Bracketology Expert Jerry Palm takes a daily look at games he’ll be watching involving teams on the bubble to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. For more details on bubble teams, consult the Bubble Watch and then compare resumes of any two teams trying to make The Big Dance to see who has the edge.
LSU avenges early loss at Auburn: LSU avenged an earlier home loss to Auburn by pounding the Tigers 84-61 at Auburn. The Bayou Bengals were able to avoid a fourth bad loss of the season, and have no more potential bad losses left on the regular season schedule.
Texas drops to 1-11 vs top 50 in loss at West Virginia: The hits just keep on coming for Texas. The Longhorns fell to West Virginia 71-64, leaving them at 1-11 against the RPI top 50 on the season. Actually, it’s more like 1-10 and a half as Stanford flutters back and forth across that top 50 line. Still, that is spectacularly bad. Still time to improve in the strong Big 12 though.
North Carolina State picks up another huge win at North Carolina: NC State went to Chapel Hill and held the Tar Heels under 50 points in a 58-46 win. That’s two big road wins now for the Wolfpack, who improved to 17-11. That is not a slump proof record. They don’t need any more quality wins. Just wins.
Boston College at Pittsburgh , 9 p.m. (ESPNU):Pitt is only 2-6 vs. the top 50 and has a couple of bad losses. What the Panthers really need is quality wins, especially away from home. That is not possible in their last four games, so the goal is to avoid damaging their chances further.
Texas A&M at Arkansas , 9 p.m. (ESPN) :The Aggies have a sweep of LSU, and that is their only wins over a likely tournament team. They don’t have a top 50 RPI win either, so this would be a big win for their tournament chances if they can get it.
New Mexico at Boise State ,11 p.m. (ESPNU): Boise State needs quality wins if they are going to get back to the NCAA tournament. That’s a problem for another day. Tonight, it’s about taking care of business at home against a team the Broncos should beat.
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