It is less than three weeks to selection Sunday and as we saw this past week, the pressure is mounting on teams from coast to coast and many are struggling at the wrong time of the year.
In a season full of chaos, Virginia Tech and USC are trying to rise above it and get into the field of 68, but even opinions vary on them at the current time. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi does not have either club dancing, just close, looking in the window from the outside. Conversely, CBS expert Jerry Palm has the Trojans as an 11-seed and the Hokies rather comfortably in as a 9-seed.
Also, if you look at RPI rating and compare them to KenPom.com they are the opposite. While the Men of Troy are 12 spots higher than Virginia Tech, KenPom.com has the Hokies 34th and USC down to 52nd.
With both teams having loaded remaining schedules plus their conference tournament, anything is possible, so let’s break it down.
Conference: ACC (6th)
Record: 19-9 SU (16-11-1 ATS)
Current RPI: 42
Best Wins: Nothing remarkable
Worst Losses: Princeton, SMU, Texas A&M (the last two look worse now)
5Dimes Odds To Win NCAA Tournament: 20,000 to 1
NCAA Tournament History: 14-20
Key Games Remaining: All- @Colorado, @Utah and UCLA