Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: Teams who must win one or more games in their conference tournament to make March Madness.

Champ Week is here and many bubble teams find themselves in must-win scenarios.

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With the regular season officially coming to a close, conference tournaments present the last breath of opportunity for all bubble teams across the country -- especially for teams who need one or more victories in their respective conference tournaments to stay afloat in the at-large discussion.

In short, these teams’ bubbles have not burst yet, meaning there is still a plausible path towards an at-large bid. Nonetheless, more work lies ahead in Champ Week if these teams want to impress the selection committee before March Madness kicks off.

Here, we will discuss ten bubble teams who need one or more victories this week if they wish to feel confident about their NCAA Tournament chances.

Iowa Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes blew a Q1 opportunity on Sunday night to Illinois in a game that felt like a “must-win.”. Now just 18-13 (10-10), the Hawkeyes' at-large hopes are not dead just yet but they will need two wins in the Big Ten Tournament if they desire to be on the right side of the cut line come Selection Sunday. They will face the red-hot Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday with a potential third meeting against the Illini on Friday if they win. The Hawkeyes will need both.

Kansas State Wildcats

All hope for an at-large bid in the Little Apple is not gone yet. After upsetting Iowa State on Saturday, the Wildcats’ ultra-slim at-large hopes remained intact for the time being. Jerome Tang’s group will have their work cut out for them, though, taking on Texas in the second round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday followed by a potential rematch against Iowa State on Thursday. At a minimum, the Wildcats will need those two wins to get firmly back in the bubble picture.