Bubble Watch (Who to Root For): Thursday, March 8th

Following Seton Hall's crushing loss to Louisville last night, their post-season fate is now in the hands of countless other college basketball players that have nothing on their mind but playing in the NCAA tournament limelight next week.

After some brief cross referencing last night, I surprisingly still had Seton Hall in my field of 68, although just barely. However, nearly every other bubble team they are competing with still has at least one more game to play. Here is who to root against today:

Boston College vs. NC State (2PM ESPNU) – NC State has squandered their chances to stay in the thick of the bubble conversation. A win here keeps them alive, but just barely. Might need to make the ACC finals.

Final: NC State 78, Boston College 57

Oregon State vs Washington (3PM FSN) – Must win for the #1 seeded Huskies or they will very likely miss out on a bid. That's how weak the Pac-12 is.

Final: Oregon State 86, Washington 84

Minnesota vs Northwestern (530PM ESPN2) – Another must win for a bubble team. Northwestern is 1-10 vs the Top 50 so they can use all the help they can get.

Final: Minnesota 75, Northwestern 68

TCU vs Colorado State (530 MTN) – A loss wouldn’t necessarily knock Colorado State off the bubble, but they would be sweating it out on Selection Sunday.

Final: Colorado State 81, TCU 60

Stanford vs California (9PM FSN) – See: Washington.

Auburn vs Ole Miss (730PM ESPN3.com) – The Rebels need to make a little run in the SEC tournament to be seriously considered. They are about 4-6 teams away from the cut line.

Oregon vs Colorado (830PM FSN) – Oregon needs to make the Pac-12 final to be seriously considered.

Georgia Tech vs Miami (FL) (9PM ESPNU) – A win here won't propel Miami into the field but it will keep them alive.

South Florida vs Notre Dame (9PM ESPN) – South Florida will jump from bubble-IN to LOCKCITY with a win.

Texas vs Iowa State (930PM ESPN3.com) – A very big chance for Texas to possibly punch their ticket. However, a loss will likely leave them on the outside looking in.

Georgia vs Mississippi State (10PM ESPN3.com) – The Bulldogs can’t drop this game if they want to stay on the right side of the bubble.

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