Feb 19, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT
It’s been a big two weeks for Illinois. The Illini have won four straight, including victories over Indiana and Minnesota. When combined with wins over Gonzaga, Butler, and Ohio State, it’s hard to imagine the Illini as a bubble team at this point in time. Taking care of winnable games down the stretch should be enough.
La Salle continues to make a push, as does California. The Bears have won three straight – including a huge road victory at Arizona.
At the same time, the bubble remains very fluid. How many SEC teams will ultimately make it? Maryland and Virginia are right there in the ACC. The Atlantic 10 is deep, but only Butler, VCU, and Saint Louis have separated at this point. What we do know is this: It’s going to be a busy few weeks until Selection Sunday. Much can (and will) change between now and then. The s-curve moves daily.
Our latest look at the bubble is a picture at this moment in time – through games played on Sunday, February 17. Enjoy another great week of hoops.
UPDATED: Monday, February 18 | 10:00 p.m. ET
Total Spots (68): Number of teams in the Field.
Automatic Bids (31): None at this time
- Projected Locks (19): Teams who project to have secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
- Should Be In (16): These teams are in solid position to receive an at-large bid.
- Bubble: (31): Teams projected to be under consideration for at-large selection.
- Spots Available (11): Estimated number of openings after Automatic Bids, Locks, and Should Be Ins are considered.
- RPI and SOS: RPI and SOS data are updated through games completed on Sunday, February 17. RPI and SOS data is credited to InsiderRPI at ESPN.
|Locks: Butler | Should Be In: Saint Louis, VCU | Bubble: La Salle, Temple, Charlotte, Massachusetts, Xavier|
|Locks: Duke, Miami-FL | Should Be In: NC State | Bubble: North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Florida State|
|Locks: Syracuse, Louisville, Georgetown, Marquette | Should Be In: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame | Bubble: Villanova, St. John’s|
|Locks: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin | Should Be In: Illinois, Minnesota | Bubble: Iowa|
|Locks: Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State | Should Be In: None | Bubble: Baylor, Oklahoma, Iowa State|
|Locks: None | Should Be In: Memphis | Bubble: Southern Miss|
|Locks: None | Should Be In: Creighton, Wichita State | Bubble: Indiana State|
|Locks: New Mexico | Should Be In: Colorado State, San Diego State, UNLV | Bubble: Boise State, Air Force|
|Locks: Arizona | Should Be In: Oregon, Colorado, UCLA | Bubble: Arizona State, Stanford, California|
|Locks: Florida | Should Be In: Missouri | Bubble: Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas|
|Locks: Gonzaga | Should Be In: None | Bubble: St. Mary’s, BYU|
|BEST OF THE REST|
|Locks: None | Should Be In: None | Bubble: Middle Tennessee, Belmont, Bucknell, Akron, Louisiana Tech|
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May 23, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT
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May 23, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT
It’s all-but official now: Mike Krzyzewski will be returning to coach Team USA in the 2014 World Championships in Madrid and the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. That’s according to a report from Pete Thamel of SI, who reported over the weekend that Coach K was strongly considering returning to head up the stars…
May 22, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT
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May 22, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT
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