College Basketball Blind Resume Game: NCAAT Bubble Teams

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Think you have what it takes to hash out a fair 68-team bracket? Convinced the Selection Committee has it easy? Find out for yourself as Busting Brackets invites you into the selection room for a simulated look at the challenges the ten-member panel confronts on a daily basis.

Next up on the docket: collating bubble teams — one that’s a perceived tournament lock and another that’s on the cusp. Parse the résumés of the two bubble teams below, then determine yourself which contender should be in and which one doesn’t make the cut. The catch? There are no names attached.

Consistent with war room protocol, Busting Brackets has concealed the identities of the teams to eliminate empirical bias and prejudice. You can put a name to a résumé on the next page, where we unveil the names of the two clubs. Honor system here! You may be surprised to learn that one of the schools isn’t a sure-fire cinch like many assume.

Criteria

Team A

Team B

Overall Record

19-9

24-5

Conference Record

7-8

12-2

Conference RPI Rank

#3

#10

Team RPI

#50

#39

Strength of Schedule

#34

#115

Non-Conference SOS

#174

#154

Home

11-5

14-1

Away

4-4

8-2

Neutral

4-0

1-2

Record vs. RPI Top 25

1-3

0-2

Record vs. RPI Top 50

4-7

1-2

Record vs. RPI Top 100

7-9

5-3

Last 10 Games

4-6

9-1

Best Win

vs. RPI #17 (Home)

vs. RPI #41 (Home)

Worst Loss

@ RPI #80

vs. RPI #138 (Neutral)

Which team, judging by its current body of work, is more deserving of an at-large bid?

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