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Top of the Arc - February 23, 2009

Feb. 23, 8 a.m.: It is a new day in College Park. Less than three weeks until Selection Sunday, and Maryland is alive. But even if the Terrapins go 8-8 and win a game in the ACC tournament, this could be a very close call depending upon what happens across the country. But as of today, the Terps are in.

Each morning, I will post my last four teams in the field and my first teams out. As you can tell, it is very difficult to separate these teams, and selection committee members often differ on which credentials they value most. (SOS means strength of schedule)

LAST FOUR IN

Penn State
Pros:
5-4 on road, 3 Top 25 wins
Cons: 62 RPI, 85 SOS

Cincinnati
Pros:
Sweep of G-town, 20 SOS
Cons: 0-8 vs. top 25

Maryland
Pros:
two top five victories
Cons: 1-5 on road

Temple
Pros:
RPI 36, 8 road wins
Cons: 1 top 50 win

FIRST TEAMS OUT
Oklahoma State
Pros:
11 SOS, 31 RPI
Cons: 2-8 vs. top 50

Virginia Tech
Pros
: Four road wins
Cons: 66 RPI, lost three straight, 2-5 vs. top 50

Miami
Pros:
9 SOS
Cons: 5-8 in ACC, 2-7 vs. top 50

Kansas State
Pros:
3-3 vs. top 50, 5-3 on road
Cons: 109 SOS, 75 RPI

Texas A&M
Pros:
38 RPI
Cons: 0-3 vs. top 25, 5-7 in Big 12

Michigan
Pros:
18 SOS, 4 top 50 wins
Cons: 7-8 in Big Ten, 2 road wins

Southern California
Pros:
16 SOS
Cons: 2 road wins, 0 top 25 wins

Providence
Pros:
8-7 in Big East
Cons: 76 RPI, 1-6 vs. top 50

Notre Dame
Pros
: pounded Louisville, 90-57
Cons: 72 RPI, 6-8 in Big East

Georgetown
Pros:
2 SOS, won at U-Conn.
Cons: 5-9 in Big East

By Eric Prisbell  |  February 23, 2009; 8:20 AM ET
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Lame, Cinci hasn't beat anybody and neither has Temple. There is much more basketball to go. And why does Prisbell who is part of the Maryland Fan Club get a "Top of the Arc" blog that is supposed to be about other area local teams? Write on the "Terp Insider" about your favorite team.

Posted by: tbanderson1980 | February 23, 2009 4:05 PM

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