Wednesday’s Bubble Slate

Big night on the NCAA Bubble, with upwards of ten games looking to impact the chase for those final spots. Most of the games of import tonight tip off after 9 pm, so get that coffee brewing for a late night. As always, we’re using the Bracket Matrix as our guide. The Matrix last updated last night, pretty much before any final scores came rolling in. So, the current consensus doesn’t cover such things as another Indiana loss, Georgia’s loss, but likely win by playing UK so close and North Carolina State getting up off the mat to notch an important road win at Clemson. Tennessee at LSU, 7:00, SEC Network…..The Tigers are currently a 9-seed in the Bracket Matrix on all but one mock bracket. They look pretty safe and the SEC seems primed to have as many as six bids into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. A loss tonight, however, will make LSU’s case a bit wobbly. They’re looking at a loss over the weekend at Arkansas. If they do go 0-2 to close out the regular season, it’ll put pressure on LSU to get at least one winning result in next week’s SEC Tournament. Purdue at Michigan State,

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We have reached the final week of the regular season for college basketball. While mid-major league tournaments begin firing up tonight, we’re still focused on the bubble and the final at-large spots in the eventual NCAA Tournament. We’ll rap about those league tournaments later, but let’s quickly set the table for this week. Below is a list of the teams currently sitting as an 8th seed or worse in the current Bracket Matrix and their schedule this week. Tonight, tomorrow and Saturday are the big days. We’ll have something akin to analysis as the week moves forward. 8 SEEDS Michigan State: Purdue (Wed); at Indiana (Sat) Oklahoma State: TCU (Wed); at West Virginia (Sat) Dayton: Rhode Island (Tues); at LaSalle (Sat) Iowa: at Indiana (Tues); Northwestern (Sat) 9 SEEDS Indiana: Iowa (Tues); Michigan St (Sat) LSU: Tennessee (Wed); at Arkansas (Sat) Georgia: Kentucky (Tues); at Auburn (Sat) Xavier: at Creighton (Sat) 10 SEEDS Colorado St: at Nevada (Wed); at Utah State (Sat) Texas A/M: at Florida (Tues); Alabama (Sat) Oregon: at Oregon State (Wed) Ole Miss:  at Alabama (Tues); Vanderbilt (Sat) 11 SEEDS NC State: at Clemson (Tues); Syracuse (Sat) Cincinnati: at Tulsa (Wed); Memphis (Sunday) Boise State: at San Jose (Wed); Fresno St (Sat)

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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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