This weekend we’re already getting deep into the convention tournaments for the smaller leagues the place the one staff that makes it to the NCAA Match would be the automated qualifier. The larger leagues are having their tournaments subsequent week and ending their common seasons over the weekend.
We nonetheless get plenty of premium video games which might be going to useful in figuring out who the highest seeds are going to be, even when they aren’t elimination video games, so you’re excused if you end up extra eager on Belmont than Boise State (trace).
Listed here are the video games on the schedule that caught my eye and the place I’m leaning.
Saturday March 5
Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks
4 p.m. ET
Projected line: Kansas -5
Baylor and Kansas are tied on the prime of the Huge 12 standings. With Texas Tech a recreation again, there may be nonetheless lots to be determined within the prime convention in America. Texas was in a position to beat Kansas in Austin earlier within the season, in order that simply provides a little bit gasoline to the fireplace too. I truly may need been on the aspect of the Longhorns if Kansas had dominated TCU earlier within the week. As a substitute, they received by simply 4 factors, indicating that they know they nonetheless want to search out that subsequent stage. They need to discover a solution to get extra out of their lead guards, and my hunch is that Remy Martin goes to lastly present some worth towards that sticky protection of the Longhorns. They want some shotmaking, and they’re operating out of time to get him going.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU Tigers
12 p.m. ET
Projected line: LSU -5
These are two of the largest query marks nationally. Each of those groups have proved they’ll beat good groups, particularly Alabama (Gonzaga, Houston, Baylor). Their problem is they do not shoot it effectively from deep, making their scoring erratic. The Crimson Tide did win the primary time these groups met in Tuscaloosa, and I like them to have the ability to preserve this recreation shut sufficient. Alabama is the extra proficient staff for my part, however LSU is extra disciplined, particularly on protection. That retains the Tigers in plenty of video games. They’ve additionally misplaced simply twice at dwelling this season. Search for an in depth recreation the place the factors will probably be of nice worth.
Boise State Broncos vs. Colorado State Rams
8:30 p.m. ET
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Projected line: Colorado State -3
These are the highest two groups within the Mountain West Convention. With only a recreation left on the schedule, the Broncos cannot be caught, however the Rams are in second place. Colorado State is tops within the convention in offensive effectivity, however Boise State is the extra balanced staff. The Broncos are second within the MWC in offensive and defensive effectivity. This needs to be an excellent recreation, and after they met the primary time Colorado State received at Boise in time beyond regulation. Whoever will get the win will get a bump to their at massive standing too — particularly Colorado State, as two wins towards the Broncos are most likely extra beneficial than the convention title anyway. It’s arduous to not like the house aspect in a recreation that’s anticipated to be received by only a single possession.
Take Colorado State.
Sunday March 6
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Illinois Preventing Illini
7:30 p.m. ET
Projected line: Illinois -1
Good Sunday evening faculty hoops will not be the commonest prevalence, however this can be a nice recreation to shut the weekend. These are two of the highest 4 groups within the Huge Ten, and Illinois has an opportunity to tie Wisconsin on the prime with a win and a little bit assist. The perfect Iowa can do is attain third place. Iowa has the league’s prime offense, and ahead Keegan Murray could be the most effective participant within the league. KenPom appears to suppose so, as he’s second within the nation within the Participant of the Yr rankings. Illinois received the primary assembly between these two applications, 87-83. The main scorer in that recreation was senior Jacob Grandison of Illinois. That’s the place the Illini have the benefit. They’ve extra depth round their star, Kofi Cockburn, than there may be round Murray. That offers them extra methods to win.
Houston Cougars vs. Memphis Tigers
12 p.m. ET
Projected line: Houston -5
That is the ultimate recreation of the season for each groups. Houston as soon as once more dominated the AAC, regardless that it did so with out key gamers. They have been the highest offensive and defensive staff within the league. In the meantime, Memphis had its ups and down however has an opportunity to complete in second place with a win. The Tigers are probably the most proficient staff, nevertheless it took them some time earlier than they began taking part in something near it. Freshman massive man Jalen Duren is a power, however their different massive recruit, Emoni Bates, has not performed in additional than a month, and even when he did he was forgettable. The Cougars don’t want this win, however Memphis beat them final month, so they will be very taken with settling the rating. I like for them to take action.