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Predicting Which Bubble Teams Will Make the 2014 NCAA Tournament

Which Bubble Teams Will Make the 2014 NCAA Tournament?

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This is it. Selection Sunday is, well, this Sunday and it is time for bubble teams to make their final case for the 2014 NCAA tournament. There are currently many teams on the bubble that could still make the dance, but not all of them will.

Let’s take a look at which teams will make the dance and which teams won’t.

Stanford Cardinal: In

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Stanford Cardinal: In

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Record: 19-11, 10-8 Pac-12

Stanford had a great season, but it lost three games late in the year. If it can win two games in the Pac-12 tourney it is in. One may even be enough.

LSU Tigers: Out

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LSU Tigers: Out

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Record: 18-12, 9-9 SEC

LSU had some nice wins on the season, but not enough to make it an at-large bid. Make it to the SEC tournament championship game and then we will talk.

Nebraska Cornhuskers: In

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Nebraska Cornhuskers: In

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Record: 19-11, 11-7 Big Ten

The win against Wisconsin should have made Nebraska a lock for the dance or at least close to it. The Cornhuskers are fourth in the Big Ten standings. No, they are not the most popular basketball team in the conference, but they are more than deserving of a bid.

Xavier Musketeers: In

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Xavier Musketeers: In

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Record: 20-11, 10-8 Big East

How Xavier lost to Seton Hall this late in the season is beyond me, but the Musketeers have beaten teams like Tennessee, Cincinnati, St. John’s (twice), Georgetown, Creighton and Providence. They are in as long as they don’t lose to Marquette in the Big East tourney.

Tennessee Volunteers: In

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Tennessee Volunteers: In

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Record: 20-11, 11-7 SEC

Someone has to make it in the SEC outside of Kentucky and Florida. Why not the Volunteers? They are on a four-game win streak and beat LSU and Arkansas in their only matchups this season. A win against Virginia should go a long ways as well.

Saint Joseph’s Hawks: Out

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Saint Joseph’s Hawks: Out

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Record: 21-9, 11-5 A 10

It pains me to say this, but Saint Joseph’s is going to be on the outside looking in. Two losses to close out the season is not going to get it done when a team is on the bubble.

Missouri Tigers: Out

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Missouri Tigers: Out

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Record: 21-10, 9-9 SEC

It is a shame we aren’t going to see one of the best guard duos in college hoops in the NCAA tournament, but Missouri just did not do enough. However, a run to the SEC championship game could get the Tigers in.

Pittsburgh Panthers: In

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Pittsburgh Panthers: In

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Record: 23-8, 11-7 ACC

This one shouldn’t even be a question. Both of those records speak pretty loudly in Pittsburgh’s favor.

Dayton Flyers: In

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Dayton Flyers: In

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Record: 22-9, 10-6 A 10

Dayton beat Massachusetts, Saint Louis and Richmond in its final three games of the season. Not to mention, it won nine of its last 10 games. Non-conference wins against Gonzaga, Cal and Ole Miss also look good.

Minnesota Golden Gophers: Out

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Minnesota Golden Gophers: Out

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Record: 19-12, 8-10 Big Ten

Minnesota has done a lot this year, but not enough. If the Golden Gophers can win two games in the Big Ten tourney, then they are in, but I am just not seeing it right now.

St. John’s Red Storm: In

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St. John’s Red Storm: In

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Record: 20-11, 10-8 Big East

I am going to say St. John’s will beat Providence in perhaps the most important bubble game in the Big East. That will lead to a tournament bid or at least should.

Southern Miss/Louisiana Tech: Out

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Southern Miss/Louisiana Tech: Out

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Southern Miss: 26-5, 13-3 C-USA
Louisiana Tech: 25-6, 13-3 C-USA

One of these two teams could easily win the Conference USA tournament, but what will happen to the other? An NIT appearance most likely.

Providence Friars: Out

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Providence Friars: Out

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Record: 20-11, 10-8 Big East

I don’t necessarily agree with this, but if Providence loses to St. John’s, it likely is playing in the NIT. If it wins, then the Friars should be in and the Red Storm out. Both should be in the dance, though, but that won’t happen.

Florida State Seminoles: Out

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Florida State Seminoles: Out

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Record: 18-12, 9-9 ACC

Florida State beat VCU and Massachusetts in its non-conference schedule, but it didn’t make very much noise in ACC play. It did beat Pittsburgh, so I guess that counts for something.

North Carolina State Wolfpack: In

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North Carolina State Wolfpack: In

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Record: 19-12, 9-9 ACC

I am going to jump on the T.J. Warren bandwagon and say North Carolina State makes a run in the ACC tourney. Without a run, the Wolfpack are out.

Clemson Tigers: Out

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Clemson Tigers: Out

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Record: 19-11, 10-8 ACC

Clemson is way on the outside looking in at this point and probably needs to win the ACC tournament to earn its bid.

BYU Cougars: In

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BYU Cougars: In

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Record: 23-11, 13-5 WCC

Before the loss in the WCC championship game to Gonzaga, BYU was on a six-game win streak. The Cougars have beaten teams like Stanford and Texas and have a great shot at earning an at-large bid.

Georgetown Hoyas: Out

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Georgetown Hoyas: Out

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Record: 17-13, 8-10 Big East

At this point Georgetown has too many losses to make the dance. If St. John’s and Providence don’t make it, then the Hoyas definitely do not deserve a spot. However, they do have wins over K State, VCU, Michigan State and Creighton.

California Golden Bears: In

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California Golden Bears: In

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Record: 19-12, 10-8 Pac-12

Cal lost three games late, but it did beat Colorado in its final game of the season. It should only be one or two more wins away from dancing. That will not be easy, though.

Georgia Bulldogs: Out

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Georgia Bulldogs: Out

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Record: 18-12, 12-6 SEC

Georgia is a tournament team if we looked at its SEC schedule and nothing else.