SURVIVAL BOARD UPDATE
5 possible eliminations today:
Sun Belt — Troy is out if they lose at home to Georgia State
Big West — CS-Fullerton is out if they lose at Long Beach AND CS-Northridge wins at home over UC-Riverside
Big Sky — Idaho State, Montana State and North Dakota are all eliminated if Weber State wins at home over Idaho State. Montana State (at Idaho) and North Dakota (home to Southern Utah) will also be eliminated if they lose, regardless of what Weber does.
NEWS AND NOTES
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TODAY’S HIGLIGHTED GAMES
-SARAH LAWRENCE (nondiv1) AT NJIT. The team of the people is playing their last home game of the season. I feel they’ve done enough to warrant a bid to the CIT. Hopefully the selection committee feels that way as well. Help support the campaign!! Tweet @collegeinsider and tell them you want the Team of the People in the CIT!! #NJITtoCIT
-NC STATE AT BOSTON COLLEGE (ACC). NC State is right on the bubble so every game has a pivotal feel to it. They’re coming off a huge win over rival UNC, so they should have a lot of momentum going into this one.
-LOUISVILLE AT FLORIDA STATE (ACC). It’ll be interesting to see what Louisville can do on the road against a team that’s formidable at home now that they’re not at full strength. The committee will be watching this one closely.
-GEORGETOWN AT SAINT JOHN’S (Big East). I think both teams are in the field with Georgetown being in better shape, but the Johnnies have been playing well lately.
-MICHIGAN AT MARYLAND (Big Ten). Maryland has been playing really well lately, especially at home, and should end up as a protected seed so long as they continue to win the games they’re supposed to win.
-MISSOURI AT GEORGIA (SEC). Georgia has some really good wins, but has been inconsistent. It’s important that they avoid bad losses if they want to feel completely safe.
-RHODE ISLAND AT LA SALLE (Atlantic Ten). Rhody has an outside shot at best, but in order for them to cash it in they pretty much need to win out.
-TCU AT OKLAHOMA (Big Twelve). Oklahoma appears to be a protected seed that could end up as high as the #3 line.
-NORTHERN IOWA AT WICHITA STATE (Missouri Valley). It has been a long time since the MVC had two teams this high in the rankings that faced off against each other. We all feel that Northern Iowa is a protected seed and that they belong as high as the #3 line. If they can win at Wichita State, who is very tough to beat at home, they will probably solidify their case for a #3 seed, and continue to climb the rankings into the top ten.
-CINCINNATI AT TULANE (American). Cincinnati has not played well lately, but they did get a win in their last game against Houston. They simply cannot afford to lose to sub NIT teams if they want to prove to the committee that they’re an NCAA team, even if they are on the road.
-NORTH CAROLINA AT MIAMI FL (ACC). Both teams are coming into this really needing a win. North Carolina hasn’t had a good win in awhile, and Miami has been wildly inconsistent and is currently right on the bubble.
-BUTLER AT DEPAUL (Big East). Butler hasn’t played nearly as well since the injury. They’re in no danger of missing the tournament, but their profile could take a huge hit if they’re unable to hold serve.
-VILLANOVA AT XAVIER (Big East). Nova is in the hunt for a #1 seed, and this is the kind of game they’ll have to win in order to get up there. Xavier is inside the bubble and tough to beat at home. They’re probably safe, but if they can pull off the upset at home they’ll be breathing a lot easier.
-DAYTON AT VCU (Atlantic Ten). Despite coming off a tough loss to rival Richmond, VCU has been playing better. Dayton has a lot of okay wins, but no really strong wins. If they’re able to pull this off it will give their profile a really big boost and have them breathing a little more easily.
-OLE MISS AT LSU (SEC). I think both teams are inside the bubble, and despite coming off a loss Ole Miss has been playing really well, sot it’s just a matchup between two tournament caliber teams looking for another quality win.
-OKLAHOMA STATE AT TEXAS TECH (Big Twelve). Okie State could still end up as a protected seed. They’ve got a lot of good wins on their profile. This is one of the more winnable road games they have remaining, so they need to take advantage of it.
-WEST VIRGINIA AT BAYLOR (Big Twelve). Both of these teams have been playing really well lately and should be in great shape as far as seeding goes. West Virginia could probably use this more than Baylor, but both have been playing really well.
-IOWA STATE AT KANSAS STATE (Big Twelve). Iowa State is hovering around the #3 line, and as good as their profile is, they could use another true road win.
-VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA (ACC). Virginia Tech is having a rough year, but they have gone down to the wire with two top five teams this year. Unfortunately both were at home, so although the first meeting between these two was close I wouldn’t be surprised if this one was not. UVA, despite injuries, continues to win and should end up on the #1 line if they hold serve.
-WOFFORD AT FURMAN (Southern). Wofford has a shot at the bubble, but only if they win out.
-ALABAMA AT VANDERBILT (SEC). Bama has had several close losses, and as a result probably can’t end up inside the bubble unless they go on a huge winning streak. Winning at Vandy is a decent win, but is far from enough in and of itself.
-ARKANSAS AT KENTUCKY (SEC). Kentucky is on pace to get the overall #1 seed, and could still end up with it even if they drop a game. We think Arkansas is on the brink of being a protected seed. If they pull this off, they will no longer be on the brink. They’ll pretty much have it. It’s Arkansas fast pace offense going up against Kentucky’s unbelievably tough defense, so it should be fun.
-TEXAS AT KANSAS (Big Twelve). Texas is a decent team that is constantly overmatched and just can’t seem to get any wins. Going to Kansas probably isn’t going to help them any. If they were to get a win, they’d go from right on the bubble to feeling a whole lot safer, but it’s much easier said than done.
-OLD DOMINION AT NORTH TEXAS (Conference USA). Old Dominion has lost several conference games to non-tournament caliber teams and I don’t think they can get inside the bubble, but they still have some good things on their profile and may get a look.
-IOWA AT PENN STATE (Big Ten). Iowa has been up and down, but has won their last three and is in relatively good shape. This is a winnable conference road game for them, which would get them to 10-6 in the league.
-SYRACUSE AT DUKE (ACC). Syracuse is coming off the big win against Notre Dame, but it’s all for not since they have the postseason ban. Duke is on pace to get a #1 seed and should stay that way so long as they take care of business at home.
-HARVARD AT COLUMBIA (Ivy League). It’s now a two horse race between Harvard and Yale. Harvard is coming off a tough loss and simply cannot afford another.
-PENN AT YALE (Ivy League). Same with Harvard, Yale cannot afford to lose.
-NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS (Big Ten). Illinois is right on the bubble so every game has a pivotal feel. A win won’t help them too much, but a loss to a non tournament team at home would really hurt. The fact that it’s a rivalry game would be a lot of salt in the wound as well.
-TULSA AT MEMPHIS (American). Tulsa is on the bubble and needs to beat NIT caliber teams on the road in order to end up inside of it.
-UTEP AT SOUTHERN MISS (Conference USA). UTEP has an outside shot at best, but they still have a shot. If they fall on the road to a very weak Southern Miss team that shot is gone, though.
-BOISE STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE (Mountain West). Boise is squarely on the bubble and this is the kind of road win that could put them on the right side of it. San Diego State has had a good year and is likely a first ballot team.
-AUBURN AT TEXAS A&M (SEC). TAMU is one of the many bubble teams. Unfortunately for them a win won’t help much, and a loss might kill them.
-ARIZONA AT UTAH (Pac Twelve). This is a showcase game between two highly ranked teams, and a chance for both of them to pick up a huge win. For Arizona, it would probably be their most impressive of the season, and will solidify them on at least the #2 line if they hold serve after this.
-BYU AT GONZAGA (West Coast). People are saying BYU can get back on the bubble if they win this game. I agree, but I don’t think they have what it takes to get it done at Gonzaga. We shall see, though.