Bracket Bits: Thursday’s Bubble Tracker
Illinois – The Illini take on Michigan in the 8/9 game at the B10 tourney in Chicago. It’s a must win. We’ll see if the home crowd can push the Illini into a matchup with top-seed Wisconsin on Friday.
Indiana – A loss to Northwestern would really put the squeeze on IU’s NCAA hopes. The Hoosiers have lost three straight and four of five games, and haven’t beaten an NCAA team since a home victory over Maryland in late January.
Oklahoma State – The Cowboys have lost five of six games to create a bit of uncertainty. A host of good wins is countered by a growing number of losses. The good news: losing to Oklahoma would be a “good” loss. But would it be one “good” loss to many? A victory should seal an NCAA invitation.
Texas – The Longhorns took care of business against Texas Tech on Wednesday. Next up is Iowa State. Losing to the Cyclones a third time could create further issues for a team who’s major stumbling block is too many “good” losses (and not enough wins).
Texas AM – Very much a bubble team, thanks to a void of quality wins, the Aggies take on Auburn at the SEC tournament. Thus far, the Aggies have avoided a “bad” loss. Adding one now wouldn’t look good.
Mississippi – The Rebels might not be on the immediate cutline, but losing to South Carolina could put them there. It would be their fourth loss in five games.
Colorado State – The Rams take on Fresno State at the Mountain West tournament. While their RPI number(s) look good, CSU doesn’t have many high-end wins. They might be okay with a loss, but why give the Committee a reason to reconsider?
Boise State – Earning a share of the Mountain West title helps the Broncos case. Losing to RPI-killer Air Force wouldn’t. BSU has won 11 of 12 games. Keeping that streak in tact would probably be a good idea.
Old Dominion – The Monarchs might be the best “mid-major” at-large hopeful remaining (among First Five OUT today). A trio of troubling losses is the major reason why they’re below the cutline; so adding a second loss to Middle Tennessee could mean serious trouble.
UCLA – The Bruins need a Pac-12 tournament run to improve their chances. That starts by beating USC today.
Stanford – The Cardinal survived Washington on a last-second shot Wednesday. Next up: Utah. A victory alone probably won’t be enough, but a loss likely ends the team’s NCAA hopes.
As the first full day of major action resumes, the schedule also features a variety of potential seeding games. While the bracket hasn’t changed much since Monday – other than adding new automatic qualifiers – that might not be the case come Friday morning. Enjoy the Madness.