Northwestern NCAA Tournament Bubble Rooting Interests, March 1

Giving Loretta the day off so he can rip his hair out and think about whether life is truly meaningless. A few games tonight, let's look at them.

Michigan Wolverines @ Illinois Fighting Illini, 6 p.m. CST, ESPN

Pick: Michigan

Illinois is dead to rights with two games left in the BTT. But with two games against ranked opponents and the conference tourney, they aren't completely dead. Pull for Michigan to make Meyers Leonard make sad faces and complain about how his team was actually better after the Illini lose to the Wolverines at home - something that hasn't happened in Michigan's last 13 tries.

Washington Huskies @ USC Trojans, 9:30 p.m. CST, No TV

Pick: USC

Kevin O'Neill has let NU down time and time again this bubble rooting interests season. His Trojans have won only one Pac-12 game - a difficult task - and only has six wins all year. Northwestern needs that hodgepodge of a conference to be a one-bid league, and this would help.

Colorado Buffaloes @ Oregon Ducks, 9:30 p.m. CST, No TV

Pick: Colorado

No TV for these Pac-12 jawns, but the games are streamed for free on team websites. The Pac-12 is essentially Texas-Pan American. Anyway, neither of these teams has that much of a shot, and to be honest, either one could lose and it would be alright. Colorado has a slightly worse record, if they won, these teams would be equally mediocre. Not that important, but hey, slow news day.

New Mexico State Aggies vs. Nevada Wolfpack, 10 p.m. CST, ESPN2

Pick: Nevada

Tough one to gauge here. These are the two best teams in the WAC, and each has caught national attention at some point this year. Right now, Nevada is in the tourney, and New Mexico State is out. However, the Aggies are coming on strong, having won eight of nine since losing to Nevada back in January. I think the play here is to root for Nevada to get the W and hope they win their conference tourney. It could backfire if they lose the conference tourney and make this a two-bid league, but if New Mexico State wins and makes it to the conference championship game, it might be a two-bid league regardless.

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