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Bubble Banter: Who are Saturday’s winners and losers

Mar 16, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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SATURDAY’S BUBBLE WINNERS

All the teams that aren’t playing anymore: Southern Miss lost. That means that they aren’t going to be getting Conference USA’s automatic bid, Memphis will. Since Memphis was going to be in the tournament regardless of whether or not they won, the fact that Southern Miss lost means that there will be another bubble spot open.

Oh, and Alabama losing to Florida means that the Crimson Tide won’t be getting an at-large bid. So there’s another spot that stays open. Middle Tennessee State and St. Mary’s are happy.

Ole Miss: The Rebels beat Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon, but if that going to be enough to get them into the tournament if they lose to Florida? They are the most intriguing team on the bubble, which we wrote about here.

SATURDAY’S BUBBLE LOSERS

Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles had a chance to clinch the automatic bid on Saturday afternoon, and they didn’t. Memphis knocked them off in the Conference USA title. The Golden Eagles have a decent RPI, but they don’t have enough quality wins to get them in.

Maryland: The Terps had to beat North Carolina on Saturday afternoon to have a real chance of passing the teams in front of them on the bubble and crawling their way onto the right side of the bubble. They lost 79-76 when Logan Aronhalt missed a long three on the final possession. The Terps look like they’re headed to the NIT.

UMass: The Minutemen entered Saturday as one of the first five teams out, according to Dave Ommen, and while losing to VCU certainly doesn’t hurt their profile, it doesn’t help it at all. Derek Kellogg’s club isn’t jumping the three or four teams currently in front of them by losing.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide gave Florida a fight on Saturday afternoon in the SEC semifinals, but a second half run by the Gators put Alabama away. With an RPI of 60 and no top 50 wins, it looks like a stretch that the Tide will have done enough to get themselves into the dance. They have eight wins over teams between 51-100 in the RPI, but losses to Dayton, Mercer, Tulane and Auburn are killers.

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  1. 4cornersfan - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    The Mountain West just finished its tournament, New Mexico (28-5, second behind Duke in RPI, and the MWC regular season champion) beat UNLV, shutting down a very good team in it’s own arena. UNM also beat a very good San Diego State team last night and beat an excellent Wyoming team last Wednesday to start on its tourney run. The MWC is first in the nation in RPI and will most likely 5 of its 8 teams will go to the NCAA Tournament. And yet not one word about New Mexico, the best defensive team in the country, or the MWC, the best conference in the country, in the last 3 days. Do you guys really follow college basketball or just get your stuff from the headlines in USA Today?

    • arlingtonsynn - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      RPI doesn’t alone indicate a conference being the ‘best in the country’.

      Note that this year, the MWC was 1-7 against top 25 teams. A-10 was 9-12. Big Ten was 7-8. ACC was 5-8.

      There is no doubt that New Mexico are flying under the radar, and that they are a very good team (especially that defense). Problem is, they haven’t had the big challenges that teams like Louisville, Duke, or Michigan State post on their resume so its hard to gauge where they would stack up to one of those top flight teams.

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