Mar 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EST
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)
Dec 18, 2014, 9:59 AM EST
She may not be playing anymore, but Lauren’s time with the basketball program has not yet come to an end.
Dec 18, 2014, 8:45 AM EST
David Nwaba scored 11 second-half points to help lead the Mustangs back from a 14-points halftime deficit. Here are two of those points.
Dec 18, 2014, 8:00 AM EST
Doolin finished the game with 15 points, three assists and no turnovers, and made two huge plays to get UNLV the two-point win over Portland.
Dec 18, 2014, 12:04 AM EST
This is the first win that the American has landed over a ranked team.
Dec 18, 2014, 12:00 AM EST
Dawson’s injury occurred on the same night that freshman Javon Bess made his regular season debut for the Spartans.
Dec 17, 2014, 10:33 PM EST
Copes played in just four games this season due to injury.
Dec 17, 2014, 10:07 PM EST
The best part is that it was very much intentional
Dec 17, 2014, 9:20 PM EST
Delaware State’s Amere May scored more points than anyone in college basketball has this season.
Dec 17, 2014, 8:19 PM EST
With Lavon Long and Brett Bisping now sidelined, the Saints are without their two best rebounders.
Dec 17, 2014, 6:55 PM EST
Defense and turnovers will be the keys for Texas when Big 12 play begins.
Dec 17, 2014, 5:56 PM EST
After shooting 40.7% from the field and 29.4% from three as a sophomore, Anderson’s off to a hot start for the sixth-ranked Cavaliers.
Dec 17, 2014, 4:26 PM EST
With these dismissals Dayton has no eligible players taller than 6-foot-6.
Dec 17, 2014, 4:00 PM EST
This may be the most interesting night of hoops this week.
Dec 17, 2014, 3:44 PM EST
What changes will Kansas make to get better by March?
Dec 17, 2014, 2:30 PM EST
They are so short-handed that even the head coach is participating in practices.
Dec 17, 2014, 1:53 PM EST
Treadwell was accused of assaulting a member of the women’s team.
Dec 17, 2014, 1:00 PM EST
DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell broke his right hand in a win over DePaul.
Dec 17, 2014, 11:16 AM EST
The Shockers miss Cleanthony Early, but how much will this hurt them in the long-term?
Dec 17, 2014, 10:33 AM EST
This is one of the most surprising posterizeds we’ve seen this year.
Dec 17, 2014, 8:00 AM EST
Michigan State lost a lot of talent and experience from a title contender last season, but they’ve remained a top 25 team thanks to tremendous three-point shooting.
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