Missouri Valley Tournament: Will A Bid Thief Step Up?

#1 Wichita State vs #9 Southern Illinois, 1:00 pm Line: Wichita -18.5 #4 Illinois State vs # 5 Evansville, 3:30 pm Line: Illinois State -4.5 #2 Northern Iowa vs #10 Bradley, 7:05 Line: Northern Iowa -15 #3 Indiana State vs #6 Loyola-Chicago, 9:35 Line: Indiana State -2 Semifinals: Saturday, 2:35, 5:05 Championship: 2:05, CBS ODDS TO WIN TOURNAMENT Wichita State, -125 Northern Iowa, +150 Illinois State, +1200 Evansville, +2200 Indiana State, +3800 Loyola-Chicago +4000 Bradley, +17500 Southern Illinois, +25000 While the final weekend of the regular season plays out for the power conference teams, those on the bubble will need to keep an eye on the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Always a strong league, the Valley is a 2-bid conference this year with Wichita State and Northern Iowa, not only locks for the field, but pretty good bets to both be at least Sweet 16 seeds. In fact, there isn’t a non-Wichita or Northern player on KenPom’s all-MVC team, a sign of the dominance of these two programs this winter. But if somebody else wins this sectional, then it becomes a 3-bid league and poof one spot from the at-large bubble disappears. If you’re Purdue, NC State, Illinois, Tulsa, BYU, Indiana or anyone else flirting

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Big South Tournament

Quarterfinals, Today #1 Charleston Southern vs #9 Longwood, noon, ESPN3 Line: Charleston Southern -10 #4 Radford vs #5 Winthrip, 2:30, ESPN3 Line: Winthrop -1 #2 High Point vs #7 Gardner Webb, 6:00, ESPN3 Line: High Point -3.5 #3 Coastal Carolina vs #6 UNC-Asheville, 8:30, ESPN 3 Line: Coastal Carolina -8 Semifinals: Saturday, noon and 2:30, ESPN 3 Championship: Sunday, 1:pm, ESPN 2 ODDS TO WIN TOURNAMENT Coastal Carolina, +160 High Point, +425 Charleston Southern, +500 Radford, +600 Winthrop, +600 UNC Asheville, +1000 Gardner Webb, +1700 Longwood, +12500 Expect parity and a lot offense in the Big South Tournament this weekend. Parity because the top-5 teams in the league all went 13-5 or 12-6 in one of the most hotly contested mid-major regular season races across the country. Offense because three of the teams still in the field have top-100 offenses in KenPom’s efficiency ratings, while six teams left are worse than 200th on the defensive end. The other compelling feature of this event is how many big scalps the teams from the little old Big South have taken down during the season. Regular season Co-Champ Charleston Southern opened the season with a win over Ole Miss, a team currently projected into the NCAA field. Coastal

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Wednesday’s Bubble Slate

Big night on the NCAA Bubble, with upwards of ten games looking to impact the chase for those final spots. Most of the games of import tonight tip off after 9 pm, so get that coffee brewing for a late night. As always, we’re using the Bracket Matrix as our guide. The Matrix last updated last night, pretty much before any final scores came rolling in. So, the current consensus doesn’t cover such things as another Indiana loss, Georgia’s loss, but likely win by playing UK so close and North Carolina State getting up off the mat to notch an important road win at Clemson. Tennessee at LSU, 7:00, SEC Network…..The Tigers are currently a 9-seed in the Bracket Matrix on all but one mock bracket. They look pretty safe and the SEC seems primed to have as many as six bids into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. A loss tonight, however, will make LSU’s case a bit wobbly. They’re looking at a loss over the weekend at Arkansas. If they do go 0-2 to close out the regular season, it’ll put pressure on LSU to get at least one winning result in next week’s SEC Tournament. Purdue at Michigan State,

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