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What's your bet on at-large bids for non-power conference teams this year?
It looks like the usual suspects outside of the Big Six are going to be multibid leagues. The AAC will send a few, the Mountain West has a couple of worthy teams, and the A10 and Gonzaga Conference both got lucky and had their guaranteed teams lose in the conference tourney.

Other than that, do you see any teams outside the power conferences getting at-large bids? Depending upon where you look, bracketologists are showing varying amounts of love for Belmont, Furman, UNC-Greensboro, and even Lipscomb as at least a bubble team. How real are their chances?
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RE: What's your bet on at-large bids for non-power conference teams this year?
Belmont should be in. If they aren’t, it’s a robbery. Furman should also make it, but I doubt they will. Lipscomb and UNCG would beat multiple of the scrub SEC and Big 12 teams that will get bids.
03-17-2019 04:04 AM
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RE: What's your bet on at-large bids for non-power conference teams this year?
Locks:
Gonzaga (yeah I know...)
Nevada
Cincinnati (or Houston, regardless of who wins the AAC champ game today both are in)
UCF
VCU

Teams that deserve in but will get screwed:
Furman
Memphis
Belmont
Lipscomb

Team that some G5 fans will say is getting screwed but I think shouldn't be in:
UNC Greensboro

Power conference teams that don't deserve in but will get in on their name alone:
St. Johns (NET of just 73!!!)
Arizona State (Pac 12 was awful this year. NET rating only 63 for ASU! Don't deserve in)
Minnesota
Seton Hall
Ohio State ($)
TCU
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RE: What's your bet on at-large bids for non-power conference teams this year?
Florida and Ole Miss have no business making the tourney.
03-18-2019 02:55 AM
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RE: What's your bet on at-large bids for non-power conference teams this year?
Was happy to see Belmont get in over TCU in my prognostications above.

I think this Arizona State/St. Johns first four game is an abomination.
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RE: What's your bet on at-large bids for non-power conference teams this year?
(03-18-2019 09:58 AM)_x_ Wrote:  Was happy to see Belmont get in over TCU in my prognostications above.

I think this Arizona State/St. Johns first four game is an abomination.

Agreed on the Belmont pick, although I do think it might have just been a bone they threw to those of us who want to see more non-power conference teams get a shot. The Stanford AD (head of the selection committee, if I caught the interview correctly) basically said, in reference to a mid-major who didn't get in (UNCG, I think), "Well, there were two non-power schools who maybe deserved it, so we figured it'd be fair to put one of them in."
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