Thursday, February 18, 2016

Bama Bubble Watch, RPI 32

Jerry Palm's new bracket is out, and we are now projected as the 8 seed in the Midwest Region, matched up against Pitt in Des Moines.  Joe Lunardi has us as the play-in game for a 12 seed against Cincinnati.  With all due respect to Lunardi, there is no way a team with an RPI of 32, in our conference, is going to Dayton.  ESPN uses a lot of advanced metrics (BPI, Kenpom) etc, that are neither part of the official criteria, nor have they historically been used by the selection committee.  I believe Lunardi will make some drastic changes to his bracket in the week before selections.

Let's look at last nights results:

Good News:

ALABAMA 76
LSU 69  ROLL TIDE!

Georgia Tech 86
Florida State 80

Clemson 65
Boston College 64

Auburn 90
Arkansas 86

LaSalle 71
St. Bonaventure 64

Xavier 85
Providence 74

Villanova 83
Temple 67

Bad News:

George Washington 81
Duquesne 74

Saint Joe's 79
Dayton 70

Texas Tech 65
Oklahoma 63

Tonight's Friends:

ROLL EAGLES!  Root for Kennesaw State, Southern Miss, and Winthrop to beat Stetson, UTEP, and Coastal Carolina

ROLL WILDCATS!  Pull for Big Blue Nation over Tennessee

ROLL SHOCKERS!  Let's hope Wichita State beats Missouri State

ROLL RAGIN CAJUNS!  UL Lafayette over UT Arlington helps.

ROLL KEYDETS! A VMI upset of Chattanooga would be nice

ROLL TIGERS!  Here's to Pacific upsetting Gonzaga

ROLL PILOTS!  Pull for Portland over St. Mary's

ROLL BEARS!  Hope Cal beats Washington


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