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)
Mar 9, 2014, 2:12 PM EDT
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Mar 9, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT
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Mar 9, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT
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Mar 9, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
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Mar 9, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT
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Mar 9, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT
Three more teams will punch tickets to the Big Dance on Sunday, including Wichita State if the Shockers can get past Indiana State and improve to 34-0
Mar 9, 2014, 3:10 AM EDT
No. 4 Duke and No. 10 San Diego State picked up big home wins, and Eastern Kentucky became the second team into the NCAA tournament field on a busy Saturday.
Mar 9, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT
New Mexico led by 16 with 12:05 remaining. And then their inability to adjust to San Diego State’s 1-3-1 zone cost them the Mountain West title.
Mar 9, 2014, 12:50 AM EDT
No. 10 San Diego State overcomes a 16-point second half deficit as they knock off No. 21 New Mexico and bring home a Mountain West title. But should that change how we view the Aztecs?
Mar 9, 2014, 12:09 AM EDT
North Carolina shot nearly 60%, but getting whipped on the boards cost them dearly at Cameron.
Mar 8, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT
Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood both went off for No. 4 Duke as the Blue Devils smacked around North Carolina. Does that mean we can call them a Final Four team again?
Mar 8, 2014, 11:16 PM EDT
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Mar 8, 2014, 9:38 PM EDT
Creighton’s senior forward scored his 3,000th career point on Saturday night. Only seven other players have reached that total.
Mar 8, 2014, 9:24 PM EDT
Get to know the second entry into the 2014 NCAA Tournament field, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.
Mar 8, 2014, 7:49 PM EDT
No. 3 Arizona hasn’t been the best perimeter shooting team, but they’ve been able to make up for that on most days. That wasn’t the case against Oregon, and the struggles of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Gabe York didn’t help either.
Mar 8, 2014, 7:09 PM EDT
Texas A&M celebrated Senior Day on Saturday and it included honoring former high school signee Tobi Oyedeji, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2010 and never played for the school.
Mar 8, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT
Oregon wins its seventh straight, and the Ducks likely punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament with the win over No. 3 Arizona.
Mar 8, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT
No. 19 UConn has struggled to crack 70 points during a recent six-game stretch and it could lead to an early exit for the Huskies in the postseason.
Mar 8, 2014, 6:01 PM EDT
The top seed in next week’s American Athletic Conference was determined by an old school method Saturday afternoon.
- Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood score 54 in No. 4 Duke’s win over No. 14 UNC 0
- Bubble Banter: Oregon, Tennessee headline Saturday’s early winners 0
- Creighton’s Doug McDermott scores his 3,000th point (VIDEO) 0
- Oregon’s big win over No. 3 Arizona caps impressive regular season turnaround 1
- No. 8 Kansas loses, but The Andrew Wiggins Show is what’s important 1
- No. 1 Florida’s undefeated SEC season not just a by-product of their league 5
- Harvard wraps up third consecutive NCAA tournament berth (VIDEO) 0
- No. 7 Syracuse falls to Georgia Tech in a shocking home loss (9)
- College Basketball Talk’s latest Top 25 (6)
- Assigned Reading: Dean Smith’s health continues to deteriorate (6)
- For the first time in months, No. 22 Michigan State and Keith Appling look healthy (6)
- Bracketology: Eight teams in play for No. 1 seeds (6)