College Hoops Thursday: Your Commentary

    
March 11th, 2010
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Big day on the college basketball landscape as even more leagues join the conference tournament party, and there's much to be gained for teams looking to either bolster their position or make themselves viable NCAA Tournament candidates. The ACC Tournament begins with four first round games and the one that most "outside" eyes will be trained in on is the first contest of the night session. Georgia Tech limped down the stretch and they take on a North Carolina team that they've already beaten twice this season, a scenario that could be lead to complacency for Paul Hewitt's bunch.

But strange things happen in March; who's to say that the Tar Heels don't snap to life and take their frustrations out on the Yellow Jackets? Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors must dominate a depleted UNC frontline and their guards need to limit their turnovers in order to take care of business. Once thought to be one of the better teams in the country, Georgia Tech needs a win to simply get back on the right track. The Big 12 seems to be set in regards to who will be headed to the Big Dance but there's much to be gained in the way of seeding for teams such as Oklahoma State and Texas.

The Mountain West is another tournament that has a team looking to work its way into the NCAA Tournament, and that would be San Diego State. But the Aztecs have to be careful; Tim Miles' Colorado State squad has the ability to knock SDSU out of the conference tournament. D.J. Gay will be key at the point for Steve Fisher's club this afternoon; if he can control the tempo of the game and get the ball to the likes of Malcolm Thomas and Kawhi Leonard they'll be in good shape.

Also out west, Washington and Arizona State open their Pac-10 Tournament slate with games that on paper they should win. But in the wildest league in college basketball you never know what could happen; a guy like Landry Fields (Stanford) could get hot and shoot his team into the next round. There's a lot of action to take in all day Thursday with plenty of opportunities out there for teams to help their causes in regards to postseason play.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

ACC First Round (Greensboro)
Noon Raycom Virginia vs. Boston College
2p Raycom Miami vs. Wake Forest
7p ESPN2 North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech
9p Raycom NC State vs. Clemson

Big 12 Quarterfinals (Kansas City)
12:30p ESPN Regional Texas Tech vs. Kansas
3p ESPN Regional Nebraska vs. Texas A&M
7p ESPN Regional Oklahoma St vs. Kansas St
9:30p ESPN Regional Texas vs. Baylor

Big East Quarterfinals (New York)
Noon ESPN Georgetown vs. Syracuse
2p ESPN Marquette vs. Villanova
7p ESPN Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh
9p ESPN Cincinnati vs. West Virginia

Big Ten First Round (Indianapolis)
2:30p BTN Iowa vs. Michigan
4:55p ESPN Indiana vs. Northwestern
7:30p BTN Penn St vs. Minnesota

Big West Quarterfinals (Anaheim)
9p Cal Poly vs. Long Beach St
11:30p Cal-State Fullerton vs. UC Davis

Conference USA Quarterfinals (Tulsa)
1p CBS-C Houston vs. Memphis
3:30p Southern Miss vs. UAB
7:30p Tulsa vs. Marshall
10p UCF vs. UTEP

MAC Quarterfinals (Cleveland)
Noon Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan
2p Eastern Michigan vs. Akron
7p Ohio vs. Kent St
9p Buffalo vs. Miami (Ohio)

MEAC Quarterfinals (Winston-Salem)
6p Maryland-Eastern Shore vs. South Carolina St
8p Hampton vs. Norfolk St

Mountain West Quarterfinals (Las Vegas)
3p Versus Air Force vs. New Mexico
5:30p CBS-C Colorado St vs. San Diego St
9p Versus TCU vs. BYU
11:30p CBS-C Utah vs. UNLV

Pac-10 Quarterfinals (Los Angeles)
3p FSN UCLA vs. Arizona
5:30p FSN Oregon vs. California
9:18p FSN Stanford vs. Arizona St
11:40p Oregon St vs. Washington

SEC First Round (Nashville)
1p South Carolina vs. Alabama
3:15p LSU vs. Tennessee
7:30p Auburn vs. Florida
9:45p Georgia vs. Arkansas

Southland Semifinals (Katy, TX)
7p Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Stephen F. Austin
9:30p SE Louisiana vs. Sam Houston St

SWAC Quarterfinals (Shreveport-Bossier City, LA)
3:30p Alabama A&M vs. Alabama St
9p Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M

WAC Quarterfinals (Reno)
3p Boise St vs. Utah St
5:30p Fresno St vs. Louisiana Tech
9p Idaho vs. Nevada
11:30p San Jose St vs. New Mexico St

ONE PREDICTION

Stanford over Arizona State: Given how unpredictable the Pac-10 has been, the feeling here is that one of the two teams still needing to do work won't make it through to Friday's semifinals. Landry Fields goes off and the Cardinal pull the stunner of the day out west, winning by four.