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MTSU has an RPI of 35 and is 20-4, one of a handful of teams to reach 20 wins already this season.
They have won 9 in a row and have 7 games left to close out the season, of which they could win them all except for losing to us. That said, I think they can grab an at large bid, if they win at least one in the SBC tourney.
In the event that they do not win the SBC, I think two bids is a real possibility. I'd like that second bid to be us. Even at 9-4 in conference, we have been very inconsistent. Got to tighten that up.
Even if they win out, their rpi will likely drop because of the rpi of the teams they will face the rest of the season.
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MTSU's good wins are Central Florida (neutral site), Ole Miss and at Vandy
They have no "bad" losses (Florida, Akron, Belmont, at Ark St in OT)
I think they're definitely an at-large team and the Belt should get two teams if they don't win the tournament
Gene or Doug (or anyone else who knows),
If MTSU lost in the conference tournament (say to us in the championship game -- poetic justice) and got an at-large to the NCAA Tournament, wouldn't the money from the units stay in the Sun Belt? The units wouldn't follow MTSU to C-USA would they?
That's right. They represent the Sun Belt this year whether they have the auto bid or are an at-large.
They would be representing the Sun Belt so I'd assume the money would go to the Sun Belt.
But will they receive any of the money as part of the revenue sharing by the Conference? Guess that could be asked about all 4 schools? I would assume that was addressed when working out the details of them leaving the conference, especially with the July date of their departure.
IT'S OUR TIME! GO JAGS!!
NCAA units and media money are left behind.
That was one of the reasons the Catholic 7 were trying to keep the Big East name but eliminate football, so they could keep all the basketball money.
That was all about money? I thought for sure it was because of the heritage and the fear that struck people when they heard the name Big East.
My theory of two bids if MTSU doesn't win the tourney, might just have a big hole in it.
I heard Jerry Palm today on the XM College BBall show be asked whether any mid-majors deserved at-large bids. He only named two and said Belmont, with its win over MTSU, as its only Top 50 RPI win, wasn't even worthy of consideration.
Palm is usually pretty close to spot on, so MTSU has work to do.
Our overall conference RPI is right in the middle of the pack at 14, so not awful. The Jags, before FSU got exposed as a pretender, had the best win OOC. FSU stinks now.
From ESPN's "Bubble Watch":
"Middle Tennessee [22-4 (14-1), RPI: 29, SOS: 106] This is one of those Bubble Watch blurbs I won't have to update every week (fair warning!), because the Blue Raiders' situation is simple: They have a good but not slam-dunk at-large profile with only one bad loss, which they suffered all the way back on Jan. 3. The rest of their Sun Belt schedule includes only one team not ranked below 150 in the RPI (Arkansas Little-Rock, No. 148). Just like in 2012, there is very little margin for bad-loss error. Welcome to life as the Sun Belt's best."
MTSU's remaining schedule. I see them going 4-1 at worst and finishing the regular season 26-5. Good enough for an at-large if they don't win the Sun Belt
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