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  1. #16

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    This is how it should end up.
    Hope the bracket generator thing works right.






  2. #17

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    That's a brutal bracket. IU is tough and then most likely IO.

  3. #18

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    So barring an upset somewhere, all we have to do is beat IN, IO, Rutgers, and MD. Of course, that would mean 3 upsets performed by Gophers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EaganGopher22 View Post
    So barring an upset somewhere, all we have to do is beat IN, IO, Rutgers, and MD. Of course, that would mean 3 upsets performed by Gophers.
    If you go by RPI, it’d be 4 upsets.
    MIN 98
    IND 49
    IOWA 9
    RUT 25
    MAR 14
    Last edited by Shades; 03-03-2019 at 07:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shades View Post
    If you go by RPI, it’d be 4 upsets.
    MIN 98
    IND 49
    IOWA 9
    RUT 25
    MAR 14
    Point well taken. It will be an uphill battle.

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    Bright side: Playing all of those teams helps the Gopher RPI. (And those terrible teams who have been anchoring it down are pretty much done with their losing.)

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    The Gophers are ranked the 102nd D1 team RPI-wise through March 2nd. The weak noncons is their undoing. Thanks to Marlene Stollings who scheduled it.

    Michigan State is ranked 40th before tonight's game. IMHO, they have to win the B1G Tournament to make it into the NCAA tournament.

    https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/basket...basketball-rpi


    Gophers pound Michigan State, prepare for critical Big Ten Tournament

    Minnesota faces Indiana in the Big Ten tourney Thursday night.
    Joe Nelson, Bring Me The MN News, March 3, 2019

    https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota...ten-tournament
    Last edited by hungan1; 03-03-2019 at 08:49 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hungan1 View Post
    The Gophers are ranked the 102nd D1 team RPI-wise through March 2nd. The weak noncons is their undoing. Thanks to Marlene Stollings who scheduled it.

    Michigan State is ranked 40th before tonight's game. IMHO, they have to win the B1G Tournament to make it into the NCAA tournament.

    https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/basket...basketball-rpi


    Gophers pound Michigan State, prepare for critical Big Ten Tournament

    Minnesota faces Indiana in the Big Ten tourney Thursday night.
    Joe Nelson, Bring Me The MN News, March 3, 2019

    https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota...ten-tournament
    Understood. But let's say they can even get to the championship game, knocking off IN, IO, and RUT, but lose to MD. Could that drop their RPI to below 100? Perhaps, then a bubble team?

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    The Gophers are below 100 now (98). The problem is bubble teams are 45-65.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatjanelpick View Post
    The Gophers are below 100 now (98). The problem is bubble teams are 45-65.
    Expanding on “perhaps a bubble team?” and thatjanelpick’s summary of why we’re most likely not a bubble team even with 3 more wins ...

    No, almost zero chance of us being a bubble team, even if they beat Indiana, Iowa and Rutgers (but not Maryland). RealTimeRPI reports that by beating MSU the Gopher’s RPI has already been bopped up to 98. And it would go higher if we beat 3 more higher-RPI teams - but not sure how much higher.

    Bracketology last showed 6 Big Ten teams In - and they counted them In exactly in their RPI order, as follows:

    Team RPI (SoS) Rec (B1G Rec)
    Iowa 9 (15) 23-6 (14-4)
    Maryland 14 (80) 26-3 (15-3)
    Rutgers 25 (36) 21-8 (13-5)
    MSU 42 (50) 19-10 (9-9)
    Michigan 44 (72) 20-10 (11-7)
    Indiana 49 (48) 19-11 (8-10)
    —- (border between In and Out) —-
    Nebraska 79 (24) 14-15 (9-9)
    Ohio State 82 (28) 14-13 (10-8)
    Purdue 85 (41) 17-14 (8-10)
    Minnesota 98 (131) 20-9 (9-9)
    Northwestern 110 (78) 16-13 (9-9)
    Penn State 135 (35) 12-17 (5-13)
    Wisconsin 191 (124) 13-17 (4-14)
    Illinois 212 (89) 10-19 (2-16)

    As you can see, even though Minnesota is ranked #7 in B1G for Big-Ten Tourney purposes, they are ranked #10 by RPI for NCAA purposes.

    Although it is remotely conceivable that 3 more wins might move us up ahead of Nebraska into #7 by RPI, there’s pretty much no way we’re going to move the needle on our RPI enough to catch Indiana. And even though we think we’re better than Indiana (and hopefully we’ll prove that in our game next Thursday), the NCAA Committee historically goes by The Gospel According to RPI.

    Now, if we win 3 of 4 B1G Tourney games, could it be that the NCAA might expand the B1G In list to 7 teams? Again, remotely possible but not likely, since it would have to steal a slot from another conference, many of which also have a long list of good teams.

    One more remote possibility - maybe the NCAA might stick with 6 B1G teams, but flip-flop Minnesota with Indiana (and thus Minnesota In and Indiana Out) since (in that scenario) the Gophers would have beaten Indiana twice (not to mention Minnesota 7th ranked in B1G by wins and Indiana 10th ranked). Also, by that point under this scenario, Indiana would be down to an under-.500 8-11 record in the B1G but Minnesota at 12-10. Flipping Indiana and Minnesota is what they should do, of course. That would be the only logical thing to do. But the NCAA is not known for being logical, whereas it is known to stick with what the RPI is telling them, and in that scenario Indiana would still have the better RPI. So the flip-with-Indiana option seems a bit unlikely too.

    So technically speaking, there’s a few weird ways in which Minnesota might end up on the bubble after 3 B1G Tourney wins, but I’d have to say that the bubble prognosis doesn’t look too good.

    So the best option (and one that I think is doable if they play like they did against MSU (an RPI 42 team, remember)) is still for the Gophers to take control of their own destiny (no Pitts pun intended), rather than leave their fate in the hands of the fickle NCAA, by winning all 4 B1G Tourney games.
    Last edited by CutDownTheNet; 03-04-2019 at 06:04 AM.

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    http://www.dailynebraskan.com/sports...35df3b962.html

    As the sixth seed, Nebraska earned a first-round bye, meaning the Huskers will play either No. 11 Purdue or No. 14 Illinois depending on the result of that game Wednesday.

    Either way, Nebraska is in good shape to take a first-round victory. The Huskers defeated Illinois in their lone matchup this year, leading from start to finish in a 77-67 road win. Freshman forward Ashtyn Veerbeek led the way in that game with a career-high 19 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds.

    ...

    However, the more likely matchup will be Purdue. In the lone game between Purdue and Illinois this year, the Boilermakers won in a 72-50 blowout.

    Nebraska found success against Purdue in earlier matches this year, sweeping them in the two-game season series. In their first matchup, the Huskers outscored the Boilermakers 18-6 in the first quarter on their way to an 84-64 road victory. The 20-point win stands as the largest margin of victory Nebraska had this year in conference play. Junior guard Hannah Whitish shined in the contest, dropping a season-high 28 points to go with a career-high 12 assists.

    In the second meeting, the score was a little tighter. Nebraska came out on top 67-61 but needed a 10-point second half comeback to sweep the Boilermakers. Freshman forward Leigha Brown anchored the comeback, scoring 22 of her career-high 30 points in the second half, including six in the final minute of the game. Junior guard Nicea Eliely also made an impact, scoring just nine points but dominating on the defensive end with five rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

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    All three panelists on the ESPNW staff predicted Maryland as the winner of the Big Ten tournament. They also weigh in all the other conference tournaments.
    http://www.espn.com/womens-college-b...ce-tournaments

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    Looks like Wisconsin will take down PSU to advance to the second round game against OSU.

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    Purdue only up 6 at the half against Illinois

  15. #30

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    Looks to me like Tsipsis is making some progress with the Badgers. But, it's not going to be a quick turnaround. How long will PSU hang with Washington as the coach. That program is a shell of what it used to be under the previous coach.

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