Bubbles And Brackets: Thursday Afternoon

Over the next few days, Run The Floor will give you periodic bubble and bracket updates. We'll wrap up each day late at night, we'll set up each day in the morning, and we'll toss in an update in the late-afternoon space between the day sessions and night sessions at the conference tournaments.

Here's the late-afternoon bubble-and-bracket update on Thursday, with Arkansas in progress and California about to take the court against Colorado. Commentary, for the sake of brevity, will be reserved for the night wraps and the morning scene-setters.

Bubble updates are self-explanatory. Bracket updates refer to any important seeding or bracketing developments to watch for as a result of certain game outcomes.

Here we go:

BIG EAST

BUBBLE 

Providence stays alive and must make the final, probably needing to win the whole tournament.

St. John's is pretty much out barring a miracle. 

BRACKETS

Villanova is out of the race for a No. 1 seed.

ACC

BUBBLE

Florida State stays alive and must beat Virginia tomorrow.

Pittsburgh avoids a bad loss and can feel safe if it beats North Carolina tomorrow.

AMERICAN

BRACKETS

SMU is very likely a double-digit seed after its loss to Houston.

Louisville, by playing Houston and not SMU in the semifinals, might be limited in its ability to climb an extra seed line.

BIG TEN

BUBBLE

With Ohio State beating Purdue, Nebraska avoids having to play an RPI/resume-killing game against Purdue. Hypothetically, a loss to Purdue would have done a lot of damage to the Huskers. Nebraska benefits from having to play Ohio State and can feel fully safe with a win tomorrow.

PAC-12

BUBBLE

Utah is out of consideration.

SEC

BUBBLE

Missouri stays alive and must beat Florida tomorrow. The Tigers will probably need to make the SEC final to be in the conversation on Selection Sunday.

ATLANTIC 10

BUBBLE

Dayton avoids a bad loss and can feel fully safe if it beats Saint Joseph's tomorrow.

BIG 12

BRACKETS

Kansas, given the injury to Joel Embiid, probably avoided falling off the 2 line with this win over Oklahoma State. A win over Iowa State tomorrow would ensure a 2 seed at worst.

 

 

Matt Zemek

About Matt Zemek

Matt Zemek is the managing editor of The Student Section, covering college football and basketball with associate editors Terry Johnson and Bart Doan. Mr. Zemek is the editor of Crossover Chronicles, covering the NBA. He is also Bloguin's lead tennis writer, covering the major tournaments. He contributes to other Bloguin sites, such as The AP Party.

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