Yes, another one of these threads…
1 vote in the AP, none in the coaches poll. But what really grinds my gears is Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology/_/iteration/51
I can’t for the life of me understand how he has Baylor in the field of 68. Their RPI is in the 90s, their SOS is in the 100s and they only have one good win (45 RPI OKState). REALLY JOE? Jeez.
I agree with the rest of Joe’s bracket besides Butler and Gonzaga. I don’t have either in - they could be knee jerk reactions to some horrible losses. I have Butler, Gonzaga, Wichita State and Baylor all out (he has them in) and I have Miami, Oklahoma State, Washington State and Penn State in their places. Now that I reconsider, I think I’m wrong on Washington State’s part. Although they have beat Gonzaga and Baylor, but lost to Butler (all teams in this discussion).
Either way you spin it, there are around 6 teams (at most) ahead of PSU, at least according to quasi-Lunardi. There is absolutely no way Baylor is IN, or even close to IN. I’m not sure why people are so in love with them, it must be the name.
The common trait between all these teams is that their resumes are flawed. Butler has some real bad losses, Gonzaga has real bad losses, Washington State has poor numbers, Penn State has a bad OOC, UAB has poor numbers and no signature wins, Wichita State has no good wins, South Carolina has poor numbers, UCF has bad losses and an abysmal start to the CUSA season and Richmond has bad numbers and bad losses.
To be optimistic: what puts Penn State ahead of most of these teams (in my book) is that they have 3 things: good wins, a solid RPI (will get better), and a great SOS. A road win would really help as well as a better looking record, which in turn will give a better finish in the B10 standings.
What I’m trying to say is that Bracketology fever is back at Penn State. Some how, some way, this team is right there. The NCAA tournament expansion couldn’t have come a better time.