When it comes to “Feast Week”, there are a number of opportunities that can either make or break teams from a Bracketology standpoint. They can beat big opponents and get those signature victories for their resumes, but also lose them. Or for some teams, losing to bad opponents will hurt their chances of getting an at-large bid come March.
Here’s a look at the 10 teams that had the worst week, as well as what they need to do going forward to get back on the right track.
Dayton Flyers – Losses to Wisconsin, NC State, and BYU
The loser of Dayton/BYU in the 7th place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis was going to get this spot and it should’ve been the Cougars, who were down 23 points at one point in the game. But the Flyers’ bad offense once again shows up, giving up the lead and losing to overtime. And making matters worse, they lost starting guards, Kobe Elvis and Malachi Smith were injured in the game and could be out for a period of time.
The three losses for Dayton on their own aren’t bad but there aren’t many other Quad 1/2 opportunities going forward to build a resume and they don’t have any good wins to speak of outside of a road game at Virginia Tech. For a preseason top-25 team that had the NCAA Tournament as an expectation, the path to getting there is hard now.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Loss to St. Bonaventure
Following a pattern for ACC programs, the Irish were defeated in the Gotham Classic by the Bonnies, who have completely rebuilt themselves after losing 99% of last season’s production. It’s not as bad as the losses the rest of the ACC has had but Notre Dame has nothing on its resume to this point since they haven’t played anyone of note.
This puts pressure on them to beat Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this upcoming week to make up for it, while also facing Syracuse this weekend at home to open league play. It’s not the worst loss in the world but the Irish did lose some margin for error.