Bubble Games to Watch: February 21
Wednesday had a monumental game with North Carolina heading to Cameron Indoor to play Duke. That being said, we had a bunch of bubble teams in action where we saw Florida greatly help themselves with a win at LSU as did Providence by sweeping St. John’s. Meanwhile Seton Hall hurt themselves losing to a poor Xavier team at home despite finishing on a 17-2 run.
7 Michigan at Minnesota 6pm CT ESPN
The Gophers are fresh off a blowout win over struggling Indiana. They welcome #7 Michigan to The Barn with a chance to seal up an at-large bid. The Wolverines have lost 2 of their last 3 road games (Iowa and Penn State). In their first meeting, Michigan won by just 2 in a low scoring affair. Expect Jordan Murphy to be a big factor against Michigan’s weaker interior.
UCF at Cincinnati 6pm CT ESPN 2
Personally, I think Cincinnati is safe and don’t really understand how UCF is on the bubble. Their best win is (maybe) Temple or Alabama and they have a loss to Florida Atlantic. Their resume is very meh, but that’s the 2019 Bubble. UCF could use a Quad 1 win and this is it. Cincinnati has a chance to pad their resume and build a stronger profile for the selection committee.
San Francisco at BYU 8pm CT
Somehow, someway the Dons are still alive in the NCAA Tournament race. Frankie Ferrari is one of the best names in College Basketball and he’s a talented guard to boot. Per Bracket Matrix, USF is a “Next Four Out” team and I actually think that is a good spot for them. They hold wins over Harvard, St. Mary’s, and Stanford. The trouble is losses to UC-Santa Barbara and San Diego and not taking advantage of their chances for big wins over Gonzaga (twice) and Buffalo. BYU wouldn’t be a Quad 1 win but it would help.
St. Mary’s at Pacific 9pm CT
The Gaels are used to be in this area, but typically they have a better team and record and no one will give them the time of day. This year is different. St. Mary’s has a bunch of missed opportunities, like San Francisco above but to a larger extent, and this game against Pacific will only hurt.