With Northwestern sitting squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble, it's time for a new daily feature, in which I take a look at every game relevant to Northwestern's NCAA chances and tell you whom you should be rooting for.
Before I get to the really long list of bubble games today, let's take a moment to thank Buzz Williams and #10 Marquette for winning at West Virginia last night. It was the ideal situation for a bubble team like West Virginia: a chance to beat a top 10 team at home, and said top 10 team had suspended three starters for the game. But Marquette rallied in the second half to win by one and Buzz Williams was quite excited after the game:
Infinite cocktails to you, Mr. Williams, for possibly bursting West Virginia's bubble and dancing on their grave.
Team to root for: ?
Both teams are on the right side of the bubble for now, so I have no idea whom to root for. The good news is that one of them has to lose.
Team to root for: Mississippi
Yes, Northwestern beat LSU earlier this year, but LSU is currently on the wrong side of the bubble so it would be a bad thing if they were to play their way into contention.
Team to root for: UCLA
Arizona is done with a loss.
Team to root for: Clemson
N.C. State is hanging on by a thread, a loss here and they're just about done.
Team to root for: Marshall
Memphis is probably in but if they lose a couple more games it could get interesting.
Team to root for: Old Dominion
Drexel has a gaudy record, but no good wins, so they'd likely have to win out to the conference championship game to get an at-large bid.
Team to root for: Texas Tech
Texas is right on the bubble, and if they suffer a loss to a terrible team like Texas Tech, it's curtains.
Team to root for: Seton Hall
After Seton Hall's big win over Georgetown, I'm now rooting for Seton Hall to close out the season strong and boost NU's win over them, Seton Hall is likely in anyways.
Team to root for: Michigan
It's the swept Northwestern Invitational! Root for Purdue to keep losing and fall off the bubble I guess.
Team to root for: Portland
BYU can't afford a loss to a non-NCAA team like Portland.
Team to root for: Alabama
These are both bubble teams but Mississippi State is closer to the cut line, so Roll Tide.
Team to root for: UMass
Dayton is squarely on the bubble and has to defend their home court in this one.
Team to root for: George Mason
George Mason is essentially done after losing to Northeastern earlier this week, so hopefully they can take out VCU.
Team to root for: Western Kentucky
Hilltoppers, yo! Very quietly, MTSU has had a great season and could get an at-large bid if they don't win the Sun Belt tournament.
Team to root for: Harvard
Because the Ivy League doesn't have a conference tournament, NU doesn't have to worry about a clearly inferior team pulling an upset to steal the auto bid, but there could exist a scenario where Harvard doesn't win the regular season title and still gets a bid, so just to be safe, root for Harvard.
Team to root for: Temple
Saint Joe's needs a win here.
Team to root for: Washington St.
Hit the bong in moral support for all the burnouts on Wazzou, as a win here would hurt Washington's at large chances.
Team to root for: UTEP
Apparently Central Florida is a bubble team; this escaped my notice until today.
Team to root for: Rice
Southern Miss has a great RPI but they can't afford to keep suffering bad losses.
Team to root for: Richmond
Xavier is done if they lose to a bad team like Richmond.
Team to root for: Syracuse
UConn is in if they win tonight.
Team to root for: Southern Utah
I had to look up the nicknames of both teams here, which doesn't happen often. Anyways, Oral Roberts could get an at-large if they don't win the Summit League tournament, but not if they lose more regular season games to teams like Southern Utah.
Team to root for: San Diego St.