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Four teams that stayed on the NCAA bubble and four that might've fallen off

The Baltimore Sun

Maryland fans euphorically stormed the court at Comcast Center, Hoyas supporters left early in disappointment at Georgetown, and Wildcats backers looked stunned at Davidson.

It's the season of mood swings in college basketball, in which the last few games of the regular season are critical for teams frantically trying to squeeze into the NCAA tournament.

Four weeks before the March Madness bracket is revealed on Selection Sunday, here are four teams - in no particular order - that improved their chances with key victories yesterday and four that, after being defeated yesterday, have unfinished business.

Helped their cause

Maryland (17-9, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference): : The Terrapins kept hope alive with a 16-point comeback to beat No. 3 North Carolina, 88-85, in overtime.

Texas (18-8, 7-5 Big 12): : After fading the past three weeks, the Longhorns hooked No. 2 Oklahoma, 73-68, and became relevant again.

Notre Dame (15-11, 6-8 Big East): : The Irish delivered by breaking a seven-game road losing streak with a 103-84 victory at Providence.

St. Mary's (22-5, 8-4 West Coast Conference): : The Gaels proved they could win without injured Patty Mills in a 75-64 victory over Utah State.

Hurt their cause

Davidson (22-6, 15-2 Southern Conference): : The Wildcats probably need an automatic bid by winning their conference tournament for a shot at repeating last season's run to the Elite Eight.

Georgetown (14-15, 5-9 Big East): : Despite their No. 3 strength of schedule, the Hoyas' outlook is grim after a 78-72 home loss to No. 10 Marquette.

Boston College (19-9, 7-6 ACC): : Upsets of Duke and North Carolina this season might help, but the Eagles allowed Miami to sweep them, 69-58.

Baylor (16-10, 4-8 Big 12): : Baylor's 84-74 loss at Oklahoma State probably spelled G-A-M-E O-V-E-R.

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