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State,Miami And Pitt Still On The Fence

All three could make - or miss - March Madness.

Miami is in danger of its tourney hopes slipping away
Miami is in danger of its tourney hopes slipping away
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With the season rapidly winding down, some teams have little to worry about when it comes to NCAA bids: UVA, Duke, Notre Dame, Louisville and UNC are in.

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Syracuse ruled itself out of course, but we think State is in based on some big wins and strength of schedule. Miami and Pitt are still scrapping.

The ACC usually has a pretty good contingent for the NIT as well, but not this year: right only Clemson is likely to get an invite.  FSU might if it finishes with a winning record, but barring miracles, Wake, Georgia Tech, BC and Virginia Tech are going straight to recruiting after the ACC Tournament.

ESPN's Eamonn Brennan sees State in and lists Pitt and Miami as close but not yet. That was posted before this weekend though.

Also of interest: Dayton, coached by former State guard Archie Miller, is almost there, as is Rhode Island, coached by Bobby Hurley's brother Danny.

Over in the MAC, Bobby Hurley will have to win the tournament to get in - the MAC probably won't get any at-large bids - but who knows more about March than Hurley?

Buffalo is 19-9.

Meanwhile, over in Cornfed, Northwestern and Chris Collins are just under .500 at 14-15 and will have to win the Big Ten tourney to go anywhere.

And in the Big East, Wojo's Marquette is 11-17 and unlikely to go anywhere but just wait.

And also, out West on the Farm, Johnny Dawkins' Stanford is 18-10. Former Herb Sendek assitant Sean Miller is a cinch at Arizona at 26-3, while the Herbster is limping along at 15-14.