Wednesday Recap/Thursday Preview: All Of The Major Conferences In Action

After Wednesday's action at the Big East and Big 12 Tournaments, Bubble Watch teams Marquette, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State are in better position. However, Seton Hall and USF's bubbles burst.

Wednesday's Big East Second Round

For more, check out the Big East Tournament Storystream

Georgetown 69, USF 49 (recap): The Bulls couldn't gain a second win over the Hoyas this season. Making matters worse, they struggled on offense in their two games in New York, hitting only one three-pointer in two games.

Marquette 57, St. John's 55 (recap): The Golden Eagles had to hold off the Red Storm, but they look to be in good shape after avoiding a potentially damaging loss.

Notre Dame 68, Seton Hall 56 (recap): Much like the Bulls, the Pirates couldn't grab a second win for the season over today's opponent. As the Pirates were just in the field, they needed this victory.

Cincinnati 69, Louisville 66 (recap): The Bearcats came back to top the Cardinals, grabbing their first win over a team that's a lock or near lock since before Thanksgiving.

Thursday's Big East Quarterfinals

Villanova vs. Marquette, 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN): A win here would help the Golden Eagles' seeding. Remember, the Wildcats won two close meetings in the span of a week early in the conference season.

Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN): Again, the Fighting Irish are now playing for seeding after grabbing a win against the Pirates.

Cincinnati vs. West Virginia, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN): The Bearcats would be back in the thick of the race for a bid with a win over the Mountaineers.

Wednesday's Big 12 Opening Round

The Big 12 Tournament tipped off in Kansas City on Wednesday, and while Oklahoma State and Texas won opening round games to feel more secure, Missouri fell to Nebraska, the 12 seed.

Read more at our Big 12 Tournament Storystream.


Nebraska 75, Missouri 60 (recap): The Tigers lost for the third time in four outings, and the win was a two-point triumph at Iowa State in overtime. Mizzou is OK bid-wise, but their seeding has taken a hit this week.

Oklahoma State 81, Oklahoma 67 (recap): The Cowboys were in good shape before this one, but grabbing the rubber match of the Bedlam series doesn't hurt their case. Their out of the Bubble Watch picture the rest of the way.

Texas 82, Iowa State 75 (recap): It wasn't easy, but the Longhorns moved on to the quarterfinals, where they'll meet third-seeded Baylor.

Thursday's Big 12 Quarterfinals

Texas vs. Baylor, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2): It's hard to believe that the Longhorns have already lost twice to the Bears this season.

Most of the Bubble Watch teams from the Big Ten, Conference USA, Mountain West, Pac-10 and SEC will be in action Wednesday. Plus, pay attention to the WAC, where regular season Utah State has a shot at an at-large bid if they don't win the conference tournament in Reno.

Big Ten Opening Round

As the fifth-seed, Illinois will play Friday in the quarterfinals. That means Minnesota is the only Big Ten team in the hunt who has to play in the opening round tripleheader.

Be sure to check out the Big Ten Tournament Storystream for more.

Minnesota vs. Penn State, 7:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network): The Golden Gophers swept the Nittany Lions, but it was close both times, as they won by five at home and two in State College. Penn State has been playing much better of late, as they scared both Michigan State and Purdue to close the regular season.

Conference USA Quarterfinals

In Tulsa, three of the four top seeds who begin tournament play Thursday have at-large hopes. (Sorry, Marshall.) 

Memphis vs. Houston, 1 p.m. ET (CBS College Sports): I still think that the Tigers need to at least get to the final to have any hope of stealing a bid. A matchup with UAB (who the Tigers swept) in the semifinals looms, if Memphis can top Houston. The two teams split during the regular season, with each team getting a home win.

UAB vs. Southern Mississippi, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS College Sports): The Golden Eagles are a potential landmine for the Blazers. Larry Eustachy's team lost to UAB twice, but UAB only won by one at home and five in Hattiesburg.

UTEP vs. UCF, 9:30 p.m. ET (CBS College Sports): The Miners would naturally love to claim both the regular season and conference tournament crowns. They'll be in good shape for a bid as long as they don't fall to the ninth-seeded Golden Knights.

Mountain West Quarterfinals

New Mexico, BYU and UNLV, the top three seeds, are in good shape for Selection Sunday. The real question is whether fourth-seeded San Diego State can join them.

Follow along at our Mountain West Tournament Storystream.

San Diego State vs. Colorado State, 5:30 p.m. ET (CBS College Sports/the mtn.): If the Aztecs can beat the Rams for the third time this season, they'll play a crucial semifinal game, most likely against New Mexico, Friday evening.

Pac-10 Quarterfinals

Arizona's game with UCLA, which in most seasons would be a championship-worthy matchup, is the only Pac-10 quarterfinal that doesn't have bubble implications.

Visit our Pac-10 Tournament Storystream.

California vs. Oregon/Washington State, 5:30 p.m. ET (FSN/Comcast SportsNet): Of the three Pac-10 contenders, the Golden Bears are in the best position for an at-large should they fail to grab the automatic bid. Of course, if they lose this one, all bets are off.

Arizona State vs. Stanford, 9 p.m. ET (FSN/Comcast SportsNet): The Sun Devils beat the Cardinal twice during the regular season. If they can do it a third time, they could find themselves in an elimination game against Washington tomorrow.

Washington vs. Oregon State, 11:30 p.m. ET (FSN/Comcast SportsNet): The Huskies beat the Beavers twice, so Washington will look for a third win, and the opportunity to fight another day.

SEC Opening Round

Thanks to the SEC's divisional imbalance, the two of the three conference teams in the most bubble trouble, Mississippi and Mississippi State, received byes to Friday's quarterfinals.

Read more at our SEC Tournament Storystream

Florida vs. Auburn, 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network/Full Court): The Gators absolutely cannot lose this one. With a victory, a game with Mississippi State would await on Friday.

WAC Quarterfinals

Utah State, the regular season champion, is a legit at-large candidate. And they may need to back in to the field, as the conference tournament takes place in Reno, on the homecourt of two seed Nevada.

Check out our WAC Tournament Storystream.

Utah State vs. Boise State, 3 p.m. ET (ESPNU): The Aggies probably need to reach the final to lock up a bid. They begin their quest against the Broncos. Utah State pounded Boise State in Logan, but only won by five in Boise on February 11.

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