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

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Is Your Favorite Team on the Bubble?

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As expected there are still many college basketball teams still on the bubble, which will be the case until the NCAA tournament field is actually announced. However, there are two powerhouses in college basketball that are not a lock to make the NCAA tournament that we will look at in this article.

It is already mid-February, which means there is still just enough time left for teams to make their cases for making the big dance. However, in the tournament field right now or not, I guess a team could always punch their ticket late by winning their conference tournament.

That is the glory of college basketball. So you say you have a losing record? No problem, just win your conference tournament and you will be awarded with an automatic bid to the biggest dance of the year.

Although that may sound great to a lot of teams, if you have a losing record at this point in the season, good luck.

Along with many bubble teams, there are plenty of very exciting conference races going on right now. I am looking at you Big Ten and Big 12. The Big Ten Conference currently has five teams that could possibly win the regular season title, while the same thing could be said about six teams in the Big 12.

This has been one of the craziest seasons in recent memory and that will likely not change. Expect some fireworks, tickets being punched and bubbles being bursted because March is just around the corner and we all know what that means.

Now, on to the five bubble teams for the week.

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North Carolina Tar Heels (17-8, 7-5 ACC)

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The North Carolina Tar Heels just picked up a pretty good win against another ACC bubble team today in the Virginia Cavaliers. This is exactly the win that the Tar Heels needed, considering that Virginia is ahead of them in the ACC standings.

North Carolina does not really have a bad loss on the season, but it certainly has its fair share of them.

A win against Duke in the last game of the season would certainly propel this team into the NCAA tournament, which is definitely a possibility.

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Indiana State Sycamores (16-10, 9-6 MVC)

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Indiana is full of great basketball teams and Indiana State has been one of them this season. However, the Sycamores are on a two-game losing streak, but they are still 1.5 games back in the MVC. They, of course, trail Wichita State and Creighton, but they have beaten both teams this year.

Another victory against Wichita State in their next game would be huge, but this team still has a lot of work to do because it it hard seeing this conference getting three teams into the dance.

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Maryland Terrapins (17-7, 5-6 ACC)

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The Maryland Terrapins have a huge game against Duke later on today. Maryland is currently seventh in the ACC standings, so they need to start winning games like it is its job. However, no win would be bigger than a victory over Duke today.

The Terrapins are really going to have to earn it down the stretch if they plan on being apart of the tournament field this year.

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Boise State Broncos (16-7, 4-5 MWC)

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Boise State could very easily make the tournament this season, but it has to start being more consistent. Not to mention, wins against the top teams in the conference would be huge down the stretch.

The Broncos still have to play games against New Mexico, Colorado State, San Diego State, Air Force and UNLV. All five of those teams are ahead of Boise State in the MWC standings.

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Kentucky Wildcats (17-8, 8-4 SEC)

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Things are not looking good in Lexington. First Kentucky loses its best player in Nerlens Noel and then it gets blown out by Tennessee in its first game of the season without him.

Sure, the game was played on the road for the Wildcats, but they still managed to lose by 30 points. That is back-to-back losses for Kentucky and it now trails Florida by 2.5 games in the SEC standings.

Kentucky has to learn how to play without its best player and it has to learn this very fast.

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