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Ranking the NCAA Men’s Hoops Major Job Openings

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There are many factors that go into making a college coaching job better than another. Sometimes it can just be based on timing, as schools change administrations, conferences, or upgrade facilities. The biggest factor, however, is the total commitment by the administration and the fan/alumni base. It’s that commitment that can make or break the non-elite coaches.

1. Arkansas

The Hogs are the most recent national champion in this group. This is a program with a tremendous amount of success starting with Eddie Sutton in the 1970’s and followed by Nolan Richardson’s 40 minutes of Hell-era. Since Richardson, Stan Heath and John Pelphrey have only made 3 NCAA tournaments in 9 seasons and Arkansas hasn’t been a major player nationally.

The expectations are higher in Fayetteville than many places and for good reason. Since Bud Walton Arena opened before the 1993-94 season, the Razorbacks have been in the top 10 nationally in attendance 11 of 17 seasons it’s been open. They play in the extremely weak SEC West where football reigns supreme. The only other traditionally good SEC West basketball school is LSU and they are going through worse times in Baton Rouge than Arkansas. There’s no reason why Arkansas can’t be the class of the SEC West given their tradition and competition.

If the SEC is a five or six bid league annually, then Arkansas should be in the running for one of the spots competing right behind Kentucky and Florida. That leaves three or four spots for the ten remaining teams. Arkansas shouldn’t be taking a back seat to any of the remaining teams as long as they have the right coach. As a school that has been to 3 Final Fours and has one championship since 1990, more is expected from this program. The right hire here and the Hogs could be national powers again in the near future.

2. North Carolina State

If the rumors are true, then Sidney Lowe should be unemployed shortly after his midday meeting with AD Debbie Yow. The word is that NC State will be offering upwards of $3M per season to the next coach to compete on Tobacco Road against the heavyweights of college basketball.

The tradition of this program has taken a hit over the past 20 years, but the passion of the fan base remains rabid. Many forget, but there are only a handful of schools that have more national championships than the Wolfpack’s two in 1974 and 1983. Their rich history spans decades with successful coaches like Everett Case, Norm Sloan, and Jim Valvano. But with only six NCAA bids since 1989, the prestige of the program has taken a hit, both locally and nationally and this hire can go a long way to restoring the success in the program.

Like the SEC, the ACC is typically a five or six bid league annually. That usually leaves four bids for the ten teams behind Duke and UNC every March. There’s no reason why NC State should be behind football schools Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. They also have a better tradition and history of success than Virginia and Wake Forest. They belong with Maryland in the next tier below UNC in the ACC.

Duke is different animal. They are in a special situation where they might have the best coach ever in college basketball. The key question that the new head coach needs to know is: How much longer will Coach K be at Duke? Once Coach K leaves Duke, that will open up the competition for the #2 spot in the ACC behind UNC. With the right coach, the Wolfpack could easily fill the void that Duke will leave when Coach K leaves. If this happens within the next 3-5 years, this new coach should benefit.

3. Utah

The Utes? Yes. The 1998 national runner-ups have a very good tradition that has gone under the radar due to their media market and conference affiliations. But beginning next season, they will be a part of the Pacific 12 conference and there will be an opportunity for major success.

The Utes have a national championship during World War II and also played in three other Final Fours, including 1998. The Utes have appeared in 27 NCAA tournaments and also won the NIT in 1947 when it was still bigger than the NCAAs. In addition, the Utes are tied with Indiana for 11th on the all-time win list with 1651 wins.

The Pac 10 hasn’t been that great in recent years and a good hire should get Utah into the top third of the conference quickly. Only UCLA and Arizona are the traditionally stronger programs than Utah in the Pac 12. The other top programs are very similar in history and success. The Huntsman Center is a very good facility that has hosted the NCAA tournament as recently as 2006 and is bigger than any building in the new Pac 12.

Athletic Director Chris Hill has made two hires since Rick Majerus left seven years ago. Unfortunately, it has only resulted in two appearances in the NCAAs. This is now a good job in a BCS conference now; they appear to want to make a strong commitment, so will they be able to attract the right coach?

4. Oklahoma

Jeff Capel was let go on Monday and it’s now hiring season in Norman. While the Sooners have a solid basketball program, it will always be in the shadow of its perennial top 10 football program. The program has been very good over the past 30 years but competing annually against Kansas and a now stronger Texas makes this job more difficult than the others above on the list. In addition, Bedlam rival Oklahoma State has a much longer and richer tradition of success on the hardwood than the Sooners.

The departure of Colorado and Nebraska tightens up the quality of the conference basketball wise. But there are unknowns about the future of the league and how a conference shift based on football might affect the basketball program. This is a solid job, but not a great job. They will always be clustered in a group behind Kansas in the conference. The resources are there, but the fan base isn’t as passionate as the other schools on this list.

Since Billy Tubbs arrived for the 1980-81 season, the Sooners have played in 23 NCAA tournaments, with two Final Fours, and also two NIT appearances. They made 25 straight postseason appearances from 1982-2006 which was snapped after Capel’s first season. The AD Joe Castiglione is definitely committed to excellence. But will he be able to find that special coach who can lead the Sooners back to the Final Four?

5. Georgia Tech

The Rambling Wreck was an also-ran in the ACC forever before they brought Bobby Cremins into the program in 1981. In the 19 seasons with Cremins, the Yellow Jackets went to 10 of their 16 NCAA tournaments and one Final Four. Recently fired Paul Hewitt went to 5 NCAAs in 11 seasons and lost in the 2004 championship game.

What makes this program somewhat intriguing is the size of the school and their alumni base. Even though they are a traditional football school, Georgia Tech has gotten a taste of success in hoops over the past 25 years and the right hire might be able to reenergize the fan base. This biggest problem facing Tech is similar to NC State, playing in the competitive ACC. Except that they lack the Tobacco Road fanaticism and tradition that State has.

Georgia Tech is an ACC school located in Atlanta. That should be enticing, right? But you start every year playing for third in the ACC and the expectations are generally high. Hewitt got eleven years, but he was given extra time based on his early success. His replacement isn’t going to be guaranteed that kind of support. As with NC State, the timing could be right here. The conference is down across the board, save UNC and Duke, so the right hire could catapult the Yellow Jackets to the top third of the ACC.

6. Providence

Here’s an example of why all big conference jobs aren’t created equal. The Friars were great under Joe Mullaney and Dave Gavitt in the years leading up to the formation of the Big East conference in 1979. Since then, the Friars have struggled to compete against the nationally recognizable conference mates.

Rick Pitino had a short tenure at PC, but took the Friars to their second and last Final Four in 1987. In the decade or so after Pitino left for the Knicks, the Friars became a stop on the basketball coaching ladder as Rick Barnes and Pete Gillen both left PC for the ACC.  Before firing Keno Davis after only three seasons, the Friars were incredibly patient with his predecessor, Tim Welsh. Welsh spent 10 years at PC with only two appearances in the NCAA’s after taking over for Pete Gillen in 1998.

So what is the deal here? The fanbase is terrific as the Friars are essentially the “pro team” in the state capital of Rhode Island during the winter. The problem is that the Big East is ridiculously difficult to compete in now. Ten coaches in the conference have made it to the Sweet 16 or farther. Six have been to the Final Four and three have won NCAA championships.

While the fans probably want a lifer, the best possible coach for them would be in the mold of a young Pitino or Barnes who are working their way up in the profession. Maybe they can get lucky and that coach sticks around for a few years longer than expected.

Road to Selection Sunday for March 9

Future Knick?

Welcome to the Road to Selection Sunday for March 9

News and Notes:

Robert Morris looks to become the first team to win three straight Northeast Conference titles tonight.

Northern Colorado is looking to go dancing for the first time tonight against Montana.

The Hoyas are looking to stabilize their seed with a win against the Huskies today.

Kemba Walker is interested in playing for the hometown Knicks when he’s done at UConn.

Oklahoma State’s Page doesn’t want to come up short in the Big 12 tourney.

Winners:

Automatic Qualifiers:

  • Sun Belt: Arkansas-Little Rock
  • Horizon: Butler
  • Summitt: Oakland

Bubble Hopefuls: The win by Butler could keep another spot alive for the mediocre bubble teams out there. Butler was a possibility for an at-large if they lost to UW-Milwaukee last night, but the win gave them the auto bid. That’s what this bubble need is more open spots for mediocre teams.

Princeton: With the win at the Palestra last night, the Tigers head to New Haven looking for Crimson blood on Saturday.

Losers:

Venoy Overton: The Washington guard was charged with providing alcohol to a minor and was suspended for the Pac 10 tournament by Coach Lorenzo Romar. Dumb act by the player and one has to look cynically at how Romar handled this situation.

Villanova: Is this collapse for real? They’ve now lost 9 of 13 and Steve Lappas is warming up in the bullpen. Just kidding.

Derek Kellogg: The Massachusetts coach just completed his third straight losing season (they have one non division 1 win) in his three seasons at his alma mater. It’s looking like the Steve Lappas era all over again as the Minutemen lost by 28 points at home last night in the first round of the Atlantic Ten tournament. The 28 point margin of defeat was the most by the school in an Atlantic Ten tournament game. Hey Derek; Lou Roe isn’t walking through that door, Marcus Camby isn’t walking through that door…

Wednesday’s Notable Games: RPI in ()

 (24) Connecticut vs. (11) Georgetown: ESPN Noon EST

(64) Oklahoma State vs. (79) Nebraska: ESPN3 12:30 EST

Northeast Championship (102) Robert Morris vs. (81) Long Island: ESPN2 at 7 EST

Big Sky Championship (103) Montana vs. (109) Northern Colorado: ESPN2 at 9 EST

(63) Marquette vs. (15) West Virginia: ESPN 9:30 EST

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

Big 12 Basketball Overview March 6

Big 12 Basketball Overview March 6

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

Current NCAA Locks:

Kansas Jayhawks RPI 1

  • 29-2, 14-2 in Big 12  Away: 9-1  Neutral: 3-0
  • OOC rundown: 15-0 with good wins over Arizona, UCLA, USC, and Michigan. They also have 4 gimme wins. RPI 2, schedule 31.
  • Big 12: Wins: at ISU, Neb, at Bay, at CU, KSU, at TT, at Neb, Mizz, ISU, CU, OSU, at OU, A&M, at Mizz     Losses: Tex, at KSU
  • They Jayhawks are probably a lock for a 1 seed and might be the overall #1 seed if they win the Big 12 tournament.

Texas Longhorns RPI 13

  • 25-6, 13-3 in Big 12   Away: 8-3   Neutral: 1-1
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with good wins over Illinois, North Carolina, and Michigan St and losses to Pitt, USC, and UConn. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 36, schedule 69.
  • Big 12: Wins: at TT, OU, A&M, at KU, at Ok St, Mizz, at A&M, TT, at OU, Bay, OSU, ISU, at Bay  Losses: at Neb, at CU, KSU
  • The Horns probably need to win the Big 12 tournament to get a 2 seed. They probably need to win twice to ensure a 3 seed. Losing their first game drops them to a 4 seed.

Kansas State Wildcats RPI 17

  • 22-9, 10-6 in Big 12  Away: 5-6  Neutral: 0-0
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with wins over Virginia Tech, Gonzaga, and Wash St with losses to Duke, Florida, and UNLV. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 25, schedule 34.
  • Big 12: Wins: TT, Bay, Neb, at ISU, KU, OUat, at Neb, Mizz, at Tex, ISU  Losses: at OSU, CU, at Mizz, at A&M, at KU, at CU
  • The Wildcats can get a 4 seed if they win the Big 12 tournament. Getting to the finals would get them a 5 seed and going 1-1 would probably keep them as a 6 seed.

Texas A&M Aggies RPI 30

  • 23-7, 10-6 in Big 12  Away: 5-4  Neutral: 3-1
  • OOC rundown: 13-1 solid wins over Temple and Washington and a decent loss to BC. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 43, schedule 214.
  • Big 12: Wins: at OU, OSU, Mizz, KSU, at CU, at TT, ISU, at OSU, OU, TT   Losses: at Tex, at Neb, Tex, Bay, at Bay, at KU
  • The Aggies could make it to a 5 seed if they win the Big 12 tournament. Getting to the finals would get them a 6 seed. Going 1-1 will get them a 7 seed and losing their opener could drop them to an 8 to 10 seed.

Missouri Tigers RPI 34

  • 22-9, 8-8 in Big 12  Away: 2-7  Neutral: 3-0
  • OOC rundown: 14-1 with good wins over Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Old Dominion with a solid loss to Georgetown. They also have 6 gimme wins and a non division I win. RPI 51, schedule 237.
  • Big 12: Wins: Neb, KSU, ISU, CU, OU, TT, at ISU, Bay   Losses: at CU, at A&M, at Tex, at OSU, at KU, at KSU, at Neb, KU
  • It will be interesting to see what happens if the Tigers lose to Texas Tech. They’re probably in, but you never know. They need to win 2 games to ensure a single digit seed. Winning 3 games to get to the Big 12 finals would get them as high as a 7 seed, but most likely in an 8-9 game. Winning the Big 12 tournament could send them as high as a 6 seed.

 

Bubble Territory:

Colorado Buffaloes RPI 76

  • 19-12, 8-8 in Big 12  Away: 3-9  Neutral: 1-1
  • OOC rundown: 11-4 with no notable wins. They also have 8 gimme wins and a non-division I win. RPI 151, schedule 321.
  • Big 12: Wins: Mizz, at KSU, OSU, ISU, KSU, at TT, Tex  Losses: at Neb, at OU, KU, at Bay, at Mizz, A&M, at KU
  • The Buffs need to win their last 2 games and then at least 2 more in the Big 12 tournament to get an at-large. Their OOC profile is too bad for anything less.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Oklahoma State Cowboys RPI 64

  • 18-12, 6-10 in Big 12  Away: 2-9  Neutral: 2-1
  • OOC rundown: 12-2 with Missouri State being the only solid win and losses to Gonzaga and Virginia Tech. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 49, schedule 190.
  • Big 12: Wins: KSU, ISU, Mizz, OU, TT, Bay      Losses: at A&M, at CU, at Bay, Tex, at TT, at Neb, at Tex, A&M, at KU, at OU
  • The Cowboys probably have to play in the Big 12 finals to have an at-large chance. That would include a win over Kansas. That might be good enough.

Nebraska Cornhuskers RPI 78

  • 19-11, 7-9 in Big 12  Away: 1-7  Neutral: 1-2
  • OOC rundown: 12-2 with a win over USC and losses to Vanderbilt and Davidson. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 119, schedule 291.
  • Big 12: Wins: ISU, CU, A&M, OSU, at OU, Tex, Mizz      Losses: at Mizz, at KU, at TT, at KSU, KU, at Bay, at CU
  • The Huskers match up against OSU and probably need similar results. Having wins over Texas and Kansas might impress the committee enough.

Baylor Bears RPI 83

  • 18-12, 7-9 in Big 12  Away: 2-6  Neutral: 1-2
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with no notable wins and decent losses to Gonzaga, Washington State, and Florida State. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 110, schedule 196.
  • Big 12: Wins: at TT, OU, OSU, CU, at A&M, Neb, A&M     Losses: at ISU, KU, at KSU, at OU, at Tex, at Mizz, at OSU, Tex
  • The Bears have to make the Big 12 finals to have a chance. Even wins over Texas and A&M along the way might not be enough.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Iowa State Cyclones RPI 127

  • 16-15, 3-13 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 13-2 with decent wins over Creighton and Virginia and losses to Northern Iowa and Cal. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 112, schedule 311.
  • The Mayor not even get an invite to the CBI.

Oklahoma Sooners RPI 133

  • 13-17, 5-11 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no good wins and a horrible loss to Chaminade. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 157, schedule 198.
  • Capel might start next season on the hot seat.

Texas Tech Red Raiders RPI 159

  • 13-18, 5-11 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 8-7 with no good wins and some bad losses. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 240, schedule 257.
  • Did Knight do enough to save his job? Billy Gillespie is the rumored replacement.

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 Mar 1

Jackson could help the Boilers make that magical March run

Welcome to the Road to Selection Sunday for Mar 1

News and Notes:

Lewis Jackson has stepped up for the Boilers of late to provide additional scoring.

The Illini know that they have to stop Jackson’s ability to penetrate to neutralize the Boilers offense.

Its Senior Night in Gainesville for Chandler Parsons and company as the Tide come to town.

Eddie Sutton will be inducted in the College Basketball Hall of Fame later this year.

Seth Greenberg is trying to keep the Hokies focused on their ultimate goal.

Thad Matta is leaning on Bob Knight for advice for his top ranked Buckeyes.

Josh Harrellson has had a senior year to remember for the Wildcats in Lexington.

Kevin Stallings and the Commodores talk about playing Kentucky tonight.

Winners:

Kansas State: Just in case the Wildcats hadn’t punched their ticket to March Madness, they can now. There’s nobody in the Big 12 playing better than Frank Martin’s crew right now and they are getting contributions from everybody. Jacob Pullen is making a late charge at the Big 12 POY and Rodney McGruder really kept the Cats winning before Pullen got going late. Nobody is going to be interested to see the Cats in their bracket now. Look for them to be the 4 seed in BYU’s bracket.

Notre Dame: The Irish hit 11 3’s in the first half and 20 for the game. How do you beat that if you’re Nova? Tim Abromaitis hit 9 of 13 from 3. Ridiculous. Both Abro and Hansbrough scored 30 each on Senior Night. They couldn’t plan it any better than that.

Losers:

Villanova: Nova is struggling as they’ve now lost 8 of 13 since their 16-1 start. They couldn’t stop ND’s outside shooting and were never even close. Oh, and a trip to Pittsburgh is coming on Saturday. Good luck.

Texas: The Horns continue to struggle since Nebraska erased the mystique ten days ago. Now they have lost 3 of 4 and are in danger of falling to a 3 or 4 seed. They probably have to win the Big 12 tournament now to remain in a 2 seed and could fall to a 4 seed if they were to lose to Baylor and follow that with another loss in the tournament. This team was the favorite of many only a week and a half ago to roll through March. Now they look ordinary. Need them to straighten out before they get bracket love from me.

Tuesday’s Notable Games: RPI in ()

(39) Illinois at (6) Purdue: ESPN at 7 EST

(89) Alabama at (11) Florida: ESPNU at 7 EST

(75) Baylor at (61) Oklahoma State: ESPN2 at 7 EST

(46) Boston College at (54) Virginia Tech: ESPNU at 9 EST

(3) Ohio State at (57) Penn State: 9 EST

(24) Vanderbilt at (15) Kentucky: ESPN at 9 EST

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

Big 12 Basketball Overview February 27

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Big 12 Basketball Overview February 27

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

Current NCAA Locks:

Kansas Jayhawks RPI 2

  • 27-2, 12-2 in Big 12  Away: 8-1
  • OOC rundown: 15-0 with good wins over Arizona, UCLA, USC, and Michigan. They also have 4 gimme wins. RPI 2, schedule 32.
  • Big 12: Wins: at ISU, Neb, at Bay, at CU, KSU, at TT, at Neb, Mizz, ISU, CU, OSU, at OU     Losses: Tex, at KSU
  • They Jayhawks need 4 more total wins to secure one of the four #1 seeds in the Big Dance.

Texas Longhorns RPI 9

  • 24-5, 12-2 in Big 12   Away: 7-3
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with good wins over Illinois, North Carolina, and Michigan St and losses to Pitt, USC, and UConn. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 34, schedule 62.
  • Big 12: Wins: at TT, OU, A&M, at KU, at Ok St, Mizz, at A&M, TT, at OU, Bay, OSU, ISU  Losses: at Neb, at CU
  • The Horns are still in the running for a #1 seed but need to run the table. They probably get a #2 seed with 3 or more wins.

Texas A&M Aggies RPI 29

  • 22-6, 9-5 in Big 12  Away: 5-3
  • OOC rundown: 13-1 solid wins over Temple and Washington and a decent loss to BC. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 37, schedule 195.
  • Big 12: Wins: at OU, OSU, Mizz, KSU, at CU, at TT, ISU, at OSU, OU   Losses: at Tex, at Neb, Tex, Bay, at Bay
  • The Aggies have a decent OOC profile and but still need at least 4 more wins to get a 6 or 7 seed.

Missouri Tigers RPI 28

  • 22-7, 8-6 in Big 12  Away: 2-6
  • OOC rundown: 14-1 with good wins over Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Old Dominion with a solid loss to Georgetown. They also have 6 gimme wins and a non division I win. RPI 50, schedule 228.
  • Big 12: Wins: Neb, KSU, ISU, CU, OU, TT, at ISU, Bay   Losses: at CU, at A&M, at Tex, at OSU, at KU, at KSU
  • Paging Tiger road wins. They only have 2 all season. They still need 2 or more wins to be safe on Selection Sunday. If they can get hot and win at least 4 more, the Tigers can move into a 5 or 6 seed.

Kansas State Wildcats RPI 24

  • 20-9, 8-6 in Big 12  Away: 4-6
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with wins over Virginia Tech, Gonzaga, and Wash St with losses to Duke, Florida, and UNLV. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 23, schedule 30.
  • Big 12: Wins: TT, Bay, Neb, at ISU, KU, OUat, at Neb, Mizz  Losses: at OSU, CU, at Mizz, at A&M, at KU, at CU
  • The hot Wildcats are now playing for a seed. They still need 2 more win to be safe, but they can climb to a 4 or 5 seed with at least 4 more wins.

 

Bubble Territory:

Baylor Bears RPI 74

  • 18-10, 7-7 in Big 12  Away: 2-5
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with no notable wins and decent losses to Gonzaga, Washington State, and Florida State. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 114, schedule 204.
  • Big 12: Wins: at TT, OU, OSU, CU, at A&M, Neb, A&M     Losses: at ISU, KU, at KSU, at OU, at Tex, at Mizz
  • The Bears have to beat Texas on Saturday to have a chance. The Bears have to win at least 3 more games to be secure on Selection Sunday.

Oklahoma State Cowboys RPI 62

  • 17-11, 5-9 in Big 12  Away: 2-8
  • OOC rundown: 12-2 with Missouri State being the only solid win and losses to Gonzaga and Virginia Tech. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 51, schedule 194.
  • Big 12: Wins: KSU, ISU, Mizz, OU, TT      Losses: at A&M, at CU, at Bay, Tex, at TT, at Neb, at Tex, A&M, at KU
  • The Cowboys are close to done, unless the committee decides to choose mediocre power conference teams over solid mid-majors. They need to win at least 3 more games to be secure on Selection Sunday.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Colorado Buffaloes RPI 76

  • 18-11, 7-7 in Big 12  Away: 3-8
  • OOC rundown: 11-4 with no notable wins. They also have 8 gimme wins and a non-division I win. RPI 148, schedule 322.
  • Big 12: Wins: Mizz, at KSU, OSU, ISU, KSU, at TT, Tex  Losses: at Neb, at OU, KU, at Bay, at Mizz, A&M, at KU
  • The Buffs need to win their last 2 games and then at least 2 more in the Big 12 tournament to get an at-large. Their OOC profile is too bad for anything less.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Nebraska Cornhuskers RPI 82

  • 18-10, 6-8 in Big 12  Away: 1-6
  • OOC rundown: 12-2 with a win over USC and losses to Vanderbilt and Davidson. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 118, schedule 295.
  • Big 12: Wins: ISU, CU, A&M, OSU, at OU, Tex      Losses: at Mizz, at KU, at TT, at KSU, KU, at Bay
  • The Huskers now need to win the Big 12 tournament. They played no OOC road games and thus have no OOC road wins.

Iowa State Cyclones RPI 137

  • 15-14, 2-12 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 13-2 with decent wins over Creighton and Virginia and losses to Northern Iowa and Cal. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 115, schedule 319.
  • The Mayor not even get an invite to the CBI.

Oklahoma Sooners RPI 132

  • 12-16, 4-10 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no good wins and a horrible loss to Chaminade. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 167, schedule 210.
  • A winning record makes them NIT eligible and the RPI is moving up into range for a bid.

Texas Tech Red Raiders RPI 159

  • 12-17, 4-10 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 8-7 with no good wins and some bad losses. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 238, schedule 254.
  • Pat Knight might save his job with 6 or 7 Big 12 wins.

That’s this week’s Big 12 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 22

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SEC Player of the Year?

Welcome to the Road to Selection Sunday for Feb 22

News and Notes:

Coach Cal had a dubious explanation for not subbing in Saturday’s blowout over South Carolina.

The Illini will need to be successful from long range to win tonight in Columbus.

Kevin Stallings and the Vandy players talk about tonight’s showdown with the Vols.

Bruce Pearl is trying to get the Vols to play better.

The Spartans are still not at 100% as they battle the Gophers tonight in Minneapolis.

The Gophers think that losing Nolen will cost them with the NCAA selection committee next month.

Yesterday’s Winners:

Syracuse: The Orange have been a little inconsistent and needed another good road win. Winning in Philly gives them that and gets them in double digit wins in the Big East. Jardine and Jackson were sensational as they combined for 38 points on 15-20 shooting. If they can continue their winning streak through the Big East tourney, they should be able to work their way into a Sweet 16 seed.

Losers:

Villanova: Home losses are bad no matter how you look at them. The Cats had a pair of close calls last week and now have lost home games to Georgetown, Pitt, and Syracuse. St John’s and the rest of their schedule won’t make things easy on the Wildcats chances for a good seed in March.

Oklahoma State: It’s time to bury the Pokes. Even without their point guard, the Jayhawks easily handled the Cowboys. Even with an abysmal bubble, winning out through to the Big 12 title game might not even be enough now.

UTEP: Because the game was played during the day doesn’t mean it wasn’t a bad loss. The Miners at-large chances took a major hit with the loss to UCF. The Miners might have to win out until the CUSA finals to have a chance at an at-large bid. Otherwise, they probably need to win the CUSA tournament now.

Valparaiso: I never gave them much at-large consideration but there are some that do. Or did. The only good thing that came out of that bad loss was that I found out about the Horizon League’s streaming video for free. Some leagues (That’s you Atlantic Ten) need to take notice. FREE publicity is GOOD publicity.

Tuesday’s Notable Games: RPI in ()

(22) Illinois at (24) Ohio State: ESPN at 7 EST

(61) Tennessee at (1) Vanderbilt: ESPN at 9 EST

(61) Michigan State at (1) Minnesota: 9 EST

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

Big 12 Basketball Overview February 20

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Big 12 Basketball Overview February 20

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

Current NCAA Locks:

Kansas Jayhawks RPI 1

  • 25-2, 10-2 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 15-0 with good wins over Arizona, UCLA, USC, and Michigan. They also have 4 gimme wins. RPI 2, schedule 28.
  • Big 12: Wins: at ISU, Neb, at Bay, at CU, KSU, at TT, at Neb, Mizz, ISU, CU     Losses: Tex, at KSU
  • They Jayhawks need 5 more total wins to secure one of the four #1 seeds in the Big Dance.

Texas Longhorns RPI 7

  • 23-4, 11-1 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with good wins over Illinois, North Carolina, and Michigan St and losses to Pitt, USC, and UConn. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 39, schedule 68.
  • Big 12: Wins: at TT, OU, A&M, at KU, at Ok St, Mizz, at A&M, TT, at OU, Bay, OSU  Losses: at Neb
  • The Horns are still in the running for a #1 seed. Getting 5 more wins will put them in the discussion. They probably have to beat out Kansas in the standings to get that #1, otherwise they are heading to a #2 seed with 4 or more wins.

Texas A&M Aggies RPI 26

  • 21-5, 8-4 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 13-1 solid wins over Temple and Washington and a decent loss to BC. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 40, schedule 204.
  • Big 12: Wins: at OU, OSU, Mizz, KSU, at CU, at TT, ISU, at OSU   Losses: at Tex, at Neb, Tex, Bay
  • The Aggies have a decent OOC profile and but still need at least 5 more wins to get a Sweet 16 seed.

Missouri Tigers RPI 28

  • 21-6, 7-5 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 14-1 with good wins over Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Old Dominion with a solid loss to Georgetown. They also have 6 gimme wins and a non division I win. RPI 43, schedule 219.
  • Big 12: Wins: Neb, KSU, ISU, CU, OU, TT, at ISU   Losses: at CU, at A&M, at Tex, at OSU, at KU
  • The Tigers finally got their second road win of the entire season. They need another 5 or more wins to be in the Sweet 16 discussion. They still need 2 or more wins to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Bubble Territory:

Kansas State Wildcats RPI 29

  • 18-9, 6-6 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with wins over Virginia Tech, Gonzaga, and Wash St with losses to Duke, Florida, and UNLV. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 25, schedule 44.
  • Big 12: Wins: TT, Bay, Neb, at ISU, KU, OU   Losses: at OSU, CU, at Mizz, at A&M, at KU, at CU
  • Big win over KU on Monday gets the Cats back into the hunt for a decent seed. They can probably be safe on Selection Sunday with 3 more wins, but they need 4 to be sure.

Needs To Get Hot:

Oklahoma State Cowboys RPI 62

  • 16-10, 4-8 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 12-2 with Missouri State being the only solid win and losses to Gonzaga and Virginia Tech. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 51, schedule 197.
  • Big 12: Wins: KSU, ISU, Mizz, OU      Losses: at A&M, at CU, at Bay, Tex, at TT, at Neb, at Tex, A&M
  • The Cowboys are close to done, unless the committee decides to choose mediocre power conference teams over solid mid-majors. They need to win at least 5 more games to be secure on Selection Sunday.

Baylor Bears RPI 79

  • 17-9, 6-6 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with no notable wins and decent losses to Gonzaga, Washington State, and Florida State. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 120, schedule 216.
  • Big 12: Wins: at TT, OU, OSU, CU, at A&M, Neb Losses: at ISU, KU, at KSU, at OU, at Tex
  • The Bears have 3 games against Texas, A&M, and Mizzou. They need a minimum of 2 more wins in those games. The Bears have to win at least 5 more games to be secure on Selection Sunday.

Nebraska Cornhuskers RPI 64

  • 18-8, 6-6 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 12-2 with a win over USC and losses to Vanderbilt and Davidson. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 123, schedule 310.
  • Big 12: Wins: ISU, CU, A&M, OSU, at OU, Tex      Losses: at Mizz, at KU, at TT, at KSU, KU, at Bay
  • Great win over Texas on Saturday. The horrible bubble is driving their chances. The Huskers still need at least 5 more wins to be secure on Selection Sunday.

Colorado Buffaloes RPI 93

  • 16-11, 5-7 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 11-4 with no notable wins. They also have 8 gimme wins and a non-division I win. RPI 149, schedule 322.
  • Big 12: Wins: Mizz, at KSU, OSU, ISU, KSU  Losses: at Neb, at OU, KU, at Bay, at Mizz, A&M, at KU
  • The Buffs still get Texas. They need to win out until the Big 12 tournament final to have a chance. Their OOC profile is too bad to give them a reasonable chance.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Iowa State Cyclones RPI 147

  • 14-13, 1-11 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 13-2 with decent wins over Creighton and Virginia and losses to Northern Iowa and Cal. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 114, schedule 321.
  • The Mayor not even get an invite to the CBI.

Oklahoma Sooners RPI 132

  • 12-14, 4-8 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no good wins and a horrible loss to Chaminade. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 174, schedule 217.
  • A winning record makes them NIT eligible and the RPI is moving up into range for a bid.

Texas Tech Red Raiders RPI 139

  • 12-15, 4-8 in Big 12
  • OOC rundown: 8-7 with no good wins and some bad losses. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 231, schedule 232.
  • Pat Knight might save his job with 6 or 7 Big 12 wins.

That’s this week’s Big 12 overview. This will be updated next week.

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