SportsPulse: Sunday's selection is only a few days away. Scott Gleeson from USA TODAY informs you about the teams that still have to work on this championship weekend.
Sunday is upon us. And so there's a group of NCAA tournament rubbish teams standing in a sweat pool before the selection show at 6am. ET. on CBS.
While conference tournaments have helped some edge teams consolidate their CVs with quality victories, other border certification teams were not so happy.
Now they are waiting.
The Selection Committee will examine the entire work of each team from November to Sunday. A distinction is made whether the NCAAs are no. 11 or a consolation NIT bid.
Here's a look at the 10 teams most scared of Selection Sunday (and where they end up in TODAY Sports stapling in the US):
Belmont (in Seed # 11): Perhaps the worst point for any bubble team is that it does not play. That's where the Bruins have been for a week since losing to Murray State in the final of the Ohio Valley Conference. While other Bubble teams flew past Belmont on the Bubble Line in this span, there was Selection Sunday here and coach Rick Byrd's team should have enough to convince the committee. It starts with a NET score in the '40s and is also supported by the top 75 strength of the non-conference. Only two quad-2 victories are a problem, but it's a softer bubble with worse CVs this year.
Temple (in, play-in No. 11 seed) : The Owls (23-9, 13-5 American Athletic) were angered by the Wichita state in the AAC tournament and became the Dangerous As a result, "last four in" the bubble. Temple has only two quad-1 victories and could have made another profit to offset the strength of non-conference times in the '200s. Fortunately, one of those victories was against a Houston-based team in third place.
St. Johns Red Storm striker Sedee Keita (0) and guard Justin Simon (5) and guardian Shamorie Ponds (2) and striker Marvin Clark II (13) respond to the bench after being blown away by Marquette in the Big East tournament were. (Photo: Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's (in, Play-in No. 11 Seed): The Red Storm (21-12, 8-10 Big East) finished the season with a terrible note after losing five of his last seven including a 32-Big East tournament loss on Marquette. Fortunately, the selection panel reviews all the work. And there St. John's has won two wins over the same Marquette team as well as a win over Villanova among its five quadrants 1 (Top 30 Home, Top 50 Neutral, Top 75 Street). What hurts this team's profile is the non-conference strength of the schedule in the '200s and a score of 72 in the NET – the NCAA's new metric replaces the RPI this year. Shamorie Ponds (19.5 ppg) is an explosive scorer who could lead an unexpected run if the committee sees the blemishes.
Ohio State (in, play-in # 11 seeds): The Buckeyes (19-14, 8-12 Big Ten) defeated Indiana in a battle of bladder teams in the Big Ten tournament earlier near to losing Michigan State. Apart from the borderline credentials, the committee should reward a top 45 non-conference strength of the schedule, taking into account that the three consecutive defeats of the state of Ohio at the conclusion of the regular season were all without Kaleb Wesson.
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TCU (in, No. 11 seeds): The Horned Frogs (20-13, 7-11 Big 12) also struggled down the track after losing seven of the last ten and ended as the third worst team among the Big 12s. But do not expect the committee to fall prey to the modern-day effect and not to the full CV, especially if it has no bad losses, a top-35 strength of the schedule, and a NET score in the low 50s. It can be argued that a team that plays Big 12 at the country's best NET conference can win more than three quad-1 games.
Arizona State (the top four): A year ago, Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley jumped as one of the last in his pool two teams to creep into the field of 68. If the committee again covers the state of Arizona this year, they will probably (again) travel to Dayton to play in the First Four. This year, the team has a better record at the Power Conference (12-6 second in the Pac-12 rating). But that's fraudulent since the Pac-12 had such a catastrophic year. A top 35 non-conference strength of the schedule can not be ignored, and a Q1 can not win against Kansas either. Quadrant 4 losses, however, can not be resumed by two. It all depends on what the committee is looking for the most. Arizona State will hope it's not its NET score in the '60s, compared to the more impressive RPI in the' 40s.
Alabama (first four games): Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson commented on the hopes of his NCAA tournaments after a quarter-final of the SEC tournament against Kentucky: "Hopefully we can sneak in" That would be exactly what Alabama (18-15, 8-10 SEC) would do if the committee decides to rate it with a rather unearned offer. In the recent past, however, there were worse 15 loss profiles to surprise us. While The Tide has lost seven of the last 10, one of those wins was a neutral court victory for Quad 1 against Ole Miss in the SEC tournament. The other big eye-catcher of this portfolio is the January 5 win over Kentucky, which fits well with a top-20 total that will be largely filtered by a stronger SEC this year. A non-tournament victory over Murray State looks much better now.
UNC-Greensboro (first four): The Spartans (28-6, 15-3 South) must have hoped that the NCAA's new NET metric would not have come to mind her RPI of 31 probably would have sealed a great deal when it was in use this year. That's a long way from their pedestrian NET score in the high 50s. UNC-Greensboro also has only two quad-1 wins, but all six of that team's losses were due to first-quarter opponents – an exceptional resume among edge teams that have at least one or more quad-2, quad-3 or even quad-4 losses stain their profiles.
North Carolina State (the first four): On the other side of the coin, the Wolfpack (22-11, 9-9 ACC) could be the NET Fans of metric have awarded them a respectable top 35 ranking. This is compared to a high RPI of 90. This is because virtually all of the gains of N.C. State against opponents of the lower classes are. The Wolfpack scored only three quad-1 victories despite the ACC and has the second worst (352nd) non-conference strength in the country. Wonder why your NET score is so solid? Because they beat the bottom feeders with big margins and create the illusion that this team counts among the 68 best teams in the country. This is not the case, and here the NET goal of measuring performance in the game is undoubtedly flawed.
Indiana (the next four): Hoosiers coach Archie Miller believes his team has a good reason to participate in the NCAA tournament. He said: "I think at this stage, if you all compare – can you beat a team in the tournament? If you can beat a Marquette or a Louisville, you can get a Michigan state twice You can get Wisconsin here lately. Are we capable? Yes. "His points are valid, considering that no bubble team has more than Indiana's six quad-1 wins and the Big Ten is the second-best conference on the NET. However, a team that loses 13 out of 14 games can not expect the committee to ignore the other credentials – a record of 17-15 and a non-conference strength in the 190s. Another win (like the one IU had given Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament) could have made all the difference.
Honorable Mentions – Georgetown, Xavier and Creighton from the Big East (the Next Four): All three of these Big East teams are long shots, but given their still great chance, they are worth mentioning here. The Hoyas (with Marquette and Villanova out of five quad-1 victories), Musketeers (with a top-40 strength of the schedule and Q1 win over Villanova) and Bluejays (with a top 55 NET score, one of the top -30-non-conference strengths of) schedule) have all the qualities that the committee will seriously consider and ultimately endorse. But they also have qualities that could undermine them – Georgetown's non-conference strength is 250 and the NET score is 80, Xavier has 15 losses, and Creighton has 14 and three Q1 victories.
Follow college basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson .