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Posted at 8:13 AM ET, 02/18/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Minnesota, Clemson suffer damaging losses

By Eric Prisbell

[Note: If you are planning to run an NCAA tournament office pool or a pool among friends, please contact me via e-mail. I'd like to hear from you about your pool. I'm not quoting you or anything; I'm just interested in your thoughts about an idea I have. prisbelle@washpost.com.
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There were some interesting outcomes last night. Penn State continues to cling to life after a much-needed win over Minnesota. The Golden Gophers, however, now find themselves on the bubble after losing for the fifth time in six games.

It increasingly looks like the ACC will earn no more than five berths after Clemson suffered a damaging loss last night at North Carolina State. And if Boston College, Virginia Tech or Florida State falters down the stretch, it could be just four bids - or fewer -- for the ACC.

Washington State failed to earn a quality victory against Arizona. It looks like 'Zona, Washington and UCLA are in good shape from the Pac-10.

And you've got to hand it to Alabama, which beat LSU and now is 12-2 in its last 14 games. Yes, the 8-6 non-league record and the 267th-ranked non-league schedule is an issue that will follow the Tide into the committee's deliberations leading up to the unveiling of the bracket. But this team has turned it around and is playing like a tournament team now. It has more work to do.

I've got to finish up my bracket now. It gets harder each week to find 37 deserving at-large teams. Just when you think some teams have played their way out of a bid, they wind up being back in the fold because of the softness of this year's bubble. I travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, tomorrow morning for George Mason's much-anticipated BracketBusters showdown with Northern Iowa -- two schools that know a thing or two about titanic NCAA tournament upsets.

By Eric Prisbell  | February 18, 2011; 8:13 AM ET
 
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