NCAA tournament bubble teams needed to find a lot of success this week. As the field for the 2014 NCAA Tournament shrinks, several bubble teams might have seen those hopes burst in postseason conference play. On Thursday afternoon (March 13), California lost to Colorado in the second round of the Pac-12 tournament. It dropped the team to 19-13 on the season and might just have taken them out of the potential field for the big dance.
Many college basketball analysts felt that the team might need two more wins to get an invite from the selection committee. The Colorado Buffaloes are heading in the opposite direction, likely getting themselves off the bubble and into the field by improving to 23-10 on the season. In the latest Bracketology report from ESPN, California joins Florida State, Arkansas and Minnesota as the "first four out" when it comes to setting up the field. The "next four out" are denoted as Southern Mississippi, Missouri, St. John's, and Green Bay.
As for the NCAA tournament bubble teams that remain on the hot seat, Stanford, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Xavier are schools hoping for good news on Selection Sunday (March 16). The "last four in" according to ESPN are now Saint Joseph's, Dayton, Brigham Young, and Providence. BYU just lost in the WCC championship game to Gonzaga, but the team has played well enough this season to sneak into the field still.
When it comes to teams that have seen their stock drop this week, some worth mentioning are George Washington, Massachusetts, Iowa State, and Connecticut. What will be very interesting to see is what the NCAA Selection Committee does with a school like Oklahoma State when it comes to the seeding. They were just eliminated in the Big 12 tournament by Kansas, but have the talent that no other school wants to play in the first or second round.