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NCAA scheduling success: How they did it

  • Published Sunday, July 25, 2010, at 12:07 a.m.
  • Updated Sunday, July 25, 2010, at 1:11 a.m.

A look at some recent NCAA Tournament at-large teams from outside the six Bowl Championship Series conferences (Big 12, Big 10, Big East, ACC, SEC, Pacific-10).

UTEP 2010

Selection Sunday record: 26-6

RPI: 38

Strength of schedule: 111

Home games vs. BCS schools: None

Road games at BCS schools: L at Texas Tech

Neutral-site games vs. BCS schools: L vs. Mississippi (Southaven, Miss.); W vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma City)

Non-conference games against non-BCS NCAA Tournament teams: W vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff; W at New Mexico State; L vs. New Mexico State; W vs. BYU

George Mason 2006

Selection Sunday record: 23-7

RPI: 26

Strength of schedule: 89

Home games vs. BCS schools: None

Road games at BCS schools: L at Wake Forest

L at Mississippi State

Neutral-site games vs. BCS schools: None

Non-conference games against non-BCS NCAA Tournament teams: W vs. Hampton; W at Wichita State

Saint Mary's 2008

Selection Sunday record: 25-6

RPI: 36

Strength of schedule: 138

Home games vs. BCS schools: W vs. Seton Hall; W vs. Oregon

Road games at BCS schools: L at Texas

Neutral-site games vs. BCS schools: None

Non-conference games against non-BCS NCAA Tournament teams: W vs. Drake; W vs. Cal State-Fullerton; L vs. Kent State

Gonzaga 2003

Selection Sunday record: 23-8

RPI: 43

Strength of schedule: 92

Home games vs. BCS schools: W vs. Washington

Road games at BCS schools: W at Washington State

Neutral-site games vs. BCS schools: L vs. Indiana (Hawaii); L vs. Kentucky (Hawaii); L vs. Georgia (Atlanta); W vs. North Carolina State (East Rutherford, N.J.); L vs. Stanford (Oakland)

Non-conference games against non-BCS NCAA Tournament teams: W vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff; W at New Mexico State; L vs. New Mexico State; W vs. BYU

Wichita State 2006

Selection Sunday record: 24-8

RPI: 27

Strength of schedule: 58

Home games vs. BCS schools: W vs. Providence

Road games at BCS schools: None

Neutral-site games vs. BCS schools: L vs. Illinois (South Padre Island, Texas); L vs. Michigan State (Detroit)

Non-conference games against non-BCS NCAA Tournament teams: W vs. Utah; L vs. Saint Joseph's; W vs. Tulsa

Bradley 2006

Selection Sunday record: 20-10

RPI: 33

Strength of schedule: 50

Home games vs. BCS schools: None

Road games at BCS schools: W at DePaul

Neutral-site games vs. BCS schools: None

Non-conference games against non-BCS NCAA Tournament teams: None

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