College Basketball's Bubble Watch: Feb. 7th
As we move into the second week of February, postseason implications begin to ride on almost every game.
As of Feb. 7, 2010, here is a list of teams that might find themselves on the bubble come Selection Sunday:
Maryland (16-6, 6-2) (ACC)
The Terrapins sit in second place in the ACC, and are on their way to the Big Dance.
Virginia (14-7, 5-3) (ACC)
Road games at Maryland and Virginia Tech are big ones for Virginia.
Florida State (17-6, 5-4) (ACC)
The Seminoles are at Clemson on Wednesday.
Virginia Tech (18-4, 5-3) (ACC)
The Hokies have won back-to-back games and are moving up.
North Carolina (13-10, 2-6) (ACC)
Their strength of schedule is strong, but UNC needs to find a way to get some wins, or the defending national champions will be NIT bound.
Clemson (16-7, 4-5) (ACC)
The Tigers have lost four of their last five games. They need to snap out of this recent funk.
Charlotte (18-5, 8-1) (Atlantic 10)
Charlotte has won seven in a row.
Xavier (16-7, 8-2) (Atlantic 10)
Jordan Crawford had 24 points, but Xavier got smacked by 25 at the hands of Dayton.
Rhode Island (19-3, 7-2) (Atlantic 10)
URI is among a very top heavy Atlantic-10 Conference.
Richmond (18-6, 7-2) (Atlantic 10)
The Spiders got a key win over Temple, and now they prepare for a road test at Rhode Island.
Dayton (16-6, 5-3) (Atlantic 10)
Their blowout win over Xavier has Dayton back in the discussion.
Louisville (15-8, 6-4) (Big East)
If Louisville can remain in the top six in the Big East, they should be just fine.
Notre Dame (17-7, 6-5) (Big East)
They have Seton Hall and St. John’s this week before a difficult stretch towards the end of the month.
Cincinnati (14-9, 5-6) (Big East)
The Bearcats don’t play again until Saturday. This is a key week for Cincinnati to gear up for a push at the Big Dance.
Marquette (15-8, 6-5) (Big East)
Marquette has won four games in a row now to move above .500 in the Big East.
South Florida (15-8, 5-6) (Big East)
South Florida has pushed to strengthen their chances at an NCAA Tournament bid. Can they finish the job down the stretch?
Connecticut (14-9, 4-6) (Big East)
If the season ended today, the Huskies would be an 11 seed in the 12-team Big East tournament.
Minnesota (14-8, 5-5) (Big Ten)
They needed a buzzer beater to beat Penn State, which is not a good sign for Minnesota.
Northwestern (16-7, 5-6) (Big Ten)
Northwestern has a pretty favorable schedule down the stretch, and they should finish with 20-plus wins.
Missouri (17-6, 5-3) (Big 12)
The Tigers are 3-3 in their last six games. Can they get any type of winning streak going?
Oklahoma (13-9, 4-4) (Big 12)
The win over Texas is huge for the Sooners, but they still have work to do.
Oklahoma State (16-7, 4-5) (Big 12)
They are 3-7 against teams in the 1-100 range in the RPI rankings.
George Mason (15-9, 10-3) (CAA)
Their 5-6 record outside of conference play might ultimately cost them.
Old Dominion (18-7, 10-3) (CAA)
Northeastern and VCU both got the best of Old Dominion in the last week-and-a-half.
Northeastern (16-8, 11-2) (CAA)
The Huskies are in first place in a conference that might get more than one bid.
Tulsa (18-5, 7-2) (C-USA)
They recently loss to UTEP on the road, but it was just their second loss in conference play.
Memphis (16-7, 6-2) (C-USA)
Does Memphis have to win the conference to get in?
UTEP (17-5, 8-1) (C-USA)
The Miners surpassed UAB for first place in Conference-USA.
Wichita State (20-5, 9-4) (Missouri Valley)
The Shockers already have 20 wins, but they continue to look up at Northern Iowa.
UNLV (19-4, 7-2) (Mountain West)
UNLV might just be joining New Mexico and BYU in the Big Dance.
Washington (16-7, 6-5) (Pac-10)
There is a five-way tie for second place in the Pac-10, and the Huskies are one of them.
Florida (17-6, 6-3) (SEC)
An interesting game with Xaiver approaches this Saturday for the Gators.
Mississippi State (16-7, 4-4) (SEC)
They have Ole Miss this week.
St. Mary’s (21-3, 8-1) (WCC)
It is almost safe to say that St. Mary’s will dance in March.
Utah State (18-6, 8-2) (WAC)
Utah State now sits in first place in the WAC.
Louisiana Tech (19-4, 7-2) (WAC)
They’ll get 20-plus wins no problem, but their strength of schedule really hurts their resume.
Other Teams to Consider: Texas Tech (15-7), William & Mary (16-7), Marshall (16-7), Iona (18-7), Kent State (17-7) Akron (17-7), Illinois State (16-8), San Diego State (16-7), USC (14-9), Arizona State (16-8), South Carolina (13-9), and Portland (14-8).
RPI and Strength of Schedule Rankings from Yahoo! Sports.
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