Bracketology Bubble Watch: Big Ten teams on the edge desperate for wins they boost again

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North Carolina missed another opportunity to win Quad 1 against Duke at home on Saturday. The Tar Heels have a chance to make the 2023 NCAA Tournament diminishing, but not gone yet. Vanderbilt kept its slim tour hopes alive with a home win over fellow Mississippi State. The Commodores will likely have to make a splash in the SEC Tournament, but that can’t happen until they beat Kentucky in the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs play Florida in the SEC Tournament, which could be a must-win game. After that, a great opportunity awaits the No. 1 seed. 1 Alabama.

Boise State lost at Utah State on Saturday night, continuing the trend of Mountain West chasers winning at home and losing on the road vs. another opponent. Those two, along with Nevada, split the home-and-home series with each other. Only Utah State was able to beat San Diego State in the regular season. That, along with two Quad 4 losses, is why the Aggies are behind the others in the race to get into the field.

Iowa State has lost eight of its last ten and had its third-leading scorer on the team. Then, the Cyclones knocked out Baylor in Waco, completing a season sweep of the Bears and securing their spot in the NCAA Tournament.

The American Athletic Conference and Big Ten finish their regular seasons today, and there’s plenty of bubble action in those leagues.

NCAA Tournament locks

Locks based on summary: 27 | Confirmed offers: 2| Major spots left: 29



Miami, Virginia, Duke

Great East


Marquette, UConn, Xavier, Creighton

Big Ten


Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa

Big 12


Baylor, Kansas, Texas, Kansas State, Iowa State



Arizona, UCLA



Alabama, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Missouri, Kentucky




Other people


Gonzaga, St. Mary, San Diego State

On the clip

Check out all the teams on Palm’s Bubble Watch, the field of 68 and the entire bracket on the Bracketology hub

Bubble teams in action on Sunday

All references to NCAA Tournament selection records and trends refer only to tournaments dating back to 1994 with the exception of 2021. Due to shortened schedules and a relatively small number of non-conference games in 2021, those rankings were not reliable enough to consideration.

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