Our look at bracketology continues with two teams from what are thought to be the two best conferences in the country. Both already have double digit loss totals and need strong finishes.
If you review the college basketball odds on futures below, the chances of each team winning the championship does not in any way correlate to their RPI rankings. The substantial difference comes into play because Baylor played six non-lined contests compared to just two for Providence.
Bracket Boys Joe Lunardi (ESPN) and Jerry Palm (CBS) both have Baylor as – Last Four Out. Lunardi has Providence in same group while Palm has the Friars already in as 10-seed. KenPom.com has the teams rating flipped, with the Bears 37th and Providence all the way down to 74th.
Conference: Big 12 (1st according to Sagarin Ratings)
Record: 17-11 SU (13-8 ATS)
Current RPI: 61
Best Wins: Kansas and Texas Tech (at home)
Worst Losses: @Iowa State
5Dimes Odds To Win NCAA Tournament: 20,000 to 1
NCAA Tournament History: 13-13
Key Games Remaining: All – @TCU, Oklahoma and @K-State
Assembling prolonged winning streaks in the Big 12 this season is very difficult. Nonetheless, Baylor had won five in a row and West Virginia at home and ended up playing one of their worst half’s of the season in a loss to the Mountaineers. Coach Scott Drew’s squad needs an immediate reboot. That will require a 3-0 finish, which would mean two important road wins versus teams already presumed in field of 68. With a 2-7 (5-4 ATS) road record, that would appear to be a tall order.