The 2015 NCAA Basketball tournament which brings together the top colleges in the United States will be taking place in just a few weeks time as the Selection Sunday experts have already some top names that will be delivering great action to their teams.
Even though, the 2015 March Madness technically hasn’t really begun yet, college basketball fans won’t be lacking for captivating television over the next week or so as many conference tournaments get underway.
Despite the teams´good performances plenty of NCAA tournament bids remain up for grabs, and this is the perfect time to impress the selection committee. Plenty of teams are sitting on the proverbial bubble, and their results between now and March 15 will determine their postseason fate. The 4 teams below are all on the bubble to one extent or another.
Some have one foot in the door for the NCAA tournament, while others have a bit more work on their hands:
- Purdue Boilermakers
- BYU Cougars
- Texas A&M Aggies
- Boise State Broncos
Purdue Boilermakers: The Boilermakers’ 12-6 conference record looks impressive. You’d think that would be enough by itself to get Purdue into the Big Dance. But then you notice the nonconference losses to North Florida and Gardner-Webb; defeats to Kansas State and Vanderbilt won’t be as deleterious, but they won’t help, either. The Boilermakers are automatically through to the quarterfinals, which means they should avoid the kind of bad defeat that might sour the selection committee.
BYU Cougars: A little over a week ago, BYU’s hopes of getting into the NCAA tournament looked to be on life support. Then, the Cougars upset the third-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs. That win alone doesn’t vault BYU into the Big Dance, but it puts them in a great position to get there.
Texas A&M Aggies: Keeping in mind the SEC is one of the more exciting conferences to watch in terms of the bubble. Beyond Kentucky, Arkansas and maybe Georgia, it’s pretty much a crapshoot for NCAA tournament bids.
One team that can’t afford to fail in the conference tournament is Texas A&M. Although the Aggies are ranked 46th on KenPom.com, they’re listed among the “First Four Out” by Lunardi in his Bracketology.
A&M really gets dinged because of its lack of major non conference wins. It ranks 226th in nonconference strength of schedule and finished the regular season 0-3 against the RPI top 25 and 2-6 against the top 50.
Boise State Broncos: Boise State is a somewhat weird case. The Broncos won the regular-season Mountain West title and beat San Diego State twice. Yet, the Aztecs are generally considered the one true lock for the tournament.
Head coach Leon Rice knows that his players can’t afford to go into the Mountain West tourney thinking the job’s done.
“I know one thing: the hungriest dog’s going to win that tournament. As of this moment, we’re not the hungriest dog, because we just won,” he said after the Broncos won the regular-season championship, per Dave Southorn of the Idaho Statesman. “We’re going to have to fix that, and we will. They want to keep playing.”
Boise State did well to win its conference, but that might only amount to a trip to the National Invitation Tournament if the Broncos slip up in the next week. source: bleachreport
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