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NCAAB Bubble Watch: January 31

It’s about that time of year again. When fan-bases all around the country are nervously wondering if their beloved university will make the field of 68. It’s what makes Selection Sunday so great and so unique. Many have coined the term, “The Bubble”, as the term that refers to teams that are on the very edge of missing the NCAA tournament. While these projections are obviously subject to change, here is the first edition of Bubble Watch:


Teams that should be in: Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Louisville, NC State

Work left to do: 

Syracuse – NET Ranking: 48, BPI: 34, Key wins: at Ohio State, at Duke; Bad losses: Connecticut, Oregon, Old Dominion, Georgia Tech

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Florida State – NET Ranking: 32, BPI: 24, Key wins: Florida, LSU, Purdue; Bad losses: at Pittsburgh, at Boston College


Teams that should be in: Houston, Cincinnati

Work left to do:

UCF – NET Ranking: 42, BPI: 48, Key wins: Alabama, Temple; Bad losses: FAU, at Missouri, at Wichita State, at Memphis

Temple – NET Ranking: 60, BPI: 64, Key wins: Houston; Bad losses: Pennsylvania

Big 12:

Teams that should be in: Kansas, Texas Tech, Iowa State, TCU, Kansas State

Work left to do:

Texas – NET Ranking: 40, BPI: 37, Key wins: North Carolina, Purdue, at Kansas State, Oklahoma, Kansas; Bad losses: Radford, at Oklahoma State, at Georgia

(Photo by Amy Kontras)

Oklahoma – NET Ranking: 33, BPI: 35, Key wins: Florida, TCU; Bad losses: None

Baylor – NET Ranking: 34, BPI: 30, Key wins: at Arizona, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Alabama, at Oklahoma; Bad losses: Texas Southern, at Wichita State, Stephen F. Austin

Big East:

Teams that should be in: Villanova, Marquette

Work left to do:

Seton Hall – NET Ranking: 62, BPI: 62, Key wins: Kentucky, at Maryland, St. Johns, Butler; Bad losses: DePaul (twice)

-Creighton – NET Ranking: 57, BPI: 45, Key wins: at Providence, Butler; Bad losses: None

-Butler – NET Ranking: 51, BPI: 40, Key wins: Ole Miss, Creighton, St. Johns; Bad losses: Dayton

-St. Johns – NET Ranking: 48, BPI: 49, Key wins: VCU, Marquette, Creighton; Bad losses: DePaul

Big Ten:

Teams that should be in: Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue, Maryland, Wisconsin

Work left to do:

-Ohio State – NET Ranking: 38, BPI: 31, Key wins: at Cincinnati, at Creighton, Minnesota, at Nebraska; Bad losses: at Rutgers

-Iowa – NET Ranking: 27, BPI: 32, Key wins: Iowa State, Nebraska, Ohio State; Bad losses: None

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-Indiana – NET Ranking: 44, BPI: 41, Key wins: Marquette, Louisville, Butler; Bad losses: None

-Minnesota – NET Ranking: 50, BPI: 66, Key wins: Washington, Nebraska, at Wisconsin, Iowa; Bad losses: at Boston College, at Illinois


Teams that should be in: None

Work left to do:

-Washington – NET Ranking: 31, BPI: 46, Key wins: at Oregon; Bad losses: None

-Arizona – NET Ranking: 67, BPI: 67, Key wins: Iowa State; Bad losses: at UCLA

-Arizona State – NET Ranking: 64, BPI: 55, Key wins: Mississippi State, Kansas, Oregon; Bad losses: at Vanderbilt, Princeton, Utah, at Stanford

-Oregon – NET Ranking: 65, BPI: 50, Key wins: Syracuse, at Arizona; Bad losses: Texas Southern, Oregon State, UCLA


Teams that should be in: Kentucky, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State

Work left to do:

-Florida – NET Ranking: 39, BPI: 26, Key wins: Butler; Bad losses: South Carolina

(Photo by David Bowie)

-Alabama – NET Ranking: 43, BPI: 47, Key wins: Arizona, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State; Bad losses: Northeastern, Georgia State, Texas A&M

-Ole Miss – NET Ranking: 37, BPI: 52, Key wins: Baylor, Auburn, Mississippi State; Bad losses: None


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