NCAA tournament 2011: Michigan State, Alabama squarely on soft bubble
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Here is a look at the oh-so-soft bubble and what the teams on it will need to do this week to wind up in the 68-team field. Six of these teams will likely fill out the 37-team at-large field. Remember, that upsets in some conference tournaments --- i.e. VCU over ODU - will take away bids from bubble teams.
Georgia: Needs to beat Auburn and Alabama in SEC tournament.
Clemson: A loss against the BC/WF winner in the ACC tournament would put the Tigers in a precarious position.
Michigan State: Needs to at least beat Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.
Virginia Tech: Needs to beat Georgia Tech and perhaps Florida State in ACC tournament.
Richmond: Needs to win at least one A-10 tourney game over Charlotte/UMass
Boston College: Needs to beat Wake Forest in ACC tournament.
VCU: They need to lose to ODU in a close game and get some help.
Colorado: Needs to beat Iowa State and perhaps Kansas State in Big 12 tournament.
Alabama: Needs to beat Georgia in SEC tournament.
Southern California: At least two wins in the Pac-10 tournament.
Penn State: Needs to beat Indiana and then Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament.
Memphis: The can't-be-trusted Tigers may need two wins, including one over UAB, to have a realistic chance.
Washington State: At least two wins in the Pac-10 tournament.
| March 7, 2011; 9:15 AM ET
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