NCAAB bubble watch: Georgia Tech, Indiana, Tennessee

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As the NCAA tournament rushes into view like a steaming freight train, there are several teams looking to pad their resumes over the final days of the regular season schedule. Steve Merril takes a look at a few “bubble teams” and their prospects moving forward.

Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets are 15-10 SU on the season as they head into their game at Miami Florida on Wednesday night. Georgia Tech is clearly on the NCAA tournament bubble, so they’ll need to finish the regular season by winning the majority of their final six games. They’ll play three games at home and three games on the road.

Georgia Tech’s toughest game will be at Notre Dame, but the rest of the schedule isn’t too rough with a pair of games against a struggling Syracuse team, and a home game against an NC State team that is in disarray. The Yellow Jackets do have impressive wins on their resume with victories over North Carolina, at VCU, Florida State, and the aforementioned Notre Dame Fighting Irish.


Indiana began the season with a 10-2 SU record, but since then, the Hoosiers have gone just 5-9 SU over their last fourteen games. Unfortunately for Indiana, they were hit with major injuries to their better players. James Blackmon Jr. and Juwan Morgan both missed multiple games while OG Anunoby suffered a season-ending knee injury.

The Hoosiers have a difficult schedule remaining as four of their final five games are on the road. Games at Minnesota, Iowa, and Ohio State are certainly winnable, but Indiana is in poor current form, especially since they’ve lost their last two home games. The Hoosiers’ lone remaining home game is against a very good Northwestern team that they lost to by 13 points earlier this season.


Tennessee is now 14-12 SU on the season after losing by 25 points at Kentucky on Tuesday night. The Volunteers have now lost three of their last four games, so they are in desperate need of a turnaround over the final two weeks of the season. Tennessee will play a Saturday/Wednesday schedule the rest of the way, so they’ll have no excuses going forward.

The Volunteers have an easy schedule remaining with three of their final five games coming on their home court. Four of those games definitely fall into the winnable category; Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Alabama at home and LSU on the road. Tennessee’s toughest game will certainly be at South Carolina; a team that beat them by 10 points at home earlier this season.


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