Bubble Games of the Week & Bad Loss Alert: March 1st – 6th, Welcome to March!

Its March people. Just when we thought the games couldn’t possibly get anymore important, they most certainly do.

Bubble teams in bold.

Tuesday:
Baylor @ Oklahoma State – 7PM ESPN2 – Baylor is very much in the bubble picture after upsetting Texas A/M for the second time this season. They can’t afford a letdown against an Oklahoma State team that is 12-2 at home.
#1 Ohio State @ Penn State – 9PM BTN – Penn State is also hanging around in the bubble picture (First 4-8 out). A win against the top team in the land on Senior Night would boost their resume, just like it did this past weekend for Virginia Tech.
Boston College @ Virginia Tech – 9PM ESPNU – After losing 6 of their last 9, Boston College is in trouble. A loss here, and they are probably on the outside looking in – for now.

Senior laden Penn State looks to knock off #1 Ohio State on Senior Night.

Wednesday:
UAB @ Southern Miss – 7PM – Two of the three bubble teams in C-USA. UAB looks to hold on to first place while improving their resume with a win. Must win for both.
Cincinnati @ Marquette – 8PM ESPN3 – Marquette and Cincinnati have improved their stocks of late, but the loser might have to watch their back if they don’t finish strong.
Clemson @ #4 Duke – 9PM ESPN – Clemson would be propelled into the thick of things with a win at Cameron Indoor.

Thursday:
UCLA @ Washington – 9PM ESPN2 – The Huskies have lost 5 of 9, including being blown out at home by Washington State this past weekend. As a result, they find themselves on the bubble due to just 2 Top 50 wins.
USC @ Washington St – 10PM – Washington State is just barely in the bubble picture, whereas red hot USC looks to make noise down the stretch. The Trojans have 4 Top 50 wins, including two OOC scalps (Texas, Tennessee) but have lost three games to sub-200 RPI teams (Bradley, TCU, Oregon State) and three more games to sub-100 RPI teams (Rider, Oregon x2).

Friday:
No Games

Virginia Tech is looking to build off their upset of #1 Duke with two bubble wins this week.

Saturday:
#8 Texas @ Baylor – 9PM ESPN – Baylor’s second big game of the week. Texas is reeling, this would be a great opportunity for a Top 25 win.
Colorado State @ #9 San Diego State – 10PM – Colorado State’s bubble will be 100% popped with a loss (would be their fourth in a row). A win leaves them hope of an at-lrage with a Mountain West tournament run
Virginia Tech @ Clemson – Noon EPSN2 – Second big bubble game of the week for both teams. Clemson can’t afford a loss.
Michigan State @ Michigan – 2PM CBS – Michigan is looking to sweep their instate rival and get to .500 (9-9) in the Big Ten. A win would do wonders for their resume while knocking down the Spartans a few pegs.
Nebraska @ Colorado – 9PM – There is no reason why Colorado dispatch of Nebraska on the same court they just beat Texas on.
UCLA @ Washington State – 530PM – Washington State needs all the wins they can get at this point, especially at home.
USC @ Washington – 1030PM – Will be a very interesting game no matter what, but especially intriguing if Washington loses and USC wins earlier in the week.

Sunday:
Penn State @ Minnesota – 1PM BTN – On an otherwise quiet Sunday, the Nittany Lions travel to The Barn to take on reeling Minnesota. No matter what happens when Ohio State travels to Happy Valley on Tuesday, the Nits need this game to boost their road record and Big Ten record.

The follow is a list of games where the bubble team would be in trouble with a loss. A win isn’t noteworthy for Games of the Week, but a loss would be.

Bad Loss Alert:
3/2 Michigan State vs Iowa – 6:30 BTN
3/2 Memphis @ East Carolina – 7PM
3/2 Richmond @ St. Joes – 7PM
3/2 Colorado @ Iowa State – 730PM ESPN3
3/2 LSU @ Georgia – 8PM ESPN3
3/2 Utah @ Colorado State – 9PM

3/4 Marquette @ Seton Hall – 6PM ESPN3
3/4 Tulane @ Memphis – 4PM
3/4 East Carolina @ UAB – 8PM
3/4 Southern Miss @ Tulsa – 8PM

3/5 Wake Forest @ Boston College – Noon

Look out for a short piece on the mid/low-major conference tournaments and which teams could possibly steal at-large bids if they don’t win their conference tournaments.

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