NCAA 2009 Bubble Watch

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Tony George
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Mar/09/2009 has your 2009 NCAA basketball bubble watch courtesy of our friend Tony George.   He breaks it all down for us.

ACC (7)

Lock: North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forrest, Florida St, Clemson

Good Shape: BC, Maryland

Need Help: Virginia Tech

With the bubble so weak, Maryland is in the tournament as of today. They cannot afford to lose at Virginia to close the regular season. VT needs a win at Florida St to keep hope alive.


Big East (7)

Lock: Pitt, UCONN, Villanova, Marquette, Louisville, West Virginia, Syracuse

Need Help: Providence

The win against Pitt helped, but the Friars probably need two more wins to feel secure about their chances.


Big Ten (7)

Lock: Michigan St, Purdue, Illinois

Good Shape: Wisconsin, Ohio St, Penn St, Minnesota

Need Help: Michigan, Northwestern


Big 12 (6)

Lock: Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri

Good Shape: Oklahoma St, Texas A&M

The Big 12 seems secure on six bids. A&M locked up a bid by beating Missouri on Saturday.


Pac 10 (5)

Lock: UCLA, Arizona St, Washington, California

Good Shape: Arizona

As long as Arizona doesn't lose to Stanford and then in the first round of the Pac 10 tournament, they Pac 10 should send 5 to the big dance.


SEC (3)

Lock: LSU, Tennessee

Good Shape: South Carolina

Need Help: Florida, Kentucky 

Florida still has to make to a run in the conference tourney to get an at-large berth.


Mountain West (3)

Lock: Utah, BYU

Good Shape: UNLV

Need Help: San Diego St, New Mexico 

The conference tournament should help decide how many teams represent the MWC in the NCAA Tournament (few as 2, as many as 5).


A-10 (3)

Lock: Xavier

Good Shape: Dayton, Rhode Island

Dayton should still be in good shape. If RI makes it to the semis and loses a close one to the Flyers, the Rams might also be on the right side of the bubble come Selection Sunday.


WCC (2)

Lock: Gonzaga

Good Shape: St Mary's

Patty Mills is back and a trip to the finals of the WCC tournament should lock up a bid for St Mary's.



There are 22 one bid leagues, 9 conferences that will receive multiple bids and 34 at-large berths. The teams listed in Lock or Good Shape status are considered IN the tournament.


Last four in: Maryland, Minnesota, Rhode Island, UNLV

First six out: Virginia Tech, Providence, New Mexico, San Diego St, Michigan, Florida.

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