With students all but back in school everywhere, the road environments are going to be very hostile for the rest of the season. And we’ve seen some of those results this week alone, with many favorites either losing or winning in the final minute.
It’s had a major impact on the overall Bracketology, with a number of teams being considered “losers” after some respective setbacks. Check out the 10 programs that wish they could’ve done things differently.
After not getting a single good win in the non-conference, it looked as if Dayton had no shot of an at-large bid. But their metrics were starting to look good after dominating seven straight opponents and there were talks that they could go 18-0 in Atlantic 10 play to at least set themselves up for a shot with a gaudy record.
The Flyers were on their way to a 5-0 record, leading VCU by 15+ points in the second half. But multiple collapses by them allowed the Rams to storm back and cause the 63-62 upset. Even if Dayton wins out, it’s hard to envision the NET ranking (currently 62) getting in the 40s to have a shot. So the A-10 Tournament in March may be the only way now.
The absence of (at the time) leading scorer Tyler Wahl is being felt, with the Badgers now on a three-game losing streak. They lost to both Michigan State and Indiana, with the ladder being a 63-45 beatdown on Saturday.
Wisconsin has now gone from being ranked in the top 15 and in the top of the Big Ten standings to now being in the middle tier and with a little worry about sliding toward the bubble. The committee may take into account the absence of the forward but with a NET ranking hovering around 60, they’ll need to win sooner than later.