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Bubble watch: Duke and Indiana stumble; UConn bolsters NCAA Tournament profile

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The NCAA Tournament bubble fluctuates at a rapid rate in the final weeks leading up to Selection Sunday.

Such is the case for Connecticut, which started the day as the very last team out on the first four out list of USA TODAY Sports’ most recent bracketology. The Huskies simply took care of business by beating a middling Marquette team in Big East action. That same Marquette team just beat North Carolina, another team drifting near the bubble, earlier in the week. 

With Virginia Commonwealth, one of the last four in, losing to Davidson on Saturday, UConn (12-6, 9-6 Big East) likely will vault into the projected field with just two weeks before the 68 teams are unveiled. 

Here are the biggest winners and losers on the bubble from Saturday’s action. 

Winners

Connecticut Huskies guard Tyrese Martin (4) reacts after making a basket against the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.

UConn. Coach Dan Hurley clearly has himself an NCAA Tournament team when leading scorer James Bouknight is on the court. How the NCAA selection committee assesses the team’s losses when Bouknight was out will be interesting. UConn’s NET score in the 40s should suffice but it could use another Quadrant 1 victory to add to the two on its profile. That cold come next week in a road clash vs. Seton Hall. 



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