Monday saw two solid teams dip back to the bubble, but Tuesday was terrific for teams near the cutline. All five teams profiled here came out as winners.
Baylor: The Bears likely punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament on Tuesday, taking down Iowa State at home. They have now won six of their last seven to get to 8-9 in the Big 12 and 20-10 overall. It seemed like a longshot when Baylor was 2-8 in the Big 12 -- and it seemed like the Bears might not even get a chance to defend their NIT championship. Now, though, Baylor is in great shape for Selection Sunday. The Bears are 7-8 against the top 50, and Iowa State marks their biggest win yet this season. Throw in good computer numbers and Baylor won't sweat much in a week and a half. They can likely afford a loss to Kansas State and in the Big 12 tournament.
Oregon: The Ducks are in a similar boat to Baylor. They shook off a terrible start to conference play (3-8) and now have some breathing room heading into the final game of the regular season. On Tuesday night, they took down Arizona State to move to 9-8 in the Pac-12 -- their sixth win in a row. After entering last week with just one top-50 win, the Ducks now have three, with a chance to get one more this weekend, when Arizona comes to town. Oregon has a very good RPI, a good record away from home, solid SOS numbers, and just one sub-100 loss. Moreover, the Ducks are 9-7 against the top 100. A loss to the Wildcats in the season finale and then one more in the Pac-12 tournament, and Oregon can still get in. One more win would really lock things up, though.
Georgetown: The Hoyas seem to be a team of debate among bracketologists. They dropped to 16-12 overall after losing three of their last four games, but they bounced back in a major way by beating Creighton on Tuesday night. That now makes Georgetown 5-5 against the top 50, with four wins over sure-fire NCAA Tournament teams. The Hoyas got things done in the non-league, beating Michigan State, VCU and Kansas State, and now they have a marquee Big East victory under their belt too. There's another chance to close the regular-season on a high note this weekend, when Georgetown trips to Villanova. There are some negatives on the resume, though. They have a mediocre RPI, which will likely go up after Tuesday's win, and they have three sub-100 losses. Moreover, a defeat at Nova and then in the Big East tournament would give them 14 losses on the season. That's a high number.
Providence: That's one way to keep your at-large hopes alive. The Friars went to double-overtime with Marquette, coming back in the final seconds to get the win -- and stay squarely in the conversation. That's three straight wins for Providence, after a stretch in which the Friars had lost four of six. The Friars now have a huge chance ahead of them in the season finale, as they travel to Creighton with an opportunity for a resume-boosting win. Providence is an impressive 10-7 in the Big East, and a solid 7-7 away from home. The biggest knock on the Friars is their lack of quality wins, with Creighton and Xavier the lone top-50 wins on the resume. Providence only has one bad loss and is 8-9 against the top 100. Saturday will be huge for the Friars.
Florida State: The Seminoles almost saw their at-large hopes go up in flames at Boston College, but they pulled out a win late and remain alive. The victory puts them above .500 in the ACC, but their optimism heading into the conference tournament will depend on this weekend's game against a struggling Syracuse team. Florida State does host, and could really use the marquee win. The 'Noles have two top-25 wins, over VCU and Massachusetts, but they are just 5-10 against the top 100. A win over the Orange would catapult them to the precipice of the tournament, although there would still be work to be done in the conference tourney.