Throwback Thursday: The Great Midwest Conference

Link #1 – Jon Teitel’s Midterm All-Conference Teams

Link #2 – David Griggs’ highlighted games and Chad Sherwood’s UTR Game Of The Day

Link #3 – 12/30/2015 Under The Radar Podcast with David Griggs and Chad Sherwood

Programs like Cincinnati and Memphis have a long history with each other – not only were they members of the Missouri Valley Conference, they also have the distinction of being charter members of four different conferences with each other. Those conferences include the Metro Athletic Conference, Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference, and today’s featured conference, the long-lost Great Midwest Conference. Even Saint Louis was a charter member with UC and Memphis in 3 of those conferences; they moved to the Atlantic 10 (with Charlotte) beginning with the 2005-06 season after DePaul and Marquette left Conference USA to join the Big East.

In the 1991-92 season, the Great Midwest Conference featured 6 charter members – 2 of which came from the Metro in the form of Cincinnati and Memphis. Saint Louis and Marquette had a brief stay in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference before joining the Great Midwest. UAB had been quite successful in the Sun Belt in their short history, and DePaul had been independent before joining as the 6th charter member. Dayton joined for the 1993-94 season, but unfortunately for them, their program was at its historical nadir.

Cincinnati was the most consistent program in the 4 years of the conference; they were 30-14 in 4 seasons of conference play and featured stars like Herb Jones, Nick Van Exel, and head coach Bob Huggins who had rebuilt a floundering UC program when he arrived in 1989. He led them to a Final 4 in 1992, an Elite 8 in 1993 which featured an overtime loss to eventual champion North Carolina, and 2 other NCAA appearances in that timespan. But 1992 still remains the high water mark in the last half century for the Bearcats; they whacked Xavier in the Crosstown Shootout, avenged an earlier loss to Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament, and would also beat then-Memphis State 4 times in the same season. Click here to see them defeat the Tigers to earn a trip to the Final 4 in Minneapolis that season. The Bearcats also won all 4 Great Midwest Conference Tournaments and further tormented Memphis by beating them each year en route to their titles!

Memphis was not far behind at 25-19; the Tigers themselves had a memorable season in 1991-92 as well. Led by All-American guard Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, the Tigers upset Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament and defeated giant-killer Georgia Tech before bowing out to Cincinnati in the Elite 8. They would also qualify for the 1993 NCAA Tournament and had a rare losing year in 1994 before rebounding the following season. Even that season almost featured a Cinderella run in conference tournament play; they upset UAB and Saint Louis before losing to the hometown Cincinnati Bearcats in the final. Led by Lorenzen Wright, the Tigers would win the regular season title in 1994-95 and also make it to the Sweet 16 that season.

Marquette would actually have a better record in 4 seasons of conference play (28-16), but they weren’t as successful as the Tigers were when it came to postseason play. Their best season was in 1993-94 when they won the Great Midwest regular season title and would advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in the post-Al McGuire era before losing to Duke. One of their more notable players was William Gates; he was a co-star with Arthur Agee in the documentary film Hoop Dreams. Although the film was devoted largely to their high school careers, Gates would be an on again/off again player at Marquette before ultimately earning a degree at Marquette. Marquette would also make the NCAA Tournament in 1992-93 and would finish as the NIT runner-up in 1995.

UAB was still relatively new to Division I ball when they joined the conference; they had actually transitioned up to Division I after Gene Bartow left UCLA in the late 1970s. The glory days for the Blazers were in the early 1980s (in their Sun Belt days) that featured a trip to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in 1981 and 1982, respectively. In the Great Midwest, the Blazers had a pedestrian 22-22 record that saw an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1993-94 preceded by two NIT appearances (including a trip to the NIT Final 4 in 1993 before losing to eventual runner-up Georgetown).

DePaul had enjoyed many years of success as an independent under the father-son head coaching duo of Ray and Joey Meyer. Joey Meyer would make the NCAA Tournament in 7 of his first 8 seasons, although Sweet 16 appearances in 1986 and 1987 were later vacated due to NCAA violations. After tying with Cincinnati for the regular season title in the Great Midwest in 1992, the Blue Demons would reach the NCAAs for the last time under Joey Meyer. The next 3 seasons saw a steady decline in the Blue Demons’ program, although they did qualify for the NIT in the 1994 and 1995 seasons. DePaul would finish 21-23 in their 4 seasons of Great Midwest play.

Saint Louis was 17-27 during their tenure in the Great Midwest Conference due to their first two seasons being downright horrific; they only managed a home win over DePaul in that timeframe. But the Billikens did manage a swift turnaround with Charlie Spoonhour as head coach; they improved from a 5-23 season in 1991-92 to a 23-6 season 2 years later that also featured a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 37 seasons. The following season featured a return trip to the NCAAs and even included a win against Minnesota in the 1st round before falling to top-seeded Wake Forest in the 2nd round.

Last, and certainly least are the Dayton Flyers. While the Flyers had a storied history that included multiple NIT titles and a trip to the 1968 NCAA Championship, their talent cycle had completely bottomed out under head coach Jim O’Brien. They finished 1-23 in their 2 seasons of conference play with their only win coming against a ranked Saint Louis team at home in 1993-94. Oliver Purnell took over as head coach for the 1994-95 season, but he was ultimately able to rebuild the Flyers after a season that saw them go winless in conference play in 1995.

With major realignment taking place after the 1994-95 season that saw the Southwest Conference dissolve, all the original members of the Great Midwest Conference would join Louisville, UNC-Charlotte, Southern Miss, Tulane and South Florida (from the Metro Conference) and Houston (orphaned from the Southwest Conference) in the newly-formed Conference USA. Dayton would be invited to the Atlantic 10 along with Xavier, Virginia Tech, La Salle and Fordham after the A-10 lost West Virginia and Rutgers to the Big East.

Handing out the Hardware: All-Conference Awards for 2015

The end of the non-conference season means that it is time to recognize the best players in college basketball for 2015. HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel has reviewed the entire season so far and is ready to announce his picks for the 5 best players from every single conference in the country based on their all-around stats. Players are listed in a traditional 5-position lineup (G-G-F-F-C) whenever possible, with several exceptions. If you think he has overlooked anyone, feel free to post your feedback in the comments section below.

2015

America East
G: Jaleen Smith (New Hampshire)
G: Jahad Thomas (UMass-Lowell)
G: Ahmad Walker (Stony Brook)
F: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
F: Willie Rodriguez (Binghamton)
POYSF (Player of the Year…so far): Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)

AAC
G: Shaquille Harrison (Tulsa)
G: Nic Moore (SMU)
G: Daniel Hamilton (Connecticut)
F: Dedric Lawson (Memphis)
F: Jordan Tolbert (SMU)
POYSF: Dedric Lawson (Memphis)

A-10
G: Jack Gibbs (Davidson)
G: Jordan Price (La Salle)
F: Terry Allen (Richmond)
F: Isaiah Miles (St. Joseph’s)
F: DeAndre’ Bembry (St. Joseph’s)
POYSF: Jack Gibbs (Davidson)

ACC
G: Anthony Barber (NC State)
G: Grayson Allen (Duke)
F: Michael Gbinije (Syracuse)
F: Michael Young (Pitt)
F: Devin Thomas (Wake Forest)
POYSF: Anthony Barber (NC State)

Atlantic Sun
G: Dallas Moore (North Florida)
G: Damon Lynn (NJIT)
G: Ky Howard (NJIT)
F: Marc-Eddy Norelia (Florida Gulf Coast)
F: Demarcus Daniels (North Florida)
POYSF: Dallas Moore (North Florida)

Big 12
G: Buddy Hield (Oklahoma)
G: Monte Morris (Iowa State)
F: Georges Niang (Iowa State)
F: Rico Gathers (Baylor)
C: Cameron Ridley (Texas)
POYSF: Buddy Hield (Oklahoma)

Big East
G: Kris Dunn (Providence)
G: Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall)
F: Ben Bentil (Providence)
F: Roosevelt Jones (Butler)
C: Luke Fischer (Marquette)
POYSF: Kris Dunn (Providence)

Big Sky
G: Austin McBroom (Eastern Washington)
G: Quinton Hooker (North Dakota)
G: Ethan Telfair (Idaho State)
F: Joel Bolomboy (Weber State)
F: Venky Jois Eastern (Washington)
POYSF: Joel Bolomboy (Weber State)

Big South
G: Armel Potter (Charleston Southern)
G: Rashun Davis (Radford)
F: John Brown (High Point)
F: DeSean Murray (Presbyterian)
C: Lotanna Nwogbo (Longwood)
POYSF: John Brown (High Point)

Big 10
G: Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)
G: Malcolm Hill (Illinois)
G: Caris LeVert (Michigan)
F: Jarrod Uthoff (Iowa)
C: AJ Hammons (Purdue)
POYSF: Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)

Big West
G: Michael Bryson (UCSB)
G: Roderick Bobbitt (Hawaii)
F: Josh Fox (UC Davis)
F: Tavrion Dawson (Cal State Northridge)
C: Mamadou Ndiaye (UC Irvine)
POYSF: Roderick Bobbitt (Hawaii)

CAA
G: David Walker (Northeastern)
G: Kory Holden (Delaware)
G: Juan’ya Green (Hofstra)
F: Quincy Ford (Northeastern)
F: Marvin King-Davis (Delaware)
POYSF: David Walker (Northeastern)

C-USA
G: Marcus Evans (Rice)
G: Alex Hamilton (Louisiana Tech)
F: James Kelly (Marshall)
F: Justin Johnson (Western Kentucky)
C: Adrian Diaz (Florida International)
POYSF: Alex Hamilton (Louisiana Tech)

Horizon
G: Kahlil Felder (Oakland)
G: Carrington Love (Green Bay)
G: Jordan Fouse (Green Bay)
F: Matt Tiby (Milwaukee)
C: Jalen Billups (Northern Kentucky)
POYSF: Kahlil Felder (Oakland)

Ivy
G: Robert Hatter (Cornell)
G: Maodo Lo (Columbia)
F: Justin Sears (Yale)
F: Cedric Kuakumensah (Brown)
C: Zena Edosomwan (Harvard)
POYSF: Maodo Lo (Columbia)

MAAC
G: Justin Robinson (Monmouth)
G: Marquis Wright (Siena)
G: Matt Scott (Niagara)
F: Brett Bisping (Siena)
C: Quadir Welton (St. Peter’s)
POYSF: Justin Robinson (Monmouth)

MAC
G: Thomas Wilder (Western Michigan)
G: Jaaron Simmons (Ohio)
G: Eric Washington (Miami Ohio)
F: Antonio Campbell (Ohio)
C: Nathan Boothe (Toledo)
POYSF: Nathan Boothe (Toledo)

MEAC
G: James Daniel (Howard)
G: Jordan Potts (Bethune-Cookman)
G: Reginald Johnson (Hampton)
F: Malcolm Bernard (Florida A&M)
F: Mario Moody (Bethune-Cookman)
POYSF: James Daniel (Howard)

MVC
G: DJ Balentine (Evansville)
G: Ron Baker (Wichita State)
G: Wes Washpun (Northern Iowa)
F: Sean O’Brien (Southern Illinois)
C: Egidijus Mockevicius (Evansville)
POYSF: Egidijus Mockevicius (Evansville)

MWC
G: Josh Adams (Wyoming)
G: Elijah Brown (New Mexico)
G: Marvelle Harris (Fresno State)
F: Tim Williams (New Mexico)
F: Hayden Graham (Air Force)
POYSF: Josh Adams (Wyoming)

NEC
G: Rodney Pryor (Robert Morris)
G: Cane Broome (Sacred Heart)
G: Corey Henson (Wagner)
F: Jerome Frink (LIU Brooklyn)
F: Dan Garvin (Bryant)
POYSF: Rodney Pryor (Robert Morris)

OVC
G: Jarelle Reischel (Eastern Kentucky)
G: Evan Bradds (Belmont)
G: Keron DeShields (Tennessee State)
F: Wayne Martin (Tennessee State)
C: Chris Horton (Austin Peay)
POYSF: Jarelle Reischel (Eastern Kentucky)

Pac-12
G: Andrew Andrews (Washington)
G: Gary Payton II (Oregon State)
F: Josh Scott (Colorado)
F: Jakob Poeltl (Utah)
C: Thomas Welsh (UCLA)
POYSF: Gary Payton II (Oregon State)

Patriot
G: Nick Lindner (Lafayette)
G: Austin Tillotson (Colgate)
F: Tanner Plomb (Army)
F: Jarred Jones (Loyola Maryland)
C: Kevin Ferguson (Army)
POYSF: Tanner Plomb (Army)

SEC
G: Stefan Moody (Mississippi)
G: Kevin Punter (Tennessee)
F: Ben Simmons (LSU)
F: Moses Kingsley (Arkansas)
C: Damian Jones (Vanderbilt)
POYSF: Ben Simmons (LSU)

Southern
G: QJ Peterson (Virginia Military)
G: Mike Brown (Western Carolina)
F: Torrion Brummitt (Western Carolina)
F: Stephon Jelks (Mercer)
C: RJ White (NC Greensboro)
POYSF: QJ Peterson (Virginia Military)

Southland
G: Zeek Woodley (Northwestern State)
G: Kyle Hittle (Incarnate Word)
G: Thomas Walkup (Stephen F. Austin)
F: Rashawn Thomas (Texas A&M CC)
F: Ja’Dante’ Frye (Nicholls State)
POYSF: Rashawn Thomas (Texas A&M CC)

SWAC
G: Ladarius Tabb (Alabama A&M)
G: Paris Collins (Jackson State)
G: Jamel Waters (Alabama State)
F: Malcolm Riley (Texas Southern)
F: Nick West (Alabama A&M)
POYSF: Ladarius Tabb (Alabama A&M)

Summit
G: Obi Emegano (Oral Roberts)
G: Mo Evans (IPFW)
G: Tra-Deon Hollins (Nebraska Omaha)
F: Jake White (Nebraska Omaha)
F: Tre’Shawn Thurman (Nebraska Omaha)
POYSF: Obi Emegano (Oral Roberts)

Sun Belt
G: Frank Eaves (Appalachian State)
G: Donte Thomas (Arkansas State)
F: Shawn Long (Louisiana Lafayette)
F: Kevin Hervey (Texas Arlington)
F: Jordon Varnado (Troy)
POYSF: Shawn Long (Louisiana Lafayette)

WCC
G: Kyle Collinsworth (BYU)
G: Emmett Naar (St. Mary’s)
F: Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga)
F: Domantas Sabonis (Gonzaga)
F: Kyle Davis (BYU)
POYSF: Kyle Collinsworth (BYU)

WAC
G: Ian Baker (New Mexico State)
G: Martez Harrison (UMKC)
F: Pascal Siakam (New Mexico State)
F: Kevin Mays (Cal State Bakersfield)
C: Aly Ahmed (Cal State Bakersfield)
POYSF: Pascal Siakam (New Mexico State)

News, Notes, and Highlighted Games: Thursday, Dec 31st

Below is a rundown of today’s college basketball action…

NEWS AND NOTES

-For our latest Under the Radar Video Podcast – CLICK HERE   We Discussed last night how we feel that there are several teams in the Colonial that could end up in position to get an at-large bid if they can run away from the league, but that there is probably only room for the first place finisher.  You’ll see that noted in the Highlighted Games below.  

-For Chad Sherwood’s Under the Radar Game of the Day – CLICK HERE

-Severe weather continues to lead to games being postponed or cancelled due to hazardous travel.  Hampton v Texas Southern has been cancelled for today.

-I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Years!!

 

HIGHLIGHTED GAMES

-XAVIER AT VILLANOVA (Big East).  We’ve been projecting Xavier as a #1 seed.  #1 seeds typically need to pick up at least one road win against a protected seed.  Nova hasn’t been quite as good as expected, but this is still Xavier’s biggest test of the year seeing as how Nova is high in the rankings and unbeaten at home.  It’s also the conference opener for both teams.

-CHARLESTON AT JAMES MADISON (Colonial).  Neither team was outstanding out of conference, but both were solid and we think if one of these teams can run away from the rest of the league they can land inside the bubble.

-DELAWARE AT HOFSTRA (Colonial).  As mentioned above, Hofstra is one of the teams that could end up inside the bubble, but they’ll have to run away from the league to do it.

-TOWSON AT WILLIAM & MARY (Colonial).  W&M is another Colonial team that could land inside the bubble if they can run away from the league.

-NORTHEASTERN AT ELON (Colonial).  Northeastern had a few big wins out of conference, but they weren’t as impressive as we were expecting.  Elon has been strong at home and this is the kind of game Northeastern needs to win moving forward if they want to be in the discussion at the end.

-DRAKE AT WICHITA STATE (Missouri Valley).  Wichita State needs to blow through Missouri Valley play in order to be safely inside the bubble at the end of the year.

-PROVIDENCE AT BUTLER (Big East).  Both teams are highly ranked with just one loss, and both already have some impressive wins on their profile.  It wouldn’t surprise me if one or both ended up as protected seeds.  Winning a game like this on the road is the kind of win that makes you consider Providence for a #1 seed.  They have already beaten Arizona away from home, and their only loss was a close game against a full strength Michigan State team.  Adding a road win of this caliber to an already very impressive profile will go a long way toward #1 seed consideration.

-GONZAGA AT SANTA CLARA (West Coast).  Gonzaga’s profile is okay, but they have just one true road win on the season.  They’re expected to blow through this conference, and they’ll need to because they’ll be adding a damaging loss to their profile for virtually every league game they don’t win.

-BYU AT SAINT MARY’S (West Coast).  Saint Mary’s will be somewhat tested today, but the biggest strike against them is a lack of quality wins and a lack of wins away from home.  Their margin for error in conference is razor thin.  BYU has yet to win a true road game this year, so you can’t give SMC too much credit for this win either.

Under the Radar Game of the Day – Thursday, December 31: Radford at High Point

Under the Radar Game of the Day: Radford at High Point, 7:00 PM Eastern, bigsouthsports.com

For our latest Under the Radar video podcast, CLICK HERE.

The last Under the Radar Game of the Day for the calendar year 2015 comes from High Point, North Carolina as head coach Scott Cherry’s High Point Panthers welcome in Mike Jones and his Radford Highlanders for a New Year’s Eve matchup.  High Point enters play today with a record of 9-4 on the season, including being off to a 2-0 start in early Big South play.  The team is coming off a win Monday over non-D1 Methodist.  The victory was much-needed, as the Panthers had suffered back-to-back heartbreaking losses at North Carolina State, 76-73, and at William & Mary, 78-75 in OT.  High Point is led by one of the most exciting players in the entire country, senior John Brown.  Brown has already topped the 30 points mark six times this season, including a 41 point effort against Texas Tech to start the year.  His explosive talent on the court could be enough to help High Point fans and students say goodbye to 2015 with a bang.

Looking to spoil New Year’s Eve for High Point tonight will be the Radford Highlanders.  Radford currently sits at 8-6 on the season, 1-1 in Big South play.  The Highlanders’ biggest win of the season came in their first game, knocking off Georgetown 82-80 in double overtime.  Radford has been led so far by Rashun Davis, who scored 28 points in the Georgetown game, Cameron Jones, the team’s top three-point shooter, and Ed Polite, who has already notched three double-doubles this year.  Today’s game will be a tough test for Radford, but if they are able to pull off the road victory, it will certainly be a good sign for the team as they head into 2016.

Under the Radar: December 30th

Chad and David are back for the final UTR Podcast of 2015.  They start off with a look at the Patriot League, who’s conference games got underway tonight.  They discuss Army’s big win against Monmouth and how they should be a force in the conference.  David once again points out how the Patriot League’s conference tournament being on campus sites makes the regular season so much more exciting, and how leagues that do it at a predetermined site are doing it wrong.  They also run through all 23 UTR Conferences, and discuss how Monmouth, Chattanooga, Little Rock, UT Arlington, Evansville and Wichita could all end up inside the bubble, which is far more UTR teams than what we’re use to seeing.  They reveal this week’s Top Ten, look ahead to next week’s action, and more….

 

 

And for all you radio lovers, below is an mp3 version of the show…

 

News, Notes, and Highlighted Games: Wednesday, Dec 30th

A rundown of today’s college basketball games, and a quick look back at yesterday…

NEWS AND NOTES

-Things are getting busy and more intense with conference playing starting up.

-Michigan State fell on the road at Iowa, but they weren’t at full strength and it’s hardly a bad loss.  I still think the Spartans have what it takes to land on a #1 seed.  Iowa has beaten the #1 ranked team, and had a 20 point lead on the #2 ranked team in the second half.  They’re not always playing at a top level, but when they are they’re pretty good.

-Texas Tech picked up another notable win at home when they knocked off Richmond.  They may be good, but their problem is that they haven’t even played a true road game yet.  True road wins in Big Twelve play are not going to be easy to come by, and they’ll be under more pressure to pick up a few.  It’s rare that you see teams with less than four wins away from home in the field.

-Florida State picked up what is probably their biggest and most feel good win of the season by winning at Florida.  The Noles should be able to make some noise in ACC play.

-Cincinnati lost at home to Temple.  It’s never good to lose conference games at home to sub NIT teams, which is what Temple appears to be.  Without an abundance of chances at notable wins, Cincinnati can’t afford too many strikes like that.  They’re still in good shape, but they won’t be if that becomes a habit.

-For Chad Sherwood’s Under the Radar Game of the Day – CLICK HERE

 

HIGHLIGHTED GAMES

-WEST VIRGINIA AT VIRGINIA TECH.  Virginia Tech’s program appears to be improving under Buzz Williams, but they still have a long way to go.  West Virginia has just one loss and has looked strong this season, but this is their first true road game of the year, and it comes against a rival, so it may be somewhat challenging.

-INDIANA AT RUTGERS (Big Ten).  Indiana needs wins to strengthen what is a flimsy profile heading into conference play.  With a defense as weak as theirs it won’t shock me to see them drop road games like this throughout the year.

-PENN STATE AT MARYLAND (Big Ten).  Penn State has a decent record, but they amassed it against bad teams.  Maryland is a very good team and their resume should improve as they go through conference play.

-HOUSTON AT SOUTH FLORIDA (American).  Houston has a good record, but it came against weak teams, which means their margin for error is razor thin.  In fact, this would be their first true road win if they pull it off.

-MICHIGAN AT ILLINOIS (Big Ten).  Despite being 10-3, Michigan still has work to do in order to get to the level many were expecting them to be at at the start of the year.  Are they good enough to beat a very NIT-ish looking Illinois team on the road?

-NORTHWESTERN AT NEBRASKA (Big Ten).  Northwestern has just one loss, but they’ve had to sweat out some very weak opponents.  For most of the season Nebraska hasn’t even looked like an NIT team, but they’re still a lot tougher than most of Northwestern’s opponents.

-OAKLAND AT VIRGINIA.  Oakland took Michigan State to overtime this past weekend, but I’d be shocked if they’re able to do the same at Virginia today.

-MINNESOTA AT OHIO STATE (Big Ten).  Ohio State has so much ground to make up that they’ll need to roll off three or four wins just to get back into the conversation.  But, seeing how good they looked against Kentucky they could be good enough to do just that.  If they lose at home today, though, they’re in real trouble.

-CLEMSON AT NORTH CAROLINA (ACC).  Clemson has not won a true road game yet.  And, they haven’t won at North Carolina yet.  Ever.  EVER!!!  UNC is good enough to be a protected seed and should win their conference opener today.

-SETON HALL AT MARQUETTE (Big East).  Neither team has really gotten the nation’s attention yet, but both come into this game at 10-2 and actually have some decent wins to go along with it.

-ARKANSAS AT DAYTON.  Dayton has just two losses on the year and should land inside the bubble so long as they hold serve in games like this one.

-BRADLEY AT NORTHERN IOWA (Missouri Valley).  Northern Iowa has two huge wins, but they’ve also failed to hold serve in games against lower level competition.  To make the dance, you have to win the big ones, but you also have to avoid losing the small ones.  They need a very strong showing in conference if they want to make the field.

-INDIANA STATE AT EVANSVILLE (Missouri Valley).  Evansville can improve to 12-2 on the year with a win today.  This conference will give them a few opportunities at notable wins, but only a few, so they’ll need to finish very strong in order to end up in the conversation.

-SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT LOYOLA CHICAGO (Missouri Valley).  Southern Illinois’s schedule has been weak, but they are 11-2 and this would be their fifth true road win of the year if they’re able to pick it up.

-LITTLE ROCK AT SOUTH ALABAMA (Sun Belt).  A first place finish in the SBC should land Little Rock inside the bubble, but they need to avoid bad losses.  That basically means they need to avoid losing to pretty much everyone other than Arlington.

-GEORGIA STATE AT UT ARLINGTON (Sun Belt) – CLICK HERE to see Chad Sherwood’s Under the Radar Game of the Day

-SYRACUSE AT PITTSBURGH (Big East…I mean ACC).  Pitt has a great record against awful teams.  Syracuse has big wins, but very few of those occurred in the United States.  The best part of their resume was winning the Battle 4 Atlantis down in the Bahamas.  With Pitt playing such a weak schedule it puts a lot more pressure on them to do well in conference play.  They better end up more than just two games above 500 if they want to feel safe on Selection Sunday.

-GEORGETOWN AT DEPAUL (Big East).  Georgetown has looked great this season when they’re not playing buy games.  They have a lot of ground to make up in conference play if they want to end up safely in the discussion.

-FRESNO STATE AT UNLV (Mountain West).  UNLV is perhaps the only team from the Mountain West that has a solid chance of landing inside the bubble, and they’ll have to blow through the conference in order to do it.

 

BUY GAMES

-Long Beach State @ Duke
-Francis Marion (nondiv1) @ South Carolina
-Coppin State @ Iowa State
-Western Michigan @ Vanderbilt
-UC Davis @ Boise State