By a huge slate of games on the schedule tonight. Only 5 ranked teams in action and no games between ranked teams, but there are some important games between teams looking to prove they are tournament worthy. I have my eye on 2 games specifically. The first an SEC match up between LSU and South Carolina.
Ben Simmons and the Tigers travel to Columbia to take on the Gamecocks who have been hanging around the edge of the Top 25 all year. After a slow start to the season which had many questioning their ability to make it to the NCAA tournament, they are now sitting in first place in the SEC at 8-2 in conference. Simmons is arguably the most talented player in the country and a virtual lock to go number 1 in this summers draft. With an at large bid not guaranteed for LSU look them and Simmons in particular to push for a conference title. LSU wins a tight one tonight 75-68
The other bubble game takes place in the Big East between two teams that currently find themselves on opposite sides of the bubble according to some. Seton Hall hosts Butler tonight at 6:30. It seems that every game the Pirates have played recently has had tournament implications, but that’s the case when your playing teams in you own conference that are all competing for that same 1 or at large bids. Seton Hall is 12-3 at home this year and have now won 4 straight. They have a week off after tonight’s game so the effort should be there and then some with so much time off. Butler has struggled in conference play after being ranked as high as 9 in the country at one point this year. Seton Hall continues their hot play as of late and win 80-68.
15 Texas A&M @ Alabama.
Despite the Tide having some inside information from Avery Johnson’s son who played last year for the Aggies, Texas A&M gets back in the win column tonight. A&M 75-65
Memphis @ Houston
This is for the gamblers out there. Houston -2 at home against the Tigers. Houston 75-68.
20 Providence @ Marquette
The Golden Eagles came close to upsetting Xavier at home lass week. Tonight they will knock of a top 25 team and sendProvidence out of the Rankings come Monday. Marquette 72-66.
St Bonaventure @ Fordham
What’s not to love about the Bonnies?! They win 78-66.
St. Joeseph’s @ George Wasington
Another game between two teams competing for potentially the same at large bid in a few weeks. The winner tonight will have the advantage. DeAndre Bembry may be the best player no one is talking about averaging 17pts, 8red, 5ast he does it all. Including leading the Hawks to a win tonight. St. Joes 73-62.
21 Baylor @ Kansas State
Baylor is coming off of 2 straight losses while K. State is fresh off te upset of the number 1 Sooners. I’m expecting the Wildcats to be off their game after the big celebration while Baylor looks to get back into the win coloum. Baylor 80-70. Also take the Bears with the points. They’re currently getting 2
Iowa State @ Texas Tech
Niang has a big game leading the Cyclones to a win Iowa State 75-62
Pac 12 teams usually don’t get a lot of love cause they tip off so late but man can the games be entertaining. Washington will drive you crazy if your a fan and I’m sure at least 1 person has a heart attack watching them play. They play fast and are 5th in the country in scoring but are 331st in defense. I’m taking the Huskies with the points but Utah to win the game. Utah 82-75