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Marquette Bubble Watch - Two Weeks To Go

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This bubble is quite unwieldy.  It is tough to move teams definitively on or off the bubble when everyone loses.  Therefore, we have a bloated list of 31 teams to still watch out for over the next two weeks.  These 31 teams (including Marquette) are vying for a maximum of 15 at-large spots.  Before we get into the details, let's review the Marquette fan's rooting strategy for this week:

  • Root for George Mason and ODU in the CAA tournament. These teams are locks and any other tournament winner would take away an at-large berth
  • Root for Butler in the Horizon tournament. UWM may be a sentimental favorite, but we don't need two bids from the Horizon
  • Root for Gonzaga and St. Mary's in the WCC tournament. Both teams appear to be on the right side of the bubble
  • Root against Wichita St and Missouri State early in the Missouri Valley tournament. If they make it to the semifinals and finals, you should switch your allegiances and root for the Bears to win it all
  • The rest of the conferences are finishing up play this week, so, as usual root against all bubble teams.

Bubble Linkage

Bracketology 101 has Marquette as a 9 seed against Old Dominion in Denver.  BYU would await in the second round.

Joe Lunardi has MU as a 10 seed in Chicago against a familiar March foe, Missouri.  Purdue is the likely second round matchup.

Andy Glockner has MU as a 10 seed in Tulsa against UNLV.  Texas is looming in the second round.

Bid thieves to watch out for from the Yahoo Dagger blog

The full run-down comes after the jump.

Bid Stealers (by resume strength)

MU fans needs these teams to win their conference tournaments

  • George Mason - Lock - CAA tournament starts this week
  • Old Dominion - Lock - CAA tournament starts this week
  • St. Mary's (CA) - Bubble - WCC tournament starts this week
  • Butler - Bubble - Horizon tournament starts this week
  • Gonzaga  - Bubble - WCC tournament starts this week
  • Missouri St - Low At-Large Chance - MVC tournament starts this week
  • Wichita State - Low At-Large Chance - MVC tournament starts this week

Bubble Teams (by resume strength)

  • Washington
  • Tennessee
  • Cincinnati
  • Florida State
  • Virginia Tech
  • Georgia
  • Utah St
  • Michigan State
  • Baylor
  • Boston College
  • Alabama
  • UAB
  • Michigan
  • Colorado
  • Clemson
  • Maryland
  • Penn State
  • Richmond
  • Memphis
  • Southern Miss
  • Colorado State
  • UTEP
  • Minnesota

Off the Bubble

  • Kansas State - locked up a spot
  • Nebraska
  • Cleveland State
  • Virginia Commonwealth

The Full Chart

Team

RPI

SOS

Top 25

Top 100

Best Win

Worst Loss

Alabama

87

175

1-2

3-5

UK 15

 Iowa 178 N

Baylor

69

47

0-3

5-7

A&Mx2 29

TT 158

BC

46

13

0-4

7-10

A&M 29 N

Yale 153

Butler

48

80

0-3

5-4

ClvSt x2 40

@YSU 286

Cincy

37

94

4-6

6-7

@Gtown 8

@Nova 32

Clemson

70

113

0-2

8-7

FSU 44

@UVa 148

Colorado

76

77

3-2

6-9

Texas 9

@OU 129

ColoSt

45

31

0-4

5-8

@UNLV 26

SHousSt 203

FSU

44

96

2-4

7-7

Duke 5

@Aub 274

Gonzaga

64

98

1-3

7-7

Xav 22

@SClara 165

Georgia

35

28

1-7

5-9

UK 15

Tenn 33

Marq

50

30

4-10

6-11

ND 10

Gonz 64 N

Maryland

80

67

0-4

5-11

FSU 44

VT x 2 51

Memphis

34

42

0-2

9-6

UAB x2 31

@SMU 197

Michigan

59

22

0-7

8-11

@MSU 41

@Ind 173

MichSt

41

6

1-8

9-11

Wisc 14

@Iowa 178

Minn

60

32

3-4

5-9

Purdue 6

@Ind 173

MoSt

43

148

0-0

2-4

WichStx2 55

@Eville 137

Penn St

57

9

1-4

8-11

Wisc 14

Maine 207

Rich

62

173

1-1

4-6

Pur 6 N

GT 179 N

StMarys

49

125

1-4

4-6

StJohn 13

@USD 311

Tenn

33

2

3-4

11-9

Pitt 7 N

@Char 214

UAB

31

69

0-1

7-6

Marshx2 52

@ASU 150

USM

39

90

0-0

6-6

@UAB 31

@SMU 197

UtahSt

21

102

0-2

2-2

@StMry 49

@Idaho 134

UTEP

72

135

0-1

4-5

Memp 34

GT 179 N

VT

51

106

1-3

8-5

Duke 5

@GT 179

Wash

42

79

1-2

7-6

Ariz 20

@OrSt 226

WichSt

55

95

0-2

1-5

Tulsa 91

SIU 209