With the ACC beating itself up and the Pac-10 being one of the more disappointing conferences in the country, teams from the Atlantic 10, CAA, and Mountain West make their case to steal bids into the NCAA Tournament as March approaches.
Can the big conference schools shake off their tough competition and pad their resume?
Or will top heavy mid-major conferences be the talk of the NCAA bubble?
As of February 11th, 2010, here is a list of teams that might find themselves on the bubble come Selection Sunday:
Maryland (16-6, 6-2) (ACC)
After record snowfall postponed their game with Virginia, they now prepare for Duke on Saturday. A win over the Blue Devils would put them one step closer to locking up a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Virginia (14-7, 5-3) (ACC)
Virginia will make or break their season in the next two weeks.
Florida State (17-7, 5-5) (ACC)
They couldn’t win on the road at Clemson last night, they better get a win at Boston College on Saturday.
Virginia Tech (19-4, 6-3) (ACC)
Malcolm Delaney is doing everything he can to get the Hokies to the Big Dance.
Georgia Tech (17-7, 5-5) (ACC)
If the season ended today, they would be in the NCAA Tournament, but the loss last night to Miami (FL) really hurt.
Clemson (17-7, 5-5) (ACC)
They took care of Florida State last night at home with three different players finishing with careers highs in points.
Charlotte (18-6, 8-2) (Atlantic 10)
Their winning streak came to an end with a 75-47 blowout loss to Dayton.
Xavier (16-7, 8-2) (Atlantic 10)
They take a trip to Gainesville on Saturday for a little non-conference tilt with the Gators.
Rhode Island (19-4, 7-3) (Atlantic 10)
They lost last night to Richmond and now have to go on the road at Temple this Saturday.
Richmond (19-6, 8-2) (Atlantic 10)
The Spiders have won five in a row and are pushing hard for an Atlantic 10 title.
Dayton (17-6, 6-3) (Atlantic 10)
A 25 point win over Xavier followed up by a 28 point win over Charlotte. They must be doing something right.
Louisville (15-8, 6-4) (Big East)
They better not lose at St. John’s tonight.
Notre Dame (17-7, 6-5) (Big East)
The Irish might be in a pretty good situation if they can beat Seton Hall and St. John’s in their next two games.
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)
They got Marquette on Saturday.
Connecticut (14-10, 4-7) (Big East)
A road win at Syracuse could have been huge for UConn, instead it is just another loss, make that seven inside the conference for them now.
Minnesota (14-8, 5-5) (Big Ten)
They needed a buzzer beater to beat Penn State, not a good sign for Minnesota.
Northwestern (16-8, 5-7) (Big Ten)
They loss to Iowa by double digits, Northwestern is in big trouble.
Oklahoma State (16-7, 4-5) (Big 12)
Oklahoma State still has some work to do down the stretch if they want a chance at the NCAA Tournament.
Texas Tech (16-7, 4-5) (Big 12)
It is a make or break game at home against Texas A&M on Saturday.
George Mason (16-9, 11-3) (CAA)
The 5-6 record outside of conference play might ultimately cost George Mason.
Old Dominion (19-7, 11-3) (CAA)
They Monarchs will go for the 20th win of the season on Saturday against George Mason.
Northeastern (17-8, 12-2) (CAA)
Three of their last five games are on the road, starting with William & Mary on Saturday.
Tulsa (19-5, 8-2) (C-USA)
There isn’t much talk about Conference USA, but Tulsa is only a game out of first place in the conference.
Memphis (17-7, 7-2) (C-USA)
Will Josh Pastner have Memphis dancing in March?
UTEP (18-5, 9-1) (C-USA)
As of now, the Miners are the team to beat in Conference USA
UAB (19-4, 7-2) (C-USA)
They ended their two game conference losing streak with a win over Rice.
Wichita State (20-6, 9-5) (Missouri Valley)
I’m not too sure Wichita State can get an at-large bid.
Washington (16-7, 6-5) (Pac-10)
Is it a must-win at Cal on Thursday night?
Florida (17-7, 6-4) (SEC)
They could have used a win last night at South Carolina, but didn’t get it.
South Carolina (14-9, 5-4) (SEC)
They are a game behind Tennessee in the SEC East. They still need to find wins down the stretch though.
Arkansas (13-11, 6-3) (SEC)
The Razorbacks have won five in a row, but three of their next four games are on the road.
Mississippi State (16-7, 4-4) (SEC)
They have Ole Miss on Thursday.
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 a tie for first place in the WAC.
Other Teams Considered: Oklahoma (14-10), William & Mary (17-7), VCU (17-6), Marshall (17-7), Iona (18-7), Kent State (18-7) Akron (18-7), Illinois State (17-8), San Diego State (17-7), USC (14-9), Arizona State (16-8), Portland (14-8), New Mexico State (15-8), Louisiana Tech (19-5).
RPI and Strength of Schedule Rankings from Yahoo Sports.
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