Northwestern is off the bubble -- for now -- after coming from behind late to beat top-ranked Purdue on Sunday. The Wildcats are flying under the radar in part because they are Northwestern and in part because they have a few so-so home losses. However, they also have wins at Indiana and Michigan State and beat Illinois at home.
Monday's Bubble Watch is a light but important slate. North Carolina won't get an opportunity for a Quad 1 win vs. Miami -- the Hurricanes rank No. 34 in the NET, and the Tar Heels get them at home -- but there are some late-season chances for last year's runner up to finish strong.
Later in the evening, West Virginia continues a tough road trip in Texas with a matchup against a top-10 Baylor squad. The Big 12 is the toughest conference in college hoops, and the Mountaineers need a few more wins in conference play before it it can feel good about its tournament chances.
NCAA Tournament locks
Locks based on résumé: 8 | Bids secured: 0 | At-large spots remaining: 31
On the cut line
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Bubble teams in action Monday
|vs. No. 15 Miami, 7 p.m. | ESPN , fuboTV (Try for free): North Carolina won this weekend, but dropped to 0-8 against the first quadrant after Ohio State finally lost enough games to drop out of that group. No team has received an at-large bid after going winless against Quad 1 since Georgia went 0-5 against such teams in 2015, and that Bulldogs team had the most Quad 1 losses without a win for an at-large team since Oklahoma got a bid in 1998 with an 0-6 record against Quad 1 teams. The Tar Heels have a couple of Quad 1 opportunities left, but this is not one of them.|
|at No. 9 Baylor, 9 p.m. | ESPN2, fuboTV (Try for free): The Mountaineers got annihilated at Texas on Saturday to drop to 15-10 overall and 9-10 against the top three quadrants. A win at Baylor would be a big lift. It is never easy in the Big 12, but West Virginia gets a home-friendly schedule after this.|
All references to NCAA tournament selection records and trends refer only to tournaments going back to 1994 with the exception of 2021. Due to shortened schedules and a relatively small number of nonconference games in 2021, those rankings were not reliable enough to be considered.