College Basketball Bubble Watch

Updated: March 2, 2009, 11:27 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com


Mid-major at-large bids shrinking

Editor's note: This file has been updated to include all games through Sunday, March 1.

The first weekend of the NCAA tournament is supposed to be about the little guys.

It's about Cleveland State taking out Indiana in 1986, and Arkansas Little-Rock stunning Notre Dame -- on the same day. It's about Austin Peay beating Illinois, and Santa Clara defeating Arizona.

But as we move to within two weeks of Selection Sunday, the list of at-large candidates from smaller conferences is growing thinner and thinner.

Siena, UAB and Temple all suffered what were probably bubble-bursting losses this week, knocking each of them off the list of at-large candidates. Utah State might have cost itself an at-large bid, too, by losing at Nevada 84-71 on Saturday night.

But the grim news for those small schools is great news for bubble teams from the six major conferences.

Here is this week's Bubble Watch:

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