This is part of a series of posts going up on December 26. Let's look back at everyone's performance in the non-conference schedule and take inventory on where everyone is at.
Now I'll start combining conferences and going quicker. Less to recap.
Gonzaga (10-1) is in fine shape - good loss, good SoS, good wins (N-Georgia, SMU, @UCLA, et al). BYU (8-3) is your quintessential bubble team - they have a very good SoS again, have decent wins (Stanford) and has one marginal loss (N-Purdue). Pretty standard fare for the conference, really.
St Mary's (6-3) is off the pace, just a bit. Losing at home to Northern Arizona is a killer. Also, that win at Creighton and vs. Irvine is diminishing. Work to do here.
Once again, the rest of the conference ranges from decent to bad. San Diego (6-5), Pepperdine (6-3), and Portland (7-3) are off to decent starts, but I can't find anything in their resumes to be excited about. Their numbers are a bit off the pace for NIT contention. Pacific (5-4), Santa Clara (4-6), and Loyola Marymount (3-8) are likely bringing up the rear. Again, standard fare in this conference.
Wichita St (9-2) might have an issue. The schedule is top-25, the signature win is Seton Hall, and the losses are fine...but it's tough to get a real high seed with that. They may be stuck on the 4 or 5 line, which is okay, probably. Northern Iowa (10-1) might run them down. A good schedule of their own, a good loss at VCU, and signature wins of @SFA and N-Iowa will leave them in good shape for now. MVC looks good for 2.
Behind them is a mess. Evansville (8-2) seems like a contender, but a poor SoS and a marginal loss to Murray with no signature wins leaves them off the pace. Illinois St (7-4) doesn't have SoS issues; they have a @Murray loss and Utah St loss issue. The N-Old Dominion win is keeping them hanging around for now. Loyola (8-2) is off to a great start, but does truly have schedule issues (neutral site wins over TTU and Boise keep them hanging around). It's tough to imagine any of these 3 hanging in the bubble race for the balance of the season.
The Valley's big problem is the bottom half of the conference: Missouri St (4-6), Southern Illinois (6-6), Indiana St (3-7), Bradley (3-8), and Drake (2-9) are all tracking towards sub-200 RPIs. Problems will ensue.