February 22, 2024

Bracketology Bubble Watch: Gonzaga faces must-win game with showdown vs. Kentucky up next


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Kim O’Reilly, CBS Sports

Welcome to the debut edition of Bracketology Bubble Watch, the daily column wrapping up the status of teams on the bubble of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament who played the previous day and a look ahead at the action today involving bubble teams.. 

Also listed are teams I consider to be locks for the NCAA Tournament. For me, a team is a lock only if I believe it would still make the NCAA Tournament even if it lost all of its remaining games. That is a more strict definition than is widely used.

Also, this page will also show the teams closest to the cut line in my most recent bracket. Those are the last four teams in, the first four out and the next four out. Those groups also appear on the Bracketology page except for the next four out.

The bubble is pretty fluid, with teams moving in and out as the season goes on. 

We start out bubble season with two “double bubble” games, including a matchup of home court heroes in the Big Ten. For the others, there are games they must not lose.

Here are the bubble teams in action Wednesday. All times Eastern

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

Wednesday’s ‘Double bubble’ games

Nebraska at Northwestern

9 p.m. | Big Ten Network,  fuboTV (Try for free) 

Georgia at Mississippi State

9 p.m. | SEC Network,  fuboTV (Try for free) 

Other bubble teams in action Wednesday

NCAA Tournament locks

Locks based on resume: 3 | Bids secured: 0 | At-large spots remaining: 29

ACC

0

Big East

1

UConn

Big Ten

1

Purdue

Big 12

1

Houston

Pac-12

0

SEC

0

American

0

Others

0

Near the cut line

Note – all references to NCAA tournament selection records and trends based on NET rankings excludes the 2021 tournament. Due to shortened schedules and a relatively small number of non-conference games, those rankings are not reliable enough to be considered.





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