Bubble Watch is back! And just in time to break down the start of what could be an epic run to ignominy out West.
Check out the current nonleague performance (as of Jan. 10) of postseason-eligible teams in a certain conference that rhymes with "MAC men" (and could get the same number of NCAA bids as them):
Now what happens if Cal settles in and rolls to the regular-season title, Washington continues its downward spiral, the second-place team (or, gasp, ineligible USC) finishes 11-7 or so with a nondescript overall profile, and Cal wins the Pac-10 tourney and gets the league's auto bid?
(Crickets ... tumbleweeds rolling by ... uncomfortable coughing ... )
Well, you could get what you nearly had in
Now put all eyez on me as we discuss the rest of the bubble 'bidness' ...
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Looking forward to the journey! Thanks for coming along for the ride ...
The Blue Devils found out on Saturday that they won't exactly stroll through the conference, but they still look like the best team in the league at this point and are in the mix for a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs.
It seems a bit silly to have
The Heels have more to like than anyone else in the league, including
It's hard to know what to make of
The Deacons are in a similar boat to
This league has the top two overall seeds in
Texas Tech's loss was
This league looks certain for six bids and a couple of other teams should notch enough wins to be strongly in the mix, if not clearly in, by Selection Sunday. With one No. 1 seed in the NCAAs really up for grabs at this point, the winner of this league could very well grab it.
Maybe the rough-and-tumble loss to Kentucky was the kickstart that
The same applies to
You hate to use the term "must-win" in mid-January, but
It was kind of a mediocre nonconference run for
Despite losing center
Hey, you have to beat who's on the schedule, and
This league, when all is said and done, likely will be worse than last year's SEC, which is really hard to imagine. There's going to be a huge influx of teams from the East playing in the Spokane and San Jose subregionals.
What is going on at
Who else deserves a look? Here are your options:
Not sure there's much more to say at this point ...
The Wildcats continue to look like a No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament. Beyond the Wildcats is a mystery, although Tennessee, despite its players' New Year's celebration of ATF elements that got
Everything is different now for
OK, who thought that
How many bids this league ultimately gets will depend on the kind of separation that occurs at the top. Pencil in a solid chance for three for now and we'll see what happens ...
Who's got the vibe? It's the Tribe, y'all.
After nonleague wins at Wake Forest and Maryland,
The last time
This has all the makings of a multi-bid league again, and three bids is very possible. BYU looks like the class of the league, but let's see how the Cougars handle the road in conference play.
It was an excellent alphabet-soup week for
The Lobos' week looks even worse after
A tough league at the top, but with a lack of nonleague heft, the chance for multiple bids will depend on quality of league finish.
USA! USA! The seeds for this season's outstanding start may have been planted more than two years ago, when a very young
This isn't a one-team show, though.
Siena (MAAC), Harvard (Ivy), Western Carolina (SoCon), Louisiana Tech (WAC) and Northern Colorado (Big Sky).