With Selection Sunday just days away, the biggest question in college basketball is which teams will make it off the bubble and into the NCAA tournament. A host of programs from the storied (Kentucky) to the anonymous (Middle Tennessee) are in the mix for sneaking into the field of 68 or being left out, and a case can be made for or against any of them.
The defending champion Wildcats have spent much of the season looking like an NIT-bound squad, thanks to a severe lack of quality wins in spite of a pretty tough schedule.
However, Alex Poythress and his mates have rallied in the final weeks of the regular season to add just enough signature wins to merit a place near the head of the line for the last few spots in the Big Dance.
Read on for more on Big Blue and nine more teams in the bubble conversation, with an eye to who’s earned a chance to dance (even if not all of those who have will make it).
And, for a look at which of these teams are likeliest to find themselves on the outside looking in, check out our Bubble Watch.