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Take it from a guy who was on the bubble for 48 straight months and saw it pop four years in a row: Being on the bubble isn't any fun.
For those teams that don't have the résumés to earn "lock" status, and don't win their conference tournaments, it usually comes down to the number of spots that are available and how each member of the tournament selection committee interprets the criteria. For coaches and players, that can be a frustrating thing. But the most important advice I can give all my bubble brothers is this: Just worry about controlling what you can control, and try to win as many games as you can.
Once a team gets into the tournament, however, it's a whole different game. Of the teams currently hovering around the bubble cutline in Joe Lunardi's latest bracket, which ones have the best chance of advancing in the tourney?
I've ranked my top eight, purely based on which ones I think are the best teams and have the most potential to fare well in the tournament (and not based on which teams I necessarily think are more deserving of bids). I've also included information for each on where Lunardi currently has them ranked.
Colorado has the ability to get to the second weekend of the tournament. The backcourt duo of Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie is as good as any you'll find on a bubble team. Booker can create a shot off the bounce and get to the rim, while Dinwiddie shoots it with range, has a good floor game and plays with excellent pace.
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