For the next few weeks (until Selection Sunday on March 17), we’ll update what the media is saying about the Charlotte 49ers men’s and women’s basketball NCAA tournament chances, as well as lay out what they’ll need to do to get in. We’ll also look at the remaining schedules (and opponent’s RPI) for both teams. It should be an interesting four weeks with both squads getting down to the wire.
The scoop: ESPN’s Joe Lunardi didn’t have the Niners in on his latest Bracketology (Friday)–and that was with a win at Butler. After a loss at Saint Louis, that won’t change. Jerry Palm from CBSSports.com, however, is singing a different tune, as he has Charlotte as an 11 seed in the East bracket against UNLV; he does have them on the bubble (which sounds about right).
Remaining schedule w/ RPI: Temple (52), Dayton (121), @ St. Bonaventure (124), @ Duquesne (212), Saint Joseph’s (83)
Our take: 5-0 and at least one win in the A-10 tournament will do it for sure. A loss to either St. Joe’s or Temple (or both) and two wins in Brooklyn might do it; anything less than 3-2 means they’ll have to win the tournament outright.
The scoop: After having the ladies out in last week’s Bracketology, ESPN’s Charlie Creme has them in this week (updated early morning Monday) as one of the “Last Four In” and an 11 seed in the Norfolk regional taking on Syracuse. Meanwhile, College Sports Madness has them as a “Last Eight In”, also as an 11 seed, taking on Oklahoma State in the Bridgeport regional.
Remaining schedule w/ RPI: @ UMass (295), @ La Salle (207), VCU (213), @ Richmond (110)
Our take: 4-0 is very achievable, and will certainly be enough for an at-large bid. A loss to Richmond wouldn’t hurt that much (wouldn’t help, either), but UMass, La Salle and VCU are landmines.