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Quick Takes: Bubble winners, losers from a busy Saturday

Dave2015With another bracket projection coming on Monday, let’s get through a busy Saturday of college hoops by focusing on the Bubble … Quick Takes style:

Saturday’s Bubble Winners:
Oklahoma – Perhaps no team helped its profile more than the Sooners, who knocked off West Virginia in Norman.  Adding a Top-Tier Quad 1 win (home or way) tends to have some sticking power.
Purdue – The Boilers’ offense traveled; that alone is breaking news. The fact that it came in Bloomington is gravy for Purdue fans.  More importantly, the Boilers now have a notable road win.
Arizona State – The Sun Devils held on against USC.  It was especially important with a road swing through Stanford and improved Cal up next.
Xavier – The Musketeers backed up a road wins at Seton Hall and DePaul by dispatching Providence at home.  Next up: Trips to Butler and Saint John’s.
Georgetown – The Hoyas did what they needed to do, beat DePaul at home. Three of their next four are on the road.

Saturday’s Bubble Losers:
Memphis – For a team whose profile had become quite iffy, losing at home to South Florida is concerning – especially with trips to Cincinnati and Connecticut up next.
Stanford – The Cardinal couldn’t hold on to a lead at Colorado.  Thus, they are still left with a home win over Oregon and a neutral-court win over Oklahoma as calling cards.  Opportunity News: Arizona and Arizona State visit next week.
Virginia – A close loss at Louisville doesn’t hurt the Cavaliers.  It’s more like a missed opportunity, because the Cavs have limited “up” games in this year’s ACC.  At least there are two more: UVA has home dates with Duke and Louisville ahead of the ACC tourney.
Arkansas – The Razorbacks cushion is dissipating after a loss at Missouri.  The Hogs best two wins are at Alabama and at suddenly fading Indiana.  If you’re counting, it’s three losses in four games (two of those to non-NCAA teams).
Florida – The Gators are making life tough on themselves, losing at Ole Miss (which had lost 8 of 10 games before Saturday).  Wins over Auburn and Xavier help, but now at 14-9 overall, Florida’s outlook is certainly unclear.
Texas – The Longhorns desperately need a marquee win (or two), and they are 0-2 in their current three-game parlay.  Baylor comes to Austin on Monday, giving the Horns one last chance to salvage an opportunity to regain some ground.

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