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Blind Comparisons: Who Would You Put In The Tourney?

On Tuesday, we’ll be bringing you a comprehensive look at the resumes of each and every SEC basketball team.  Not only will you be able to compare tournament contenders with one another, but you’ll also be able to see just how bad the SEC’s bad teams were as well as just how average the league’s average squads were.

But tonight, we wanted to have a little fun with some of the teams currently sitting on the NCAA Tournament bubble.  Taking the lists compiled by bracket gurus Jerry Palm, Joe Lunardi and Andy Glockner, we’ve created one master list of 22 bubble teams who are currently competing for NCAA at-large bids.  But before we show you the list, let’s do some blind comparisons.


If only two of the five teams below could be given berths in the tournament, which two teams would you give them to?


Team
Overall Record
Current RPI
Strength of Schedule
A
21-9
37
71
B
22-9
38
55
C
20-10
39
36
D
19-12
40
17
E
19-11
45
28



If we were on the selection committee, Team D would definitely get a bid.  Their record and RPI are comparable to the other teams, but they played by far the toughest schedule of the bunch.  The final bid would come down to teams C and E.  One has the better RPI, the other the better SOS.  Team C has a better record by one game, so we’d hand C the final at-large bid.


(Scroll down to find out who Teams A-E are.)




In this case, Team A is Butler, Team B is Memphis, Team C is Georgia, Team D is Illinois, and Team E is Boston College.  So we would have given the slots to Illinois and Georgia.  You?


Try this one…


Team
Overall Record
Current RPI
Strength of Schedule
V
25-8
42
127
W
19-11
75
86
X
18-12
76
73
Y
19-11
78
65
Z
20-10
79
125



If we were on the selection committee, Team V would get one of our two bids despite the low strength of schedule.  Their RPI and record are far stronger than anyone else in this group.  Of the remaining teams, we’d dump Team Z because their SOS is so much lower than those teams with comparable RPI.  With their record and a slightly tougher SOS, we’d give the other bid to Team Y.


(Scroll down to find out who Teams V-Z are.)




In this case, Team V is Missouri State, Team W is Washington State, Team X is Colorado, Team Y is Nebraska, and Team Z is Alabama.  We would have extended bids to Missouri State and Nebraska.  Would you?


The blind comparisons are an interesting exercise and a good way to take bias and prejudice out of the mix.  If you want to send a couple to your friends, feel free to use the info below.  The 22 teams most commonly listed as bubble teams are as follows:


Team
Overall Record
Current RPI
Strength of Schedule
Butler
21-9
37
71
Memphis
22-9
38
55
Georgia
20-10
39
36
Illinois
19-12
40
17
Missouri St.
25-8
42
127
Boston Coll.
19-11
45
28
Washington
20-10
47
52
Michigan St.
16-13
48
9
VCU
23-10
49
91
Penn St.
16-13
54
7
Richmond
24-7
55
138
Michigan
18-12
56
18
Clemson
20-10
57
74
Gonzaga
22-9
62
103
Virginia Tech
19-10
64
87
Marquette
18-13
68
31
Southern Cal
18-13
69
42
Washington St.
19-11
75
86
Colorado
18-12
76
73
Nebraska
19-11
78
65
Alabama
20-10
79
125
Baylor
17-12
84
39


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