College Basketball Bubble Watch

Updated: March 16, 2013, 2:40 AM ET
By Eamonn Brennan | ESPN.com


Updating the NCAA tournament picture after a busy Friday on the bubble

Editor's note: This file has been updated to include all games through Friday. RPI and SOS numbers will update in the morning.

The Friday of conference tournament weekend doesn't mark the official start of bubble crunch time -- that happened a week ago, maybe two -- but it is almost always the most intense bubble day of the year. Why? Because high-major bubble teams are typically not facing really good squads on the first day of their respective tournaments, but after they dispense with the low seeds on Thursday, they advance to Friday quarterfinals or semis, and that's where things start to get a little more real.

That was certainly the case today. There were detrimental losses (Virginia), life-saving victories (Maryland), missed opportunities (La Salle, Iowa), placeholder wins (Southern Miss) and a league that is fully engaged in the process of beating itself up -- the SEC, which produed two bubble winners (Alabama, Ole Miss) and two bubble losers (Tennessee, Kentucky).