South Carolina Gamecocks
The Gamecocks had a strong non-conference campaign but due to poor strength of schedule and other metrics, there were doubters of their at-large hopes. Yet after getting two road wins over Missouri and Arkansas, the team got its biggest victory of the year, a 79-62 win over Kentucky, led by 20 points from Ta’Lon Cooper.
After the win over Missouri after Kentucky, this team is now 16-3 overall, along with a 6-2 record against Quad 1/2 opponents. A NET ranking of 50 and some spotty metrics still have them not fully out of the woods but after this past week, the Gamecocks are in much better shape for an at-large spot.
TCU Horned Frogs
Although they had wins over Oklahoma and Houston to start league play due to a poor non-con SOS, they still needed to rack up some more quality wins in Big 12 play. After two straight losses in the week prior, they were on the road at Oklahoma State and Baylor. The Frogs managed to get both wins, avoiding a bad loss to the Cowboys, as well as a triple-overtime victory against the Bears, 105-102.
TCU now has two Quad 1 wins and a NET ranking of around 30. As long as they don’t go on a notable losing skid, they should now be fine when it comes to making the NCAA Tournament. They’re now at home to take on Texas and Texas Tech, two Quad 2 opportunities to bolster the resume.