By Trevor Lowry @TheTrevorLowry on March 12, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Record: 18-12, 12-6 SEC
Georgia is a tournament team if we looked at its SEC schedule and nothing else.
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