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Rootability Saturday - How we get to Selection Sunday

All week we have taken a look at the bubble and how we get inside it. But the Wolfpack is still alive, and most of the teams there are dead. And Rootability is all about who to root for, which requires that a team actually play a game. So let's go through the entire Saturday conference tourney lineup and decide who to pull for.

  • N.C. STATE BEATS DUKE. Yes I know we are going to win the whole tourney and get into the next tourney and win that too. That will factor into some of the rootabilities.
  • Current bubble, per Lunardi (because you gotta use someone): Starting with the last four byes, in presumably descending order. Teams still alive are in bold with their next opponent in parenthesis. SMU, St.Joe's (St. Bonnie, A-10 semi), Tennessee (Florida, SEC semi), Xavier, Dayton, Nebraska, Providence, BYU (last team in, per Lunardi and Palm), So.Miss, Minnesota, FSU, Arkansas, Cal, Missouri, NC STATE, St.John's.
  • So almost none of these teams can help themselves. And I think NC State should be about five places higher, but that is not the topic of this post.
  • Albany vs. Stony Brook (Am.East final) - Stony Brook is the Sea Wolves. QED.
  • Tulsa/LaTech (C-USA final) - La.Tech is a marginal bubble team, Tulsa is not. Pull for Techsters.
  • SEC semis: Tennessee/Fla - The Tennessee win keeps getting better, might as well keep that going. Losing to Florida is not going to hurt their profile anyway. UK/Ga - Would like to pull for GA on general principle and also as bank-shot way of weakening Arkansas' bid, but Georgia is a bid stealer who needs to go home.
  • Pitt/UVA - Oh, this is tough. Can you beat a good team twice in a week? Is Pitt even a good team? How bad a matchup is UVA? If we beat UVa in the final, would Pitt be one of the teams we jump over in the seedings? Really want to know if beating 2, 3, and 1 seeds in the ACC tournament would get us up to a 7-seed in the NCAA. You really want to avoid that 8-9 game if possible, and I have a feeling that is the most likely landing place if we win the ACC. Hell with it - I pick Pitt - that will turn Sunday into a home game.
  • A-10 Semis: St.Bonnie/St.Joe - Losing to St.Bonn can actually hurt you in the ranking. But the Bonnies are also a bid stealer, so you can't pull for them unless you have a lot of faith in GW/VCU. I think St.Joe's is clearly ahead of State if both lose today, but State has a real chance to jump over them with a win and avoid the play-in round. Go with the Bonnies, as well as VCU which had four ACC opponents compared to two for GW, so helps the RPI.
  • Big 10 semis: OSU-Mich; MichSt-Wisc - pull for Michigan and Michigan State, had more common opponents with NC State. And also Bucky Badger pisses me off, even though Madison is a pretty cool town.
  • Sun Belt semis: ArkSt/GaSt - Arkansas State is the Red Wolves, so that settles that. ULL/WKy - neither of these teams even has a common opponent with NC State. Both wear red. Neither is in a place that is at all worth visiting, but Cajun food is good, so pick Layfayette.
  • Prairie View / TexSn (SWAC final) - I think you have to take Prairie View just to see a team with 22 losses in the NCAA tournament. Note that they are not actually on the Prairie, but they can see it.
  • UCLA/Arizona (PAC-12 final) - UCLA has three common opponents with State, Arizona has two (yet somehow the SunBelt semi has teams that don't overlap with us at all.) Also, this could solidify UCLA as ahead of UNC in seeding. Rootability is all about finding your reasons.
  • UConn/Louisville (AAC final) - God was with me, and told me that I hate UConn. And I've got nothing against Louisville, who wears red and ought to be seeded higher than most brackets show them.
  • New Mexico/SD State (MWC final) - UNM is the Lobos, which is Spanish for Wolves, and they wear red, and they play in The Pit. NC State has also played in The Pit. Even better, that is the real name. Not Taco Bell Center, or High Plains Bank Arena, or Melvin C. Whitsall Coliseum. Just The Pit.
  • NC Central / Morgan State (MEAC final) - Central keeps looking at the schedule and saying "I can't believe we played a team that lost to Wake." Keep representin' Eagles - we'll do what we can to help your RPI.
  • Sam Houston / SF Austin (Southland final) - Not even looking anything up here. SF Austin, whatever their mascot is, absolutely deserves to make the tournament after winning 26 in a row.
  • Toledo/W.Michigan (MAC final) - Pull for Toledo - their top 35 RPI is scary, even though no one has them on bubble lists. We played W.Michigan one time, but I don't think it was this season, so we got nothing riding on this.
  • North Dakota / Weber St (Big Sky final) - Man, I loved that Harold Arceneux game. Didn't you love that game?
  • Providence / Creighton (Big East final) - We are taking that bye Providence thinks they have right now. Dougie, keep doing your thing.
  • Baylor/Iowa State (Big 12 final) - I will pull for Iowa State, who are valiantly fighting against the Virginiafication of college basketball.
  • Idaho/NM State (WAC final) - This is one of three tournament finals being played in Vegas today. Maybe that's where the ACC should go instead of Brooklyn. I take New Mexico State, because I like the state of New Mexico (even though the school might as well be in El Paso - which, as you know, is in Arizona.)
  • Cal Poly / CS Northridge (Big West final) - Cal Poly, amazingly, had four games against NC State opponents. (Northridge had three, but all three were against Long Beach State, and beating them last night hurts our RPI, so I'm holding a one day grudge.) Note that there will be no teams with winning records, overall or in conference, in the "Big" West final.
  • That's it. Happy WolfDay everybody!
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