by Jerry Palm
It's another big day for teams on the bubble and many fates may be decided. Still, it's important not to overreact to one game, and also to keep in mind that you can't analyze one team in a vacuum. All of these teams are to some degree dependent on what other teams do.
Boston College plays Clemson in the ACC is what many are incorrectly calling a play-in game. The winner helps themselves and the loser hurts themselves, but it will still be possible for either or both teams to make the field or miss.
Virginia Tech may not have to beat Florida State to get in, but a neutral court win over a sure tournament team would really help their cause.
Michigan State, Penn State, Colorado and New Mexico all have a chance to knock off highly-rated teams and give themselves the kind of win that might separate themselves from other teams in contention for spots in the field.
In the SEC, Georgia plays Alabama in another proclaimed "play-in game" that isn't. Georgia can still make the tournament with a loss, but neither team is guaranteed anything with a win.