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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Apr 20, 2015, 10:45 PM EDT
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Apr 20, 2015, 9:45 PM EDT
Iowa landed a junior college forward to close out a six-man class.
Apr 20, 2015, 8:45 PM EDT
Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg is up and on his feet after heart surgery.
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North Carolina star point guard Marcus Paige had successful surgery
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Shannon Evans is leaving Buffalo. Is athletic director Danny White the reason why?
Apr 20, 2015, 5:45 PM EDT
Rhode Island added some immediate help shooting the ball.
Apr 20, 2015, 4:45 PM EDT
Ohio landed an in-state Class of 2016 center.
Apr 20, 2015, 4:30 PM EDT
South Florida continues to hit the transfer market hard.
Apr 20, 2015, 3:17 PM EDT
Evan Payne averaged 18.0 points for LMU last season.
Apr 20, 2015, 2:47 PM EDT
Tarrant will step into the starting point guard role for Memphis.
Apr 20, 2015, 2:38 PM EDT
Wiltjer will likely be a preseason all-american.
Apr 20, 2015, 1:58 PM EDT
The younger Greek Freak is hitting the AAU circuit this summer.
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Apr 20, 2015, 11:49 AM EDT
Sampson gives LSU one of the best recruiting classes in the country.
Apr 20, 2015, 9:37 AM EDT
Poeltl had a chance to be a first round pick.
Apr 20, 2015, 9:05 AM EDT
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Apr 19, 2015, 11:15 PM EDT
Brandon Ingram’s down to six schools: North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and NC State.
Apr 19, 2015, 10:05 PM EDT
Marcus Keene averaged 15.6 ppg last season, and with Chris Fowler entering his senior season this is a good pickup for the Chippewas.
Apr 19, 2015, 9:20 PM EDT
Brandon Sampson will pick LSU, Oklahoma State or St. John’s on Monday, and he’s an important recruit for the Red Storm.
Apr 19, 2015, 8:42 PM EDT
Nathan Davis, who won 78.3 percent of his games as head coach at Randolph Macon, was an assistant at Bucknell from 2003-08.
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- Utah’s Jakob Poeltl will return to school for his sophomore season 1
- 2015 College Basketball Updated Early Entry List 14
- Former Kansas State guard transferring to Creighton 0
- Former Cornell forward Shonn Miller headed to UConn for final season of eligibility 0
- Purdue center A.J. Hammons to return for senior season 0
- Five-star 7-footer Stephen Zimmerman commits to UNLV 4
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- Five-star Kentucky commit believes the NCAA will clear him to play (10)
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