Well, Cal had a shot against Arizona. The Bears, who came in on a five-game win streak, were right in it the whole way but just couldn't finish the job for what would've been a major win in the NCAA Tournament committee's eyes. So on the bubble the Bears stay.

How did other bubble teams fare on Saturday? Let's see how the results might factor into the field of 68 for the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday's games involving bubble teams

Duke 64, Clemson 62

Clemson caught Duke at a great time, just two days after their best performance and biggest win of the season. It wasn't enough though as the Tigers fell to 13-11 on the season and off the bubble for now.

Georgia Tech 65, Boston College 54

The Yellow Jackets had to have this. This is the kind of game that makes NCAA Tournament teams. Georgia Tech is up to 14-10 now. Four games above .500 is the bare minimum to get into the tournament, historically speaking. Tech still has work to do.

Wake Forest 88, NC State 58

NC State, like Washington, has a superstar player (Dennis Smith) but can't find ways to win with him. Even with that, Saturday's performance by Wake Forest was impressive, dominating this game wire-to-wire. The Demon Deacons still need a few quality wins, but this was important also.

Georgia 76, Tennessee 75

Tennessee really put itself in a tough spot losing at home to the Bulldogs. The Vols needed to string wins together, and it is a lot tougher to do that when you lose at home to teams that are not tournament contenders. Georgia isn't a bad team and this isn't a bad loss in the tournament resume sense, but it is for Tennessee's circumstance. The Vols are now 13-11 and join Clemson on the bubble waiting list.

Pittsburgh 80, Syracuse 75

Syracuse has had a tough time winning away from the Carrier Dome, but had won two straight on the road before Saturday's game at Pitt. This is a tough loss for the Orange because they have such a tough schedule remaining.

Louisville 71, Miami 66

The biggest thing missing from Miami's tournament profile is a quality win away from home. That is still true after a good performance at Louisville, but one that was not quite good enough.

Baylor 70, TCU 52

TCU is the lone Big 12 bubble team that has yet to beat one of the league's top three teams. The Horned Frogs are still looking for that one big win. There are still a couple of chances though. They have a tough schedule left.

Iowa State 80, Oklahoma 64

Iowa State didn't need any Hilton magic to take down the Sooners, who are having a difficult season coming off of last year's Final Four. The Cyclones might need that magic later. They have a tough schedule left with games against a couple of fellow bubblers and a two of the top three.

Oklahoma State 84, Texas 71

The Cowboys avenged their one bad loss this season by downing Texas in Stillwater. OSU has three tough road games left and Kansas at home, so there is more work to do.

Kansas 80, Texas Tech 79

The Red Raiders were so close. They had Kansas right where they wanted them. Frank Mason had fouled out. They had no answer for Josh Jackson though and the chance went wanting. The Red Raiders can't really be considered a bubble team at this point with their negatives. Not enough quality wins and a very poor nonconference schedule won't get it done.

West Virginia 85, Kansas State 66

The Wildcats are still looking to add to their total of three top 100 wins. They have now lost five out of six, but have a relatively favorable schedule ahead that they must take advantage of.

Georgetown 80, Marquette 62

The Golden Eagles lost for the fourth time in the five games since the big win over Villanova and their tournament chances are on life support. They fell to 7-10 against the top 200 teams in the RPI, which will not get them in the field. They have a couple home games coming up that are now must win.

Providence 71, Butler 65

Providence has little margin for error, but beating the freshly minted top 16 Bulldogs was a good start to what has to be a hot finish if the Friars are to end up in the field.

St. John's 78, Seton Hall 70

The Pirates had a chance to build some nice momentum going into what will almost certainly be the decisive part of their season, but they blew it. Their next three games are at home against Creighton, Villanova and Xavier. It's make or break time.

Maryland 86, Ohio State 77

Ohio State was the last team in the current bracket, but will likely fall out after a loss at Maryland. The Buckeyes were competitive, but moral victories do not show up on a tournament resume. It is too early to give up on them entirely, but they will need a strong finish

Michigan State 77, Iowa 66

You know it is desperation time when games like this are must win, but it was and the Spartans did. They will have more games like that because MSU is just 15-10 overall after this win.

Arizona 62, Cal 57

Cal put up a pretty good fight in the desert, but came up short. The loss ends a five-game winning streak for the Bears, who are still looking for one of those higher quality wins -- the kind that could take them off the bubble in a good way.

Utah 85, Washington 61

Utah took care of business against a moribund Washington squad. Despite the presence of Markelle Fultz, losing to Washington would have been a bad loss. Utah has a big chance coming at Oregon next.

Kentucky 67, Alabama 58

Alabama is on the fringe of the bubble, and the loss to Kentucky doesn't change that, but the Tide's lot in life is more precarious. They have six games left, and all of them are winnable, even though some are on the road. They do not have to win them all, but they do have to win most.

Arkansas 78, LSU 70

The Hogs managed to avoid an embarrassing loss by defeating LSU. Arkansas now has a chance to get back in the hunt when it travels to South Carolina next.

Mississippi 90, Auburn 84

Auburn is living off of a win at TCU. That is not enough sustenance to make the NCAA tournament. Ole Miss completed the season sweep of the Tigers. Auburn has Florida at home next. It will be hard, but not impossible, to make the tournament without a win over the Gators.

Houston 73, Tulsa 64

The Cougars have a win over Rhode Island and will likely need to beat either SMU or Cincinnati to have a realistic shot at an at-large bid. In the meantime, they need to avoid bad losses, and they did that here.

VCU 74, Davidson 60

VCU didn't need any 0.4 second drama this time. The Rams handled Davidson comfortably at home, which they needed to do. The win keeps VCU even with Dayton atop the Atlantic 10 standings.


These last three games are all ones being played by leaders of smaller conferences (in bold) where a bad loss would knock them off the bubble.

Elon 77, UNC Wilmington 76 (Colonial)

Middle Tennessee 70, Charlotte 55 (Conference USA)

Illinois State 64, Bradley 50 (MVC)

Friday's game

Dayton 75 at Rhode Island 74

The Flyers completed the season sweep of the Rams to move a half game ahead of VCU in the Atlantic 10 race. That sweep is the best win of the season for Dayton, and URI may not make the tournament, so Dayton cannot feel too comfortable with its position yet.

Rhode Island, on the other hand, is still in some trouble. The Rams have a win over Cincinnati, which is what is keeping them in the conversation at all. They may need to win out though to feel any comfort on selection Sunday. That would include a win over the other Rams -- VCU.