NU's Carmody on NCAA bid: 'The stats are out there'
Coach Bill Carmody believes Northwestern has the credentials to be worthy of an NCAA tourney bid. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Tribune Photo)
“The stats are out there,” he said Monday on the Big Ten’s weekly conference call. “There’s all the different criteria -- strength of schedule, wins against this and that, common opponents.
“We have our case; this is our body of work. Let the committee do what it is appointed to do.”
Most believe that beating Minnesota on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament would put Northwestern (18-12) on the bubble. A second-round win over Michigan might clinch a bid.
The Wildcats have an RPI of 44, according to ESPN.com, and 48, by the measure of CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm.
Every team from a “Big 6” conference with an RPI of 50 or better over the last three seasons has made the Big Dance.
The flip side is that Northwestern is just 1-10 against the RPI top 50 (with Seton Hall having fallen out) and 5-12 against the top 100.
Carmody said his players “know the history more (than I do) and read more about it. I look at game by game, and we’re going down (to Indianapolis) to win it. I don’t use (bubble talk) as a motivational tool.”