Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bubble Watch- Notable Results Monday and Tuesday

Bubble Winners

Baylor- The Bears defeated Iowa State in OT completing the season sweep. This win is a much needed Top 50 win giving them 3 total now.  Baylor is almost in the safe zone. 2 more wins will likely be enough.  Up Next: @Texas

Butler - The Bulldogs beat Creighton giving them another Top 100 win. However, the ultimate chance to enhance their resume is coming this Saturday when Butler travels to Villanova.

Florida- The Gators followed up their home loss to Alabama by winning in Athens. This win adds a Top 100 road win to the Gators profile making them more securely in the field. Florida cannot stop now as their schedule is backloaded. Up next is a visit to a slumping South Carolina.

Other Winners: Each of these avoided bad losses: Purdue, Pittsburgh, Wichita State, Valparaiso, VCU, Kansas State, Monmouth

Bubble Losers

South Carolina- The Gamecocks lost their second straight. This time it was not Kentucky. It was bottom feeder Missouri. South Carolina's very bland profile took a hit with this. There is not many great opportunities to improve their resume either with a few chances to pick up more questionable losses. Fellow bubbler Florida comes to town this weekend. Both teams need this one.

Creighton- The Bluejays lost at Butler. Time is running out for Creighton. Wins are needed to improve the profile. Up next is a must win: Round 2 with Marquette.

Michigan- The Wolverines lost to arch rival Ohio State missing the opportunity at another Top 100 win. It's crunch time for Michigan as Top 100 wins are needed now. Having only 3 is not good for a team looking to receive a bid. A trip to Maryland is up next.

Vanderbilt- The Commodores lost at the buzzer at Mississippi State giving them a bad loss that really stings for their at-large hopes. Georgia comes to town next. Both teams need it to help keep their hopes alive.

Georgia- The Bulldogs missed an opportunity at home to knock off the Gators to creep into serious at-large discussion. Now, the odds are really against them. A trip to Vanderbilt is next. Who's hungrier? The Bulldogs or the Commodores?

Safety Zone
ACC: Virginia, UNC, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Duke
A-10: Dayton
Big East: Villanova, Xavier
Big 12: Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas, Iowa State
Big Ten: Iowa, Michigan State, Maryland
PAC-12: Oregon, Utah
SEC: Kentucky

Danger Zone(Safest Teams are listed 1st)- Current At-Large Contenders
Purdue, Texas A&M, Arizona, USC, California, Syracuse, Baylor, Indiana, Colorado, Providence, Oregon State, Connecticut, St. Joseph's, Florida, Texas Tech, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Monmouth, Alabama, Michigan, Florida State, Wisconsin, Washington, Temple, Seton Hall, Butler, George Washington, Tulsa, VCU, Cincinnati, St. Bonaventure,  LSU, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, San Diego State,  Wichita State, Chattanooga, Ark-Little Rock, Clemson,  Kansas State, Georgia, Creighton, Georgetown, Valparaiso, Akron, St. Mary's, South Dakota State, Stony Brook, Princeton, UC-Irvine

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