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Wednesday’s Pregame Shootaround: Louisville-SMU square off in an AAC battle

Mar 5, 2014, 11:43 AM EDT

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 11 Louisville at No. 18 SMU, 7:00 p.m.

Two Hall of Fame head coaches square off on Wednesday night at SMU in a key AAC battle between two top 20 teams. (Imagine the look you’d give me if I said that sentence two years ago.) The Cardinals look like a team that could string together six straight wins in the NCAA tournament, but right now, they are destined for a seed that may make it difficult to pull off a third straight Final Four. SMU is as tough as anyone in the country in Moody Coliseum, however. Nic Moore vs. Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell vs. Markus Kennedy will be fun.

THE OTHER GAME OF THE NIGHT: St. Joseph’s at George Washington, 9:00 p.m.

George Washington is in the tournament, and fairly comfortably right now. St. Joe’s, on the other hand, is in need of a couple of wins to get them onto the right side of the bubble. Losing at GW would certainly not be a bad loss for the Hawks, but that is a win that would definitely help them climb the ladder.

WHO’S GETTING UPSET?: No. 11 San Diego State at UNLV, 11:00 p.m.

SDSU has been struggling to score the ball in the half court of late, and UNLV has the kind of athletes that can matchup with the Aztecs. A loss, and a New Mexico win over Air Force, would put the Lobos in first place in the MWC.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR:

1) Dayton will have a chance to lock up an NCAA tournament bid at No. 17 Saint Louis, who has lost three games in a row.

2) Some key bubble matchups in the Pac-12, as Utah visits Cal (11:00 p.m.) and Colorado makes a trip to Stanford (9:00 p.m.).

3) All three of the SEC’s bubble teams will be in action. Tennessee visits Auburn, Missouri hosts Texas A&M and Arkansas will get a visit from Ole Miss.

4) Two top five teams head on the road tonight. No. 3 Arizona will visit Oregon State and No. 4 Duke will head down to Wake Forest.

5) Four conference tournaments will happen tonight. The Big South first round kicks off at noon, while the OVC first round, the NEC quarters and the Patriot League quarters all take place tonight as well.

NOTABLES:

  • Texas Tech at No. 8 Kansas, 8:00 p.m.
  • Purdue at No. 9 Wisconsin, 9:00 p.m.
  • Rutgers at No. 19 UConn, 7:00 p.m.
  • Air Force at No. 21 Air Force, 9:00 p.m.
  • West Virginia at No. 23 Oklahoma, 9:00 p.m.
  • TCU at Texas, 8:00 p.m.
  • UMass at Duquesne, 7:00 p.m.
  • Nebraska at Indiana, 7:00 p.m.
  1. eagles512 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    I don’t think st joes needs a couple wins. Just split their last 2 regular season games and they’re in.

  2. mt10425 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    SDSU losing in an upset to powerhouse UNLV. Nice theory. Still drinking the New Mexico kool aid? They’re #10 and New Mexico is #24 for a reason. It’s called coaching and Fisher is the best in the MW as one of the best nationally. Pull your head out!

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