March Madness Betting Predictions & Picks: Bubble Teams That Could Make the Tournament

March Madness Betting Predictions & Picks: Bubble Teams That Could Make the Tournament

March 13 is Selection Sunday, which means not only will the top teams in the nation find out where they will start their Final Four quests, but bubble teams will find out if they did enough to secure bids to the Big Dance. First, check out the March Madness Schedule. Then, see our predictions for six of the most popular bubble teams so you can keep planning your bets against the March Madness Odds.   

March Madness Bracket Predictions for Bubble Teams

2022 March Madness Tournament

  • When: Tuesday, March 15 – Monday, April 4

March Madness Schedule

  • Selection Sunday – March 13
  • First Four – March 15-16
  • First Round / Second Round – March 17 – 20
  • Sweet 16 / Elite Eight – March 24 – 27
  • Final Four – April 2
  • Final Four National Championship – April 4

Virginia Tech Hokies

VA Tech can succeed in stamping their ticket to the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament by winning the ACC Tournament. But if they don’t win the ACC Tournament, a couple of quality victories with at least one of the wins against Duke will lead to a bid. 

Will it happen? Nope.  

To Make the NCAA Tournament: No 

Oklahoma Sooners

Like VA Tech n the ACC, Big 12 team Oklahoma can win their conference tournament and grab and automatic bid. But let’s not kid ourselves.

What are the chances of Oklahoma beating a combination of Baylor, Kansas, Texas Tech, TCU, and Texas, and winning the deepest tournament in college basketball? Zero to negative. 

Heck, the Sooners probably won’t make it to the second-round of their conf tournament because on Thursday they play against Baylor. A win over the Bears puts air in their bubble. But even then, it may not be enough.  

To Make the NCAA Tournament: No  

Xavier Musketeers

On March 5, Xavier broke a 5-game losing streak with an impressive 97-75 win over Georgetown. The Hoyas, though, finished the season with a 6-24 record.

Xavier must do something impressive in the Big East Tournament like upsetting Providence, Villanova, and Connecticut, to secure a spot in the Big Dance. Xavier lost to UConn in overtime, lost to Villanova by 4, and lost to Providence by 3 during the season. So, yes, the Musketeers can make waves in this week’s Big East tourney.  

To Make the NCAA Tournament: Yes

Michigan Wolverines

Before the season started, the Wolverines were a a top pick to win the National Championship. But after one of the most disappointing seasons in Michigan history, the Wolverines find themselves on the bubble. 

Michigan must impress in the Big Ten Tournament to secure their dancing spot. The prediction here is that not only will Michigan impress but they will make it to the tournament’s championship game. 

The Wolverines blasted ranked Ohio State in their final regular season game. Expect this Michigan squad to get on a roll in their conference tournament and enter the NCAA Tournament a wise guy choice to make the Final Four.  

To Make the NCAA Tournament: Yes

Florida Gators

Upsetting Auburn on Feb. 19 helps the cause, but Florida must have a great tournament to secure a spot in the Big Dance.

The win over Auburn just isn’t enough. Florida fell to Kentucky twice, split with Auburn, and lost to Alabama, Tennessee, and to Ole Miss. The loss to Ole Miss is the game that may have put the nail in the coffin. So unless Florida wins the SEC Tournament, they shouldn’t garner a bid. 

To Make the NCAA Tournament: No  

SMU Mustangs

Only one AAC team outside of the Houston Cougars will make the NCAA Tournament. Memphis should be that team.

The Tigers beat the Cougars twice. SMU beat Houston once, but that was the Mustangs’ lone impressive victory. SMU can win the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

However, it’s asking a lot for SMU to beat both a scorching Memphis squad and Kelvin Sampson’s Houston team. The prediction is that SMU’s bubble bursts early in an upset loss to a team like Wichita State.  

To Make the NCAA Tournament: No 

 
 

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