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12 teams that could pop NCAA Tournament bubbles

These teams could rise up during conference tournaments and steal bids from bubble teams
12 teams that could pop NCAA Tournament bubbles

Beware of bid thieves.

For weeks, basketball fans been watching the NCAA Tournament bubble, hoping their teams can win the games they should and maybe score an upset or two.

But an NCAA Tournament bid isn’t always in the hands of the bubble teams. In just about every season, a team that has no business playing in the Big Dance will make a run at a conference title by grabbing an automatic bid at the 11th hour.

These are those teams, the spoilers. Bubble teams should watch with trepidation.

College basketball: Ranking the Mountain West's coaches for 2013-14

Steve Fisher rebuild the Aztecs to take the top spot
Steve Fisher rebuild the Aztecs to take the top spot

For much of the last four seasons, the Mountain West could argue it belongs in the same breath as the power conferences.

Indeed, the MWC has produced 16 NCAA Tournament teams in the last four seasons, including five last year, to mach the SEC in that span. The Pac-10/12 has produced only 13 in that time.

The work to improve the Mountain West to major league status is thanks in part to rebuilding jobs by coaches like Steve Alford, Lon Kruger, Tim Miles and Dave Rose, coaches (and teams) that are no longer in the league.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: MWC, MVC, A-10 and more

The key mid-majors to watch for 2013-14
<p> The key mid-majors to watch for 2013-14.</p>

After Florida Gulf Coast reached the Sweet 16 and Wichita State reached the Final Four, teams outside of the college basketball power structure are starting to reach even footing. At least on the court.

Beyond the major surprises in the NCAA Tournament, this is an interesting time for mid-major programs. The Mountain West showed surprising depth last season, a trend that should continue as the league expands. Even though Creighton left the Missouri Valley and Temple, Xavier and Butler left the Atlantic 10, there’s plenty to watch in both leagues.

2013 Mountain West Conference Tournament Preview

Mountain West teams still have something to prove after banner season
<p> 2013 Mountain West Conference Tournament Preview</p>

March Madness is just getting started as the college basketball season shifts to the conference tournaments. Titles will be won, NCAA Tournament spots will be clinched or lost all over the country. Here’s what to watch in the Mountain West.

College Basketball Midseason Report: Surprises and disappointments

We're halfway to the Final Four, so it's time to look at the surprises and disappointments so far
<p> Minnesota and Illinois have added to the depth of the Big Ten, while Kentucky's slump has us skeptical about the SEC.</p>

The college basketball season is rolling along as we’ve reached the halfway point to the Final Four.

College Football's Top 10 Non-Conference Games of September

The season is close, and these matchups belong on your must-see list.
<p> College Football's Top Ten Non-Conference Games of September</p>

The much-anticipated college football season is almost here, and we cannot wait for toe to meet leather on the gridiron. From Cowboys Stadium to the Rose Bowl to the Georgia Dome, here are the top intersectional games to put on your calendar for August and September.