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College Basketball Bubble Watch

CBSSports.com bracketologist Jerry Palm assesses the résumés of teams that may be sweating it out until Selection Sunday. For more from Jerry Palm, check him out on Twitter: @jppalmCBS | Palm's Bracketology updates

  • Florida
    (16-9, 7-5, 5th SEC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.6111/24 | SOS/Rank: 0.5926/12
    Florida logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-5 1-1 4-1 7-1 3-0
    Outlook
    The win over West Virginia was enormous for the Gators. Other than that, they have a few wins over other teams on this list, but that's about it. Florida has a poor record against better teams, but only one bad loss (at Tennessee). It's hard to resume build in the SEC, but the Gators still have games at South Carolina and home vs Kentucky. A big home game with Alabama comes first.
    California
    (17-8, 7-5, 6th PAC12 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.6021/31 | SOS/Rank: 0.5862/19
    California logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 2-3 2-3 5-1 3-1 4-0
    Outlook
    Cal is a home court hero. The Bears' only win away from home all season came at Wyoming. At some point, they will have to prove they can win outside of Berkeley. They still have the Washington and Arizona road trips before the Pac-12 tournament.
    Oregon State
    (15-9, 6-7, 8th PAC12 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5959/32 | SOS/Rank: 0.5945/9
    Oregon State logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 3-2 3-3 2-3 2-0 4-0
    Outlook
    The Beavers are the definition of hit-and-miss. They are 6-5 against the top 50 of the RPI, with all five wins coming at home, and 8-8 vs the top 100. Most recently, OSU beat Utah and Colorado at home, ending a stretch where they lost 6 of 8. They are going to have to show they can beat good teams on the road. Their next two games give them a chance - at Cal and Oregon.
    Florida State
    (16-8, 6-6, 10th ACC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5878/43 | SOS/Rank: 0.5573/62
    Florida State logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 2-3 0-3 3-2 6-0 5-0
    Outlook
    We welcome Florida State to the bubble after a loss at Syracuse dropped the Seminoles record against the top 50 to 2-6. They get to play some good teams at home down the stretch and it would behoove them to take advantage of that.
    Butler
    (17-8, 6-7, 7th BIGE ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5777/57 | SOS/Rank: 0.5363/92
    Butler logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-3 0-2 4-2 5-0 7-0
    Outlook
    The Bulldogs started an important stretch of games with a win at Seton Hall. Xavier is next, and not too far off are roadies at Villanova and Georgetown.
    Michigan
    (19-7, 9-4, 4th BIG10 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5765/61 | SOS/Rank: 0.5434/79
    Michigan logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 2-5 0-2 2-0 4-0 9-0
    Outlook
    The Wolverines are just 2-7 vs the top 50 in the RPI and 4-7 vs the top 100. They hope to get Caris LeVert back soon. They need him with some tough games coming up.
  • Saint Joseph's
    (21-4, 10-2, 2nd ATL10 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.6082/27 | SOS/Rank: 0.5464/75
    Saint Joseph's logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-2 1-1 2-1 12-0 5-0
    Outlook
    Saint Joseph's profile is not the strongest, but the win over George Washington helps. It's the Hawk's best of the season and first against at top 50 team. The only potential resume building game left is at home against Dayton.
    Tulsa
    (16-9, 8-5, 6th AAC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5881/42 | SOS/Rank: 0.5659/46
    Tulsa logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-2 2-1 2-4 6-1 5-0
    Outlook
    The Golden Hurricane picked up a huge win at SMU, but they aren't out of the woods. Three of their next four games are against other league contenders, so this is an important stretch of games for them.
    Alabama
    (15-9, 6-6, 9th SEC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5865/46 | SOS/Rank: 0.5868/18
    Alabama logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 3-5 1-0 1-3 5-1 4-0
    Outlook
    Alabama picked up a big win over slumping Texas A&M to add to a decent collection of wins. They're only five games above .500 though, and have a loss to Auburn. The Tide doesn't necessarily need more quality wins, but quantity. Unfortunately, their schedule means they'll have to get both.
    Connecticut
    (18-7, 8-4, 4th AAC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5851/48 | SOS/Rank: 0.5549/67
    Connecticut logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-1 0-2 4-4 6-0 6-0
    Outlook
    UConn is hard to figure out. The Huskies have a couple decent non-conference wins over Texas and Michigan, but can't beat the better teams in the American. They are now 0-4 against Temple, Tulsa and Cincinnati. They also lost to Gonzaga, which is another bubble team.
    George Washington
    (18-7, 7-5, 5th ATL10 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5843/50 | SOS/Rank: 0.5354/93
    George Washington logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-1 0-1 4-1 7-2 6-1
    Outlook
    The Colonials have a few nice wins, including Virginia and Seton Hall, but also a few bad losses. They have pretty much maxed out in that category. GW lost at home to St. Joe's and gets three of their next four on the road.
    Seton Hall
    (17-7, 7-5, 3rd BIGE ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5823/51 | SOS/Rank: 0.5531/69
    Seton Hall logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-3 2-1 6-3 1-0 8-0
    Outlook
    The Pirates have eight top 100 wins, but only two have come against teams in the current bracket. They missed a good opportunity by losing at home to Butler. Seton Hall finishes with four of six on the road, and the home games won't be easy either.
    Temple
    (15-8, 9-3, 2nd AAC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5785/56 | SOS/Rank: 0.5542/68
    Temple logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-2 3-1 2-3 3-2 6-0
    Outlook
    Temple has been a bit schizophrenic this season. They beat SMU, and swept Cincinnati and Connecticut, but also lost to Houston, Memphis and East Carolina. The Owls lead the league at the moment, but the way that conference is going, it's probably temporary.
    Washington
    (15-10, 7-6, 7th PAC12 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5758/62 | SOS/Rank: 0.5794/26
    Washington logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 2-4 1-2 4-2 3-1 5-0
    Outlook
    The Huskies struggled a bit before conference play started, including losses at home to UC Santa Barbara and Oakland. They are in a part of their schedule that could make or break them - the Utah/Colorado and Oregon road trips sandwiched around the Bay Area teams at home. It started with a loss at Utah.
    Gonzaga
    (20-5, 12-2, 1st WCC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5773/60 | SOS/Rank: 0.5169/124
    Gonzaga logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-1 1-1 1-3 5-0 12-0
    Outlook
    Gonzaga has been to 17 straight NCAA tournaments, but that streak is in danger. The Zags are only 2-5 against top 100 RPI teams. Those wins came on neutral courts against UConn and Washington. They don't have a bad loss, and that helps, but there isn't a lot to get excited about. They do have a big non-conference game coming up this weekend at SMU.
    Cincinnati
    (19-7, 9-4, 3rd AAC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5729/66 | SOS/Rank: 0.5296/104
    Cincinnati logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-3 3-0 2-3 4-1 9-0
    Outlook
    Cincinnati has a few wins over other teams on this list, and that could serve the Bearcats well if they're still on this list themselves at the end of the season. Losing at Memphis and getting swept by Temple hurts though. The Memphis loss started a stretch of five games out of seven on the road.
  • Texas Tech
    (15-9, 5-7, 7th BIG12 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5875/44 | SOS/Rank: 0.6001/5
    Texas Tech logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 2-6 1-1 2-1 6-1 3-0
    Outlook
    Texas Tech got a huge win over Iowa State. They still have a bad record against better teams and are a home court hero, but that's a big step in the right direction.
    VCU
    (18-7, 10-2, 2nd ATL10 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5790/55 | SOS/Rank: 0.5448/77
    VCU logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 0-1 2-2 2-3 8-1 5-0
    Outlook
    It used to be that one of the best things about VCU's profile was that they had no bad losses. Can't say that any more. The Rams lost at UMass and will be hard pressed to make up for that. There are still games at GW and Dayton ahead though.
    Wisconsin
    (16-9, 8-4, 5th BIG10 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5776/59 | SOS/Rank: 0.5881/16
    Wisconsin logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-3 2-1 4-2 5-2 3-1
    Outlook
    The non-conference portion of Wisconsin's season was pretty much a disaster, despite wins over two teams on this list. The Badgers lost at home, where they used to be invincible, to Marquette, Milwaukee and Western Illinois. That's a lot to make up for. This is kind of like Purdue last year, which needed a strong performance in the Big Ten to make up for the sins of non-conference play. That's the map to the tournament for Wisconsin too.
    Kansas State
    (14-10, 3-8, 8th BIG12 ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5777/58 | SOS/Rank: 0.5963/8
    Kansas State logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-8 1-2 2-0 4-0 6-0
    Outlook
    The Wildcats picked up a huge win over Oklahoma over the weekend to move to 2-10 vs the top 50. That's almost never good enough to get in, so there's more work to do for K-State. Fortunately for them, there are still plenty of chances to improve on that.
    Georgia
    (14-9, 7-5, 6th SEC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5655/74 | SOS/Rank: 0.5792/27
    Georgia logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-3 0-2 2-4 7-0 3-0
    Outlook
    The Bulldogs haven't been good away from home or against better teams. They only have three top 100 wins, all at home, and the only one of note is against South Carolina. Four of their next six are on the road, so there is a chance to prove themselves.
    LSU
    (16-9, 9-3, 2nd SEC ) | RPI/Rank: 0.5618/78 | SOS/Rank: 0.5512/71
    LSU logo Opponent's CBSSports.com RPI Rank No. 1-25 No. 26-50 No. 51-100 No. 101-200 No. 201+
    W-L Record vs. Ranked Teams 1-4 1-0 3-2 5-3 5-0
    Outlook
    LSU is a team everyone is watching because they have a potential No. 1 NBA draft pick in Ben Simmons. The problem is, they aren't doing much with him. LSU has a home win over Kentucky, and without it, we'd be talking about a team on the NIT bubble, not the NCAA one. Despite all that, the Tigers are tied for first in the SEC, which says more about the SEC than LSU.
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