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Bracket notes; Purdue, ISU get big wins

Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:48 am
Edited on: February 26, 2012 12:17 pm
 
Purdue and Iowa State picked up huge, resume building wins on Saturday in what was a very busy day.

The Boilermakers got their biggest win of the season at Michigan.  The win for Purdue is just its second over a team that is sure to make the tournament.  It was Michigan's first loss at home all season.

Iowa State picked up its first away-from-home win of any significance when it completed the season sweep of Kansas State.  The Cyclones now have four top 100 RPI wins (despite a gaudy 11-5 conference record), and should be safe if they can get one more.  Teams with just four top 100 wins have received 13 at-large bids in the last 18 years, but that's out of 250 teams.

It was a tough day to be a conference leader.  Temple, Harvard, New Mexico, Long Island, and Middle Tennessee all lost.  Duke, Syracuse, Kansas, Belmont, Drexel, Murray State, Oral Roberts, Nevada and St. Mary's all were pushed to the brink.

Alabama put another nail into Mississippi State's coffin with a win in Tuscaloosa.  The Bulldogs have lost five straight and travel to South Carolina next.  They are only 2-6 on the road.

Northwestern kept its hopes alive with a one-point win at Penn State.  The Wildcats don't have many good wins (just six top 100), but none of their 11 losses have come to non-contenders.  They have a chance to make a statement next when Ohio State visits.

Saint Louis took its worst loss of the season at Rhode Island on Saturday.  For a team with few good wins, that's not a good sign.  Also in the A-10,  Saint Joseph's played their way back onto the bubble with a win over Temple.

Notre Dame lost at St. John's, which is the fourth bad loss of the season for the Irish.  It's also the first loss of any kind since January 16th.

Kansas clinched at least a tie for the Big 12 title with an overtime win over Missouri.  The Jayhawks are continuing their push for a No. 1 seed.

St. Mary's won the West Coast title outright, ending an 11-year streak during which Gonzaga either won or shared the regular season title.

Mostly irrelevant fact of the day: The Ivy League has half its teams in the top 100 of the RPI.  Conference USA, the Colonial, Missouri Valley, Pac-12 and West Coast conferences can't say that.

The bubble watch will be updated this morning.


Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:33 pm
 

Bracket notes; Purdue, ISU get big wins

i would like purdue to make the big dance.



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:53 pm
 

Bracket notes; Purdue, ISU get big wins

Jerry,

You have the two MU's switched.  Marquette should be a 2 now and Mizzou a 3.  Missouri's home loss to KSU is worse than Marquettes to Vandy.  Marquette is ranked higher in one poll, has a higher RPI and a way higher strength of schedule.  Also the BE conference RPI is severial notches higher than the Big 12's.  Comments?



Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:44 am
 

Bracket notes; Purdue, ISU get big wins

Missouri was unable to match KU with wiins at KSU and OSU. That's the difference between a championship and SECond.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:23 pm
 

Bracket notes; Purdue, ISU get big wins

Hey, Iowa State defeated Kansas at home, so they have a win against the No. 3 team in the country. KU was unable to follow Mizzou's example and win on the road at ISU.


Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:31 pm
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Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:42 pm
 

Bracket notes; Purdue, ISU get big wins

Okay, last week on a local radio program Mr. Palm said ISU needed a strong road win to be sure they would get in. He said ISU just didn't have any strong road wins. He said the committee would only pick teams who could demonstrate they could win on the road since, "Iowa State won't play in Ames when it comes tournament time." Fine, point taken.

Then ISU beats KSU. Appearantly KSU doesn't impress Jerry either. It's only a win of some significance.

Now ISU needs another win against a top 100 RPI team "to be safe". If ISU wins against Baylor or Missouri where will Jerry raise the bar to next? Will they have to win the Big 12 tourney? 

ISU IS NOT A BUBBLE TEAM! Get off of Iowa State already.

(Sure glad Jerry isn't on the selection committee.)



Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:02 pm
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Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:43 pm
 

Bracket notes; Purdue, ISU get big wins

Gaudy 11-5 in th Big12, you are unreal. You do know 68 teams get in. The Cyclones are one of them.


The Facts
Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:19 pm
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Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:55 pm
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