NCAA tournament 2011: How watered down is the 68-team field?
Most of the teams on the so-called NCAA tournament bubble are dangerous and are capable of blah, blah, blah. Yeah, okay. That's true. The truth also is that most of these teams are mediocre and that it is painful splitting hairs and choosing the final seven at-large teams to make the field at this point. There is a dearth of quality victories, and it is hard to feel strongly about a lot of these teams. You can be the judge.
If the season ended today, eight of these 15 teams likely would make the 68-team field as at-large teams. The records in parenthesis reflect games against top 50 RPI teams as of Sunday night. Combined, the 15 teams are 15-48 against top 50 teams. Again, it's difficult to make a compelling case for several of these teams. For example, Wichita State has not beaten a top 100 team - yes, top 100 team -- all season. And yet eight of these teams would round out the field if the season ended today. Fortunately, it does not end today.
Virginia Tech (1-4)
Oklahoma State (2-2)
Kansas State (0-6)
Penn State (3-3)
George Mason (1-1)
Wichita State (0-3)
Colorado State (1-2)
Washington State (1-4)
If you were on the selection committee, which of these teams should make the cut?
| January 31, 2011; 9:15 AM ET
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