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SportsPulse: Choice Sunday is simply days away. USA TODAY’s Scott Gleeson tells you the groups that also have work to do that championship weekend.
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Choice Sunday is rapidly approaching, and it is win or go to the NIT for a great chunk of NCAA event bubble groups competing in convention tournaments. 

With solely seven spots open, a dozen or so groups with borderline credentials want to improve their résumés sufficient to fulfill the choice committee’s calls for.

Here is a take a look at the winners and losers from this weekend’s convention event motion: 

Winners

Florida: The Gators (19-14, 9-9 SEC) basically punched their ticket to the NCAAs with a 76-73 win over top-seeded LSU within the SEC event quarterfinals on Friday. After beginning the week as one of many “first 4 groups out,” Florida dealt with Arkansas within the second spherical earlier than nabbing a much-needed Quadrant 1 (top-30 dwelling, top-50 impartial, top-75 highway) win over LSU to go along with a top-35 NET rating. Florida’s 65-62 loss to Auburn within the SEC semifinals is its 15th — one other signal of a weak bubble if 15-loss groups are getting in. ► Up to date Saturday afternoon

  • Anticipated seed: No. 10   

Minnesota: The Gophers (21-12, 9-11 Huge Ten) had been inching close to the “final 4 in” in the beginning of the Huge Ten event however capitalized on their alternatives, first getting previous a harmful Penn State group in additional time within the Huge Ten tourney’s second spherical after which upsetting Purdue within the quarterfinals on Friday. Regardless of getting blown out by Michigan within the semifinals on Saturday, these two Quad 1 victories, the Purdue win particularly, ought to transfer Minnesota comfortably away from bubble chaos. Take into account them a lock for the NCAAs. ► Up to date Saturday afternoon. 

Utah State: The Aggies (28-6, 15-Three Mountain West) had been comparatively secure however nonetheless on the bubble earlier than the Mountain West event, however three consecutive wins over San Diego State, Fresno State and New Mexico helped this group keep away from any Choice Sunday sweating by claiming the Mountain West’s automated bid. Greater than that, Utah State’s win over San Diego State truly helped out different fringe groups — eradicating the chance for a bid thief — so the groups within the “final 4 in” stratosphere can thank the Aggies. ► Up to date Saturday night time

Losers

Arizona State: The Solar Devils (22-10, 12-6 Pac-12) have now been thrust proper again to the place they had been final yr — hoping for no bid thieves as one among “the final 4 in” — on account of Friday’s 79-75 loss to Oregon within the Pac-12 event semifinals. It is a good factor ASU bought previous UCLA with an 83-72 win over UCLA within the earlier spherical Thursday, in any other case they’d be on the opposite aspect of the bubble. What’s nonetheless scary about this résumé are two Quadrant four losses, and it stays to be seen how heavy the committee focuses on the NET — the place ASU is within the excessive 60s in comparison with its mid-30s RPI that will have locked it up weeks in the past in years’ previous. ► Up to date Friday night time

  • Anticipated seed:  No. 11 play-in

Ohio State: The Buckeyes (19-14, Eight-12 Huge Ten) bowed out of the Huge Ten event with a loss to Michigan State within the quarterfinals on Friday. However Ohio State may need already performed itself into the sphere by escaping Indiana on Thursday in a possible bubble-elimination sport between borderline groups. In the end, the committee ought to keep in mind that OSU’s three consecutive losses to shut out the common season had been all with out Kaleb Wesson. The sophomore large man’s return within the Huge Ten event confirmed what a distinct group OSU will be with him within the lineup. ► Up to date Friday afternoon 

  • Anticipated seed: No. 11 play-in

Temple: The Owls (23-9, 13-5 American) had been upset by Wichita State within the AAC event quarterfinals, and now it will get fascinating as they’ve fallen to one of many “final 4 out” vary and are at risk of lacking the sphere. Temple’s solely bought two Quad 1 wins and will’ve actually used one other one to assist offset a non-conference power of schedule within the 200s and a NET rating within the 50s. ► Up to date Friday night time.

  • Anticipated seed: No. 11 play-in

Xavier: The Musketeers (18-15, 9-9 Huge East) got here up quick within the Huge East event semifinals, falling 71-67 to Villanova in additional time. It is a make-or-break sort loss that possible will hold Xavier out of the NCAAs regardless of a late cost that noticed them knock off Creighton, 63-61 — successful six of their final eight. This group is on the surface wanting i attributable to a NET rating within the 70s and simply too many complete losses. ► Up to date Friday night time.

  • Anticipated seed:  First 4 out

Alabama: The Crimson Tide (18-15, Eight-10 SEC) could not put up a lot of a combat in opposition to a dominant Kentucky group they upset earlier within the yr, falling 73-55 within the SEC event semifinals. It is a respectable loss and ‘Bama bought a much-needed Quadrant 1 (top-50 impartial court docket) win over Ole Miss within the SEC tourney quarterfinals earlier than that Thursday to make it fascinating. That is nonetheless solely three marquee wins, although. A top-20 power of schedule is a figuring out consider protecting this group shut.  ► Up to date Friday night time

  • Anticipated seed: First 4 out

TCU: Though the Horned Frogs (20-13, 7-11 Huge 12) bought previous Oklahoma State on Wednesday, they got here up quick in a 70-61 loss to Kansas State the subsequent day of the Huge 12 event and eliminated the possibility to boost their profile. A top-30 power of schedule performs of their favor, however enjoying within the Huge 12 — the nation’s greatest NET convention — ought to equate to greater than three Quad 1 wins. ► Up to date Thursday

  • Anticipated seed: No. 11   

St. John’s: The Crimson Storm (21-12, Eight-10 Huge East) did not provide you with a tourney-locking signature victory and undoubtedly did not do something to enhance a NET rating within the 60s after getting steamrolled by Marquette within the Huge East tourney quarterfinals on Thursday. The excellent news is that St. John’s averted dropping to DePaul within the earlier spherical. ► Up to date Thursday

  • Anticipated seed: No. 11   

Georgetown: The Hoyas (19-13, 9-9 Huge East) began its Huge East event pursuit as one of many “final 4 in” and ended it as one of many “first 4 out” because of a 73-57 loss to Seton Corridor within the Huge East event quarterfinals. The Hoyas have 5 Quadrant 1 wins however a non-conference power of schedule that ranks 244th. It is going to be shut on Sunday. ► Up to date Thursday

  • Anticipated seed: First 4 out

Indiana: The Hoosiers (17-15, Eight-12 Huge Ten) will problem the committee, as a result of after Thursday’s Huge Ten event loss to Ohio State, this group now has 15 losses. How might a 15-loss group make the NCAAs? By successful six Quadrant 1 (top-30 dwelling, top-75 highway) video games. Coach Archie Miller summed up his group’s case: “I assume the one factor on this stage once you’re evaluating all people — are you able to beat a group within the event? If you’re in a position to beat a Marquette or Louisville, you are in a position to get a Michigan State twice. You are in a position to get Wisconsin right here these days. So are we succesful? Sure. Did we do sufficient? I am undecided.” ► Up to date Thursday

  • Anticipated seed: Subsequent 4 out

Creighton: The Bluejays (18-14, 9-9 Huge East) fell to Xavier within the Huge East event’s first spherical, which possible means they’re heading to the NIT. Despite 5 consecutive wins earlier than that, there simply is not sufficient on this résumé to sway the committee. ► Up to date Thursday

  • Anticipated seed: Subsequent 4 out

North Carolina State: The Wolfpack bowed out of the ACC event by falling to top-seeded Virginia, 76-56, on Thursday. That is a decent loss, and N.C. State even led at halftime, in order that aids its total NET rating. It encapsulates lots of N.C. State’s résumé, too. The Wolfpack have a horrid RPI, however a top-35 NET rating. In the end, it may be the non-conference power of schedule that ranks 352nd protecting this group out. ► Up to date Thursday

  • Anticipated seed: Subsequent 4 out

Texas: The Longhorns (16-16, Eight-10) concluded the Huge 12 event with a 65-57 quarterfinal loss to Kansas. They now have a whopping 16 losses and are accomplished enjoying. Nonetheless serving to their profile is a top-40 NET rating that is much better than an RPI within the 60s. ► Up to date Thursday

  • Anticipated seed: Slim probability

Misplaced earlier this week/final week

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Belmont: Misplaced within the Ohio Valley Convention tourney last to Murray State, at present final 4 in. 

UNC-Greensboro: Misplaced within the Southern Convention tourney last to Wofford, at present first 4 out. 

Clemson: Misplaced within the ACC event to North Carolina State on Wednesday, at present subsequent 4 out. 

Lipscomb: Misplaced within the Atlantic Solar tourney last to Liberty, at present subsequent 4 out. 

Furman: Misplaced within the Southern Convention tourney semifinals to UNC-Greensboro, at present slim probability. 

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