Daily Bubble Tracker: Syracuse comes up short vs. Louisville

Monday was a quiet night for teams on the bubble, but it was one of missed opportunity for Syracuse, which entered the game with a very tenuous grasp on a First Four bid.

Monday's games involving bubble teams

Louisville 76 Syracuse 72 (OT)

The Orange were so close to getting a huge win to add to their shaky tournament resume. Syracuse fell to 16-11 overall and still has a difficult schedule remaining, including a return trip to Louisville. The Orange will have to win at least three of their final four games to avoid finishing with 14 losses. That number is one teams want to avoid. Teams rarely get in the field with that many losses.

UT Arlington 71 Little Rock 55

UT Arlington struggled early with Little Rock but pulled away late for a comfortable win. The Mavericks have the best win of the potential non-major at-large teams, which is their victory at St. Mary's. They cannot realistically afford any more bad losses in league play, though.

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