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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.

SEC Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Magnolia State Magic Dominates the SEC
SEC Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

We have learned to expect the unexpected in college football, but no one could have seen this coming. At the midpoint of the college football season, the two schools from Mississippi are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 nationally, and Dak Prescott from Mississippi State is the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. Simply amazing.

Midseason Reviews and Second-Half Predictions

SEC Takeaways: Thompson's patience rewarded, Georgia's frustrations continue, UK's QB emerges

South Carolina is back in business
SEC Week 3 Takeaways

There was high drama in Columbia, where South Carolina recorded yet another win over its SEC East rivals from Athens. Georgia had ample opportunity to post a huge win, but once again the Bulldogs couldn’t get it done in a big spot. Elsewhere, Kentucky was impressive in a loss while Florida was a bit of disappointment in a win. And Missouri, the team that everyone forgets about, is really good again.

 

26 Teams on the NCAA Tournament Bubble

Stock for Bob Huggins, West Virginia has rocketed in recent weeks
In or Out: NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

Even in the last few days, bubble season has taken an unexpected turn.

A week ago, a bubble watch would have had West Virginia and St. John’s on the outskirts of the NCAA Tournament. A few big wins later, and one of those teams is projected in our field.

By our count, 32 teams are “feeling good” for an at-large bid. Barring a major collapse, these teams should be in the NCAA Tournament field. With 22 teams accounting for automatic bids settled in conference tournaments, that leaves 14 spots for the bubble.

10 Things You Need to Know from the College Basketball Weekend

Marshall Henderson, Melvin Ejim and Iowa come up with statement games
10 Things You Need to Know from the College Basketball Weekend Feb. 10

Let’s face it: There aren’t many reasons college basketball would dominate the SportsCenter conversation these days. Even with the Super Bowl over, there’s the NBA and the Winter Olympics to dominate coverage.

Then, Marcus Smart shoved a fan in the final seconds of a loss to Texas Tech. The weekend could have been spent celebrating Iowa’s first major win of the season, Melvin Ejim’s record breaking day at Iowa State or Marcus Foster’s one-man wrecking ball performance against Texas.

Picking 12 Losers in the 2013 NCAA Tournament

March Madness ended with few shining moments for Indiana, the Mountain West and more
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Legacies are made in March. Or in this case, unmade.

For all the accomplishments for coaches, players and teams through the 2012-13 season, so much of the perception and reputations are built on the stage of the NCAA Tournament.

Picking 12 Winners in the 2013 NCAA Tournament

The Week of Pitino, the rising stock of McGary and more highlighted this year's March Madness
<p> The Week of Pitino, the rising stock of McGary and more highlighted this year's March Madness</p>

Only one true winner will be happy at the end of the NCAA Tournament, so the cliche goes.

That much may be true. All but one locker room at the end of the tournament will have its share of sad faces and tears.

College Basketball's Top 10 Arena Nicknames

What are the best nicknames in college basketball arenas today?
<p> College Basketball's Top 10 Arena Nicknames</p>

There are many reasons why fans gravitate to the college ranks over the professional ones. For those of us who love college sports, NCAA basketball is a vastly superior product over the NBA. Yes, the NBA features the best athletes in the world playing the game, but many point to a boring regular season, lack of overall defense and me-first holier than thou attitude that comes with million-dollar salaries.

2013 NCAA Tournament: March Madness Schedule for Sunday

Teams, times, networks, announcers and bits of knowledge to prep for the fourth day of the Tournament
<p> 2013 NCAA Tournament: March Madness Schedule for Sunday</p>

The NCAA Tournament has moved into the weekend where tickets to the Sweet 16 will be punched. Now that we’re into the Sunday's slate of games, hopefully you don't have to sneak away from work to catch the action.

Here’s everything you need to know for Sunday’s  games, including the TV schedule, the network, announcers, predictions and bits of knowledge for all eight games to finish off the weekend.

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