Bubble Watch Week in Review: Big East Revival?
With BracketBusters somewhat anticlimactic as far the bubble teams go, it was the teams from the Big East conferences that provided the past weeks excitement.
Connecticut started the week off with a thundering upset of Villanova, giving us a glimpse of the potential they have.
On Wednesday, Louisville survived a grueling double-overtime game against Notre Dame while also showing signs that they may be ready for March to begin.
Finally, on Sunday, Marquette slipped by Cincinnati in overtime, in what was most likely a bubble elimination game.
Let’s take a look at some of 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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Simply put, the Huskies were on life support a week ago. However, after going on the road and upsetting Villanova on Monday and then blasting Rutgers on Saturday, UConn is back in the bubble picture. The Huskies have four wins against the RPI top-50 and have played one of the hardest schedules in the country. They have a great chance to further strengthen their resume as both West Virginia and Louisville visit Storrs this week
Don’t look now but Louisville has climbed into the top five of the Big East standings after knocking off Notre Dame and DePaul last week. It doesn’t get any easier for the Cardinals as they host Georgetown on Tuesday before visiting UConn over the weekend.
With four games over ranked opponents on the slate for the Cowboys they needed to find a way for a win. After dumping Iowa St. on Wednesday, Oklahoma St. got the big win it needed by beating No. 22 Baylor. The Cowboys have won three straight and have improved to 7-5 in the Big 12. With Texas and Kansas this week, a split would put them in a more comfortable position.
Other Winners: Virginia Tech, Clemson, Missouri, UTEP, UAB, Memphis, San Diego St., Northern Iowa, Arizona St., Florida, Utah St.
Not long ago the Rebels were a virtual lock as an at-large. Now they have lost three of four including a 66-61 loss at the hands of Utah last Wednesday. UNLV did stop the bleeding by beating Colorado St. over the weekend. However, the Rebels will have win out and do some damage in the conference tournament to remain in the at-large picture.
Two tough losses this week for the Rebels have put them in grave bubble danger. They have now lost three in a row and five of six. The problem Ole Miss may have is they don’t play another quality team on their schedule.
The Bearcats dropped a pair of games they really needed this week, losing to South Florida and Marquette. Cincy hosts DePaul on Wednesday before finishing conference play at West Virginia, vs. Villanova, and at Georgetown. The good news is the Bearcats have the opportunity for some quality wins.
Other Losers: Dayton, Charlotte, South Florida, Virginia, Texas Tech, Old Dominion, Illinois, Northwestern, Siena, California,
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