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College basketball's NCAA tournament bracket projections: Bubble teams

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports updated his latest projected NCAA tournament bracket on Thursday. Only one team played their way into the tournament, however, we had a look at the many bubble teams from the power conferences last night.

Top teams advance to quarterfinals in PAC 12 tourney
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The Cardinal beat Washington State
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Gonzaga wins WCC and jumps to No. 11 seed in NCAA tournament.

American upset Boston U. in the Patriot League to earn the conference title and automatic bid. The Eagles finished the season with a (20-12) record and Jerry Palm has them projected as a No. 15 seed. Currently, American is slotted to play Syracuse in these current projections.

North Carolina Central won their 18th straight game and moved up to a No. 14 seed on Thursday. Even with a (26-5) record, the Eagles must win the conference championship to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament.

Bubble Teams


All the bubble teams in the PAC-12 won on Wednesday. Still they have work to do in the PAC-12 tournament.

Utah earned their 21st victory of the season. However, the Utes still have a lot of work to do. They have a huge chance to catch attention with a game against Arizona. Win and they have a chance, if not, look for Utah in the NIT.

Colorado also had a must win game and came away with a three point win over USC. They face California in another huge quarterfinal match up.

Oregon won their 8th straight game and they look to be a lock into the NCAA tournament. The Ducks face UCLA during the night session.

Stanford also won their game, and they face Arizona State in the late game.

All of these teams have at least 20 wins except for California. Six of the teams were separated by one game in the conference standings, with five tied at a (10-8) record.

Big 12

Oklahoma State and Baylor both came away with victories in the first round. The Cowboys take on Kansas Thursday afternoon, while Baylor faces Oklahoma to start the night session.

Bubble Burst

The Georgetown Hoyas loss to last place Depaul in MSG. It looks like they squandered their only opportunity to earn an NCAA bid.

There will be plenty of games starting at noon on Thursday.


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