And then there is Colorado State, at 19-10, currently one of the bubbliest of the bubble teams and TCU's opening-round opponent in the MWC Tournament, projected as a #12 seed.
I don't think the Frogs really need any extra motivation going into Thursday afternoon's rubber match with the Rams. Led by a group of gritty and determined seniors, this year's squad is hell-bent on reversing the public opinion of TCU men's basketball. I'm sure they'd like to settle the score with any of the five MWC teams with which they split the season series this year. But reading between the lines in ESPN's Bubble Watch, it would appear that the Frogs have a chance not only to erase the memory of their 95-89 double-overtime loss in Fort Collins in which three of them fouled out, but also to keep the Rams out of the NCAA Tournament.
What I've loved about this team all year is that there absolutely no quit in them. And we've seen how dangerous Hank Thorns can be when you give him the extra incentive of showing up his hometown- so maybe, just maybe, deflating CSU's season will only be the beginning of his (& the team's) heroics in Vegas this week.