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5 Teams on the College Basketball Bubble for the 2013 NCAA Tournament

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Bubble Teams for the 2013 NCAA Tournament

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College basketball is crazy. It is just that simple. No No. 1 team is safe nowadays, with the top teams in the country going down left and right. The Michigan Wolverines had a great chance of claiming the No. 1 spot in the rankings once again, but went down earlier today against Wisconsin. Okay, let’s talk bubbles.

In this week’s article, we will look at five different bubble teams that have a shot at making the NCAA tournament. However, just like every bubble team, these five are just a few games away from pushing themselves out of the dance or into the dance.

Whether if some of these teams are currently in the tournament or are on the outside looking in, they are in fact bubble teams.

What makes a bubble team you ask? Well, usually it is a team that has a couple of decent out-of-conference victories, is in the middle of the pack in their respected conference, has maybe a couple of losses on the resume that have fans wondering what the heck happened in that one and I think you get the point.

If a team had a solid conference record and beat a couple of ranked opponents then we probably wouldn’t be talking about them right now because they would likely be in the big dance at this point in the season.

However, let’s analyze five teams that are definitely on the tournament bubble. Read on to find out which five teams these are.

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Saint Mary’s Gaels (20-4, 9-1 WCC)

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Okay, maybe I lied a little bit, considering that Saint Mary’s has a solid conference record and a very good record overall. However, this team is definitely in the tournament as of right now and it did lose to the Pacific Tigers, Georgia Tech and Northern Iowa.

Those three teams aren’t necessarily the worst in the world, but they are likely going to miss the tournament unless if they earn an automatic bid come conference tournament time.

It would be weird to not see the Gaels in the dance, considering that Matthew Dellavedova is in his senior year and has led his team to the NCAA tournament two times in his career.

However, this team will likely be dancing come March.

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Virginia Cavaliers (16-6, 6-3 ACC)

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Virginia is certainly taking advantage of a weaker ACC this year, by being third in the conference standings.

A win against North Carolina State definitely highlights the Cavaliers’ resume, but it did lose to Delaware, George Mason and Old Dominion in non-conference play.

However, Virginia did manage to beat Tennessee and Wisconsin earlier in the year.

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Washington Huskies (13-10, 5-5 Pac-12)

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The Washington Huskies are definitely on the outside looking in, but that does not mean that Washington can’t string together some victories and make a case for the tournament this year.

The Huskies had a relatively tough non-conference schedule, but five losses still doesn’t look that great before conference play even begins.

Not to mention, Washington went on a four game losing streak in Pac-12 play, which also does not bode well for this team, but there is still enough time left for Washington to get back into the dance, but it has to start winning some games.

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Arizona State Sun Devils (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12)

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Arizona State has a great resume and should make the tournament this year. A non-conference loss to Creighton definitely does not hurt this team, but a 17-point loss to DePaul definitely does not look good on the resume.

Still, the Sun Devils have beaten Colorado and UCLA in conference play and are currently one game back from first place in the Pac-12.

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Southern Miss Golden Eagles (18-5, 7-1 C-USA)

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Southern Miss had four losses in non-conference play, but it only has one loss in conference play.

At the moment, the Golden Eagles are in a close game with Memphis, which the winner of that game will be at the top of the Conference USA standings. Southern Miss is currently second place in the standings, trailing Memphis, of course, by one game.

These two teams will meet one more time this year in regular season play and that game will likely decide who wins the regular season title.

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