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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We have reached the final week of the regular season for college basketball. While mid-major league tournaments begin firing up tonight, we’re still focused on the bubble and the final at-large spots in the eventual NCAA Tournament. We’ll rap about those league tournaments later, but let’s quickly set the table for this week. Below is a list of the teams currently sitting as an 8th seed or worse in the current Bracket Matrix and their schedule this week. Tonight, tomorrow and Saturday are the big days. We’ll have something akin to analysis as the week moves forward. 8 SEEDS Michigan State: Purdue (Wed); at Indiana (Sat) Oklahoma State: TCU (Wed); at West Virginia (Sat) Dayton: Rhode Island (Tues); at LaSalle (Sat) Iowa: at Indiana (Tues); Northwestern (Sat) 9 SEEDS Indiana: Iowa (Tues); Michigan St (Sat) LSU: Tennessee (Wed); at Arkansas (Sat) Georgia: Kentucky (Tues); at Auburn (Sat) Xavier: at Creighton (Sat) 10 SEEDS Colorado St: at Nevada (Wed); at Utah State (Sat) Texas A/M: at Florida (Tues); Alabama (Sat) Oregon: at Oregon State (Wed) Ole Miss:  at Alabama (Tues); Vanderbilt (Sat) 11 SEEDS NC State: at Clemson (Tues); Syracuse (Sat) Cincinnati: at Tulsa (Wed); Memphis (Sunday) Boise State: at San Jose (Wed); Fresno St (Sat)

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