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Does energy of schedule nonetheless matter?


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John GasawayESPN Insider

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Editor’s notice: The NCAA event Bubble Watch has been up to date by afternoon/night video games of Saturday, March 9.

Belmont is now an at-large candidate after the Bruins misplaced within the Ohio Valley Convention title sport to Ja Morant and Murray State. Rick Byrd’s group is ranked within the 40s within the NET, however BU’s energy of schedule ranks within the 220s. For years if not many years, that second quantity would have mattered an ideal deal. Does it nonetheless weigh closely?

When the sector of 68 is revealed on Choice Sunday, we’ll be taught greater than which groups obtained in and the place they have been seeded. We’ll additionally obtain our first hints on how the boys’s basketball committee goes to guage groups going ahead on this new period of quadrants and the NET.

The quadrant system was launched for the choice and seeding course of in 2018, and that is the primary yr that the NET score system is in use. Collectively, quadrants and the NET maintain the potential to change the way in which choice has lengthy been accomplished.

Emphasis on “potential.” We can’t actually know, after all, till we see a bracket or, higher nonetheless, two or three accomplished underneath the auspices of the new-method regime.

In concept, the committee has what it must mix the “predictive” and “resume” faculties of thought. Although the NET’s interior workings stay a intently held secret, its outputs over the previous three months have seemed very very similar to a traditional energy rating with politically interesting parts (such because the 10-point cap on margin of victory in video games) bolted to the surface of its chassis.

When you have a score system that is doing good work in rating the groups in accordance with basketball energy, then one thing like a quadrant system can present a significant “resume” measure of efficiency. A group that performs properly in Quad 1 video games is prone to be group when the boundaries for “Quad 1” have some grounding in observable basketball realities. (Although a steady measure of game-difficulty would maybe be preferable to all-or-nothing cutoffs based mostly on spherical numbers divisible by 5.)

Discover, nonetheless, that “energy of schedule” is but to rear its discrete head on this dialogue. That is as a result of it is already baked into each the NET and the quadrants. Any energy rating should take energy of schedule into consideration, and the quadrants are self-evidently outlined by how good your opponent is and the place you play them.

So why is “SOS” nonetheless showing as its personal quantity in 2019? Good query, and, extra particularly, that is nonetheless a really open query.

Individuals who discuss choice and seeding love to speak about energy of schedule. A long time of trafficking within the RPI taught and certainly rewarded such speak, and in 2019 the quantity for SOS if typically nonetheless listed subsequent to a group’s NET rating. That is taking place even though the NET rating itself, after all, incorporates a schedule-strength part.

Fact be instructed, speaking this manner should still maintain worth – if the committee nonetheless works this manner. The promise of the quadrant-and-NET method is that it has already factored in SOS and yielded a verdict. How the committee interprets that verdict, nonetheless, is the query in 2019. No group is extra fascinated about that reply than Belmont.

Here is how we’re projecting the bubble proper now …

Bids from conventional “one-bid” leagues: 25 groups
Locks: 31 groups
The bubble: 27 groups for 12 obtainable spots
Needs to be in: 6 groups
Work to do: 21 groups

ACC | Large 12| Large East | Large Ten | Pac-12 | SEC | American | Others

ACC

Locks: Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Florida State, Virginia Tech
Needs to be in: Syracuse
Work to do: NC State, Clemson

Needs to be in

Syracuse Orange

Jim Boeheim’s program has a historical past of shut shaves on Choice Sunday in recent times, however 2019 ought to be a considerably extra sedate affair. Syracuse is now within the clubhouse, so to talk, at 19-12 and 10-Eight within the ACC. The Orange gained at Duke, and the victory at house towards Louisville additionally qualifies as Quad 1. (The win at Ohio State, although quick depreciating in worth, will go within the books as a 3rd Quad 1 victory.) If the choice have been held at this time, Boeheim’s group would in all chance be one thing within the neighborhood of a No. 9 or 10 seed. That quantity might be revised upward, naturally, with exhibiting on the ACC event. (Up to date: March 9)

Work to do

NC State Wolfpack

On paper, NC State ought to be fantastic. The Wolfpack completed the season 21-10 and 9-9 within the ACC, and Kevin Keatts’ group exhibits up within the mid-30s within the NET rankings. So why are the mock brackets ticketing this group for, at greatest, a No. 11 seed (and probably even a 12)? First, NC State suffers from the identical illness that bothered Auburn earlier than the Tigers took down Tennessee at house. The Wolfpack are accused of not having crushed “anybody,” that means this group’s 2-Eight report in Quad 1 video games contains a win at house over (hey, what have you learnt?) Auburn and one other one on a impartial flooring over Penn State. (To make sure, the win over the Tigers seems to be higher now than it did earlier than the start of March.) Second, NC State performed a really mushy nonconference schedule, statistically talking. Whether or not and to what extent the committee will care about that second bit is an open query.. (Up to date: March 9)

Clemson Tigers

The enemy for Clemson is now the remainder of the bubble. After profitable at house 67-55 towards Syracuse within the season finale, the Tigers can be exhibiting up on many “final 4 in” and, sure, “first 4 out” lists. That is preferable to “subsequent 4 out,” definitely, however it’s nonetheless a precarious place to occupy heading into what’s all the time a wild and tumultuous Championship Week. Even the slightest contraction of the bubble led to by even a single bid thief, for instance, may show calamitous to Clemson. Backside line, there might be an at-large bid within the offing for the Tigers even within the occasion of an early exit from the ACC event. A way more applicable working assumption for Brad Brownell and his males, nonetheless, could be to method the 15-team occasion in Charlotte as a traditional “work to do” state of affairs. (Up to date: March 9)

Large 12

Locks: Kansas, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Baylor
Needs to be in: Oklahoma
Work to do: Texas, TCU

Needs to be in

Oklahoma Sooners

Proven as a No. Eight or 9 seed heading right into a reasonably lopsided 68-53 loss at Kansas State, Lon Kruger’s group has crushed Wofford at house, taken care of Florida on a impartial flooring and now stands at Four-10 in Quad 1 video games. (For the report, the Sooners are 15-2 in Quads 2 and three, and Zero-Zero towards Quad Four.) OU goes to the Large 12 event at 19-12 and 7-11, and throughout the final couple of many years, these numbers haven’t been connected to too many at-large groups. Nonetheless, there are many groups under the Sooners on the right aspect of the 2019 mock lower line. The committee will decide the true lower line, however barring a significant shock, Oklahoma seems to be on stable floor. (Up to date: March 9)

Work to do

Texas Longhorns

That is what Bubble Watch is speaking about with that complete “40 minutes away” factor. With a win at house towards TCU within the season finale, Texas could be a world away from the place the Longhorns discover themselves now. However the place Shaka Sensible’s guys discover themselves now could be within the ethical equal of a must-win state of affairs within the first sport towards Kansas on the Large 12 event. A loss there would depart Texas at 16-16 for the season. Clearly, it could be unprecedented for a .500 group with 16 losses to obtain an at-large bid, even when mentioned group does have the neutral-floor win over North Carolina and one at house over Purdue. “Unprecedented” right here would not essentially imply not possible, it simply accurately flags the truth that we have by no means seen it earlier than. Affordable observers can differ on the deserves of the Horns’ profile, however, talking empirically, asking the committee to do one thing it is by no means accomplished earlier than will not be a promising plan of action. (Up to date: March 9)

TCU Horned Frogs

You need to tip your cap to the Horned Frogs. Going into the sport at Texas, this bunch from Fort Value had probably the least promising spot within the historical past of groups on the “first 4 out” checklist. Now, after profitable 69-56 in Austin, Jamie Dixon’s males are in place to lock down a bid with a powerful exhibiting on the Large 12 event. The season sweep of Iowa State that was wanting like it could be a moot level can now be touted on the profile of a group that captured a 3rd Quad 1 win, convincingly, on the ultimate day of the common season. TCU was given an opportunity, and the Horned Frogs took it. With this single end result, the bubble stakes for the Large 12 event, each for the Horned Frogs and for the Longhorns, have been raised considerably. (Up to date: March 9)

Large East

Locks: Marquette, Villanova
Work to do: Seton Corridor, St. John’s, Creighton, Xavier, Georgetown

Work to do

Seton Corridor Pirates

Kevin Willard’s group seems to have performed its means into the sector of 68, and, if that’s certainly the case, the actually vital basketball with this group occurred roughly solely in December and March. Inside the span of simply 14 days in December, the Pirates beat Kentucky 84-83 in time beyond regulation at Madison Sq. Backyard after which gained a 78-74 highway sport at Maryland. Then issues went quiet and even a bit darkish for a bit, as SHU was Four-6 at one level in Large East play. However, ultimately, March smiled on the Corridor, as Myles Powell and his mates closed the season with back-to-back house wins over Marquette and Villanova. Assuming a non-catastrophic efficiency by the Pirates on the Large East event, Bubble Watch expects SHU to maybe present up within the committee’s bracket as a No. 10 seed, give or take a line. (Up to date: March 9)

St. John’s Purple Storm

With St. John’s, we’re confronted with a traditional case the place the hazard could be understated by the numbers. In the event you have been instructed that the Johnnies have been tapped as a possible No. 10 seed earlier than they misplaced by 13 at Xavier, you’ll in all probability conclude that the group will nonetheless be fantastic by way of getting an at-large bid. Bubble Watch is not so positive. Chris Mullin’s guys closed the season by dropping 4 of their final 5 video games to complete at 20-11. The Storm’s NET rating is within the 60s, and the signature one-point win at Marquette has been dropping in worth for the previous two weeks. Strangest of all, maybe, is the underwhelming report towards Quads 2 and three (7-6) from a group that has held its personal in Quad 1 video games (5-5). Despite the fact that an at-large bid and a spot at across the No. 11 line continues to be the almost definitely end result, it does now seem that this group’s efficiency within the Large East event will have an effect on its probabilities. (Up to date: March 9)

Creighton Bluejays

For the steadiness of the Large East season, Greg McDermott’s group was a pin cushion for the cruelest of the hoops gods, because the Bluejays misplaced time beyond regulation video games not solely to Marquette but in addition to Villanova and Seton Corridor. Then in March, lastly, CU began to even these accounts. Creighton obtained again into this dialogue by profitable a detailed sport on the highway towards the aforementioned Golden Eagles, and the Bluejays adopted that up with a six-point victory at house, in time beyond regulation no much less, over Windfall. Lastly, McDermott’s males wrapped up the season with a 13-point win at house towards DePaul, that means they’re arriving on the Large East event at 18-13 general and 9-9 in-conference. The Bluejays have a shot. (Up to date: March 9)

Xavier Musketeers

The Large East part of Bubble Watch is reasonably in depth, however it’s vital to make distinctions even inside the league’s spacious “work to do” part. Whereas a group like St. John’s is wanting prefer it may play its means out of the bracket, Xavier has a protracted distance to journey earlier than it could even be glimpsed in “first 4 out” territory. Nonetheless, the space that continues to be to be traversed is nowhere close to as huge as what the Musketeers have already got navigated over the previous month. It is a group that was 11-13 and Three-Eight within the Large East. Coming into the convention event, conversely, these numbers are 17-14 and 9-9. Travis Steele’s guys put a capper on the common season by beating the aforementioned Johnnies 81-68 in Cincinnati regardless of not having Naji Marshall (who was out with an ankle harm). A visit to the Large East event semifinals (which Xavier has reached yearly because it joined the league) would maintain this dialog going. (Up to date: March 9)

Georgetown Hoyas

It isn’t going to be simple for the Hoyas. The win at Marquette, naturally, stored this group within the dialogue, and Georgetown will go to work within the Large East event because the proud proprietor of 4 Quad 1 wins at 19-12 general and 9-9 in convention play. That is all properly and good, however the profile additionally consists of a few much less pleasing features. The Hoyas are simply Eight-6 this season towards Quads 2 and three, and the group’s NET rating going into the sport in Milwaukee was a shield-your-eyes No. 80. So, no, it nonetheless will not be simple, however Bubble Watch can envision a path to creating this an attention-grabbing query, a path that ends with beating both the Golden Eagles or Villanova at Madison Sq. Backyard. Preserve going, Hoyas. (Up to date: March 9)

Large Ten

Locks: Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland
Needs to be in: Iowa
Work to do: Minnesota, Ohio State, Indiana

Needs to be in

Iowa Hawkeyes

Shedding at Wisconsin is not in any respect unhealthy or sudden, however dropping in Madison by 20 factors when it is the fourth defeat previously 5 video games merely extends and intensifies Iowa’s worries relating to its seed. After Joe Wieskamp hit a spectacular profitable Three-pointer on the buzzer on the highway at Rutgers, the Hawkeyes have been 20-5 and mock brackets had Fran McCaffery’s group pegged as a No. 6 seed. Since that point, McCaffery was slapped with a two-game suspension (stemming from a tirade directed at referee Steve McJunkins after a loss at Ohio State) and Iowa has seen its projected seed plunge to the No. 9 line or worse. The season’s last sport is at Nebraska, the place the Cornhuskers not too long ago gave Purdue a sport and beat Minnesota. Nonetheless, whatever the end result in Lincoln, the Hawkeyes will arrive on the Large Ten event not merely seeking to enhance their seed however to rehabilitate it. (Up to date: March 7)

Work to do

Minnesota Golden Gophers

The common season is within the books for the Golden Gophers, and, in any regular yr, you’ll say this can be a group with nice wins (at Wisconsin and residential towards Purdue) and a so-so report (19-12 and 9-11 within the Large Ten). Then once more, bubble groups like Indiana are lapping the sector in each classes in 2019, so we should look elsewhere for superlatives particular to Minnesota. Nicely, what about this: Richard Pitino’s group has simply in regards to the tidiest 12-loss profile you may see anyplace. The Gophers are 9-Zero towards Quads Three and Four, and their “worst” losses come on the highway to the major-conference likes of Boston Faculty, Rutgers and Illinois. One thing dramatic in the way in which of a disastrously quick exit from the Large Ten event or a extreme bubble contraction or each might need to intervene for Minnesota to not get the No. 10 or 11 seed that mock brackets are envisioning for this group. (Up to date: March Eight)

Ohio State Buckeyes

With out Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State is in free fall. The 6-foot-9 sophomore was suspended indefinitely and has now missed two video games, the second of which was a 68-50 loss at Northwestern. Chris Holtmann’s group had already seen its projected bracket place slip from the No. 9 line to a No. 10 seed, however now OSU has bigger issues than mere seeding. The Buckeyes shut their season internet hosting Wisconsin, and a loss would depart Ohio State 18-13 general and Eight-12 in convention. True, all season lengthy this group has clung to its highway win at Cincinnati within the first sport of the season. That’s certainly an ideal win, it is simply that OSU hasn’t been in a position to give that victory a lot in the way in which of firm. The Buckeyes’ different Quad 1 wins have been at Creighton, at Nebraska and at Indiana. That physique of labor may not be sufficient within the occasion of a loss to the Badgers and a fast, Wesson-less exit from the Large Ten event. (Up to date: March 7)

Indiana Hoosiers

This dialogue goes to proceed some time longer a minimum of. Indiana is 16-14 and 7-12 within the Large Ten with a season sweep of Michigan State to its credit score. The Hoosiers, after all, even have house wins over Marquette and Louisville on their profile. As for IU’s 6-9 report in Quad 1 video games, maybe the principle level to be made there may be that Indiana has performed a ton of Quad 1 video games. What’s much less continuously cited, nonetheless, is the Hoosiers’ 2-5 report in Quad 2 video games. Will that information level play a big function within the committee’s dialogue? Nobody is aware of, and, anyway, this profile is not completed but. Rutgers is coming to Bloomington, and, after that, the Large Ten event looms as a veritable Quad 1 outlet mall. If IU performs the Spartans, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa, Penn State (sure, Penn State) or, probably, Ohio State on the United Heart, will probably be a Quad 1 alternative. (Up to date: March 7)

Pac-12

Lock: Washington
Work to do: Arizona State

Work to do

Arizona State Solar Devils

Here is a Bubble Watch enjoyable reality: Arizona State is the one group within the “lock,” “ought to be in” or “work to do” classes that has misplaced video games in all 4 quadrants. Sure, the losses at house to Princeton and Washington State qualify as Quad Four defeats, and, certainly, the Solar Devils are a notably so-so 10-Four towards Quads Three and Four. See, that is the sort of factor we miss with our single-minded give attention to simply one of many quadrants. Now, let’s focus single-mindedly on Quad 1: ASU’s win in Tempe towards Kansas, in addition to ones on a impartial flooring towards Mississippi State and Utah State, may get this group a bid offered its NET rating is not too controversially low. Going into Saturday’s 72-64 win at Arizona, that rating was within the low 70s and Bobby Hurley’s group was on Lunardi’s “final 4 byes” checklist. It may work out as is, but when the Solar Devils wish to really feel protected there’s work to do. (Up to date: March 9)

SEC

Locks: Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn
Needs to be in: Ole Miss
Work to do: Florida, Alabama

Needs to be in

Ole Miss Rebels

The Rebels faltered down the stretch and misplaced 4 of their previous six, however issues might be worse in Oxford. Ole Miss uncorked a late 7-Zero run to win the season finale at Missouri, and, anyway, this can be a group that does personal highway wins at Auburn and Mississippi State. To not point out this program was picked within the preseason to complete final within the SEC and has made simply two NCAA event appearances previously 17 years. When these are the givens and also you falter your means right into a No. 9 or 10 seed along with your new coach in his first season, the long run seems to be fairly encouraging. (Up to date: March 9)

Work to do

Florida Gators

In what’s quick turning into a recurring Bubble Watch theme, let’s focus on a major-conference group with a nasty report compiled in quite a few Quad 1 video games. Florida is Three-11 in Quad 1 contests, with the wins all approaching the highway at LSU, Alabama and Arkansas. (Enjoyable reality: UF was singularly unsuccessful at house towards the very best groups this season.) It’s primarily the win towards the Tigers, naturally, that has lifted the 17-14 Gators as much as the No. 11 line in mock brackets. Talking of single video games that had a big influence: Florida’s late-season loss at house to Georgia (a part of an Zero-Three end to the common season) has left this group able wherein a fast exit from the SEC event would expose Mike White’s guys to a excessive diploma of bracket peril. (Up to date: March 9)

Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama closed its common season with an 82-70 loss at Arkansas, a sport wherein the Crimson Tide allowed Daniel Gafford to report a 29-16 double-double. The loss leaves Avery Johnson’s group at 17-14 and Eight-10 within the SEC — in different phrases, traditional bubble materials. Talking of peak bubble, Alabama entered the sport in Fayetteville as a member in good standing of Lunardi’s “final 4 in” checklist. The Tide landed on this diploma of peril regardless of having a house win over Kentucky on their profile, and, naturally, the SEC event will supply a wide selection of high quality opponents and loads of probabilities to impress the committee. The bigger concern with Alabama, nonetheless, is that this group hasn’t gained a sport towards an NCAA tournament-caliber opponent since January. (Up to date: March 9)

American

Locks: Houston, Cincinnati, UCF
Work to do: Temple

Work to do

Temple Owls

UCF’s late-season ascendance was excellent news for Temple. The Owls beat the Knights 67-62 in Philadelphia within the season finale, and it was very a lot a Quad 1 win. Paired with the house victory towards Houston, Fran Dunphy’s group now has a few actual profile boosters to flaunt because it fights for a bid. Proper, about that battle: Temple entered the sport towards UCF perched proper on the boundary line between “in” and “out.” Clearly, beating the Knights pushes you within the right course, however a single sport cannot push you all the way in which to security. So it is excellent news for Owl followers that their group now has an opportunity to place much more distance between itself and jeopardy due to an American event populated by the Quad 1-opponent likes of UH, Cincinnati, UCF and Memphis. (Up to date: March 9)

Others

Locks: Gonzaga, Nevada, Buffalo, Murray State
Needs to be in: Wofford, VCU
Work to do: Utah State, Belmont, Saint Mary’s, Furman, Lipscomb

Needs to be in

Wofford Terriers

The Southern Convention has by no means despatched an at-large group to the NCAA event, however there is a first time for every part. Certainly, Wofford turned a foregone conclusion on this dialogue as a result of the Terriers are 27-Four, with the losses coming to North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kansas and Mississippi State. Mike Younger’s group moreover owns Quad 1 wins at Furman, UNC Greensboro and East Tennessee State. Lastly, it is value noting that Wofford gained at South Carolina by 20, although that exhibits up on the profile as a Quad 2 victory. In reality, the Terriers are an ideal 21-Zero towards Quads 2, Three and Four. Younger’s guys have now superior to the SoCon event semifinals, and an automated bid may properly be within the Terriers’ future. Then once more, it is good for Wofford to know that (until the committee whiffs fully) there’s an at-large ready if want be. (Up to date: March 9)

VCU Rams

Mike Rhoades’ males are driving a 12-game win streak thanks primarily to excellent protection. Now, at 25-6 general and carrying an outright Atlantic 10 regular-season title, VCU has a No. Eight or 9 seed ready for it in a matter of days if mock brackets are to be trusted. There aren’t any remaining Quad 1 alternatives for the Rams even in any potential A-10 event sport, however the 54-53 win at Texas in December will proceed to fill that want on the profile fairly satisfactorily. (Up to date: March Eight)

Work to do

Utah State Aggies

Utah State got here actually, actually near furnishing us with a really attention-grabbing dialog. After everybody had declared the coronation full with the win at house towards Nevada, the Aggies went on the highway and wanted time beyond regulation earlier than escaping with a 100-96 win at Colorado State. Now Craig Smith’s group is certainly assured of a minimum of a share of the regular-season Mountain West title. Projected as a No. 11 seed, USU actually has solely two remaining risks. One is a shrinking bubble, and the opposite could be an ostentatiously early exit from the convention event in Las Vegas. However, assuming each of these disasters fail to materialize, Utah State does seem like in fine condition for its first bid since 2011. (Up to date: March 5)

Belmont Bruins

Now the Bruins should wait. Ja Morant erupted for 36 factors, and Murray State beat Belmont 77-65 within the Ohio Valley Convention title sport. Rick Byrd’s group hopes the committee will put inventory within the positives on this profile. There may be, for starters, the NET rating that, a minimum of when BU stopped taking part in, was increased than these of Iowa, Ohio State, Indiana, TCU, Temple, Minnesota, Alabama, Arizona State and the complete Large East bubble (Creighton, St. John’s, Xavier and Georgetown). The Bruins have been additionally shorthanded towards the Racers and performed with out Nick Muszynski. Lastly, Belmont was 5-Three this season towards Quads 1 and a couple of. Conversely, Byrd’s males will not need the committee to linger on a unfavorable just like the Three-2 report towards Quad Three. In any occasion, the Bruin profile is ready however the bubble will proceed to shift in methods that can both assist or harm BU’s probabilities. (Up to date: March 9)

Saint Mary’s Gaels

Oh, what might need been. No, Bubble Watch doesn’t suggest the 69-55 loss to Gonzaga in Moraga, California. The Bulldogs are wanting an increasing number of like a group of future, and Mark Few’s guys operating the desk within the West Coast Convention was by no means going to be an enormous upset. As a substitute, take into consideration the four-point losses Saint Mary’s recorded towards Mississippi State and LSU in November and December, respectively. Both a kind of video games moved underneath the win column would make this a a lot stronger profile for the Gaels. As it’s, nonetheless, the only Quad 1 win approaching the highway at New Mexico State may not be ample to get SMC into the sector of 68. That mentioned, Saint Mary’s stays in Bubble Watch on account of its lovely NET rating and a collective and incorrigible ignorance on the planet exterior the committee room regarding what precisely that can imply in Yr 1 of the brand new metric’s reign. (Up to date: March 2)

Furman Paladins
It is a mark of how robust the Southern Convention is in 2019 that Furman can lose at house to Wofford and, at 25-6 general, nonetheless be within the dialogue for an at-large bid. No, the Paladins aren’t “ought to be in” materials simply but, however Bob Richey’s group does have that memorable Quad 1 win at Villanova. Alas, that win (plus a candy NET rating within the 40s) may type the sum whole of the case for Furman on Choice Sunday. The Dins have been accomplished no specific favors by the SoCon event pairings, which is able to supply up the “chock filled with Quad 1 goodness” Terriers solely in a title sport. By that time, naturally, the at-large level is moot. Certainly, it could come to that: Furman and Wofford have each reached the SoCon semifinals. (Up to date: March 9)

Lipscomb Bisons
The Bisons present two Quad 1 wins on their profile, at TCU and at Liberty, and their NET rating is within the 40s. That is wonderful, however it’s nonetheless a couple of spots decrease than the one carried by fellow bubbly aspirant Saint Mary’s. Maybe most daunting is the truth that Lipscomb is finished with Quad 1 alternatives. Even the upcoming assembly with Liberty within the Atlantic Solar event will happen on the house flooring of the top-seeded Bisons and can thus qualify as Quad 2. Such a gathering, anyway, is occurring within the title sport, so securing an auto bid seems extra probably for Casey Alexander’s group than does an at-large. (Up to date: March 7)


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