Mar 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT
Game of the Day: No. 5 Georgetown vs. No. 17 Syracuse (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Otto Porter made his case for National Player of the Year when these two teams last met, scoring 33 points and carrying Georgetown in a big road win over the Orange. Now the Hoyas return home with a chance to claim at least a share of the Big East regular season title with a win. Syracuse has some concerned because of its recent slide, having lost three of its last four games and sliding back into the middle of the pack in the Big East.
Who’s Getting Upset?: Lafayette (-2) vs. Lehigh (2:00 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)
Lehigh will be without star C.J. McCollum again, as he has been ruled out for Saturday’s semifinal, but the Mountain Hawks still have plenty to work with. The key for Lehigh will be defending the Lafayette three-point shooters, who lit them up in the two previous matchups (21-of-51) between these teams. That includes the team’s leading scorer, Seth Hinrichs, who averages 14.6 points per game. Lehigh has the advantage in the frontcourt and that’s what it should look to exploit. That means Gabe Knutson and Holden Greiner need to come up big Saturday.
Mid-Major Matchup of the Day: San Diego State vs. Boise State (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network)
In the first meeting between these two teams San Diego State blew a 17-point lead before Chase Tapley saved them with a three-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining, giving the Aztecs a 63-62 win. This time around, the stakes are higher in the season finale. Boise State sits on the bubble and couldn’t get resume-building road wins over New Mexico and UNLV in recent weeks, but now returns home with another chance to solidify its spot. As for San Diego State, the Aztecs are cemented in the tournament but could use another win on the road to affect their seating.
Five Things to Watch For
1) No. 3 Duke has not lost a game with Ryan Kelly in the lineup. Kelly has put up astronomical numbers since returning from his foot injury. What does it likely mean when you consider those two factors for Saturday’s rivalry matchup with North Carolina? A Duke win on the road. But don’t underestimate North Carolina. Since Roy Williams switch to a smaller, for versatile lineup, the Tar Heels have become a different team.
2) No. 6 Miami severely hurt its chances at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament with a loss at the buzzer to Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes have now lost three of their last four, including games to Wake Forest and that game against Georgia Tech. They try to get back on track Saturday against Clemson.
3) Indiana State escaped last night in the final moments to advance in the crazy Missouri Valley tournament. The Sycamores now meet Creighton, who they beat handily in their first meeting of the season. Expect Doug McDermott to come up big after his huge season finale to clinch the conference title.
4) Amidst all the drama in the Big Ten, Big East, and ACC, don’t forget about the Big 12. Kansas State is tied atop the conference with Kansas and a win Saturday, plus a Jayhawk loss, would give the Wildcats an outright conference title. They take on Oklahoma State.
5) Kentucky’s NCAA tournament hopes took another blow with its double-digit loss to Georgia this week. Because of that, it needs a big home win over No. 11 Florida and a run in the SEC tournament to stay alive.
The Top 25
No. 3 Duke vs. North Carolina (9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
No. 4 Kansas vs. Baylor (6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
No. 5 Georgetown vs. No. 17 Syracuse (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
No. 6 Miami vs. Clemson (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
No. 8 Louisville vs. No. 24 Notre Dame (4:00 p.m. ET, CBS)
No. 9 Kansas State vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State (1:30 p.m. ET)
No. 11 Florida vs. Kentucky (12:00 p.m. ET, CBS)
No. 12 New Mexico vs. Air Force (6:00 p.m. ET)
No. 15 Marquette vs. St. John’s (2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
No. 16 Saint Louis vs. La Salle (1:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network)
No. 18 Arizona vs. Arizona State (4:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Net National)
No. 19 Oregon vs. Utah (2:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Networks)
No. 20 Pittsburgh vs. DePaul (2:00 p.m. ET)
No. 23 UCLA vs. Washington (2:00 p.m. ET, CBS)
No. 25 Memphis vs. UAB (12:00 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)
Other Notable Games
Providence vs. Connecticut (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
Minnesota vs. Purdue (12:00 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network)
Ole Miss vs. LSU (1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
NC State vs. Florida State (2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Lehigh vs. Lafayette (2:00 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)
Indiana State vs. Creighton (2:35 p.m. ET)
San Diego State vs. Boise State (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network)
Georgia vs. Alabama (4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
Missouri vs. Tennessee (4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Oregon State vs. Colorado (4:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Networks)
Canisius vs. Iona (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
Cornell vs. Harvard (5:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network)
Fresno State vs. UNLV (6:00 p.m. ET)
Xavier vs. Butler (6:30 ET, CBS Sports Network)
Louisiana Tech vs. Denver (7:00 p.m. ET, ROOT Sports)
Nevada vs. Colorado State (8:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)
Sep 21, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT
The Tigers, who won 25 games last season, landed their first commitment in the Class of 2015 Sunday night.
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With both Pierria Henry and Terrence Williams being seniors, Charlotte needed to add a perimeter player in 2015.
Sep 21, 2014, 9:21 PM EDT
URI head coach Dan Hurley landed his second 2015 commitment Sunday evening.
Sep 21, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT
Danny Manning finally has his first 2015 commitment and the player’s a very important one with regard to the future of the program.
Sep 21, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT
The Vikings have added some depth to their front court for the 2015-16 season.
Sep 21, 2014, 5:14 PM EDT
The Shockers won’t lack for capable leaders this season, and their newcomers have followed the lead of those veterans in the weight room.
Sep 21, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT
A good read on Colorado State’s new senior transfer, Antwan Scott, overcoming family obstacles while still succeeding on the court.
Sep 21, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT
Washington State picked up a commitment from a 2015 forward on Sunday.
Sep 21, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT
A former UC Irvine forward could make his NFL debut on Sunday with the Arizona Cardinals.
Sep 21, 2014, 10:43 AM EDT
Wisconsin picked up a 2015 commitment on Sunday morning.
Sep 21, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT
LSU is on the board in the 2017 class.
Sep 21, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT
Five-star 2016 guard Kobi Simmons is electric.
Sep 20, 2014, 11:29 PM EDT
Three Mountain West programs and one Big Ten program among the schools on the Las Vegas native’s list.
Sep 20, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT
The elite PG from New Jersey had his first in-person meeting with Kentucky head coach John Calipari on Thursday.
Sep 20, 2014, 6:18 PM EDT
The South Charleston HS floor general was one of the state’s best players last season, and he could prep for a year before joining the WVU program.
Sep 20, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT
The son of a former national champion has made a name for himself by scoring 28 points per game as a junior.
Sep 20, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT
Mount St. Mary’s rewarded head coach Jamion Christian with an extension.
Sep 20, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Gonzaga has one of its deepest teams of all time and the Bulldogs are challenging themselves with a difficult non-conference schedule.
Sep 20, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT
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