Those teams who got left without a chair when the NCAA stopped the music –The “Snubs”– will get a little love from Hoops Scoops. But this is as far as we will go. Teams in the tournament will get all of the ink from this point on.
Washington (21-10, 14-4 PAC-12; RPI 70; SOS 94): Washington has a beef (not much). That strength of schedule and the relative weakness of the PAC-12 (1-29 vs. top 50 non-conference teams) had a big impact on the Huskies not getting in. Losing to South Dakota State at home (by 19!) was the real killer.
Mississippi State (21-11, 8-8 SEC; RPI 73; SOS 87): had a respectable record, but lost twice to Georgia and once each to LSU and Auburn over its final eight games. The Bulldogs’ RPI of 73 and SOS of 87 didn’t help matters.
Drexel (27-6, 16-2 CAA; RPI 64 SOS 248): It’s difficult to explain how a team that wins 25 of its final 27 games gets denied a bid to the “Big Dance”. Ok, Drexel played a bad non-conference schedule and didn’t get any big wins on the road, but the Dragons didn’t have any bad losses. It appears as if Drexel lack of quality road wins and its strength of schedule were the clinchers.
Selection Committee member Mike Bobinski on scheduling: “Road wins are a big thing for me. I like to see teams that are willing to challenge themselves away from home. Teams that would take a chance really make a difference.”
Seton Hall (20-12, 8-10 Big East; RPI 61; SOS 57): Seton Hall got off to an incredible start. But the Pirates went 5-10 down the stretch, which included consecutive losses to Rutgers and at DePaul the last two games of the regular season. A win over Louisville in the Big East Tournament might have made the difference.
Selection Committee Chairman Jeff Hathaway on Seton Hall: “Seton Hall had a very solid year; they had a tough stretch at the end of the year. At the end of the day, they were a quality team but we knew some quality teams weren’t going to be a part of the 37.”
Northwestern Wildcats (18-13, 8-10 Big Ten; RPI 59; SOS 15): You just can’t go 1-11 against top 50 teams and expect an at-large bid. Another win in the Big Ten Tournament may have helped Northwestern’s cause. The strength of schedule was great, but you actually have to win some of those games. Sorry Wildcat faithful, not enough wins.