College Basketball Bubble Watch

Updated: March 5, 2009, 7:19 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com


Bubble teams falling by the wayside

Editor's note: This file has been updated to include all games through Wednesday, March 4.

How fluid is the NCAA tournament bubble heading into the final weekend of the regular season?

Six teams from the six major conferences -- Cincinnati, Miami (Fla.), Georgetown, Kansas State, Kentucky and Notre Dame -- are no longer under consideration for at-large bids.

The Hoyas and Fighting Irish had been teetering on the brink of elimination for weeks, and losses to St. John's and Villanova, respectively, all but ended their bubble hopes this week.

Kentucky's string of 17 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament is in jeopardy, too, after the Wildcats lost to woebegone Georgia 90-85 at home Wednesday night. The Wildcats will have to win the SEC tournament in Tampa, Fla., to earn a spot in the NCAA's 65-team field.

The Bulldogs had lost 14 of their past 16 games, including each of their previous seven SEC road games. But with Kentucky's postseason hopes on the line, the Bulldogs beat the Wildcats in Lexington for the first time since 2004.

With so many teams from the six major conferences falling by the wayside, teams from smaller conferences are suddenly back in the hunt. Davidson and Siena are back in at-large contention, although they might need to win their respective conference tournaments to feel good on Selection Sunday.

Leagues that have historically been one- or two-bid leagues, such as the Atlantic 10 and Mountain West, are in position to receive more at-large bids. The Mountain West has five teams battling for at-large spots, and the Atlantic 10 has three teams fighting for their postseason lives.

Here is this week's Bubble Watch: