NEWS AND NOTES
-We have some very important links for you. Our most recent Bracket Racket Podcast and our first Championship Week Video Notebook Podcast, where we preview all of tonight’s conference tournament action, can both be seen by – CLICKING HERE
-Also included in that link is a viewing guide for all of tonight’s conference tournament action.
-Our NCAA Tournament Survival Board has been updated. We’ve mentioned this before, but the reason this document is so important is because it is the best thing for the Selection Committee to look at so they know what teams that should and should not be evaluating. It will be updated all throughout Championship Week. If you are a Selection Committee member, or just a regular fan, and you would like to view that board – CLICK HERE
-For Chad Sherwood’s UTR Game of the Day – CLICK HERE
TONIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTED GAMES
-NORTH CAROLINA AT GEORGIA TECH (ACC). Georgia Tech is far from being decent, let alone good, but they have been somewhat competitive at home. UNC really cannot afford a slipup if they’re fighting for a protected seed.
-GEORGETOWN AT BUTLER (Big East). Both teams appear to be safely in and it’s all about padding the resume for the seeding now. Butler can still end up with a protected seed if they finish strong.
-RHODE ISLAND AT DAYTON (Atlantic Ten). A huge game tonight as both are fighting for an out right first place finish. Rhody’s chances aren’t great, but a first place finish helps them out immensely. As we discussed in our podcast last night, Dayton has shown more guts this year than just about any other team across the country and can keep that momentum going with what would be the ultimate feel good win at home.
-IOWA AT INDIANA (Big Ten). We think both teams are in, but both also have a lot of room for improvement, and a win here would help that happen.
-MARYLAND AT RUTGERS (Big Ten). Maryland has had a great year and is hovering around the #3 line, with perhaps an outside shot of moving up to the #2.
-OLE MISS AT ALABAMA (SEC). I like this Ole Miss profile and they have good chance of adding another road win to it today.
-WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS (Big Twelve). Kansas has an incredible profile which could still land them on the #1 line despite the fact that they have six losses. West Virginia has played well too, but they don’t have a road win anywhere close to this caliber on their resume, so this would improve it to yet another level.
-NC STATE AT CLEMSON (ACC). We always say it, but it continues to be true. NC State is a bubble team, so every game has a pivotal feel. If they win, it looks good that they picked up a road win. If they lose, then it’s a loss to a non-tournament team, which is never good when you’re on the bubble.
-KENTUCKY AT GEORGIA (SEC). Kentucky is in pursuit of the perfect season, and although this game isn’t getting as much attention as this past weekend’s game against Arkansas got, it may be a tougher game than what most realize. Georgia appears to be in the field, and if they win this one there will be little doubt that they’ll make it. It’s still much easier said than done. All the teams Kentucky has struggled against seem to like to play half court games, which is why I think Georgia can make this one interesting.
-TEXAS A&M AT FLORIDA (SEC). TAMU is right on the bubble, so winning on the road would really help them.
-VILLANOVA AT CREIGHTON (Big East). Nova should end up on the #1 line if they win out, which they are certainly good enough to do.