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March Madness

We are under one week away from Selection Sunday and I have decided to give my readers my view on the bubble teams around the country. Obviously, things can change for these bubble teams with good, or bad, performances across championship week. As my readers probably know, I am not a number and analytics junkie like other mainstream bracketologists.

Instead I use the eye test and ask myself who did they beat and where did they beat them?

Winners, losers among NCAA tournament bubble teams

Going Dancin:

Seton Hall (18-12)
The Myles Powell led Pirates no doubt punched their ticket into March Madness with a win Saturday over defending champion Villanova. In addition to winning Saturday the Pirates have a road win over Maryland and a win over projected one seed Kentucky.
Seton Hall also finished 3 rd in the Big East. They are absolutely going dancing.

Happy Sunday, Pirates Fans! Put a big smile on your face when you watch this Pirate Sports Network visual recap of our victory over Villanova at a raucous

Temple (23-8)
In Fran Dunfy’s final home game as head coach the Owls came up huge. They beat tournament shoe in UCF 67-62 to finish 3 rd in the American Conference. Temple is led by Shizz Alston Jr. Alston leads Temple with just under twenty points a game and just over
five assists per game. Alston certainly can lead Temple on a mini tournament run.
To say thank you doesn’t feel like enough – A true Philadelphia basketball legend and so much more.

Belmont (26-5)
Belmont went into the Ohio Valley tournament as the one seed, but ultimately fell to Ja Morant and the Murray State Racers in the final. Despite being from a non-power conference, I still maintain that Belmont deserves a bid. The Ohio Valley had four legit
teams in Jacksonville State, Austin Peay, Murray State, and for mentioned Belmont. In 2019 the Ohio Valley was a multi-bid league.

Texas (16-15)
I’m shocked that I’m advocating for a team barely over 500 and below 500 in conference play to get an at large bid into the NCAA tournament. The facts are that Texas is better suited to make a run then most bubble teams. The Longhorns have wins over NCAA locks North Carolina, Purdue, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, and Iowa State. Their amount of quality wins should get them in the dance.

Going Home:

Ohio State (18-13)
Ohio State’s best player Kaleb Wesson picked an awful time to violate athletic department rules and get suspended. Wesson was suspended March 1 st and Ohio State lost all three contests in his absence. Even before the suspension of Wesson Ohio State
was on thin ice. They’ll play fellow bubble team Indiana in their first game of the Big Ten tournament and will need to make a run to get in.

Florida (17-14)
Florida failed in their final regular season audition for the selection committee in a loss to Kentucky Saturday afternoon. The facts are that Florida has had chance after chance for quality wins and have failed time after time. I’d rather see a smaller school like
Belmont, Furman, or Wofford get an at large bid than a team that finished 8 th in an extremely average SEC.

Alabama (17-14)
If Florida doesn’t deserve a bid, then Alabama doesn’t either. The Tide finished one spot lower than Florida in an average SEC and much like Florida, Alabama has struggled with constancy all season.

St. John’s (20-11)
It breaks my heart to deny St. Johns a spot in the tournament. They showed so much potential with great guard play and an upcoming coach in Chris Mullin. The facts are that the Red Storm have closed the season on a tremendous slide dropping them to 7 thin the Big East. Closing the season losing four of five and playing a poor non-conference schedule make the Red Storm NIT bound.