Bracket Watch: Key Opportunities Await in Pivotal Stretch

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Four weeks from Friday is the start of the first round of the men’s NCAA tournament. That means bubble teams are officially on the clock to start moving the needle. Every update to Sports Illustrated’s Bracket Watch sees a few teams shuffle in and out of the field, a trend that should continue until Selection Sunday. Which teams will find a seat when the music stops and this months-long game of musical chairs ends in March? Here’s our latest projected field.

On the Bubble:

First, we welcome Wichita State to the bubble after a huge victory over No. 6 Houston Thursday night. The Shockers’ résumé had been one with no great wins and no bad losses … until now. They still are currently on the outside looking in, but will get two more opportunities to move the needle next week against fellow bubble team SMU. In terms of action to watch this weekend, UConn could lock itself into the field with a road win at Villanova with James Bouknight back in the fold, while Minnesota could help the committee forget about the Gophers’ road woes if it knocks off Illinois in Minneapolis on Saturday.

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