Selection Sunday: 6 p.m. Sunday, on CBS
When 6 p.m. rolls around this coming Sunday night, there will be quite a few teams that will be anxiously waiting for their fate to be determined by the selection committee.
These are teams are not so secure when it comes to landing an at-large bid come Sunday night and will have to keep their fingers crossed.
For some of these teams, their chances are not looking so good.
Xavier: The Muskateers came into the season with a ton of hype being a mid-major that could make some headway in the tournament. They have failed to live up to those expectations and may fail to make the tournament because of it. Nothing against the Atlantic 10, it is a great basketball conference, but Xavier only compiled a pedestrian 10-6 conference record during the regular season.
A loss to Hawaii during the non-conference schedule doesn't help either. Xavier can still win the A-10 Tournament and receive an automatic bid, but in my eyes, that is the only way the Muskateers will be go dancing this season.
Tennessee: The Volunteers are another team that is still alive in their conference tournament, but that is their only window of opportunity. The 'Vols have only18 wins and two more would put them into the SEC Tournament Final, which may warrant an at-large bid just because they made a good run at the conference title. But if the committee looks at the entire resume, it's not all that impressive.
Tennessee does have quality wins over Florida and Vanderbilt, but have terrible losses to Pitt, Austin Peay, Georgia, Charleston and Oakland. Twenty regular season wins may save the Vols, but, more than likely, too many bad losses will keep them out.
Drexel: The Dragons had a chance to secure an automatic bid, but lost to VCU in the Colonial Tournament Final. Usually that means their season is done, but the Dragons almost have too good of a record to leave out. Drexel has posted a record of 27-6. Before its loss to VCU, Drexel won 19 in a row. A record that good is hard to pass over no matter what conference a team is in or their strength of schedule.
The Colonial is usually a one bid league, but with Drexel's impressive record the league should receive a second. I don't see how the committee can explain leaving out a team with nearly 30 victories, but stranger things have happened.
Seton Hall: The Pirates may not make the tournament, simply, due to the fact the committee does not want to give the Big East 10 teams in the tournament. According to Joe Lunardi's most recent bracket, the Big East will receive nine teams, making Seton Hall the 10th.
The Pirates' resume isn't all that impressive, either. They have losses to Villanova, Rutgers and DePaul—none of whom are going to be anywhere near the postseason. The Pirates do have 20 wins, which is a positive, but they may be one of those few 20-win teams that are left out of the tournament.