There is plenty of action happening on the bracketology bubble watch despite it being a relatively slow night for college hoops.
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UTAH STATE (NET: 38, NBC: First four out): The Aggies got revenge for a season-closing loss to New Mexico (142) by beating the Lobos in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament. I still think USU needs to win the automatic bid if they want any chance of getting into the NCAA tournament. The Aggies have not beaten a top 30 team this season and only have two top 85 wins — Florida (32) and LSU (33) on neutral courts — compared to two Quad 3 losses.
MEMPHIS (NET: 60, NBC: Next four out): The Tigers put themselves in a position to make a run at an at-large bid over the course of the next week when they beat Wichita State (44) on Thursday. Memphis visits Houston (19) on Sunday, and then they head to the AAC tournament. I think Memphis needs to win three games to really fell confident about a bid. They have three Quad 3 losses compared to just two Quad 1 wins. But it’s doable, and they’ve now won three of their last four.
STANFORD (NET: 25, NBC: Play-in game): The Cardinal missed on a chance to land their fifth Quad 1 win of the season when they lost by three at Oregon State (72) on Thursday night. They are now 4-6 against Quad 1 opponents, 7-9 against the top two Quads and while they do have a Quad 3 loss — at Cal (136) — to their name, they are playing well at the most important time of their season. Stanford gets one more shot at a Quad 1 win when they visit Oregon (16) on Saturday. So they’ll have a chance to improve their resume enough to get on to the right side of the bubble. The Cardinal will need to capitalize on those to feel good on Selection Sunday, but they are in a pretty good spot right now.
WICHITA STATE (NET: 49, NBC: First four out): Wichita State lost at Memphis (60) on Thursday in what might have been a play-out game. The Shockers are 22-8 on the season, but they only have a pair of low-end Quad 1 road wins, wins over VCU (61) and Oklahoma (46) at home, and they don’t have any truly terrible losses, but with just a single top 50 win on the season, I think the Shockers are going to have an uncomfortable Selection Sunday. The fact that they are 9-8 against the top two Quads without a bad loss is something of a saving grace at this point.
ARIZONA STATE (NET: 49, NBC: 8): Suddenly, the Sun Devils have lost three straight games after the fell against Washington (69) at home on Thursday. They still have five Quad 1 wins and a 9-11 record against the top two Quads, but Bobby Hurley’s team is in a much more difficult spot than I think people realize. I don’t think they’re in danger of missing the tournament at this point, but I do think that losing to Washington State on Saturday will put them in a spot where they might have to win the first game of the Pac-12 tournament to avoid being on the wrong side of the bubble. 12 days ago, they were in first place in the Pac-12 race.