Marquette Bubble Watch February 22 Edition

Let's take a look at the big bubble picture after an eventful bubble weekend.  There are 28 teams vying for about 14 bubble spots.  Here is how they break down:

Bid Stealers (by resume strength)

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

  • George Mason
  • Utah State
  • St. Mary's (CA)
  • Cleveland State
  • Southern Miss
  • Wichita State 

Second Options (by resume strength)

Current Second Options in order of strongest resumes

  • Old Dominion
  • Memphis
  • UAB
  • Butler
  • Gonzaga
  • Virginia Commonwealth
  • Richmond
  • UTEP

Mediocre Big Boys (by resume strength)

  • Georgia
  • Kansas State
  • Cincinnati
  • Florida State
  • Minnesota
  • Michigan State
  • Alabama
  • Boston College
  • Virginia Tech
  • Clemson
  • Baylor
  • Colorado State
  • Nebraska
  • Penn State

Off the Bubble

  • Duquesne
  • New Mexico
  • Missouri State
  • Colorado
  • Washington - tournament lock
  • Oklahoma State
  • Washington State

Important links, the numbers chart and Tuesday bubble games after the jump.

Some Linkage Action

Cracked Sidewalks goes after the Top 200 record bubble criteria.  This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately.  Why should a team get significantly more credit for beating a marginally better cupcake?  What's the difference between a #195 RPI rumdum and a #252 RPI rumdum?

Andy Glockner has MU in as a 12 seed, playing Arizona in Denver with Vanderbilt waiting in the second round.

Braketology 101 has MU in as an 11 seed playing Missouri in Denver with BYU waiting in the second round

Lunardi has MU in as an 11 seed playing Xavier in Charlotte with Georgetown waiting in the second round

Palm has MU out of the tournament as his third team out.  MU is behind such luminaries as Dayton, Drexel, Colorado St, UAB, UAB, VCU and Michigan.  Palm is a big advocate of Top 200 record...go figure.

The Chart

Team

RPI

SOS

Top 25

Top 100

Best Win

Worst Loss

Alabama

79

156

1-2

3-4

UK 15

 Iowa 161 N

Baylor

76

72

0-2

4-6

@A&M 26

TT 136

BC

45

15

0-4

7-9

A&M 26 N

Yale 165

Butler

49

79

0-3

5-4

ClvSt x2 34

@YtwnSt 269

Cincy

38

119

3-6

5-6

@StJohn 12

@Nova 24

Clemson

67

100

0-2

7-7

BC 45

@UVa 146

ClevSt

34

117

0-1

3-5

Valpo 50

@Det 158

ColoSt

46

45

0-3

5-6

@UNLV 27

SHousSt 196

FSU

48

114

2-4

6-6

Duke 6

@Aub 271

GMU

20

64

0-0

9-4

ODU 29

Woff 147 N

Gonzaga

72

95

1-2

6-7

Xav 23

@SClara 167

KanSt

30

7

1-3

7-9

KU 1

CU x2 89

Marq

66

35

3-10

5-11

ND 10

Gonz 72 N

Memphis

36

56

0-2

9-5

UAB x2 32

@SMU 194

MichSt

42

6

1-7

8-10

Wisc 18

@Iowa 161

Minn

39

31

3-4

5-7

Purdue 8

@Ind 171

Nebraska

61

76

1-3

6-6

Tex 9

David 150 N

ODU

29

66

2-2

9-5

GMU 20

@Del 140

Rich

67

166

1-1

4-5

Pur 9 N

GTech 163 N

StMarys

47

140

1-4

2-5

StJohn 12

@USD 311

UAB

32

48

0-1

7-6

UTEP 51

@ASU 148

UGA

37

31

1-6

5-8

UK 15

Temp 33 N

USM

40

105

0-0

6-5

@UAB 32

@SMU 194

UtahSt

21

107

0-2

1-2

@StMary 47

@Idaho 145

UTEP

51

131

0-1

3-4

Mich 58 N

GTech 155 N

VCU

57

136

0-1

6-5

@ODU 29

@GaSt 218

VT

64

120

0-2

7-5

FSU 48

@GTech 155

WichSt

55

108

0-2

2-5

Tulsa 86

SIU 208

Tuesday Games

RPI

SOS

Top 25

Top 100

Best Win

Worst Loss

Houston

213

Memphis

36

56

0-2

9-5

UAB x2 32

@SMU 194

Memphis can’t afford another stumble after getting smoked at Rice on Saturday

RPI

SOS

Top 25

Top 100

Best Win

Worst Loss

Mich St

42

6

1-7

8-10

Wisc 18

@Iowa 161

Minn

39

31

3-4

5-7

Purdue 8

@Ind 171

Hard to know who to root for here.  When in doubt, root against the struggling team

RPI

SOS

Top 25

Top 100

Best Win

Worst Loss

Loy-NO

NA

USM

40

105

0-0

6-5

@UAB 32

@SMU 194

Loyola is a DII school, so this game doesn’t officially count, but USM is dead if they lose

RPI

SOS

Top 25

Top 100

Best Win

Worst Loss

VT

64

120

0-2

7-5

FSU 48

@GTech155

Wake

245

Wake is in DePaul and Auburn territory for ineptitude.  A VT loss would be deadly

Monday Recap

Team

Score

Notes

UCF

74

UTEP fell from first to third in CUSA with the loss. They have a quick turnaround with a game at ECU tomorrow plus Memphis at home on Sat

UTEP

68

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