Highlighted Games for Saturday, Feb 8th

For Chad Sherwood’s SCGD, click here:  http://hoopshd.com/2014/02/08/small-conference-game-of-the-day-february-8-2/

 

-ALABAMA AT FLORIDA (SEC). The Gators are playing like a #1 seed right now.

-VIRGINIA AT GEORGIA TECH (ACC). Virginia got off to a slow start this season, but since ACC play began they’ve been playing really well. They should be able to pick up another road win today.

-VIRGINIA TECH AT PITTSBURGH (ACC). PItt still hasn’t won a game against a team that is solidly in the field, but they’ve pretty much won all their other games so they should be alright.

-NORTH CAROLINA AT NOTRE DAME(ACC). UNC appears to be coming out of their bi-polar funk and have strung together some wins. This would be their fifth straight if they pull it off.

-BUTLER AT GEORGETOWN (Big East). Georgetown is right on the bubble despite being just 13-9, so every game has a pivotal feel to it.

-NEBRASKA AT NORTHWESTERN (Big Ten). They’ve got to keep winning, but if they do, Northwestern will be right in the discussion at the end.

-TEXAS AT KANSAS STATE (Big Twelve). Texas continues to impress. K State is inside the bubble, but all of their big wins have come at home, so this won’t be a walk in the park for the Longhorns.

-KENTUCKY AT MISSISSIPPI STATE (SEC). Kentucky could use some more road wins on their profile.

-MICHIGAN AT IOWA (Big Ten). This is a great showcase game between two teams who could end up as protected seeds.

-NC STATE AT MIAMI FL (ACC). NC State is just 14-8 and has a lot of work to do, but the bubble will be within reach if they can string together some wins.

-MILWAUKEE AT GREEN BAY (Horizon League). Green Bay should remain safely inside the bubble so long as they win out.

-TOLEDO AT BALL STATE (MAC). Toledo’s profile doesn’t seem to cut the muster, but they have a top 30 RPI, and that alone should get them a serious look if they win out.

-FLORIDA STATE AT MARYLAND (ACC). Florida State’s profile is good, but their team does not appear to be. . They could really use a conference road win right about now.

-PROVIDENCE AT XAVIER (Big East). Both of these teams are in a bit of a tailspin and desperately need to win this one.

-WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS (Big Twelve). They’ve got a ton of work to do, but if West Virginia can pull off the upset today, they’ll be getting serious attention for the NCAA Tournament. I still think Kansas can end up with a #1 seed.

-DAYTON AT SAINT BONAVENTURE (Atlantic Ten). Dayton needs this win very very very badly.
-TCU AT IOWA STATE (Big Twelve). It’s a sub-NIT team taking on a protected seed.

-AUBURN AT LSU (SEC). LSU always loses just when you think they’re a potential tournament team.

-SAINT LOUIS AT LA SALLE (Atlantic Ten). SLU continues to look like the best team in the Atlantic Ten, and if they win out they should end up as a protected seed.

-MISSOURI AT OLE MISS (SEC). Missouri is on the bubble and desperately needs to win more road games. Ole Miss is outside the bubble and needs to put together a string of wins just to get into the discussion.

-DUKE AT BOSTON COLLEGE (ACC). Duke has been playing well lately and shouldn’t have too much trouble picking up the conference road win today.

-PURDUE AT OHIO STATE (Big Ten). Ohio State had an incredible week last week and can get back above .500 in conference play with a win today.

-BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA (Big Twelve). Baylor is right on the bubble and if they can’t pick up some more wins they’re not going anywhere. It won’t be easy. Oklahoma has been tough to beat at home recently.

-MCNEESE STATE AT SFA (Southland). SFA’s only chance is if they win out.

-YALE AT HARVARD (Ivy). I’m STUNNED that this was not Chad’s SCGD.  This game deserves a little more attention than it will likely get because it actually is pivotal. If Yale wins, they’re in a tie for first place with Harvard.

-CINCINNATI AT SMU (American). Really big game tonight. SMU lit up Memphis a week ago, and should be in for another showcase as they host Cincinnati tonight. I have SMU inside the bubble, and think a win tonight can get them even further inside. It’s a tough road test for Cincinnati as well.

-VCU AT SAINT JOSEPH’S (Atlantic Ten). Saint Joe’s missed a chance at a big win earlier in the week, and if they want to get any consideration at all they need to step it up and take care of business this week. VCU, on the other hand, could use some more notable road wins on their profile.

-INDIANA AT MINNESOTA (Big Ten). If Indiana wants inside the bubble, they need a big win in this game.

-WICHITA STATE AT NORTHERN IOWA (Missouri Valey). Wichita appears to have their toughest tests behind them. If they win out, they’ll likely get a #1 seed.

-GONZAGA AT MEMPHIS. This is a fantastic late season out of conference showcase game for both teams. It was always a fun series before, and we should be in for another big game tonight. The biggest thing lacking from Gonzaga’s profile is notable wins. A win at Memphis would do wonders for that.

-SAN FRANCISCO AT BYU (WCC). BYU needs to finish strong and avoid bad losses if they want to end up on the bubble.

-OKLAHOMA STATE AT TEXAS TECH (Big Twelve). Okie State really needs to avoid a loss in this one.

-NEVADA AT SAN DIEGO STATE (Mountain West). If San Diego State wins out, I cannot imagine them being seeded any worse than #2.

-UCLA AT USC (Pac Twelve). UCLA won huge earlier in the year, and can add a road win against a conference rival to their already solid profile tonight

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