Vandy may be dead tourney wise but with only 7 scholarship players, Stallings deserves credit for even having this team at .500. So far this is his best coaching job.
This hoops weekend figures to be a big one in the SEC. Both for bubble teams trying to separate themselves from their conference brethren and for under-fire coaches attempting to drop the temperature of their seats.
On Saturday, there are three games that could either keep hope alive or spell doom for bubble teams. There are also two games involving head-to-head matchups of coaches in the line of fire. As we said, it’s a big weekend.
Let’s start with the SEC’s NCAA Tournament hopes. Below are the current blind resumes for six teams fighting to earn NCAA berths. Florida (#4 in the RPI) and Kentucky (#11) are vying for seeding as — barring complete collapses — both are already tourney locks. Five league teams currently have RPIs outside the top 100 — Georgia (133), South Carolina (136), Mississippi State (150), Texas A&M (153), and Auburn (189) — and they would each need a miracle finish in order to gain entry into the Big Dance. Alabama is also on the outside looking in as they’ve now dropped to three games below .500 (8-11) overall.
So here are the six teams in the middle of the league and their updated RPI and strength of schedule data. To make it more interesting, we’ll not reveal the school’s names until we show you their resumes. Keep in mind that the SEC’s conference-wide RPI places it seventh among all conferences. That’s not going to be helpful come Selection Sunday.
|School||Team A||Team B||Team C||Team D||Team E||Team F|
|Record vs Top 50||1-1||3-4||2-3||1-3||1-5||2-4|
|Record in True Road Games||3-2||1-4||2-3||4-3||2-4||0-3|
|L Outside Top 100||1||1||1||1||0||2|
|Top 50 Games Remaining||3||3||2||4||5||4|
At the moment, Teams A, B, C and D appear to have hope. The last three teams — all with RPI ranks outside the top 60, with losing records inside the league, and with poor records on the road and against top competition — need to be saying their prayers about now. The priest has arrived and with another loss or two it’ll be time to administer the last rites.
So who are those schools?
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