Well, the airwaves and TV Land are full of talking heads pontificating about "The Bubble", and which crappy teams should and shouldn't be part of the field of 65. We here at Panther Rants will forego all the mind-numbing analysis and tell you who is in and who is out.
Will start at home, with the Big East:
West Virginia: Out. Weak power numbers (RPI 37, SOS 52) and their best wins are over a ridiculously overrated team of Weeping Creans and a Pitt team that is more fatigued than Robert Byrd after filibustering a civil rights bill.
Villanova: Out. Even weaker power numbers than WVU and losses to NC State, DePaul, and Rutgers automatically eliminate the Well Dressed Wrights from consideration.
Syracuse: Out. Great SOS, Horrible RPI, and a worse record than last year when they didn't get in. Thank god they have an entire roster full of five star recruits. They've also lost to Rhode Island and UMass (at home) and Ohio State. Shameful.
Atlantic Coast Conference:
Virginia Tech: Out. Poor record, baaaaad power numbers, and they lost to Penn State. In basketball. Yes, basketball.
Miami (FL): In. Strong power numbers and a win over Duke cancel out a marshmallowy soft OOC schedule.
Clemson: In, but why? Good power numbers, but not one win against team you'd even call above average. Plus, a loss to Charlotte, and no, not the team with 'Zo and 'Grandmama.
Maryland: Out. Poor record, poor RPI, and not finishing well down the stretch, victory over UNC can't put mascara on this tranny.
Ohio State: Out. Poor record + poor conference + poor RPI = NIT. They also scored 48 points in a loss to Iowa. For you fans counting at home, that's 1.2 points per minute against a team that couldn't contain 10-20 Louisana-Monroe's offense in a loss.
Minnesota: Out. Maybe Tubby gets them to the dance in the future, but not this year. Bad record, awful power numbers and a loss to Illinois will always keep you out.
Kansas State: Out. Mediocre RPI, good SOS. Unfortunately, a poor record in a down Big Twelve (only Kansas and Texas are even remotely good teams), and they lost to a Missouri team with I think 3 players on scholarship who weren't suspended.
Baylor: In. Good power numbers despite the lack of a true quality win (no, beating Kansas State doesn't count). Big props to Baylor for scheduling Centenary, which I think is a seminary school.
Oklahoma: Out. Good power numbers offset by the lack of a marquee win coupled with losses to Colorado and Stephen F. Austin. They did beat Denver, unfortunately Camby and 'Melo were out with injury.
Texas A&M: In. Weak power numbers but good overall record and a win over Texas. Could solidify themselves with a win over Baylor tonight. Only question is what country was the Ouachita Baptist game played in?
Pacific 10 Conference:
Arizona: Out. I don't care if you play the toughest schedule in the country. Doesn't mean much if you don't beat anyone on the schedule. Too many losses, under .500 in conference play, a loss to Virginia which would be acceptable if Ralph Sampson was suited up, and swept by your biggest rival (Arizona State), which is never good for your tourney hopes, especially when they're on the bubble too. Speaking of.....
Arizona State: In. Weaker power numbers, but quality wins over great Xavier and Stanford teams.
Southern California: Out (unless they defeat Stanford in the regular season finale). Middling power numbers with one quality win on the road over UCLA. Mayo not really living up to the hype. Need to beat Stanford.
Kentucky: Out. Weak RPI offsets great SOS. Baaaaad home loses to San Diego, UAB, and Gardner-Webb. Wins over Tennessee and Vanderbilt can't offset those losses and piss-poor record.
Florida: Out. SOS that would make Joe Paterno chuckle. With a win tonight over Tennessee I may have said yes, but they just blew a double-digit lead at home. One quality win over Vanderbilt coupled with less than impressive victories over King Dons like North Dakota State, North Carolina (Central), and five bottles of cheap cologne.
Mississippi: Out. Andy Kennedy will do good things at Ole Miss, but not this year.
Arkansas: In. Middling power numbers but key victories over Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and fellow bubble resident Florida give the hogs over the nod over the Gators. Also, this guy simply must keep playing basketball as long as possible this year.
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