Mar 6, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT
Game of the Night: No. 5 Georgetown at Villanova (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
The biggest game of the night pits two old school Big East programs and future Catholic 7 programs that could determine quite a bit come NCAA tournament time.
Here’s what’s on the line:
- For Villanova, they have a chance to lock up an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. As of today, the Wildcats should be able to feel pretty good about where they stand thanks to wins over Syracuse, Louisville and Marquette. But they enter this game on a two-game losing streak, and with the Big East tournament looming next week, a loss in the first round could mean that Jay Wright’s club enters Selection Sunday on a four game losing streak. Still deserving? Maybe not.
- For Georgetown, they have a chance to lock up a share of the Big East regular season title. with Syracuse visiting DC on Saturday afternoon looking to get revenge for a beat down last month and change the course of their season, a loss would put the Hoyas in danger of missing out on a chance to win a Big East title and to get the No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament. With a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament a legitimate possibility, that’s a lot riding on these last couple of games.
Mid-Major Matchup of the Night: No. 16 St. Louis at Xavier (8:00 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)
Read this story from Dana O’Neil on this year’s St. Louis team.
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The Billikens have become one of the feel-good stories of the year, and they just so happen to be the best team in the Atlantic 10 and a group with a real shot at making a long run in the tournament. Which is why Xavier wants this win so badly. There is still a chance that, if the Musketeers can win out and pick off a couple more good teams in the A-10 tournament, they can sneak into one of the last at-large spots. The Cintas Center is always tough to play in.
Who’s Getting Upset?: No. 13 Oklahoma State at Iowa State (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
Iowa State is one of the most entertaining and dangerous teams in the country, and they just so happen to be awesome when playing at home. They desperately need this win if they are going to make the NCAA tournament as an at-large. I think they get it.
2) There are four top 25 teams on the road against teams that have a real shot at pulling an upset. Three are listed above. The fourth? No. 7 Michigan at Purdue. The Boilermakers are coming off of a win at the Kohl Center over Wisconsin. (7:00 p.m ET, Big Ten Network)
3) No. 21 VCU and Richmond actually have a pretty healthy rivalry as the two biggest programs in the city of Richmond. Throw in the fact that the Spiders beat the Rams earlier this season, and this should be an intense matchup. (8:00 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)
4) Maryland’s NCAA tournament hopes are all but gone, but if they can beat a North Carolina team that is peaking at the right time tonight, they may still have a chance. (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
5) Tennessee is on their last breath as well, and while beating Auburn isn’t going to do much for their profile, losing to the Tigers would be a monumental disaster. (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
- No. 5 Georgetown at Villanova (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
- Georgia Tech at No. 6 Miami (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
- No. 7 Michigan at Purdue (7:00 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network)
- Vanderbilt at No. 11 Florida (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
- No. 12 New Mexico at Nevada (10:00 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)
- No. 13 Oklahoma State at Iowa State (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
- No. 16 St. Louis at Xavier (9:00 p.m. ET)
- DePaul at No. 17 Syracuse (6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
- Richmond at No. 21 VCU (8:00 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)
- No. 23 UCLA at Washington State (9:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network)
- North Carolina at Maryland (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Temple at Fordham (7:00 p.m. ET)
- George Washington at La Salle (7:00 p.m. ET)
- Tennessee at Auburn (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
- UConn at South Florida (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
- Wake Forest at NC State (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
- Minnesota at Nebraska (9:00 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network)
- West Virginia at Oklahoma (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
- Colorado State at Wyoming (10:00 p.m. ET, ROOT)
- Stanford at Cal (11:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
- Air Force at San Diego State (11:30 p.m. ET)
- USC at Washington (11:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network)
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