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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.

Loyola Chicago Ramblers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

The two best teams in the state of Illinois battle it out for a spot in the Sweet 16
Loyola Chicago Ramblers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

The unstoppable force meets the immovable object when the Illinois Fighting Illini take on the Loyola Chicago Ramblers in a game that could decide who wins the Midwest Region. This was a matchup that fans were very much looking forward to when the NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed last Sunday. Now this "dream matchup" has become a reality after Illinois dominated Drexel on Friday, while the Ramblers' defense held court in the final minutes of their win over Georgia Tech. Sunday will mark just the 16th all-time meeting between these teams.

 

Drexel Dragons vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction: NCAA Tournament First Round Preview

The Illini are Final Four favorites while the Dragons look to pull off a monumental upset
Drexel Dragons vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction: NCAA Tournament First Round Preview

The first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament will feature the first-ever matchup between one team with national championship aspirations and another making its first appearance in 25 years.

 

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.”

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