NCAA Résumé: Living on the Bubble

Updating Mississippi State’s NCAA tournament résumé with three games left in the regular season. Remaining schedule: at Alabama, at South Carolina, vs. Arkansas.

Record: 19-9 overall, 6-7 SEC (7th)

National ranking: Unranked

RPI rank: 60

SOS rank: 68

Quality wins: Seven (Arizona, West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt, LSU, Ole Miss)*

Bad losses: Two (Georgia, Auburn)**

vs. RPI top 25: 1-3

vs. RPI top 50: 2-3

vs. RPI top 100: 6-7 (Note: MSU is 4-4 vs. teams ranked 51-100)

Projected seeding: 11th (Jerry Palm)

Analysis: Palm has MSU on the dreaded bubble, and Saturday’s game at Alabama could ultimately prove the difference in whether State – which has lost four straight – is in or out of the tournament. The Tide (29 RPI) has won five of its last seven despite missing some key players. State now has an extra quality win this week – according to RealTimeRPI.com – for its home victory over Tennessee back on Jan. 12. UT is 14-13, having won five of its last six. Seems to be a low standard for a quality win, but MSU needs all the help it can get.

*-Combined record of 121-72; **-Combined record of 26-28

Sources: RealTimeRPI.com, CBSSports.com