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Bubble Watch: March 1st-3rd

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Its officially March, South Orange Juicians... let the madness begin continue.

Thursday, March 1st

  • #16 Michigan @ Illinois (7PM ESPN) – Illinois won a must-win game against Iowa at Assembly Hall on Sunday. The Illini need to at least split their remaining two games against Michigan and @ Wisconsin to have a shot at the Dance as they are currently on the outside looking in.
  • Washington @ USC (10:30PM) – One of the positives of Washington’s resume is a goose egg in the ‘bad loss’ column. USC would be a bad loss.
  • Colorado @ Oregon (10:30PM) – As described here, Oregon has some work to do if they want to Dance. It starts with a win over Colorado.

Friday, March 2nd

  • Harvard @ Columbia (7PM) – While Harvard isn't on the bubble, it’s important that Harvard takes care of business in the Ivy League so that they receive the league auto-bid.

Follow the jump for Saturday's huge slate of bubble games.

Saturday, March 3rd

  • Pittsburgh @ UConn (Noon EPSN) – The Huskies need to rebound from a ‘bad loss’ to Providence on Tuesday or else their tournament chances are in major jeopardy.
  • West Virginia @ South Florida (Noon – These teams are headed in different directions. West Virginia has lost seven of their last ten while South Florida has won six of their last seven including a huge win at the Yum! Center on Wednesday night. I don’t think the Bulls have punched their ticket just yet – a win here and they’re IN.
  • Washington @ UCLA (2PM CBS) – Another must-win game for the Huskies.
  • Cincinnati @ Villanova (2PM ESPN) – The Bearcats are likely a lock for the tournament after their big win against Marquette on Wednesday night but a win here couldn’t hurt.
  • Charlotte @ Xavier (2PM) – Xavier lost to St. Louis in a major Atlantic-10 clash on Tuesday and are now on the outside looking in. Can’t drop any more games.
  • Northwestern @ Iowa (2:30PM BTN) – The Wildcats look to rebound after a heartbreaking loss to Ohio State on Wednesday.
  • Boston College @ Miami-FL (2:30PM – Giving up an offensive rebound off a miss throw against NC State cost them the game and might cost them a bid. Must win.
  • Alabama @ Ole Miss (4PM – Ole Miss stayed alive with a close win over Arkansas on Tuesday. An upset over Alabama would set the Rebels up with a chance to make a run in the SEC tournament for an at-large bid.
  • Colorado State @ Air Force (4PM MTN) – Wow. After trailing by 15 at the half to UNLV on Wednesday night, the Rams outscored UNLV by 22 in the second half, securing their third Top-50 win. No room for a letdown against lowly Air Force.
  • Arkansas @ Mississippi State (5PM – Brian Bryant’s lay-up at the buzzer in OT against South Carolina on Wednesday night kept the Bulldogs alive and snapped their 5-game losing streak.
  • Seton Hall @ DePaul (6PM SNY/ – I'm sure JP will have a comprehensive preview written sometime tomorrow for this game.
  • UAB @ Central Florida (7PM) – UCF might have too steep a hill to climb after losing two of their last three including an important game against Memphis. A win here would clinch at least a four seed in the C-USA tournament which is accompanied by a first round bye.
  • Utah @ Oregon (6PM) – Oregon is in the same boat as Washington. They can’t afford any losses since most of the Pac-12 would qualify as a ‘bad loss.’
  • Texas @ #4 Kansas (9PM ESPN) – Texas trailed Oklahoma for the first 33 minutes of their game on Wednesday but outscored the Sooners 16-8 over the last seven minutes to stay afloat in the bubble race.

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