Hoover Results Loom Large For Teams On Hosting, At-Large BubblesAnalysis
With a little over a week until selection Monday, teams are adding their final details to their resume. Sure, it’s a “body of work”, as the committee will reference next week, but closing strong is better than the alternative. A few teams helped themselves this week and others are eyeing the conference tournament as their last opportunity to raise eyebrows. For teams at the bottom of the bubble, both the hosting bubble and the at-large bubble, this week serves as the beginning of the postseason.
Texas A&M played its way back into the hosting discussion. The Aggies won a series over Arkansas to improve to 16-13-1 in the SEC, good for sixth overall. Pair that with a top 15 RPI and you have a club that could earn one of the 16 host sites. Heading into the weekend, most expected A&M to lose to the SEC West division champion Razorbacks, which would have put Rob Childress’ squad at 15-14-1. Can that one extra game become the difference in where the Aggies play in two weeks?
Over the years, the SEC has seen its share of host sites, with four each of the last two seasons, after a record seven in 2016. Four SEC teams are locked in to host (Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Georgia), but Texas A&M and LSU are also hopeful to crack the home 16.
While A&M has the RPI rank, currently at No. 14, how does the SEC record at three games over .500 compare to hosts from other seasons? …