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Quick Takes: Potential impact of NC SOS

Dave2015We can identify teams like SMU, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech as recent casualties of weak non-conference strength of schedule (NC SOS) numbers on Selection Sunday.  The Selection Committee has repeatedly sent messages to teams who schedule heavy doses of non-conference games against the bottom third of the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI): stay clear of the bubble or risk being left out.

With that as a backdrop, here are six teams currently on the Bubble with either potential NC SOS trouble and/or a large number of non-conference games against the bottom end of Division 1. As part of the exercise, each of these team’s record minus those 200-plus NC RPI wins is noted in parenthesis …

  • Texas Tech  |  NC SOS: 327  |  8 NC wins vs. 200+ RPI  |  (9-9)
  • Marquette  |  NC SOS: 258  |  6 NC wins vs. 200+ RPI  |  (9-10)
  • Georgia Tech  |  NC SOS: 244  |  5 NC wins vs. 200+ RPI  |  (9-10)
  • Miami-FL  |  NC SOS: 260  |  6 NC wins vs.  200+ RPI  |  (10-8)
  • Kansas State  |  NC SOS: 242  |  6 NC wins vs. 200+ RPI  |  (10-9)
  • Indiana  |  NC SOS: 166  |  7 NC wins vs. 200+ RPI  |  (8-11)

Quick sidebars: Boston College was sitting at 200 in the RPI this morning (per Warren Nolan). For the purposes above, wins over BC were not factored into results; BC was a conference opponent for Georgia Tech and Miami. K-State’s game with BC was a neutral court victory. Using the same model, Marquette has played DePaul twice, winning both, but those are conference games.  How the Committee would separate those from non-conference games is a bit unknown; it could go either way.

We have just under a month left until Selection Sunday.  We’ll see how these teams fare down the stretch.

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