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BYU's loss lets Big Ten bubble teams breathe easy _ for now

No. 6 Gonzaga might have some new fans in Big Ten country.

A 74-54 win over BYU in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game Tuesday night gave the Bulldogs an automatic bid to the NCAAs. Gonzaga would have made the NCAA Tournament regardless, so the Zags' victory opened one more precious at-large berth for other contenders.

Nebraska and Penn State can breathe easy, at least for one more night.

The Big Ten's bubble teams can only watch now while other schools get a chance to impress the selection committee. It's an excruciating wait until the bracket is announced this weekend because the Big Ten tourney ended Sunday after being moved up a week earlier...