Busting Brackets

Bracketology 2024: Bubble Watch Updates of key teams in late February

Feb 24, 2024; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA;  Wake Forest Demon Deacons forward Efton Reid III
Feb 24, 2024; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons forward Efton Reid III / Cory Knowlton-USA TODAY Sports
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Texas A&M (15-12) (NET: 58)
6-6 (Q1), 3-2 (Q2), 2-4 (Q3), 5-0 (Q4)

This resume includes an impressive amount of good wins. Texas A&M has won at Ohio State and SMU and beat Iowa State in Florida. They’ve added SEC home wins over Kentucky, Florida, and Tennessee to further fill out this resume.

Unfortunately, the Aggies have lost all four of their games since that upset over the Volunteers. That stretch has included two of their Quad 3 losses, with recent defeats against Vanderbilt and Arkansas pairing not-so-nicely with losses to Memphis and LSU at home.

Texas A&M looked to be in good shape two weeks ago when they beat Tennessee but have really been sunk by those recent losses. That included a 35-point loss in Knoxville against those same Volunteers this past weekend. Frankly, the Aggies need an immediate turnaround to salvage any chance at the postseason and may need to nearly win out to guarantee that.

Utah (16-11) (NET: 54)
3-7 (Q1), 5-3 (Q2), 4-1 (Q3), 4-0 (Q4)

The Utes got off to a great start this season, picking up nonconference Quad 1 wins against Wake Forest, Saint Mary’s and BYU. The problem for Utah is that no further Quad 1 wins have come since conference play has begun, though they’ve won a line of Quad 2 home games, including over Colorado and Washington State.

The resume has taken several hits recently, including a Quad 3 loss at home to Arizona State just two weeks ago. They’ve actually been swept by those Sun Devils, with other Quad 2 losses coming against Stanford in January and USC less than two weeks ago.

The hits just keep coming for a Utah squad that had an incredible resume in December but have now lost six of their last eight games. They’re trending in the wrong direction and a 24-point loss to Colorado on Saturday really stung. The Utes need a nice effort against Stanford and California this week to get back on track at the very least.