Bubble Insider: Down time

Minnesota and Mississippi State can surpass teams ousted from conference tourneys

Originally Published: March 13, 2010
By Mike Hume | ESPN Insider
Seth GreenbergAndrew Synowiez/US PresswireVirginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg is familiar with this feeling at this time of year.

Does anyone want to be in the NCAA tournament?

No, seriously. On Wednesday, our Magic Numbers article defined the number of wins teams needed to feel comfortable about their NCAA tournament hopes, independent of other bubble teams. Of the 18 teams we mentioned, five of them (UAB, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Arizona State and Ole Miss) dropped their first conference tourney game. And only the Rebels lost to a team with an RPI under 100.