Welcome back, former A-10 fans. While I enjoyed Xavier's time in that league, you could rest assured that being under .500 in conference after 5 games was basically a death sentence for at-large hopes. No matter who the losses came to, no amount of wins over Fordham and Charlotte were going to rescue that resume. I only bring that up because Xavier currently sits at 2-3 in the Big East.
It's hard to get out of the mindset that every conference loss is a land mine to your tournament hopes, but - as we'll see below - the benefit of playing in a league loaded with talented, productive teams is that a loss every now and then or in all of your road games isn't going to send you spiraling towards the NIT.
Here's this week's s-curve...
|4||Iowa St.||Notre Dame||Kansas||VCU|
|5||Ohio St.||WICHITA ST.||Michigan St.||Baylor|
|6||Oklahoma St.||Florida||Northern Iowa||Maryland|
|8||SAN DIEGO ST.||Texas||Davidson||Arkansas|
|10||Iowa||BYU||South Carolina||Seton Hall|
|12||Minnesota||Mississippi||North Carolina St.||Syracuse|
|13||STEPHEN F. AUSTIN||EASTERN KENTUCKY||BUFFALO||HOFSTRA|
|14||GEORGIA ST.||NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL||UC SANTA BARBARA||IONA|
|15||COASTAL CAROLINA||WOFFORD||EASTERN WASHINGTON||NEW MEXICO ST.|
|16||USC UPSTATE||TEXAS SOUTHERN||SOUTH DAKOTA ST.||STONY BROOK|
|16||LAFAYETTE||ST. FRANCIS NY|
|First 4 out||Louisiana Tech||Miami FL||LSU||Illinois|
|Next 4 out||UCLA||Providence||Vanderbilt||TCU|
...and the bracket:
The Big Ten and Big East each lost a team, with the ACC and SEC picking up an extra bid this week. Once again five leagues have six or more bids before a big drop off to everyone else. There are only five more multi-bid leagues, with the A10, AAC, and Pac-12 each grabbing three and the MVC and WCC being represented by a pair of team. Beneath them are 22 one-bid leagues.
Anyway, there is a lot of basketball left between now an Selection Sunday. Xavier has missed some opportunities, but the Muskies aren't in as bad a position as you might think just by watching them play on the road.