March Madness bracketology: Wake Forest firmly on bubble

Welcome back to Sports Illustrated‘s Bracket Watch! With less than a week to go until Selection Sunday, we’ll be constantly updating this page as things change during conference tournaments. With plenty of automatic bids to be handed out and teams on the bubble fighting for their seasons, expect regular updates to the men’s field of 68 and notes from SI Bracket expert Kevin Sweeney on the most important happenings related to the Big Dance.

Wednesday’s autobids to be awarded:

Wednesday’s bubble games to watch:

  • Boston College vs. Wake Forest: Wake Forest’s overtime loss at the ACC tournament Wednesday at Boston College could prove particularly damaging for the Demon Deacons’ NCAA tournament hopes. Wake’s 23–9 record may look appealing, but 18 of those 23 wins are against Quad 3 and Quad 4 competition. For now, it stays in the field, but the teams below it still have opportunities to improve their scores while Wake sits at home.
  • Butler Vs. Xavier: The one thing slumping Xavier could ill afford was a Q3 loss to Butler to open the Big East tournament, but the Musketeers blew a late lead and will now be sweating on Selection Sunday. For now, the Musketeers drop only into the “Last Four In” as the second-to-last team in the field, but with bubble teams like Rutgers and Indiana in action in the coming days, it wouldn’t take much for Xavier to find itself on the wrong side of the bubble by the end of the week.
  • Clemson Vs. Virginia Tech

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