As we head to the ultimate week of February we’re that a lot nearer to Selection Sunday. This weekend goes to assist decide the highest of a whole lot of brackets as we’ve contenders from the most effective leagues squaring off with rather a lot on the road.
The sport of the weekend must be Kansas at Baylor, proper?. Although, the way in which that Tennessee defends its dwelling 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 Conference.
Sunday eases up slightly however should you like Big Ten hoops you’re in luck as a result of there’s a whole lot 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 Tournament dialogue. A street win in opposition to Richmond would assist and this may be a little bit of an elimination spot, maybe much more so for the Spiders who’re speculated 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 need to leapfrog SLU for an NCAA bid. It is difficult to justify you deserve a bid over a crew you could not beat. Look for a detailed 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 Big Ten schedule. After a loss to Michigan a few weeks in the past, the Boilermakers have been working their approach 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 bought rolled at Iowa, shedding by 26. If you look carefully at their outcomes you see a crew that has not fared nicely in opposition to the most effective groups on their schedule. They simply haven’t got the expertise this season and energy and toughness can solely take you to date. Even in East Lansing, it’s simple to get behind Purdue.
Take the Boilermakers.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
2:00 PM ET
Projected line: Kentucky -3
It looks like there’s a little an excessive amount of respect for Kentucky with this line. The final time the Razorbacks had been underdogs at dwelling they beat Auburn in time beyond regulation. Kentucky is coming off a house win over LSU but when guards TyTy Washington and Sahvir Wheeler are nonetheless out it’s onerous to love the Wildcats in a really robust street 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 may not have the NBA prospects that Kentucky does however it is a proficient group and one that will love so as to add one other upset of a high crew. They are 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 crew within the SEC. Center Walker Kessler is the most effective defensive participant within the nation and Jabari Smith is the possible high decide within the NBA draft. Pair them with some robust guards and it’s onerous to wager in opposition to the Tigers. Tennessee has broad discrepancies between dwelling and street performances this season. They are an ideal 14-0 at dwelling, 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 take a look at. 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 need 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 Big 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 crew is an underdog on the street. I actually like what I’ve seen from Baylor recently. They have shortened up the bench and are utilizing versatile freshmen Jeremy Sochan and Kendall Brown extra. They are extra explosive offensively and that may be a good factor, particularly in opposition to a crew like Kansas.
Sunday, February 27
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Michigan Wolverines
2:00 PM ET
Projected line: Wolverines -1
This is being written upfront of Illinois’ sport in opposition to Ohio State on Thursday night time (which I anticipate they may win). Win or lose I additionally just like the Illini on the street on this spot. Michigan bought a win of their first sport after the Massacre in Madison (copyright pending), however Illinois is a a lot better opponent than Rutgers and Hunter Dickinson goes to have bother in opposition to fellow large man Kofi Cockburn. He can considerably match him size-wise however is nowhere close to his ferocity. Even if these two cancel one another out the veteran wings of Illinois are a serious benefit, particularly in a hostile setting. Just ask Michigan State. They shall be seeing Jacob Grandison of their nightmares after he dropped 6 three-pointers on them final weekend.