Commentary

Playing out the bubble

Memphis, Washington, Dayton and Minnesota should benefit from Championship Week

Originally Published: March 9, 2010
By Matt Meyers | Special to ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesIf Tubby can get by Izzo and crew in Indy, Minnesota should be dance-worthy.

The bubble this year is, typically, fairly confusing; ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi currently has it as 20 teams battling for nine spots.

With all those teams heading into Championship Week -- some starting today -- let's look at the paths they need to take to get off said bubble before Sunday.

Here's what we are going to do. Based on the most recent Lunardi Odds Rundown, we'll look at 12 teams -- the last four in, the first four out, and the next four out. We will then look at each team's first conference tourney opponent as well as possible subsequent opponents. To determine who will win these hypothetical matchups, we will use adjusted scoring margin (found here) -- this metric measures margin of victory in conjunction with a team's strength of schedule, making it a strong predictive power rating.

In each case, the higher ASM wins. Remember, Bracketology is a snapshot, and not a projection, and a lot can change in the next week.

The Last Four In


This is actually a fairly cool article -- it takes 12 squads and plays out how their conference tourney runs should go. Of course, upsets do always happen, but this is an excellent primer to who has the best chance of getting off the bubble. To consume it, you need to be an ESPN Insider.