Bubble Wrap

By on March 8, 2015



 Brigham Young Cougars guard Kyle Collinsworth (5) goes over Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Domantas Sabonis (11) during the second half at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Cougars upset the Bulldogs 73-70. (photo USA TODAY Sports / James Snook)

Brigham Young Cougars  Kyle Collinsworth (5) goes over Gonzaga Bulldogs  Domantas Sabonis for two. Collingsworth had a game high 20 points and  the Cougars upset the Bulldogs on February 28th,  73-70 at the McCarthy Athletic Center in Spokane. (photo USA TODAY Sports / James Snook)


Yes, March Madness, officially marking the beginning of the end of the NCAA basketball season.  And with the start of March, it means the start of the bubble watch teams.  Teams that have either over-performed on the year (Murray State) or under-performed (Indiana).By now, you have woken up from your hibernation and realized two things: 1) It is March and 2) Sunday was daylight savings time and more than likely you forgot to set your clock ahead an hour.  With the rolling of the calendar from February to March its means not only the start of Spring Training but also the start of March Madness.

The following teams are my teams to either make the tournament or are left at home.

First 4 In: BYU-RPI of 43 and beating Gonzaga gets the Cougars into the dance; Georgia-RPI of 30 but with losses to Auburn and Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs will be one of the last teams in; Tulsa-RPI 47 but losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will make the Golden Hurricanes sweat on Sunday; NC State-RPI of 48. Thanks to the ACC’s reputation the Wolfpack gets in.

First 4 out: Indiana-losers of 8 of their last 12 games send the Hoosiers to the NIT; UCLA-losses to Utah and Colorado will have the committee looking elsewhere; Pitt-losing twice to Wake Forest and an ugly loss to Virginia Tech will not get any team an invite to the tournament; Murray State-Sorry Racers but your loss to Belmont keeps you at home.

Bubble watch will be in full swing as teams go into their conference tournaments this weekend.  The conference tournaments will ultimately decide the seeding of each team as will some upsets (IllinoisState beating Wichita State).  So, hears to March Madness and to the chaos that it causes.

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