The four teams that just barely made it in on the right side of the bubble last year were BYU, Iona, South Florida, and Cal. Cal was in an absolutely horrible major conference - worse than the Big 12 this year - and finished 24-10. South Florida was 22-14.
Like I said, it's not a sure thing (that's what bubble means), but my point is that it looks like it would almost be difficult for ISU to miss the tournament, given the schedule and performances of the teams so far.
we need to limit our expectations people. As of right now, we are not making the tourney, but there are plenty of opportunities for us to get some big wins coming up
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As of today, Joe Lunardi Bracketology has the Cyclones as a 10 seed playing the dreaded play-in game with Illinois. The winner gets paired with a definate beatable San Diego State team..
I don't want a play-in game, but I would rather have a 10 seed than an 8 or a 9. Facing a #1 seed in the second game is brutal, as we know from last season
considering we had to play kentucky in louisville last year, i'd be willing to bet serious $$ we get a bracket with louisville in lexington. louisville will end up as a 2 and we'll get a 7.
If we can pull of getting the 6 seed in KC that would be HUGE
However, I also don't see Baylor and OSU finishing ahead of ISU in the Big 12, from what I have seen of them so far this year. ISU has to figure out a way to better contend with other team's bigs, but if they can do that......I think they can finish no lower than 4th in the conference, and maybe get as high as an 8 seed.
I'm just happy that our program is already to a point (in just 3 years) that were talking about being in the NCAA tourney and what our seed will be instead of looking for moral wins and possibly finishing .500 in conference play. We've come along ways since McDermotts last season at Iowa State. Its exciting times!
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One factor is he now has So. Miss in as C-USA auto bid, at 13 seed, with Memphis as at-large in 11 play-in. Still, I'm not sure why Boise, for example, would be alone on 11 line instead of moving ISU or Illinois to one of those spots as a play-in. Seems like it would start at the lowest seed lines possible.
I can understand how Temple got an 11 by itself, in his bracket arrangement, without ISU there -- avoids potential matchup with in-conference (KSU) in second round.