NCAA Tournament 2013: Top Bubble Teams to Watch This Week

Dilan AmesCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2013

DURHAM, NC - JANUARY 26:  Nick Faust #5 of the Maryland Terrapins reacts after a play against the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 26, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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With March Madness right around the corner, there are several teams that are on the bubble heading into bracket season. 

In this, one of the final weeks before the tournament begins, there is a good handful of games featuring bubble teams that will be fun to watch. For teams like Maryland and Massachusetts, big wins are needed in order to make their case for the tournament.

As we reach the end of the regular season, many teams need to get hot and close out the year strong in order to reach tournament play. Here are four bubble teams to watch this week.



Maryland Terrapins


The Terrapins have had a decent season but need to close out this year strong in order to make the tournament. 

The Terps have a date with UNC tomorrow as well as a game at home vs. UVA next week. It will certainly be a tough task to take down the third and fourth-best ACC teams, but if UMD can somehow put the pieces together, then it could jump right into tournament contention.



Massachusetts Minutemen


The Minutemen have been looking good as of late and are currently on a two-game win streak. With an upcoming game against Butler this Thursday, UMass would surely bolster its case as a tournament team. 

They haven’t beaten any of the heavyweight programs yet, but a win over Butler would help prove their worth as a contender. 

If they do in fact defeat Butler, and close out the season with a win over Rhode Island, then Massachusetts could very well be apart of the tournament.



Villanova Wildcats


Following their three-game win streak, the Wildcats have dropped two in a row to Seton Hall and Pittsburgh

These losses make its regular season finale against Georgetown a must-win game for Nova. When the Hoyas travel to Villanova, it will be for all the marbles. Georgetown is the top team in the Big East and a win against that school would mean a lot for Villanova’s tournament hopes. 



Mississippi Rebels


Following their back-to-back wins against Auburn and Texas A&M, the Rebels lost in an upset to Mississippi State. 

Ole Miss has two games remaining at home against Alabama and away at LSU. These games have become must-wins following that disappointing loss. 

If the Rebels can manage to defeat both Bama and LSU then they will be in pretty good shape heading into Selection Sunday.