Bubble Games to Watch: February 19
For the first time ever, LMBF will be releasing a weekly bracket leading up to the NCAA Tournament along with our bubble watch. But to aid all of that, we are bringing back the daily bubble games to watch. As was the case last season, there will be daily games for die hards and those who only tune in during February and March to watch to get up to speed on the potential late additions to the Field of 68.
Dayton at Davidson 5pm CT CBSSN
Believe it or not, Davidson is on the bubble. No, Steph Curry did not go back to school, the bubble is extraordinarily weak this season and is giving small-to-mid-major programs a chance at coveted at-large bids. The Wildcats come in at 19-6 (10-2) which is good enough for 1st in the A-10 and have a NET rankings of 67. While Dayton isn’t a Quadrant 1 opportunity, they do provide a good test and a chance to beat one of the better teams in the conference.
15 Purdue at Indiana 6pm CT ESPN 2
The Hoosiers are reeling. They’ve lost 10 of their last 11 and look like a shell of themselves. The offense is non-existent right now, especially from 3-point range as IU is shooting an abysmal 31.9%. It starts with Romeo Langford, he is the best player on this Indiana team and they need to get him going early. Obviously in this game, the key is containing Carsen Edwards, but the defensive end hasn’t really been much of an issue this season.
Nebraska at Penn State 6pm CT FS1
Thanks to one of the weakest bubbles ever, which I might have mentioned but is worth noting again, Nebraska is still alive. The Cornhuskers have not beaten a team with a winning record in Big Ten play yet this year and are 5-10 to this point. Prior to the back-to-back wins they picked up over Minnesota and Northwestern, they had lost 7 in a row. A loss to Penn State will end the NCAA Tournament bid for sure and the Nittany Lions are a dangerous team at home, just ask Virginia Tech and Michigan.
Rhode Island at VCU 7pm CT CBSSN
VCU is looking for their 20th win of the year against a bad Rhode Island team. This loss would only hurt the Rams and their at-large chances. As of now, they look to be in the field and away from “Last Four In” territory. This VCU team plays some of the best defense in America but they really struggle offensively.
16 Florida State at Clemson 8pm CT ESPNU
Clemson has been incredibly up and down this season. They’ve had numerous chances to win big games and put themselves into a good position on Selection Sunday, and then this past week happens where they lost at Miami and manage to out-stupid Louisville in the final minutes to lose a game no one wanted to win. The Noles won the first meeting and have been playing really well of late, this could spell disaster for Clemson in one of their last chances to grab a quad 1 win.
Alabama at Texas A&M 8pm CT SECN
Alabama has had chances, like Clemson above, to help themselves and have failed to capitalize. They’ve lost 3 of their last 5 and all the losses were by double digits. This team does own a win over Kentucky, Ole Miss and Mississippi State (when they were ranked), but they also have losses to Georgia State and Northeastern. This game would only hurt.