March Madness 2014 Bracket: Bubble Teams That Will Punch Ticket to Big Dance

Dilan Ames@@DilanAmesNFLCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2014

Nov 25, 2013; Maui, HI, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) defends Dayton Flyers guard Jordan Sibert (24) during the first round of the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Dayton defeats Gonzaga 84-79. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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There are a number of NCAA teams that are still in play for a spot in March Madness action, but the final field will be decided in these next couple of weeks.

Of the teamstill in play for a berth, the Dayton Flyers come to mind as one of the most deserving teams in the country. They're riding a six-game win streak as February comes to a close and will look to make it seven in a row against Saint Joseph's on Tuesday night.

They only play one ranked team out of their four remaining opponents, meaning they have a solid chance to continue their recent string of success as we finish off the regular season.

The Flyers are one of many bubble teams that will have a chance to take part in March Madness, but they are of a select few when it comes to who will likely make it in. 


Minnesota Golden Gophers

Record: 17-11

Notable Wins: Ohio State, Wisconsin

Feb 13, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Richard Pitino speaks with guard Andre Hollins (1) after Hollins drew a foul during the game with the Wisconsin Badgers  at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Minnesota 78-70. Mandatory
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers have had a rough schedule thiseason, but they have shown up big on occasion.

They pulled in big wins over the Ohio State Buckeyes and also dominated the ninth-ranked team in the nation in Wisconsin. Minnesota has lost two in a row heading into its Tuesday matchup with Iowa, but it could pull out a victory on its home court.

The Gophers' final two games will come against No. 16 Michigan and Penn State, two games that are certainly winnable. They've been far from consistent this season but will have the opportunity to finish strong and make it into the tournament.

The Gophers will need to win at least two of these games to make it in, and they will have a chance to put themselves in a great position come Tuesday night. 


Dayton Flyers

Record: 19-8

Notable Wins: George Washington, Ole Miss

Dayton has been an impressive team for the greater part of thiseason and is looking for a smooth finish to its regular season. Three of its final four opponents are unranked teams, setting the Flyers up for a chance to get even hotter before the tournamentstarts.

They have gained much momentum throughout February, winning every game they've played so far. The final result of the season for Dayton is in the hands of junior guard Jordan Sibert, the team's leading scorer and a clutch three-point shooter, as we saw in the Flyers' game against IPWF.

If Sibert can keep his hot hand through these final four games, then we could very well see the Flyers earn a spot in the tournament.


Oklahoma State Cowboys

Record: 18-10

Notable Wins: Memphis, Colorado

Oklahoma State snapped a seven-game losing streak last weekend, when they defeated the KansaState Wildcats, and it followed that up with another victory on Monday night against TCU.

The Cowboys remained competitive during their losing streak and seem like they've been able to turn things around. They're very good at scoring (15th in the nation) and will rely on their ability to put points up in their final three games.

Especially now that MarcuSmart is back in the rotation, the Cowboys looks like they're back to form and could really play themselves into a March Madness berth. 

Smart had 10 assists in Oklahoma State's last game against Texas Tech and managed to keep the offense running smoothly. He will be key for the Cowboys in these final games and could be what pushes them over the top and into the tournament.


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