Thursday, March 05, 2009

Blind Résumé

It's March! Fuck yeah! Hoops, baseball, NFL Draft talk...we're exiting one of the worst stages of the sports year and entering one of the best. We're finally getting into college hoops and the bubble talks; it took about a month longer than normal. Who's gonna dance? Who are the last four out?! With Selection Sunday less than two weeks away, it's time to start using the phrases, "Bubble Watch," "Tournament Résumé" and "Auto Bids" on a daily basis. So for the next week plus, we'll be playing Blind Résumé. We'll present two bubble teams' résumés and your job is simple: In the comments, say which team deserves to get in and which one doesn't. (If you think both are in -- or out -- suggest who you think has the better profile). You might know who these teams are, but don't spoil it for the rest of us. Since this is one of those blind item things, check back at 3 p.m. Pacific each day as we'll post the true identities in the comments.

Team A:

Record: 20-9 (9-6 conference)
RPI: 27
Strength of schedule: 11
Against RPI Top 50: 3-8
Last 10: 7-3

Team B:

Record: 20-10 (11-4 conference)
RPI: 62
Strength of schedule: 81
Against RPI Top 50: 3-4
Last 10: 8-2


JMC said...

both these teams could get in, but if I have to choose I'll take team A - better RPI and strength of schedule.

GMoney said...

Obviously, A is in. I need another win or two out of B because of that mediocre RPI.

HM said...

Jay Bilas says that the Committee doesn't look at YOUR RPI, it looks at how you did against teams with an RPI in the top 50.

Based upon that, I would have to say that Team B has the better resume. Despite its poor strength of schedule -- they played 7 teams in the top 50 and beat 3 of them.

Team A has to be an ACC club that has two losses against Duke and two losses against UNC. It is hard to get an RPI that high and have 8 losses to top 50 clubs.

Anonymous said...

i like team a. good computer numbers, good conference record...they're in. (cincy? boston college?) gotta be a big east or acc.

team two is out in my book. terrible computer numbers make me think it's a mid-major. and 4 conference losses in a smaller conference won't cut it. (st. mary's?) this team will need to at least get to it's conference tourney finals to get in.

GM said...

I think both are in. But HM is right the word is that RPI does not matter when it comes to selecting teams. They look mainly at your record against the top 50 and then the top 100.

So I would say team B has a good shot but it depends on who those wins are against.

And to anonymous...St. Mary's SOS is around 180th in the country, I believe.

adam said...

Team A is getting by on their computer numbers. Look deeper and you'll see they have a pretty empty profile. I think they're in, but not safely. That 3-8 record vs. RPI top-50 is troubling.

I like Team B's resume much more. Clearly it's a mid-major which is hurting their computer numbers, but I'll take their top-50 record over team A's.

LOSING to good teams is not a reason for inclusion into the tournament. Gotta beat somebody!

Anonymous said...

ill say team a is okie st, if it is then theyre in, or at least should. team b is probably mid-major by the SOS and RPI and will probably have to win their conference tourney to get in cause 20-10 or 21-11 isnt good enough to get in from a mid major

Anonymous said...

sorry, didnt leave my guess for team b. ill say its a mvc team like UNI or illinois state or maybe utah. either way, gonna have to win their conference tourney or get real lucky

SSReporters said...

Team B should get in....better resume despite weaker schedule and RPI.

3-4 > 3-8

11-4 > 9-6

The Big Picture said...

Nice job again, fellas.

Team A is Oklahoma State
Team B is New Mexico

The Pokes are rollin' right now and look pretty solid for an at-large bid. They're really riding their lofty computer numbers despite a pretty empty profile.

Really hard to determine the pecking order in the MWC right now. Utah and BYU are the top two, but after that, take your pick from San Diego State, UNLV and the Lobos. They probably are a win or two away. Those computer numbers are dangerously high.

Back at it again tomorrow. Keep the tourney excitement building!

Bracketologist said...

I will assume for now that Team A will get based on record as long as more teams from the conference do not go.

Team B has catching up to do but could make it into the tournament because of their record.

To take a guess at who they are

Team A: Texas

Team B: Tulsa

Bracketologist said...

one minute late, damn it