A few key games will determine possible seeding higher or lower come Selection Sunday in 29 days.
ESPN will feature Kansas at Oklahoma in the highly anticipated rematch of that triple-overtime thriller at the Phog. A special pregame show will start at 2 p.m., with the tip-off slated for shortly after 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, and right after that game–Virginia travels to the land of the Cameron Crazies and suddenly vulnerable Duke.
Even with the recent news that Louisville is banned from participating in this year’s ACC and NCAA Tournaments, expect Gonzaga to hopefully snatch an at-large bid if they somehow don’t win the Mountain West Conference–according to a recent post by Jerry Palm, expert bracketologist for CBSSports.com.
One huge game on Friday night, as Monmouth came from behind to edge Rider 79-78 missing a lean-in jumper at the buzzer.
In the Ivy League, it will come down to Yale, Columbia, and Princeton to determine that league’s automatic bid.
Yale (7-0 in league play, 16-5 overall) is trying to reach its’ first NCAA Tournament since John F. Kennedy was President. Columbia is one game back at 6-1 in league play, with perennial favorite Princeton close behind at 5-1 in the league.
I will be back sometime late Saturday afternoon or Saturday evening to recap the key games. Please try to stay warm, everybody–especially for those in the northern half of the United States.