This is the time of Championship Week where many of the mid-major conference tournaments crown its champions and reward them with automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.
However, a few teams have come up short in their quest to secure a spot in the Big Dance despite outstanding regular seasons.
Iona was one such team, losing in the MAAC semifinal over the weekend, and its hopes to now earn an at-large bid were covered here.
Two more teams—who each won 26 games this season—each lost on Monday night and put themselves in the same precarious position Iona already is in.
First, it was Drexel. It lost in the CAA Championship to VCU, 59-56. The Dragons won the league’s regular-season title, and will now have to hope that is significant enough in the eyes of the NCAA selection committee.
The other team to fall—perhaps more surprisingly—on Monday night was Oral Roberts. ORU also won the regular-season title, in the Summit League. The Golden Eagles went 17-1 in conference play, but picked a terrible time to lose just their second game against league competition all season.
After being denied a chance at an automatic bid, can Drexel or Oral Roberts still get in the Field of 68? Here’s a look at the case for each.
Updated RPI/SOS Rankings from realtimerpi.com.
Drexel: 27-6, 18-3* CAA; RPI: 70, SOS: 223
Oral Roberts: 27-6, 18-2* SUM; RPI: 49, SOS: 184
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