Sun Belt: The Case of Western Kentucky
Imagine the scenario that Mary Taylor Cowles was in last March. You're 24-6 on the year, after finishing 12-2 in the conference, winning the regular season title. Your RPI ranking is 18, and strength of schedule ranking is 44. You feel like you're a shoe-in for the NCAA tournament, even though you lost to Middle Tennessee, on their home court, in the conference tournament championship game. So, you, your staff, your team and members of the athletic department gather to see where you're going to be headed to when you find out....you're not in the tournament field.