Marquette Bubble Watch: February 17 Edition

Since Marquette is Team Bubble Watch according to SI.com's Andy Glockner, we here at the Anonymous Eagle have decided to give you, the Marquette basketball populace, all the information you need on a daily basis to follow Marquette's prospects for NCAA tournament inclusion.

This will break into a few different offerings for your reading pleasure.

First and foremost, you will receive a daily update of the previous night's bubblicious results plus a quick preview of the upcoming night's bubble matchups.  Need to know who to root for in a CAA matchup between VCU and Drexel?  The Anonymous Eagle has you covered.

Secondly, the site will feature breakdowns of where Marquette sits in comparison to other bubble teams.  This will be a numbers centric approach so brush up on your memorization of the RPI and SOS formulas.  Look for this early next week; this post will be long enough.

Finally, you'll get a healthy dose of opinion on Marquette's chances to earn a bid and where the Golden Eagles will be seeded come Selection Sunday.

Let's get into it after the jump!

To set the table, let's dig into some details on whom and what is being covered.  AE will follow an ever-changing group of teams that are under bubble consideration.  This breaks down into 3 categories and currently covers a whopping 33 teams.

Category 1: Bid Stealers

Definition: Conference front-running mid-majors with strong profiles worthy of at-large consideration

What it means for you: As an MU fan, you need to root against these teams until their conference tournaments start.  Then you root like hell that they win their tournament.  The fewer surprise mid-major tournament winning teams, the better.

Current Bid Stealers arranged in order of most to least likely to swap an at-large bid

  • George Mason
  • Memphis
  • St. Mary's (CA)
  • Utah State
  • Missouri State
  • Cleveland State

Category 2: Second Options

Definition: Mid-majors with strong profiles worthy of at-large consideration but who aren't at the top of their conference

What it means for you: Root against these teams at all cost, in all games

Current Second Options in order of strongest resumes

  • Old Dominion
  • Richmond
  • Virginia Commonwealth
  • UAB
  • Wichita State
  • Butler
  • Duquesne
  • Gonzaga
  • New Mexico
  • Southern Miss
  • UTEP

Category 3: Mediocre Big Boys

Definition: BCS-conference conference schools that have yet to distinguish themselves enough to move off the bubble

What it means for you: Root against these teams at all cost, in all games, especially in scalp games*

*A scalp game is an opportunity to get a Top 25 win

Current Mediocre Big Boys in alphabetical order

  • Alabama
  • Baylor
  • Boston College
  • Cincinnati
  • Clemson
  • Colorado
  • Colorado State
  • Florida State
  • Georgia
  • Kansas State
  • Maryland
  • Michigan State
  • Oklahoma State
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington
  • Washington State

Last Night's Results

Games are listed in order of importance

Italicized team in CAPS is the bubble team -- red is bad for MU, green is good

LAST NIGHT'S RESULTS
CINCINNATI 63
Louisville  54
Vanderbilt  64
GEORGIA  56
Texas  73
OKLAHOMA STATE  55
San Diego State  68
NEW MEXICO  62
MEMPHIS  62
UAB  58
SOUTHERN MISS  64
UTEP  51
COLORADO STATE  69
TCU  55
DUQUENSE  81
UMass  63
SAN DIEGO  74
St. Mary's  66
CLEVELAND STATE  74
Wright State  72
UTAH STATE  100
Montana Western  66


Tonight's Games

Games are listed in order of importance

Italicized team is the bubble team to root against

TONIGHT'S GAMES NOTES
Washington State @
Arizona
WSU can pick up a huge road win, but it's unlikely.
Richmond @
Temple
Like Wazzu, the Spiders have a big opportunity and probably a better chance for success.
Clemson @
NC State
NC State is a bit of a trainwreck right now, so a Clemson loss would really benefit Marquette.
Alabama @
LSU
Same as above: just replace 'NC State' with 'LSU' and 'Clemson' with 'Alabama.'
Santa Clara @
Gonzaga
Gonzaga lost to Santa Clara and home loss by the 'Zags would really help MU.
Washington @
Arizona
Washington is in good shape ... and ASU is bad.

 

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