Gopher Basketball Bubble Watch: Edition 3, Jan. 23

Author:
Updated:
Original:

One week ago the Golden Gophers men's basketball team looked and felt like a surefire bubble team for the NCAA Tournament. After going 2-2 over a stretch of games against top 15 opponents, the Gophers now feel like a lock for the big dance.

Minnesota pounded ninth-ranked Wisconsin, 81-68 Wednesday night. Prior to that they took No. 5 Michigan State to overtime, beat No. 11 Ohio State and lost a tough game at No. 14 Iowa.

The Daily Gopher took notice of the impressive stretch, saying the Gophers are currently "safely off the bubble."

CBS Sports released its latest bracketology (process of predicting the field of the NCAA Tournament) on Tuesday and the Gophers were in charge of the No. 9 seed in the East Region. ESPN's Joe Lunardi took the win over the Badgers into account and has Minnesota as the No. 9 seed in the South Region.

The Gophers are 15-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten. The next three games look very winnable as they play at Nebraska on Sunday, versus Northwestern and on the road at Purdue.

Remember, the Gophers will likely need eight or nine conference wins to receive an invitation to the tournament.

Statistical data, outside of wins, will play a large role in the Gophers' chances of reaching the tournament. RPI and BPI, as defined below, are very important.

RPI: Rating Percentage Index, a number used to rank teams based on strength of schedule and weight said team’s wins and losses. It is one of the numbers considered heavily by the selection committee when it chooses tournament participants.

BPI: Basketball Power Index, a similar ranking system that produces a number based on not only what the RPI considers, but more in depth numbers as well.

Here's the statistical case the Gophers are making, according to ESPN.

RECORD: 15-5 (4-3 in the B1G)

RPI: 21

SOS: 4 

BPI: 33 

VS. RPI TOP 25: 3-3

VS. RPI TOP 50: 3-4

VS. RPI TOP 100: 5-5

BAD LOSSES (defined by us as losses to teams outside the top-68 in RPI): Arkansas

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Wolves-Grizzlies game off, KAT tests postive for COVID

The Timberwolves star was among several players that are dealing with COVID-related issues.

minnesota state fair

Planning for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair is underway

The fair suffered huge financial losses due to COVID-19, but organizers are moving forward with planning "different scenarios" for this summer.

Screen Shot 2021-01-15 at 2.16.44 PM

Heather Brown named as new WCCO 'This Morning' anchor

She will be joining Jason DeRusha on the CBS affiliate's Morning Show.

DPS John Harrington

DPS Commissioner: No credible threats to state Capitol, but ready if something arises

Local and state law enforcement officials have a plan in case a threat arises.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Here are snow totals from Thursday-Friday winter storm

It's a slushy mess in the metro, but snow did pile up in southern counties.

tim walz

Walz fury after report that government's COVID vaccine reserve is nonexistent

The Washington Post reported Friday that the Trump Administration has shipped out all the vaccines it has already, with none in reserve.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on MLK Day 2021?

Local government offices will generally be closed on Monday.

BMTN 900x450 (8)

Company that falsely promised student loan forgiveness banned from MN

It's also been ordered to repay $11,499 in fees taken from Minnesotans.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for January 15

Hospitalizations are the lowest in Minnesota since October 25.

Sars-Cov-2

Osterholm: B117 COVID strain could become major issue in 6-8 weeks

The B117 variant is believed to be more easily transmitted.

Related