Fired Bill Carmody: NU bubble watch

Monday, February 25, 2008

NU bubble watch

i mentioned this back in a November post, but there is a third post-season tournament starting this year.

loyal FBC reader Marc Bergman recognized that according to the latest Jeff Sagarin numbers...

if the NCAA takes 65 teams and the NIT took (theoretically) 64 more and then the 3rd tournament took the next 64 (again, theoretically), that totals 193. Which would leave NU as the first team out.

and that is yet another clear example of how far back our basketball program is: you could create the tournament bracket THREE TIMES and you still would find more deserving teams than us.

4 Comments:

Blogger buckyor said...

Per the linked article, the NIT only invites 32 teams, and this new tournament invites 16. That's 113 teams, leaving the Cats well off the bubble.

Sagarin's numbers also significantly overstate NU's RPI (or in our case, RIP), at least compared to CBS Sportsline, where we have dropped to 226. That's about 19 spots behind Chicago State, for anyone counting, and puts us in about the 33d percentile.

The only way we'd get an invite is if they opened the tournament to everyone, like a lot of state high school tourneys.

I note that Princeton is at virtually the very bottom, 330 out of 341. Kind of revealing, isn't it?

2/26/08, 10:50 AM  
Blogger #1 blogger said...

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2/26/08, 3:11 PM  
Blogger #1 blogger said...

understood that the math does not work out in reality. this was more an effort in jest, since we're running out of ways to demonstrate NU's futility.

2/26/08, 5:27 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Dear genius,
U math it
U drop it
U invite it
U note it

Marc

2/27/08, 10:00 AM  

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