Bracketology Bubble Watch: Tracking the teams on the NCAA Tournament cut line playing in conference tournament games

Almost every team on the bubble that hasn't already lost in its conference tournament is in action Thursday. Big games are everywhere.

In an important "double-bubble" game Wednesday Clemson lost to NC State 59-58 in the first round of the ACC Tournament. After blowing a 16-point halftime lead there is not much hope left for the Tigers to make the tournament now. The Wolfpack still has work to do and the opportunity to do it. They will get a shot at Virginia next.

TCU, the other bubble team in action Wednesday beat Oklahoma State 73-70 in the frst round of the Big 12 Tournament 73-70. The Horned Frogs also blew a big lead late, but was able to salvage a victory in the end. With no more chances for damaging losses, TCU should be safely in the field now.

Bubble teams in action Thursday
1

Status before Thursday's game: First four out

Thursday's result: Lost to Ohio State 79-75 in Big Ten second round

2

Status before Thursday's game: No. 11 seed

Thursday's result: Defeated Indiana 79-75 in Big Ten second round

3

Status before Thursday's game: Out

Thursday's result: Lost to Virginia 76-56 in ACC Tournament quarterfinals

4

Status before Thursday's game: First four out

Thursday's result: Defeated Arkansas 66-50 in SEC Tournament second round

5

Status before Thursday's game: No. 12 seed

Thursday's result: Lost to Xavier 63-61 in Big East Tournament quarterfinals

6

Status before Thursday's game: No. 10 seed as projected Pac-12 Tournament champion

Thursday's result: Defeated USC 78-75 in Pac-12 quarterfinals

7

vs. Mississippi, 7 p.m. in SEC Tournament second round -- SEC Network

The Crimson Tide comes in somewhere between Florida and Alabama in the world of 17-14 teams. They have a couple of nice wins at home over Kentucky and Mississippi State, but have been pretty bad against the better teams they have played otherwise. They have a draw that can help, if they can somehow win a couple of games.

8

vs. UCLA, 9 p.m. in Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals -- Pac-12 Network and streaming on fuboTV

The Sun Devils are the one power conference team suffering at the hands of the NET. The have done reasonably well against the top two quadrants, but have four bad losses, more than any other team under consideration. A loss to the Bruins would be a fifth.

9

vs. Georgetown, 9:30 p.m. in Big East Tournament quarterfinals -- FS1 and streaming on fuboTV

The Pirates finished strong, with home wins over the top two teams in the Big East, Villanova and Marquette. It would not be a good idea to give some of that back here.

10

vs. Seton Hall, 9:30 p.m. in Big East Tournament quarterfinals -- FS1 and streaming on fuboTV

Georgetown still has an outside shot to get in, but more likely needs to win the conference tournament.

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