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Posted at 7:38 AM ET, 01/28/2011

Maryland, George Mason among teams in mix for final at-large NCAA tournament berths

By Eric Prisbell

While piecing together my 68-team NCAA tournament bracket this morning, I felt fairly comfortable about my first 34 at-large berths. That left me with three open at-large berths. These were the teams I was considering. I needed to choose three teams. Which teams would you choose? It's not easy separating these teams from one another.

The bubble: Pick the final three at-large teams

Maryland (13-7)
RPI: 75
SOS: 51
Vs. top 50: 0-6
Best win: Penn State (55)
Worst loss: Virginia Tech (74)
Road-neutral court: 3-5

Miami (12-8)
RPI: 59
SOS: 33
Vs. top 50: 2-4
Best win: West Virginia (20)
Worst loss: Rutgers (100)
Road-neutral court: 4-6

Richmond (16-5)
RPI: 51
SOS: 103
Vs. top 50: 1-1
Best win: Purdue (13)
Worst loss: Georgia Tech (141)
Road-neutral court: 8-3

Colorado (13-7)
RPI: 93
SOS: 113
Vs. top 50: 4-2
Best win: Missouri (26)
Worst loss: Oklahoma (149)
Road-neutral court: 3-6

George Mason (16-5)
RPI: 30
SOS: 59
Vs. top 50: 0-1
Best win: Harvard (53)
Worst loss: Wofford (151)
Road-neutral court: 6-5

Old Dominion (16-5)
RPI: 28
SOS: 44
Vs. top 50: 2-2
Best win: Xavier (25)
Worst loss: Delaware (130)
Road-neutral court: 7-3

Alabama-Birmingham (14-5)
RPI: 46
SOS: 83
Vs. top 50: 0-3
Best win: Texas-El Paso (52)
Worst loss: Arizona State (148)
Road-neutral court: 4-4

Valparaiso (13-6)
RPI: 57
SOS: 102
Vs. top 50: 1-3
Best win: Cleveland State (38)
Worst loss: Toledo (326)
Road-neutral court: 8-4

Butler (13-7)
RPI: 42
SOS: 29
Vs. top 50: 2-3
Best win: Cleveland State (38)
Worst loss: Wisconsin-Milwaukee (133)
Road-neutral court: 6-5

Wichita State (16-4)
RPI: 43
SOS: 81
Vs. top 50: 0-3
Best win: Indiana State (110)
Worst loss: Northern Iowa (63)
Road-neutral court: 7-2

Colorado State (13-6)
RPI: 50
SOS: 48
Vs. top 50: 1-2
Best win: Nevada-Las Vegas (32)
Worst loss: Sam Houston (192)
Road-neutral court: 6-4

Washington State (14-6)
RPI: 72
SOS: 104
Vs. top 50: 0-4
Best win: Portland (62)
Worst loss: Southern California (84)
Road-neutral court: 6-4

By Eric Prisbell  | January 28, 2011; 7:38 AM ET
 
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Comments

Mason and ODU--but I'm biased.

Beware the CAA!
GO, MASON!

Posted by: WaPoPimp | January 28, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

how can wichita state have a better rpi than maryland if their SOS is worse than maryland and their best win is against a team with rpi of 110? that is telling me they haven't beat anybody and really haven't played anybody...

Posted by: deadskin | January 28, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Tough call - always with at large bids.

I would say its too early to tell, many things can happen between now and 3rd week of March.

Based on above data.
Old Dominion University
George Mason University

both have outstanding RPI, which calculate all the other measures given. Mason has a slight disadvantage due to SOS, should be playing more Top 50 teams.

Old Dominion looks the strongest based on numbers. Conference being a mid major will hurt, could they (or Mason) be as productive in a major conference???

You have to give them a shot, teams do not like to play good mid majors. @home or away or neutral courts.

Why isn't Va Tech on the bubble, they shouldn't be in, with a rpi of 74.

Butler should be in, they have played some tough games at tough places - just the rpi for opponents didn't pan out as expected.

The next several weeks will tell a lot and weed some teams out. Bracket busters for the mid majors.

Posted by: Rando | January 28, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Butler, Colorado St., Richmond.

The real question is 'Who will lead the Twerps late season surge this year?'

Posted by: 21stCenturyCaveman | January 29, 2011 7:44 AM | Report abuse

there is no doubt in my mind that some of these at large bids are a farce!

let's face it, when compared to most colleges, the terps have had a rather tough schedule. they have already played several top 20 teams, and have for the most part kept it very close. their inexperience cost them a couple of close games.

if it were up to me, the terps would be in.

Posted by: mi6-007 | January 29, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"let's face it, when compared to most colleges, the terps have had a rather tough schedule. they have already played several top 20 teams, and have for the most part kept it very close. their inexperience cost them a couple of close games.

if it were up to me, the terps would be in."

This isn't parks and recs t-ball where keeping it close puts bread on the table. Maryland's out of conference schedule was abysmal (at best) and they've fared poorly in just about every big game this season.

Enjoy the NIT, Terps fans. At least you'll get to have three or four home games.

Posted by: joey4 | February 3, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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