It is last call for teams on the bubble. One more loss and their opportunities to improve their tournament resumes are gone.
There is a misconception that conference tournament games have special importance to the selection committee. They do not. They are just one more game on a team's schedule. However, one thing that makes them especially helpful is that they are played on neutral courts, so the results are away from home. That slightly helps mitigate the sting of a loss and improves the quality of a win.
There are several bubble teams in action in conference tournaments this week, but only two will take the floor Wednesday. One can play their way out of the field, and one can play their way in.
Here are the "Last Four In" and "First Four Out" teams followed by the bubble teams in action Wednesday. All times Eastern
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Check out all the teams on Palm's Bubble Watch, the field of the 68 and the entire bracket on the Bracketology hub
Other bubble teams in action
|vs. Boston College in ACC Tournament, 2:30 p.m. | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) -- This is an elimination game for the Demon Deacons. This would be a second Quad 3 loss -- one too many for a resume as soft as Wake Forest's. The goal is to get to tomorrow and another shot at Miami, a team that beat the Demon Deacons twice this season.|
|vs. Butler in Big East Tournament, 4:30 p.m. | FS1, fuboTV (Try for free) -- The Musketeers are fortunate that the committee no longer considers how a team is playing late in the season because Xavier would be doomed. They had lost seven of their last eight games prior to beating Georgetown on the final day of the regular season. A win over the Bulldogs and Xavier will be in the field. A loss means a nervous Selection Sunday, and possibly a game up the road in Dayton.|