Joe Lunardi: Despite AAC’s ‘RPI Anchors’ UConn In Good Tournament Standing

by Categorized: American Athletic Conference, DeAndre Daniels, NCAA, RPI, UConn men's basketball
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ORLANDO, Fla. – I can confirm the Huskies did make it out of Cincinnati, had a smooth mid-morning flight to Florida and many of the players seemed to catch some decent ZZZZ’s on the plane.

There was no practice scheduled for Friday, but players needing treatment were cared for. The hope is for DeAndre Daniels’ back spasms to subside in time for the game against Central Florida here on Sunday. If you’ve had back spasms, you know they come and go mysteriously.

There is practice Saturday morning, so we will know more after that. (Start looking for tweets and stuff around noon. )

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I had a chance to talk with ESPN “bracketologist” Joe Lunardi about UConn, the AAC, RPI and the NCAA. We covered the whole alphabet.

The long and short of our conversation:

• The loss at Cincinnati didn’t hurt much in terms of RPI. He has UConn at No. 30.

• Though the AAC has five “RPI anchors” at the bottom of the league, this means the top five teams are in position to make the tournament. One can’t imagine one of the bottom five stealing a bid in Memphis.

• Lunardi doesn’t consider UConn to be in any kind of tournament jeopardy. Even if they were upset once or twice, they should have no trouble getting to 21 or 21 wins, which would put the Huskies in. “Their margin for error is decent.”

• Right now, he has UConn as the No. 28 seed overall, the last No. 7 seed in a regional. They could play themselves higher, maybe to a No. 4, or down to a No. 10. This is where the bottom half of the league has negative impact, on the tournament seedings of the teams that do make it.

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This is all worked into the follow up story for the Saturday Courant.

 

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