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    Did you catch this year's arbitrary bubble elimination criterium?

    This year it's "How did they do on the road?"

    In justifying Middle Tennessee State (with 1 Top 100 win) getting in over, for example, Virginia (8 Top 100 wins), the NCAA selection committee chairman said, "We looked at how they played on the road, and Middle Tennessee State performed very well on the road."

    Two other times in the interview, to justify seeding or bubble selection, he mentioned road performance. (Never mind that the RPI takes this into account, probably too strong, IMO.)

    As an annual resident of the bubble for four years, I'm sensitive to what the Annual Arbitrary Bubble Elimination Criterium is. Sometimes it's OOC strength of schedule, sometimes it's how you finish (strong/weak), sometimes it's RPI, sometimes it's the color of your uniform, sometimes it's whether your coach can use "certifiably insane" in a sentence ....

    This year, it's "road performance". Good to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Stewart View Post
    This year it's "How did they do on the road?"

    In justifying Middle Tennessee State (with 1 Top 100 win) getting in over, for example, Virginia (8 Top 100 wins), the NCAA selection committee chairman said, "We looked at how they played on the road, and Middle Tennessee State performed very well on the road."

    Two other times in the interview, to justify seeding or bubble selection, he mentioned road performance. (Never mind that the RPI takes this into account, probably too strong, IMO.)

    As an annual resident of the bubble for four years, I'm sensitive to what the Annual Arbitrary Bubble Elimination Criterium is. Sometimes it's OOC strength of schedule, sometimes it's how you finish (strong/weak), sometimes it's RPI, sometimes it's the color of your uniform, sometimes it's whether your coach can use "certifiably insane" in a sentence ....

    This year, it's "road performance". Good to know.
    With that being said, I think the committee did a pretty good job. They didn't include any teams that were real head-scratchers. Comparing the final field and Bracket Matrix, it looks like the committee and the bracket "experts" projections lined up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Stewart View Post
    This year it's "How did they do on the road?"

    In justifying Middle Tennessee State (with 1 Top 100 win) getting in over, for example, Virginia (8 Top 100 wins), the NCAA selection committee chairman said, "We looked at how they played on the road, and Middle Tennessee State performed very well on the road."

    Two other times in the interview, to justify seeding or bubble selection, he mentioned road performance. (Never mind that the RPI takes this into account, probably too strong, IMO.)

    As an annual resident of the bubble for four years, I'm sensitive to what the Annual Arbitrary Bubble Elimination Criterium is. Sometimes it's OOC strength of schedule, sometimes it's how you finish (strong/weak), sometimes it's RPI, sometimes it's the color of your uniform, sometimes it's whether your coach can use "certifiably insane" in a sentence ....

    This year, it's "road performance". Good to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Stewart View Post
    This year it's "How did they do on the road?"

    In justifying Middle Tennessee State (with 1 Top 100 win) getting in over, for example, Virginia (8 Top 100 wins), the NCAA selection committee chairman said, "We looked at how they played on the road, and Middle Tennessee State performed very well on the road."

    Two other times in the interview, to justify seeding or bubble selection, he mentioned road performance. (Never mind that the RPI takes this into account, probably too strong, IMO.)

    As an annual resident of the bubble for four years, I'm sensitive to what the Annual Arbitrary Bubble Elimination Criterium is. Sometimes it's OOC strength of schedule, sometimes it's how you finish (strong/weak), sometimes it's RPI, sometimes it's the color of your uniform, sometimes it's whether your coach can use "certifiably insane" in a sentence ....

    This year, it's "road performance". Good to know.
    It's also why Gonzaga got a #1 seed. I think he was trying to say that winning games is what matters, but he said winning road games. The bubble was AWFUL this year. If you won games down the stretch, you got in. It's why Oregon and Ole Miss are in. MTSU is in b/c of the volume of games they won.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Stewart View Post
    This year it's "How did they do on the road?"

    In justifying Middle Tennessee State (with 1 Top 100 win) getting in over, for example, Virginia (8 Top 100 wins), the NCAA selection committee chairman said, "We looked at how they played on the road, and Middle Tennessee State performed very well on the road."

    Two other times in the interview, to justify seeding or bubble selection, he mentioned road performance. (Never mind that the RPI takes this into account, probably too strong, IMO.)

    As an annual resident of the bubble for four years, I'm sensitive to what the Annual Arbitrary Bubble Elimination Criterium is. Sometimes it's OOC strength of schedule, sometimes it's how you finish (strong/weak), sometimes it's RPI, sometimes it's the color of your uniform, sometimes it's whether your coach can use "certifiably insane" in a sentence ....

    This year, it's "road performance". Good to know.
    Seemed like not having any "bad stretches" was important this year too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Stewart View Post
    This year it's "How did they do on the road?"

    In justifying Middle Tennessee State (with 1 Top 100 win) getting in over, for example, Virginia (8 Top 100 wins), the NCAA selection committee chairman said, "We looked at how they played on the road, and Middle Tennessee State performed very well on the road."

    Two other times in the interview, to justify seeding or bubble selection, he mentioned road performance. (Never mind that the RPI takes this into account, probably too strong, IMO.)

    As an annual resident of the bubble for four years, I'm sensitive to what the Annual Arbitrary Bubble Elimination Criterium is. Sometimes it's OOC strength of schedule, sometimes it's how you finish (strong/weak), sometimes it's RPI, sometimes it's the color of your uniform, sometimes it's whether your coach can use "certifiably insane" in a sentence ....

    This year, it's "road performance". Good to know.
    Cool...another metric!!!....AABEC lol

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    Meant to say criterion. Turns out "criterium" is a bicycle race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoosnowahokie View Post
    It's also why Gonzaga got a #1 seed. I think he was trying to say that winning games is what matters, but he said winning road games. The bubble was AWFUL this year. If you won games down the stretch, you got in. It's why Oregon and Ole Miss are in. MTSU is in b/c of the volume of games they won.
    I understand your point, but just wanted to clarify that Oregon and Ole Miss are in because they got auto-bids.

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    It's become more about who you lose to than who you beat in an effort to bring more mid majors to the dance. There is no way a conference like the ACC that has four programs with National Championships and the tough home court advantage that supports them, should get less invites than the A10 and MWC with five.

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    Yep. VCU, which obviously deserved a bid, got a 5 seed because they lost to Witchita State, Duke, Missouri, LaSalle, Temple and St. Louis twice. Their only good wins were Butler (home) and Memphis (neutral). Doesn't matter if you win against the majors, just that you played them. It's a participation trophy.
    Quote Originally Posted by TabbHokie View Post
    It's become more about who you lose to than who you beat in an effort to bring more mid majors to the dance. There is no way a conference like the ACC that has four programs with National Championships and the tough home court advantage that supports them, should get less invites than the A10 and MWC with five.

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