NCAA tournament 2011: Where do Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia Tech, George Mason stand?
With five weeks left until selection Sunday, here is a look at where the top local teams stand:
Vs. top 50: 7-5
Vs. top 100: 10-5
Best win: at Villanova (13)
Worst loss: at Temple (32)
Road-neutral court: 9-3
As of today: No. 3 seed and climbing
Comment: Georgetown's struggles seem like a distant memory. The two-point victory over Providence was a struggle late in the game, but you take the victories any way you can get them in the treacherous Big East. There is a lot to like about this NCAA tournament resume: Three of Georgetown's top 50 victories have come on the road. All losses have come against teams than rank in the top 32 of the RPI. With five of the seven remaining games against top 50 teams, the Hoyas have a chance to climb even more. If they wind up a No. 2 or No. 3 seed, don't be surprised if they play the first round of the NCAAs in Charlotte.
Vs. top 50: 0-7
Vs. top 100: 3-8
Best win: at Penn State (69)
Worst loss: Virginia Tech (68)
Road-neutral court: 4-5
As of today: bubble, outside looking in
Comment: The best thing about Maryland's resume is the absence of a significant black eye. But there are many things working against the Terps at this point. Playing Wake Forest (RPI: 244) and Longwood (331) will hurt the RPI. Penn State, Maryland's best win, has started to fade some. The biggest issue I have with Maryland is the 3-8 record against top 100 teams. And two of those victories came by two points or less. Maryland just does not have much going for it at this point. But with an expanded tournament field and a weak bubble field, I am not ruling out a potential 9-7 ACC record - with wins at Boston College and North Carolina (easier said than done) - plus two ACC tournament wins being enough to get into the NCAAs. That would be the minimum acceptable standard to even have a chance.
Vs. top 50: 1-5
Vs. top 100: 5-5
Best win: vs. Oklahoma State (45)
Worst loss: at Georgia Tech (164)
Road-neutral court: 7-5
As of today: bubble
Comment: The Hokies are in slightly better position than Maryland despite losing to two sub-140 RPI teams. They have two more victories over top 100 teams. But their margin for error remains quite small. They don't play another top 50 RPI team until Feb. 26. The Hokies cannot afford a loss to Georgia Tech (Feb. 13), Virginia (Feb. 19) or Wake Forest (Feb. 22). They will need at least a 9-7 ACC record and a respectable effort in the ACC tournament.
Vs. top 50: 1-1
Vs. top 100: 7-3
Best win: Old Dominion (29)
Worst loss: Wofford (132)
Road-neutral court: 7-5
As of today: No. 9-11 seed
Comment: As we see many bubble teams take small and significant steps backward, Mason continues to move forward. The surest way to gain entry into the NCAAs is to win the league tournament, and Mason is now tied atop the CAA standings with VCU at 11-2 in league play. It has won nine straight and its RPI is an impressive 23. The decisive ODU victory was its best of the season. Mason, as of now, has moved slightly ahead of the collection of mostly mediocre bubble teams. Road games against VCU (Feb. 15) and Northern Iowa (Feb. 19) will stand as strong barometers for Mason.
| February 7, 2011; 8:35 AM ET
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