-OREGON AT UCLA (Pac Ten) (***Pod System Implications***). Two solid pod system teams who are in the hunt for a #1 seed go at it at Pauly Pavilion tonight. Oregon won the first meeting on a last second shot, but will have a much tougher time winning on the road, especially since UCLA is coming off a close loss to Stanford, and will be ready looking to rebound from that. This game could end up affecting who finishes first in the Pac Ten, as well as which of the teams ends up a #1 seed.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTED GAMES
-WASHINGTON STATE AT ARIZONA (Pac Ten). Washington State beat Arizona earlier in overtime this season, which was one of their biggest wins of the season so far. Arizona has been on a tailspin lately having lost four of their last five and needs to snap out of it. It wont be easy tonight, but in the event they do win it would go down as a quality win, so depending on how one looks at it its a good opportunity. Arizona probably needs this one a little more than Wazzu, but its a big opportunity for both teams. As was the case last time, its an intriguing match-up considering the contrasting styles of play. Zona likes the transition game and Wazzu likes to slow it down and force a half court game. Earlier this year Wazzu controlled the pace, which may have been one of the reasons they were able to win it.
-WASHINGTON AT ARIZONA STATE (Pac Ten). After a terrible start to conference play, Washington managed to win two big games against Oregon and Oregon State. They still have a lot of work to do and need to take care of business tonight against a lowly Arizona State team.
-OLD DOMINION AT DREXEL (Colonial Athletic). Drexel is still within reach of receiving serious consideration for an at-large bid, but they need to dominate the rest of the season. Old Dominion blew them out when they met earlier this year, and they need to avenge that and prove to the committee that they can beat them at home. VCUs loss last night keeps them in the mix among the teams at the top, and finishing at or very near the top helps them out. They need to win this one though. Theyre at home and theyre playing a team that doesnt appear to be tournament caliber.
-OREGON STATE AT USC (Pac Ten). USC remains in good shape as far as an NCAA Tournament bid goes. One thing that is notable is that their RPI is just 52, but that isnt too big a concern, especially considering that if they continue to play well in conference it will improve by quite a bit between now and the end. However, playing poorly wont give them much to fall back on as far as their RPI is concerned. They need to win this game at home against a conference opponent that doesnt appear to be of postseason caliber.
-DUKE AT VIRGINIA (ACC). Virginia has won some big games recently, and enters this one with a ton of momentum. Duke appears to be a solid pod system team, and will remain that way regardless of the outcome of this game. This means much more to Virginia, who is right on the bubble, has played well their last few games, and can use a big conference win in order to improve their resume.
Highlighted Games for Sat 2/17: Bracket Buster Edt
Feb 16, 2007, 09:16 pm
Drew Barnette runs down one of the biggest Saturdays of the college basketball regular season. With the Bracket Buster teams being played today, read about who is on the bubble and could really improve their NCAA Tournament resumes with quality wins today. Also read about teams who are favored to win their conference tournaments, and who are facing each other in games that will have an impact on their seeding, and possibly put them in a better position to pull a big upset.
Other big games include Louisville looking for their second big road win in a row as they travel to Marquette, Vanderbilt plays one of their biggest home games of the year as they host Floirda, Georgetown and Villanova Square off in an important Big East showdown,
All that, and much more in a huge Saturday for college hoops...
Mid Major Ramblings on the Eve of the Buster
Feb 16, 2007, 01:20 am
Drew Barnette gives his thoughts and opinions about the upcoming Bracket Buster, talks about how he feels mid-majors are viewed by the media today, looks at tonight's big game between Winthrop and Missouri State, and more...