Since starting my new job at CBSSports.com – check me out at the “Eye on College Basketball” blog – I have neglected Busting the Bracket. However, starting today, I am going to be posting all of my classics here on a semi-daily basis. It will include the Bracket Breakdown, Bubble Watch and Road to Selection Sunday columns, as well as some other NCAA Tournament and “Bracketology” tidbits that Jerry Palm takes care of at CBS.
Anyway, here is the Bubble Watch heading into the weekend. There was plenty of activity over the past few days, and this weekend will look to settle some of the debates. More than likely, though, we’ll have even more questions come our Bracket Breakdown on Monday. According to the numbers, there are 13 bids still up for grabs, with 23 teams legitimately vying for them:
Automatic bids from the other conferences: 22
49 Locks Overall
- ACC (2): Duke, North Carolina
- Big East (9): Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Louisville, Connecticut, Villanova, Syracuse, St. John’s, West Virginia
- Big Ten (3): Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin
- Big 12 (4): Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Missouri
- Pac-10 (1): Arizona
- SEC (3): Florida, Vanderbilt, Kentucky
- Atlantic-10 (2): Xavier, Temple
- Mountain West (2): San Diego State, BYU
- Colonial (1): George Mason
One-Bid Conferences (22): America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Conference-USA, Horizon, Ivy, MAC, MAAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Summit, Sun Belt, SWAC, WAC, West Coast
Teams that need to keep winning to avoid the bubble – these bids are not up for grabs yet (6): Florida State, Washington, UCLA, Tennessee, UNLV, Old Dominion
Note: Saint Mary’s, Utah State and Harvard are not included, as they are the current leaders in their respective conferences. Click the Bubble Breakdown chart for more information on these teams.
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