The Gophers pulled off a huge overtime upset in Lansing last night, which will help tremendously in solidifying an NIT bid. They have a week off before hosting the Badgers on Thursday the 5th. A victory in that came could even put them back into the bubble discussion, but they'd still need a very deep run in the Big 10 tournament to have a realistic shot at an at-large selection. In the meantime, they can get some help via losses by the teams above them, and wins by Penn State, Northwestern, and Nebraska. If any of those three teams can crack the top-100 (they're currently 112, 114, & 124th), that would help Minnesota a bunch.
I'm beginning to work on a mathematical system to rate the AP pollsters. I would like to be able to definitively say which voters know what they're doing, and which are ranking teams via one of these methods. I'll continue to provide updates as I make progress.
1's: Kentucky, Virginia, Villanova, Duke
2's: Kansas, Arizona, Wisconsin, Gonzaga
3's: Maryland, Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma
4's: West Virginia, Louisville, Utah, Butler
5's: Notre Dame, Northern Iowa, Arkansas, SMU
6's: Georgetown, North Carolina, VCU, Wichita State
7's: Oklahoma State, Indiana, San Diego State, Ohio State
8's: Providence, North Carolina State, Saint John's, Colorado State
9's: Georgia, Tulsa, Dayton, Texas
10's: Iowa, Xavier, Oregon, Texas A&M
11's: Michigan State, Ole Miss, Illinois, Cincinnati, Temple
12's: Pittsburgh, Davidson, Wofford, Old Dominion, Stephen F. Austin
13's: Green Bay, Buffalo, Murray State, Harvard
14's: Iona, UC Davis, Eastern Washington, South Dakota State
15's: High Point, William & Mary, Georgia State, Florida Gulf Coast
16's: North Carolina Central, New Mexico State, Stony Brook, Bucknell, Texas Southern, Saint Francis (NY)
FFO: Syracuse, Stanford, LSU, UCLA
NFO: Boise State, Purdue, Miami (FL), Richmond
...and just for fun...
NNFO: Connecticut, UTEP, Washington, George Washington
NNNFO: Seton Hall, Minnesota, Rhode Island, BYU