Bubble Watch Week in Review: Winners and Losers

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Bubble Watch Week in Review: Winners and Losers

As the end of conference play nears, the fluidity of bubble teams has become very apparent. Teams in one day are out the next. This trend will continue through the conference tournaments and right up to Selection Sunday.

From a conference point of view, it looks as though the ACC and SEC bubblers took a hit while their Big Ten and Big 12 counterparts made some ground.

For teams on the periphery, this weekend may be the last chance to make a run into the bubble picture. Teams like Maryland, Providence, and Miami (FL) need to make their push now.

Bracketbuster weekend will give some of the borderline mid-major programs a chance at another quality win before the end of the season. Teams such as St. Mary’s, Utah State, Davidson, Siena, and Creighton could use a résumé-bolstering win before going into their conference tournaments.

Here are this weeks' winners and losers. As always, comments are welcome.

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

 

Winners

Penn State

The Nittany Lions keep hanging around. Wednesday’s win over Illinois might have been ugly but it looks beautiful on their résumé. If Penn State wins three of its next four, the Lions should be in—even if they fall in the first game in the Big Ten tournament.

 

Michigan

The Wolverines took the first step in getting back into the at-large picture by knocking off Minnesota on Thursday night. They can’t have a letdown against Iowa and must find a way to win two of their last three to be safe.

 

Texas A&M

A&M got a huge win over Texas on Monday and now have a great opportunity to finish the regular season on a strong note. The next four are all very winnable before the Aggies host Missouri in the regular-season finale. Still, they will have to show up for the Big 12 tourney and win a couple to receive strong consideration.

Other winners: Kansas State, Creighton, BYU, Utah, Mississippi State, Temple, Georgetown, Florida, UAB, St. Mary’s, USC.

 

Losers

Miami (FL)

The Hurricanes lost their third straight game on Wednesday and fell to 4-8 in the ACC. Their at-large hopes are all but gone. They must win out plus get at least two wins in the ACC tourney to even get a look as an at-large candidate.

 

Virginia Tech

Losing to Virginia wasn’t something the Hokies could afford with the schedule they have remaining. With Clemson, Duke, and North Carolina sandwiched between two with Florida State, three wins would be asking a lot.

 

Kentucky

Much like Virginia Tech, Kentucky couldn’t afford losing to a team like Vanderbilt. The Wildcats will play the top four teams in the SEC in their last five games and, therefore, control their own destiny.

Other Losers: UNLV, Maryland, South Carolina, Providence.

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