College Basketball Bubble Watch
Pass or fail time for teams still on the bubble
Thank you, Kent State. Glad to see some team finally gets that you are supposed to win your way into the field of 65, not just lose fewer games than the rest of the bubble brethren. The Golden Flashes clearly were the big winners of the BracketBusters event. They had the most at stake entering Saturday and now have every right to expect strong at-large consideration, if needed.
In general, it was a weird week. A slew of teams that were in good position really slipped, while a comparable number of teams that were dicey now look much stronger. What that leaves, especially in leagues like the ACC, Big 12, SEC and A-10, is a complete morass in the middle. It's hard to recall a season in which there was this much potential variance for this many major conferences this late in the season. It should make the major-conference portion of championship week much more interesting than usual.
Outside the seven conferences broken out below, there's an increasingly large number of teams positioning themselves for at-large bids, if they need them. For fans of bubblers, here's a handy list of teams you are rooting for to win their conference tournaments (and, more than likely, save an at-large for someone else): Memphis (C-USA), Drake (Missouri Valley), Butler (Horizon), South Alabama (Sun Belt), BYU (Mountain West), Kent State (MAC), Gonzaga/Saint Mary's (WCC). How those leagues go will have a big effect on how many borderline teams will make it on March 16.
One more piece of good news: We're amping things up to twice a week now, so check out the next update on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
As always, the records listed are Division I only, per NCAA Tournament selection guidelines. If you have a legitimate grievance or just like talking bubble, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Next update: Feb. 27.