Sunday, January 26, 2020

Conference Troubles

Now, I know conference win and loss records are not taken into consideration when the bracket is built...however, there are some pretty awful records out there right now.  I'm not saying these teams are done for but all the pundits who keep talking about it not mattering are making some large assumptions on how February is going to go for these teams.  Yes, 9-11 in the Big Ten will get you in, probably without issue but that a huge leap from where these teams are as of 1/26.  Let's take a look at a couple of them.

Ohio State 2-6 in conference, 1-6 in their last 7.  A top 5 team in most polls at one time in the season the Buckeyes have fallen hard.  They have 12 games remaining which is basically 1 game against each Big 14 team.  They will need to go 7-5 at a minimum and it starts at Northwestern today

Michigan 2-6 in conference, 1-5 in their last 7.  They were in the top 10 for awhile but the wheels have come off.  Their schedule looks similar to Ohio State but they still have Nebraska twice.  I'm going out on a limb and saying only 1 of these teams makes it come March

Washington 2-6 in conference, 2-7 in their last 9.  They were reeling when they lost Quade Green.  Now I think its over.  An NIT bid is probably in their future.

Memphis 3-3 in conference, 2-4 in the last 6.  3-3 isnt' terrible but this is the AAC and not the B1G.  Memphis had high hopes but mashing up a bunch of freshman and hoping for a team does not always work.  Wiseman left and two players haven't livid up to the hype.  There are plenty of opportunities for wins but outside of Houston Quad 1 types aren't out there.  This is a double digit seed team at best.

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