Bubble Watch: Winners and losers among borderline NCAA Tournament bracket teams

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The NCAA Tournament bubble has never been a zen place for men’s college basketball, spurring serious anxiety for teams and their coaches in the last several weeks of the regular season on an annual basis. 

That’s where Indiana coach Archie Miller finds himself once again after several years of coaching the Hoosiers on and off the bubble since his tenure began in Bloomington in 2017. Indiana will likely be one of the “last four in” or “first four out” following Saturday’s 78-71 loss to Michigan State.

Playing in the Big Ten can work in Indiana’s favor in the sense that there are ample opportunities for marquee victories. But the Hooisers must capitalize. 

That’s what bubble team Wichita State did in winning a huge Quadrant 1 game (top-25 home, top-75 road) over top-10 team Houston. All it takes is one victory like that and now the Shockers are in the projected field. 

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