Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Around the NCAA - February 16, 2011

Tuesday's Games
It was still a pretty light schedule on Tuesday but that will change tonight with a very good Wednesday schedule.  I think two major developments came out of Tuesday.  The first one was in the Colonial, where George Mason continues to impress and all but locked up an at-large selection with an impressive road win at VCU.  On the other side of that ledger, the Golden Rams are in Barney...Rubble...Trouble.  Yes, the bubble is soft, but when you are not playing very well and lost your chance at your last good RPI win before the conference tourney, things look bleak.  The second development is what the heck do you do with Marquette.  Losing to St. John's at home was a lost opportunity and Marquette needs to be thrown into the bubble conversation now.  The Golden Eagles did nothing in the non-conference slate and have three big RPI wins in conference, all at home.  If they can get to 9-9 in conference, it will be tough to keep them out.

The Wednesday Buffet
Wisconsin at Purdue - the Badgers try to build off their strong win against Ohio State...problem is they have won once in 34 years in West Lafayette.  Right now, this game is for a #3 seed.
Louisville at Cincinnati - the Bearcats need a big win and Louisville presents that opportunity.  The schedule is brutal for Cincy down the stretch and they continue to creep toward the bubble.
Georgetown at Connecticut - one of the hot Big East teams meets one of the not-so-hots.  Connecticut needs this game more than Georgetown.  The Hoyas can stake their claim to a #2 seed.
UAB at Memphis - Conference USA is a mess and a UAB win here would make it murkier.
UTEP at Southern Miss - all of this is moot if C-USA ends up being a one-bid league.
Vanderbilt at Georgia - the Bulldogs are not safe and cannot let a home opportunity like this slip away.
Michigan at Illinois - if the Wolverines want to be under consideration, this would be a great place to start.
Oklahoma State at Texas - a brutal closing schedule for the Cowboys starts here and likely ends in the NIT.
New Mexico at San Diego State - with spots still open, New Mexico can state their case with a win like this.

More Bubblicious Resumes
Yesterday, I started to look at some bubblicious resumes.  Below is a chart of the bubblicious teams.  Just another interesting look at these teams.  Barring a major collapse, I think I can lock-up Old Dominion, UNLV, Memphis and Colorado State.

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