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BYU Bubble Watch: Your Updated Rooting Guide

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As we head into the weekend, some things have already shaken out in BYU's favor in its quest for an at-large tournament bid. With a lot of basketball left to play elsewhere, things are looking up for the Cougars dancing dreams. Here's a rundown of what has gone down so far, and what teams you should still be keeping an eye on.

CONFERENCE

TEAM(S)

RESULT

GOOD/BAD

ACC

Miami

Beat Georgia Tech in 1st rd

Waiting. Need a loss to Virginia today.

NC State

Beat BostonCollege in 1st rd

Waiting. Need a loss to FloridaState today.

ATLANTIC 10

Dayton

Beat George Washington in 1st rd.

Waiting. Need a loss to Xavier today.

BIG EAST

South Florida

Lost to Notre Dame in 3rd rd.

Wash. USF’s bubble still not burst.

Seton Hall

Lost to Louisiville in 2nd rd

Good!

B1G TEN

Northwestern

Lost to Minnesota in 1st rd

Good! (sad, but good)

BIG 12

Texas

Beat 3-seed IowaState in 2nd rd

Bad

BIG WEST

Long Beach State

Won 1st rd game

Waiting. (Need to win its tourney)

C-USA

Memphis

Won 2nd rd game

Waiting. Plays Southern Miss today. (Need to win its tourney)

Southern Miss

Won 2nd rd game

See above.

IVY LEAGUE

Harvard

Won conference/auto-bid outright due to Penn loss

Good!

SEC

Ole Miss

Beat Auburn in 1st rd

Waiting. Loss to Tennessee today is good.

Mississippi State

Lost to 11-seed Georgia in 1st rd

Good!

WAC

Nevada

Won 1st rd game

Waiting. (Need to win its tourney)

PAC-12

Oregon

Lost to 6-seed Colorado

While at first Oregon winning was needed, the combination of UO & UW losses makes the Pac-12 a 1-bid league if Cal wins.

Washington

Lost to 9-seed OregonState

California

Beat Stanford in 2nd rd

Now waiting, need Cal to win its tourney

As we noted in our initial rooting guide, not every one of these items needs to fall BYU's way -- because BYU ended the WCC tournament on the "in" side of the bubble, a handful of breaks is all that is needed. Of the six outcomes that are seemingly decided, four have broken in BYU's favor, one against, and one is still a "wash."

Because of this, BYU is already looking much better. The Cougars moved up two spots to 45th in Joe Lunardi's S-Curve, which is four spots above the "last four in" line.

If you've been sweating, now is a time you might be able to put away your handkerchief ... but it's never bad to root for a few more breaks for insurance.