Now Or Never: College Basketball's Bubble Watch (Feb. 26)

Paul SeaverCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2010

It is a big weekend for some of the nation’s best teams. For the country’s bubble teams, the door is closing fast. With two weeks left before Selection Sunday, what teams will look to make their move this weekend?


Charlotte (19-8, 9-4) (Atlantic 10):

Charlotte has to win at George Washington on Saturday.

RPI: 56

S.O.S.: 107


Rhode Island (20-6, 8-5) (Atlantic 10):

The Rams are on the road at St. Bonaventure on Saturday.

RPI: 27

S.O.S.: 64


Dayton (18-9, 7-6) (Atlantic 10):

Back-to-back losses have come at the wrong time for the Flyers.

RPI: 43

S.O.S.: 34


Clemson (19-8, 7-6) (ACC):

Can the Tigers win on the road at Florida State on Sunday?

RPI: 37

S.O.S.: 33


Georgia Tech (18-9, 6-7) (ACC):

The Yellow Jackets have dropped three of their last four and have fallen below .500 in the ACC. They better not slip up when Boston College comes to town on Saturday.

RPI: 34

S.O.S.: 17


Oklahoma State (19-8, 7-6) (Big 12):

No. 1 Kansas is coming to Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday afternoon.

RPI: 33

S.O.S.: 36


Marquette (18-9, 9-6) (Big East):

The Golden Eagles are red-hot. They have won seven of their last eight games.

RPI: 55

S.O.S.: 54


Louisville (18-10, 9-6) (Big East):

It is make or break for the Cardinals. They are at UConn on Sunday and then at Marquette this upcoming Tuesday.

RPI: 41

S.O.S.: 7


Seton Hall (16-10, 7-8) (Big East):

The Pirates have been moving up, winning four of their last five games overall. Marquette pays them a visit on Sunday.

RPI: 52

S.O.S.: 20


Cincinnati (16-11, 7-8) (Big East):

The remaining schedule for Cincy is tough. It starts with a road game at West Virginia on Saturday.

RPI: 59

S.O.S.: 23


Connecticut (17-11, 7-8) (Big East):

They have needed wins and they have gotten wins, three in a row now for the Huskies.

RPI: 40

S.O.S.: 2


Notre Dame (18-10, 7-8) (Big East):

No Harangody. No Problem. Notre Dame knocked off Pittsburgh the other night and now focuses on a road game at Georgetown on Saturday.

RPI: 72

S.O.S.: 55


Illinois (18-10, 10-6) (Big Ten):

Minnesota will pay them a visit on Saturday afternoon.

RPI: 63

S.O.S.: 57


Old Dominion (22-8, 14-3) (CAA):

They will look to capture the CAA regular season title with a win over VCU on Saturday.

RPI: 42

S.O.S.: 87


Memphis (20-8, 10-3) (C-USA):

Can Josh Pastner get Memphis into the dance in his first season as head coach?

RPI: 69

S.O.S.: 100


UAB (22-5, 10-3) (C-USA):

Their next two games are at home. Tulane and Memphis will come to Birmingham in the next week.

RPI: 30

S.O.S.: 100


Siena (22-6, 15-1) (MAAC):

People are thinking Siena has to win the MAAC tournament to get into the dance.

RPI: 36

S.O.S.: 111


UNLV (21-7, 9-5) (Mountain West):

Air Force and Wyoming should be two more wins for UNLV to end the regular season.

RPI: 44

S.O.S.: 69


San Diego State (20-8, 9-5) (Mountain West):

They could have used a win over BYU on Wednesday, but to no avail. They now have time off until next Wednesday.

RPI: 38

S.O.S.: 62


Arizona State (20-8, 10-5) (Pac-10):

With 20 wins, Arizona State is looking to join Cal in the NCAA Tournament. They play on the road against the Golden Bears on Saturday.

RPI: 54

S.O.S.: 76


Mississippi State (20-8, 8-5) (SEC):

The Bulldogs have taken over first place in the SEC West. They are on the road at South Carolina on Saturday, looking for their 21st victory.

RPI: 58

S.O.S.: 109


Ole Miss (18-9, 6-7) (SEC):

The door is closing for Ole Miss, but the rest of their games in the regular season are winnable.

RPI: 61

S.O.S.: 60


St. Mary’s (23-5, 10-3) (WCC):

Will St. Mary’s be playing the waiting game again if they don’t win the WCC Tournament?

RPI: 50

S.O.S.: 146


Utah State (23-6, 12-2) (WAC):

They can clinch the WAC regular season title with a win over Fresno State on Monday night.

RPI: 35

S.O.S.: 104


Outside the Bubble: Saint Louis (18-9), South Florida (16-11), Minnesota (16-11), Northwestern (18-10), Northeastern (18-11), VCU (20-7), Marshall (21-7), Murray State (26-4), Washington (18-9), Portland (18-9), New Mexico State (18-9), Louisiana Tech (21-7).


RPI and Strength of Schedule rankings from


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