Bubble Watch -- 3/6

Florida has to wait until Sunday to take their last regular season shot at ending the need for this feature. In the meantime, they can see if fortune breaks their way as other programs get their final opportunities to beef up NCAA resumes before most of the conference tournaments begin. Here are some games to keep an eye on today that can improve the Gators chances.


Marquette's midweek win over Louisville appears to have been enough for them to secure a spot in the field. Notre Dame's chances depend on the selection committee being willing to go deep into the Big East standings to help fill the field of at large teams. A road win over a likely tournament team would certainly help their resume, so Florida's on the Marquette side here.


The Huskies are 17-13 overall and just 7-10 in Big East play, but still are considered a possible tournament team thanks to some good wins against a tough schedule. Losing to USF would make it very difficult to justify having them in the field without a major run in their conference tournament. With USF already out of any at large possibilities, them winning here is definitely to UF's benefit.


Out of all the losses Florida has suffered this season, the home defeat by South Alabama is the most inexplicable and damaging on their resume. The Jaguars are 16-14 overall and two games under .500 in conference play as they open the Sun Belt tournament. Nothing's going to make that loss look good, but if South Alabama at least were to win their conference automatic bid it would reduce the damage somewhat. Right now for Florida, every little bit counts.


Many experts believe the Pac-10 is no better than a one bid league this year. If there's one team that might be good enough to secure an at large bid from the conference, Cal is it. The Bears are already regular season champions and thumped Stanford earlier this year. In a rivalry game on Senior Night, strange things happen sometimes. A Cardinal upset here would make Cal have to sweat out the Pac-10 tournament wondering if a loss would mean they miss the field.


The Blazers were considered in the field by most bracket gurus prior to losing at home against Memphis Wednesday night. Now they travel to face a UTEP squad ranked in the top 25, meaning a win would likely put them back on the right side of the NCAA line. Without it, there will definitely be pressure on UAB as they play in the Conference USA tournament. No one knows for sure how this year's committee will handle what has been a one bid league the last few seasons, but getting swept by both UTEP and Memphis would definitely seem to put UAB in serious trouble of missing the tournament. UTEP is the regualar season conference champ, and UF wants them to play like it here.

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