At ScoresandStats.com, we've taken a closer look at who will make the field of 68 for the NCAA Tournament. We wrap out our look into the major conferences and look into what teams need to keep winning not only this week but in the future if they want an invite to the Big Dance.
Going forward, we will delve into all the teams believed to be "On the Bubble" or those who should be based on our opinion, not some unbalanced quad ranking.
Betting Look at the Pac 12 Bubble
Washington looks like the only sure bet to make the field from the Pac-12. Arizona State looks pretty good, but is not a given, with Oregon State a long shot at best.
Arizona State Sun Devils The Sun Devils have wins over Kansas and now Washington and played Nevada tough. All were impressive. However, the perceived weakness of the Pac-12 and bad losses at a lousy Vanderbilt bunch (by 16), at Stanford (by 14) and home to Washington State (by 21), Arizona State is not locked in and needs to pile up wins. With five of their remaining seven games on the road, it won't be easy for the Devils who are 3-3 and 2-4 ATS in true away games.
Oregon State Beavers The Beavers are a good club at 15-8 (12-10-1 ATS) and tied for 2nd place in the league. The problem for Oregon State is they have not beaten anyone that matters. They will either need to finish 6-1 in the conference and beat both Arizona State (at) Washington and do no worse than 2nd or win the Pac-12 tourney.
Tennessee, Kentucky, and LSU are in. Most likely, so are Ole Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State, and Alabama are but are they all for certain? Also, some so-called bracketologists have Florida as eighth an SEC entrant, really? Then what about Arkansas?
Ole Miss Rebels - Miss. State Bulldogs While some so-called experts project Mississippi State over Ole Miss for tournament seeding at this time, both teams split on the road against each other and the Rebels are 6-4 in the SEC and the Bulldogs are 4-6. The only real edge is Miss. State beat Cincinnati and Ole Miss did not. The Bulldogs have a slight edge in scheduling because they're done with Kentucky, but both still have to face Tennessee and Auburn.
Auburn Tigers - Alabama Crimson Tide The Tigers have to be considered a disappointment at 16-7 (11-10-1 ATS) and they are going to receive black marks for being 1-5 SU (1-5 ATS) on the road. Coach Bruce Pearl's club lacks the size inside to compete. Auburn has a nasty closing slate, with both Mississippi schools and Tennessee at home and a trip to Kentucky. Alabama's win over Kentucky really stands out and if they can beat LSU and Auburn at home and possibly upset Miss. State on the road, the Tide would roll into the SEC tourney and move up the seeds in NCAA's.
Florida Gators Here is the flawed and biased aspect of the power conferences. Just the fact Florida at 12-11 is even has a chance to make anything more than the NIT is ridiculous. Just because you play in a league like the SEC is not a free pass and as ESPN's Jay Bilas has said before, and we're paraphrasing - It's great to play a hard schedule, but you have to win some of those games. Unless the Gators win out in league play, cannot understand how their name even comes up.