Not true at all. Bulls would have pretty much locked up an at-large bid this past weekend if they could have won 2 out of 3 games vs Seton Hall who had a pretty decent RPI and have been on a big streak which the tournament committee looks at hot teams towards the end of the year. Now getting swept has pretty much taken us out of an at-large bid at this point unless something crazy happens. It looks like a Big East tournament win is our only hope. Possibly getting to the Championship game of the Big East Tourney with no losses could help our at large bid chances as well but we pretty much can't lose any of the 4 games remaining and have to get to the tourney final with no losses to have a slight chance for at large.
Our RPI was in the mid to low 60s, Seton Hall is in the 30s. Winning 2/3 would have bumped us into the 50s, at best. I don't know if I'd call that a "lock" without seeing what we do in the tourney.
Not true again. Our RPI before the series started was at 50.( http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/weekend-preview-may-10-12/ )
We are now at 66 after the 3 straight losses. Winning 2 of 3 would have put our RPI in the mid 40's at worst. The magic number for RPI is 45. Typically most teams that have an RPI at 45 or under get an at large bid. Winning 2 of 3 at Seton Hall would have definetly gotten us to or under that magic number of 45 RPI assuming we would have won 3 of 4 of our remaining games vs FGCU and Rutgers. But now being that our RPI dropped to middle 60's, it will be impossible to get our RPI back in the 40's.
Regardless, it's all irrelevant now seeing that we lost all 3. Bottom line is now we pretty much need to win tourney to get in.