by Jerry Palm
I hate the term, but The Bubble has become accepted vernacular when it comes to bracket projections. Those are the teams that can still go either way in or out of the tournament field. Today, we debut a new page called "Bubble Watch," where I spotlight certain teams on either side of the fence and some others of interest. It will be updated at least every Friday. This week, 11 teams are featured. It does not include every single team on the bubble. Every team from an 8-seed on down is on the bubble as far as I'm concerned, and of course, there are those not in the bracket for now.
Here are some key games to watch this weekend for our bubbly friends.
The ACC: The league has no fewer than six fencesitters -- Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Miami and Virginia Tech. Every time they take the floor against each other, or against either Duke or North Carolina, that's a key game.
Saturday, Maryland is at BC and UNC goes to Clemson, where the Tigers do occassionaly come up with a win against the Heels. On Sunday, Duke is in Miami to face the Canes.
In the A-10 on Sunday, Xavier is at Duquesne with first place in the league on the line. Xavier is looking pretty good for the tournament, but the Dukes might need the conference regular season title to remain an at-large possibility.
Baylor is still trying to recover from a rough start to its season, but a win at Texas on Saturday would heal a lot of those pains.
Two bubblers face off when Old Dominion visits VCU on Saturday hoping to stay in the Colonial race.
Two more go at it in the Big East on Sunday when St. John's goes to Cincinnati. The Bearcats won the first meeting in NYC.
New Mexico and Marquette get chances this weekend to prove they are not just home court heroes. The Lobos are at Colorado State on Saturday, while the Golden Eagles face Georgetown on Sunday.
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