NCAA Tournament 2014: 10 Teams That Will Be Sweating it Out On Selection Sunday
2014 NCAA Tournament: 10 Teams That Will Be Sweating it Out On Selection Sunday
The NCAA tournament consists of 68 teams. That is a huge field to say the least and gives many teams a chance to battle it out in the postseason for a national championship. However, every year there are teams that just barely miss out on the dance. With that in mind, we will be looking at 10 teams that will be sweating it out on Selection Sunday.
I’m not saying that all 10 of these teams will miss out on the dance and I am also not saying that all 10 will make it. Conference tournaments are going to play a huge role when it comes to these teams making the dance.
Now, there is a chance that some of these teams come away with their conference tournament title. If that is the case, those teams will not be sweating anything out because that automatic bid is, well, automatic. It guarantees a team a spot in the NCAA tournament.
Not all of these teams can do that because some of them play in the same conference. Others just aren’t as good as the top dogs in their conference and would have to make quite the run to win a conference title.
As a result, I am sure all of these teams will be sweating it on on Selection Sunday. All 10 are on the bubble. Some are currently in the field right now and some are on the outside looking in.
Let’s get to those teams. Keep in mind, there are other teams that are also on the bubble as of right now.
Record: 20-9, 9-7 SEC
Arkansas has been on fire as of late and has definitely played its way into the tournament. However, another loss in the regular season or an early exit in the SEC tournament would kill that.
The Razorbacks have won five games in a row. During that span they have knocked off LSU, Georgia and Kentucky.
The problem with Arkansas and every other SEC team not named Kentucky or Florida is the simple fact that it doesn’t get enough respect.
Record: 21-8, 9-8 Pac-12
Oregon has now won six games in a row. Victories against UCLA and Arizona State really help out. Without those wins, there is no way we would even be considering the Ducks as a legit tournament team. Still, they are seventh in the Pac-12 standings and have yet to beat many of the top teams in the conference.
Like I said, wins against the Bruins and Sun Devils were very important, but that is basically the only two good teams Oregon has beaten in the Pac-12.
What have you done for me lately is very important when trying to make the dance, but I am sure the tournament committee looks at the entire body of work which could be a good or bad thing for the Ducks.
St. John’s Red Storm
Record: 19-11, 9-8 Big East
IF St. John’s makes the NCAA tournament, it is very capable of making a run. The problem is getting there.
The Red Storm went on a six-game win streak not too long ago. They absolutely needed that, but they are going to have to do more if they plan on not settling for the NIT.
St. John’s will close out the season against Marquette. It probably has to win that game and maybe two more in the Big East tournament. That might not even be enough, though. Regardless, this team is definitely going to be sweating it out. Unless if it wins the Big East tourney, of course.
Southern Miss/Middle Tennessee/Louisiana Tech
Southern Miss record: 25-5, 12-3 C-USA
Middle Tennessee record: 22-8, 12-3 C-USA
Louisiana Tech record: 24-6, 12-3 C-USA
This one is a little tricky. There is currently a four-way tie at the top of the Conference USA standings. Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech are all part of that tie.
Not all three are going to make it. One -- possibly none -- is going to win the conference tournament. The other two will be sweating it out on Selection Sunday and probably for no reason. This conference just doesn’t get that many bids into the dance. However, all three teams are deserving of making it. All three won’t, though.
Record: 17-12, 7-9 Big Ten
Although Indiana has a lot of work to do, it has one thing going for it. National recognition. That national recognition thing can do wonders this time of the year.
The Hoosiers probably still have to play their way into the bubble discussion, but they got people’s attention by beating Iowa and Ohio State in back-to-back games. If they can beat Nebraska and Michigan to close out the season, things could get really interesting.
Still, this team has 12 losses and they have to jump other bubble teams in the Big Ten.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Record: 18-12, 7-10 Big Ten
Minnesota has its fair share of quality wins, but is a losing record in the Big Ten going to be good enough? The Golden Gophers have one game remaining, so they can finish no better than 8-10 in the conference. That is the same conference record Minnesota had last year, so I am sure it is hoping that history repeats itself -- made the dance last season.
Record: 20-10, 10-7 Big East
The Big East may only get three teams into the dance. Villanova and Creighton are locks. The Big East probably deserves four, but the conference tournaments will decide that.
Providence has had a very successful year and deserves to be in the dance. However, so does Xavier and St. John’s. Georgetown can also make a slight case.
Record: 20-9, 8-8 SEC
Missouri has two lethal scorers and another good one. Those three players could make some noise in the dance, but SEC teams are getting no love this year. Well, except for Florida.
There are a bunch of bubble teams in this conference and the Tigers are clearly one of them. Anything short of an SEC tournament title will have this team sweating it out on Selection Sunday.
Record: 17-11, 9-7 Big Ten
Nebraska can do itself a huge favor by knocking off Indiana. Then, the Cornhuskers will take on Wisconsin. A win in both games would more than likely have them dancing.
However, who knows if that will happen and who knows how many wins Nebraska needs in the Big Ten tourney to secure its spot in the NCAA tournament.
Florida State Seminoles
Record: 18-11, 9-8 ACC
Florida State has had a pretty good season, but it has yet to beat any of the top four teams in the ACC -- Virginia, Syracuse, North Carolina and Duke. That could change in the Seminoles’ last game of the season. They will be taking on the Orange who have been struggling as of late.
If Florida State does not win that game, it will still be in the bubble conversation, but will more than likely have to make a run in the ACC tournament.