NCAA Tournament 2014: Stock Watch for Bubble Teams at Week 18

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NCAA Tournament 2014: Stock Watch for Bubble Teams at Week 18
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Selection Sunday is a mere 10 days away, and the stock watch for teams on the bubble is murkier than it has been in months.

All of a sudden, SEC teams are actually playing like they want to make the tournament, and it's keeping the bubble as large as a hot-air balloon.

By my count, there are still 29 teams fighting for the final 18 at-large spots. There are another eight teams that aren't quite on the bubble but could conceivably play their way onto it in the next 10 days. You'll find those teams listed under "Coveting the Bubble" on the following slides.

And the math behind those 18 spots is assuming (foolishly) that conference leaders or teams that are locks to make the tournament will secure automatic bids. For every rogue conference-tournament winner, the bubble will further shrink.

It's going to be a wild ride over the next week and a half.

In the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park: "Hold on to your butts."

 

Win-loss records on the following slides exclude games played against opponents not in D-I and are current through the start of play on Thursday, March 6. All Rating Percentage Index (RPI) rankings (via ESPN) and KenPom (KP) rankings (via KenPom.com) are current through the start of play on Wednesday, March 5.

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