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Northwestern NCAA Tournament Bubble Rooting Interests: 2/23/2012

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.

Alabama Crimson Tide at Arkansas Razorbacks, 6 central, ESPN2

Team to root for: Arkansas

Alabama's been in the top 25 much of the season but has been struggling lately thanks to a lack of offense and the suspension of several key players. They still probably get in, but a loss to middling Arkansas would get them closer to the bubble.

USC Trojans at Arizona Wildcats, 7:30 central, no TV

Team to root for: USC, however reluctantly

Fuck you, Kevin O'Neill.

Ok, now that pleasantries are out of the way, a USC win tonight would officially slam the door on Arizona's very thin at large hopes.

Louisville Cardinals at Cincinnati Bearcats, 8 central, ESPN

Team to root for: Louisville

Cincinnati feels like they should be a lock at 19-8 (9-5) but their non-conference schedule was a total joke and they have a couple awful losses.

California Golden Bears at Utah Utes, 8 central, no TV

Team to root for: Utah

Utah has by far the worst KenPom ranking (currently #304) of any BCS team since KenPom had a site, so they aren't gonna win this, but if a miracle occurs and they do win, it will put a serious dent in Cal's at large chances.

Stanford Cardinal at Colorado Buffaloes, 9:30 central, no TV

Team to root for: Stanford

Colorado needs to win out to have a realistic at-large chance.

BYU Cougars at Gonzaga Bulldogs, 10 central, ESPN2

Team to root for: Gonzaga

Gonzaga's in, BYU's on the bubble.