As the end of the regular season winds down and teams across the country assess their chances of being invited to the NCAA’s version of the Royal Ball, a number of Big East teams find themselves facing an uncertain future. Georgetown and Pittsburgh earned their dance card long ago, while Louisville and Notre Dame, with some recent impressive victories, are also assured of joining the conference leaders. However, six other Big East teams are vying for anywhere from two to four slots that could potentially go to league members.
The Siegel Quality Ranking is back for its second go-round. Big positive movers in the past week:
SIU up from 7 to 4
Duke up from 21 to 12
UNLV up form 23 to 14
Maryland up from 36 to 20
San Diego State up from 53 to 38
Winthrop shoots up to 46th after not being part of last week's ranking.
BC down to 16 from 10
Creighton down to 17 from 11
Arizona down to 21 from 12
Kentucky down to 27 from 17
Indiana down to 33 from 24
Villanova down to 36 from 26
Wichita State down to 56 from 34
Quality Ranking Rules:
A quality game is one of three things: A home game against a Top 50 RPI team, a Neutral game against a Top 100 team, and a Road win against a Top 150 team. Such wins are hard to come by and only the real NCAA Tournament contenders are able to win many.
Sorry MEAC and SWAC.. you really don't deserve to have a team in college basketball's ultimate tournament. Here is what the real field of 65 would look like. You'll notice there's no 65th team in here.. the play-in game has no business in the Tournament.
I tried to use some of the basic seeding principles in putting this list together. No teams from the same conference will meet in round one. Sites are selected based on an S-curve, and geography is taken into account. Because this includes more teams from the same repetitive conferences, conference foes are allowed to meet as early as the 2nd round in this exercise.