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Another day, another bubble update for Bulls

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February

USF's 46-45 win against Cincinnati on Sunday showed the volatility of the NCAA Tournament bubble, as no sooner had the Bulls landed a coveted spot as the "last team in" in the bracket of ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi, they saw Miami upset Florida State and grab that spot just hours later.

We'll update here as more projected brackets are updated during the day -- you could argue that no conference has a greater presence on the NCAA bubble than the Big East, which has West Virginia and Connecticut sliding, Seton Hall suddenly reeling from a loss to Rutgers, Cincinnati still facing questions and USF making a case for themselves.

-- ESPN.com's Andy Katz led his Monday notes with USF, saying they don't have the resume to get in today, but they're still working on it. Stan Heath gives him a great stat -- Bulls haven't lost to an unranked team since Dec. 28, and only other teams that can say that are Kentucky, Syracuse and North Carolina. Some good research there ...If you hurry, you'll see USF as the main image on ESPN's college basketball page. That's Ron Anderson, and yes, that's Judy Genshaft in the background, celebrating with her husband. (And Mike Charles!)

-- There are certainly doubters still out there, and count the Times' Tom Jones among them. In today's Times, Jones writes this: "Nice win by the USF basketball team Sunday against Cincinnati, but I still think it has to win its final two regular-season games plus at least one Big East tournament game even to get on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament." He goes on to say that regardless of where the Bulls end up, Stan Heath "deserves a few coach of the year votes."

-- SI.com's Andy Glockner, asked on Twitter if USF would make the field if the Bulls won one of the next two and made the Big East quarterfinals, said "no" in response.

-- ESPN's Dick Vitale, who has mentioned USF quite a bit in the past two months, tweeted Sunday that the Bulls have "done a gr8 job & VBDI says they deserve to be dancing." VBDI, of course, is his Vitale Bald Dome Index -- you'd think Heath would fare well there.

-- USF is sixth in the latest Big East power rankings from ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil, and given that West Virginia is 10th in the same rankings, it's hard to imagine the Bulls would be left out and the Mountaineers kept in if USF beats West Virginia on Saturday. West Virginia would have dropped at least eight of 11 to finish the regular season, while USF would have won at least six of eight.

-- Miami trumped USF's win Sunday by throttling Florida State, but the Hurricanes could still stumble this week, with a game Wednesday at N.C. State and star Reggie Johnson deemed ineligible by the NCAA right now. Another state team on the bubble, UCF, has a big opportunity Tuesday at Memphis -- USF doesn't want to see that upset.

-- Yahoo's "Tournament Tracker" weekend roundup mentioned the Bulls, and even went so far as to say that Cincinnati isn't a lock for the tournament, citing their weak nonconference schedule. The Bearcats do have a tough week ahead, with Marquette on Wednesday, then a trip to Villanova on Sunday.

-- Cincinnati.com has a sharp photo gallery of 24 shots from Sunday's game. And yes, if you look, closely, my arm and laptop are in one of the shots.

-- Where does USF sit in the RPI ratings now? Statsheet.com now has the Bulls at No. 42, seventh in the Big East and ahead of Seton Hall (44), West Virginia (45) and Cincinnati (75). Warrennolan.com now has USF at No. 46, still behind Seton Hall (44) but ahead of West Virginia (50) and Cincy (77). We've mentioned that Kenpom.com doesn't like the Bulls -- crunching the same wins and losses, he has USF at No. 69, well behind Cincy (37), Seton Hall (43) and West Virginia (45).

[Last modified: Monday, February 27, 2012 12:51pm]

    

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