published Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Breakdown of NCAA tournament bubble teams

BUBBLE BREAKDOWN

The tournaments heat up today in the major conferences, and NCAA tournament bubble teams will have their own business to which to tend, but those teams fighting for at-large berths likely will have an eye on what's going on elsewhere.

While bubble team such as St. Mary's (27-6 with one top-50 win and four top-100 wins) and Middle Tennessee State (28-5 with zero top-50 wins and one top-100 win) must sit and wait for Selection Sunday, these nine teams still can opportunities to improve their tournament profiles.

ALABAMA (19-11)

RPI: 63 SOS: 88

vs. Top 50: 1-4 vs. Top 100: 7-6

Best win: Kentucky (50) Worst loss: at Auburn (244)

Who's next: Tennessee or Mississippi State, Friday at 3:30.

BAYLOR (18-13)

RPI: 64 SOS: 26

vs. Top 50: 5-10 vs. Top 100: 7-10

Best win: vs. Kansas (8) Worst loss: Northwestern (164)

Who's next: Oklahoma State, tonight at 9:30.

BOISE STATE (21-9)

RPI: 37 SOS: 50

vs. Top 50: 4-6 vs. Top 100: 8-7

Best win: Colorado State (15) Worst loss: at Utah (174)

Who's next: San Diego State, late Wednesday.

IOWA STATE (21-10)

RPI: 47 SOS: 65

vs. Top 50: 3-7 vs. Top 100: 7-8

Best win: Kansas State (20) Worst loss: at Texas Tech (230)

Who's next: Oklahoma, today at 12:30.

KENTUCKY (21-10)

RPI: 50 SOS: 60

vs. Top 50: 2-4 vs. Top 100: 7-9

Best win: Florida (7) Worst loss: at Georgia (126)

Who's next: Arkansas or Vanderbilt, Friday at 7:30.

OLE MISS (23-8)

RPI: 56 SOS: 130

vs. Top 50: 1-4 vs. Top 100: 7-6

Best win: Missouri (34) Worst loss: at Mississippi State (232)

Who's next: Missouri or Texas A&M, Friday at 10 p.m.

LA SALLE (21-8)

RPI: 41 SOS: 81

vs. Top 50: 2-3 vs. Top 100: 6-7

Best win: Butler (21) Worst loss: Central Connecticut State (199)

Who's next: Butler or Dayton, Friday at 2:30.

TENNESSEE (19-11)

RPI: 55 SOS: 41

vs. Top 50: 4-4 vs. Top 100: 9-9

Best win: Florida (7) Worst loss: Georgia (126) twice

Who's next: South Carolina or Mississippi State, today at 3:30.

VILLANOVA (20-12)

RPI: 53 SOS: 21

vs. Top 50: 5-7 vs. Top 100: 7-10

Best win: Louisville (3) Worst loss: Columbia (272)

Who's next: Louisville, tonight at 7 p.m.

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