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Jumping on and off the bubble


It seems as though this is the week where talk of who's on the bubble will begin to gain significant traction.  Tonight a handful of teams across the nation stuck between the NCAA and NIT added good wins as well as bad losses to their resumes.

  • In Champaign fans are still looking at the scoreboard waiting for the second half to begin, as Penn State helps their stock on the road with a 38 -33 win over Illinois.  The Nittany Lions shot 28 percent...and won.  That's how gross this game (probably) was.  Taylor Battle is certainly the heart and soul of this surprise team, as he hit four freebies in the final 16 seconds to ensure victory. 
  • Right now it's the Ohio State Buckeyes that Penn State is battling for fifth place in the Big 10, and certain inclusion into the field of 65.  OSU loses tonight to Northwestern, unexpectedly, on a three pointer from John Shurna with just three seconds to play. Any residents in Evansville care?
  • Providence had a chance to get a signature win, but can't hang with Louisville for 40 minutes, as the Cardinals win running away at Freedom Hall.  Right now you still have to like Providence's chances--as they have a better conference record than Syracuse, West Virginia and Georgetown-- but a win tonight would of let them breathe easy heading into the Big East tourney.
  • Tennessee gets lazy again tonight, losing by 16 to Ole Miss.  The Volunteers currently sit third in the SEC, but a weak conference means they're not safe especially with road games against Kentucky and Florida looming
  • And in the ACC, Virgina Tech may have jumped off the bubble for good as they get crushed by UVA.  That win over Wake Forest seems ooooooh so long ago.