College basketball's regular season, to many, can be a boring process, but the moment we reach the month of March the fun really begins. We've already seen the #1 seed in the Atlantic Sun, Lipscomb, perish at the hands of Kennesaw State, and tonight we have basketball fun surrounding us throughout the country. Kansas and Kansas State are squaring off in Allen Fieldhouse in a battle of possible number one seeds. Duke and Maryland play in a game that will have more white guys on the floor than BYU versus UTAH later tonight, and UGA tries to send Kentucky to its second straight loss.
Thankfully the aforementioned games are a lot more exciting than the usual Big TEN game, and on that note, its time for the BIG TEN bubble watch.
The Big Ten has been as top heavy of a conference this season, and its beginning to look like the big four of MSU, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin are the only teams that want to punch a ticket to the dance.
Minnesota-When Ten Loss Tubby left Lexington, basketball minds around the country questioned the sanity of the Kentucky program for letting the GREAT ORLANDO leave the program. Well, now those same minds are seeing why it was best for Mr. Smith to depart. Tubby has a program in Minnesota that should have been poised to make noise this season, but he has once again underachieved and took a shellacking against Michigan last night. The Golden Gophers now sit at 8-9 in the Big Ten and are going to need a miraculous run through the conference tournament to punch a ticket to the dance.
Illinois-The Fighting Illini came sprinting out of the gate in Big Ten play and appeared poised to make a run to the NCAA tournament, but their sputtering play down the stretch cannot be denied. A subpar strength of schedule and a mediocre RPI will land Bruce Weber's club in the NIT without a strong finish and strong conference tournament.
Should there even be a bubble watch for the best conference in the country? The basketball play within the Big 12 has been fabulous all season long, and with the Cow-Pokes victory over then #1 Kansas Jayhawks, the conference appears to have already punched a strong seven tickets to the dance. Barring an all-out collapse and an early exit by Oklahoma State during the Big 12 tournament, the Big 12 can feel comfortable in sending a strong seven teams to the tournament. Including a struggling Texas team whom is dropping like a rock, but will still prove to be a tough opponent for a 1 or 2 seed in the second round.
Pac-10 and SEC Bubble Watch tomorrow!