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

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Bubble Teams for NCAA Tournament

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Now that we have finally entered the month of March let all of the madness begin. However, instead of looking at five team’s resumes this week, we will look at five bubble teams and what they need to do to make it into the NCAA tournament.

These five teams are clearly not the only teams on the bubble and some teams may play their way into the bubble talks, but these five have bubble written all over them.

With a week left in the regular season--some conferences are already kicking off conference tournament play this week--there is still plenty of time left for these five teams to either win some games or let it all come crashing down. However, there are always conference tournaments, where it does not matter if you have won a single game in your conference or are leading it because whoever wins their conference tournament will get to ride first class all the way to the big dance. Gotta’ love those auto bids.

Kentucky, Ole Miss, Villanova, Temple and Arizona State are all on the bubble right now, but what do all of these teams have to do to secure a spot in the tournament? Although some may have to do more than others, these five teams are on the cusp of putting on their slippers and playing some good old-fashioned ball on the hardwood floors.

Read on to see what these five bubble teams have to do to ensure a spot in the NCAA tournament.

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Temple Owls (21-8, 9-5 A 10)

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Luckily for Temple, it has won five games in a row. However, two more wins to close out the season would do wonders for the Owls. One of these games will be against VCU, which would be a huge victory for this team.

It is hard to believe that the Atlantic 10 has a chance to get five teams into the NCAA tournament, but if Temple finishes strong, that will likely happen this year.

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Ole Miss Rebels (21-8, 10-6 SEC)

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The recent loss to Mississippi State was horrible for the Ole Miss Rebels, but there is no time to dwell on that game.

Ole Miss will close out the season against Alabama and LSU. Victories in both of those games will lead the Rebels into the field of 68. However, if the Rebels lose one of those games or both, Ole Miss will have to have a deep run in the SEC tournament to dance.

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Villanova Wildcats (18-12, 9-8 Big East)

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At 18-12, the Villanova Wildcats are one to two losses away from not making the NCAA tournament. That is kind of hard to believe, considering that this team has beaten Louisville, Syracuse, Connecticut and Marquette this year, but 12 losses really sticks out on the resume.

A win against Georgetown would likely put Villanova into the dance, but that will be a very tough game to win. If the Wildcats lose that contest, they will be on a three-game losing streak and will have to do wonders in the Big East tournament to make the NCAA tournament. However, we have seen a lot of magic in recent Big East tournaments, so don’t count out Villanova just yet.

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Arizona State Sun Devils (20-10, 9-8 Pac 12)

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Just a week or so ago, it seemed like a forgone conclusion that Arizona State was in the NCAA tournament field, but three straight losses have definitely changed that.

If Arizona State beats Arizona in the last game of the season, it will still likely have to win one or two games in the Pac-12 tournament. A loss against Arizona would mean that the Sun Devils would really have to do work in the conference tournament though.

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Kentucky Wildcats (20-9, 11-5 SEC)

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The Kentucky Wildcats had a chance to win the SEC, but a loss against Arkansas pretty much killed that. Whether the case, the Wildcats have done more than enough this year to prove that they are an NCAA tournament team.

However, they are still on the bubble, but they do not have a lot of work left to do to get off of that very small bubble

Wins against Georgia and Florida would likely make the Wildcats a tournament team, but if they happen to lose to the Gators, Kentucky will just have to win one more game in the conference tournament, which it has a good shot at doing since it is currently tied in second in the SEC.

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