Weekend Bubble Watch: Winners and Losers

T.R. PetersonCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2009

It’s the beginning of crunch time for bubble teams. With conference tournaments starting in a little over two weeks it’s time to put that quality win on your resume. Teams on the periphery have one final push to draw attention from the selection committee.

This weekend saw teams highlight their resume with impressive wins, while others have continued their descent from bubble status. In addition, two new teams have arrived on the bubble horizon. Maryland and Creighton have played their way into the at-large discussion.

Maryland knocked off Virginia Tech on Saturday to improve to 5-5 in the ACC. Clemson, North Carolina, and Duke loom next on the Terrapins schedule. However, it means some chances at quality wins.

Creighton has quietly moved up in the MVC and only trails conference leader Northern Iowa by a game. The Bluejays should win their final three conference games and have a key Bracketbusters game against George Mason on Friday that would help their cause for an at-large bid.

Here are the weekend winner and losers. As always, comments are welcome.

Note: Next edition will be published on Friday morning. All RPI and SOS numbers are taken from realtimerpi.com.


West Virginia

If there were any questions about the Mountaineers as an at-large team they answered them Friday by beating Villanova in convincing fashion. The schedule should get a little easier for West Virginia as they play for key seeding in the Big East tournament.

Boston College

The Eagles have been on the edge lately as an at-large team. With Sunday’s win over Duke they should've solidified their spot. Not many bubble teams have wins over both Duke and North Carolina on their resume.


The Badgers got a marquee win after beating Ohio St. on Saturday to improve to 7-6 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin has now won four games in a row and are in the running for a four seed in the Big Ten tourney.

Other winners: BYU, Arizona, UNLV, Creighton, Kentucky, Baylor, Michigan, San Diego St., Providence, Maryland, Oklahoma St., Penn St., St. Mary’s,




The Hoyas have lost nine of their last twelve games and Saturday’s loss at Syracuse may be the final straw. Georgetown would need to close the season at least 5-1 and make a run in the Big East tourney.

Kansas St.

The Wildcats need to finish with some quality wins. The problem is they don’t have the chance at many with their remaining schedule. Saturday’s loss to Kansas would have provided a huge win.


The Trojans were in as a bubble team last week. This week they will be out after dropping Sunday’s game at Arizona St. USC has lost three straight games and have only four top-100 wins. Not where you want to be this time of year.

Other Losers: Miami (Fl), Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Nebraska, St. Joseph’s, Tulsa, Mississippi St.,