2016 Barnes Bracketology – Bubble Watch Special

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It’s that annual tradition of Barnes Bracketology where I lay out the resumes of the bubble teams and let you decide if I’m right or wrong about the bubble teams. I’ll be honest, this is the hardest part, coming up with those last few teams. It’s splitting hairs to decide who should get in the field. It all depends on which metric you like most. Maybe it’s RPI. Maybe it’s strength of schedule. Maybe it’s recent performance or quality wins vs. bad losses. So many different ways to slice it.


And so without further adieu, here are the numbers (as of 3/7) in RPI order. The color coding just defines how I see them in the bracket right now. I included 3 teams that I think will win their conference tournaments but in case they don’t, they will be very much in the bubble mix.

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Alright, that’s all for now. I’ll have a new bracket posted on Thursday. It may feature some drastic changes as I re-evaluate every team closely for the last time, because come Thursday’s games, we will be making just some subtle changes to seedings and making more time figuring out who gets in and who gets out, as I’m sure the committee will be doing as well.

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