It’s going to be a tense week on Belmont Boulevard as both Belmont and Lipscomb lost in their conference championships over the weekend.
Usually coming up empty-handed in the championship would mean the season is over with no NCAA hopes. However, this year both programs are stirring up a lot of controversy among “bracketologists” who are advocating for them to get a spot in the postseason.
In looking at their resumes and various metrics used to determine who gets an at-large bid, Belmont comes out on top.
They have a better overall record, home record and more road wins. Their RPI and NET rankings are higher than Lipscomb’s. Also, Belmont beat Lipscomb twice this season.
Both programs make a strong case, but history has proven the committee favors a tougher overall schedule and a bigger name. It’s likely neither will get a spot.
Luckily, they both earned auto-bids into the NIT, so the seasons are not over.