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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.

Grading the notable new college basketball coaches for 2013-14

As the coaching carousel comes to a close, we grade new faces at UCLA, USC, Minnesota and more
<p> As the coaching carousel comes to a close, we grade new faces at UCLA, USC, Minnesota and more</p>

Coaching turnover in college basketball appears to be as tame as ever.

With 39 coaching changes so far, the 2013-14 coaching carousel is poised to be the most inactive since in four years. In each of the last three seasons, at least 50 Division I programs changed coaches.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Virginia Cavaliers Prediction: NCAA Tournament National Championship

Defensive-oriented title game on tap as the Red Raiders and Cavaliers meet for the first time ever on the court
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Virginia Cavaliers Prediction: NCAA Tournament National Championship Preview

Defense will hog the spotlight when Texas Tech and Virginia battle for the national championship tonight. In the end, a first-time national champion will be crowned in men's basketball.

 

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Michigan State Spartans Prediction: NCAA Tournament Final Four Preview

Final Four first-timer Texas Tech faces a Michigan State squad after the program's first title in 19 years
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Michigan State Spartans Prediction: NCAA Tournament Final Four Preview

The first team to book its spot in the 2019 Final Four set a fitting tone for the field. With its 75-69 win over Gonzaga, Texas Tech became one of two teams headed to Minneapolis that has never been to the Final Four.

 

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction: NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Preview

Texas Tech could reach its first Final Four, while Gonzaga's a win from its second in three seasons
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction: NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Preview

A showdown of two No. 1s determines the West Regional's bid to the 2019 Final Four, as the top-ranked Texas Tech defense faces the nation's best offense in Gonzaga.

 

The third-seeded Red Raiders and top seed Bulldogs advanced to Saturday's Elite Eight at Honda Center with double-digit-point margins of victory in the Sweet 16, but the nature of their victories differed dramatically. Gonzaga used a balanced offense to overcome Florida State's length and defensive prowess, ultimately pulling away from a four-point deficit late in the game.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Michigan Wolverines Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

Two of the nation's best defensive teams collide in Orange County
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Michigan Wolverines Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

Michigan's run to the national championship game a season ago went through Southern California. The Wolverines return, this time opening the West Regional against an opponent that fell short of its Final Four dreams a year ago, Texas Tech.

 

Buffalo Bulls vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

Texas Tech seeks a repeat Sweet 16, while Buffalo is in pursuit of its first ever
Buffalo Bulls vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

Success in the NCAA Tournament is nothing new for either the Buffalo Bulls or Texas Tech Red Raiders. For a second straight season, Buffalo blasted a team from the state of Arizona to advance to the Round of 32, but the Bulls now aim for a program-first Sweet 16 run.

 

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Prediction and Preview

Red Raiders host Jayhawks looking to stay in the thick of the Big 12 race
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Prediction and Preview

The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Kansas Jayhawks are set to meet up in a Big 12 showdown in Lubbock Saturday. The Red Raiders, fresh off a 17-14 upset victory on the road against TCU, come in 4-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.

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