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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Blind resume comparison

By Eric Prisbell

Here is a profile comparison that may interest you:

Team A
Record: 14-8
RPI: 74
SOS: 51
Vs. top 50: 1-7
Vs. top 100: 3-8
Best win: at No. 47 in RPI
Worst loss: No. 62 in RPI
Road-neutral court: 4-5

Team B
Record: 12-9
RPI: 47
SOS: 4
Vs. top 50: 3-4
Vs. top 100: 4-8
Best win: vs. No. 21 in RPI
Worst loss: vs. No. 150 in RPI
Road-neutral court: 1-6

Team B possesses a more damaging loss and has not played nearly as well on the road as Team A. But Team B has played a much tougher schedule and has two more top 50 wins. From that standpoint, you may give a slight edge to Team B. But look closer: Team A beat Team B head-to-head on Team B's home court. That result was early in the season but was not close. So different members of the selection committee may take different sides on this debate depending upon what criteria they personally value most.

Team A is Maryland.
Team B is Penn State.

By Eric Prisbell  | February 3, 2011; 10:55 AM ET
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Team B scored 39 points - plays in a BCS conference - and it was a home game.

Team B needs to win their conference tournament. Otherwise, to me, scoring 39 points in a game - not a half, a full actual game - is an embarrassment enough for disqualification for playing for a championship.

I'm not saying MD deserves to be in, I'm saying Penn State does not.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | February 3, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Team A nor Team B should be in the big dance. If Team B scored only 39 points, maybe they just had a very bad game, it happens. Team B has played tougher opponents and a couple of more wins against top 50 opponents. Neither team should get in unless they win their conference tourney.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | February 3, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

This just tells me that fewer teams should go to the NCAA tournament, not more.

Posted by: Benson | February 4, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

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