Bubble News: Are Today’ Noon Underdogs Still In Play

There has been a run of terrible bubble losses in the last 48 hours.  Now we’re approaching 48 hours away from the tournament’s unveiling and there still appears to be 2-3 spots still up for grabs. Looking at the Bracket Matrix, it’s easy to say Arkansas’ bid is now available. The loser of today’s St Joe-Dayton game will have their bid on the open market. If The Vols add to the bubble misery today, so is their’s. I dont think consensus 10-seed Southern Methodist has lost a bid yet, but it’s there for the taking by just about anybody who goes on a nice run today and tomorrow. Who knows if BYU, sitting out since Tuesday night’s loss to Gonzaga is safe or not? The thing is nobody has stepped up–yet–to really say we deserve one of those bids. Providence and Minnesota wins over St Johns and Penn State should not be enough, but it just might based on much weaker the bubble has become since Wednesday night. What have these results done? It’s added a little bit more stack to what on paper looks like a round of sleepy nooners in the quarterfinal rounds of the ACC, Big Ten and SEC. Here are the

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Big Ten Quarterfinals Preview

How about a greatest hits of my wrongness in yesterday’s post? ** Claiming IU’s turnovers wouldnt matter because Illinois is so sucky at offense that they’ll be negated. How stupid coul- [CLUNK, gets hit on head by a wayward IU pass out of bounds]. ** Purdue has packed it in and wont offer much of a fight against OSU. They actually outplayed OSU. ** My one strong point spread was pick was Penn State covering the +5. NOPE ** Northwestern isn’t the worst team in the league and will get blown out by Iowa. More like, IoLOLwa, amirite?!?!? So, for the good of the public, so everyone knows who to fade, I feel obligated to forge on and provide my picks for the quarterfinal round. Here’s the afternoon session…… #9 Illinois vs #1 Michigan, noon, ESPN. Lines, UM -8, O/U 126 It’s been a tale of two eras for the Big Ten Tournament’s #1 seed during the event’s history. In the beginning, the top chalk was not safe. In the first six league tournaments, the #1 seed lost their quarterfinal game and went one-and-done four different times.  During those first six years, the top seed recorded a 4-5 straight up, 3-6 against the spread record.

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Big Ten Tournament: First Round Preview

A quick preview of today’s four first round games in the Big Ten Tournament. We’ll try to have a list of bubble implication games up later. Hint: Clear your schedule for later this afternoon. A lot of the bubble action takes place during the 2:00 window……. #8 Indiana vs #9 Illinois, noon, ESPN2. Lines, IU -2, Over/Under 128 Good news for Indiana! They’re the 8th seed in this field. In the 8/9 game in the Big 10 Tournament, the 8-seed is 13-3 straight up, 11-5 against the spread. Bad news for Indiana! Per the rules, this game will have a second half. And the Hoosiers are not very good in those halves. Some of the lowlights: getting rolled out of intermission against MSU and Purdue,  the choke job against Penn State, giving up 50 points to Wisconsin to turn a double digit halftime lead into a double digit loss and Nebraska running them out of the Lincoln while also going from up ten to down ten. Losing a six-point halftime lead in Ann Arbor does not even crack the list of fail. They’ve had the lead at half in 10 of their last 13 games, but ended up winning only four of those games with that intermission

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