Bubble Watch: Winners and losers among NCAA tournament fringe teams

Playing the part of a prototypical NCAA tournament bubble team, Miami (Fla.) recently has used the motto “Find a way.” That’s what the Hurricanes did Saturday in a 71-65 victory against fellow bubble team Clemson.

They did so without Ja’Quan Newton, who missed his second consecutive game of a three-game suspension that coach for violating team rules. Coach Jim Larrañaga used only two players off the bench.

The win puts Miami in USA TODAY Sports’ projected field of 68, but there’s no room for the Hurricanes to stub their toe down the stretch. Right now, the best part about Miami’s résumé is that there are no bad losses. Add one of those, and a non-conference strength of schedule in the 260s sinks them bellow competing bubble teams.

Here’s a look at how the rest of the borderline teams fared on Saturday.

WINNERS

Kansas State

Trying to dig themselves out of a disastrous three-game losing streak that shifted the Wildcats on the wrong side of the bubble, D.J. Johnson tipped in a miss by Kamau Stokes with 1.6 seconds remaining,…

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