March Madness 2013: Under-the-Radar Bubble Teams to Keep an Eye on

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2013

February 6, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Boise State Broncos guard Derrick Marks (2) watches as San Diego State Aztecs players celebrate following a winning shot by Aztecs guard Chase Tapley (not pictured) during the second half at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs won 63-62. Mandatory Credit: Photo By Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

A plethora of bubbles are bound to burst this March, but a select few will make it through and into the 2013 NCAA tournament. 

Whether they've dominated conference play, earned a couple of early-season signature wins or have played well against stiff competition, these bubble teams have done enough to at least warrant a discussion as to whether they should be one of the 68 teams invited to the Big Dance this spring.

Below, we'll showcase a trio of under-the-radar bubbles teams that college basketball fans should be on the lookout for this March.


Belmont Bruins

Record: 23-6 (13-2 OVC)

Remaining Games: vs. Jacksonville State 

Belmont is an explosive basketball team that currently ranks in the top 10 nationally in shooting percentage (49.4 percent as a team). 

The Bruins can turn defense into offense better than any team in the country, ranking in the top 10 in steals, averaging close to 10 per game.

Despite having won three in a row and leading the Ohio Valley Conference with a record of 13-2, Belmont needs a strong finish against Jacksonville State on Saturday to ensure that its name is called on Selection Sunday.

Senior guard Ian Clark is the star of this team, averaging 18.3 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting from the field and close to 47 percent shooting from beyond the arc.


Boise State Broncos

Record: 19-8 (7-6 MWC)

Remaining Games: vs. Colorado State, at UNLV, vs. San Diego State

Boise State is certainly a bubble team flying under the radar this March. The Broncos fell by just four points at Michigan State last November and knocked out a ranked Creighton team in non-conference play as well.

Although there have been some bumps in the road for Leon Rice's squad during Mountain West play, they've won three straight against conference foes and can finish strong with two of their last three regular season games set to be played at home.

A pair of resume-boosting home victories over Colorado State and San Diego State in the next week could really position the Broncos nicely for the conference tournament.

Junior guard Jeff Elorriaga is a key player to watch for Boise State in the coming days. The team's third-leading scorer, Elorriaga is shooting better than 45 percent from beyond the three-point line and has sunk a team-leading 74 long-range shots this year.


La Salle Explorers

Record: 19-7 (9-4 A10)

Remaining Games: vs. Duquesne, vs. George Washington, at Saint Louis

One of the top teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference this season, La Salle boasts some impressive non-conference wins over Villanova and Penn State but has a pair of bad losses at Charlotte and at home to Massachusetts. 

Still, this is a team that has dropped just two home games all year and has yet to lose back-to-back games in 2012-13.

Plus, the Explorers have two upcoming home matchups with Duquesne and George Washington, which they should win. If they can score victories in those two games, they'll be 21-7 coming into their regular season finale against conference-leading Saint Louis.

With the backcourt duo of Ramon Galloway (17.2 PPG) and Tyreek Duren (14.8) leading the way offensively, La Salle has a great chance to make the field of 68 this March. 


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