College Basketball's Bubble Watch: Jan. 29
With the month of February being only a few days away, postseason implications begin to ride on almost every game.
As of Jan. 29, 2010, here is a list of teams that might find themselves on the bubble come Selection Sunday:
Maryland (14-5, 4-1) (ACC)
Can Maryland keep the early success in the ACC going?
Virginia (12-6, 3-2) (ACC)
Virginia’s eight game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Wake Forest
Florida State (15-5, 3-3) (ACC)
Will a .500 record in the ACC be enough for Florida State?
Virginia Tech (16-3, 3-2) (ACC)
They recently beat North Carolina Central by 42, probably not the resume booster they needed.
North Carolina (13-7, 2-3) (ACC)
It was an interesting month of January for the Tar Heels.
Charlotte (15-5, 5-1) (Atlantic 10)
Four straight wins, include a most recent one over Temple.
Xavier (14-6, 6-1) (Atlantic 10)
The Musketeers have won six out of their last seven and might be clicking at the right time.
Rhode Island (16-3, 4-2) (Atlantic 10)
Rhode Island’s length and athleticism can make them dangerous.
Richmond (15-6, 4-2) (Atlantic 10)
Richmond needs to assert themselves in a top heavy A-10.
Dayton (14-6, 3-3) (Atlantic 10)
The Flyers have work to do if they hope to be dancing in March again.
Louisville (13-7, 4-3) (Big East)
West Virginia and Connecticut are coming up for Rick Pitino and Co.
Notre Dame (15-6, 4-4) (Big East)
The Irish are approaching a Big East stretch that will make or break their season.
Cincinnati (13-7, 4-4) (Big East)
It’s an up and down resume for the Bearcats, so far.
Seton Hall (12-7, 3-5) (Big East)
A loss last night to South Florida hurts.
Marquette (12-8, 3-5) (Big East)
Oh so close, Marquette has lost to West Virginia by one, Syracuse by five, and Villanova has beaten them twice by two points each game.
Minnesota (13-7, 4-4) (Big Ten)
Will Tubby Smith go dancing?
Northwestern (3-5, 14-6) (Big Ten)
Northwestern needs to play better in conference play if they want a chance to get in.
Missouri (15-5, 3-2) (Big 12)
The Tigers were on a roll, but have now dropped two of their last three.
Texas A&M (14-6, 3-3) (Big 12)
Some quality wins earlier in the year, but not so much in recent weeks for the Aggies.
Oklahoma (12-8, 3-3) (Big 12)
The Sooners need to find a way to win on the road in the Big 12.
Texas Tech (14-6, 2-4) (Big 12)
It looked like they were going to be able to hang with Texas the other night, but not so much. Texas Tech has some work to do in conference play.
George Mason (14-7, 9-1) (CAA)
The conference is very top heavy and George Mason is leading the way.
Old Dominion (17-5, 9-1) (CAA)
They are tied for first in the CAA and they take a trip to Northeastern on Saturday.
Northeastern (13-8, 8-2) (CAA)
Their 11 game win streak was snapped at the hands of Drexel, but Northeastern might still have a run left in them.
Tulsa (16-4, 5-1) (C-USA)
Jerome Jordan leads the way for this Tulsa team.
Memphis (15-5, 5-1) (C-USA)
This isn’t your father's Memphis team that normally dominates C-USA, but Memphis can still win the league.
UTEP (14-5, 5-1) (C-USA)
The conference is wide open early on; UTEP will look to crash the party.
Marshall (15-5, 4-2) (C-USA)
An unexpected hot start for Marshall has them on the bubble right now.
Wichita State (18-4, 7-3) (Missouri Valley)
The Shockers sit in second place in a tough MVC.
UNLV (17-4, 5-2) (Mountain West)
Can UNLV compete with BYU and New Mexico in the Mountain West?
South Carolina (12-8, 3-3) (SEC)
Their win over Kentucky certainly gives the Gamecocks a big boost.
Alabama (13-7, 3-3) (SEC)
Anthony Grant’s first year as head coach might lead the Crimson Tide to the NCAA Tournament.
St. Mary’s (18-3, 5-1) (WCC)
No Patty Mills, no problem. St. Mary’s still playing very strong.
The list is pretty extensive right now. As the season winds down, others may work their way onto the bubble, while others might fall off. It is the annual crunch time for many of these programs.
RPI and Strength of Schedule Rankings from Yahoo Sports.
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