2019 March Madness Schedule & Bracket Predictions for Bubble Teams.

2019 March Madness Schedule & Bracket Predictions for Bubble Teams

Written by on March 8, 2019

Except perhaps for a gum-chewing convention, the word “bubble” isn’t vocalized more at any point than it is around the NCAA tournament. Who’s on the bubble? Who’s bubble-adjacent? Whose bubble has burst? It all relates to who’s in—and out—of the Big Dance. With 36 at-large bids up for grabs between now and Selection Sunday, #BubbleWatch is about to become a nightly habit of the college hoops betting enthusiasts. Let’s get a head start, then, and predict which will be the final four teams into the tournament after laying out the scheduled itinerary for bracketologists around the world.

2019 March Madness Schedule & Bracket Predictions for Bubble Teams

Temple Owls

The Owls might be in fourth place in the AAC standings behind nationally ranked Houston, Cincinnati, and Central Florida, but I’m thinking Temple has the look of a team that could do some damage if they get into the national championship tournament. A win in their regular season finale against UCF could help their tournament cause, but this is a team that has recorded some decent wins over the likes of Missouri, Davidson, Wichita State, and Houston. A March Madness surprise run wouldn’t be all that surprising if Temple gets in!

Oklahoma Sooners

They did it. They beat Kansas to ensure that the Jayhawks did NOT win the Big Twelve Conference Title this year. This will be the first time in 14 years that they have failed to do so. Not only did they hold Kansas back from winning another conference title, but they also may have just punched their ticket to the big dance. Despite nearly playing their way off the bubble with a five-game conference losing streak, the Sooners have now won four of their last five. That’s obviously highlighted by the Kansas win, but it also includes victories over fellow bubble teams in TCU and Texas.

Buffalo Bulls

The Bulls are sitting atop the MAC standings mostly because they have an offense that can score with any team in the nation (85.0 ppg, sixth). Buffalo could surprise everybody at the 2019 March Madness. Sure, Buffalo doesn’t play any elite competition, but then again, neither did Loyola-Chicago last year and they made an incredible run to challenge for the national championship. Buffalo has three double-digit scorers and a real star in senior combo guard C.J. Massinburg. Look for this team to make some headlines in the tournament.

Arizona State Sun Devils

Arizona State knocked off a pair of Top 15 teams before the calendar flipped, first beating then-15th-ranked Mississippi State in mid-November before upsetting then-No. 1 Kansas in late December. The Sun Devils also knocked off both Utah State and Washington, plus dropped a nail-biter to a good Nevada team. But losing at home to Princeton is a bad look. And how can Arizona State explain getting run off its own court by 21 points against a bad Washington State team? Even the 11-6 conference record is shaky in a down year for the Pac-12. The Sun Devils can’t afford another slip-up. But if they take care of Arizona on Saturday, they would finish the regular season with five wins over their final six outings, which should be the right kind of momentum burst to carry them into the conference tourney and, ultimately, March Madness. Enjoy the Madness!