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Big East continues claim on 11 bids in latest bracket

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Entering the stretch run, the Big East continues to claim 11 spots in our Valentine’s Day bracket.   Whether Marquette and Cincinnati can keep two of those spots is becoming more questionable.  Few teams have better losses than Marquette – the Golden Eagles have played 12 games against teams ranked in the Top 25 of the RPI and gone 3-9 in those games.  The problem is that Marquette’s best non-conference win is Bucknell, and the Golden Eagles are 8-10 vs. the RPI Top 200.  Teams with that type of resume have generally not fared well on Selection Sunday.  Cincinnati’s biggest hurdle is it’s non-conference SOS (No. 285).  Other than a good win over Xavier, the Bearcats did nothing before January and have only a win at St. John’s within league play.

The bottom of the bracket remains highly suspect.  I’m not sold on any of the last in or last out.  In fact, teams seeded nine (9) and lower all have some realistic concerns.  We do have to fill 68 spots, so there will likely be a team or two whose profile would have produced an NIT bid last season.

An updated Bubble Banter on Wednesday.  Then next week we’ll start more frequent updates – including an extra bracket projection during the week.  Have a different opinion?  Send a rebound.  Bring some information along.  March is just around the corner.

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