Marquette Bubble Watch February 21 Edition

 It was an eventful week on the bubble.  First and foremost, Marquette got a fairly easy win over Seton Hall.  Obviously, MU can't make it without winning, but the victory was doubly valuable because the Pirates have snuck into the RPI Top 100.

Saturday Recap

Bubble teams were a mediocre 14-12 on Saturday, including some very damaging losses. 

Key teams in the Missouri Valley went 0-3 in the BracketBuster games, including home losses for Wichita St and Northern Iowa.  Couple that with Missouri St's loss at Valpo and the MVC is shaping up to be a one bid league

Utah St got a big road win on Saturday night at St. Mary's.  Despite chuckling at USU's schedule strength, this is probably a good development for MU.  USU is much more likely to win their conference tourney (WAC) than St. Mary's (WCC).  Therefore, it helps MU that USU got the profile boost rather than St. Mary's.  We want to limit potential bid stealers.

C-USA shaping up to be an interesting case study.  Six teams are within 2 games of first place and four of those teams have legitimate at-large hopes - Memphis, UAB, UTEP and Southern Miss. UAB, UTEP and USM all won on Saturday, but Memphis fell hard at Rice by 15 points.

Some Mediocre Big Boys really damaged their chances on Saturday.  BC made Dick Bennett proud in their 48-46 loss to UNC.  That is a huge missed opportunity for the Eagles.  Oklahoma St lost at home to Texas A&M.  That drops the Pokes to 4-8 in the Big Roman Numeral and off the bubble.  Washington St is done after losing at #148 Arizona St.  Baylor went all 19th century housewife on themselves, sticking their collective heads in the oven and losing to Texas Tech (RPI #136) in Waco.  Finally, Seth Greenburg's crew once again spit the bit, this time losing to Virginia (#146).  The Hokies share a room with Baylor in the ICU

Some mid-majors also bit the dust.  Duquesne is off the board after losing to the Anonymous Eagle's arch-nemesis, Dayton.  New Mexico is ousted after a home loss to Utah.  Colorado St's loss at home to UNLV hurts the Rams, but they still have SDSU & BYU on the road

A few teams did solidify their positions.  Saturday's biggest mover came from completely off the bubble.  Nebraska Cornhuskers, welcome to the bubble!  The Huskers withstood a classic bed-shitting (blowing an 11 point lead in a 32 second span) and beat Texas.  Michigan St and Georgia both gained solid wins.  George Mason continued their impressive run with a win at UNI and Alabama clinched the SEC West (woo-hoo!). 

More bubble action after the jump!

Sunday Recap

Sunday was a much calmer affair.  Clemson and Richmond stayed in the race with wins over Miami and St. Bonaventure respectively.  ODU moved closer to lock status with a victory over Cleveland State.

A fresh look at the bubble is coming up tomorrow.  In the meantime, today's only bubble matchup is previewed and the weekend's scores are provided.

Monday Game

S-Curve

RPI

SOS

Top 25

Top 100

Best Win

Worst Loss

UCF

 

77

 

 

 

 

 

UTEP

51

51

131

0-1

3-4

Mich 58 N

Gtech 155 N

A Miners loss would help to clear up the CUSA jumble, but UCF is struggling mightily

Weekend Scores

Score

 

 

Score

 

 

Score

 

 

Score

VCU

68

 

Butler

79

 

UCF

58

 

GMU

77

Wich St

67

 

UIC

52

 

UAB

63

 

UNI

71

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utah St

75

 

UNLV

68

 

TexA&M

67

 

Utah

62

St. Mary's

66

 

Colo St

61

 

Ok St

66

 

New Mex

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arkansas

56

 

FSU

84

 

VT

61

 

ECU

55

Alabama

69

 

Wake

66

 

Virginia

54

 

SouthMiss

72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baylor

78

 

Georgia

69

 

Houston

64

 

StBon

65

TexTech

69

 

Tenn

63

 

UTEP

76

 

Rich

82

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma

62

 

San Fran

53

 

Wash St

69

 

Clemson

63

Kan St

77

 

Gonzaga

70

 

ArizSt

71

 

Miami

59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BC

46

 

Memphis

52

 

MoSt

67

 

Cleve St

63

UNC

48

 

Rice

67

 

Valpo

80

 

ODU

74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cincinnati

93

 

Illinois

57

 

Duq

63

 


Providence

81

 

Mich St

61

 

Dayton

64

 



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