Kansas St. Wildcats (14-15, 22nd Strength of schedule) – This might be one of the oddest teams with a deceiving record, given how many solid wins they have and yet they are one game under .500%. It can be attributed that they have one of the toughest schedules in the nation, but it’s hard to fathom some of their losses. I mean, they lost on the road to the Long Beach St. 49ers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders, which is more bearable due to it being a conference game, but also at home to the Texas Southern Tigers. Of course, eight days before, the Tigers upset the Michigan St. Spartans. But still, it’s an odd loss when you compare it to the teams they have beaten, like a road win over a ranked Oklahoma Sooners less than two weeks later. At home, they have collected huge marquee wins over a ranked Baylor Bears, a tough Oklahoma St. Cowboys, a completion of the sweep over the Oklahoma Sooners and just recently a huge win over the top ten Kansas Jayhawks. The remaining schedule is a ranked Iowa State at home and a road game against the free falling Texas Longhorns. If they can win those two games, it’s going to be very interesting come the Big 12 conference tournament how much more they would have to do to get into the field of 68. I know their record isn’t appealing, but with all these wins, it’s hard to deny them if they do wins their remaining games and make a run in the conference tournament.
Oakland Golden Grizzlies (15-14, 109th Strength of schedule) – After losing the All-Time NCAA three point leader in Travis Bader, the Golden Grizzlies added a rather tough non-conference schedule, perhaps because they have two starting seniors. However, the Grizzlies only won four of those games including decent wins over the Toledo Rockets and on the road against the Morehead St. Eagles. The losses aren’t all that bad, especially when you take into account that they lost to three ranked teams on the road including the Iowa St. Cyclones, Arizona Wildcats and Maryland Terrapins. They’ve also lost non-conference road games against the Michigan St. Spartans, Pittsburgh Panthers and Clemson Tigers, so it’s easy to have a terrible record fast. But, since conference play began, the Grizzlies have shown that they could be the team come Mid March that’s in the field of 68. They are 10-4 in conference play and beaten the like of the Valparaiso Crusaders, Green Bay Phoenix and Cleveland St. Vikings, all whom are at the top of the conference. All the wins did happen at home, but when on the road they’ve only lost by four to the Cleveland St. Vikings and by six to the Valparaiso Crusaders. The Green Bay Phoenix await for the Golden Grizzlies as the last game on the schedule, but before that they face a conference bottom dweller at home against the Youngstown St. Penguins. If the Golden Grizzlies can win their remaining games, especially a huge road win against the Green Bay Phoenix, the momentum carrying into the Horizon conference tournament could propel them to make some noise and possibly punch their ticket.