No college basketball contest in the country will scream “Bubble Game” more than the one set to tip off at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Tuesday night.
Once the calendar flipped to March, the level of desperation to grind out victories grew to a premium. No one disagrees that the Providence Friars and Marquette Golden Eagles both sit on the NCAA Tournament bubble and cannot afford a loss.
“We’ve had must-win games for a while now, really,” says PC Ed Cooley. “We’ve played pretty well for a month and put ourselves in position, but we know we have a lot of work left to do.”
The Friars (19-10 overall, 9-7 Big East) are mentioned as one of the last teams in or out in the various NCAA mock brackets being compiled by media members around the country. They all mean nothing, of course, but do supply a guide for just which teams could be in the mix when the bids are announced on March 16. PC’s credentials are as follows: an RPI of 56; a 5-5 road record; a 2-3 record against the top three t...