As we head to the ultimate week of February we’re that a lot nearer to Choice Sunday. This weekend goes to assist decide the highest of loads of brackets as we’ve contenders from the most effective leagues squaring off with loads on the road.
The sport of the weekend needs to be Kansas at Baylor, proper?. Though, the way in which that Tennessee defends its house courtroom possibly it’s Auburn on the Vols.
Saturday is so jammed I could not even discover a spot for Gonzaga vs. St. Mary’s, two NCAA-bound groups, and the highest two within the West Coast Convention.
Sunday eases up a bit of however in case you like Large Ten hoops you’re in luck as a result of there may be loads of it.
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Friday, February 25
Saint Louis Billikens vs. Richmond Spiders
7:00 PM ET
Projected line: Spiders by 1
Saint Louis has had a quiet season within the A-10. The Billikens are fifth within the league standings and on the perimeter of the NCAA Event dialogue. A highway win towards Richmond would assist and this is likely to be a little bit of an elimination spot, maybe much more so for the Spiders who’re alleged to win on their homecourt. Richmond is simply behind SLU within the convention standings and misplaced to the Billikens once they met earlier within the season. That makes issues extra pressing for the Spiders this time round, particularly in the event that they wish to leapfrog SLU for an NCAA bid. It’s arduous to justify you deserve a bid over a group you could not beat. Search for an in depth sport between a few evenly matched groups.
Take Richmond (solely as a small favourite)
Saturday, February 26
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan State Spartans
12:00 PM ET
Projected line: Purdue -2
Purdue has not performed since Sunday and has simply three video games left on its Large Ten schedule. After a loss to Michigan a few weeks in the past, the Boilermakers have been working their manner again to peak effectivity. I’m not positive they’re there but however they’re such a load to deal with with their measurement inside and Jaden Ivey buzzing round. Michigan State simply acquired rolled at Iowa, dropping by 26. When you look intently at their outcomes you see a group that has not fared properly towards the most effective groups on their schedule. They simply haven’t got the expertise this season and energy and toughness can solely take you up to now. Even in East Lansing, it’s straightforward to get behind Purdue.
Take the Boilermakers.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
2:00 PM ET
Projected line: Kentucky -3
It appears like there’s a little an excessive amount of respect for Kentucky with this line. The final time the Razorbacks had been underdogs at house they beat Auburn in additional time. Kentucky is coming off a house win over LSU but when guards TyTy Washington and Sahvir Wheeler are nonetheless out it’s arduous to love the Wildcats in a really powerful highway spot. Arkansas gained at Florida midweek (after the Gators additionally beat the Tigers) and their lone blemish since January 8 is a one-point loss at Alabama. Arkansas won’t have the NBA prospects that Kentucky does however it is a gifted group and one that might love so as to add one other upset of a high group. They’re able to it too. Love them as the house underdog.
Take Arkansas (as much as being a small favourite)
Auburn Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers
4:00 PM ET
Projected line: Volunteers -3
Auburn has taken a few losses however I nonetheless like them as the most effective group within the SEC. Middle Walker Kessler is the most effective defensive participant within the nation and Jabari Smith is the probably high decide within the NBA draft. Pair them with some powerful guards and it’s arduous to wager towards the Tigers. Tennessee has huge discrepancies between house and highway performances this season. They’re an ideal 14-0 at house, together with a win over Kentucky, however I nonetheless have a tough time getting behind them as a result of their offense stalls out so usually. The Vols play good protection as a result of they must and that is going to be a really stern check. If this projected line holds it will likely be the primary time Auburn has been an underdog in additional than a month. I do not wish to miss that chance.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Baylor Bears
8:00 PM ET
Projected line: Bears -4
A Kansas win on Saturday nearly seals up one other Large 12 crown for the Jayhawks. Kansas is on the high of the league however a smidge behind Baylor on KenPom. That and the homecourt is why the first-place group is an underdog on the highway. I actually like what I’ve seen from Baylor these days. They’ve shortened up the bench and are utilizing versatile freshmen Jeremy Sochan and Kendall Brown extra. They’re extra explosive offensively and that may be a good factor, particularly towards a group like Kansas.
Sunday, February 27
Illinois Preventing Illini vs. Michigan Wolverines
2:00 PM ET
Projected line: Wolverines -1
That is being written prematurely of Illinois’ sport towards Ohio State on Thursday night time (which I anticipate they’ll win). Win or lose I additionally just like the Illini on the highway on this spot. Michigan acquired a win of their first sport after the Bloodbath in Madison (copyright pending), however Illinois is a a lot better opponent than Rutgers and Hunter Dickinson goes to have hassle towards fellow large man Kofi Cockburn. He can considerably match him size-wise however is nowhere close to his ferocity. Even when these two cancel one another out the veteran wings of Illinois are a serious benefit, particularly in a hostile setting. Simply ask Michigan State. They are going to be seeing Jacob Grandison of their nightmares after he dropped 6 three-pointers on them final weekend.