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After a busy Saturday that saw more near upsets than actual upsets, we have a pretty stable bracket. San Diego State has the highest change in the bracket, moving up to a 3-seed, replacing Duke after its loss to Wake Forest. Kentucky also moved up two lines to a 5-seed after eviscerating Alabama 117-95, though losses for Colorado State and Texas Tech helped, too. 

There are only a couple of bubble games today, both in the Big Ten.  Before we get to that, let's look at some of the winners and losers from Saturday.


Wake Forest has crept into the bracket following a win over Duke. The Demon Deacons could still use a decent win away from home to feel more comfortable. They will play at Virginia Tech on Saturday, and a win there would be their best of the season away from home. 

Colorado beat Utah in a double-bubble game on Saturday, giving the Buffaloes a little more securing entering the home stretch of the season. They have mostly winnable games left, and in their position those are must-wins.

Seton Hall may have put the final nail in Butler's hopes to advance to the NCAA Tournament with a 76-64 win. The Pirates now have games coming up where they can really get the selection committee's attention – at Creighton and at UConn.


Texas fell out after an 86-67 loss at Kansas. That may seem harsh, but the Longhorns are 9-12 against the top three quadrants. No team has ever received an at-large bid three games below .500 against that group. They don't have any easy games left, either, with the possible exception of a visit from Oklahoma State.

Texas A&M got buried by Tennessee 86-51 and is just about done as a potential NCAA Tournament team. In fact, The Aggies are no longer on my bubble. There isn't any reason to believe Texas A&M has what it takes to make the run it would need to get into the NCAA Tournament.

New Mexico used to be a home-court hero, but after taking a Quad 4 loss at home to Air Force, maybe the Lobos are a no-court hero. The loss to the Falcons is their third home loss in their last four games at The Pit. The road win over Nevada is the saving grace on their résumé at the moment.  They finish with games at Boise State and Utah State surrounding a home game with Fresno State.  You have to wonder if New Mexico will win any of them.

Bubble teams in action Sunday

vs. Ohio State, 4 p.m. | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free): Just when you think the Spartans may have things figured out, they lose at home to Iowa. Michigan State has three games left of their four in which they will be favored; Sparty will be fine if they win those. They don't want to be in a position where they have to win at Purdue on Saturday.
vs. Minnesota, 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network, fuboTV (Try for free): The Cornhuskers' biggest problem has been winning away from home, and they can't do anything about that today. Until they can, they need to continue to be the home-court hero that they are. Minnesota has been playing a lot better lately, so Nebraska better beware.

NCAA Tournament locks

Locks based on resume: 14 | Bids secured: 0 | At-large spots remaining: 17




Duke, North Carolina

Big East


UConn, Marquette, Creighton

Big Ten



Big 12


Houston, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas






Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn





Near the cut line

Note – all references to NCAA Tournament selection records and trends based on NET rankings excludes the 2021 tournament. Due to shortened schedules and a relatively small number of non-conference games, those rankings are not reliable enough to be considered.