Bubble talk games to watch

Who should Nebraska fans be cheering for this week? Who do they need to lose? We have some of the answers.

Isn't bubble talk in late February fun?

There are probably 30+ games this week to watch if you are a Nebraska fan. Each contest could be broken down mathematically on why the Huskers need it to go a certain way to help their NCAA resume.

We pick some of the highlights from the week.


Oklahoma State (17-10, 5-9 Big 12) at TCU (9-17, 0-12 Big 12) – According to most bracketologists, OSU is on the bubble after a 7-game losing streak that was just snapped late last week. If the Cowboys were to lose to the Horned Frogs, they could kiss their tourney chances goodbye. It would open another at-large spot for possibly Nebraska.


Iowa (19-7, 8-5 Big Ten) at Minnesota (17-11, 6-9 Big Ten) – It's hard to respect any so-called expert that has Minnesota in the tourney right now over Nebraska, but some feel they still have a better shot than the Huskers. A loss at home to Iowa would give them 12 losses and I would have to think finally shut down any talk of the Gophers getting an at-large bid. If the Hawks can't get it done, it's likely the Michigan Wolverines will do it on Saturday.

Kansas State (18-9, 8-6 Big 12) at Texas Tech (13-14, 5-9 Big 12) – The Wildcats have some decent wins to their name, but struggle on the road. Beating Tech in Lubbock wouldn't exactly be something to write home about, but another bad loss this late would possibly make it hard for them to get into the tourney. KSU also gets ISU at home on Saturday.

Missouri (19-8, 7-7 SEC) at Georgia (15-11, 9-5 SEC) – This game is double important for Nebraska, with the Tigers on the bubble and the Bulldogs a previous non-conference win on the Huskers' resume. The Tigers only have one top 50 win, which means 20 wins might not get them in. A loss to Georgia might knock them off the "on the fence" bracket talk.


Miami (14-13, 5-9 ACC) at Virginia (23-5, 14-1 ACC) – This is all about a former Husker non-conference opponent making themselves look better, which makes Nebraska's win look nicer. The Cavaliers are ranked and a win by Miami would definitely increase the Hurricanes RPI.

Richmond (18-9, 8-4 A-10) at George Mason (9-17, 2-10 A-10) – Remember when the Patriots were the darlings of March? Now they are not a good basketball team, meaning a loss to them by Richmond might end the Spiders' at-large bid run. Richmond currently has an RPI right around Nebraska's.


FGCU (19-10, 13-3 A-Sun) at Lipscomb (13-14, 8-8 A-Sun) – The Eagles run at another Atlantic Sun conference title is heating up with Mercer. Beating a regular season conference champion always looks good on the resume during selection Sunday. The Huskers win over FGCU is looking better and better. The Eagles play Saturday as well against NKU.

Oregon (18-8, 6-8 Pac-12) at UCLA (21-6, 10-4 Pac-12) – The Ducks are looking for a big win on their resume and the Bruins are still a nationally ranked brand. It's not a top five victory, but it might be enough for Dana Altman and crew to sneak in to the tourney as an at-large. The Ducks also play at USC on Saturday. The Trojans aren't very good this year, but might like playing spoiler.


UMass (21-5, 8-4 A-10) at Dayton (19-8, 7-5 A-10) – The Minutemen play actually on Wednesday as well, but this is their bigger game this week. With an RPI in the top 15 at the moment, they could be pushed to the top ten with two wins this week. A 6-point loss by the Huskers to UMass in OT early in the season should actually help build Nebraska's credibility.

Texas Tech (13-14, 5-9 Big 12) at Baylor (18-9, 6-8 Big 12) – Nebraska fans need to adopt Tech as their second favorite team this week, as the Red Raiders have two important games against possible at-large bid teams. Baylor looks fine right now, but they play at Texas midweek, meaning it's likely they will be 18-10 going into this one. If they were to lose to both opponents, 18-11 might make things pretty scary for Scott Drew's squad.

Creighton (23-4, 13-2 Big East) at Xavier (18-9, 8-6 Big East) – It's hard for Husker fans to sometimes cheer for the Blue Jays, but it's got to be done for the resume. A road game against the Musketeers is Creighton's only game this week. With an RPI in the top ten, the Huskers won't get docked too much losing to the Blue Jays.

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