We are nipping and tucking for real now in the final portion of college basketball's regular season.
The conference tournaments will help sort the wheat from the chaff before the selection committee closes its war-room door, but there is still the hard work of determining who among the remainder is most worthy to crack that hallowed field of 68.
I won't tell the committee how to do its job. Some teams will make it, others won't. It's the nature of the beast.
But what I can do is look at the bubble as it exists right now and identify those teams that no one will want to play if the committee motions them past the velvet rope. Some teams are peaking at just the right time, others have the talent to explode at any moment and all of the squads included here would be a tough out for any opponent in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
These are the nine bubble teams, listed in no particular order, that I certainly wouldn't want to see staring at me across the bracket.