Friday, March 11, 2011

Massive day on the bubble

Saturday is Championship Saturday. Sunday is Selection Sunday.

So does that make it Bubble Friday?

Today is the make or break day for a large number of teams currently parked on the bubble. Come tomorrow, we could have a pretty good idea about what the NCAA Tournament field will look like.

While you enjoy your lunch, take a peak at what today's games mean:

1:00 pm: Georgia vs. Alabama: This could very well end up being a play-out game for the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide. The general consensus seems to be that Georgia is in better position than Alabama right now.

2:00 pm: Clemson vs. Boston College: This is a play-out game, as both the Tigers and the Eagles are sitting squarely on the bubble. At most, only one is making the tournament.

2:00 pm: Michigan vs. Illinois: Illinois is most likely in. Michigan will be nervous heading into Selection Sunday with a loss today.

6:30 pm: No. 7 Purdue vs. Michigan State: The Spartans are probably in solid shape right now, but with big thieves still alive, a win today could just about lock up a bid.

6:30 pm: Memphis vs. East Carolina: The Tigers are a bit of a longshot to make the NCAA Tournament even if they make it to the finals of the Conference USA tournament.

7:00 pm" No. 2 Kansas vs. Colorado: The Buffaloes knocked off Kansas State yesterday, putting themselves in pretty good NCAA position. There is still doubt, however, which could get erased with a win today.

8:55 pm: No. 13 Wisconsin vs. Penn State: The Nittany Lions still have quite a bit of work to do if they are to make the NCAA Tournament this season. Beating Wisconsin is a good way to start.

9:00 pm: No. 8 BYU vs. New Mexico: The Lobos are is pretty bad shape and, in all likelihood, need to get the MWC's autobid. That said, three wins over BYU is a lot more impressive than anything most bubble teams have to offer.

9:00 pm: No. 15 Arizona vs. USC: If the Kevin O'Neill-vs.-Arizona Booster storyline isn't enough, the Trojans have an outside chance to make the NCAA Tournament if they continue to win games.

9:00 pm: No. 17 Utah State vs. San Jose State: It feels weird saying that Utah State is on the bubble given their record and other teams they are competing for an at-large berth with, but do to an overwhelming lack of quality wins, the Aggies will want to win the autobid just to feel safe.

9:00 pm: Virginia Tech vs. Florida State: Virginia Tech, after losing two straight games in their post-Duke hangover, needs to beat the Seminoles if they want to feel safe on Sunday.

9:00 pm: Richmond vs. Rhode Island: The Spiders may not be quite as safe as you think. A loss to URI will force Richmond to sweat Sunday out.

10:00 pm: Weber State @ St. Mary's: This is actually a regular season game. A win doesn't help the Gaels that much, but a loss would probably kill any at-large hope they had.

11:30 pm: Washington vs. Oregon: The Huskies all but locked up a bid with their win yesterday, but after knocking off UCLA, Oregon might be the most dangerous team in this tournament to steal a bid.

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