Nashville Tennessean Published 4:41 PM EST Mar 7, 2019 Have you been captured in the NET? College basketball folks — reporters, at least — have been discussing the NET rankings (new this year) as if it's gospel and a heavy influence on the process of selecting a 68-team bracket. That very well may be true. But we also have not seen how the committee will treat a team like a 17- or 18-win Florida with a solid NET rating. Yes, the Gators have a good win or two with a strong strength of schedule. But 18-15 teams do not historically get the benefit of the doubt, no matter how nice their wins look. Florida won't be the only team the committee will have to evaluate in this manner. WANT MORE SEC NEWS? Subscribe to Voices of the SEC, the USA TODAY Network's SEC newsletter, for news from College Station to Gainesville Voices believes Florida is in the "on the bubble" category and, for now, on the right side of being in the NCAA Tournament. But if the Gators … [Read more...] about SEC basketball bracketology: How many teams will make NCAA Tournament?
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It’s late February, so that means were only a week away from the start of the Division I men’s college hockey conference tournaments, which help determine the NCAA tournament field. The Big Ten and WCHA will start tourney play next weekend, while the NCHC begins its postseason March 15. With that in mind, here’s a weekly feature called Bracketology, in which I will project the 16-team NCAA tournament field based on where the teams currently stand. It is not a prediction of who will make the tournament, rather what could happen if the tournament started today. First, some parameters: * The NCAA field will consist of the winners of the six conference tournaments (Atlantic Hockey, Big Ten, ECAC, Hockey East, NCHC and WCHA), plus 10 at-large teams selected by the tournament committee. * We’ll use the PairWise Ratings, which mimic the mathematical formula that the NCAA uses to fill and seed its field. * There are four regions in the NCAA tournament: West … [Read more...] about A snapshot of a possible NCAA tournament field bodes well for Minnesota teams
Alabama’s topsy-turvy basketball season took another turn Saturday night in Auburn.Its bid for the first consecutive wins in a month ended with the Crimson Tide’s worst loss of the season. The 84-63 final at Auburn was only the second double-figure loss since falling by 14 to Northeastern in November.Alabama (13-8, 4-4 SEC) has an interesting resume for the postseason at it sits in early February. It has a top-10 win but hasn’t won two straight since Stephen F. Austin (Dec. 30) and Kentucky (Jan. 5.). There was a two-game losing streak in early January before trading wins and losses since then.That adds up to a No. 46 standing in the NET rankings used by the NCAA tournament selection committee to help pick the field.A few challenges remain, though four of the last 10 games are against teams ranked 100th or higher in the NET. The Tide gets Georgia (10-11, 1-7 SEC), No. 96 in the NET, at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday in Coleman Coliseum.Broken down by quadrant, Alabama is 2-5 … [Read more...] about Where Alabama stands in NCAA tournament conversation
ALLEGANY – If the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team wants to make some noise in its Atlantic 10 conference schedule, it has to make the most of what's left in its nonconference schedule. The schedule isn't easy for the Bonnies, as its final three nonconference games includes two against NCAA Tournament-caliber opponents in Vermont and Syracuse. Bona (4-6) got its first test in an 80-62 loss Saturday at the Reilly Center against No. 17 Buffalo, a team that Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt called "an NCAA Tournament team." The Bonnies came out too tentative. They allowed themselves to be pushed around by a defense that already thrived on creating pressure and keeping opponents in check. The Bonnies committed 15 turnovers against the Bulls, including 10 in the first half, and allowed UB to create scoring opportunities off transition. Of the Bulls’ 47 first-half points, 15 came off fast breaks. When the Bonnies finally found some rhythm, they held the Bulls scoreless for a … [Read more...] about St. Bonaventure men’s basketball prepares for NCAA Tournament-caliber test
The 2018 NCAA Tournament banner was hanging above TD Arena when College of Charleston took to the court Friday afternoon for the team’s first “official” preseason practice.The Cougars, who were 26-8 a year ago, are coming off a Colonial Athletic Association title and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999.Gone from the team are two key players in point guard Joe Chealey, who finished his career fourth on the school's all-time list with 1,825 points, and defensive stopper Cameron Johnson.If the Cougars hope to make it back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, they’ll have to answer these five questions:Who will be the Cougars' third scoring option?Jarrell Brantley and Grant Riller are among CAA’s top players and should be among the league’s top scorers this season.But the Cougars will need a third offensive option. It was one of the keys to the Cougars' success a year ago. Shut down Chealey and Brantley, and Riller would go … [Read more...] about Five Questions College of Charleston will have to answer to return to the NCAA Tournament