College Basketball Bubble Watch

Updated: February 25, 2010, 2:28 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com


How will the Bubble treat the Big East?

Editor's note: This file has been updated to include all games through Wednesday, Feb. 24.

With 16 teams, the Big East is the biggest conference in college basketball.

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And with five of its teams ranked in the top 11 of the Ratings Percentage Index, it can certainly be argued that the Big East is the best league in the country, too.

But how many other Big East teams will be dancing in the NCAA tournament after Selection Sunday on March 14?

Six other Big East teams remain on the NCAA bubble, and trying to weigh one over the other is like trying to decide which player you want at the foul line in the final seconds. Texas freshman Avery Bradley (48.1 percent) or Syracuse forward Arinze Onuaku (43.1 percent)?

Each of the Big East's bubble teams has had memorable moments and moments it would rather forget.

Here's a breakdown of the Big East teams with work left to do as we get closer to Selection Sunday:

Louisville
Good: The Cardinals have won five of their past seven games, including a 66-60 upset at Syracuse on Feb. 14. Louisville won head-to-head games against Big East bubble teams Cincinnati and Notre Dame.

Bad: The Cardinals are only 2-6 against RPI top-50 opponents and only 3-6 in true road games.

Ugly: Louisville lost to RPI No. 119 Western Carolina 91-83 at home Dec. 12 and lost at RPI No. 74 St. John's by 19 points Feb. 11.

Connecticut
Good: The Huskies have won three games in a row, including upsets of Villanova (road) and West Virginia (home). UConn also beat Texas 88-74 at home Jan. 23.

Bad: UConn is only 2-6 in true road games and lost to fellow Big East bubble teams Louisville (road), Marquette (home) and Cincinnati (home and road).

Ugly: The Huskies lost a pair of road games to RPI sub-100 opponents, losing at RPI No. 151 Michigan 68-63 on Jan. 17 and at RPI No. 109 Providence 81-66 on Jan. 27.

Seton Hall
Good: The Pirates have won four of their past five games and have three victories over RPI top-50 opponents, beating Pittsburgh (home), Louisville (home) and Cornell (road).

Bad: Seton Hall padded its record with victories over cupcakes, with 10 of its 16 victories coming against teams that are ranked No. 125 or worse in the RPI ratings.

Ugly: The Pirates have lost six of their past seven road games, with the only victory coming at St. John's 59-50 on Feb. 17. They play two of their final three regular-season games away from home.

Cincinnati
Good: The Bearcats have four victories over RPI top-50 opponents, beating Vanderbilt (neutral court), Maryland (neutral court) and Connecticut (home and road). Their wins over the Commodores and Terrapins look a lot better now than they did in late November.

Bad: Cincinnati has lost five of its past eight games, losing to fellow Big East bubble teams Louisville (road), Notre Dame (road) and Marquette (home) along the way.

Ugly: The Bearcats are only 2-7 in true road games and play two of the Big East's better teams away from home (at West Virginia and at Georgetown) before season's end.

Marquette
Good: The Golden Eagles have won seven of their past eight games, including road victories over fellow Big East bubble teams Cincinnati and Connecticut (road).

Bad: The Golden Eagles are only 2-6 against RPI top-25 foes and 3-7 against the top 50.

Ugly: Marquette will have to overcome a pair of losses to RPI sub-100 teams, falling to No. 120 NC State at home and No. 187 DePaul on the road.

Notre Dame
Good: The Fighting Irish have a pair of impressive victories over Big East heavyweights, beating West Virginia 70-68 on Jan. 9 and Pittsburgh 68-53 on Wednesday.

Bad: Notre Dame is only 1-6 in true road games, including losses to fellow Big East bubble teams Connecticut, Louisville, Seton Hall and Cincinnati.

Ugly: The Irish have a pair of losses to RPI sub-100 opponents, losing to No. 181 Loyola Marymount 87-85 at home on Dec. 12 and at No. 125 Rutgers 74-73 on Jan. 30.