What happens in most of the multi-bid conference tournaments won't have much bearing on the NCAA Tournament at-large field. Odds are that the winner of the Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Atlantic 10 tournaments would've been at-large selections anyway, so they won't steal a big.

The Mountain West, which figures to get three teams in, also isn't likely to effect the at-large field. Although San Diego State, which has won six of its last seven, could make the MWC a four-bid conference this year if it wins the conference tournament.  

The following three games are very important to any bubble team looking to make the dance. A loss by any of the top seeds in the games below will take a bid away from a deserving bubble team.

West Coast Conference tournament final

Tonight / 9:00 p.m.

Gonzaga (26-5) vs. St. Mary's (25-5): With St. Mary's on the bubble, this game looms large for all programs looking for an at-large bid. A Gonzaga loss means the WCC is guaranteed two teams. A Gonzaga win could mean the end of St. Mary's NCAA hopes. The Bulldogs destroyed St. Mary's in the title game, 83-58, last season.  

MAAC Tournament final

Tonight / 7:00 p.m.

Siena (26-6) vs. Fairfield (22-9): Although Siena may be on the outside looking in, you never know.  A loss to Fairfield, a team the Saints beat twice, would obviously make every BCS and mid-major bubble team sweat. The last timen these two met Siena came away with a 69-67 win.

Horizon Tournament final

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Tuesday / 9:00 p.m.

Butler (27-4) vs. Wright State (20-11):  A loss here would be an extreme blow to any bubble team. Butler has dominated the Horizon Conference. On Tuesday the Bulldogs, who went 14-0 at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season, will host Wright State. No reason to think Butler won't do what everyone expects them to do. Bubble teams need not worry in this one.

CAA Tournament semifinal 

Old Dominion (25-8) vs. William & Mary (22-9): A loss by Old Dominion would definitely take away an at-large selection from a deserving mid-major or BCS team on the bubble. The Monarchs, with non-conference wins over Georgetown and Charlotte, are likely a lock for the tournament. No other CAA team has a strong enough resume for at-large inclusion.