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Do we want Tennessee to win tonight so we play a better opponent tomorrow for our overall resume or do we want them to lose possibly knocking them off the bubble? Although I think win or lose their resume deserves to get them a bid. But at a time where the committee is looking for any reason to knock a team down or pull a team up it could be devastating for their bid chances. Just curious to see what the board thinks. I honestly think our only chance to get a bid without winning the tourney out right is to beat UT and UF. Any upsets we need to win the whole thing. That being said we may need to win the whole thing any way and in that case I'd prefer the easiest path avoiding UT and UF. So I'm torn.
At this point I would rather have the easier path to the SEC title. It is going to be hard for us to make NCAA as an at large and I have held out hope more than most. We would have to beat UT and UF to have a remote shot and probably still need a little help.
I understand what your saying. I go back and forth because the one thing our profile is missing are top 50 wins. UT is very close and with a win tonight they could creep in. If we pulled it off we'd be on a three game winning streak in the championship game and have at least one top fifty win against our conference regular season champs. Being totally objective if it came down to it and I was on the committee I'd look at a team that beat a conference champion, beat another bubble team two out of three times, had won three out of their last four games and played better on the road than two other SEC bubble teams. Plus we beat Kentucky. I think those two wins would buy us a lot of grace in committee discussions. I would then love to play Missouri in the finals because they are squarely in. If we played ole miss or Kentucky and lost I think it would totally undermine all my arguments above..
If you believe the people that say we have to win the tournament to get in, then you'd pull for Tennessee to lose. If you think we can still get in without winning the tournament, you'd want us to have to play Tennessee and Florida.
My next question, can state beat UT? I don't see it happening. They just don't have the players or the numbers to stack up.
I figure they stay with them for a half and UT pulls away in the 2nd.
There is only one opponent that can do us any good and that would be Florida. Doesn't matter who we play in any other game, IMO.
Having said that, yes, Tennessee losing would give us a easier game before playing Florida.
"Don't confuse association, with something we both really like." ---JB
Without winning the tournament, we are NIT bound. So we need our next opponent to have a stomach virus that infects every starter, followed by a Sat opponent who has 5 starters become immediately ineligible just prior to tip off, and on Sunday face a team that's willing to "take one for the conference" and just lay down.....in that order.
i think we have to win it all, but knocking htem out and boosting our resume would not hurt, even if we were to make it to the champ game and lose
In my opinion if we want to qualify for an at-large we absolutely must beat UT and Florida. But even if that happens, it's not a guarantee.
Essentially we need to make it to Sunday either way to have a remote chance. So then that begs the question, what's the easiest way to get to Sunday?
IMO we need to pull against Tennessee and Florida as that scenario provides the easiest chance to win on Sunday.
Is it more realistic for us to win one hard game in 3 days or 3 hard games in 3 days?
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