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Vanderbilt v Ole Miss - SEC Semifinals

By now, even the casual fan is familiar with the term “bubble team,” as teams across the country jockey themselves for entry and positioning in the NCAA tournament. Heading into Friday night, there were five bubble teams I was zeroing in on as conference tournaments progressed. As we speak on Saturday evening, one of those five teams has taken matters into its own hands while reaping the rewards of the other four teams’ failures.

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Being on the tournament bubble has John Calipari a little stressed out.

Being on the tournament bubble has John Calipari a little stressed out.

One of the more hectic things to keep track of as the calendar turns to March is the large group of proverbial “bubble teams” in NCAA basketball. Bubble teams are teams that are good enough and have impressive enough résumés to be in consideration for one of the 37 available at-large entries into the tournament, but are nowhere near good enough to be any sort of lock for an at-large bid.

Generally, these teams can be made or broken by a big win or disappointing loss in the final week of the regular season or by a surprising/disappointing showing in their respective Conference tournament.

On that note, here are 10 bubble teams to monitor over the final few days of the regular season and Conference Championship week, as well as their current record, which conference they reside in and any remaining regular season games on their schedules. Depending on how they fare between now and Selection Sunday, some of these teams will find themselves somewhere in the bracket while some others will find themselves merely watching the tournament like you and I.

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North Carolina v Duke

With the 2012-13 NCAA regular season coming to an end on Sunday before conference tournaments begin next week, there are plenty of games to keep an eye on if you’re already getting a hankering for some March Madness. More importantly, there are plenty of games over this next week that will have some serious ramifications on the results of Selection Sunday (March 17) and the tournament itself.

So without further ado, here are six games to watch over the final six days of the regular season…

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