Bubble Games of the Week, Part 1: February 14th – 20th

I’ll now be breaking the weeks in half. The first half is all games through Friday night, the second half includes Saturday and Sunday. Here is the first half:

#1 Kansas @ Kansas State – 9PM ESPN – Kansas State safe-ish for now (10/11 seed) since the field is watered down. Win against Kansas would basically seal a bid.

George Mason @ VCU – 7PM ESPNU – George Mason has been atop the CAA for a month and probably makes the field of 68 as an at-large. VCU still has work to do.
Maryland @ Virginia Tech – 8PM ESPN3 – Virginia Tech has been on the right side of the bubble line for quite some time, but their resume is by no means solid.
Michigan State @ #3 Ohio State – 9PM ESPN – Sparty stopped the bleeding with an impressive win over Penn State.
St. John’s @ Marquette – 9PM ESPNU – St. John’s has taken care of business to solidify a bid, Marquette is looking to do the same.

Oklahoma State @ #2 Texas – 9PM ESPN2 – Oklahoma State is struggling to stay afloat.
New Mexico @ #6 San Diego State – 1030PM – New Mexico just lost a must have bubble game against fellow Mountain West bubble team Colorado State. They need to steal one down the stretch against San Diego State / UNLV / BYU.
#16 Louisville @ Cincinnati – 7PM ESPN – The Bearcats’ failure to beat St. John’s despite SJU’s 9 minute FG drought to end the game was a killer. Their at-large chances are getting slimmer by the day.
UAB @ Memphis – 7PM – Big C-USA bubble game. UAB looks to be just OUT, while Memphis is just IN. Outcome also affects C-USA stadings.
UTEP @ Southern Miss – 8PM – Another important game in C-USA. Must have for both, the loser is probably done.
Michigan @ Illinois 830PM BTN – Michigan has just recently emerged on the bubble scene. A big win in Assembly Hall will surely help their case for a bid.

Washington State @ #13 Arizona – 830 FSN – Washington State makes a run at being the 4th team from the Pac-10 in the field of 68.
Richmond @ #25 Temple – 7PM CBSCS – Big game in the Atlantic-10. Very important for Richmond, not many chances for quality wins in the Atlantic-10 this season.
Clemson @ NCState – 7PM ESPN2 – Must win for Clemson. Done if they lose.

VCU @ Wichita State – 7PM ESPN2 – What a week for VCU. Second of two chances at a big win.


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