Bubble Watch Week in Review: Winners and Losers

T.R. PetersonCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2009

In last Friday’s edition of Bubble Watch Review I mentioned that St. Mary’s, Maryland, Providence, and Miami (FL) needed to make their push if that wanted to be considered in the at-large discussion.

Did they listen?

St. Mary’s did. The Gaels knocked off Utah St. in a Bracketbuster matchup and then thumped Pepperdine on Thursday.

I would say Maryland did also. The Terrapins shocked North Carolina on Saturday and played Duke very tough on Wednesday before losing.

Yes, the Friars did. Providence dropped their weekend game to Notre Dame but rebounded with a huge win against top-ranked Pitt.

The Hurricanes did, too. Miami (FL) beat Boston College over the weekend and then took care of Virginia on Thursday to remain in the discussion.

Here are this week's winner 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.




The Wolverines continue to ride a rollercoaster down the stretch. This is their third consecutive appearance in Bubble Watch Review. In Monday’s edition, I mentioned that Michigan needed to “win out” to have any kind of chance as at-large candidate. Well, they got a big one Thursday, but their final two are on the road at Wisconsin and Minnesota.


The Bearcats welcomed back Bob Huggins and then knocked off West Virginia to improve to 8-7 in the Big East. The win also gives Cincinnati a win over a top-25 RPI team, something they didn’t have.


The Friars were in dire straits a week ago. Now, with a win over Pitt, nobody can say they only beat the bottom of the Big East. Plus, the Friars are looking good for one of those first round byes in the Big East tournament.

Other winners: Tennessee, Texas A&M, Miami (FL), St. Mary’s, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Rhode Island, BYU, Oklahoma St., Creighton.





A lot of people thought Temple might be that dark horse bubble team that would sneak up and possibly grab an at-large spot. However, after Thursday’s loss to LaSalle, the Owls may have turned into a dead horse.


The Gophers have lost five of seven games and have dropped to 8-7 in the Big Ten after losing to Illinois Thursday night. They probably control their own destiny with home games against Wisconsin and Michigan to finish out the regular season.


A win against Memphis would have certainly pushed the Blazers into the bubble discussion. Now, at 1-5 against the RPI top-50 it would be a hard sell for the committee.

Other Losers: Kansas St., USC, UNLV, Maryland, Kentucky, Penn St., Nebraska, San Diego St., Georgetown, Baylor, Wisconsin, W. Virginia, Arizona.