Bubble Watch- 2/26/15
Davidson: It's amazing what a quality road win can do. The Wildcats get the win and move right at the cut line. With GW coming to town, Davidson needs to keep winning. Win the last three games of the regular season, including VCU, the Wildcats have a chance to win the A-10 regular season title in their 1st season.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes take care of business at home and add another Top 100 win to their resume. With three games remaining, if the Hawkeyes win out they will be a lock. If they beat Penn St and Northwestern and lose to Indiana, they will still be in good shape.
Cincinnati: The Bearcats did what they needed to do, beat UCF. Cincy heads to Tulane on Saturday, who they lost to once already. With quality wins on their resume, winning games against teams you should beat is important for the Bearcats who already own 3 bad losses.
Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane stay on the bubble after taking care of business against Tulane. Now the most important stretch of the season is on deck. They travel to Memphis on Saturday before finishing up at home against Cincinnati and at SMU. They need at least 2 out of 3 to stay at the cut line.
Georgia: The Bulldogs add another marque road to their resume and appear to be good shape for now. Beat Kentucky and they will be a lock. As long as they beat Missouri and Auburn, they should be fine.
Colorado State: The Rams took care of business against San Jose State and now finish the season on the road at Nevada and at Utah State. The Rams can't afford to lose either game.
UCLA: The Bruins beat Washington last night and now face Washington State and USC. UCLA needs to win both games. Winning out and at least making it to the Pac-12 semi-finals is important for the Bruins.
Oregon: The Ducks pass their 1st test of the three remaining road games taking care of Cal. The Ducks play the Cardinal on Sunday. If the Ducks can win at least one of the remaining two games and at least make it to Pac-12 semi-finals, they should be in good position. A trip to to the Pac-12 championship game will definitely lock the Ducks in.
Miami(FL): The Canes hang on the bubble after beating Florida State last night. A big chance against North Carolina this weekend is a must win for the Canes, if they want to reach the cut line. Canes finish with 2 road games(at Pitt, at VA Tech).
Rhode Island: Tough loss for the Rams who still remain tied in 1st place. The Rams needed another marque victory and lost by one point. The Rams likely need to win out and make a run in the conference tourney to have a chance.
Illinois: The Illini lost to the Hawkeyes for their 11th loss of the season. They get Nebraska and Northwestern at home which are must wins for the Illini. A trip to Purdue awaits after that.
Massachusetts: The minutemen pick up a bad home loss and now likely have to win the A-10 conference tournament to make the tourney.
BUBBLE TEAMS IN ACTION TONIGHT:
Temple(19-9, 10-5)- Currently in the field
The Owls host Houston tonight in a game the Owls need to win stay ahead of the cut line. Temple then travels to East Carolina before hosting UConn. The Owls need to win all three games and need make a run in the conference tourney to lock up a bid.
Purdue(18-9, 10-4)- Currently in the Last 4 In
Purdue hosts Rutgers tonight before traveling to Ohio State and Michigan State. The Boilermakers then finish with Illinois at home. The opportunities are there. Win the home games and steal one on the road and Purdue will be in good shape entering the conference tourney.
BYU(21-8, 11-5)- Outside looking in
The Cougars play at Portland tonight before playing at Gonzaga on Saturday. Both games are must wins for the Cougars to stay in the mix. If BYU loses, they will likely need to win the conference tourney to make the NCAA tournament.
Stanford(17-9, 8-6)- 1st Team Out
The Cardinal host Oregon State tonight before a showdown with Oregon on Sunday. The Cardinal then finish at Arizona State and Arizona. If they can at least beat Oregon State, Oregon, and Arizona State, they will be in the mix heading to the PAC-12 tournament. Win the last 4 games, and they will be good shape. The Cardinal can't afford to go 2-2.