March Madness for Buckeyes, Flyers, and Raiders

Well, its that time of year again.  Its March!  That can only mean one thing for college basketball, March Madness!  Here is a breakdown of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Dayton Flyers, and Wright State Raiders basketball teams.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are currently tied for 5th place with Minnesota in the Big 10 Conference Standings with a 17-12 (8-8) record.  The Buckeyes are currently 55 in the RPI and have two games left against two great basketball teams – 1st place Purdue who is 28th in the RPI and Michigan State who is 14th in the RPI. 

In Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology on ESPN.com, as of February 29th, he has OSU as 1 of the 4 teams that are on the bubble and in the last 4 out category.  Unfortuantely, that isn’t updated and doesn’t include the recent 71-57 loss at Minnesota this past Saturday.   The loss against Minnesota was the Buckeyes fourth straight loss and definitely took them away from making the NCAA tourney.  However, if the Buckeyes can win their two remaining games, that would be huge and defnitiely put them right back on the bubble of making the NCAA tourney.  If the Buckeyes can win against Purdue and Michigan State, and at least get to the Big 10 Semi-finals, then my predicition is they will make the NCAA tourney.

The Dayton Flyers are currently tied for 12th place with Duquesne in the A-10 Conference with a 18-9 (6-8) record.  The Dayton Flyers are currently 35 in the RPI. The Flyers are currently projected to be NIT bound.  The Flyers need to win their two remaining games and win at least 2 games in the A-10 Tournament in New Jersey to have a chance of making the NCAA tourney.  Even though they have done sub-par in the A-10, their 14-1 start and being nationally ranked for 4 weeks in a row and 2 great non-conference wins against Pitt and Louisville makes it possible for the Flyers to make the NCAA, assuming they win at least 4 games in a row.

The Wright State Raiders are currently in second place of the Horizon League with a 20-9 (12-6) conference record.  Wright State is 72 in the RPI and should make the NIT, unless they lose their 1st game in Horizon League tournament and their RPI plummets, then they probably won’t have to much trouble getting into the NIT.  The only way they can make the NCAA tournament is if they win the whole Horizon League Tournament.  There maybe a slim outside chance Wright State could suprise us all and win the Horizon League tourney, while Dayton and OSU are playing in the NIT. 

I think all 3 teams will at least make the NIT.  It will be interesting to see and watch as March Madness starts.

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