With Northwestern sitting squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble, it's time for a new daily feature, in which I take a look at every game relevant to Northwestern's NCAA chances and tell you whom you should be rooting for.
This could all be irrelevant in a few hours.
Team to root for: Pittsburgh
UConn is on the bubble and desperately needs this one.
Team to root for: West Virginia?
Both these teams are just inside the bubble the right now. Good news is someone has to lose, bad news is someone has to win. According to Bracket Projects' matrix, West Virginia is in slightly better position right now, so root for them.
Team to root for: George Washington
Dayton is probably done after losing to Richmond the other night but might as well make sure.
Team to root for: UNC-Wilmington
CAA quarterfinals. Drexel is unlikely to get an at-large bid if they don't win this tournament and they certainly won't get one with a terrible loss to UNC-Wilmington.
Team to root for: UCLA
Washington is in first place in the Pac-12, but their NCAA position is very much in doubt thanks to a grand total of 3 RPI top 100 wins the entire season (seriously).
Team to root for: Villanova
Cincinnati needs this one.
Team to root for: Marshall
Southern Miss can probably afford a loss here, but two in a row and it could get interesting.
Team to root for: Xavier
Must win for Xavier
Team to root for: Murray State
Ohio Valley title game. Murray State loses, there's one fewer at-large spot.
Team to root for: Boston College
This would be a miraculous upset, but could happen.
Team to root for: Wichita State
We covered this yesterday, either Creighton or Wichita State has to win the Valley auto bid.
Team to root for: Air Force
A loss for the Rams would cancel out their marquee win against UNLV.
Team to root for: Arkansas
MSU needs this game.
Team to root for: Creighton
See the Wichita State section.
Team to root for: Seton Hall, I guess
We've been over this before. Which is better, NU maintains a quality win or Seton Hall falls below NU on the cut line? Seton Hall needs to win this to maintain a top 50 RPI so I think we're better off rooting for them to win, although it's debatable.
Team to root for: Utah
Oregon would be done if Utah were to somehow pull off the upset.
Team to root for: Northeastern
CAA quarterfinals. VCU probably needs to win this tournament to get in, they won't get in if they lose here to Northeastern.
Team to root for: Harvard
Harvard is still in the driver's seat for the auto-bid out of the Ivy but they need a win here.
Team to root for: IPFW
Summit league quarterfinals. Oral Roberts almost certainly needs to win this tournament to get in, and they definitely can't afford an early loss to a 11-18 team.
a city they call Long Beach St. 49ers at Cal St.-Fullerton Titans (+5), 6:05 central, no TV
Team to root for: Fullerton
LBSU would probably have to win out their conference tournament final for an at-large bid, a loss here and they're in auto-bid or bust mode.
Team to root for: St. Mary's
WCC semifinals. Either St. Mary's or Gonzaga needs to win this or there's one fewer at-large spot.
Team to root for: Gonzaga
See above. It's even more important for Gonzaga to win here because BYU is right on the bubble, so a win probably gets them in even if they lose the title game.