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CBSSports.com bracketologist Jerry Palm assesses the résumés of teams that may be sweating it out until Selection Sunday. For more from Jerry Palm, check him out on Twitter: @jppalmCBS | Palm's Bracketology updates

  • Florida
    (16-8, 7-4, 5th SEC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.6123/23 | SOS/Rank: 0.5944/11
    Florida logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-5 1-1 4-1 7-1 3-0
    Outlook
    The win over West Virginia was enormous for the Gators. Other than that, they have a few wins over other teams on this list, but that's about it. Florida has a poor record against better teams, but only one bad loss (at Tennessee). It's hard to resume build in the SEC, but the Gators still have games at South Carolina and home vs Kentucky.
    California
    (15-8, 5-5, 7th PAC12 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5937/34 | SOS/Rank: 0.5795/28
    California logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 2-4 2-2 4-1 3-1 4-0
    Outlook
    Cal is a home court hero. The Bears' only win away from home all season came at Wyoming. At some point, they will have to prove they can win outside of Berkeley. They still have the Washington and Arizona road trips before the Pac-12 tournament.
    Oregon State
    (14-8, 5-6, 8th PAC12 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5894/41 | SOS/Rank: 0.5967/9
    Oregon State logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 4-3 1-2 2-3 2-0 4-0
    Outlook
    The Beavers are the definition of hit-and-miss. They are 5-5 against the top 50 of the RPI, with all five wins coming at home, and 7-8 vs the top 100. Most recently, OSU beat Utah and Colorado at home, ending a stretch where they lost 6 of 8. They are going to have to show they can beat good teams on the road. Their next three games give them a chance - at Stanford, Cal and Oregon.
    Syracuse
    (16-8, 6-5, 8th ACC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5863/49 | SOS/Rank: 0.5723/37
    Syracuse logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 3-3 1-1 3-3 4-0 5-1
    Outlook
    Syracuse has some nice wins, including Texas A&M and Duke. They also have a real stinker of a loss at St. John's and home losses to Wisconsin and Clemson. Coach Jim Boeheim missed nine games, but don't expect much consideration for that.
    Washington
    (15-9, 7-5, 5th PAC12 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5791/57 | SOS/Rank: 0.5785/31
    Washington logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 3-3 0-2 4-2 3-1 5-0
    Outlook
    The Huskies struggled a bit before conference play started, including losses at home to UC Santa Barbara and Oakland. They are coming up on a part of their schedule that could make or break them - the Utah/Colorado and Oregon road trips sandwiched around the Bay Area teams at home.
    Butler
    (17-7, 6-6, 7th BIGE ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5693/68 | SOS/Rank: 0.5321/99
    Butler logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-3 0-2 3-1 5-1 7-0
    Outlook
    The Bulldogs picked up a big win over Purdue in mid-December, but has played hit-and-miss basketball ever since. If that win over Purdue is all they have on selection Sunday, they won't be in the bracket. Big week ahead with games at Seton Hall and home against Xavier.
  • Saint Joseph's
    (20-4, 9-2, 3rd ATL10 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.6018/30 | SOS/Rank: 0.5425/84
    Saint Joseph's logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-2 0-1 3-1 11-0 5-0
    Outlook
    Saint Joseph's profile is not the strongest. The Hawks are 0-4 vs the top 50, and that will eventually have to change. Their best win is at Temple. They have two more chances before the A-10 tournament.
    George Washington
    (18-6, 7-4, 5th ATL10 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5931/36 | SOS/Rank: 0.5303/103
    George Washington logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-1 2-0 1-1 8-3 6-0
    Outlook
    The Colonials have a few nice wins, including Virginia and Seton Hall, but also a few bad losses. They have pretty much maxed out in that category. GW gets Saint Joseph's and VCU at home still before the A-10 tournament.
    VCU
    (17-6, 9-1, 1st ATL10 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5887/42 | SOS/Rank: 0.5531/68
    VCU logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-1 1-2 4-3 8-0 4-0
    Outlook
    VCU had a 12-game winning streak snapped at home against GW last weekend. That loss hurt because it was a home game, and it puts more pressure on the return trip. The Rams have yet to beat a sure tournament team and their only chance to do that is at Dayton to end the regular season. Lots of must wins between now and then.
    Kansas State
    (14-10, 3-8, 8th BIG12 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5873/48 | SOS/Rank: 0.5981/7
    Kansas State logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-8 0-1 3-0 5-0 5-0
    Outlook
    The Wildcats picked up a huge win over Oklahoma over the weekend to move to 1-9 vs the top 50. That's almost never good enough to get in, so there's more work to do for K-State. Fortunately for them, there are still plenty of chances to improve on that.
    St. Mary's
    (19-3, 10-2, 1st WCC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5860/50 | SOS/Rank: 0.4861/190
    St. Mary's logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-0 0-1 4-1 2-1 12-0
    Outlook
    At the moment, St. Mary's is in the bracket as a league leader, but they have a borderline at-large case. The best thing you can say about the Gaels is that they only have three losses. They have some nice home wins, including Gonzaga, but you have to wonder if that'll be enough at the end if they need an at-large spot. They still have the return trip to Spokane. Can't afford to lose any of the others.
    Texas Tech
    (14-9, 4-7, 7th BIG12 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5813/54 | SOS/Rank: 0.5977/8
    Texas Tech logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-6 1-2 2-0 5-1 4-0
    Outlook
    Texas Tech is fading fast. They've lost eight of their last ten and will probably be underdogs in the next four. They won't be on this list long if they can't steal a couple of those.
    Gonzaga
    (19-5, 11-2, 1st WCC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5769/61 | SOS/Rank: 0.5211/117
    Gonzaga logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-1 1-2 1-2 5-0 11-0
    Outlook
    Gonzaga has been to 17 straight NCAA tournaments, but that streak is in danger. The Zags are only 2-5 against top 100 RPI teams. Those wins came on neutral courts against UConn and Washington. They don't have a bad loss, and that helps, but there isn't a lot to get excited about. They do have a big non-conference game coming up this weekend at SMU.
    Cincinnati
    (18-7, 8-4, 4th AAC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5749/64 | SOS/Rank: 0.5354/94
    Cincinnati logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-3 3-0 1-3 5-1 9-0
    Outlook
    Cincinnati has a few wins over other teams on this list, and that could serve the Bearcats well if they're still on this list themselves at the end of the season. Losing at Memphis and getting swept by Temple hurts though. The Memphis loss starts a stretch of five games out of seven on the road.
    Georgia
    (13-9, 6-5, 6th SEC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5685/70 | SOS/Rank: 0.5804/25
    Georgia logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-3 1-4 2-2 6-0 4-0
    Outlook
    The Bulldogs haven't been good away from home or against better teams. They only have four top 100 wins, all at home, and the only one of note is against South Carolina. Four of their next five are on the road, so there is a chance to prove themselves.
  • Alabama
    (14-9, 5-6, 9th SEC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5785/58 | SOS/Rank: 0.5813/23
    Alabama logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-4 2-1 1-3 5-1 4-0
    Outlook
    Alabama has some nice wins, including over Notre Dame, Wichita State and South Carolina. Despite that, they have a poor record vs the top 50 and top 100, and a loss at Auburn. They're only four games above .500, which is historically the minimum to get a bid. The Tide will have to finish better than that though.
    Tulsa
    (16-8, 8-4, 5th AAC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5754/63 | SOS/Rank: 0.5555/62
    Tulsa logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-1 2-2 1-3 7-2 5-0
    Outlook
    The Golden Hurricane have a couple of nice wins over Wichita State and UConn at home, but a poor record against better teams. They are only 3-6 against the top 100 and have a home loss to Oral Roberts outside of that. Tulsa gets a chance to build the resume coming up. The next three games are at SMU, at UConn and home against Cincinnati.
    Wisconsin
    (15-9, 7-4, 6th BIG10 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5734/66 | SOS/Rank: 0.5877/18
    Wisconsin logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-3 2-0 3-2 5-3 3-1
    Outlook
    The non-conference portion of Wisconsin's season was pretty much a disaster, despite wins over two teams on this list. The Badgers lost at home, where they used to be invincible, to Marquette, Milwaukee and Western Illinois. That's a lot to make up for. This is kind of like Purdue last year, which needed a strong performance in the Big Ten to make up for the sins of non-conference play. That's the map to the tournament for Wisconsin too.
    Temple
    (14-8, 8-3, 2nd AAC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5712/67 | SOS/Rank: 0.5478/74
    Temple logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-2 1-1 3-2 2-3 7-0
    Outlook
    Temple has been a bit schizophrenic this season. They beat SMU, won at UConn and swept Cincinnati, but also lost to Houston, Memphis and East Carolina. At the moment, they're below .500 against the top 200 teams in the RPI, which is usually fatal to a team's tournament chances, so the Owls need to start stringing wins together.
    LSU
    (15-9, 8-3, 3rd SEC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5599/78 | SOS/Rank: 0.5439/83
    LSU logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-3 0-0 4-2 5-3 5-0
    Outlook
    LSU is a team everyone is watching because they have a potential No. 1 NBA draft pick in Ben Simmons. The problem is, they aren't doing much with him. LSU has a home win over Kentucky, and without it, we'd be talking about a team on the NIT bubble, not the NCAA one. Despite all that, the Tigers lead the SEC by a game, which says more about the SEC than LSU.
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