Going 2-0 on a road trip is never a bad thing in college basketball. It becomes a really good thing when one of the teams you beat is 17-0 in conference play, on track for a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament, and hasn't lost at home in 41 games and for 4 years and 1 month to a conference opponent.
It was a good week for BYU basketball. How well has it impacted the Cougars' tournament chances? Again, there are a lot of moving parts to getting an at-large bid. Obviously BYU's performance in Las Vegas will matter, as will a dozen other teams' performances as they finish up their regular season and play in conference tournaments.
As for this moment in time, I've compiled a profile of data from bracketologists and records to take a look at where the Cougars stand relative to qualifying for the NCAA tournament.
Record: 23-8 (8-1 since loss to San Diego)
Road: 8-3 | Neutral: 2-2 | Combined: 10-5
RPI: 37 (+21)
KenPom: 26 (+7)
Sagarin: 32 (+5)
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
KenPom: 76 (+9)
Sagarin: 82 (+6)
RPI W-L PROFILE
Top 50: 1-3
Joe Lunardi, ESPN
Last team (#68) in
12-seed vs. (12) Temple in Dayton
Jerry Palm, CBS
First team out (#69)
Chris Dobbertean, SB Nation
Last team in (#68)
11-seed vs. (11) Oregon in Dayton
Dave Ommen, NBC
Last Five In (second-to-last #67)
11-seed vs. (11) Boise State in Dayton
12-seed vs. (12) Tulsa in Dayton
Appearing in 60 of 95 brackets
With this bubble status it will be good to keep an eye on John Templon's NIT Bracketology.
John Templon, NIT Bracketology
STATUS: NCAA Tournament
Not included in NIT field, listed in last 5 in.
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The Cougars now have a really good RPI, a good road record, and a marquee win on its side. Take care of business in Vegas, and it looks like a bid could be theirs.