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Bubble Bits: VCU falls, Xavier climbs

Dave2015A full-update for Bubble Banter will arrive Saturday morning.  Until then, and throughout the final couple of weeks, I’ll do my best to offer some Bubble Bits on a regular basis.  Can you believe the calendar turns to March on Tuesday?

Seed List

Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) felt the brunt (and reality) of a weak-ish bubble following Wednesday’s loss at George Mason (RPI No. 173).  With the margins between teams on the bubble so thin, one untimely loss – and in this case a “bad” one – can easily slide a team behind several others.  The loss dropped VCU out of AQ status (that goes back to Dayton based on RPI tiebreakers we use until the actual bids are determined).  As such, the Rams return to the at-large field, and given other profiles around them, VCU becomes the First Team OUT heading into action tonight.  Those are the quandaries that befall a few teams as we head toward Championship Week.

On the opposite end of the bracket, Xavier avenged an earlier loss at Villanova to add to an already impressive resume.  Heading into the weekend, the Musketeers now hold the No. 4 spot on the Seed List.

Elsewhere on Wednesday … Michigan and Oregon State picked up important wins – the Beavers using a last-second three-pointer to edge Washington (another bubble dweller).  Colorado protected its home court against Arizona, adding a quality win to its resume (that was becoming cautiously thin).  With St. Bonaventure beating Duquesne and George Washington winning at Richmond, the cutline is filled with A10 members.  That could be an interesting conference tournament.

Tonight’s Bubble Action   |  Thursday, Feb. 25

  • Florida State (at Duke)
  • Connecticut (at South Florida)
  • UCLA (at California)
  • Gonzaga (at San Diego)
  • Saint Mary’s (Santa Clara)

Friday night, Monmouth hosts Rider.  The Hawks need to avoid further setbacks to keep their at-large hopes intact.  Enjoy your hoops.

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