the lead. They will most likely clear the hideous bubble, but expectations for Bruce Weber will be for more success next season in Champaign.

Colorado: Last night’s loss to Kansas leaves them on the bubble for Selection Sunday. It will be interesting to see if they miss out despite taking three from lock Kansas State.

Notre Dame: The Irish were in play for a #1 seed, but their loss to Louisville probably bumps them off. They are still a team that nobody is going to want to see in the coming weeks.

Wisconsin: The Badgers turned back the clock, in a bad way, by putting up a score that was standard in the peach basket era of hoops. This wasn’t the showing the Bo Ryan wanted to secure a 4 seed on Sunday.

Florida State: The ‘Noles are probably in, but their controversial loss last night to Virginia Tech put their RPI over 50 and their OOC profile wasn’t very good. They should be in, but you never know with the mediocrity in the ACC after the top 2.

Saturday’s Notable Games: RPI in ()

Conference USA Championship (30) Memphis at (47) UTEP: CBS at 11:30 EST

America East Championship (240) Stony Brook at (132) Boston University: ESPN2 at 12:00 EST

(9) Kentucky vs. (77) Alabama: ABC at 1 EST

(53) Clemson vs. (6) North Carolina: ESPN at 1 EST

(50) Michigan vs. (2) Ohio State: CBS at 1:40 EST

MEAC Championship (207) Morgan State vs. (81) Hampton: ESPN2 at 2:00 EST

(55) Richmond vs. (28) Temple: CBS College at 3:30 EST

(25) Vanderbilt vs. (8) Florida: ABC at 3:30 EST

(60) Virginia Tech vs. (4) Duke: ESPN at 3:30 EST

Southland Championship (201) Texas-San Antonio at (147) McNeese State: ESPN2 at 4:00 EST

Ivy League Playoff (33) Harvard vs. (48) Princeton: ESPN3 at 4:00 EST

(39) Michigan State vs. (42) Penn State: CBS at 4:05 EST

Big 12 Championship (10) Texas vs. (1) Kansas: ESPN at 6:00 EST

MAC Championship (117) Akron vs. (70) Kent State: ESPN2 at 6:00 EST

Pac 10 Championship (38) Washington vs. (17) Arizona: CBS at 6:00 EST

Mountain West Championship (3) San Diego State vs. (5) Brigham Young: Versus at 7:00 EST

Big West Championship (171) UC-Santa Barbara vs. (86) Long Beach State: ESPN2 at 8:00 EST

SWAC Championship (313) Grambling State vs. (271) Alabama State: ESPNU at 8:30 EST

Big East Championship (14) Connecticut vs. (15) Louisville: ESPN at 9:00 EST

WAC Championship (114) Boise State vs. (18) Utah State: ESPN2 at 10:00 EST

Click here for conference breakdowns on This Week in College Basketball.

SEC Basketball Overview March 6

SEC Basketball Overview March 6

Team Overviews: Records are going into March 6th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Florida Gators RPI 10

  • 24-6, 13-3 in SEC  Away: 9-3  Neutral: 0-0
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with wins over Florida State, Kansas State, and Xavier and losses to Ohio St, UCF, and Jacksonville. They also have 4 gimmes. RPI 15, schedule 8.
  • SEC Wins: Miss, at Tenn, at Aub, Ark, at UGa, Van, UK, at USC, Tenn, at LSU, UGa, Ala, at Van   Losses: USC, at MSU, at UK
  • The Gators need to win one more to get a 3 seed and can move to a 2 seed by winning the SEC tournament. They should be set for a 4 seed even if they lose to the Vols.

Kentucky Wildcats RPI 12

  • 22-8, 10-6 in SEC  Away: 4-7  Neutral: 2-1
  • OOC rundown: 12-2 with wins over Washington, Notre Dame, and Louisville and losses to Connecticut and North Carolina. They also have 4 gimmes. RPI 8, schedule 15.
  • SEC Wins: Aub, LSU, at USC, UGa, Tenn, MSU, USC, UF, Van, at Tenn     Losses: at UGa, at Ala, at Miss, at UF, at Van, at Ark
  • The Wildcats need to win make the SEC finals to ensure a 4 seed. They can move to a 3 seed if they win the SEC tournament.

Vanderbilt Commodores RPI 27

  • 21-9, 9-7 in SEC   Away: 5-5  Neutral: 2-1
  • OOC rundown: 11-2 with wins over Nebraska, North Carolina, Marquette, and St Mary’s and losses to West Virginia and Missouri. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 11, schedule 22.
  • SEC Wins: UGa, Miss, at MSU, USC, Ala, UK, at UGa, Aub, at LSU  Losses: at USC, at Tenn, Ark, at UF, Tenn, at UK, UF
  • The Commodores need to win 2 games to be a 6 seed, make the SEC finals to be a 5 seed and they could move to a 4 seed if they win the SEC tournament.

 

Bubble Territory:

Tennessee Volunteers RPI 35

  • 18-13, 8-8 in SEC  Away: 6-5  Neutral: 2-0
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with wins over Missouri State, Villanova, and Pittsburgh and losses to Oakland, Charlotte, USC, College of Charleston, and UConn. They also have 3 gimmes. RPI 24, schedule 2.
  • SEC Wins: Van, at UGa, LSU, at Miss, at Aub, USC, at Van, at USC     Losses: at Ark, UF, Ala, at UK, at UF, UGa, MSU, UK
  • The Volunteers need to beat Arkansas to be secure. With Pearl’s problems with NCAA compliance, they don’t want to be on the bubble. If they win against Florida, they should be wearing their white jerseys. They could move all the way to a 5 seed if they win the SEC tournament.

Georgia Bulldogs RPI 39

  • 20-10, 9-7 in SEC  Away: 7-4  Neutral: 1-2
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with notable wins over Colorado and UAB and losses to Notre Dame, Temple, and Xavier. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 53, schedule 96.
  • SEC Wins: UK, at Miss, MSU, at Ark, Aub, at USC, at Tenn, USC, LSU  Losses: at Van, Tenn, UF, at UK, Van, at UF, at Ala
  • The Bulldogs need to take care of Auburn to be secure on Selection Sunday. Beating Alabama could get them wearing their white jerseys in their NCAA opener. Winning the SEC tournament could move them up to a 6 seed.

Alabama Crimson Tide RPI 80

  • 20-10, 12-4 in SEC  Away: 4-7  Neutral: 0-3
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no good wins and a bad loss to St. Peter’s and 8 gimmes. RPI 231, schedule 281.
  • SEC Wins: at MSU, USC, UK, at Aub, LSU, MSU, at Tenn, Miss, at LSU, Ark, Aub  Losses: at Ark, at Van, at Miss
  • The Tide need to beat Georgia again to get an at-large. Then they play for seeding. Winning the SEC tournament could move them all the way to a 7 seed.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Ole Miss Rebels RPI 82

  • 19-12, 7-9 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with a win over Penn State and losses to Dayton, Miami (FL), and Colorado State. They also have 7 gimmes. RPI 51, schedule 105.
  • The Rebels need to win the tournament.

South Carolina Gamecocks RPI 127

  • 14-15, 5-11 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 9-4 with a win over Clemson and losses to Michigan State, Ohio State, BC, and a questionable loss to Furman. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 133, schedule 257.
  • Next year, anyone?

Arkansas Razorbacks RPI 115

  • 18-12, 7-9 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with no notable wins and losses to UAB, Texas A&M, and Texas. They also have 9 gimmes. RPI 100, schedule 221.
  • Here’s guessing that John Pelphrey is going to be unemployed after next weekend or sooner.

Mississippi State Bulldogs RPI 114

  • 17-13, 9-7 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no notable wins and plenty of losses. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 180, schedule 167.
  • The Bulldogs came into the season with tourney hopes, but they have to win the SEC tournament now.

Louisiana State Tigers RPI 218

  • 11-20, 3-13 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 8-7 with no notable wins and plenty of losses. They also have 7 gimmes. RPI 239, schedule 263.
  • They don’t go dancing unless they win the SEC tournament.

Auburn Tigers RPI 254

  • 11-19, 4-12 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 7-7 with a win over Florida State and a bunch of bad losses. RPI 330, schedule 338.
  • If only they paid their hoops players Newton money…

Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.

SEC Basketball Overview February 27

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

SEC Basketball Overview February 27

Team Overviews: Records are going into February 28th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Florida Gators RPI 12

  • 22-6, 11-3 in SEC  Away: 8-3
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with wins over Florida State, Kansas State, and Xavier and losses to Ohio St, UCF, and Jacksonville. They also have 4 gimmes. RPI 15, schedule 7.
  • SEC Wins: Miss, at Tenn, at Aub, Ark, at UGa, Van, UK, at USC, Tenn, at LSU, UGa   Losses: USC, at MSU, at UK
  • The Gators need at least 3 more wins to secure a Sweet 16 seed.

Kentucky Wildcats RPI 16

  • 20-8, 8-6 in SEC  Away: 3-7
  • OOC rundown: 12-2 with wins over Washington, Notre Dame, and Louisville and losses to Connecticut and North Carolina. They also have 4 gimmes. RPI 9, schedule 16.
  • SEC Wins: Aub, LSU, at USC, UGa, Tenn, MSU, USC, UF     Losses: at UGa, at Ala, at Miss, at UF, at Van, at Ark
  • The Wildcats need to develop some consistency. They need to win at least 4 more games to be considered for a Sweet 16 seed. Their lack of road wins is alarming. They need more.

Vanderbilt Commodores RPI 23

  • 21-7, 9-5 in SEC   Away: 5-4
  • OOC rundown: 11-2 with wins over Nebraska, North Carolina, Marquette, and St Mary’s and losses to West Virginia and Missouri. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 11, schedule 24.
  • SEC Wins: UGa, Miss, at MSU, USC, Ala, UK, at UGa, Aub, at LSU  Losses: at USC, at Tenn, Ark, at UF, Tenn
  • The Commodores need at least 4 more wins to be considered for a Sweet 16 seed. They need 3 or more wins to get a 5 or 6 seed.

 

Bubble Territory:

Tennessee Volunteers RPI 38

  • 17-12, 7-7 in SEC  Away: 5-5
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with wins over Missouri State, Villanova, and Pittsburgh and losses to Oakland, Charlotte, USC, College of Charleston, and UConn. They also have 3 gimmes. RPI 29, schedule 4.
  • SEC Wins: Van, at UGa, LSU, at Miss, at Aub, USC, at Van     Losses: at Ark, UF, Ala, at UK, at UF, UGa, MSU
  • Can we get some consistency out of the Vols? They look like a team that doesn’t survive their first pod in March. They need to win at least 2, if not 3 more games to be secure. With Pearl’s problems with NCAA compliance, they don’t want to be on the bubble.

Georgia Bulldogs RPI 39

  • 19-9, 8-6 in SEC  Away: 7-3
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with notable wins over Colorado and UAB and losses to Notre Dame, Temple, and Xavier. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 55, schedule 102.
  • SEC Wins: UK, at Miss, MSU, at Ark, Aub, at USC, at Tenn, USC  Losses: at Van, Tenn, UF, at UK, Van, at UF
  • The Bulldogs need at least 2 more wins to be secure on Selection Sunday. Right now, Kentucky is the only tourney lock team that they’ve beaten.

Alabama Crimson Tide RPI 89

  • 19-9, 11-3 in SEC  Away: 4-6
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no good wins and a bad loss to St. Peter’s and 8 gimmes. RPI 228, schedule 279.
  • SEC Wins: at MSU, USC, UK, at Aub, LSU, MSU, at Tenn, Miss, at LSU, Ark, Aub  Losses: at Ark, at Van, at Miss
  • The Tide need to win at least 2 more to get an at-large. Their RPI needs to be in the top 60 to make a convincing argument. Winning at Florida this week would be huge.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Ole Miss Rebels RPI 72

  • 18-11, 6-8 in SEC  Away: 4-6
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with a win over Penn State and losses to Dayton, Miami (FL), and Colorado State. They also have 7 gimmes. RPI 44, schedule 94.
  • SEC Wins: at LSU, UK, at Ark, LSU, Aub, Ala   Losses: at UF, MSU, UGa, at Van, Tenn, at Ala, at MSU, USC
  • The Rebels need to run the table and lose in the SEC tournament final to get an at-large. Too many bad losses and OOC losses to bubble teams.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

South Carolina Gamecocks RPI 116

  • 14-13, 5-9 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 9-4 with a win over Clemson and losses to Michigan State, Ohio State, BC, and a questionable loss to Furman. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 137, schedule 265.
  • The Auburn loss at home is inexcusable and probably knocks them out of at-large consideration. They need to win at least 7 more games to have a chance.

Arkansas Razorbacks RPI 102

  • 18-10, 7-7 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with no notable wins and losses to UAB, Texas A&M, and Texas. They also have 9 gimmes. RPI 107, schedule 227.
  • Here’s guessing that John Pelphrey is going to be unemployed in 2 weeks.

Mississippi State Bulldogs RPI 131

  • 15-13, 7-7 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no notable wins and plenty of losses. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 184, schedule 166.
  • The Bulldogs came into the season with tourney hopes, but they have to win the SEC tournament now. That’s how bad their OOC resume is.

Louisiana State Tigers RPI 207

  • 11-18, 2-10 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 8-7 with no notable wins and plenty of losses. They also have 7 gimmes. RPI 236, schedule 261.
  • They don’t go dancing unless they win the SEC tournament.

Auburn Tigers RPI 274

  • 9-19, 2-12 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 7-7 with a win over Florida State and a bunch of bad losses. RPI 332, schedule 339.
  • If only they paid their hoops players Newton money…

That’s this week’s SEC overview. This will be updated next week.

Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.

Road to Selection Sunday for Feb 24

February 24, 2011 1 comment

Otule is helping more than his teammates this season

Welcome to the Road to Selection Sunday for Feb 24

News and Notes:

George Blaney will lead UConn against Marquette tonight. Calhoun’s absence not related to NCAA violations.

Great story about Marquette’s Otule and a little boy with the same eye condition.

Florida’s Parsons is still uncertain for tonight’s Largest Indoor Cocktail Party.

For those of you questioning Georgia’s credentials, they are 7-2 on the road this season.

Improved free throw shooting has helped spur the Monarchs in the past month.

The Panthers are bringing their brooms to tonight’s Backyard Brawl in the Steel Town.

The Gaels look to take home the WCC regular season title tonight against the Zags.

Gonzaga’s recruits, including Washington’s Mr. Basketball, are profiled.

Yesterday’s Winners:

Marshon Brooks: The Providence senior swingman broke fellow Friar Eric Murdock’s 20 year Big East record for points scored in a conference game with 52 last night. Murdock had 48 against Pittsburgh back when the Big East only had 9 teams and played a round robin schedule. Brooks has just been lighting up Big East competition as he’s gone for at least 25 in five straight and ten overall conference games. With numbers like that, the 6-5 Brooks has to be climbing the NBA draft lists and has to be considered a top 20 pick, right? Also, his 28 shots were less than half the 68 taken by the team and he dished out 4 assists. What happens to the 3-12 Friars next season in the Big East?

Cincinnati: The Bearcats are the night’s big winner. Beating the Hoyas in D.C. gives the Cats a much needed high profile road win and solidifies their at-large chances. They’re not a lock yet, but they’re closer than most on that ridiculous bubble. Shutting down the Hoyas offense was very impressive and Georgetown will have difficulty in the rematch next week.

Wisconsin: Tough road win against the bubble sitting Wolverines. Josh Gasser banked in a 3 as time expired to keep the Badgers in the hunt for a 2 or 3 seed. Michigan should have known going in that they weren’t going to out-ugly the Badgers.

Miami: The ‘Canes went on the road and beat down the Eagles in Chestnut Hill. This one wasn’t close as the visitors led by 21 at the half and cruised home. Miami still has an outside shot at an at-large bid but needs to win out in the regular season and win at least one more game in Greensboro to have a chance.

UNLV: The Rebels are now solidly in the NCAA field after winning a tough OT game in the Pit last night. Tre’Von Willis is a very good player and is scoring more lately. He could lead the Rebels to an upset of the BYU-SDSU loser in the MWC tournament semi-finals in a few weeks.

Losers:

Michigan: The Wolverines can’t afford any loss as they try to rise above their bubble position. With the heartbreaking loss to the Badgers, the Wolverines are now up against it as they have to win at Minnesota and beat Sparty at home.

Colorado State: Tough to put the Rams in the loser column, but they still need a marquis win over either BYU or San Diego State to ensure their at-large bid. Losing to Jimmer and the Cougars doesn’t hurt them, but doesn’t help them either.

Kentucky: The Kiddie Cats can’t win on the road. Still only have two true road wins all season. Losing to Arkansas anywhere isn’t a good loss by any stretch of the imagination, despite what you’ll hear the SEC spinners say.

Georgetown/Chris Wright: Tough home loss to the Bearcats, but even more had to swallow is losing guard Chris Wright to a broken left hand. The only good news is that Wright is right-handed.

Baylor: The Bears lost again. Shocking, right? There aren’t five other teams in the country more overrated than Scott Drew’s crew and they proved it again last night. Losing by close to 20 isn’t the way to move off the bubble. Winning 5 of your next 6 would, however. That might be what they have to do now.

Boston College: The Eagles mediocre profile got torched last night by losing handily to Miami at home. The Eagles didn’t have a great profile anyway, but still had a decent RPI and were hanging around. That’s done now. They need to win their last three and win another game in the ACC tournament to have a chance.

UTEP: The Miners are pretty much done after losing for the second time in three days. Last night it was East Carolina and Coach Tim Floyd was run. There were a total of 7 technical fouls issued to the Miners on the road. Floyd was escorted off the floor by officers. That would be police officers.

Duquesne: Whatever long shot chance that the Dukes had at an at-large bid ended with their home loss to Rhode Island last night.

Virginia Commonwealth: Ditto VCU. The Rams will need to win the CAA tournament to go dancing after losing at the DAC last night.

Florida State: The Seminoles lost by a healthy margin last night at Maryland. Playing without Chris Singleton could cost them a chance to go dancing if they don’t win at least 2 of their next 3 and then win another game in Greensboro.

Nebraska: Let’s put the Huskers ridiculous at-large hopes to bed. Beating Texas isn’t like beating the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. Even though ESPN likes to promote their new partner in that manner.

Thursday’s Notable Games: RPI in ()

(40) Georgia at (12) Florida: ESPN at 7 EST

(69) Marquette at (13) Connecticut: ESPN2 at 7 EST

(28) Old Dominion at (74) James Madison: ESPNU at 7 EST

(94) Morehead State at (127) Murray State: ESPNU at 9 EST

(21) West Virginia at (9) Pittsburgh: ESPN at 9 EST

(71) Gonzaga at (46) Saint Mary’s: ESPN2 at 11 EST

Click here for conference breakdowns on This Week in College Basketball.

SEC Basketball Overview February 20

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment

SEC Basketball Overview February 20

Team Overviews: Records are going into February 21st. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Florida Gators RPI 13

  • 21-5, 10-2 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with wins over Florida State, Kansas State, and Xavier and losses to Ohio St, UCF, and Jacksonville. They also have 4 gimmes. RPI 15, schedule 8.
  • SEC Wins: Miss, at Tenn, at Aub, Ark, at UGa, Van, UK, at USC, Tenn, at LSU   Losses: USC, at MSU
  • The Gators need at least 4 more wins to secure a Sweet 16 seed.

Kentucky Wildcats RPI 17

  • 19-7, 7-5 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 12-2 with wins over Washington, Notre Dame, and Louisville and losses to Connecticut and North Carolina. They also have 4 gimmes. RPI 7, schedule 15.
  • SEC Wins: Aub, LSU, at USC, UGa, Tenn, MSU, USC     Losses: at UGa, at Ala, at Miss, at UF, at Van
  • The Wildcats need to develop some consistency. They need to win at least 5 more games to ensure a Sweet 16 seed. They only have 2 true road wins (Louisville and South Carolina). They need more.

Vanderbilt Commodores RPI 16

  • 20-6, 8-4 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 11-2 with wins over Nebraska, North Carolina, Marquette, and St Mary’s and losses to West Virginia and Missouri. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 10, schedule 26.
  • SEC Wins: UGa, Miss, at MSU, USC, Ala, UK, at UGa, Aub  Losses: at USC, at Tenn, Ark, at UF
  • The Commodores need at least 5 more wins to get a Sweet 16 seed. They need 4 or more wins to get a 5 or 6 seed.

 

Bubble Territory:

Tennessee Volunteers RPI 36

  • 16-11, 6-6 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with wins over Missouri State, Villanova, and Pittsburgh and losses to Oakland, Charlotte, USC, College of Charleston, and UConn. They also have 3 gimmes. RPI 26, schedule 4.
  • SEC Wins: Van, at UGa, LSU, at Miss, at Aub, USC     Losses: at Ark, UF, Ala, at UK, at UF, UGa
  • Can we get some consistency out of the Vols? They look like a team that doesn’t survive the first pod in March. They need to win at least 3, if not 4 more games to be secure. With Pearl’s problems with NCAA compliance, they don’t want to be on the bubble.

Georgia Bulldogs RPI 38

  • 18-8, 7-5 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with notable wins over Colorado and UAB and losses to Notre Dame, Temple, and Xavier. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 54, schedule 101.
  • SEC Wins: UK, at Miss, MSU, at Ark, Aub, at USC, at Tenn  Losses: at Van, Tenn, UF, at UK, Van
  • The Bulldogs need at least 3 more wins to be secure on Selection Sunday. Right now, Kentucky is the only tourney quality team that they’ve beaten.

Alabama Crimson Tide RPI 76

  • 18-8, 10-2 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no good wins and a bad loss to St. Peter’s and 8 gimmes. RPI 224, schedule 271.
  • SEC Wins: at MSU, USC, UK, at Aub, LSU, MSU, at Tenn, Miss, at LSU, Ark  Losses: at Ark, at Van
  • The Tide need to win at least 3 more to get an at-large. The RPI needs to be in the top 60 to make a convincing argument.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Ole Miss Rebels RPI 70

  • 17-10, 5-7 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with a win over Penn State and losses to Dayton, Miami (FL), and Colorado State. They also have 7 gimmes. RPI 43, schedule 90.
  • SEC Wins: at LSU, UK, at Ark, LSU, Aub   Losses: at UF, MSU, UGa, at Van, Tenn, at Ala, at MSU
  • The Rebels need to run the table and lose in the SEC tournament final to get an at-large. Too many bad losses and OOC losses to bubble teams.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

South Carolina Gamecocks RPI 120

  • 13-12, 4-8 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 9-4 with a win over Clemson and losses to Michigan State, Ohio State, BC, and a questionable loss to Furman. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 141, schedule 274.
  • The Auburn loss at home is inexcusable and probably knocks them out of at-large consideration. They need to win at least 7 more games to have a chance.

Arkansas Razorbacks RPI 114

  • 16-10, 5-7 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with no notable wins and losses to UAB, Texas A&M, and Texas. They also have 9 gimmes. RPI 105, schedule 228.
  • Here’s guessing that John Pelphrey is going to be unemployed in 3 weeks.

Mississippi State Bulldogs RPI 132

  • 14-12, 6-6 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no notable wins and plenty of losses. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 205, schedule 195.
  • The Bulldogs came into the season with tourney hopes, but they have to win the SEC tournament now. That’s how bad their OOC resume is.

Louisiana State Tigers RPI 222

  • 10-17, 2-10 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 8-7 with no notable wins and plenty of losses. They also have 7 gimmes. RPI 242, schedule 265.
  • They don’t go dancing unless they win the SEC tournament.

Auburn Tigers RPI 271

  • 9-17, 2-10 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 7-7 with a win over Florida State and a bunch of bad losses. RPI 332, schedule 340.
  • No winless conference record here. If only they paid their hoops players Newton money…

That’s this week’s SEC overview. This will be updated next week.

Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.

SEC Basketball Overview February 13

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SEC Basketball Overview February 13

Team Overviews: Records are going into February 14th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Florida Gators RPI 12

  • 20-5, 9-2 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with wins over Florida State, Kansas State, and Xavier and losses to Ohio St, UCF, and Jacksonville. They also have 4 gimmes. RPI 15, schedule 9.
  • SEC Wins: Miss, at Tenn, at Aub, Ark, at UGa, Van, UK, at USC, Tenn   Losses: USC, at MSU
  • The Gators need at least 5 more wins to secure a Sweet 16 seed.

Kentucky Wildcats RPI 14

  • 17-7, 5-5 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 12-2 with wins over Washington, Notre Dame, and Louisville and losses to Connecticut and North Carolina. They also have 4 gimmes. RPI 6, schedule 13.
  • SEC Wins: Aub, LSU, at USC, UGa, Tenn     Losses: at UGa, at Ala, at Miss, at UF, at Van
  • The Wildcats need to develop some consistency. They need to win at least 6 more games to ensure a Sweet 16 seed. They only have 2 true road wins (Louisville and South Carolina). They need more.

Vanderbilt Commodores RPI 16

  • 18-6, 6-4 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 11-2 with wins over Nebraska, North Carolina, Marquette, and St Mary’s and losses to West Virginia and Missouri. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 10, schedule 29.
  • SEC Wins: UGa, Miss, at MSU, USC, Ala, UK  Losses: at USC, at Tenn, Ark, at UF
  • The Commodores need at least 6 more wins to get a Sweet 16 seed.

Tennessee Volunteers RPI 24

  • 15-10, 5-5 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with wins over Missouri State, Villanova, and Pittsburgh and losses to Oakland, Charlotte, USC, College of Charleston, and UConn. They also have 3 gimmes. RPI 22, schedule 3.
  • SEC Wins: Van, at UGa, LSU, at Miss, at Aub     Losses: at Ark, UF, Ala, at UK, at UF
  • Tough games last week. They can still get a Sweet 16 seed, but they need at least 8 more wins to get there. More likely is winning 6-7 more games and getting a 5-7 seed. With Pearl’s problems, they don’t want to be on the bubble.

 

Bubble Territory:

Georgia Bulldogs RPI 42

  • 17-7, 6-4 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with notable wins over Colorado and UAB and losses to Notre Dame, Temple, and Xavier. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 56, schedule 111.
  • SEC Wins: UK, at Miss, MSU, at Ark, Aub, at USC  Losses: at Van, Tenn, UF, at UK
  • The Bulldogs need at least 5 more wins to be secure on Selection Sunday. Right now, Kentucky is the only tourney quality team that they’ve beaten.

Ole Miss Rebels RPI 61

  • 16-9, 4-6 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with a win over Penn State and losses to Dayton, Miami (FL), and Colorado State. They also have 7 gimmes. RPI 43, schedule 91.
  • SEC Wins: at LSU, UK, at Ark, LSU    Losses: at UF, MSU, UGa, at Van, Tenn, at Ala
  • The Rebs need to win at least 6 more games to get in.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Alabama Crimson Tide RPI 85

  • 16-8, 8-2 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no good wins and a bad loss to St. Peter’s and 8 gimmes. RPI 220, schedule 254.
  • SEC Wins: at MSU, USC, UK, at Aub, LSU, MSU, at Tenn, Miss  Losses: at Ark, at Van
  • The Tide need to win at least 6 more to have a chance at an at-large. The RPI needs to be in the top 75 to have a chance.

South Carolina Gamecocks RPI 119

  • 13-10, 4-6 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 9-4 with a win over Clemson and losses to Michigan State, Ohio State, BC, and a questionable loss to Furman. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 140, schedule 272.
  • SEC Wins: Van, at UF, Ark, at LSU   Losses: at Ala, UK, Aub, at Van, UF, UGa
  • The Auburn loss at home is inexcusable and probably knocks them out of at-large consideration. They need to win at least 7 more games to have a chance.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Arkansas Razorbacks RPI 106

  • 15-9, 5-6 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with no notable wins and losses to UAB, Texas A&M, and Texas. They also have 8 gimmes. RPI 108, schedule 221.
  • Here’s guessing that John Pelphrey is going to be unemployed in 5 weeks.

Mississippi State Bulldogs RPI 146

  • 13-11, 5-5 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no notable wins and plenty of losses. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 208, schedule 210.
  • The Bulldogs came into the season with tourney hopes, but they have to win the SEC tournament now. That’s how bad their OOC resume is.

Louisiana State Tigers RPI 219

  • 10-15, 2-8 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 8-7 with no notable wins and plenty of losses. They also have 7 gimmes. RPI 239, schedule 266.
  • They don’t go dancing unless they win the SEC tournament.

Auburn Tigers RPI 271

  • 9-16, 2-8 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 7-7 with a win over Florida State and a bunch of bad losses. RPI 331, schedule 335.
  • No winless conference record here. If only they paid their hoops players Newton money…

That’s this week’s SEC overview. This will be updated next week.

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Road to Selection Sunday for Feb 9

Even people in NC don't like these guys

Welcome to the Road to Selection Sunday for Feb 9

News and Notes:

Most people in North Carolina prefer the Tar Heels by a lot over Duke according to a recent poll.

Roy Williams is comparing freshman Kendall Marshall to a former national championship point guard.

Mike Brey is comparing Ben Hansbrough’s drive to Christian Laettner.

Preston Knowles should be available for the Cardinals in South Bend tonight.

The Gators’ Chandler Parsons won the national player of the week award for last week’s performance.

The Buffs’ Boyle and Aggies’ Turgeon are very familiar with each other.

Yesterday’s Winners:

Atlantic Ten and Xavier: The Musketeers got a solid win last night in Athens against the Bulldogs in a key out of conference matchup and solidified the A-10’s grasp on two NCAA bids as long as Temple doesn’t collapse down the stretch. With this, the A-10 can now shoot for at least another at-large candidate from among Richmond, Duquesne, and Dayton. The A-10 got 3 last year and will probably match that this season.

Kentucky: Facing the Vols in Pearl’s return to coaching could have been challenging, but the Cats came out quick and slammed the door shut early. This is the Kentucky team that we saw earlier in the season with the veterans Harrellson and Liggins leading the way with 35 points between them. Coach Cal must get that kind of production out of his upperclassmen if the Cats are to make it past the first weekend in the NCAA’s.

Clemson: The Tigers got a solid win to bolster their at-large hopes last night against BC. They need to continue to win at home and steal a game or two on the road to gain an at-large berth in March.

Losers:

Wichita State: The Shockers lost to a mediocre Southern Illinois team last night and put a dent into their at-large chances. The good news is that the Shockers have the best profile in the MVC, but they might have just used their pre-MVC tourney mulligan against the Salukis.

Georgia: Losing to Xavier wasn’t a horrible loss, but the Bulldogs could have really cemented their NCAA credentials by winning last night. Now the Dawgs have to finish above .500 in the SEC to make sure that they’re good on Selection Sunday.

Tennessee: Losing to Kentucky in Rupp is hardly a bad thing, but losing while never really being close is another. The Vols were blown out from the beginning and were really never a threat to the Wildcats. This team could be a scary regional power in the Big Dance, but as a probable 6 to 10 seed they will probably face too much of an uphill climb to make the Final Four.

Wednesday’s Notable Games: RPI in ()

(25) Louisville at (9) Notre Dame: ESPNU at 7 EST

(5) Georgetown at (17) Syracuse: ESPN at 7 EST

(13) Florida at (103) South Carolina: 8 EST

(33) Texas A&M at (90) Colorado: ESPNU at 9 EST

(14) North Carolina at (8) Duke: ESPN at 9 EST

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