College Basketball Bubble Watch
Collective wisdom leads to better bubbling
Now a confession: This feature wouldn't be the same without you.
When this year's version of the Drive to 65 kicked off in January, it included a request that your questions and comments be polite and fact-based. So far, you all have delivered. Big time.
As such, this feature really is more of a living trust that's being shared by its multitude of readers. As much as any writer strives to be perfect in interpretation, the truth is that no person can analyze nearly 100 teams (including those not quite on the watch) as well as each of you knows the individual team you root for. It's truly 1 vs. 100.
Much of the e-mail has been extremely interesting (like the suggestions to look closer at VCU's schedule and the Purdue/Illinois comparison). Some of it has been a little less useful (like the Florida State fan who wondered why High Point wasn't mentioned as a quality win for the Noles, or the occasional person who doesn't read the disclaimer on non-DI wins and writes that a team's record is incorrect).
Either way, the point is that it's you, the reader, who is empowered to make the piece even better, providing clarification and refinement and added detail that makes the bubble picture all that much crisper.
If you watch the somewhat-goofy game show, you know that the mob's collective intellect eventually overcomes the sole competitor (or the player realizes it is going to and takes the cash). In this venue, the one and the (almost) 100 are working toward the same goal, and we are all the better for that.
Here's the latest bubble picture:
|The Bubble Breakdown|
|CONFERENCE||LOCKS||SHOULD BE INS||AT-LARGES TAKEN (OUT OF 34)
(assuming no auto bid outlier)
As always, I've tried to be as inclusive as possible while only including teams that would have a reasonable chance of at least being discussed if this were Selection Sunday. If your team's not on here, there's probably a good reason (or three) -- start with the RPI and SOS numbers and work your way down.
(Please remember, per selection committee criteria, that records displayed are Division I only. Next update: Mar. 1)
If you have a legitimate grievance, or just like talking bubble, send an e-mail. Polite ones with fact-based arguments have a much better chance of receiving a response. I apologize in advance if I can't get back to all of you.