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    ESPN Bracketology Math (Jan. 14)

    Another insider feature from the ESPN bracketology guru Joe Lunardi has some interesting information and an up-to-date look at how the latest games have affected the potential field for this years tournament...

    The latest information shows the Big 12 getting 7 teams into the tournament: KU, Texas, Mizzou, aTm, K-State are all solid-in at the moment, with Baylor and Oklahoma State rounding out the bubble teams that are in. A note that Oklahoma State is one of the final four at-large teams predicted in...

    The bubble teams, but out include two Big 12 teams: Nebraska (18 spots off the last-in) and Iowa State (currently 19 spots off the last-in)!


    Given what is predicted based upon the computer rankings, if we can finish 8-8 in conference we would likely be a solid bubble team for the NCAA Tourney. While it is far from an easy path, it is one that isn't too far out of reach! With this teams heart and determination, winning those that we are supposed to and pulling off at least one upset is something I think they can strive for.



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    Re: ESPN Bracketology Math (Jan. 14)

    Tap the brakes.



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    Re: ESPN Bracketology Math (Jan. 14)

    Let's worry about getting into the NIT this year. I'd consider that an obtainable stretch, though with an injured Scotty I am not entirely confident about that.



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    Re: ESPN Bracketology Math (Jan. 14)

    let's worry about winning a conf game before going 8-8...



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    Re: ESPN Bracketology Math (Jan. 14)

    Sorry for the misinterpretation and hope for success...

    Notice in the original post I said "Given what is predicted based upon the computer rankings...", while I certainly agree that this needs to be take one step at at time thus far the computer's expectations for our games have done fairly well.

    I guess this is just another thread with good publicity for our team that is supposed to be in the bottom of the Big 12.



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    Re: ESPN Bracketology Math (Jan. 14)

    Its pretty neat to be mentioned as a bubble team.



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    Re: ESPN Bracketology Math (Jan. 14)

    We are not going to the NCAA tournament. NIT is the best this team can hope for, and that would be a huge accomplishment.



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    Re: ESPN Bracketology Math (Jan. 14)

    Quote Originally Posted by SvrWxCy View Post
    Sorry for the misinterpretation and hope for success...

    Notice in the original post I said "Given what is predicted based upon the computer rankings...", while I certainly agree that this needs to be take one step at at time thus far the computer's expectations for our games have done fairly well.

    I guess this is just another thread with good publicity for our team that is supposed to be in the bottom of the Big 12.
    I like the positive pub, for what it's worth. Seems to be a buzz around the program this season that I haven't seen since ... probably since ISU was considered a bonafide tournament contender.

    I'm sure I contradict myself from one post to another, alternating between stick-in-the-mud negative realism and hyper-optimism. I'm even at war with myself about it:

    1: Despite the uphill climb required to get to the Real Tournament, I refuse to rule out the possibility yet. Opportunity lies ahead. I think ISU is on the bracketology radar because the overall record is still OK, and the losses (a) aren't considered bad losses; (b) the conference losses were (i) a close one vs. a team on equal footing; (ii) non-blowout vs. No. 3 team that also happens to be named Kansas.

    2: Unless this team starts winning the Almost games, even an NIT bid will prove hard to attain. So far, despite promising signs of motivation in the face of limitations, they haven't achieved that.


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    Re: ESPN Bracketology Math (Jan. 14)

    I might have jumped on the 8-8 bandwagon if we had won at Neb. However I think 4-6 wins is going to hard enough.



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    Re: ESPN Bracketology Math (Jan. 14)

    If Colorado keeps on playing the way they have been they will soon be in the discussion as well.


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