College Basketball Bubble Watch

Updated: March 12, 2014, 9:19 AM ET
By Eamonn Brennan | ESPN.com


Selection Sunday cram session officially begins

Editor's note: This file has been updated to include all games through Tuesday, March 11.

Remember when you were in school? Remember the weekends? The days would be beautiful and the time would disappear, and you'd forget your worries and enjoy every moment. Good times. And then Sunday night would come around and you'd sit down at your laptop and you'd realize you have an exam you forgot about and a term paper due in two days, and that sudden frantic dread would make you feel sick to your stomach?

That's basically where we are in the Bubble Watch timeline: Sunday night, with work to do.

February and early March happen in a blink. There are 10 league games to play, then five, then one more week, and then you look up and the regular season -- and, for the first batch of mid-major leagues, the conference tournament -- is over. Being on the bubble with nothing more than the conference tourney to play is like a Sunday-night exam cram: Even if you do everything right, you might still be out of time.

Because that's the thing about the conference tournaments, especially for bubble teams with work left to do: It's never exactly clear how much the committee will take them into account. Five years ago, when a team's last 12 games were a formalized selection criterion, a deep run into the conference tournament was a plainly valuable thing. Now it's just another couple of games. For some teams, those games might make all the difference. For others, the hole might be too deep. Or maybe the committee, now gathering in Indianapolis and watching conference tournaments around the clock, simply won't be impressed for any number of eye-related reasons. Maybe it is too late after all. You never really know.

Still, there will almost certainly be at least one team that plays its way in without winning the automatic bid this week -- one student who should have started studying sooner but is smart enough to pull off an A-minus anyway. Maybe you were that student; maybe your team is that team. The clock begins ticking now.

Note: In that spirit, Bubble Watch will now be updating on an ongoing basis until Selection Sunday -- especially later in the week and this weekend, as results pour in. So bookmark the page, leave it in an open tab in your browser, and refresh it frequently -- or however you choose to use this vast and wonderful Internet we call home -- to keep up on all of the developments going forward.

Note: All RPI data via ESPN RPI is updated through March 12.