The Gaels are in a similar spot to where they were in 2016, when they were left out of the NCAA Tournament field despite a 27-5 record and a No. 37 RPI.
This year, through games of Friday afternoon, there are only three such teams: Duke (second adjusted offensive efficiency, 11th adjusted defensive efficiency), Michigan State (10th, seventh) and Gonzaga (11th, 17th).
The Sun Devils are not the first ranked team to face mid-season adversity and they certainly won't be the last. Duke is the third-best team by the site's figures, with Division I's third-best offense and seventh-best defense. This team is begging to stay at home.
Michigan, Purdue, and Michigan State have all been involved in a major argument.
More than a quarter of those have come in the last three seasons as 13 teams have been selected since 2015 with that number of losses.
Numerous teams already know that they're in thanks to winning conference tournaments. The Cavaliers have been superb for most of Coach Tony Bennett's nine seasons, with four regular-season titles in the traditionally tough Atlantic Coast Conference.
A total of 10 teams will fight for conference supremacy over the next four days, with the victor getting an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
Kyle Guy and Virginia grabbed the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-3 senior guard played his first two seasons at Kansas State but is averaging 20.3 points for Creighton. If the Bruins win, they will face No. 6 Florida on Thursday, March 15.
Traditionally, teams with RPI's above 70 don't make the field.
Villanova comes into the tournament with a five-game winning streak after having earned the Big East Conference tournament title with a 76-66 overtime victory over the Providence Friars.
My projected bracket had Saint Mary's and Southern California instead of Syracuse and Arizona State, but look elsewhere for outrage.
Notre Dame did its best to strengthen its case late in the season after forward Bonzie Colson returned from injury, going 3-2 with a close loss to Virginia, but it wasn't enough.
Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, said the scandal will be discussed during studio segments of the tournament broadcast, but it will mostly be limited during game coverage to if there is a school, coach or player directly affected by the investigation or subsequent news related to the scandal. St. Mary's was left out despite going 28-5 and beating Gonzaga because, Rasmussen said, it did not have enough quality wins, even as he acknowledged that it is structurally hard for teams outside basketball's six power conferences to schedule top nonleague competition. Many times. If the trend continues, the bragging about RPI and KenPom rankings next year will continue to feel more like propaganda than truth, more like something to hang the league by than to prop it up with. It also features arguably the nation's most electric player in Trae Young, who led Oklahoma in as a No. 10 seed despite going 2-8 down the stretch. With that in mind, CBS and Turner executives looked at the move to TBS and Atlanta as an opportunity to make some changes.