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Hoops scoops bubble talk

There are several teams on the brink and a few that were probably pushed over the cliff due to bad performances in their conference tournaments this week.

Already Qualified:

Atlantic Sun: Belmont
Big Sky: Northern Colorado
Big South: UNC Asheville
CAA: Old Dominion
Horizon: Butler
MAAC: St. Peter's
Missouri Valley: Indiana State
Northeast: Long Island
Ohio Valley: Morehead State
Patriot League: Bucknell
Southern: Wofford
Summit: Oakland
Sun Belt: Arkansas-Little Rock
West Coast: Gonzaga

Teams that helped their cause:
Alabama (21-10): Don’t be fooled by the Crimson Tide’s record (21-10, 12-4 SEC), because they have a lot of bad losses –Seton Hall, St. Peter’s, Providence, Iowa– and no quality wins. They needed to beat Georgia on Friday and they did.

Clemson (21-10): The Tigers are probably in after knocking off fellow bubble team Boston College yesterday.

Memphis (24-9): Memphis was in trouble before the Conference USA tourney started. They aren’t any more. Friday’s win over East Carolina probably sealed the deal.

Michigan (20-12): The Wolverines made a bold statement with their 60-55 win over Illinois yesterday.

Michigan State (19-13): The Spartans are in thanks to a win against Purdue today.

Penn State (19-13): It was ugly, but beating Wisconsin, 36-33, really helped Penn State’s chances.

Virginia Tech (21-10): The Hokies’ 52-51 win over Florida State on Friday should be all they need.

See ya later? 

Mississippi State (17-14): Friday's loss to Vanderbilt punched their ticket out.

Boston College (20-12): Friday's 70-47 loss to Clemson certainly didn't help the Eagles' cause.

Illinois (19-13): The Illini's 60-55 loss to Michigan has them on the brink.

Maryland (19-14): Losing to Duke on Friday night was a tough pill to swallow.

Tennessee (19-14): Their strong non-conference slate nothstanding, the Vols, who fell to Florida on Friday, have had an epic slide in SEC play.

USC (19-14): Friday's lost to Arizona couple with coach Kevin O'Neill getting suspended was a killer.

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