Bracketology Bubble Tracker: LSU-Alabama set for ‘double-bubble’ game

There is usually a lot on the line when Alabama plays LSU during football season, but that is also true during basketball season this year.

Alabama and LSU meet in a ‘double-bubble’ game with each team on the bubble for an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.

ALABAMA: at LSU, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

Status: On the fence

Record: 15-9, 6-6 SEC | RPI: 37 | SOS: 14

Alabama is arguably the hottest team in the SEC, having won five out of six to put itself into contention for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Tide lost the home matchup to the Tigers, so not only are they looking to add a win against a team it could be competing with for a spot in the bracket, but also for payback.

LSU: vs. Alabama, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

Status: Work to do

Record: 16-9, 9-3 SEC | RPI: 74 | SOS: 70

LSU was dreadful in non-conference play, but has righted the ship in the SEC. The Tigers are tied for first with Kentucky and two games clear of the rest of the league. LSU’s poor performance outside the league has necessitated this kind of run just to get into the conversation for an at-large bid if it needs one. The Tigers need to keep this run going.

LSU's Ben Simmons has led the Tigers to the top of the standings in the SEC. (USATSI)
LSU’s Ben Simmons has led the Tigers to the top of the standings in the SEC. (USATSI)

And here’s a look at the other games on Wednesday involving teams on the bubble:

TEMPLE: vs. Villanova, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Status: On the fence

Record: 16-8, 10-3 AAC | RPI: 60 | SOS: 78

Temple played some good teams in the non-conference portion of its schedule and lost to all of them. Since then, the Owls have played their way to the top of the American conference, and have done so by playing well against the better teams in the league. Now, they get another top notch non-conference foe in Villanova in a Big 5 game. Obviously, this is a huge opportunity for the Owls.

TEXAS TECH: vs. Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Status: In for now

Record: 15-9, 5-7 Big 12 | RPI: 31 | SOS: 4

Texas Tech has played well lately and crawled into the most recent bracket. The Red Raiders beat Iowa State and Baylor last week, which are their two best wins. The Big 12 schedule is unforgiving though, so their reward for those wins is a date with the Sooners. The good news is that the schedule provides for great resume building chances like this.

SAINT JOSEPH’S: vs. Dayton, 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Status: On the fence

Record: 21-4, 10-2 Atlantic 10 | RPI: 29 | SOS: 95

Saint Joseph’s is still looking for a marquee win this season, and this is the last chance the Hawks will get before the conference tournament. They have a gaudy record, but not a whole lot to back it up. Their best wins came on the road at George Washington and Temple. Their only other top 100 RPI win is Princeton.

SETON HALL: at Georgetown, 9 p.m. (FS1)

Status: Work to do

Record: 17-7, 7-5 Big East | RPI: 51 | SOS: 71

The Hall only has one win over a likely tournament team and that won’t change Wednesday, but this begins an important and difficult stretch of games for the Pirates. They finish with four of six on the road and the home games are Providence and Xavier. Seton Hall’s margin for error is thin, but losing tonight won’t eliminate them.

FLORIDA STATE: vs. Georgia Tech

Status: In for now

Record: 16-9, 6-7 ACC | RPI: 52 | SOS: 53

Florida State has lost two straight after winning four in a row right before that. The Seminoles will get a chance to enhance their tournament profile later on, but this is a taking care of business kind of game that NCAA tournament teams win this time of year.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: at Duquesne

Status: Work to do

Record: 18-7, 7-5 Atlantic 10 | RPI: 53 | SOS: 90

The Colonials have stumbled since winning at VCU, but this is a chance to get back on track. The next three games are must wins for a team that already has three bad losses.

ST. BONAVENTURE : at La Salle

Status: Work to do

Record: 17-6, 9-3 Atlantic 10 | RPI: 33 | SOS: 76

The Bonnies are hot, having won five in a row, most recently over George Washington. They have a pedestrian profile, lacking in quality wins, but with only one bad loss. With Dayton looming, St. Bonaventure has to make sure it doesn’t get caught looking ahead.

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