Blind Resumes: Evaluating Bubble Teams Based Solely On Their 2012-13 Résumé

By on February 26, 2013

It’s finally the last week of February. The first conference tournaments begin in one week, and Selection Sunday is fewer than three weeks away.

Bubble talk is beginning to peak as some teams are beginning to fade to the NIT and others are making a final run to a NCAA tournament at-large bid.

Here are the résumés of two unnamed bubble teams, and it is up to you to decide which one is more deserving of a bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. You can vote in the poll at the end of the post and/or voice your opinion in the comments section below.

Remember, the point of looking at these blind résumés is not to guess which teams they belong to. You are trying to evaluate whether “Team A” or “Team B” is worthy of making the Big Dance.

Team A

Overall record: 19-9

Conference Record: 9-6

Record vs. RPI Top 25: 2-4

Record vs. RPI Top 50: 2-6

Record vs. RPI Top 100: 5-7

Sub-100 Losses: 2

Strength of Schedule: No. 77

RPI: 53

Team B

Overall record: 16-10

Conference Record: 8-6

Record vs. RPI Top 25: 0-2

Record vs. RPI Top 50: 2-4

Record vs. RPI Top 100: 7-9

Sub-100 Losses: 1

Strength of Schedule: No. 30

RPI: 55

Now that you’ve seen the résumés without a school associated with them, here are the links to Team A and Team B‘s ESPN pages.

About Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Catch and Shoot. He is a sophomore at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he also writes for The Daily Northwestern. In the past, he has worked as a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, as a sports reporter for the Riverdale Press, and as sports editor for Heschel Helios.

3 Comments

  1. danielrich433

    February 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Wow, I couldn’t believe Team B was Tennessee! Do you think this is how the selection committee makes their decisions?

    • Jesse Kramer

      February 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      I hope they have this mindset. I know they know which team’s résumé they are looking at when they are going through the teams, but (obviously) their job is to be looking at every team objectively.
      I think doing “blind résumés” is a great way of evaluating which teams have actually done enough to deserve a bid.

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