Bubble News: Saturday’s Slate

Final day of February. And to end the month, we have a big Saturday schedule that will determine league titles and impact both ends of the ever evolving NCAA Tournament Bracket. The bag around here is the bubble, so the following is a simple rundown of today’s schedule that will directly impact the bubble. Using the Bracket Matrix (updated last on Thursday night) as our guide, the final four teams in the field are Oregon, Purdue, Illinois and Stanford. The first eight cut from the field, in order, are Tulsa, UCLA, Pittsburgh, Davidson, Boise, BYU, Miami and UMass. We’ll be tweeting and blogging all day about all topics college basketball. NC State at Boston College, noon, ESPN Full Court Bracket Matrix: NC State, 11 seed. 93 of 99 mocks. 7th above cutline Vegas Line: NC State -6 KenPom: NC State, 69-64; 70% chance of wnning Georgetown at St. Johns, noon, CBS Bracket Matrix: GTown, 6 seed; St. Johns, 9 seed, 14th above cutline Vegas Line: GTown -1.5 KenPom: St. John’s, 69-68; 54% chance of winning Missouri at Georgia, noon, ESPN U Bracket Matrix: Georgia, 10 seed, 98 of 99 mocks, 10th from cutline Vegas Line: UGA -12.5 KenPom: UGA, 70-57; 91% chance of winning Rhode Island at

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Bubble News: Wednesday’s Stakes

Last night’s win by NC State on the road in North Carolina might be a game changer for the Pack. I’ve thought for a couple weeks now that NC State, Miami and Pitt would end up taking the 6, 7 and 8 seeds (in any order) in the ACC Tournament and that if anyone of them would win their opening game, then upset one of the higher seeds in the quarterfinals that a bid would come their way. The bar may now be lower for the Pack after last night’s win in Chapel Hill, which they impressively controlled from opening tap to final buzzer. As long as they don’t fall flat on their face from here on out, they should make it. They have a tricky road trip coming up at Boston College and at Clemson and then close at home against Syracuse. Go 2-1 in those games and just avoid a one-and-done fate in their league tournament and they should at least make the First Four. Meanwhile, tonight should be an interesting night for the bubble. Three of the final six teams in the consensus Bracket Matrix are in action, as well as the last two teams cut from said consensus. Toss in a couple more

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Bubble News: Tuesday’s Slate

A quick rundown of the Bubble Action for the final February Tuesday of the season. Per the Bracket Matrix, the First Four teams (ticketed for the play-in games in Dayton) are in order Oregon, Purdue, Illinois and Stanford. What’s interesting about those four are Oregon and Stanford play on Sunday (the first of March!!) and Purdue and Illinois hook up in the regular season finale a week from Saturday. The last eight cut from the Matrix currently stand UCLA, Tulsa, Pitt, Boise, Davidson, Miami, BYU and UMass. Texas at West Virginia, 7:00, ESPN2…….Just how far away is Texas from the bubble? Today, that answer is not very far. In the latest Matrix, the Horns are a 9-seed, on all but three ballots, and have 14 teams between them and the wrong side of the bubble. But if they cant get any wins in this at West Virginia, at Kansas, home vs. Baylor stretch, then one week from today they could easily be right at the drop line. The good news is these next three games are so hard that any win might be enough to make Texas safe the rest of the way. LSU at Auburn, 7:00, ESPNU…..LSU tries its hand at a winnable road

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