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2021 College Basketball Bubble Watch - 3-11-21

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2021 College Basketball Bubble Watch, March 11: Home Stretch

We’re almost there.

Can you believe the 2021 college basketball bubble watch is almost over? Oh yeah, and that Selection Sunday is in three days?

From where this COVID-tainted season started until now, it has been a hell of a ride. Don’t let anyone tell you it hasn’t. However, the journey is just getting warmed up for a number of teams planning to be in the 2021 NCAA Tournament next week.

Who will they be? See below, and as always, check out the latest college basketball bracketology.

NEW FEATURE: Teams that have improved their standing in the bubble watch since last time appear in green. Teams that have dropped on the board are in red.

Bubble Watch, March 11: ACC

DEFINITELY INVirginia, Florida State
MOST LIKELY INVirginia Tech, North Carolina
PROBABLY INClemson
POSSIBLY IN (bubble but in)Georgia Tech, Louisville
POSSIBLY OUT (bubble but out)Syracuse, Duke
PROBABLY OUTNone
FORGET ITNC State

Not a great week for the ACC bubble unless you are Syracuse, who haven’t even moved up – they just haven’t moved down. Clemson hurt themselves with their loss but should still be fine. NC State vanished like Patrick Swayze in Ghost.

Bubble Watch, March 11: American

DEFINITELY INHouston
MOST LIKELY INNone
PROBABLY INNone
POSSIBLY IN (bubble but in)Wichita State
POSSIBLY OUT (bubble but out)Memphis, SMU
PROBABLY OUTNone

The American begins its tournament today, March 11, so the movement is coming. Memphis still has a shot to make it a three-bid league.

Bubble Watch, March 11: Big 12

DEFINITELY INBaylor, Kansas, West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech
MOST LIKELY INOklahoma
PROBABLY INNone
POSSIBLY IN (bubble but in)None
POSSIBLY OUT (bubble but out)None
PROBABLY OUTNone

No news is good news for the Big 12, who have high hopes of getting seven teams into the field on Sunday.

Bubble Watch, March 11: Big East

DEFINITELY INVillanova, Creighton
MOST LIKELY INNone
PROBABLY INConnecticut
POSSIBLY IN (bubble but in)None
POSSIBLY OUT (bubble but out)Seton Hall, St. John’s
PROBABLY OUTXavier
SEE YAMarquette, Providence

Marquette was a .500 team with a few nice wins in recent times. Now they are a sub-.500 team that went one-and-done at Madison Square Garden. It’s over. Xavier is done after blowing a huge lead to Butler in the first round.

Bubble Watch, March 11: Big Ten

DEFINITELY INIllinois, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa
MOST LIKELY INWisconsin, Purdue
PROBABLY INRutgers, Maryland
POSSIBLY IN (bubble but in)Michigan State
POSSIBLY OUT (bubble but out)None
PROBABLY OUTIndiana, Minnesota

Wait until the big boys in this conference start playing. That’s when the magic happens.

Bubble Watch, March 11: Pac-12

DEFINITELY INColorado
MOST LIKELY INUSC
PROBABLY INOregon, UCLA
POSSIBLY IN (bubble but in)None
POSSIBLY OUT (bubble but out)None
PROBABLY OUTStanford

Bad day on Wednesday for a team not with a plural name.

Bubble Watch, March 11: SEC

DEFINITELY INAlabama, Arkansas
MOST LIKELY INTennessee
PROBABLY INLSU, Florida, Missouri
POSSIBLY IN (bubble but in)None
POSSIBLY OUT (bubble but out)Ole Miss
PROBABLY OUTMississippi State

The SEC launched its tournament on Wednesday, and nobody cared. You know, unless losing-records Texas A&M and Vanderbilt was your jam; in that case, our condolences.

Bubble Watch, March 11: Other Conferences

DEFINITELY INGonzaga (WCC-AQ), Loyola Chicago (MVC-AQ), San Diego State (MWC)
MOST LIKELY INVCU (A-10)
PROBABLY INSt. Bonaventure (A-10)
POSSIBLY IN (bubble but in)Drake (MVC), Utah State (MWC), Colorado State (MWC), Boise State (MWC)
POSSIBLY OUT (bubble but out)Saint Louis (A-10)
PROBABLY OUTDavidson (A-10), Dayton (A-10), Nevada (MWC)
LOSE OUR NUMBERRichmond (A-10)

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