NCAA Tournament Bubble Breakdown: Iona vs. California

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NCAA Tournament Bubble Breakdown: Iona vs. California
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On Sunday, two teams that had each been on top on their conference standings lost crucial games.

Iona, the regular-season champion in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference fell in the semifinal round of the conference tournament.  The Gaels’ 85-75 loss to fourth-seeded Fairfield means they now will have to wait until Selection Sunday to find out if they receive an NCAA Tournament bid.

In the Pac-12, California lost its regular-season finale at rival Stanford, 75-70.  The loss knocked the Bears out of a first-place tie with Washington and into a tie for second with Oregon.  With the Pac-12 being a much lower-rated conference than usual, a regular-season league title may have been a key to locking up an at-large bid if Cal fails to win the league tournament.

How do the NCAA Tourney prospects for Cal and Iona look after their tough losses over the weekend?  Here is a look at the case for each.

Updated RPI/SOS Rankings from

Iona: 25-7, 16-4* MAAC; RPI:  48; SOS:  143.

California: 23-8, 13-5 Pac-12; RPI:  37; SOS:  94

Notable common opponents:  Denver (both beat)

*Includes two games played in MAAC Tournament


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