Countdown to Selection Sunday: 17 days
Wednesday night in college basketball was marked more by missed opportunities by teams sitting on the NCAA Tournament bubble.
The most notable of those teams was Minnesota, who led most of the game before collapsing down the stretch in a loss to No. 6 Michigan State. In a matter of three minutes of playing time, the Gophers went from a team perhaps heading to the right side of the bubble, to a team on the verge of falling out of consideration altogether.
Meanwhile, Minnesota’s Big Ten rival Purdue took care of business in its contest. The Boilermakers handled Nebraska at home, 83-65. The win over the last-place Huskers moved Purdue over .500 in conference play, with a game at Michigan coming up this weekend.
In the SEC, LSU also did its job against a conference foe at the bottom of its league. The Tigers defeated Georgia 61-53 in Baton Rouge, continuing their recent run of good play. Like Purdue, LSU also moved above .500 in league play, at 7-6. It remained in a tie with Tennessee for fourth place in the SEC.
With both teams holding a winning record in their conference at the moment, which is in better position to grab one of the final NCAA Tournament bids handed out? Here’s a look, with summary statistics provided below.
Purdue: 18-10, 8-7 Big Ten; RPI: 50, SOS: 28
LSU: 17-10, 7-6 SEC; RPI: 64, SOS: 59
Notable common opponents: Alabama (Purdue lost to, LSU split with), Northwestern (Purdue swept, LSU lost to)
RPI Information from realtimerpi.com, updated 2/23