College Basketball's Bubble Watch: Feb. 7th

Paul SeaverCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Tory Jackson #2 and Luke Harangody #44 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish react after a game against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 11, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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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).

RPI and Strength of Schedule Rankings from Yahoo! Sports.


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