Team of the Day: Rhode Island
20-9 (6-8 Atlantic 10)
Computer numbers (courtesy of kenpom.com): RPI 66, SOS 104
I know that most readers would like the "Team of the Day" to focus on the positive, and teams like Houston, UAB and Kentucky did get important wins last night. However, when's the last time you've seen a team at this juncture of the season go from relatively safe to just about no hope of getting into the NCAA Tournament in the span of two weeks? That's what Rhody may have sealed last night in their 85-68 loss at George Washington, following three straight home losses (Xavier, UMass and St. Joseph's) that would have bolstered their resume. Now the Rams need to win their last two regular season games (@ La Salle, Charlotte) as well as make a run in the Atlantic 10 Tournament to have a shot at an at-large bid. The door isn't locked yet, but it's rapidly closing.
On the clock: Arizona State. The Sun Devils, who have already beaten Arizona and Stanford on their home floor, welcome UCLA tonight in a game that could add some serious beef to their tournament resume.