TCU Basketball is in a pretty good position ahead of Selection Sunday, with 20 wins, a 7-11 record in the country’s toughest conference (according to RPI) and a NET score in the top 50. In fact, by every metric, the Frogs are a top 50 team, which should make them all but a lock for the 68 team NCAA Tournament field.
If you’ve been following Anthony’s excellent Bubble Watch posts and reading Chris’ updated daily Rooting Guides, you know all of this, of course. Both have done a great job of keeping Frog fans informed of where the basketball program stands and where they can/should expect to be on Selection Sunday.
But, if you’re anything like me, you are sitting on pins and needles two days out from decision time, and would like to know every possible scenario as to where Jamie Dixon and co could end up next week. So, let’s lay it out. Here is a round-up of Bracketology from various sites around the world wide web:
Bracketology From Around the Web
|Inside the Hall||Andy Bottoms||10||Louisville||Des Moines, IA|
|Bleacher Report||Kerry Miller||10||Maryland||Hartford, CT|
|Sports Illustrated||Michael Beller||10||Cincinnatti||Tulsa, OK|
|CBS||Jerry Palm||11||Villanova||Hartford, CT|
|Stadium||Tim Krueger||11||Villanova||Des Moines, IA|
|USA Today||Shelby Mast/Scott Gleeson||11||Buffalo||Tulsa, OK|
|Fox Sports||Howie Schwab||11||VCU||Tulsa, OK|
|Bracketville||Bracket Guy Dave||11 (play-in game)||Alabama||Toledo/Des Moines|
|The Athletic||Brian Bennett||12||NC State||Hartford, CT|
|ESPN||Joe Lunardi||12 (play-in game)||Belmont||Toledo/Salt Lake City|
|SB Nation||Bill Riccette||12 (play-in game)||Alabama||Toledo/Hartford|
|Washington Post||Patrick Stevens||12 (play-in game)||Utah State||Hartford, CT|
In addition to the predictions, The Bracket Project - an aggregate scorer that takes into account every prediction available - has the Frogs pegged as a ten seed, averaged from the 113 brackets that they appear in. Five sites has the Frogs as a nine seed, one as an eight.
So what does this all mean?
It appears that TCU is a near-lock to make the field, assuming that there isn’t much more craziness in the coming days. They are probably as likely as likely to be in one of the First Four games as not. But as we saw a year ago, sometimes playing early, and getting in a rhythm, can be a good thing for a team with low expectations - just ask Syracuse.
We will update as we know more, when the conference tourneys are over tomorrow.
And we will have our answer Sunday, of course.