March Insanity bubble watch: Duke has by no means been right here earlier than however nonetheless has home-court benefit

“Duke is Duke. They’re on TV greater than ‘Go away it to Beaver’ reruns.”

That assertion sounds extra impactful, and a tinge funnier, when stated with Pete Gillen’s distinctive accent.

It’s much less amusing and extra ominous to these competing with the Blue Devils for an NCAA Event bid.

Duke is making an attempt to make its twenty fifth consecutive NCAA Event, and there are lots of folks on the market who consider it’s a bonus for the Blue Devils, merely, to be Duke. Consciously, subconsciously, no matter — you see Duke on the crew sheet versus some crew from a mid-major league, it’s going to be arduous to not give an edge to the crew that’s been there so usually.

That is fully new territory for the Devils, although, and for the committee. They’ve been to 35 NCAA Tournaments beneath Mike Krzyzewski, they usually’ve by no means been decrease than a No. 8 seed. That also may be in attain, however it could require a tremendous end. Most probably, if the Devils make it, it’ll be one thing within the double-digit vary for the primary time in this system’s historical past.

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Right here’s what they and different bubble groups are up in opposition to tonight:

NCAA bubble games to look at Tuesday

Duke at Georgia Tech, 8 p.m., ACC Community. Each groups desperately want this one. The Devils (11-9, No. 59) are exterior the projected consensus of roughly 100 brackets at, they usually’ve received two important alternatives to alter that with this game and Saturday’s journey to Chapel Hill to play the Tar Heels. Getting two possibilities at Quad 1 wins, for a crew presently 1-3 in that division, is big.

The Yellow Jackets (13-8, No. 40) burst into a variety of mock brackets with their success in opposition to Virginia Tech and Syracuse and are working to make the NCAAs for the primary time beneath coach Josh Pastner, and beating the Blue Devils would put them in a superb place.

Indiana at Michigan State, 8 p.m., BTN. The Hoosiers (12-12, No. 57 NET) are backed about as far into the nook as doable with out falling by way of the wall. There have been indications that the committee is not going to, due to circumstances that developed from the pandemic, stay sure to norms in place for the primary 35 years of expanded NCAA Tournaments. We all know that no crew ever has earned an at-large bid with a file worse than two games over .500, and solely two received in at that mark. But it surely’s arduous to think about anybody making it as a dropping crew.

In its loss Sunday at Maryland, Michigan State (13-10, No. 77) squandered a few of the goodwill it earned by beating Illinois and Ohio State within the house of per week. However the Spartans nonetheless have two games remaining in opposition to No. 1 seed candidate Michigan and the likelihood to knock off a fellow bubble crew in IU. In the event that they by some means might win two of these three, it could be arduous to image a state of affairs during which the Spartans failed to increase their consecutive NCAA Event streak to 23.

Xavier at Georgetown, 7 p.m, FS1. The issue for the Musketeers (13-5, No. 48) is having two remaining street games on the regular-season schedule that actually are losable (Georgetown has overwhelmed Creighton and Seton Corridor, Marquette simply gained at North Carolina final week) that will do a meager quantity for the resume if claimed as wins. They’d each fall into Quad 2, although, and it could be useful for Xavier, presently 6-5 in opposition to Quad 1 and a pair of mixed, to remain above .500 in that division.

Fresno State at Boise State, 7 p.m., CBS Sports activities Community. Getting swept final weekend by San Diego State brushed the Broncos (17-6, No. 35) too near the sting of the bracket. They’re beneath .500 in opposition to Quad 1 and a pair of mixed, and 9 of their victories are in opposition to Quad 4, which is a better quantity than any bubble crew that’s not a real mid-major. A house win over No. 203 Fresno will do nothing for Boise, however Rutgers’ journey to Nebraska ought to have reminded everybody that such outcomes are usually not assured. The Mountain West Convention Event begins March 10.

Memphis at South Florida, 9 p.m., ESPNU. The Tigers (14-6, No. 60) put themselves properly behind the sphere with a tough first month, and caring for the Bulls is all about organising a final-day showdown in opposition to American Athletic Convention energy Houston that not less than would give them an out of doors likelihood.

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