March 15, 2013
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Minnesota: The Gophers are probably going to be fine. In fact, I would be quite surprised if the Selection Committee made the decision to leave the Gophers out of the NCAA tournament. They may not be playing well right now (they are 5-11 since starting the year 15-1) but they have a very, very good profile when compared to the dreck on the rest of the bubble. But you never know until your name is called, and thanks to yet another ugly February and a first round loss in the Big Ten tournament, the Gophers probably won't be sleeping easy this week.
Oklahoma: The Sooners are probably going to be just fine, as they have three top 50 wins — including Kansas — and nine top 100 wins to go along with an RPI in the low-30s. But if there are some surprise runs in the conference tournaments, bids might start getting gobbled up. Losing to Iowa State leaves them at risk, even if that risk is relatively minimal.
Cincinnati: The Bearcats should be OK. They have five top 50 wins and nine top 100 wins without a sub-100 loss this season. But their RPI isn't all that great thanks to a weak non-conference schedule. Beating Providence was the key, losing to Georgetown shouldn't hurt them too much.
The rest of the bubble games:
Arizona State vs. UCLA (3:00 p.m. ET, Pac-12)
Mississippi State vs. Tennessee (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
St. Joseph's vs. Xavier (6:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports)
Wake Forest vs. Maryland (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
Vanderbilt vs. Arkansas (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
Utah vs. Cal (9:00 p.m. ET, Pac-12)
George Washington vs. UMass (9:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports)
Northwestern vs. Iowa (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Baylor vs. Oklahoma State (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
UTSA vs. Louisiana Tech (9:00 p.m. ET)
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