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Bracketology Bubble Watch: NC State goes for sweep vs. Duke, Texas Tech faces slumping Baylor

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The Wolfpack and Red Raiders have an opportunity to pick up big wins on Monday by Jerry Palm CBS Sports Mar 2, 2020

As the bubble continues to shrink, there will be fewer and fewer games in this column. However, it’s been a few weeks since there were any on a Monday. but there are two huge opportunities for teams that are desperate for big wins.

Sunday did not have many games either, which is typical, but they were mostly important ones. Before we get to Monday, let’s look back at the bubble teams in action Sunday.

Stanford beat Colorado 72-64: The Cardinal picked up their second best win of the season over the Buffaloes, which have now lost three straight. Stanford is not out of the woods yet though. It still has two games in Oregon before the Pac-12 Tournament.

Cincinnati lost at Houston 68-55: There is no real shame in losing at Houston, but the Bearcats are still trying to make up for four bad losses, so a sweep of the Cougars would have been nice. Cincinnati needs to win out to avoid yet another bad loss, then see what it can do in the AAC Tournament.

Indiana lost at Illinois 67-66: The Hoosiers played a lot better at Illinois than they did at Purdue on Thursday, but still came up just short in what would have been a bid-clinching win. They will still be safe if they win their last two games, both at home, but Wisconsin has been playing very well of late.

Rhode Island lost to Saint Louis 72-62: The Rams took their second worst loss of the season and that is only because it will be near impossible to come up with one worse than the loss at Brown. Rhode Island has a home win over Providence and very little else to suggest this is an NCAA Tournament team. However, Dayton visits next, so there is still hope.

Here are the bubble teams in action Monday. All times Eastern

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