The highest eight groups from Tuesday’s bracket stay in place heading into the ultimate weekend of January, with the primary change in at this time’s subject approaching seed line No. 3, the place Wisconsin changed Tennessee, because of the Badgers 61-55 victory at Maryland on Wednesday night time. That setback dropped the Terps to .500 and out of the sector, alongside Pittsburgh, who fell to North Carolina by 10 at house on Tuesday night.
San Diego State and Richmond exchange the Terrapins and Panthers within the subject, with Utah State (a crew that swept its collection with the Aztecs) and Loyola Chicago (twenty fifth within the NET, however a 75-73 loser to the Spiders in Indianapolis on December 18th) simply lacking the reduce. My choice to take SDSU over USU could appear counterintuitive due to the head-to-head outcomes, however the Aztecs’ superior schedule power (bolstered by non-conference wins over UCLA and Saint Mary’s) provides them the sting over the Aggies for the second. Utah State’s finest non-conference win, by comparability, got here towards Northern Iowa within the Dakota Crossover Basic on Black Friday.
Hopefully, the Choice Committee’s bracket preview present, scheduled for 2 weeks from tomorrow, will present extra readability on what bracketology elements they’re valuing probably the most on this most unusual season.
After at this time’s bracket and rundown, I’ve your weekend (and Monday) TV preview.
Stars (✴️) point out new entrants, whereas arrows (⬆️ ⬇️) point out motion up and down the seed listing.
IN (4): ETSU (SoCon), Richmond, San Diego State
OUT: Maryland, Pittsburgh, Wofford (SoCon)
Final 4 Byes: Oregon, North Carolina, Indiana, Stanford
Final 4 IN: Colorado State, Seton Corridor, San Diego State, Richmond
First 4 OUT: Utah State, Loyola Chicago, Pittsburgh, Syracuse
Subsequent 4 OUT: Windfall, VCU, Maryland, Wichita State
Bids by Convention
*: auto bid holder
One-bid conferences: 22
Massive Ten (9): 1. Michigan*, 2. Iowa, 3. Ohio State, 3. Wisconsin, 5. Purdue, 5. Illinois, 6. Minnesota, 10. Rutgers, 11. Indiana
Massive 12 (7): 1. Baylor*, 2. Texas, 4. West Virginia, 5. Kansas, 6. Oklahoma, 6. Texas Tech, 7. Oklahoma State
ACC (6): 3. Florida State, 4. Virginia*, 5. Virginia Tech, 8. Clemson, 8. Louisville, 11. North Carolina
SEC (6): 2. Alabama*, 3. Missouri, 4. Tennessee, 7. Florida, 8. LSU, 9. Arkansas
Massive East (5): 1. Villanova*, 4. Creighton, 9. Xavier, 10. UConn, 11. Seton Corridor (First 4)
Pac-12 (5): 6. UCLA*, 7. Colorado, 7. USC, 10. Oregon, 11. Stanford
Atlantic 10 (3): 9. Saint Louis, 11. St. Bonaventure*, 12. Richmond (First 4)
Mountain West (3): 8. Boise State*, 12. Colorado State (First 4), 12. San Diego State (First 4)
West Coast (2): 1. Gonzaga*, 9. BYU
Video games are offered in relative order of significance. All occasions are Japanese. All occasions and broadcast info is CoVID-dependent. I’ll attempt to maintain this part up to date, but when I don’t, try MattSarzSports.com’s weekly and daily schedules.
Iowa at Illinois, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Boise State at Colorado State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Saint Louis at Richmond, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Xavier at Butler, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
FS1 will doubtless be your school hoops vacation spot tonight, at the very least exterior of the early night window, the place Saint Louis’ journey to Richmond is barely extra compelling than Xavier-Butler, when you think about the loss the Billikens took to Dayton of their first post-pause sport on Friday. As for these later contests, Iowa first travels to Champaign sitting in sole possession of second place within the Massive Ten, whereas Illinois sits simply behind, presently tied with Wisconsin within the loss column (with three every). With the Hawkeyes on the 2 line and the Preventing Illini in play for a protected seed (although that time period is meaningless in 2021), a lot is at stake on this one. Then, there’s the rematch of Colorado State’s dominant 78-56 victory over Boise State in Fort Collins. Whereas the Broncos are nonetheless a sport up within the loss column on each the Rams and Utah State, that benefit will disappear with a second straight defeat. If CSU shoots in addition to on Wednesday night time, Boise may have its work reduce out for it.
Alabama at Oklahoma, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
Clemson at Duke, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Windfall at Georgetown, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tulsa at East Carolina, 12 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
Texas A&M at Kansas State, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
La Salle at VCU, 1 p.m. (NBCSN)
It’s the ultimate Saturday in January, which suggests it is time for everything of the Massive 12 and 10 of the SEC’s 14 members to sq. off for his or her problem collection. Of the 2 video games within the early window, solely Alabama-Oklahoma has NCAA Event implications, because the Crimson Tide are presently rolling by means of league play and the Sooners are coming off a formidable win at Texas. In any other case, Clemson ended its three-game tumble by successful a rock combat towards Louisville on Wednesday, however can the Tigers construct on that efficiency at Duke? The Blue Devils took down Georgia Tech on Tuesday. Within the Massive East, Windfall-Georgetown received bumped from FS1 to CBS, although the Friars are 4 wins up on the Hoyas within the convention race (thanks partly to Georgetown’s CoVID pauses).
Florida at West Virginia, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Texas Tech at LSU, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Villanova at Seton Corridor, 3 p.m. (Fox)
TCU at Missouri, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Wisconsin at Penn State, 3 p.m. (BTN)
Issues decide up significantly after 2 Japanese, with two SEC/Massive 12 contests that pit at-large contenders towards one another, together with Missouri’s house sport with TCU, with the Tigers trying to rebound from Tuesday’s loss at Auburn. Elsewhere, Seton Corridor hosts Villanova after collapsing towards visiting Creighton on Wednesday night. Clearly, the Pirates may actually use this one, significantly after their 76-74 loss to the Wildcats again on January nineteenth. Within the Massive Ten, Wisconsin heads to Penn State, the place the Badgers ought to count on a battle, because the Nittany Lions’ report doesn’t replicate their degree of competitiveness in league play to this point.
Auburn at Baylor, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Arkansas at Oklahoma State, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Florida State at Georgia Tech, 4 p.m. (ACCN)
UCF at Wichita State, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Rhode Island at Dayton, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
Auburn-Baylor is likely to be the perfect providing the Massive 12/SEC collection has out there this season, and that’s true even when the Tigers are ineligible for the postseason. Arkansas-Oklahoma State is a pleasant regional rivalry that has at-large implications for each. Florida State will look to keep away from a slip up towards a Georgia Tech crew that might use a top quality win after its Duke loss on Tuesday. In the meantime, each Wichita State and Dayton must deal with enterprise at house to profit their at-large probabilities.
Virginia at Virginia Tech, 6 p.m. (ACCN)
Kansas at Tennessee, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Oregon State at UCLA, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Iowa State at Mississippi State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Ole Miss at Georgia, 6 p.m. (SECN)
Pacific at BYU, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
With Kansas struggling a bit, the Jayhawks’ journey to Knoxville ranks under the ACC Community’s all-Virginia providing. The Hokies, 6-2 in ACC play, can knock 7-0 Virginia right into a first-place tie with FSU, offered the Seminoles win in Atlanta instantly beforehand. Within the Pac-12, UCLA hosts Oregon State after having a go to from Oregon postponed because of the Geese’ CoVID points. Mississippi State can not afford a house loss to struggling Iowa State within the secondary Massive 12/SEC contest on this window, whereas Ole Miss and Georgia meet in considered one of Saturday’s two scheduled all-SEC matchups. Each want to start out successful video games to earn reputable at-large consideration. Within the WCC, BYU hosts Pacific, a sport added late to make up for a postponed go to from San Francisco. The Cougars took a foul loss at Pepperdine on Wednesday afternoon.
Minnesota at Purdue, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)
Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (ACCN)
Creighton at DePaul, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
Gonzaga at Pepperdine, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
Texas’ journey to Kentucky was canceled as a consequence of CoVID points within the Wildcat program. Which means the Massive Ten takes middle stage in primetime, with Minnesota touring to Purdue in a matchup of two groups who’re surprisingly within the hunt for a spot on seed line no. 4. Elsewhere, Pittsburgh hosts a foul Notre Dame crew, with the Panthers reeling from a house loss to UNC; Creighton will look to do higher than escape from DePaul with a slender win; Gonzaga want to keep away from the upset bug at Pepperdine; and South Carolina will attempt to construct on Wednesday’s blowout win over Georgia at Memorial Health club.
Utah at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Stanford at Arizona State, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Wyoming at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
Colorado can full a season sweep of its journey associate when Utah visits Boulder, whereas Stanford travels to Tempe having picked up an enormous win in Tucson on Thursday. As for San Diego State, the Aztecs can sweep their collection with Wyoming tonight, following an 87-57 romp 48-hours in the past.
Michigan State at Ohio State, 1 p.m. (CBS)
SMU at Houston, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Loyola Chicago at Missouri State, 3 p.m. (CBSSN)
Illinois State at Drake, 3 p.m. (MC-22/ESPN3)
Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
NC State at Syracuse, 6 p.m. (ACCN)
Rutgers at Northwestern, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)
Washington State at Washington, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Michigan State, 67-37 loser at Rutgers on Thursday, continues its three-game street swing at Ohio State, who sits as a 3 seed in at this time’s bracket. SMU heads to Houston having cut up a home-and-home with Memphis this week. It’s additionally an essential week within the Missouri Valley, as Loyola and Missouri State, the convention’s second and third-best groups look to maintain tempo with Drake, who hosts struggling Illinois State for 2. Within the Southland, conventional heavyweight SFA will look to knock its future WAC rival, SHSU, from the ranks of the convention undefeateds. NC State, Syracuse, Rutgers, and Washington State are all additionally in motion, the place they’ll put their assorted at-large probabilities on the road.
Massive Monday is just a little however smaller this week, as each Duke and Miami are going by means of some struggles this season. Which means the night time’s Massive 12 matchup is the night’s marquee matchup. Observe the fascinating ACC Community matinee, nevertheless, as Georgia Tech travels to Louisville on the lookout for an surprising win.
See you all on Tuesday with my subsequent projection.