Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
Printed 7: 43 p.m. ET March 14, 2021 | Updated 8: 54 p.m. ET March 14, 2021
Drake coach Darian DeVries acknowledged there turned into once no methodology for his team to lead some distance off from the fright of the past week. The Bulldogs were one of the NCAA Event bubble teams watching conference tournaments after losing to Loyola-Chicago in the Missouri Valley Event final a week in the past. At the begin of the week, their at-tremendous uncover turned into once stable. By the pause of it, it turned into once keep to head down to the wire.
“We decided that the finest methodology to ability Selection Sunday is to be cautiously optimistic leading up to it,” DeVries told USA TODAY Sports activities. “After a 12 months with postponements and uncertainty on account of COVID-19, playing succor-to-succor games in conference play, there’s factual a lot you may perhaps maybe well maybe’t control. In many options, that arresting us for our postseason (destiny) being in the selection committee’s fingers.”
That optimism paid off for Drake, which sneaked into the area of 68 as one of the last teams in – securing a No. 11 seed in a play-in recreation Thursday against Wichita State. A excessive win count and NET rating in the 40s helped offset a non-conference strength of time table in the 300s and factual one Quadrant 1 victory for the mid-main.
The Bulldogs (25-4, 15-3) watched as other bubble teams passed them, but the ones that did no longer are now left depleted.
There is a miniature chance the “first four” teams out is prone to be known as upon this 12 months, although, taking particular priority. Below COVID-19 protocols, the 69th, 70th, 71st and 72nd teams will act as stand-by replacements for the match. They’d occupy up till Tuesday to develop into an change if one of the 68 teams can no longer meet NCAA requirements in Indianapolis. After that, the bracket is locked.
A stare upon the seven biggest snubs from the area of 68 on Selection Sunday:
The Cardinals’ omission is the biggest snub of this 12 months’s NCAA Event. Coach Chris Mack’s team turned into once overlooked of the area, whereas ACC rival Syracuse squeezed in. The committee seemingly seen Louisville’s one Quadrant 1 victory and NET rating in the excessive 50s. The Cardinals (13-7, 8-5) had a recreation against Virginia Tech canceled on March 3 and then lost to Duke in the second round of the ACC Event. Considering how discontinuance it turned into once, one loss or, this 12 months, one cancellation proved to be the distinction-maker.
The Rams (18-6, 14-4 Mountain West) lost to fellow bubble team Utah State in the MWC match semifinals, and that is the reason an final consequence the committee perhaps saw as a de facto elimination recreation, as Utah State obtained into the area instead. Colorado State has a NET rating in the 50s and one of its two Quadrant 1 wins came against San Diego State, the traditional-season and match champion in the Mountain West. Nevertheless it wasn’t enough as the committee overlooked two noteworthy Mountain West teams.
The Billikens, akin to Drake, had been watching all week whereas power conference bubble teams vied for at-tremendous bids. Saint Louis (14-6, 6-4 Atlantic 10) turned into once ousted last week in the Atlantic 10 Event by tourney team Saint Bonaventure. It turned into once a discontinuance demand the committee when examining Saint Louis’ credentials, but finally, the Billikens posted only two Quadrant 1 wins and their non-conference strength of time table of 245 offset a NET rating in the 40s. The team had extra than one stoppages on account of COVID-19, but the committee may perhaps maybe well only allow for some leniency in this online page online online.
The Rebels (16-11, 10-8) barely lost to LSU in the SEC Event quarterfinals and that turned into once the distinction. Ole Miss’ NET rating in the 50s turned into once paired with three Quadrant 1 victories. However the points included a non-conference strength of time table in the mid-200s and no longer enough wins.
The Blue Devils (13-11, 9-9 ACC) introduced they’d be opting out of the postseason after a constructive COVID-19 take a look at kept them from playing Florida State in the ACC Event semifinals, effectively ending their pursuit for the league’s automated uncover and blocking their pathway for an at-tremendous uncover pathway. However on account of this 12 months’s need for replacement teams, Duke re-entered the mix as a that you may perhaps maybe well maybe imagine consideration. As of Selection Sunday, the committee would now not occupy them discontinuance. A NET rating of 49 and two Quadrant 1 victories are unimpressive, but principally this team loses a blind résumé take a look at on account of its low win count.
The Broncos (18-8, 14-6 Mountain West) had an interesting case for an at-tremendous uncover. Despite only two Quadrant 1 wins and a NET rating in the 50s, Boise State owned the second-finest non-conference strength of time table in the country. One crimson flag for the selection committee, although, turned into once a Quadrant 4 loss to Fresno State that stained Boise State’s résumé. Despite losing its last four games, including in the MWC quarterfinals to Nevada, Boise State had fared neatly against other bubble teams in its conference, splitting with Colorado State and beating Utah State twice.
The Tigers narrowly lost to Houston in the American Athletic Conference Event semifinals and it designate them attributable to their profile turned into once missing a Quadrant 1 win. A NET rating in the 50s and non-conference strength of time table advance the 200s offset coach Penny Hardaway’s team that surged at the pause of the season – winning seven of their last nine and only losing to No. 2 seed Houston. Memphis’ overall body of work factual wasn’t there essentially based entirely on the map it fared earlier in the season.
Practice faculty basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson.