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Bracket Bits: Minnesota’s road woes continue

Dave2015With its loss at Indiana on Wednesday, Minnesota is now 0-8 away from home; the Gophers have not played a neutral-court game and will not play one until the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis.  How might the Selection Committee view a resume with four Quadrant 1 wins, no losses outside the NET Top 50 (as of this posting), and yet nothing of note outside Williams Arena?  We might have had a test case when Rutgers was in a similar situation a year ago, but the Committee never got a chance to release its Field of 68.  The Gophers still have a trip to Penn State on the docket and close with three of four at home.  Heading into the B10 tourney, it’s possible this team could be 16-10 with five or six Q1 wins and still have zilch on its away/neutral team sheet.

Additional Bracket Bits:

  • VCU won its important A-10 matchup with Richmond, adding another Q2 victory in the process. While the Rams are 0-3 vs. Quad 1, they are 6-0 vs. Quad 2 with remaining games against Saint Louis, Davidson and Dayton. Winning three of four to close would put VCU in solid position for an at-large bid, if needed.
  • Maryland took care of Nebraska (again).  It’s notable because the victory moves the Terps to 12-10 overall (Division 1 games), something more palatable than being .500.  The schedule is favorable down the stretch.
  • Boise State held serve at home against Utah State.  Four teams in the Mountain West now have 3 losses, but with disparities in schedules, BSU has played two more games than Colorado State and Utah State.  Both Boise and Utah State sit near the cutline. They play again on Friday.
  • Loyola-Chicago and Drake both survived close games.  That’s good since both were playing Missouri Valley opponents with 200-plus NET ratings.
  • USC won its seventh straight.  Next up, a closing stretch with five Top 100 NET teams in the Pac-12, including a three game closing stretch that features road games at Colorado, at Utah and at UCLA.  Seeding up for grabs.
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