It seems like everyone has their own version of an NCAA Tournament Bubble Guide these days, so here’s my stab at one that is centered around what Aggie fans should keep their eyes on in the coming days.
Big 12 Teams We Want To Win
Kansas vs. Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. in Lawrence – Both Kansas and Texas can help the Aggies cause by getting home wins in the next few days against the Cowboys, who are currently 3-4 in the Big 12. If OSU drops both games, it’ll have nine total losses, with games against Baylor, Texas, Kansas State and @ Oklahoma remaining.
Texas Tech vs. Baylor, 7 p.m. in Lubbock – Yes, nobody ever wants the Red Raiders to win, but they can do the Aggies a big favor by upending reeling Baylor at home. The Bears have gone from almost a guaranteed lock to a team on the ropes after losing four in a row. Plus, with Tech having an RPI outside the top 100, a loss in Lubbock would give Baylor a black eye on its resume.
Random Team To Root For
Tulsa @ Memphis, 7 p.m. on Wednesday – It’s not a weekend game, but Tulsa currently represents A&M’s poorest loss, according to the RPI rankings. It seems like Memphis, RPI No. 11, hasn’t lost a Conference USA game since Clinton was in office, but Tulsa lost by only one point in the first meeting between the two. A win by the Golden Hurricane on Wednesday would likely give A&M’s computer numbers a nice bump.
Random Team To Root Against
Siena @ Rider, noon on Saturday – Nothing personal against the Siena Saints, but they have a pretty good profile right now (RPI No. 21) and are off to a 12-0 start in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. If Siena runs the table in the regular season but gets upset in the MAA conference tournament, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll still make the NCAA Tournament. That would mean one less at-large spot to go around. For fans of bubble-residing teams like A&M, seeing Siena get nicked a time or two can’t hurt.
Friday, February 6, 2009
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