March Madness: Which Bubble Teams Didn’t Get In?

Sad+John+CapilariThere are 340 Division-I teams in college basketball eligible for the postseason NCAA Tournament. Obviously, not every team can get an invite.

These teams were all on the bubble, but failed to make it into the field of 68.

There were some big upsets (Middle Tennessee State) and a few teams that deserved a nod, were passed over.

Here is a list of bubble teams that had their bubble burst.

Hint: John Calipari is sad.

Kentucky Wildcats (21-11) – It doesn’t surprise me. The loss of Nerlens Noel was too much for the freshman-heavy team to overcome.

Virginia Cavaliers (21-11) – As I mentioned in a previous post, they had too many bad losses.

Iowa Hawkeyes (21-12) – Although they went 9-9 in the tough Big Ten, their non-conference schedule was uneventful.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles (25-9) – They didn’t have a single marquee win. Even thought they only have nine losses, this was an easy decision.

Tennessee Volunteers (20-12) – Tennessee was probably the first team out of the field. They have marquee wins, but just as many bad losses.

Alabama Crimson Tide (21-12) – The SEC was top-heavy this season. The middle of the road teams in the conference were vanilla. The bad loss versus Mercer is probably the reason they will be in the NIT this season.

Baylor Bears (19-14) – Baylor had too many close losses for the committee to put them in. They had a horrible run at the end of February when they were 1-5. I’m not sure why they were even on the bubble in the first place.

Arizona State Sun Devils (21-12) – The loss to Stanford and an RPI in the 80s kept them out of the Big Dance.

Massachusetts Minutemen (21-11) – UMass jumped back on the bubble after defeating Temple in the A-10 tournament, but their bubble burst when they lost to VCU in the next game.

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