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Posted at 8:42 AM ET, 03/ 4/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Blind resume comparison

By Eric Prisbell

Let's do a blind resume comparison of two bubble teams from the same state (not to give it away):

Team A
Record: 19-9
RPI: 63
SOS: 90 (158 in nonconference)
Vs. top 50: 2-6
Vs. top 100: 7-6
Best wins: 5, 50, 54
Worst losses: 169, 143, 143
Road-neutral court: 8-6

Team B
Record: 23-7
RPI: 60
SOS: 151 (192 in nonconference)
Vs. top 50: 1-3
Vs. top 100: 4-6
Best wins: 6, 65, 78
Worst losses: 169, 97, 84
Road-neutral court: 12-4

Well, each has beaten an elite team. Team A has played a better schedule in league play and non-league play. Team A also has a better record against top 100 teams, a winning record. That's key. Team A has been swept by a sub-140 RPI team. That's not so good. And Team B has performed better away from home. Taking all that into account, I would Team A a slight - slight - advantage because of the schedule and record against top 100 teams.

Team A
is Virginia Tech. Team B is Richmond. Both are in the tournament field at the moment, but both have a little work to do.

By Eric Prisbell  | March 4, 2011; 8:42 AM ET
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