5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
For those of you hailing from South Bend, Indiana, you likely feel slighted by the NCAA tournament Selection committee. Instead, you should be grateful that the powers to be had you in the field, until the Davidson Wildcats “stole” your spot.
Record: 19-14 (vs. Division 1 opponents)
RPI Ranking: 70
Conference (ACC) RPI ranking: 3
Non-Conference SOS: 174
Quality wins against RPI Top 100:
- LSU (92)
- Wichita State (16)
- NC State (64)
- Virginia Tech (61)
- at Syracuse (49)
- Florida State (54)
- at Boston College (95)
Their resume boasts a few nice wins, but only one marquee victory (Wichita State). The injury to Bonzie Colson cost them a bid, where they would have certainly won a few of those marquee ACC contests. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the committee got this one right. Notre Dame did not belong in this year’s field, and they should feel warm and fuzzy they were so highly thought of by the committee.