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Posted at 9:15 AM ET, 03/ 7/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Michigan State, Alabama squarely on soft bubble

By Eric Prisbell

(FYI: The office pool story will run on Selection Sunday. Please email me if you have any questions or comments on anything.

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.

Pick 6:
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.

By Eric Prisbell  | March 7, 2011; 9:15 AM ET
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Richmond will play Rhode Island or St. Louis in the A10 quarters. Then Temple in the semis if they advance.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 7, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Yes, if Richmond needs a win over Charlotte or UMass, they're in a lot of trouble since they likely won't play either of them.

Posted by: ChoppinBroccoli | March 7, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

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