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Weekend Preview: What’s going on with the bubble?


You want to see a list of every game that has bubble implications this weekend? Well, here’s a list of every game that has bubble implications this weekend.

Click here to see our Weekend Preview of the top games.

Sat. Pitt @ UConn, 12 p.m. (ESPN): Here’s my issue with the fact that UConn’s bubble standing dominated discussion this week: it will all be rendered moot if they lose to Pitt at home.

Sat. West Virginia @ South Florida, 12 p.m. (ESPN3): Both WVU and USF are probably sitting in a better position than UConn right now. Both will have a chance to get into the dance if they lose this game. But, frankly, that is not a risk you are going to want to take with the kind of resumes both these teams have.

Sat. George Washington @ Dayton, 12 p.m.: The A-10 looked like they were going to get five teams into the dance as recently as last week. But I still think they will get three or four, but its going to require teams like Dayton to beat a team like GW.

Sat. St. Louis @ Duquesne, 12 p.m.: The Billikens put themselves in very good position with a win over Xavier to help offset their loss to Rhode Island. A loss would hurt, but it wouldn’t be devastating, either.

Sat. Washington @ UCLA, 2 p.m. (CBS): At the point, Washington doesn’t have any margin for error if they want to earn that at-large bid. Would 15-3 in the Pac-12 regular season be enough?

Sat. Cincinnati @ Villanova, 2 p.m. (ESPN): If the tournament started today, Cincinnati is dancing. But its doesn’t start today, which means that the Bearcats need to not lose thanks to their weak non-conference slate.

Sat. Southern Miss @ Marshall, 2 p.m.: Southern Miss is an interesting case. They have really good computer numbers, but their profile doesn’t necessarily have the big wins to back that up. Marshall has struggled of late, but they have talent on their roster.

Sat. St. Bonaventure @ La Salle, 2 p.m.: Yup, its that time of the year where we have to mention St. Bonaventure.

Sat. Charlotte @ Xavier, 2 p.m.: Xavier is probably on the outside looking in right now, which is a shame given how much talent they have. I’m really curious to see whether or not the Muskies have any bounce-back in them.

Sat. Northwestern @ Iowa, 2:30 p.m.: Northwestern still has a puncher’s chance to get in, but it is going to be tough to rebound from that crushing defeat to Ohio State.

Sat. Boston College @ Miami (FL), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3): Miami’s loss to NC State on Wednesday put them in serious jeopardy of missing out on the tournament. Beating BC may not be enough in itself.

Sat. Alabama @ Ole Miss, 4 p.m. (ESPN3): Alabama has all but played their way into the tournament, but it will be interesting to see what they do on the road during a Senior Night. They struggled last night against a bad Auburn team.

Sat. Colorado State @ Air Force, 4 p.m. (MTN): There are no ifs, ands or buts about it: Colorado State has to have this game. They are 0-6 on the road in the league play. Its not so much the win helping, its avoiding another bad loss.

Sat. Arkansas @ Mississippi State, 5 p.m. (ESPN3): Here’s to hoping Mississippi State loses. I’d rather see one of the mid-majors in the dance.

Sat. Seton Hall @ DePaul, 6 p.m. (ESPN3): Like Colorado State, this win won’t help Seton Hall’s cause. But a loss will hurt it.

Sat. Utah @ Oregon, 6 p.m.: Oregon is a longshot, but their win over Colorado on Thursday will help.

Sat. Texas @ No. 3 Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN): Texas HAS to have this game, otherwise they are going to be forced to make a run in the Big 12 tournament. The Longhorns just don’t have enough good wins.

Sun. Virginia @ Maryland, 2 p.m. (ESPN3): Believe it or not, Virginia is actually pretty close to the bubble right now. Don’t force the committee’s hand, UVA.

Sun. Arizona @ Arizona State, 3:30 p.m.: Arizona is a long shot, but if they keep winning, they’ll force the committee to make a decision, which means there’s a chance.

Sun. Cal @ Stanford, 5:30 p.m.: After a great start to the season, Stanford has trailed off. But that doesn’t mean this isn’t a rivalry game. Cal needs to win to keep their hopes alive.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.