Bubble Watch: Virginia Deserves to be in the Field of 68

By Anthony Lenahan
Geoff Burke-USA Today Sports

Virginia is projected as one of the first four teams out of the field of 68 by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, but the Cavaliers deserve to be celebrating come tonight.

Despite a loss to North Carolina State in their first game of the ACC tournament, Tony Bennett’s team has shown they are one of the top 68 teams in the country throughout the season.

Everyone talks about all of their bad losses, but as a young team, early in the season you are going to lose to a couple of teams you aren’t suppose to.  When playing against top tier competition and the better teams on their schedule, Virginia has risen to the occasion and competed with Duke and Miami (FL).

Virginia’s strength of schedule and RPI will hurt their chances of getting in, but wins over Duke, North Carolina State, and North Carolina show they are a good team and their BPI of 48 is more realistic of how good they are.

Even though they lost to Miami, they went on the road and held their own before falling by four points.  That loss shows they could go on the road and still play good basketball. In the NCAA tournament, you aren’t playing any home games.

The Cavaliers have also beaten Wisconsin who is in the Big 10 championship game, Maryland twice who is also on the bubble, and Tennessee.

Virginia has shown they are a team you don’t want to face especially when Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell are on point.  The Cavaliers deserve to be in despite their bad losses.  A good loss overcomes bad losses because in the NCAA tournament, you aren’t playing any bad teams.

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