College Basketball Bubble Watch
Teams are missing out on opportunities to get off the bubble
Does anyone want to dance?
The weakest bubble in years combined with teams' uncanny ability to throw away needed wins in spectacular fashion makes for an interesting watch -- and one huge headache for the selection committee if things don't clear up in the next 14 days.
Just look at a representative sample of what happened on Saturday to teams with a ton at stake:
• Syracuse completely gave away a game to Pitt at home
• Kent State followed up its big BracketBuster win by losing at Bowling Green
• Houston lost at East Carolina
• George Mason was pounded at Northeastern
• Ohio State was handled at Minnesota
• Texas A&M was destroyed at Oklahoma
• Southern Illinois lost at home to Illinois State
Oh, and Kentucky, which actually was playing its way into the bracket, lost its best player for the season.
All this backsliding is why teams like New Mexico, Virginia Tech, Villanova and Western Kentucky are not only in the mix, but in some cases, would make the field of 65 right now, warts and all. There's plenty of room for everyone. Just go win a couple of games. No one else is.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next update: Wednesday, March 5.