Weekly List Of Teams On The Bubble 3/13/2013

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Atlantic Coast Conference Virginia, Florida State, Maryland Maryland is on the list merely due to their 20 victories on the season. However, their sub-.500 record in the conference means that they need to win a game or two in the conference tournament. The same can be said for both Florida State and Virginia. The good news is that Virginia may have already done enough to get in even if they lose their first game in the ACC tournament. Atlantic 10 Temple, La Salle, Xavier, Massachusetts, Charlotte Temple and La Salle are most likely in no matter what they do. However, there is no better way to cement their status then to go deep into the A-10 tournament. Xavier could be in with a deep run while Massachusetts and Charlotte may need to go all the way to the conference tournament finals or win the tournament to keep their season alive. Big East Villanova, Cincinnati, Providence Villanova is looking good heading into the Big East tournament. One more win will put them at 20 wins for the season. Therefore, they are most likely playing for a better seed in the field of 68. Cincinnati and Providence will be playing each other on Wednesday for the right to keep their season alive. If Cincinnati wins, they are probably in. For Providence, it will be the first step on their journey to play their way from the bubble into the field. Big Ten Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota Illinois should be in due to a victory over Indiana this season. Minnesota may be sweating a bit after a recent two game losing streak. Losing to Nebraska and Purdue is no way to make your tournament situation better. As for Iowa, their 20 overall wins combined with a solid finish in Big 10 play should make them safe when Selection Sunday rolls around. Big 12 Baylor At 9-9 in the conference and 18-13 overall record, they have some work to do this week. The good news is that two wins in the Big 12 tournament will most likely get them into a play in game to earn a number 12 seed. Mountain West San Diego State, Boise State It looks like Boise State has played their way into the field. However, perception may keep them out while San Diego State goes dancing. It will be imperative for both teams to play well when all eyes are upon them during the Mountain West tournament. If they do well, it could be five teams going to the tournament for the MWC. Pac 12 California, Colorado, Washington, Stanford, Arizona State At 12-6 in conference play, California looks to be the safest team. What is working against California and all of the other bubble teams from the conference is the lack of quality non-conference victories. Although conference wins are nice, they are only part of the formula for getting into the NCAA tournament. Southeastern Conference Kentucky, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Missouri For Kentucky, a recent victory over Florida will cancel out a recent loss against Georgia. Tennessee and Missouri may also be safe for the moment. Alabama and LSU will need to win a game or two in the SEC tournament to play their way into the NCAA tournament. West Coast St. Mary's After losing to Gonzaga in the WCC tournament, St. Mary's will wait patiently to see if they get into the NCAA tournament field. However, it is likely that they get in due to their 27 wins this season. Western Athletic Conference Louisiana Tech They have dominated the WAC throughout the season. The good news is that Denver is the only challenge for them in the conference tournament. Additionally, Louisiana Tech was ranked for a week during the season. Therefore, it is likely that they could sneak in as long as they make it to the WAC conference final. Missouri Valley Conference Wichita State After losing to Creighton in the MVC conference final, Wichita State must wait to find out their fate on Sunday. It is likely that they will be part of the field as they defeated Creighton when Creighton was highly ranked. For many of the bubble teams, the good news is that all of the conference tournaments have gone as predicted so far. This means that there are no mid-major teams taking extra spots away from fringe teams in the larger conferences. It will make the conference tournaments this week even more exciting knowing that so many teams will be fighting for their tournament lives. By Don Phan: A part-time sports writer and lifelong Chicago sports fan.  


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