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Bracket Bits: The NC SOS / Bubble factor

February 1, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Welcome to February.  We’ve reached the stretch run; the sprint to the finish line known as Selection Sunday.  The word “Bubble” returns to our regular vocabulary.  We’ll also be reminded of another term – at least if history repeats itself.  That term is non-conference strength of schedule, commonly known among bracket-heads as NC SOS.  On more than one occasion, the Selection Committee has determined that a poor NC SOS is a valid reason to punt a bubble team to the NIT.  With that in mind, here are a few teams that could be at risk if their names remain on the bubble list a month from now …

Houston (NC SOS: 262) – A lot about the Cougars’ profile screams bubble, even a composite of advanced metrics models. Good wins: Wichita State, Arkansas, Providence. Bad loss: Drexel. Reality: Houston’s non-conference schedule includes seven (7) teams in Quadrant 4, none with an RPI better than 200.  Add in South Florida and East Carolina (AAC teams) and 9 of the Cougars’ wins are against Q4. Read more…

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