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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.

Illinois Basketball: Fighting Illini Team Preview and Season Prediction 2019-20

Illini seek first NCAA Tournament bid since 2013
Illinois Fighting Illini 2019-20 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

As Illinois left the United Center court on March 14 following a season-ending loss to Iowa, coach Brad Underwood immediately started looking ahead. 

“As soon as the final horn sounded,” Underwood says. “This team needed an offseason to lift weights and get stronger and become veterans.”