NCAA Tournament 2013: Every Bubble Team's Magic Number for March Madness Bid

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NCAA Tournament 2013: Every Bubble Team's Magic Number for March Madness Bid
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In sports that don't involve a selection committee, the term "magic number" is used to enumerate how many more games a team needs to win combined with how many its closest competition needs to lose for it to clinch a playoff berth.

Let's apply that principle to each of the 36 teams still on the bubble.

On each of the following slides, you'll find a magic number stating how many more games—both in the regular season and in the conference tournament—that team would need to win to have a better than 90 percent chance of making the NCAA tournament.

Slides are ordered to start with teams that would need to go on a serious tear between now and Selection Sunday, and they will build up to the teams that merely need to avoid a disastrous finish to stay in the field.

If a team doesn't appear in this slideshow, it either means it's a lock for the NCAA tournament or it could only get in by winning its conference tournament. If you're unsure whether a missing team has clinched a bid or has been eliminated from at-large contention, it might be time to re-establish your grip on reality.

*All RPI and SOS numbers are accurate as of the beginning of the day on March 5.

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