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BUBBLE WATCH IS ON

By Marc Lawrence —
Reports have it that just as the committee does when making its selection, a line has to been drawn somewhere on teams that are on the NCAA Tournament bubble. No matter where that line is drawn, the first team just outside that boundary is going to have a really good story to tell. Here are two teams you’re not seeing in the mock brackets that make some valid points as to why they should at least be considered: Tulsa. The mock brackets have no problem making room in the projected field for Houston. Yet it’s the Golden Hurricane leading the Cougars in the American race and not the other way around. In fact, with a win at Wichita State, Frank Haith’s team will reign supreme as the outright American champion … Saint Louis. Last seen recording consecutive road wins by double-digit margins at Rhode Island and George Mason, the Billikens have zero Tulsa-type NET issues. Travis Ford’s team is actually above such Bubble Watch mainstays as NC State, South Carolina and Memphis. It’s a close case, however, and obviously if that overtime period at home against Dayton had ended in victory, we’re having a different conversation … To read more on teams currently camped on the “bubble” Click here.
Top Trends Of The Day
From this week’s Playbook Basketball Newsletter: West Virginia is 6-0 SUATS in Last Home Games the last six years … The Philadelphia 76ers are 10-0 OVER away versus .400 or fewer non-conference opponents.
XFL Need to Know
From this week’s Playbook XFL ALERT Football Newsletter: The 4-0 Houston Roughnecks are the only undefeated team in the new XFL this season, despite the fact that they’ve been outgained -15 yards per game. That’s not good news considering that teams coming off consecutive losses (read: St. Louis today) in this league are 4-0 ATS. Hold your nose and grab the points.
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