Who are the Missouri Valley Contenders in The NCAA?

The Missouri Valley is typically one of the toughest “mid-major” conferences in the country, and if the first month of the season is any indication, this year should be no exception. At this point, it appears to be a three-team race with Creighton, Wichita State, and a somewhat surprising Northern Iowa squad vying for the […]

Previewing the Northeast Conference and Patriot League Finals

With Championship Week in full swing, here’s a quick look at the title games in the Northeast Conference and the Patriot League, both of which take place on Wednseday night. Northeast: LIU Brooklyn vs. Robert Morris LIU took home the Regular Season Championship by finishing 16-2 in the league, but one of those two losses […]

A Look at Saturday’s Key Games Involving Bubble Teams

This is the final weekend of the regular season for most of the top conferences, and plenty of teams still have work to do.  Here’s a look at some of Saturday’s biggest games involving bubble teams.    Pittsburgh at Connecticut – 12:00 ET The Huskies are now just 5-11 in their last 16 games, and […]

A Look at Wednesday’s Key Games Involving Bubble Teams

Just in case you aren’t nauseated by bubble talk yet, there are a number of key games involving bubble teams on Wednesday.  Some have opportunities to pick up signature wins, while others have “can’t lose” road games as they look to solidify their profile heading into their respective conference tournaments. Here’s a quick look at […]

Breaking Down the SEC Bubble Teams

With less than two weeks left in the regular season, just three SEC teams are safely in the field of 68.  Here’s a look at the other five squads still fighting for at-large berths and a glimpse at their remaining schedules. Alabama (17-9, 6-6 SEC, RPI: 38) With seven Top 100 wins, the Tide might […]

Making sense of the South Florida Bulls

I realize it’s pretty late in the season to still be “making sense” of someone, but the South Florida Bulls are an interesting case.  They are starting to be mentioned more frequently in bubble discussions based on their 10 Big East wins and a rising RPI that has them right at #50 through Sunday’s games.  […]

Breaking Down the Big Ten Bubble Teams

At this point, I feel comfortable in saying that five Big Ten teams (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin) are comfortably in the NCAA Tournament field.  However, four other teams are still battling it out for additional bids from the nation’s top conference.  Here’s a quick look at those four squads as we […]

Breaking Down the CAA

The Colonial made headlines last March thanks to VCU’s improbable run to the Final Four, and while the league isn’t quite as talented as it was a year ago, things are setting up for an exciting finish with Drexel, George Mason, and VCU all tied at 13-2 in the league with three games to play.  […]

Breaking Down the Atlantic 10

For weeks now I have been waiting on things to sort themselves out in the Atlantic 10.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t exactly happened, as eight teams have between three and five losses in the league.  Throw in the fact that nine teams are in the RPI Top 100, and you have a deep league with almost […]

Big Ten Power Rankings

With the conference season now past its halfway point, things are starting to take shape in the Big Ten.  Five teams appear to be safely in the NCAA Tournament barring a complete collapse, while four others face critical stretches in the coming weeks as they attempt to improve their profile.    1. Ohio State (20-3, […]

Breaking Down Conference USA

By snapping an 18-game losing streak against Memphis on Wednesday night, Southern Miss took sole possession of first place in Conference USA.  At this point, there are four tournament hopefuls in the league (sorry Tulsa), although a couple are headed in the wrong direction. With Selection Sunday just over five weeks away, here’s a quick […]

BracketBusters Breakdown

Now that the BracketBusters matchups for this season have been announced, here’s a quick look at the five best matchups. Saint Mary’s at Murray State You have to applaud this selection, which pits the best team slated for a road game in this event against one of this season’s biggest surprises.  It also gives Murray […]

Bubble Numbers to Know

With February nearly upon us and less than two months until Selection Sunday, talk about teams on the bubble is about to heat up.  So with that in mind, here are some numbers to know about nine bubble teams.  Some of these numbers may put these teams over the top, and some may wind up costing them […]

Big Ten Power Rankings: January 19th

After another head-scratching, rage-inducing loss by Indiana, I thought I would rub salt in my own wounds by putting out a new set of Big Ten Power Rankings. 1. Ohio State (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten) Best Win: Duke Worst Loss: Illinois Despite being on the receiving end of Brandon Paul’s 43-point explosion, I still think […]

A Closer Look at Murray State’s Three Biggest Wins

While Murray State continues their ascent in the polls, that has more to do with teams in front of them losing than it does with voters being increasingly impressed by the quality of their wins in the Ohio Valley.  The reality is that their schedule ultimately makes it difficult to assess just how good they are on […]