The Washington Times - March 2, 2011, 09:51AM

Boston College got a win to help its profile.

Virginia Tech took a setback it didn’t much need.

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Baylor … well, the less said the better.

All that and more in the bracket stock watch.

RISING

Boston College. The little team that could now has a sweep of Virginia Tech to its name, something of modest value to complement its November defeat of Texas A&M. The Eagles almost have to be rooting for a four-way logjam at 9-7 in the ACC – they’d be the No. 4 seed if they end up tied with Clemson, Maryland and Virginia Tech.

Nebraska. Beating Missouri at home would mean a lot more for the Cornhuskers if six other Big 12 teams hadn’t already done it. This weekend’s date with Colorado is bizarrely fascinating.

Oklahoma State. The February losing streak stung, but the Cowboys are enjoying a modest bounceback. The victory over Baylor pushes the Pokes closer to the bubble.

STEADY

Cleveland State. The Vikings are a significant element in the Horizon League tournament, though not a probable at-large team. Still, they moved along to the next round by handling Illinois-Chicago with ease.

FALLING

Alabama. Getting demolished at Florida will do it for any sort of at-large hopes in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide will need three wins in the SEC tournament to get to the field of 68.

Baylor. After a loss to Oklahoma State, the Bears’ hopes will rest on a Big 12 tournament run – even if they can topple Texas this weekend.

Illinois. The Illini is probably safe with one more victory; such is the state of the field this season. A defeat of Purdue would have effectively extinguished any doubt, but that was probably asking a bit too much.

Penn State. Talor Battle’s career is ending in the NIT. On the bright side, he won’t see Jon Diebler there.

Virginia Tech. As usual, the Hokies can’t stand prosperity. They’ll go back to the grind with a trip to Clemson this weekend, and it’s anyone’s guess how they’ll respond to laying an egg in what might (or might not) be the final home game in the career of seniors Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen.

– Patrick Stevens