Thursday, February 28, 2008

Notre Dame Basketball Bubble Watch

Editor's Note: No Sports Minute this week, apparently. Good thing I already had this one up my sleeve.

It's that time again already. Fortunately, both teams are in great shape right now.

For those of you unfamiliar with my Bubble Watch formula, here's a synopsis. There are so many at large teams taken for each tournament - 34 in the men's tourney, and 33 in the women's. In theory, the selection committee will take the teams with the 34 or 33 highest RPI rankings that aren't also conference champions (and therefore automatic bids). So, a team should be in if
(Team's RPI) - (Number of automatic bids with higher RPI) > (Number of at large bids).

You wouldn't like him when he's angry.

ND Men's Basketball: As mentioned above, the "magic number" for the men is 34. The 21-5 men's team currently has an RPI of 21. There are no doubt a few conference leaders ahead of them too. If needed in the next few weeks, I'll break down the exact number of conference leaders ahead of them to get a better estimate.

ND Women's Basketball: The Notre Dame women look to be a lock already. The women are #14 in both polls, but thanks to the sixth hardest schedule in the country, they're at #10 in the RPI.