Bubble Watch Week in Review: Where Have All the Mid-Majors Gone?

T.R. PetersonCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2010

As the college basketball season slips into February the bubble picture has started to take some shape. The shape, however, doesn’t include many mid-major programs this year.


With Bracket Buster matchups scheduled to be announced later today, not many of these games will have a major impact as far as at-large bids are concerned.


Of the mid-major teams that could use a quality match-up, Old Dominion, Wichita St., and Siena are teams that would benefit the most.


Looking at the power conferences, the Big East and ACC continue to have several potential at-large teams. It will be interesting to see which teams emerge as we get deeper into February. 


The Big 12 and Big Ten, on the other hand, seem to be a little more cut and dry, while the SEC only has a couple of teams that are on the bubble at this time.


Let’s take a look at the teams that have put themselves in position for at-large consideration during the past week and some that didn’t.


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The 49ers keep doing what they need to do to put them in position for at-large consideration. Charlotte knocked off league leading Temple earlier in the week and then dumped UMass to climb into the top of the A-10 standings. 


With George Washington and Fordham this week, the 49ers should be in great shape heading into a matchup with Dayton.



In last weeks edition, I kicked the Golden Eagles out of “Bubble Watch.” So Marquette went out and picked up a couple of wins, including knocking UConn off on the road in a critical game. The schedule sets up really nice for the Golden Eagles to make a run into the upper half of the Big East.




UTEP knocked off UAB on Saturday and have forced a three-way tie in C-USA. If the Miners can get by Houston on Wednesday, it sets up a huge showdown with fellow co-leader Tulsa. Is C-USA a multiple bid league? Still too early to tell.


Other Winners:  Illinois, S. Florida, S. Carolina, St. Mary’s, Wichita St., Siena, and Cornell





Notre Dame


The Irish had to know that keeping their head above water in the Big East was of utmost importance. Sure, losing to Villanova wasn’t a shocker, but Notre Dame surely couldn’t afford losing to Rutgers. With Cincinnati and South Florida up next, a sweep is a must.


Texas Tech


I mentioned last week that Tech needed a split. They didn’t get it and now are facing an uphill battle. At 2-5 in the Big 12, the Red Raiders need wins now.




Coming off a big win against Illinois, the Wildcats looked poised to move up in the Big Ten. However, Northwestern dropped a critical game against Minnesota, and then were shredded by Michigan St. It looks like the Wildcats are NIT bound.


Other Losers:  Louisiana Tech, William & Mary, Washington St., Seton Hall, Louisville, and N. Carolina,