Breaking down the BracketBuster

Well, it looks like some of my picks weren’t worth taking to Wendover on the Fun Bus.

Boise State, Idaho and Fresno State all lost at home to teams that will most-likely not be going to the NCAA Tournament. It’s not as if those three WAC teams are in contention for at-large berths, but the conference has taken a lot of shots this year as a weak league — and after only Utah State and Louisiana Tech picked up wins of significance on Saturday it’s pretty hard to say those claims are unjustified.

Nevada’s loss at Missouri State is not necessarily a bad loss, but it could have and should have been a win after the Wolf Pack had a double-digit lead late in the second half.

New Mexico State’s win at Pacific was also a quality victory for the conference but not much else went well for the WAC unless you count a win over Montana State as a good win.

Just for fun, I predicted a 8-1 record out of today’s WAC games. The reality was a 4-5 result that leaves the WAC looking pretty bad in some ways.

For Utah State, though, beating Wichita State in front of a sellout crowd at the Spectrum was big.

The Aggies have been crawling up the RPI standings and with a 12 game win streak opened the day at No. 34 according to The win over the No. 53 Shockers fits every definition of the word quality and with a few losses by other bubble teams, Utah State should be peeking at the 20s when the computer spits out the standings Sunday morning.

That’s squarely in at-large discussion and closing in on ‘lock’ status.

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