The suspense begins to originate Wednesday for groups on the NCAA Tournament bubble as extra of the main conferences begin postseason play.
While the Atlantic Coast Convention started its match Tuesday, the Massive Ten, Massive 12, Pac-12, Southeastern Convention and Massive East all open match opponents Wednesday. Here are some questions regarding the NCAA Tournament discipline that level-headed might well level-headed be answered.
What number of of the so-referred to as blueblood programs are making it in?: One in every of the main stories of this weird and wonderful season has been the manner many established powers occupy struggled extra than standard. Kansas and North Carolina occupy been up and down, nonetheless Kansas remains a lock for an NCAA negate and North Carolina figures to originate it as correctly. Duke has extra reason to apprehension, while Kentucky’s handiest hope is to win the SEC Tournament.
What number of groups originate it from the Massive Ten?: As genuine as the Massive Ten has been this season, its bubble groups haven’t played correctly currently, with Michigan Articulate being the vital exception. No. 3 Illinois, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Iowa and No. 9 Ohio Articulate are seemingly No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. Purdue and Wisconsin will originate the discipline as correctly. Rutgers, Maryland and Michigan Articulate occupy reason to be optimistic nonetheless shouldn’t occupy anything as a correct. That makes Thursday’s Michigan Articulate-Maryland and Rutgers-Indiana matchups particularly interesting.
Will Drake join Missouri Valley rival Loyola-Chicago in the discipline?: Drake obtained’t be playing again this week after losing to No. 18 Loyola in the MVC championship game Sunday. That near the Bulldogs will seemingly be watching the opposite conference tournaments anxiously. Masses of mock brackets in the intervening time occupy Drake amongst the last groups in the discipline. The Bulldogs want to root against other bubble groups and hope no one makes a Cinderella wander through a conference match to assume a negate away.
Can the Mountain West Convention get extra than one bids?: No. 19 San Diego Articulate is a sure bet to manufacture an NCAA negate. Boise Articulate, Colorado Articulate and Utah Articulate also occupy photos to originate it, nonetheless none of those groups can come up with the cash for an early loss in the Mountain West Tournament that starts Wednesday in Las Vegas. Utah Articulate particularly wants a superb week.
Will the ACC bubble groups enlighten on Wednesday?: Here is the match to watch on Wednesday with Syracuse, North Carolina, Louisville and Duke all playing as they are trying to make your mind up on up bids. Syracuse faces North Carolina Articulate, Louisville meets Duke and North Carolina faces Notre Dame.
Tuesday’s games didn’t occupy well-known affect on the bubble, nonetheless right here’s a stare at groups that helped or injure their possibilities.
Duke (12-11, 9-9 ACC): Duke presumably didn’t assist itself well-known by throttling Boston Faculty 86-51 in the first round of the ACC Tournament, nonetheless a loss would occupy fully knocked the Blue Devils out of at-immense consideration. Duke presumably wants to win at least a couple extra games to give itself any reasonable hope for a negate. The Blue Devils haven’t disregarded an NCAA Tournament since 1995.
Pittsburgh (10-12, 6-10 ACC): The Panthers had reasonable NCAA hopes sooner than a leisurely-season give way that culminated with a 79-73 loss to Miami in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Pitt has lost seven of its last eight games.
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