28 February 2012

Bubble Watch: A Guide to Conference Tourneys

The bubble is shaping up nicely for NU at the moment, but be nervous as conference tourneys are getting underway.   As fans of a bubble team we are strongly against crowning any Cinderellas and other bubble teams making any noise (other than popping).

With 30 non-B1G conference tourneys over the next two weeks rooting interests can be confusing with so much new information to digest from the college basketball periphery.  We're here to help.  Here's a list of tourneys that 1) you can safely ignore and/or cheer for madness, 2) we want the clear favorite to win, and 3) we want bubbles to burst early and no Cinderellas.

Let Madness Ensue
Big South
Big Sky
Atlantic Sun
America East*

* RPI Alert: tourney favorites are NU opponents.

Be a Yankees Fan (Best Case Scenario)
Ohio Valley (Murray St win)
Ivy (Harvard win reg season)
Missouri Valley (Creighton/Wichita St win)
Big West (Long Beach St win/early loss)
Sun Belt (Middle Tenn win/early loss)
Metro Atlantic (Iona win/early loss)
Summit (Oral Roberts win/ early loss)

Needles Wanted (Bubble Teams)
A10 (StL/Xav/Dayton/St Joes)
Pac 12 (Cal/Wash/Ariz/Ore)
Big East (WVa/Cinc/So Fla)
CUSA (So Miss/Ctrl Fla)
Colonial (VCU)
West Coast (BYU)
Mountain West (Col St)
SEC (Miss St)
ACC (Miami Fla)
Big 12 (Texas)