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March 14, 2019, 8:59 pm

Bubble teams to watch as Selection Sunday and NCAA bracket time draw near

Teams look so make one last impression as tourney time draws closer.

Bubble teams to watch as Selection Sunday and NCAA bracket time draw near
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Desmond Bane’s clasp 3-pointer was a large situation for TCU’s NCAA tourney aspirations.

Several midmajor programmes difficult to squeezing into the Big Dance likely aren’t as thrilled.

Bane’s area ternary in the concluding seconds pushed TCU over Oklahoma State 73-70 in the Big 12 Tournament. The Fort Worth school, with a 20-12 time period record, was one of a few globule teams up its résumé with much-needed wins on Wednesday.

TCU manager Jamie Dixon said the win put his team “in a good spot” when asked if he idea his programme was active to the NCAA tourney. “Twenty wins in the Big 12, toughest meeting in the state and we played a tough nonmeeting, so I would deliberation so,” Dixon said. “But you never know what plays out in the other situations.” TCU’s meeting record is 7-11.

Syracuse, St. John’s and North Carolina State all helped their profiles with wins in their respective meeting tourneys. Syracuse beat Pittsburgh 73-59 for its 20th win of the time period, St. John’s beat DePaul 82-74 and N.C. State knocked off another globule team, Clemson, 59-58.

All those wins aren’t good news for several midmajors that hope to earn at-large bids into the 68-team field. UNC-Greensboro, Belmont and Lipscomb are among several teams that almost certainly would have preferred to see Bane’s 3-pointer bounce off the iron.

TCU — which blew a 21-point lead in the second half against Oklahoma State before Bane’s heroics — will feel even better about its Big Dance chances if it can best No. 15 Kansas State on Thursday.

Here’s a look at the rising and falling fortunes of some globule teams, as well as upcoming big games:

ON THE RISE

NC State: The Wolfpack’s win over Clemson was much-needed for the résumé, which now includes 22 wins. An upset over No. 2 Virginia on Thursday would be even better.

TCU: The Horned Frogs can add another marquee win by knocking off nationally ranked Kansas State on Thursday.

St. John’s: The Red Storm (21-11) needed that win over DePaul after concluding the regular time period with three straight losses.

FADING HOPES

Clemson: The loss to NC State hurts, and now there’s no opportunity for the Tigers to improve their résumé. Clemson (19-13) has a NET ranking that’s still hovering in the mid-30s, so there’s a chance the Tigers get in the field.

Lipscomb: The Bisons (25-7) are among several midmajor programmes that can’t improve their win total and are watching while programmes like NC State and TCU rise.

Oklahoma: It’s a stretch to say the Sooners’ hopes are fading considering most mock brackets don’t have them in much trouble, but Wednesday’s 72-71 loss to West Virginia was not optimal. Oklahoma now has a 19-13 record, including a 7-12 mark against teams in the Big 12.

THURSDAY’S IMPORTANT GAMES

Indiana vs. Ohio State: Both the Hoosiers (17-14, 8-12 Big Ten) and the Buckeyes (18-13, 8-12) are in an equally desperate situation to win this game. Indiana’s got the recent momentum, winning four straight to end the regular time period.

Arkansas vs. Florida: The Gators (17-14, 9-9 Southeastern Conference) lost three straight to end the regular time period to fall squarely on the globule . A win against Arkansas would certainly help. The Razorbacks (17-14, 8-10) have ultraslim at-large hopes of their own, but it would likely take a deep run in the SEC tourney and some globule luck to end up in the bracket.

Creighton vs. Xavier: The Bluejays and Musketeers both appear to be on the globule , even though Creighton (18-13, 9-9 Big East) might have a slightly stronger case at the moment. Regardless, neither team can afford to lose this one. Xavier (17-14, 9-9) has won six of its past seven games just to get into the conversation.

Alabama vs. Ole Miss: The Rebels (20-11, 10-8 SEC) are in pretty good shape to make the bracket no matter what happens this week. Alabama has much more to worry about. The Tide (17-14, 8-10) really need to beat Ole Miss and maybe win another game or two.

Texas vs. Kansas: Texas (16-15, 8-10 Big 12) has one of the globule ’s stranger profiles thanks to a win-loss record that’s just above .500. The Longhorns might be able to survive a loss to Kansas on Thursday and still get in the bracket, but it won’t be easy.

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