College Basketball's Bubble Watch: Feb. 7th

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College Basketball's Bubble Watch: Feb. 7th
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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.

 

RPI: 46

S.O.S.: 35

 

 

Virginia (14-7, 5-3) (ACC)

 

Road games at Maryland and Virginia Tech are big ones for Virginia.

 

RPI: 92

S.O.S.: 102

 

 

Florida State (17-6, 5-4) (ACC)

 

The Seminoles are at Clemson on Wednesday.

 

RPI: 43

S.O.S.: 57

 

 

Virginia Tech (18-4, 5-3) (ACC)

 

The Hokies have won back-to-back games and are moving up.

 

RPI: 60

S.O.S.: 181

 

 

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.

 

RPI: 79

S.O.S.: 21

 

 

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.

 

RPI: 40

S.O.S.: 32

 

 

Charlotte (18-5, 8-1) (Atlantic 10)

 

Charlotte has won seven in a row.

 

RPI: 45

S.O.S.: 122

 

 

Xavier (16-7, 8-2) (Atlantic 10)

 

Jordan Crawford had 24 points, but Xavier got smacked by 25 at the hands of Dayton.

 

RPI: 28

S.O.S.: 15

 

 

Rhode Island (19-3, 7-2) (Atlantic 10)

 

URI is among a very top heavy Atlantic-10 Conference.

 

RPI: 14

S.O.S.: 65

 

 

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.

 

RPI: 31

S.O.S.: 69

 

 

Dayton (16-6, 5-3) (Atlantic 10)

 

Their blowout win over Xavier has Dayton back in the discussion.

 

RPI: 33

S.O.S.: 38

 

 

Louisville (15-8, 6-4) (Big East)

 

If Louisville can remain in the top six in the Big East, they should be just fine.

 

RPI: 42

S.O.S.: 5

 

 

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.

 

RPI: 66

S.O.S.: 70

 

 

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.

 

RPI: 63

S.O.S.: 36

 

 

Marquette (15-8, 6-5) (Big East)

 

Marquette has won four games in a row now to move above .500 in the Big East.

 

RPI: 58

S.O.S.: 46

 

 

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?

 

RPI: 49

S.O.S.: 30

 

 

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.

 

RPI: 56

S.O.S.: 6

 

 

Minnesota (14-8, 5-5) (Big Ten)

 

They needed a buzzer beater to beat Penn State, which is not a good sign for Minnesota.

 

RPI: 59

S.O.S.: 45

 

 

Northwestern (16-7, 5-6) (Big Ten)

 

Northwestern has a pretty favorable schedule down the stretch, and they should finish with 20-plus wins.

 

RPI: 65

S.O.S.: 62

 

 

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?

 

RPI: 47

S.O.S.: 74

 

 

Oklahoma (13-9, 4-4) (Big 12)

 

The win over Texas is huge for the Sooners, but they still have work to do.

 

RPI: 75

S.O.S.: 43

 

 

Oklahoma State (16-7, 4-5) (Big 12)

 

They are 3-7 against teams in the 1-100 range in the RPI rankings.

 

RPI: 41

S.O.S.: 37

 

 

George Mason (15-9, 10-3) (CAA)

 

Their 5-6 record outside of conference play might ultimately cost them.

 

RPI: 133

S.O.S.: 196

 

 

Old Dominion (18-7, 10-3) (CAA)

 

Northeastern and VCU both got the best of Old Dominion in the last week-and-a-half.

 

RPI: 38

S.O.S.: 79

 

 

Northeastern (16-8, 11-2) (CAA)

 

The Huskies are in first place in a conference that might get more than one bid.

 

RPI: 54

S.O.S.: 64

 

 

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.

 

RPI: 61

S.O.S.: 148

 

 

Memphis (16-7, 6-2) (C-USA)

 

Does Memphis have to win the conference to get in?

 

RPI: 74

S.O.S.: 91

 

 

UTEP (17-5, 8-1) (C-USA)

 

The Miners surpassed UAB for first place in Conference-USA.

 

RPI: 57

S.O.S.: 110

 

 

Wichita State (20-5, 9-4) (Missouri Valley)

 

The Shockers already have 20 wins, but they continue to look up at Northern Iowa.

 

RPI: 37

S.O.S.: 114

 

 

UNLV (19-4, 7-2) (Mountain West)

 

UNLV might just be joining New Mexico and BYU in the Big Dance.

 

RPI: 30

S.O.S.: 81

 

 

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.

 

RPI: 55

S.O.S.: 40

 

 

Florida (17-6, 6-3) (SEC)

An interesting game with Xaiver approaches this Saturday for the Gators.

 

RPI: 48

S.O.S.: 65

 

 

Mississippi State (16-7, 4-4) (SEC)

 

They have Ole Miss this week.

 

RPI: 70

S.O.S.: 120

 

 

St. Mary’s (21-3, 8-1) (WCC)

 

It is almost safe to say that St. Mary’s will dance in March.

 

RPI: 44

S.O.S.: 128

 

 

Utah State (18-6, 8-2) (WAC)

 

Utah State now sits in first place in the WAC.

 

RPI: 51

S.O.S.: 108

 

 

Louisiana Tech (19-4, 7-2) (WAC)

 

They’ll get 20-plus wins no problem, but their strength of schedule really hurts their resume.

 

RPI: 72

S.O.S.: 237

 

 

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).

 

 

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