College Basketball Bubble Watch

Updated: February 12, 2009, 4:12 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com


Numbers alone won't save some teams

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

It's an indication of how fluid the at-large environment is this season that this week's Bubble Watch welcomes only two members to "lock" status. Villanova, on the heels of convincing home wins over Syracuse and Marquette, joins the club as does Missouri. The Tigers turned the Big 12 marathon into a three-team sprint to the finish line with a win at home over Kansas.

Many teams remain precariously placed on the Bubble, however, and with the regular season winding down, opportunities to earn signature wins are becoming rare. Georgetown and Wisconsin, despite suffering five- and six-game losing streaks respectively this season, still find themselves in the tourney mix based on their gaudy computer numbers and daunting schedules. This time of year, however, the most valuable currency comes in the form of wins, and while the Badgers are starting to get back on track with a three-game winning streak -- the Hoyas are in danger of fading out of the Bubble discussion altogether.

Here is this week's Bubble Watch: