You’ve heard the term before. And it’s about time Crotistics did it the right way. There are 4 categories to look at:
- Locks – Teams that would still be in the field if they lost all of their remaining games.
- Near-Locks – Teams that could drop out with a truly pitiful performance, but extremely unlikely.
- Looking Good – Teams that should make the field with a reasonable performance down the stretch.
- The Bubble – Teams that are going to play their way in or out depending upon performance.
Once a team moves to Lock status, they’ll never leave, per the definition. There’s nothing a team can do that would leave them out of the field.
Bubble Watch as of: 3/14/2015
- Iowa St.
- Notre Dame
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- Northern Iowa (2/21)
- San Diego St. (2/21)
- Indiana (2/22)
- Wichita St. (2/25)
- SMU (2/26)
- St. John’s (2/28)
- Ohio St. (3/1)
- Iowa (3/3)
- Oregon (3/4)
- Michigan St. (3/4)
- Oklahoma St. (3/4)
- North Carolina St. (3/7)
- Davidson (3/7)
- Xavier (3/7)
- LSU (3/7)
- Cincinnati (3/8)
- Texas (3/11)
- Purdue (3/13)
- Georgia (3/13)
- BYU – Lost in the WCC final and now must play the waiting game. Getting swept by Pepperdine hurts, but there’s a good amount here to make a case for BYU, including the win at Gonzaga. It’ll be in the committee’s hands, but ultimately we like BYU to make it.
- Dayton – Dayton took care of business in the A10 quarters, and another win would go a long way. It’s going to be close, but ahead of some other teams for now. Really not sure why ESPN has Dayton as a lock with their SOS. Very similar resume to 2014 SMU.
- Boise St. – Not ready to call Boise a lock just yet. Had they beaten Wyoming, they’d be in. Ultimately Boise looks like a team that will be in a play-in or miss out.
If Wyoming doesn’t defeat San Diego St, it’s likely that one of the four teams below will miss the field. If they do, two teams won’t make it.
- Temple – The Crotistics model has been harsher on Temple than others, but they’ve gotten back into the field with their defeat of Memphis. If they can beat SMU, they’ll be in. If not, wait and see, but they’re in better position than the other three.
- Mississippi – Ole Miss has now lost 4 of 5, including an embarrassing loss in the SEC tournament. They’re squarely on the bubble, and will probably be in a play-in game if they get in.
- UCLA – As expected, took out USC and lost to Arizona. UCLA is right at the cut line with a number of other teams. They also should be in a Play-in if they make the field.
- Colorado St. – Couldn’t take care of business and now will be sweating out Selection Sunday. Another team like Ole Miss that will probably have to wait to know their fate.
At this point (3/14), to see any team not listed above get an at-large would be very, very surprising. Tulsa lost to a D2 school, so they’re not in the discussion for me.
- Texas A&M – Lost to Auburn following losses to Florida and Alabama, and now are in a world of hurt. It would be a major surprise to see A&M included in the field.
- Illinois – Lost their first Big 10 tourney game to Michigan to put them on ice. It would be a shock to see Illinois included in the field.
- Miami (FL) – Also probably a long shot, but they got the job done against Virginia Tech. Couldn’t defeat Notre Dame, which means their chances are slim.