The Razorbacks a 0-3 to start ACC play but all could be understandable on their own. Auburn is one of the best teams in the country, while road games at Georgia and Florida were always going to be tough. Yet like Virginia, the eye test and now the metrics are heavily against this team after losing by a combined 32 points.
Arkansas now has a NET ranking of 113 and is 1-6 against Quad 1/2 foes, along with a Quad 3 defeat to UNC Greensboro. This past week made it clear that they’re not a bubble team right now and have a ton of work to get just to get back in the picture. If they don’t sweep Texas A&M and South Carolina at home this week, we won’t need to discuss them any further.
Over 20 straight years of NCAA Tournament appearances are now in jeopardy for the Bulldogs, who lost a rare WCC game to Santa Clara on Thursday. That Quad 2 defeat isn’t bad in itself but this program’s resume is bad overall. They have a NET ranking of 49 and are 0-4 against Quad 1 teams.
It also doesn’t help that the lone three “decent” wins (UCLA, USC, and Syracuse) have all looked bad in recent weeks, leading Gonzaga with not much to work with. They not only have to beat Saint Mary’s and San Francisco down the road but they also can’t lose any bad games to have at-large hopes.