Not that it matters at this time of the year. There a little less than a month to go before Selection Sunday. But Xavier has some work to do. The latest ‘bracketology’ projections by guhru Joe Lunardi has Xavier one of the first four teams left out. That’s a major development on the discussion front, since Xavier has been ‘in’ all of Lunardi’s projections up until this point.
Here’s Xavier’s problem: despite having early season impressive wins overr Purdue and Vanderbilt, the Musketeers have gone 8-9 over the 17 games since the Crosstown Brawl. Worse, none of those eight wins have come against the quality teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The good news for Xavier is, it still has games left with first place contenders Dayton and St. Louis. But unless Xavier can manage to beat those teams (the Flyers at the Cintas Center and the Billikens on the road), it will will almost have to win the post season conference tournament to get into the NCAA’s.
UC’s situation is slightly different than Xavier’s. Lunardi has the Bearcats one of the last four teams ‘in’, in his lastest ‘bracketology. It should also be noted that USA Today has UC ‘out’ and Xavier ‘in’. But what separates UC from Xavier is that the Bearcats have wins over a couple of elite teams in the Big East Conference, against Georgetown and Connecticut, both on the road by the way. Now, UC gets to play four of its final six games at home, with a real chance to feather its next if it can beat Louisville and Marquette, at this moment, both top 25 teams. A win or two in the Big East Conference tournament could seal it for the Bearcats.
The important thing to remember is that there is time for both teams to pad their tournament resumes. Of course, the other side of that argument is true as well. Both teams have plenty of times to play their way out of March Madness.