BUB­BLE

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late for this edi­tion. It might have been a de facto elim­i­na­tion game, though Day­ton could be done in un­der any con­di­tions thanks to un­ex­plain­able losses to Mi­ami (Ohio) and Rhode Is­land.

Drexel: Yes, the Dragons have 27 wins. A whop­ping 16 of them came against teams ranked out­side the top 200 in the RPI. A strength of sched­ule ranked 209th en­ter­ing Thurs­day ac­cord­ing to Col­legerpi.com could well be the un­do­ing of Bruiser Flint’s bunch.

Iona: The Gaels pos­sess a pro­file sim­i­lar to Drexel’s: Lots of wins (25), per­haps not many of great qual­ity, with a bet­ter non­con­fer­ence sched­ule strength and a cou­ple of ugly losses. Don’t bet on Iona’s in­clu­sion, though, like Drexel, the Gaels could make noise if they get in.

Mi­ami: The Hur­ri­canes played late Thurs­day against Ge­or­gia Tech, with a win set­ting up a meet­ing with Florida State. A sec­ond de­feat of the Semi­noles, cou­pled with a vic­tory at Duke, might be enough to nudge Jim Lar­ranaga’s team into the field.

Mis­sis­sippi/ten­nessee: Both SEC teams ex­ist on the fringe of the bub­ble, and both need long con­fer­ence tour­na­ment runs to stake a rea­son­able claim to a bid. Mis­sis­sippi played a late game Thurs­day against Auburn, with a show­down with Ten­nessee at stake.

N.C. State: The Wolf­pack breezed past Bos­ton Col­lege in the first round of the ACC tour­na­ment. They still pos­sess no wins against teams in the top 50 of the RPI. Beat­ing Vir­ginia and (po­ten­tially) North Carolina over the next two days might be re­quired.

North­west­ern: The Wild­cats’ en­tire re­sume can be summed up thusly: They beat Michi­gan State and they didn’t lose to any­one they shouldn’t have. They may have hurt their chances, how­ever, by los­ing to Min­nesota in the Big Ten tour­na­ment Thurs­day night.

Ore­gon: Like N.C. State, the Ducks own no top-50 wins. Given the dearth of qual­ity teams in the Pac-12, Ore­gon might need to win the league tour­na­ment. The Ducks opened play Thurs­day against Colorado in a game that ended well af­ter mid­night on the East Coast.

Se­ton Hall: The bad: The Pi­rates (20-12) were sub­par down the stretch, los­ing 10 of 15 to close the sea­son. The good: Se­ton Hall is a rel­a­tively de­cent 7-9 against the top 100. There are worse pro­files out there, though the Pi­rates haven’t done much of value be­sides beat­ing Ge­orge­town over the past two months.

Texas: The Longhorns’ fate might have been de­cided in a late-night quar­ter­fi­nal against Iowa State on Thurs­day. Texas has done lit­tle away from home (4-9), is well be­low .500 against the top 100 (4-10) and re­mained an at-large can­di­date into the last few days of the sea­son. And that tells you all you need to know about this year’s bub­ble.

Wash­ing­ton: The big­gest in­dict­ment of this sea­son’s Pac-12: Its reg­u­lar-sea­son champ likely is headed for the NIT. The Huskies bombed out of the league tour­na­ment Thurs­day against Ore­gon State; with one top-50 win, a 6-8 mark away from home and 4-8 record against the top 100, Wash­ing­ton is a tough sell as an at-large pick.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

James “Bruiser” Flint guided Drexel to 27 wins and the CAA reg­u­larsea­son ti­tle, but strength of sched­ule could work against the Dragons.

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