With all the bubble talk going on in the national media, it’s hard to know who’s right and who’s wrong. So don’t leave it up to the talking heads; decide for yourself! Examine the six teams below and weed out a your two or three weakest links. Then click to the jump to find out which teams you put in the tournament, and which teams you left home.
TEAM A = Boise State. A team Joe Lunardi has listed as “last four in.” The Mountain West was loaded this season, but the Broncos struggled to beat the best of the best in the conference.
TEAM B = Middle Tennessee State. A team Joe Lunardi has as “last four in.” The Blue Raiders play in the terribly weak Sun Belt Conference where they ran the train. Only problem is outside of league play they did absolutely nothing, and got pummeled by Florida.
TEAM C = La Salle. A team Joe Lunardi has as “last four in.” The Atlantic 10 isn’t Sun Belt bad, but much like other teams on the bubble, their work against good teams is limited with just two wins against top 50 teams – Butler and VCU.
TEAM D = Kentucky. A team Joe Lunardi has as “next three out.” (Worse than “first four out”). We all know the issues Kentucky has faced this season… But if a team like La Salle can be favored with a very similar rÃ©sumÃ©, Kentucky can be too. The one thing the Cats need to hope for is the team isn’t judged too harshly for playing without Nerlens Noel.
TEAM E = Ole Miss. A team Joe Lunardi has as “last four in.” The Rebels picked up a huge win last night over Missouri that will go a long way to pushing them into the tournament. The only problem is, its only two wins over top 50 teams both come against Mizzou… Is that really impressive enough?
TEAM F = Alabama. A team Joe Lunardi has as “first four out.” Alabama beat Tennessee last night, which doesn’t help too much with their current rÃ©sumÃ©, but it is giving the Tide another shot at Florida. As it stands, Alabama having zero wins versus top 50 teams doesn’t look good.
How did you do? I’d be willing to bet at least one or two of those “last four in” teams didn’t make your cut.