The bubble picture got a lot clearer over the past week with teams proving on the court whether they do or do not belong in the field.
With just 13 days left until Selection Sunday, I believe there are 14 teams fighting it out for seven remaining spots in the tournament.
I like to break teams down into three categories:
1. Wallflowers are bubble teams. Everyone wants to get into the Big Dance, but not all of them have the guts to ask a girl out onto the dance floor.
2. An elite team that is safely in is "Dancing with a Hottie," and this group has been expanded to include all teams that could lose the rest of their games and still make the field.
3. A school in the middle is "Dancing with Its Sister." This category has been expanded as well to include anyone that just needs to beat the teams it should in order to dance.
I'll begin with the First Four at-large-bid games:
(12a) Tennessee vs. (12d) Southern Miss
(12b) Villanova vs. (12c) Kentucky
First Seven Teams Out: Iowa State, Virginia, St. Mary's, Alabama, Baylor, Maryland, Ole Miss
The projections are presented in slideshow format, with each major conference receiving its own slide.
First up is the ACC.