Miami, Arizona State are Dangerous Bubble Teams
In the 20 days until this fateful Sunday, analysts will dissect every aspect of every fringe team to decide whether or not they are worthy of playing in March.
The term "Bubble team" is thrown around and here are two teams that are a sexy pick for the committee to put into the madness that is the NCAA tournament.
Miami Hurricanes (19-7 6-6)
The Hurricanes came into the week sinking off the bubble and in desperate need of quality wins, and they delivered just that. They surged this week with big wins over Georgia Tech, Duke, and Maryland.
With a stellar inside-out combo of Jack McClinton and Dwayne Collins, mixed with speedy, athletic guards James Dews and Lance Hurdle, Miami already has a potent offense. Combine that with savvy veteran Anthony King in the middle, and you get a high-powered attack that’s capable of knocking off some heavyweights.
The ’Canes can shoot lights out from 3-point land at a 40 percent clip, which ranks 30th in the country. A deep team is always dangerous in March and Miami has 10 players that average more than 13 minutes per game.
With four games remaining, it appears as if Miami will have to win at least two of these to keep a .500 record in the ACC. This along with a win in the conference tournament will seal the deal and send Miami dancing.
Arizona State Sun Devils (17-9 7-7)
Arizona State Sports a similar record to Miami, but the one thing the Sun Devils lack is that late-season marquee win. They have a chance against UCLA, USC, and Oregon this week, but that looks unlikely, as both California teams have beaten the Devils by a combined 47 points.
Granted, both these games will be played in the desert where the Devils have a 12-3 record, but the task may be too tall for Herb Sendeck and the Devils.
This week will tell whether or not the Sun Devils, led by freshman sensation James Harden and floor leader Jeff Pendergraph, can overcome previous defeats and make a legitimate resume to impress the selection committee.
Sweeping the season series with in-state rival Arizona and winning against No. 7 Stanford and a very much improved Xavier is what the Devils have to hang their hats on, but a statement win this week as well as an impressive showing in the Pac-10 tourney, will go a long way in helping ASU into March.
Both of these teams are on the cusp of receiving a legitimate seed in the tournament, but they are at the pivotal point in their seasons, which can either make or break their year.
Granted, there is always the possibility of that automatic bid in the conference tournament, but with these teams being in two of the toughest conferences, that appears an unlikely scenario. However, in college basketball, anything is possible and these teams should be strong contenders in March because of their competition level and depth.
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