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03/12/2013 12:38 pm ET

NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch: Kentucky Among Teams With Work To Do In Conference Tournaments

With the NCAA Tournament's dance card filling up, college basketball teams still on the bubble are running out of time to bolster their claims for a spot. For these bubble teams hoping for an at-large berth to the field of 68, the conference tournaments represent the last chance to make an impression before Selection Sunday.

For some teams, like Virginia, a run in the conference tournament could put them safely in the NCAA Tournament. While the Cavaliers have resume-building wins over Duke, N.C. State and Wisconsin (on the road), back-to-back losses to Boston College and Florida State leave them in an uncertain position as they arrive in Greensboro. Can the Cavaliers compensate for several bad losses with a few more wins at the ACC Tournament?

John Calipari's defending champion Kentucky Wildcats are also in a precarious position, even after bouncing back from bad losses to Arkansas and Georgia with a much-needed victory over No. 11 Florida. The Nerlens Noel-less Wildcats likely need another quality win to earn an at-large berth. Unfortunately, they'll need to advance deeper into the SEC Tournament to find an opponent to help their case. Even more problematic, an early SEC tourney loss to a lackluster foe could dent their hopes.

In a roller coaster 2012-2013 season when even the teams atop the weekly rankings seemed to be vulnerable to upsets on a nightly basis, it seems fitting that the reigning champs might not even reach the Big Dance. Here is a look at some of the bubble teams needing to improve their resumes in the conference tournaments. Who will make the cut?

Conference Tournament Bubble Watch

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