Is it too early to talk bubble teams? Of course it’s not.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Tennessee was a .500 team not being remotely discussed for the NCAA tournament. Four straight wins later — including a memorable upset of Kentucky — the 13-9 Vols entered my latest bracket. And they’re not the only bubble team trending in the right direction.
After starting 0-6 in Big 12 play, 14-8 Oklahoma State has righted itself with four consecutive wins, including a solid non-conference victory over Arkansas. The Cowboys sit in the Top 24 on KenPom.com and high enough on my list to merit a No. 10 seed.
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Elsewhere, 13-8 Clemson has put itself on more solid footing despite still sitting at just 3-6 in the ACC. Four RPI Top 50 wins will do that. And VCU has played itself back into my field with consecutive wins over fellow Atlantic 10 title contenders Dayton and Richmond.
A reminder: Selection Sunday is March 12, and the tourney begins March 14. The Final Four is April 1-3 in Phoenix.