"Who is passing us by" 2014 edition
As we are currently stuck on the road to nowhere, the talk of NCAA bids around VT has been lacking the past 2.5 years. However, that doesn't mean the postseason stops for everyone!
As members of the "8 NCAA bids" club for almost 7 years now, we've come to be gracious hosts of the programs who briefly stop at our eternal way station on their path to bigger and better things. Last year we had to bid farewell to three schools (Pacific, San Diego State, and Iona who was in part propelled by Lamont "Momo" Jones) and welcome four new schools to our not-so-lofty perch in college basketball: Saint Mary's, Saint Louis, Valparaiso (Ben Boggs), and Southern.
In a couple months we'll go through the process again! Let's see who might be leaving us:
Trying to Move On
Saint Mary's Gaels
Record: 11-4 (2-1)
Top wins: North Dakota State, 20 (home); Boise State, 40 (away)
Bad losses: none (though GMU might slide to sub-150 before long)
Saint Mary's ran off a 9-0 record before losing three straight in the Diamond Head Classic. They have made the last three NCAA tournaments. However, their streak might come to an end in the next couple years as the NCAA recently upheld sanctions against their program for recruiting violations (http://espn.go.com/mens-college-bask...espnapi_public). They only have four top 100 games remaining, but three are in the top 25 (BYU x2, Gonzaga). They have a reasonable shot at getting their 9th NCAA bid before sanctions take effect.
Saint Louis Billikens
Record: 13-2 (0-0)
Top wins: none
Bad losses: none
Saint Louis kept their RPI respectable but failed to convert opportunities against Wisconsin or Wichita State. Their SOS is high but the A-10 conference slate should bring that number down. Their fate is going to be determined by their conference play, which has become easier since Xavier and Butler both left the conference prior to this season. Saint Louis' NCAA bid last year was the first since 1971.
Auto-bid or bust: