Interestingly the following teams finished with break even or winning records in a power conference, but scheduled as weak as UGA has scheduled recently and were shut out of the NCAAs. UGA's non-conference schedule finished at 222nd in the nation.
Florida State - 19-9/9-7 ACC. Non-conference schedule of 316. Final RPI of 63Not only do we need to get better next year, but we need to schedule better if we want a bright post season.
Michigan - 18-10. 8-8 in Big 10. Non-conference SOS of 147. Final RPI of 47th
Maryland - 18-12. 8-8 in the ACC. Non-conference SOS of 64th. Final RPI of 49th.
Colorado - 20-9. 9-7 in the Big 12. Non-conference SOS of 271. Final RPI of 59th.
BTW -- I didn't mention Cincy in those first four because they had the resume to make the tourney. There's no reason that a team from the best conference who has 18 overall wins, an 8-8 record, a non-conference schedule of 22 and an RPI of 40 should be left at home.
Also - Groo did a review of our record vs. NCAA teams and NIT teams on the DawgVent's hoops board. His analysis fits with Mr. Egger's comments on this thread. We basically should take the NIT bracket and schedule as many of those teams as possible. That would upgrade the schedule while not presenting us with an overwhelmingly unwinnable game. We were 5-2 vs. this year's NIT field.