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What some NCAA top seeds and bubble teams need to do: March 11

We take a look at the teams fighting for spots and seeds in the NCAA Tournament today.

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There are more teams than ever competing for dance cards to the NCAA Tournament in 2020, and we’re here to help sort out who’s in and who’s out from the bubble.

For some help, we scoured the Internet’s bracketologists to help us predict who will be heading to a first-and-second round city, and who’s hosting an NIT game.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. NC State Wolfpack

NC State: 19-12, 10-10 ACC, NET 54, Ken Pom 51

ESPN: 11 seed

NC State needs to make one final impression on the committee during the ACC Tournament, and a loss in its first round to Pittsburgh would be devastating and likely ending the Wolfpack’s NCAA Tournament hopes. Assuming NC State can get by the conference’s No. 13 seed on Wednesday, the Wolfpack have a matchup with the Duke Blue Devils, which would be a huge win and likely send NC State dancing.

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana: 19-12, 9-11 Big Ten, NET 59, Ken Pom 39

ESPN: 11 seed
CBS: 9 seed

There’s a bit of a wide gap between what ESPN thinks of Indiana and what CBS does. Joe Lunardi shows the Hoosiers to be in one of the First Four games, while Jerry Palm has them fairly safely in the field of 68. A win over Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament would not do much, but Indiana will have chances to prove the Hoosiers are a tournament team starting with Thursday’s potential matchup with the Penn State Nittany Lions.

California Bears vs. Stanford Cardinal

Stanford: 20-11, 9-9 Pac-12, NET 30, Ken Pom 37

ESPN: 11 seed
CBS: 11 seed

Bracketology sites have Stanford just barely hanging on to a spot in the NCAA Tournament. A loss to Cal would be a real issue for the Cardinal. Stanford is in a position where it will be scoreboard watching bubble teams and bid stealers around the country. Even with a win on Wednesday, Stanford might struggle to find a quality victory during the Pac-12 tournament with its next games against fringe NCAA Tournament teams with the UCLA Bruins and Arizona State Sun Devils.

DePaul Blue Demons vs. Xavier Musketeers

Xavier 19-12, 8-10 Big East, NET 45, Ken Pom 43

CBS: 10 seed

Xavier is in or out of the field depending on who you ask, making the next few days crucial for the Musketeers to show they’re worthy of an NCAA Tournament team. A victory over DePaul on Wednesday would not impress anybody, but Xavier has a golden opportunity awaiting in the next round with a matchup with the Villanova Wildcats. Win that one, and good things are coming for Xavier on Selection Sunday.