Bubble Watch: In or Out? What’s the Call For Middle Tennessee State, LaSalle and Tennessee?
The Atlantic 10 Conference is certainly sending multiple bids to the NCAA Tournament this season, so that means it’s like that at least one of them is on the bubble. Heading into the Atlantic 10 Tournament, that team is LaSalle and although the Explorers have been solid down the stretch, they haven’t really beaten anyone since a Jan. 26 win over VCU. The Explorers got a tough draw and will likely play Butler in the A-10 quarterfinals. LaSalle needs to win that game to solidify its spot or else they will be sweating things out on Selection Sunday.
As of now however, the LaSalle Explorers are OUT.
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders:
The Blue Raiders were supposed to win the Sun Belt Tournament. Key word in that sentence is supposed. Middle Tennessee State was upset and ousted from the Sun Belt Tournament by Florida International and now despite 28 wins, the Blue Raiders are sweating things out. Middle Tennessee State is going to need some help and they can’t do anything about it. The NCAA Committee hasn’t been too keen on taking teams that have positioned themselves like MTSU in the past, so it’s all about wait and see for the Blue Raiders.
As of now however, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are OUT.
The Vols enter the SEC Tournament having won eight of their last nine games overall. The NCAA Committee loves teams that are red hot and Tennessee fits that description to perfection. However, the Vols are still on the bubble and things can still go either way. Bottom line is this, if Tennessee can get reach the SEC semifinal round, they should be all but a lock. Tennessee has the momentum and firepower to dance as long as they close out strong in the SEC Tournament.
As of now however, the Tennessee Volunteers are IN