The term "Bubble" is probably the most over-used term in the basketball vernacular, but it is what it is and it tells us exactly who has more work to do before they can go dancing.
This year, as much as any, the "bubble" has been as soft as it could be. Teams keep rising and falling, moving from in the tourney to out, almost on a daily basis.
This speaks to the parity of the college game this season, but also to the fact that there are a lot of mediocre teams. Teams that had high expectations at the start of the year find themselves in competition with some lesser known programs for the precious few final spots in the Big Dance.
Of interest to the selection committee is not merely how a team finishes but how they have performed throughout the entire season, who they have played and ultimately how they have fared. "Bad" losses hurt teams. In other words, losses to teams from low or mid-major leagues will scar a team's profile. However, close losses to good teams rarely figures in.
The following fifteen teams are currently outside of the top twenty-five in the rankings. They have a shot to reach the March Madness promised land, but are guaranteed nothing at present. Do any of them have a legitimate shot to make a run when it counts?