Bubble Watch: Week 2

By Oliver Mauntel

This week’s edition of bubble watch features teams that are locks, teams that should be in, and teams that still have work to do in order to ensure a tournament bid. For the teams that should be in, I indicated what each team must do in order to lock up their bid. For the teams that still have work left to do, I indicated what each team must do in order to feel comfortable with their position on Selection Sunday. All other teams that are not named will most likely need to win their conference tournament. With the exception of the Big 10, the majority of the teams listed below have one last regular season game this weekend, in addition to their conference tournament next week. While only ten days remain until Selection Sunday, there is still plenty of time for bubble teams to bolster their NCAA tournament resumes.


AMERICAN

Locks

Cincinnati (26-4)

Wichita State (24-5)

Houston (23-6)

Should be in

None

Work to do

None


ACC

Locks

Virginia (27-2)

Duke (24-6)

North Carolina (22-8)

Clemson (22-7)

Miami (21-8)

Virginia Tech (21-9)

Should be in

North Carolina State (20-10): 1 more win

Florida State (19-10): 1 more win

Louisville (19-11): 1 more win

Work to do

Notre Dame (18-12): 2 more wins, OR win vs Virginia

Boston College (17-13): 2 more wins

Syracuse (18-12): 2 more wins


BIG 12

Locks

Kansas (24-6)

Texas Tech (22-8)

West Virginia (22-8)

TCU (21-9)

Oklahoma (18-12)

Should be in

Kansas State (20-10): 1 more win

Work to do

Baylor (18-12): 1 more win

Texas (17-13): 2 more wins

Oklahoma State (17-13): 2 more wins


BIG EAST

Locks

Villanova (26-4)

Xavier (26-4)

Creighton (21-9)

Seton Hall (20-10)

Butler (19-11)

Should be in

Providence (18-12): 1 more win

Work to do

Marquette (17-12): 2 more wins


BIG 10

Locks

Michigan State (29-3)

Purdue (27-5)

Michigan (26-7)

Ohio State (24-8)

Should be in

None

Work to do

Nebraska (22-10): Did they do enough?

Penn State (21-12): 2 more wins


PAC 12

Locks

Arizona (23-7)

Should be in

Arizona State (20-9): 1 more win

USC (21-9): 2 more wins

Work to do

UCLA (19-10): 2 more wins

Washington (20-10): 2 more wins

Utah (18-10): 3 more wins

Oregon (19-11): 3 more wins


SEC

Locks

Auburn (24-6)

Tennessee (22-7)

Kentucky (21-9)

Arkansas (21-9)

Florida (19-11)

Texas A&M (19-11)

Should be in

Missouri (19-11): 1 more win

Alabama (17-13): 2 more wins

Work to do

Mississippi State (21-9): 2 more wins

Georgia (16-13): 3 more wins

LSU (16-13): 4 more wins


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