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Jon Rothstein Breaks Down 5 Bubble Teams

Jon Rothstein
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Jon Rothstein Breaks Down 5 Bubble Teams

This is March!

That means it's time to break down the bubble. Let's do just that.

5 College Basketball Bubble Teams

New Mexico

The Lobos are now 7-7 against Quad 1 and 2 opponents and are ranked 23rd in the NET entering tonight's Mountain West Tournament semis against Colorado State -- a game where they are a 2.5-point favorite, per the college basketball odds at FanDuel Sportsbook. Barring something unforeseen, they'll return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.

Colorado

Tad Boyle's team checks in at 26th in the NET and has no losses in Quad 3 or Quad 4. While the Buffaloes are still on the bubble, a win tonight against Washington State in the Pac-12 Tournament should cement their status in March Madness. Colorado is a 2.5-point favorite in that one.

Texas A&M

This is one of the most bizarre resumes I've seen in quite some time. The Aggies are 12-8 against Quad 1 and 2 opponents but have five Quad 3 losses. Buzz Williams needs a win today against Kentucky -- UK is a 5.5-point favorite -- but right now his team is really, really close to the cut line.

Seton Hall

This Pirates have been ranked high in the NET all season long and check in at No. 65 today. They're 9-11 against Quad 1 and 2 opponents, with big wins against UConn and Marquette. They're in the field in my eyes but probably headed to the First Four in Dayton.

Providence

No team has played harder than the Friars have this season, and Thursday night's dramatic win over Creighton at MSG reiterates that. Providence is 9-12 against Quad 1 and 2 opponents, with wins over Marquette, Wisconsin, Creighton (twice), Seton Hall, and St. John's. But it also is 57th in the NET and has 11 of its 21 wins coming from Quad 4 opponents. The Friars need to beat Marquette tonight in the Big East Tournament semis at MSG. They're 4.5-point underdogs in that clash.


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Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and a contributor to the CBS Broadcast Network since 2016. He joined FanDuel in 2022 as a Content Creator. Rothstein is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks.