Houston and New Mexico State didn’t do any of the NCAA Tournament borderline teams any favors. None of the “bracketologists” gave Wichita State a chance before those conference tournament upsets. WSU’s slim (non-existent in some minds) shot an at-large bid declined with those results. I think the selection committee will look at the Shockers and dismiss them, largely due to a weak non-conference schedule. While I think WSU would be a representative NCAA competitor, it’s hard to argue too much when the best non-conference wins are over Iowa and Texas Tech.
I found one person – at Basketball Prospectus – willing to stand up for the Shockers as of Saturday morning.
Jerry Palm puts the Shockers on the fence, but out.Joe Lunardi – out.Bracketology 101 – out.D1scourse – out.The Bracket Project has WSU as a No. 3 seed in the NIT, playing host to Nevada.
Here’s an easy way to compare tournament resumes at cbssports.com.
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Among that group, WSU’s No. 285 non-conference strength of schedule stands out as a reason to bump the Shockers. So does the single victory against the top 50. Of course, all those schools possess significant flaws.
The disturbing item, after watching a week of games and analysis, is that teams such as WSU and William & Mary are rarely presented as “bubble” teams. WSU’s resume is quite similar to Mississippi State. If you’re watching ESPN in recent weeks, you don’ t know that. Does that affect the selection committee, which is tasked with watching games? Probably not. But it doesn’t seem like a good situation for teams in WSU’s situation.