If we lost to UCF, it wouldn’t mean we were underdogs to get into the tourney but winning the game doesn’t make us a lock to get in either. What I believe the game has done was give us room for error.
The two games that are obvious we can lose and still be a favorite to be in the tourney are the Cincy home game and the SMU road games. I believe we get one more loss than those and would still be a lock to get in, regardless of our conference tourney games.
This now means the game coming up against SMU is not a “must win.” If we beat SMU, then we can lose to Temple and still be lock. If we lose to SMU and lose to Temple, then the conference tourney becomes important.
Before anyone gets irate, let me clarify, if we get swept by SMU, lose to Cincy and Temple and then lose in the semi-finals of our conference tourney, I think we have still done enough for the committee to give us a spot. I’d rather the Coogs make it not only impossible to get passed up but maybe squeeze their way into an 8 or 9 seed so they have a 50/50 chance of getting UH it’s first NCAA tourney win since 1984.