Saturday, March 12, 2011

Rooting Guide for Saturday

As of Saturday morning Lundardi says we are in and Bracketology 101 says we are out. As I tweeted yesterday, I think we are in. Only three ACC teams with 9 conference wins have ever been shut out of the tournament. Now with the field expanded to 68, I still think 9 ACC wins, a win over Texas A&M and some other decent wins on our resume will be enough. But you can never be too careful. Here are your new favorite teams for Saturday. If the following win, our chances improve.

Harvard. Our loss to the Crimson becomes less of a black mark if they are the conference champions. Plus it gives our RPI a little boost.

We are vying for a bid against their opponent -- Memphis.

Alabama is on the bubble. Knocking Kentucky off gets them in.

Michigan State.
The Spartans are probably in. If they lose today they will give life to Penn State (another bubble team).

I imagine that Virginia Tech and Clemson are already in, so there is not much we can do there.

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At 1:30 PM, Blogger Bravesbill said...

Lunardi says he are one of the first 4 out. Looking at the teams who are the last in, Penn St. solidified a bid by knocking off Wisconsin. Colorado solidified a bid by beating KSU 2 days ago and Va Tech is in based on beating FSU last night. The other team listed is USC which lost to AZ yesterday. They really did not do much in the Pac 10 tournament and their numbers are really weak. They should not be in. As for the first 4 out, Alabama is listed ahead of BC. I can't imagine BC getting in over Bama considering it went 12-4 in the SEC and has strong wins against Tenn. and Kentucky. That win against Kentucky looks much better (even if it loses to Kentucky today) than any wins BC has, esp. if Kentucky wins the SEC Tournament. I would say Bama gets in over USC but BC is still on the outside looking in. And BC can do nothing to improve its resume at this point so they are most likely NIT bound.

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Bravesbill said...

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At 1:47 PM, Blogger Dports1 said...

Lunardi has UTEP with the CUSA autobid and a 13 seed. They just lost to Memphis, a first four out team. Judging by UTEP's seed, CUSA is a one-bid league and Memphis just took it. So that outcome has no bearing.

All we can hope for is PSU and 'bama to lose. And Harvard to win. Freakin' nerds.

At 2:17 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Utep is in. The Memphis win over Utep basically crushed our slim hopes.

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Bravesbill said...

UTEP won't be in. They were a 13 seed as a projected conference champ. We need to hope Va Tech can get to at least the ACC Final. Clemson blowing that lead hurt. Bama getting crushed by Kentucky helped. Just need Kentucky to lose tomorrow now.

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Let's hope Utep isn't in then. I think Lunardi had them as a 12 assuming they were conference champs.

At 5:29 PM, Blogger Sean said...

Based on the commentary during the Memphis-UTEP game, UTEP is a very popular team because it is the "most experienced" in the NCAA this season. They have 8 seniors on their roster and this factor, combined with their overall record, makes it look like they may get an at-large bid.

At 6:06 PM, Blogger harrow said...

Harvard-Princeton game was a great game. Harvard deserves at at large bid over us though. They beat Colorado, BC, and BU. We just don't deserve it, especially losing to Harvard and Yale.

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Last week before our Wake games, our RPI was 38. I figured that was more than enough with 20 wins, 10-6 ACC, and some good OCC with Texas A&M, Indiana, Cal, S. Carolina.

Just looked again, and our RPI is down to 58, and all those bubble teams you guys mentioned are in front of us. That hurts.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger BCDoubleEagle said...

Uh, don't look now but women's hockey is headed to the frozen four. No big deal, though, it's only the closest any BC team (other than men's hockey) has ever come to an NCAA title.

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Dports1 said...

BCDoubleEagle: Women's soccer played in their respective final four last fall, losing to Stanford in the semis. The football team was undefeated and untied in 1940 (but not recognized as national champs). And sailing won last year too.

Good luck to the ladies.

At 8:55 PM, Blogger BCDoubleEagle said...

There is no NCAA title in D-1 football or sailing. Good point re: women's soccer, though.

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Bravesbill said...

BC women's hockey made the Frozen Four in 2007.


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