The cancellation of today’s Marshall game, combined with the decision not to reschedule a game to make up for the cancelled Pitt contest, is something of an indicator that an at-large bid is out the window for WVU. Those two games, if both won, would have obviously helped in the win column to boost that metric.
Barring an unexpected turn of events, WVU will have to win the Big 12 Championship to make the NCAAs.
Those additional games would have helped in the win column, but would have hurt the RPI and SOS regardless of outcome.
Mazey is rolling the dice on a sweep of Baylor, a team projected to be in the NCAA field. Three wins over the Bears (RPI 50) could lift the Mountaineers’ RPI into the 30s and their SOS into the teens, and keep WVU’s faint at-large hopes alive. Anything less than a sweep would require WVU to win the tournament, of course, and even with a sweep WVU would still probably need at least a couple of wins in OKC.
In 2014, WVU went 9-14 in the conference and 28-26 overall, yet was one of the “first four out” of the NCAAs because of an RPI of 38.